One day in Berlin


May 10th, 2012, 02:37 PM
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One day in Berlin

We are ending our holiday in Berlin and have one full day (2 nights) there on June 20th. Are there are any must see areas? Neat neighbourhoods to walk around in, grab something to eat/do some shopping/sight seeing? We are staying at the Melia Berlin. We are pretty easy going travellers (30 years old). The one thing I would love to see is part of the Berlin Wall.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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May 10th, 2012, 02:50 PM
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What a shame you have so little time in both Prague and Berlin. Can you find more time? Both deserve 5 days each.
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May 10th, 2012, 03:37 PM
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Congratulations on the fact that you at least have ONE day. You do not elaborate on interests but simply wandering around in some places might be enough. The Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Char. Museum, the Holocaust Memorial, the newer architecture scattered about, Potsdamer Platz with its steel and glass, Sony Center, etc.

Don't feel the least bit guilty about this whatever you do. Depending on your interests you might be able to accomplish a great deal of sightseeing in even a short amount of time.
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May 10th, 2012, 03:38 PM
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I was in the same situation,t hough I was supposed to have 3 nights in Berlin and because of weather my flight was cancelled, leaving me with 2 nights and 1 full day. It can be done, but it will be rushed. In the one day I was there, I visited the Jewish Museum (truly incredible, I recommend it), the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gates, Parliament, and even had a little time to spend at the huge mall.
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May 10th, 2012, 04:15 PM
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with a short time you have I would skip museums and follow what Dukey mentioned
plus ( from Melia) wonder over to Gendarmenmarkt and stroll on Oranienburger Strasse
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May 10th, 2012, 04:55 PM
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Oh, forgot about the Reichstag...definite possibility as mentioned above.
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May 10th, 2012, 05:20 PM
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Reichstag tour has to be booked ahead of time.

Cupola visit is possible with a reservation at the restaurant.
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May 10th, 2012, 06:14 PM
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Berlin has more canals than Venice. You could take a cruise on the River Spree. Some (all?) start across from Museum Island. There is narration and you get to see a lot. It's amazing to see bullet holes in the old buildings.

This is my favorite church . It's on Kurfurstendamn which is a lovely shopping street with one of the largest department stores in the world.

Berlin wall and Checkpoint Charie are very close to each other. If you are there and want some adventure and love cars do a Trabi-Safari
Fun! Everyone on the sidewalks will stare, take your picture and wave. These were the only cars availabe in the East. When you were born your parents signed you up and if you were lucky 18 years later your number would come up and you could buy this car.

Agree about the Holocaust Memorial. Berlin is a wonderful city. You can't go wrong.
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May 10th, 2012, 06:15 PM
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Well, people can say ignore the museums but I can't imagine going to Berlin and missing the Pergamom - even if you only have time to see the Ishtar gate. How can you possibly ignore the opportunity to see a part of human culture that is so many thousands of years old?
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May 10th, 2012, 08:11 PM
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One can ignore anything one has no interest in seeing.

Not your trip.
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May 10th, 2012, 09:31 PM
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If you're looking for "must sees" then the Alter of Pergamon and the Ishtar gate certainly qualify. They're pretty close to the front of the museum so wouldn't take much time in that you don't have to weave through a bunch of exhibits to get to them. Just sayin.
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May 10th, 2012, 09:43 PM
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There is a lot you can see and do in one day -- it will be the longest days of the years that time, or the shortest nights when it gets really dark only from 11pm-4.30am.

Even though you will have many sights in a 1 mile radius around your hotel, you could get a day pass for public transport to add flexibility and save a bit of energy.

Wandering around is a good idea. Your hotel will be in a great location to walk to the synagogue and the hipster Hackescher Markt neighborhood. Roughly that area between Oranienburger Str. And Hackescher Markt S-Bahn stations and Rosenthaler Platz subway station.
And of course the sights South of your hotel, along Unter den Linden, around Gendarmenmarkt to Postdamer Platz.

I would skip anything that requires a wait or reservation, unless you decide it's a must-see for you.

The Trabi Safari sure is a unique and probably more memorable way to explore the city than a HoHo bus.
So is the river cruise. The latter also come in short trips, so it won't eat up much time.

The best restored parts of the Berlin wall are at and around the Wall memorial at Nordbahnhof S-Bahn station. 2 stops from the Melia.

In the evening, and maybe after you got back to the hotel to drop off some bags with souvenirs or shopping, you could go west with the S-Bahn to Savignyplatz in the Western city center for a stroll along the upper part of Kurfürstendamm and dinner in one of the restaurants on and around the Northern half of Savignyplatz.

Take the subway back East to Görlitzer Bahnhof station for late night drinks in the area between that subway station and Schlesisches Tor. One of the liveliest part of town, and the "quirkiest". Grab a bottle of beer or wine and watch the sun set from Oberbaumbrücke / bridge behind the Berlin skyline.
Then take the S-bahn back from Warschauer Str. station on the other side of the river to Friedrichstr. where your hotel is located.
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May 10th, 2012, 11:03 PM
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If you only have one day, then I would suggest going on one of the highly rated, professional walking tours on offer in Berlin. (check Trip Advisor for reviews) This allows you to see the most sights in the most efficient way. Cost is usually about 12 euro per person for a 4 hour tour. After the tour, then go to the Pergamon or Jewish Museum to finish up your day, then tour the Reichstag dome in the evening.
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May 12th, 2012, 07:03 AM
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Yes, take a walk. Berlin guided tours can be great value for money, lasting four hours or more and talking your ear off with information you will never glean all on your own. With such a short time, you are only going to "see" the main attractions anyhow, glancing at them from the outside as you hurry along.
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