SUSAN’S GUIDE TO BERLIN

which is about modern history, change and night life.

During your stay  Berlin, you will be spoiled for choice. Just strolling down Unter den Linden or Oranienburger Str can be major entertainment. The main historical sites are between Brandenburg gate, MuseumIsland, & Checkpoint Charlie.  The best shopping is near zoo station & K’dam.  The best nightlife is between Oranienburger Str and Hackescher Markt.  Monday is museum close day for many sites.  Check before heading out.

good day: guten tag        good evening : guten abend          please or you’re welcome: bitte

thank you : danke          goodbye: tchuss              yes: ja(yah)        no: nein     ladies: damen    men: herren

 

 

GETTING AROUND

Public transport runs 24 hrs with reduced night service

Single ticket allows you to jump on-off in one direction for 2 hour duration  /   4-trip ticket

Day pass good until 3:30am:  for city AB / for outside city ABC /  Group ticket for up to 5 people: AB

To follow tourist route catch Bus 100 or 200 from Alexanderplatz or Zoo/ 100 covers main strip, while 200 goes via Potsdam Sq

*Please see page with all details regarding public transportation. 

 

 ZoologischerGarden area

Berlin Zoo & Aquarium 1,400 animals &fish   9am-6:30pm    /   zoo or aquarium/ joint tickets available   U Zoolog. Gardens

From end of Zoo station parking lot, follow the path to the locks, Tiergarten, walking paths, lake, cafes, Hooters & sunbathing

KaiserWilhelmMemorialChurch  Ruined church in square. Bombed remains & stunning, new blue-glass church beside it.  Free

    Also try curry-wurst from outdoor food stands (bratwurst &curry)   

Europa Centre  3 story liquid clock/Saturn electronics to put memory cards on disc/ Eng mags & papers/

Rooftop viewpoint/ Irish Bar with live band every night, and Bavarian restaurant in basement.    U Zoolog. Gardens

KaDeWe Harrods of Berlin/ top floor food counters & glass domed cafeteria/Mon-Thu 10-8, Fri 10-9, Sat 9:30-8  U Wittenbergplatz

     The park next door has good restaurants & unusual nude-spa fountain  (photo opportunity) 

The story of Berlin History of the city, with 30 min tour of the 1972 nuclear shelter under the building. On the hour to 6pm.  Kuferstendam 207, at corner ofUhlandstrasse in the Ku’damm Karree Mall.  10am-8pm

 

From Alexanderplatz to Brandenburg gate

Humanic huge second hand shop. Special sections like 70s, 80s and DDR.  Alexanderstrasse 7/ Mon-Fri 10am-8pm/ Sat 10am-6pm

Furnsehturm TV Tower Take a lift to the top for viewing, or visit bar or restaurant.   9am to midnight  U-Alexanderplatz

Hackerscher Markt  Big square filled with bars, clubs & restaurants with outdoor seating. Small Irish bar has live music

      Continue to Hackescher Hof to visit the 8 interlocking courtyards/ trendy shops, bars & cafes/ off Rosenthaler Str

Anne Frank Centre small info centre about Anne and her diary, documents, photos Tue-Sun 10am-6pm,  AND Otto Wiedt’s workshop/ Silent heroes memorial  Like Schindler, Otto Helped shelter Jews during WW2 / 10am-8pm free

      All 3 in courtyard off Rosenthaler Str 39/   Keep an eye out for small brass pavement memorials or stumbling blocks.  These list the Jewish person who lived there, the date they were taken and which camp.  

Oranienberger Str    Lined with all sorts of outdoor cafes and quirky, alternative shops, clubs and bars.

MuseumIsland 5 museums, but one is amazing: The Pergamon has full size gates of Babylon, Pergamon Altar, AssyrianPalace & more you won’t see anywhere else. The other 4 contain paintings & archaeological finds/ all open 10am-6pm /

Ampelmann shop This little figure adorned the walking signals in the former East Berlin.  When they began to burn out, they were replaced with modern ones.  The outcry was so great, that they now are everywhere again. Check out the shop at 35 Unter den Linden for cute souvenirs.

the Ampelmann shop

the Ampelmann shop

 

DDR Museum Between the church & museum island. Cute little museum about life behind the wall/ products and household items. Sit in a Trabant. The souvenir book is good.    Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1 /    10am-8pm/ 10pm           U-Alexanderplatz

German History Museum This brilliant museum covers all German history/very interesting collection of Nazi memorabilia (almost impossible to find elsewhere)/ large pinkish building located beside Museum Island  10am-6pm / U-Alexanderplatz

Brandenburg Gate area  Mini U-bahn to Reichstadt (Govt bldg with beehive dome/ Bundestag.com for attempt to get inside)  and main train station (connects with S-bahn)/ Adlon Hotel, where MJ dangled his baby/Kennedy museum / DZ Bank- go in to see massive whale sculpture/ walk through Academie der Kunst (modern art gallery) to get to:

Holocaust Memorial beside Brandenburg Gate/ startling facts & survivors’ letters.  Free/ Tue-Sun 10-8pm  U-Unter den Linden

               Then walk into Tiergarten to see memorial to murdered homosexuals and beginning of walking paths

 

South of Unter den Linden

Checkpoint Charlie museum Small & disjointed/ lots of reading about the wall.  U6 Kochstrasse /U2 Stadtmitte /9am-10pm

Topography of Terror Free info centre on old site of Gestapo HQ.  Covers all persecutions/ A must see. / 10-8pm    U-Postdam Platz

Deutsches Technology museum  Massive museum covers planes, trains, beer, film, engineering, and more.

Tue-Fri 9am-5:30pm/ Sat/Sun 10am-6pm (closed Mon) U-Gleisdreieck

 

Other areas

Stasi Museum(East) See how the government used to spy on people during the cold war/ cameras in logs & buttonholes, microphones in briefcases. U5 to Magdalenenstr/ Ruschestrasse 103, Haus One /Mon-Fri 10am-6pm /Sat,Sun  2-6pm

Bunker tours (north) Either tour a WW2 air raid shelter at 11am, or an Air raid tower at 4pm (closed shoes a must) /   Purchase tickets from 10am on the day.  www.berliner-unterwelten.de  U-Gesundbrunnen  (exit:Humboldthain park, Brunnenstrasse).

   There is a shopping mall beside the station, if you have to wait for your tour.  Get there early for tix.  Very popular.

Gedenkstatte Hohenschonnhausen  A unique experience to visit the prison where the Stasi kept and tortured it’s own citizens. English tours daily at 2:30pm, some led by former prisoners. Fenslerstrasse 66/ 20 min tram ride. You can only visit on a tour.

Catch M5 from Alexanderplatz, to Freienwalden and 5 min walk

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp  from Gesundbrunnen catch S-Bahn 1 to Oranienburg. Then follow signs for Gedenkstatte: out of station turn right, past bridge & right on main street. Left at Netto store, then right at monument.  Takes about 15 min to walk.   Open 8:30-6pm / need ABC ticket or welcome card /bring food & drink. Audio guide can be turned up, only 1 needed.     (museums, archive and library are closed on Mondays, but open air exhibition, and visitors centre are open)