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If you want to visit the Reichstag then book online before you go - we meant to go but found that there were no slots available for a month. The view from the dome of the cathedral is great. The Charlottenburg palace is well worth checking out as well.

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Mind your owl doesn't :censored: on Martin Luther's Theses in the Cathedral.

 

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The river cruises are worth doing if the weather is OK. The Tiergarten is worth spending more time than we had in.

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Take a guided walking tour about 4 hours . They are excellent. East Berlin is the more interesting part of the city. Get a hotel in the west though. Berlin is not the most scenic city but it is certainly up there as one the most interesting and fascinating. Highly recommended ...you will love it

PS the airport is a long way from city centre...about 40 minutes on a train I seem to remember

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Went to Sachsenhausen concentration camp (about an hour on a train north in Oranienberg) a few years ago (edit: I say a few years ago - turns out it was 12 years ago!) and I think it was free / very cheap, and it was moving beyond words. So much so that Auschwitz did nowt for me emotionally.

 

Reichstag is a no brainer. Think it's free but you need to book. It's such a major building so there are loads of security checks going in but it's actually dead chilled when you're in there. We accidentally had cava in our bag when going through security (as you do) and they took it off us when our bag was scanned. Thought we'd get arrested or something but they just gave us a ticket to collect it from a window on our way out.

 

We went in March a couple of years ago and the weather was brilliant. Picnic in tiergarten was fabulous.

 

We went to a Hertha Berlin game and that was excellent. If you want a 'match day experience', it was great. Tickets were cheap and transport on the u-bahn was included. It has it's own u-bahn station and loads of kiosks selling alcohol and food on the way to the ground (not far). Stewards are lovely. Once you're in you can get food, alcohol (which you can take into the stands) and there's loads of grassy areas to linger before taking your seats. There's a card thing you put money on to buy anything at the concessions inside the ground but you can cash out anything you don't spend before you leave.

 

We took a trip out to Tempelhof which is an old decommissioned airport

 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Tempelhof_Airport

 

Sorry can't link on my phone. It was really surreal but loads of history and a good bit of exercise!

 

We stayed at artotel near Uhlandstrasse u-bahn station and it was good, cheap, and near enough to get to everywhere.

 

Potsdamerplatz has a thing like the Printworks but a million times better.

 

Sure I've missed loads. The public transport system is ace and everything is very efficient :grin:

 

Wasn't overly impressed with the cuisine or bars apart from one place near Alexanderplatz that was like an authentic version of the Bierkeller!

 

Get your walking feet on and enjoy. It's a great city!

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Footballwise, I'd say go and watch Union. Been to both there (well I've also been to a Hertha reserve game too, but no one in their right mind would go to that), and Union is a a more atmospheric ground (built by the fans) as it doesn't have the running track. Though if you do, turn up early, I missed nearly the whole first half queuing.

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Thanks everyone for the advice so far. We've booked the Reichstag for the Saturday morning, then in the afternoon we're off to watch Hertha v Cologne. Sunday we'll try and pack in as much as possible. Now we just need something for Saturday night?

 

Any transport tips and ideas to pack as much in on Sunday as possible will be gratefully received.

 

Our hotel is straight facing a U-bahn station?

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Thanks everyone for the advice so far. We've booked the Reichstag for the Saturday morning, then in the afternoon we're off to watch Hertha v Cologne. Sunday we'll try and pack in as much as possible. Now we just need something for Saturday night?

 

Any transport tips and ideas to pack as much in on Sunday as possible will be gratefully received.

 

Our hotel is straight facing a U-bahn station?

Either at the airport or before you go buy a travel ticket which covers you on the Subway, trains, buses and Trams. Big saving to me made.

 

If your going to the wall it's spread out so do your research. Alexandraplatz, postumur Platz both worth a visit plenty round there and parts of the wall.

 

Checkpoint Charlie another good one.

 

If you want entertainment Saturday night near Alexandraplatz is a good Bierkeller(not that name obvious style bar) does good food also.

 

If you get stuck few Berlin based Frankfurt lads who am in contact with be happy to give you some tips.

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Try the Beer Stock Exchange....18 Premium beers with no fixed price after 5pm.

There are digital machines with changing prices on the wall. Popular beers on the night go up and vice versa. I've seen wheatbeer sell for 7 and Bitburger fall 1.60.

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Cheers for that, really useful

OWTB user Peter Headen just got back from living over there he knows a lot also.

 

Got a mate of mine going over in October his 3rd visit

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