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1. Posted by lys_8 (Budding Member, 17 posts) 19 Jan '06 03:06

Hi guys

im planning a trip to germany in early April and am planning to train it around the country for a couple of weeks. My first stop is Berlin, where i will be spending about 3 days...if anyones got any do's and donts or must see places in Berlin...or generally anywhere in Germany it would be highly appreciated.
Ta

Lyse.

PS- if anyone is going to be in the area give me a bell and we may be able to catch up somewhere along the way.

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru, 1108 posts) 19 Jan '06 06:33

was ust in berlin!

U should go to the Oranienburger UBAHN Stop. There are great bars and pubs here. its really Old looking East Berlin area. I love this part of the city. Theres cool art studios and hip spots to eat as well.

Ofcourse Checkpoint Charlie and the museum is a must see.

what part of Germany are you going to after Berlin?

3. Posted by bimbo (Budding Member, 10 posts) 20 Jan '06 13:21

Hi elyse_88

tell me your interest´s and I tell you what you´ll can do.
Around Stuttgart/Heidelberg/ Black Forest in the south-west part of Germany.

:)

safe journey

bimbo

4. Posted by lys_8 (Budding Member, 17 posts) 21 Jan '06 03:02

well the plan is to go...
berlin-hamburg-bremen-cologne-frankfurt-munich-dresden-berlin.
with stops in other places and europa theme park etc etc.

so any info would be good.

Has anyone been on the berlin walks tours or the fat tire bike tours?? ive been looking at them and they seem like alright value but i dont want to go on them if you are just riding past and not getting a proper look at everything,

5. Posted by bimbo (Budding Member, 10 posts) 21 Jan '06 10:36

I suggest for Munich :

- Viktualien Market ( different, typical market stalls , worth to see !!)

-German Museum ( you ´ll see e.g. the creation of a thunderstorm,ect..)

-Bavaria Filmstudios in Geiselgasteig district ( there are the production of famous german TV-Soaps ( like Marienhof,...)

- Airport Visitor Center ( a Guide tell you all about the airport, aeroplanes and the firebrigade,...)

for Munich area :

- the City of Augsburg it´s a must :

- There are a interesting sightseeing bus tour around the Fuggerei,
the old city and it´s monument´s, finally the golden hall where
was resolved the Religious Peace of Augsburg.

for Frankfurt am Main

it´s nickname is "Mainhattan"

- you ´ll visit the http://www.palmengarten.frankfurt.de/

on the way to Munich it´s Karlsruhe :

- ZKM = Center for Art and media ( there a lot of shows and experiments to do by yourself, ect...

- the castle and it´s garden are also worth a visit

well, if you´re interestet to do anything, I´m might be able to catch up you somewhere around Frankfurt-Karlsruhe-Augsburg

bimbo

6. Posted by blue_eyes (Budding Member, 8 posts) 23 Jan '06 06:11

Quoting jeffG

U should go to the Oranienburger UBAHN Stop. There are great bars and pubs here. its really Old looking East Berlin area. I love this part of the city. Theres cool art studios and hip spots to eat as well.

I love that part of Berlin too....:D very cool place

7. Posted by stepsdevil (Budding Member, 39 posts) 26 Jan '06 02:20

Wow - glad to hear you're spending so much time in Germany. It is a gorgeous place. If you're going to Hamburg I would recommend a boat trip around the harbour, a walk around the Alster Lake and maybe a visit to the Hamburg Museum? http://www.hamburgmuseum.de/index_e.html When I was there I stayed at a hostel called Horner Rennbahn but this was several tube stops out of the city, though clean and very nice. I'd recommend staying near the Hauptbahnhof if you can.

Bremen is also gorgeous. If you like photographing statues and seeing the tacky 'musts' of a place, then you should photograph the Bremen Town Musicians (some animals who formed a band...folk story that I cannot remember now), the Roland (a statue to do with free trade??) and you should go to the BECKS brewery...the best drink in the whole world. I think you get beer included. And why not go and see Werder Bremen play football? http://www.werderbremen.de/

Just got back from Munich. I didn't have much time there, but one thing I did do is go to Dachau. I booked it through Radius Tours and you get transport included. You spend about 3 hours there and the guide is qualified and licensed to give his tour. You see everything and learn so much about the horrors of what went on. Also, everyone bangs on about this Glockenspiel that plays a lovely tune or whatever...give it a miss, it is totally overrated and sounds flat. I stayed at the Jaegershotel right near the train station. Thoroughly would recommmend it and am going back later in the year.

Finally, if you need to know about Berlin, I am your woman. If you click my profile, visit my website and you'll discover some stuff. Leave it a day or two as I am updating my sightseeing info at the moment. The best hostel to stay in is the Generator in Friedrichshain in my opinion. Ok, so it takes 2(short) train journeys to get to from a major trainstation in the centre BUT these journeys go fast, Friedrichshain is trendy and the hostel is clean and cheap and has been voted the best. If you need to shop while you're in Berlin, there's a good shopping centre and some kooky shops on Shoenhauserallee. The district of Kreuzberg has good second hand shops, cafes and bistros and ethnic shops. Don't stay in Lichtenberg or Neukoelln...it's a little bit rough. I've heard the district of Wedding is going that way too. In Berlin, you should go up the tv tower if you've a head for heights. Why not take a walking tour while you're there? In about 3 hours for example you could be shown the sights of the 3rd reich or cold war Berlin. Any good hostel has stacks of leaflets advertising tours so you can quickly plan what you do when you get there. However, the generator has its own walking tour (might be free?) so you might want to bear that in mind. PM me with your budget and interests and I'll tell you more about what to visit.

Hope I helped :) Becci

8. Posted by steff (Travel Guru, 1158 posts) 26 Jan '06 09:16

Quoting stepsdevil

Don't stay in Lichtenberg or Neukoelln...it's a little bit rough.

I wouldn't necessarily say that Neukoelln is a rough area, I've been living in the northern part of it for more than three years and absolutely love it...
I also recommend checking out Bergmannstr. and Oranienstr in Kreuzberg (Oranienburger Str. is at another end of town) as the streets are full of nice cafés, bars and trendy shops.
Another cool thing to do is instead of going up the TV Tower which will cost you around 7 Euro check out the Kohlhoff building on Alte Postdamer Str.(near Potsdamer Platz). They charge you 2.50 Euro and Europe's fastest elevator will take you to a great viewing platform on 25th floor.

In Hamburg definitely visit "Schanzenviertel" around Schanzenstr., it's one of my favorite districts in the city.
And if you're in the city on a weekend make sure you go to the famous "Fischmarkt". It's on Sunday mornings (and I mean mornings as it's from 6 am till 9 am,) at the harbour. It's a popular food market for fish, vegetables and other groceries and even if you don't need anything it's worth going there for the great atmosphere.
(You might consider not going to bed after going out Saturday night, the fish sandwiches you can get there are a perfect breakfast after a big night out;))

Hope this helps and if you've got anymore questions feel free to pm me.

Steff

9. Posted by widget88 (Budding Member, 4 posts) 31 Jan '06 15:18

Sounds like a great trip.

Cologne is really nice. My boyfriend and i went in february so it was so cold but it snowed evryday. I advise going up the cathedral. The hundreds of steps are worn and so narrow but when you see the view at the top its well worth it. It was in fact so cold at that height when we got to the top it was hard to breathe in the cold air and it made your chest hurt and your mouth taste like blood... I know this probably isnt promoting it but the truth has to be told. Worth the 2 euros or whatever it is to get it. As i said the view from the top is amazing - you wont regret it. The dowstairs of the cathedral is so impressive..its just enormous! It takes your breath away. Also the train station isnt just the average station but more like a small shopping centre. Look out for the station hostel about a 2 minute walk from the station (google it), and the Nici shop in the station.

10. Posted by mattematte (Budding Member, 4 posts) 1 Feb '06 12:32

Hello!

When you are in Berlin, you should not (NOT!) go to Checkpoint Charlie Museum!
Ok, if you want to go there and stand outside and so, but do not enter. It´s soooo tourisitc and expensive AND there´s a much better museum of the wall. Check out this page (also in english):

http://www.berliner-mauer-dokumentationszentrum.de/

And I read that you´re going to Dresden - I just love that city. Beautiful in a rought way, much poorer than the rest of the German cities you´re going to and much more "east".

Hope you enjoy your trip!

/Matte