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1. Posted by guiny (Respected Member, 143 posts) 8 Dec '06 11:28

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Hello! Does anyone have any advice for someone travelling to Berlin? Is it a very expensive city? Is it safe? Does anyone know the Hotel Agon Opera? How much money should an average tourist take to spend four days in the city? Is taxi expensive? Thanks! Danke!
Audry

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4275 posts) 8 Dec '06 12:54

Berlin isn't more expensive than any other big city in Western Europe, and cheaper than some (although definitely not cheap as such). I haven't come across any part of town where I felt unsafe, although I heard there's some parts northeast of the city center (iirc) where you probably wouldn't want to go as a tourist at night.
No ideas on taxis, but public transport (u-bahn, s-bahn, buses) is excellent, so you shouldn't need to use them very often, if at all.

When I stayed in Berlin, I was recommended to stay in the East Berlin part of town (near Potzdamer Platz), and I never regretted following that advice. I didn't go to the West Berlin part much at all, other than for going to Charlottenburg once and wandering around near the Tiergarten and such. Between Unter den Linden, the holocaust monument and the Reichstag, most of the really must see locations are in the east.

Can't remember exactly how much I spent anymore. Maybe €40-50 per day? Something like that, in any case. (That was cheap restaurant food, a bed, and public transport; didn't do any activities you had to pay for.)

3. Posted by guiny (Respected Member, 143 posts) 8 Dec '06 13:11

Thank you, Sanser. I enquired about the taxi because I will take one to the hotel. By the way, how long do you recomend to stay in the city?

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru, 4567 posts) 9 Dec '06 13:44

Hello Audry

For budget travelling, i think 30 to 50 Euros per day would be a good amount. 30 would be a very tight budget.

I dont know if taxis are expensive, becuse i did not take any, while i was there. But the public transport is very good. It also runs all night, on weekends.

I dont know the Hotel Agon Opera.

Mel

5. Posted by rubens (Budding Member, 35 posts) 11 Dec '06 10:08

It's better to take the subway or buses the service is excellent of course is expensive than in Brazil or Mexico but much much much better... mucho gusto de que estes en Berlin y un saludo! obrigado! gracias! danke!

6. Posted by Maniak (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 12 Dec '06 14:20

HI Audrey,

I wouldn't recommend taking taxis in any foreign city because they will quite often take you for a joy ride!! ;) There is a train that does go from the airport into the city. I would find the location of the hostel on a map and find a train close by and then maybe consider taking a taxi. From memory the train ride to East Berlin was about 20 mins - just imagine how long it might be in a car/taxi with traffic and how much it will cost you!

Doms

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4275 posts) 12 Dec '06 14:41

Quoting audry79

By the way, how long do you recomend to stay in the city?

I was there for five days, which I think was a reasonable amount of time to get a good sense of the place without having to rush. Could've been quite happy staying for a few more days, too, and seen some of the more outlying areas. But 4-5 days definitely should be good to cover the basics.

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9. Posted by friscokid (Full Member, 122 posts) 30 Dec '06 23:34

i was in berlin for 7 days in march. i took a cab from Schonefeld airport to prenzlauerbert and it cost me 35 euro; i also took a cab from templehof to tegel is 28 euro.

the cab was totally unneccessary as the subway is extremely efficient. however, the cab will not take advantage of you. my driver had no idea were mila strasse was, but i told him prenzlauer berg and he showed a map and i showed him the street and he took me there directly.

the city is indeed very cheap (from my point of view) not including hotel i got by on 15 euro a day for food. there is plenty of cheap eats. buy a 4 day pass for the subway; the maps to the subway system is easy to understand.

i also got lost at 1am in 2 parts of berlin trying to get to a club; i did finally find my way and although just a little stressed; never felt unsafe.

i stayed in prenzlauer berg a wonderful part of east berlin.

send me a message if you want to know more.

10. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member, 211 posts) 1 Jan '07 05:33

Hi all,

I concur that, depending on your interests (art, architecture, history, music), you can easily enjoy 5 to 7 days in Berlin.

Berlin is IMO a very inexpensive city to visit. Public transit is excellent and relatively inexpensive and there are several special ticket packages just for visitors, which include free or reduced-fair admittance to many museums and other venues.

http://www.bvg.de/index.php/en/Bvg/Index/folder/710/name/For+Visitors

Food in general is inexpensive here if you are not too picky and avoid the more expensive restaurants, those in the prime tourist areas, and cocktail bars; for example, my neighborhood Sushi restaurant in Friedrichshain offers a daily business lunch that includes a hot meal such as a curry chicken with rice and a drink for only EUR 5,00. I think that a careful budget traveller could get by on less than 20 euros per day for transit, meals, and admittance to many venues.

Public transit to and from both airports is possible and not particularly difficult, but for many first-time visitors -- or if you are arriving late at night -- a taxi will be easier to manage. They will be happy to provide carriage to anyone arriving at the airport as this means a decent fare for them (maybe 25 to 35 euros, depending on your destination).

As to location, anywhere inside the "ring" -- the Ringbahn, which defines the A/B tariff areas -- is good. Berlin has several neighborhoods and centers of interest and all are easily reached by public transit.

Here are some city tours; be sure to click on the link "Walks in Berlin":

http://www.berlin.de/english/visitors/city_tours/index.html

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer
(Full disclosure obligates me to mention that I operate a B&B guest apartment in Berlin.)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 1, 2007, at 5:43 AM by pfeiffer ]