I AM TRAVELLING TO BERLIN AT THE END OF JULY - PLAN TO STAY THERE FOR ABOUT A WEEK THEN GET THE TRAIN TO KRAKOW.
ANY GOOD TIPS FOR WHERE TO STAY (CHEAP-BACKPACKER) AND WHAT TO DO IN AND AROUND BERLIN - ARE THERE ANY LAKES NEAR BY?
SHOULD I BOOK MY BER-KRAK OVER THE INTERNET IN ADVANCE OR IS IT EASIER TO JUST GET IT FROM THE STATION WHEN I GET THERE? WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE TRAIN OPERATOR AND HOW MUCH WILL IT BE?
SO MANY QUESTIONS! ALL HELP WILL BE MOST APPRECIATED! DANKE SHON
Since u are travelling in July, book everything in advance. Accomodation, trains etc.
Go to Berlin, on a weekend. U will meet lots of people and have a really good time, all night, on Saturday. The bars and clubs stay open most of the night, on Saturday, and the public transport goes all night, at the weekends.
I stayed at the Helter Skelter hostel twice, when I was in Berlin. I can recommend it. The staff are very easy going. Google Helter Skelter, Berlin. It will be the first item on the list. It is very central.
Try www.bahn.de for your train booking to Krakow. Book as much in advance as u can, for better prices. If u are very lucky, u might score one for 29 Euros.
Anyway, more later, because I have to go now.
Are u interested in world war 2 history. If so, there is lots to see about that in Berlin.
Deffinitely book your train ticket in advance if you want to save. They'll overcharge if you don't. That's my two cents.
Hello again Katz
I just noticed a mistake, in what I said above.
Firstly, u will need to get a train from Berlin to Warsaw. Hopefully, for 29 Euros, if u are lucky enough to get a bargin ticket. U can also try the night trains, to find a train to Warsaw. http://www.nachtzug.de/site/nachtzugreise/de/start.html
U can change it to English, using the tab that says English, near the top of the screen. Then after u get to Warsaw, u have to take another train, to get to Krakow.
U can have a drink, at the cafe bar, at the top of the TV tower, in Alexander Plaz. It is 8.50 Euros to get up there, so that makes it an expensive drink, but the views are worth it.
The underground station is Alexander Platz.
Of course, the hostel has various people comming in, who offer tours and pub crawls, in the city, but u can do it yourself too.
U can visit Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. It is the first human rights museum in Europe. Founded by Rainer Hildebrandt. He was a journalist, during the second world war and post war years. He uncovered atrocities that were happening and even helped some people escape from Eastern Europe, after the wall went up.
Last time I was there, they were showing films, set during the war and post war years. Maybe they show some every day. Cost: 850 Euros Underground: Kochstr.
A few hundred meters from this is the Topography of Terror. It is a museum on the site of the former SS headquarters. The design of the building that is supposed house the museum is still undecided, so the museum is outdoor and cost free. It is about the SS and what life was like in Germany, while the SS were in charge. U can also see a big section of the Berlin wall there.
What type of music do u like? If u like heavy metal, I can give u some information about where to go, at night.
Anyway, there is also more to do in Berlin. My two posts are only what I did on my 2 trips to there. Maybe somebody else can add to it.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 10, 2007, at 11:56 PM by Mel. ]
Ay Up Katz Been Berlin twice stayed both times at the Circus Hostel check it out for rates,we stayed in double rooms but i know you can get cheaper beds if you choose a dormitory,good place for young people,and not too far to walk down into town, for lakes try Potsdam 35 mins train ride out of Berlin, we spent all day out there,lots of water and big gardens,, its easy to get into Berlin from the airport on the train as well, hope its some help to you, Brilliant place Berlin we love it,have a good time allan