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Won't using U1 be faster and easier? Yes - but Google Maps doesn't know about it. Apparently the public transit data in Germany is based exclusively on a cooperation with Deutsche Bahn (which operates the S-Bahn). Other public transit (including regional trains not operated by DB) are not taken into account. They may eventually expand their data base ...


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Having a car in Berlin is more hassle than a convenience, just because of the parking situation, and the money you spend on parking meters. Driving in Berlin is also not exactly fun with the traffic congestion, or much faster than the bus or subway either. Leave your car at home, save the money and then decide after 3 months if you really need a car in ...


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Checkpoint Charlie is probably worth seeing anyway but it's very touristy and not quite a piece of the Berlin Wall: The checkpoint has been rebuilt and stands alone in the middle of the street. Incidentally, it became a symbol for several reasons but it was only mostly notable as the only checkpoint for members of the allied forces. Other border crossings ...


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For general communist architecture I would start at Alexander Platz and walk down the 'Karl-Marx-Allee' all the way to 'Frankfurter Tor' in Friedrichshain. There is nothing super special there, but the street was used for the big parades and still has a bit of an 'East German' feeling to it. As for bunkers, there are still many around, some of them from the ...


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This is the official website where you can get all the informations you asked for (in english as well): http://www.bundestag.de/htdocs_e/visits/index.jsp Short summary: There are no restrictions for non-german citizens. You can participate in a guided tour and you can even watch a debate from the tribune of the reichstag for ~1 hour. You need a ...


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There is an express bus running from Tegel, called very appropriately TXL. It runs to Alexanderplatz (trip takes 25 min), and passes a few hundred meters from Stadtmitte at Unter den Linden. The closest stop would be Unter den Linden/Friedrichstraße. One ride costs 2.40 € for an adult. (The same ticket will be valid for 2 hours on U-Bahn or S-Bahn within ...


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Any large international car rental firm that operates in both Germany and Spain should work. I just searched via the regular homepages of Hertz and Europcar, and both offered similar rates. It won't be cheap though - around 1000 EUR if you allow only a week for the trip, 2000 if you take a month. Be sure to buy a large enough km package in advance.


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The cheapest way is obviously to hitchhike, especially if time is not an issue. You can check out Hitchwiki for suggestions on how to do that. To fly might be cheap, but remember that the cheap airlines (RyanAir, for example) often take you to airports well outside the city, and then you have to get a bus/train in. Also, asking which is the cheapest is ...


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Leave the car at home. As you say, Berlin has "nearly perfect" public transportation coverage. If you find that you want a car for an errand or for a road trip, rent one. In addition to traditional car rental businesses, there are many short-term "car sharing" programs (similar to Zipcar in the US). Taking a taxi is another option.


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My favourite communist architecture in Berlin is definitely the Frankfurter Tor and the rest of the "Stalinallee ensemble". Frankfurter Tor: Thanks to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons Stalinallee / Karl-Marx-Allee: Thanks to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons Building on Stalinallee / Karl-Marx-Allee: My own photo I'm not sure if this is exactly what you ...


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If you go to the website of the Russian embassy in Germany, you can find (although a bit hidden) a page where they state that the consular department started since 8. January 2013 to process digital visa applications coming from Consulate Portal of Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry. So if you go to that site you should be able to get your Visa Otherwise, ...


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I've done this several times, renting a flat in Berlin for some weeks up to about a month. Over the years, my platforms of choice have been wg-gesucht.de and zwischenmiete.de. The first one of those had more offers than the second one when I last used it in December 2012. A lot of offers were available on both platforms. On these platforms you find ...


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Why?? I don't know, probably they don't have the information about all kind of public transport. So it's better to use fahrinfo-berlin.de Here is an exaple for this route: EDIT: Google maps shows also U-Bahns, Trams and Buses (but still only in Berlin and Brandenburg(VBB))


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There is the Checkpoint Charlie Mauer Museum. If you are going to visit, you must visit East Side Gallery - the rather long fragment of Berlin Wall, that is painted with artistic graffiti. This is an endangered place - this year there were plans to destroy it, followed by large protests.


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Like others have said, Checkpoint Charlie is the main tourist point to go. What I'd suggest is looking at the museum (near the US side of the 'border'). There's a piece of the wall standing there, although I suspect it's been moved from its original location, as you'll see when you continue. From Checkpoint Charlie, walk towards the 'border crossing', ...


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Being used to German ample vacation times, 5 days seems awfully short to really see much along such a long route, and I'd therefore avoid going the extra distance to the Alps, unless you require your hikes to include spectacular alpine vistas - but if you're staying in Munich for a while, that's a different story. The most direct route from Berlin to Munich ...


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One amazing Soviet structure is the World War II memorial in Treptower Park, in the southeast of Berlin. (There are several Soviet war memorials commemorating WW2; another is in the Tiergarten. I haven't seen that one so have no idea what's it's like, but the Treptower one seems to be more well-known / renowned, in my experience.) Many people seem to like ...


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I don't think you can validate the ticket on the train itself. The German page for Kurzstrecken-Tickets states: "Kurzstreckenfahrscheine that need to be validated have to be validated at the beginning of the journey" Even though BVG has English pages there doesn't seem to be an equivalent for that page in English. If this is too vague, you can validate ...


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If you have got luck you can find a cheap ticket for buses (but not direct). For example www.polskibus.com (available in english). There is a bus from Berlin to Warsaw (around 9h) and from Warsaw to Krakow (around 4h30). But sometimes this ticket are not cheap and it may be necessary to spend a night in Warsaw.


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Michael is spot-on. On top of that, you have chosen "train" as your transport method, not "subway". You need to consider that the "S" stands for "Schnellbahn" (fast train), the "U" stands for "Untergrundbahn" - subway. Despite the fact that they are both running underground downtown. To explain the difference: In most cities in Germany, the S-Bahn will be a ...


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If you go to Hostelbookers (generally a bit cheaper than Hostelworld) and search by price, shared dorm rooms start around a little over 6 quid. In the high season when I was there last year it was still possible to walk into some hostels and get a bed, but not guaranteed, especially around weekends when more people travel and use them.


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It depends a little bit of the month you want to travel to Berlin, but a bed in a dorm you can get from approximately 5£. In almost all hostels, it is not necessary to pre-book a bed. You can just walk there and see if one is available. However, during the high season it might be a good idea to pre-book at least the day before, or to show up not to late in ...


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You want bvg.de. It has English and German versions, and if you visit the site on a mobile device it'll offer a mobile optimised version. They have an excellent trip planner, covering regional trains, S-Bahn, U-Bahn, Bus, Tram and walking. You can also download various network maps for offline use. In addition to the website, there are a number of apps ...


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I think you want an extension ticket, but see below. Short Trip Tickets requiring validation must be validated on starting travel. The idea is that you need to have one ticket that's valid for your whole trip. Technically, on the journey out, you may step off the train at the last zone B station, validate the ticket, and step back onto the same train. ...


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I've been to Berlin a few times, and if I only had a half day I would go check out one of these two abandoned spots (I've been to both already). http://www.impracticalguide.com/2012/07/berlin-abandoned-hospital.html http://www.impracticalguide.com/2012/07/berlin-abandoned-spy-station.html They're not touristy, and I haven't been anywhere like that ...


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This depends on a lot of factors: The price of the flight is a big one - are you sure MPI won't pay it for you, not even in part? Health insurance seems to be available for as little as 30 EUR per month, see here, here or here. But note that if you get sick, you still have to pay 10 EUR to visit a doctor (but only once per quarter) and between 5 and 10 EUR ...


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I would recommend you Sachsenhausen concentration camp. It's only 35km from Berlin. Here is a list of guided tours that they offer. Here are some more tours: Insider Tour, Berlin Walks, which also do other tours in Berlin. They are walking tours where you meet at a particular time and take the train to the destination.


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How do I get from Berlin to Abisko, Sweden? I have a Eurail pass, so I would like to make the most out of that. The cheapest option Berlin – Abisko on EUrail Berlin – Copenhagen, train 50473, 00:32 – 10:07 Copenhagen – Stockholm, train 536, 11:15 – 16:40 Stockholm – Abisko, train 94, 17:58 – 11:33 Details I recommend to take train 94, the direct ...



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