An October 2002 trip
to Berlin by Kathy
Quote: Berlin had been on our list of cities that we really wanted to visit. It was rather cold the week we were there but we did manage to enjoy most of the highlights of Berlin, except the zoo.
We paid €108.00 for a non-smoking room facing the back, but they had less expensive rooms. In Oct 2002, €108.00 was just about US$97.00. Check out the website--there are pictures of the rooms and they really look like the website pictures. The room we had was very nice and the location was very quiet. Breakfast (included) was wonderful, with lots of wonderful breads and pastries, fruit, cheese, cold cuts, yogurt, and cereal.
The only drawback was that there were no restaurants close to hotel, but Hackesher Market was only three tram stops away, and the tram runs often.
The best way to get to the hotel from the airport is by taxi. It costs about €17.00. We took taxi on the way back, but on the way there we took a bus to Zoo Station and then a train to Hackesher Market and finally a tram to the hotel--it wasn't worth the time and hassle to save about €10.00. However, I would most definitely stay here again, because I liked that it was in a quiet neighborhood.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 15, 2003
Hotel Pension Kastanienhof
The restaurant had warm, dark wood and a fireplace going the night we were there. I also noticed some outdoor tables, but it was October--I presume you can dine al fresco in the nicer weather.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 15, 2003
Kilkenny's Irish Pub
Attraction | "Reichstag Buildingl"
In April 1999, the seat of German government was transferred back from Bonn to Berlin. Now that Germany is unified, the Parliament will be here in Berlin.
The Reichstag/German Parliament
Platz Der Republik
Berlin, Germany 10557
+49 30 2273 2152
The Brandenburg gate is probably the most well-known landmark in Berlin. It now stands as a symbol of the reunification of the two sides of this great city.
Attraction | "Kurfurstendamm (Ku' Damm)"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 3, 2003
Berlin, Germany 10707
Attraction | "Fernsehturm (TV Tower)"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2003
Panoramastraße 1A Alexanderplatz
Berlin, Germany 10178
+49 30 242 33 33
Berlin, Germany 10178
+49 30 20 26 90
Attraction | "Story of Berlin Museum"
This was our last day in Berlin and I wanted to go to the zoo, but it was cold so we went here. I really enjoyed it - lots of history and they even have a simulated bomb shelter that can be toured. This museum is in kind of a mall so you have to look for it, but it was well worth it. The website is in German so it's not real informative.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 18, 2003
Berlin, Germany D-10099
+49 (0)30 2093-8591
Attraction | "Checkpoint Charlie House"
One person was in the front of Volkswagen beetle, one lady smuggled her three-year-old kid in a backpack the size of the school book bag. Hard to believe these things until you see them.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2003
Checkpoint Charlie Museum
Berlin, Germany 10969
+49 30 25 37 25 0
Attraction | "Charlottenburg Palace"
The €7 gave us a combination ticket which included the main palace, the new wing, the kings rooms and the mauseleum, and the summer palace.
Spandauer Damm 20
Berlin, Germany 14059
+49 33 19 69 42 02
Attraction | "Kaiser-Wilhelm Church"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2003
Berlin, Germany 10789
+49 30 218 50 23
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