Berlin Journals

A Week in Berlin

Best of IgoUgo

A March 2006 trip to Berlin by Shady Ady

Eastener Hostel Photo, Berlin, Germany More Photos
Quote: I have visited Berlin twice in the last few months, first to run the Berlin Marathon, then to meet my girlfriend who was arriving there. This journal highlights the tourist activities participated in, as well as accommodation and restaurants recommended.

Eastener Hostel

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Easterner Hostel"

Eastener Hostel Photo, Berlin, Germany
Quote:
I have stayed in a number of hostels in my time, but this hostel is definitely one of the best I have stayed in. Not only is it one of the cheapest in Berlin, but it also one of the most centrally located hostels as well, being only a 10 minute walk from Unter Den Linden and the Brandenburg Gate. The main bar and restaurant district of Berlin, located on Oranienburger Strasse is less than 5 minutes walk away. Here you can find cuisine from every corner of the globe, including traditional German dishes. Just because it's cheap though it doesn't mean that you are being short changed for your money as this is certainly not the case. The rooms are immaculately clean a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 16, 2006

Eastener Hostel
Novalisstr. 14
Berlin, Germany 10115
0175 11 23 515

Hostel Adler

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel

Quote:
I stayed at this hostel last year when I ran the Berlin marathon, and at the time I thought this was a fairly decent place, although after staying at the Eastener Hostel on later trips to Berlin, I would not go back and stay at the Hostel Adler again. On the plus side, the location is perfect and I think it has got to be one of the best placed hostels in Berlin, being only a 10 minute walk or so from Brandenburg Gate and only 5 minutes from the main station of Freidrichstrasse Bahnhof. On the negative side though this is really all it has going for it. The prices are cheap, but when you see the rooms, you understand why, as the rooms are bare and empty apart from the beds, and ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 17, 2006

Hostel Adler
Friedrichstrasse 124
Berlin, Germany 10117
+49 (030) 2829352

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Photo, Oranienburg, Germany
Quote:
If you have a spare day in Berlin and want a change from the scenery in the city centre then I strongly recommend a trip to the outskirts of Berlin and the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. I think everybody once in their life should visit a concentration camp, just to see how cruel the human race can be. I wouldn’t go as far as saying it was a life changing experience, but it puts a lot of things into perspective. Just to stand in the middle of a concentration camp and try and think what happened 70 years before is almost unbelievable. It’s hard to imagine what these people went through and the pain and suffering they endured. Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was built in 1936 by slave labore...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 22, 2006

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
Oranienburg
Oranienburg

New Berlin Tours

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Brandenburg Gate Photo, Berlin, Germany
Quote:
If you visit Berlin, then I would say the best way to orientate yourself with the city is to take one of the free tours offered by this company, New Berlin Tours. For me it was the perfect way to learn more about the city and know how to walk from place to place instead of using either the S or U-Bahns. You get to see so much more by walking. I was lucky enough to accidentally meet the Polish President the last time I visited Berlin and was aimlessly walking around! A very weird experience! The fact that it is free is an added bonus.Walking around the city by yourself is one thing but through the experience I had taking this tour, you learn so much more if you do it with one of the guides. The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2006

New Berlin Tours
Hallesches Ufer 32-38
Berlin, Germany 10963
+49 (179) 973 0397

The Reichstag/German Parliament

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Reichstag"

The Reichstag/German Parliament Photo, Berlin, Germany
Quote:
No trip to Berlin would be complete without a trip to the home of Germany’s Parliament, the Reichstag. The Reichstag is one of Berlin's most historical landmarks. It was the seat of the Weimar Republic government until it was seized by the Nazis in 1933. It’s close to the Brandenburg Gate and before the unification, was right next to the wall. The Reichstag was constructed between 1884 and 1894, mainly funded with wartime reparation money from France. The famous inscription 'Dem Deutschen Volke' (to the German People) was only added in 1916. This building has so much history associated with it. The picture of a Red Army Soldier raising the Soviet flag on the Reichstag is one of the most famo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2006

The Reichstag/German Parliament
Platz Der Republik
Berlin, Germany 10557
+49 30 2273 2152

Brandenburg Gate

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "The Brandenburg Gate"

Brandenburg Gate Photo, Berlin, Germany
Quote:
Berlin is a city steeped in history and no matter where you look, or find yourself within the city, you are guaranteed to be surrounded by remnants and artifacts reminding you of past events in this great city. I would say none are more poignant than the Brandenburg Gate, or as it is known in Germany, the Brandenburger Tor. In Berlin's heyday before World War II, the Gate marked the grand western extremity of the "main street," Unter den Linden.Brandenburg Gate was built during the 18th-century reign of Friedrich Wilhelm II and has long been a defining symbol of Berlin and both the city's division and unification. It was located in no-man's land between East and West Germany during the Cold ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 1, 2006

Brandenburg Gate
Pariser Platz
Berlin, Germany

Berlin Wall

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

New Berlin Tours Photo, Berlin, Germany
Quote:
The Berlin Wall split Berlin into two cities for 28 years, and is one activity not to be missed while visiting Berlin. In a mad rush to eradicate their hated landmark, Berliners tore down huge chunks of the 156km wall that once divided the city. Today it’s hard to find the remnants, with only three sections that remain. The most central standing relic of the wall, and most popular with tourists is on Niederkirchnerstrasse, alongside the “Topography of Terror” memorial to Nazi atrocities between 1933 and 1945. It is protected by a fence and pockmarked by the souvenir hunters that hammered away at it a decade ago. A second, longer section runs along Bernauer Strasse, just north of the centre. The third,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 1, 2006

Berlin Wall
East Berlin, just a five min walk from station
Berlin, Germany