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Berlin

A May 2006 trip to Berlin by honeyb

Haus der Jugend Photo, Berlin, Germany More Photos
Quote: A long weekend in Berlin with day trips to Potsdam and Sachsenhausen.

Berlin

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Overview

Reichstag Dome Photo, Berlin, Germany
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Berlin is a city steeped in history. Since the opening of the Berlin wall, the city has developed at a tremendous pace that has modernized the city and yet kept alive its historical roots. Perhaps the only drawback is that because there's something for everyone, you can expect long lines and crowds at the most places.One of the greenest major cities in Europe, it is a walking or cycling paradise, attested to by the numerous walking and cycling tours available. A very efficient public transportation system served by buses, subway (U-bahn), suburban trains (S-bahn), and trams make it very easy to navigate the city.Quick Tips: Get the Berlin WelcomeCard transit pass. It will save you a l...Read More
Haus der Jugend Photo, Berlin, Germany
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This youth hostel in the Potsdam suburb of Berlin is located within minutes of Babelsberg station on the S-Bahn S1 line that runs from the center of Berlin. Arriving at night, we had no problems finding the hostel as Schulstrasse is marked as an exit from the station. Although the street runs alongside the tracks, we were totally unaware of any train noise.The hostel is a new, bright and clean building. Included is typical German breakfast fare of bread and rolls with cheese and cold cuts or jam as well as cereals, boiled eggs, and tomatoes, and cucumber. While the coffee was not bad, "orange juice" was a colored liquid with artificial sweetener.A big advantage is that Babelsberg is on...Read More

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Haus der Jugend
Schulstrasse 9, D14-482, Potsdam, Berlin
Berlin, Germany
49-331-5813-100

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Attraction | "Sachsenhausen"

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Photo, Oranienburg, Germany
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Sachsenhausen was a "model" concentration camp for the Nazi regime. After World War II, the Soviet secret service took over the site and set up a special camp, using most of the buildings for the same purpose as before.

To get to Sachsenhausen, we took the S-Bahn line S1 to Oranienburg and then bus 804 from the front of the station which took us right to the site in about 10 minutes. We returned on foot instead of waiting for 2 hours for the next bus as we'd just missed one. The journey on foot took about 20 minutes.

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Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
Oranienburg
Oranienburg

Roman Baths Photo,
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Park Sanssouci, the New Gardens, and Babelsberg Park are a group of palaces and gardens in Potsdam created in the 19th century by various German emperors. The sheer concentration and grandeur of the palaces and gardens is incomparable to anything we've visited elsewhere in Europe and rightly justifies its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List.You can take a bus tour either from the center of Berlin or from Potsdam. We opted to rent bicycles so as not to be restricted to the tour schedule and the crowds. Bike rental is between platforms 6 and 7 at Potsdam train station. It is open between 9:30am until 7pm.Thinking we could cover the 4km of the Sanssouci Park route in an hour with time...Read More

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Tourist Berlin

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Normally, we like to take a "tour" of a city to get our bearings as much as to get to know the sights. Below is our recommendation on the best way to do this on a budget.The first thing you should do is get one of the transportation passes if you're staying for 2 or 3 days. Pass up on the single ticket as it'll save you time and trouble—you can get one from the ticket machines but make sure you stop at the tourist office to pick up your book of vouchers if you get a WelcomeCard and at the minimum, the pamphlet Discovering Berlin by Train and Bus. This will tell you about the all important buses 100 and 200 (the only public transportation we know of in the world that could double as a tour bus)...Read More