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Berlin, the capital of Germany, is located in the northeast of the country and is the first stop of this trip in the eastern part of Germany. Berlin is a world-famous city with a long history and many famous buildings and attractions, from the Prussian Duchy in the 17th century to the city's famous "Kaiserliche Stadt" in the 18th century.Charlottenburg PalaceIt was built during the Prussian Kingdom in the 18th century.Brandenburg GateIt was built in the 19th century during the German Empire.Capitol BuildingThe first two years of the Cold War were the period of the Cold War, and the first two years of the Cold War were the period of the Cold War.Berlin WallIf you're really interested in history and architecture, a week in Berlin is not too much to ask. I spent a total of nine days in Berlin, of which I was able to spend about two and a half days. Due to the fragmented time, the places I stayed were not the usual touristy areas (in theEstrel BerlinI'm not sure if it's cheaper than the other way around, so I'm going to start this post with a general summary of the key areas and what I personally find to be more convenient.
Transportation in Berlin
Berlin is very easy to get around, and visitors can buy daily or weekly tickets for all modes of public transportation. There are S-bahn and U-bahn, and the most important buses for tourists to familiarize themselves with are number 100 and 200. Tickets are divided into A and B zones and can be purchased according to your schedule. Generally speaking, if you are not going to Potsdam, you can just buy the AB ticket. This time, I actually rented a car in Berlin because I was going to other places on my own, so I only bought the AB ticket for the first day, and drove for the next day and a half!Potsdam, near Berlin, Germanyand the rest of the sights. If you are mainly interested in Berlin and train rides, buying a three-day day pass for AB should be the best choice, and you can forget about renting a car.
Overview of Berlin Sightseeing Areas and Suggestions for Berlin Itineraries
I personally categorize Berlin's sightseeing areas as follows.
- Near the center of the city, east of Museum IslandThe city's main attractions include Alexanderplatz, the Berlin Television Tower, Nikolaikirche, Museum Island and many more. You can either take a car or walk.
- Near the center of the city, west of Museum IslandThe city's main attractions include the Royal Plaza, the Brandenburg Gate, the Great Tiergarten Park, the Pillar of Victory and many more. You can either take a car or walk.
- south of downtownThe program includes Checkpoint Charlie and the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Suitable for traveling by car.
- Southeast of downtown.East Side GalleryThe car is a great way to get around the city, and it is recommended that you always take the car.
- Northeast of downtown.Berlin Wall MemorialThe car is a great way to get around the city, and it is recommended that you always take the car.
Berlin is close to the center of the city, so if you are a walker, you can walk, I walked most of the way on my first day. From Alexanderplatz, you can walk all the way to Brandenburg Gate, or if you have enough time, you can walk from the Royal Plaza to Checkpoint Charlie, or walk all the way to the Pillar of Victory from the Brandenburg Gate, but if you want to save your energy, you can at least take a bus from the Brandenburg Gate to the Pillar of Victory. Walking from east to west without stopping takes about one and a half hours.
The rest of the attractions are outside of the city center and are more geographically dispersed, requiring a car ride. If all of them are taken by public transportation, plus sightseeing time, at least one and a half to two days will need to be arranged.
I visited the Charlottenburg Palace, Checkpoint Charlie, the Jewish Museum Berlin, the East Side Gallery, the Berlin Wall Memorial, and actually arranged a two-day driving trip with Potsdam, with some trips back to the city to visit some of the sights that I didn't get to on the first day. Because the Berlin part of the actual itinerary is quite chaotic, the next two posts will be organized by the above two major Berlin attractions theme.
Accommodation can be arranged in the area near the Museum Island, which is more convenient for transportation.
- Germany Self-Drive Itinerary 2017/08 (Berlin - Dresden - Munich)
- Three Days, Two Nights Berlin Itinerary
- Berlin Attractions(Part 1): Berlin TV Tower, Red Town Hall, Nikolaikirche, Museum Island
- Berlin Attractions(Part 2): Grosser Platz, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Victory Column
- Berlin Attractions(Part 3): Checkpoint Charlie, Oberbaum Bridge, East Side Gallery, Berlin Wall Memorial, Charlottenburg Palace
- Potsdam One Day Tour: Wunderkammerpark, Old Town
- Day trips around Dresden: Bastei Saxony, Schloss Pillnitz, Pillnitz Palace
- Dresden: Florence on the Elbe
- Rothenburg Rothenburg ob der Tauber : A frozen medieval German city
- Day trip to Königssee: Germany's most beautiful lake
- Day trip to Chimesee: the largest lake in Bavaria
- Neuschwansteinstraße and Schloss Hohenschwangau: The Fairytale World of Mad King Ludwig
- Munich Attractions (Part 1): Marienplatz, Neues Rathaus, Atlas Rathaus, Hofbrauhaus, Royal Beer House
- Munich Sightseeing (Part 2): Unification Church, Teatro-Artina Church, Munich Royal Palace
- Munich Attractions (Part 3): Peterskirche St. Peter's Church, Viktualienmarkt Grain Market
- BMW Museum in Munich: The Pride of German Industry
- German Culinary Journey (Part 1): Dining in Berlin and Potsdam
- German Culinary Journey (Part 2): Dresden and Rothenburg
- German Food Tour (Part 3): Beisgasden, Lake Keim, Fussen Dining
- Germany Food Tour (Part 4): Munich Cuisine
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