Berlin is one huge city, but at the same time not so huge. Hard to explain. We rode the ungrounded a lot because the U2 was right out the door of our hotel, but we also realized what was 2 underground stops away was just under a mile away. It really felt like you were going to much farther.
We bought the ABC pass for 5 days and it was unlimited and could be used for buses, trams, trains and underground. If Berlin has it, it’s included. Don’t use the sightseeing buses, use public transportation.
My tip within a tip:
I had read that bus 100 goes to all the tourist attractions and it’s true, as does bus 200 although it doesn’t have as many sites to see. This is not a new tip and you could tell because every.single.person was using this as their “tour guide.” The city knows this so they have added quite a few buses on these routes. One day we were ready to get on bus 100. You can look at the reader board and see one was coming in 1 minute and the next one was to arrive in 2 minutes. The first one pulls up and everyone crams onto the bus. It took them awhile to literally squeeze each person onto the bus before it could go. We just sat and watched. By the time they finally got everyone on, the next bus 100 was pulling up. Practically empty. Keep an eye on those reader boards they really are accurate on times.
This ABC pass will get you all the way to Potsdam. It’s nice to get out of the big city for the day. Then when Potsdam seemed big we chose Babelsberg Palace. Very quiet quaint town. It just nice to have options and not need a car to get to any of these places.
We checked out many of the sought after sites in Berlin, but one stop really stood out to us and that was the Berlin Wall Museum. One of the reasons this was so interesting to us is that we were in Berlin 2 years after the wall came down. At that time the Berlin Wall was just pushed off to the side and people were chipping away at the wall. And in the countryside, where the Iron Curtain was the border around Eastern Germany, they were cutting away pieces of the Iron Curtain. We really wanted to see the whole city undivided.
There is lots to do in the city, here are some of our favorites…
Our favorite breakfast places was Chipps. We ate there twice.
There was also lots to see outside the city that was easily accessible by train.
What We Discovered:
- Berlin is very easy to get around. It did take us awhile to figure out that Alexanderplatz is the biggest station so we avoided it when we could just for ease.
- You can really get a good feel for the city in about 4 days. So much touristy stuff, so I was ready to go.
- They were not quick to speak English. People from all over the world come here because of all the history. So even though I don’t expect them to speak English, you know they all can. I am always willing to try, it’s just that they were sometimes hard to work with. Luckily we do speak the language a little bit so we got by. (We have never experienced this in Germany before.)
- Really narrow down ahead of time what you would like to see because you won’t see it all in a week. We stuck to the Berlin Wall history and by the end my heart was heavy. It would have been tough to do a lot of Holocaust history on top of that.
What’s your favorite place in Berlin?