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Download a city guide of some of Europe's most beautiful cities onto your iPod, mp3 player or phone. As we guide you through the streets, along the route we've planned for you, our city guides will tell you what you're looking at and how to make the most of your city break.
We only had a long weekend to do the city and so your tour really helped us get our bearings. There's just so much to see there! I know we only scraped the surface but it worked really well for us.
Tanya Ellison - (27/08/06)
This was a great tour that took you everywhere you needed to go. Particularly liked the walk through of the mosaic frescoes on the front of the Basilica. We had a great time in Venice, made all the more special by this evocative guide. Like the speaker's voice too - one of the best I've listened to.
Andrea How - (19/02/06)
BERLIN CITY GUIDE: Dynamic, cosmopolitan and just a little bit decadent, Berlin is one of the fastest changing cities in Europe. Our guide to Berlin will talk you through its remarkable and often troubled history and show you the vibrant, creative Berlin of today.
BERLIN TOURIST INFORMATION:
3.1 - From Tegel Airport:
Tegel (TXL) is situated 8 km north west of the city centre. The airport is hexagonal and very quick to get out of. There is one taxi rank outside Gate Eight. Between Gates 15 and 20 you'll find another taxi rank, the Information desk and the bus stops.
Buses 109, 128 and X9 go to Zoologischer Garten station. The JetExpressBus TXL goes to Unter den Linden in the Eastern city centre.
From Schonefeld Airport:
Schonefeld (SXF) is 18 km south east of Berlin. The transport information desk is situated in Terminal A as are bus stops but the train is much faster and easier.
Opposite all four terminal buildings are the station (Flughafen Berlin-Schonefeld) and more bus stops. These are about a 400 metre walk but there is also a free shuttle bus from outside Terminal A.
The S-Bahn (suburban railway) trains S49 and S9 plus the Airport Express trains go to Zoologischer Garten, Friedrichstrasse, Alexanderplatz and Ostbahnhof every half an hour. Tickets for these trains or the S-Bahn cost Euro 2.10. S45 and S9 need about 45 minutes for the trip to the centre, the trains take between 15 minutes (to Ostbahnhof) to 30 minutes (to Zoologischer Garten).
From Tempelhof Airport:
Tempelhof (THF) is just south of Berlin city centre. The information desk and taxi ranks are situated by the main entrance. Beyond them, across the 'platz' is Platz der Luftbrucke U-Bahn (underground) station which is on line six and goes to Friedrichstrasse which offers easy connections to Unter den Linden, Potzdammerplazt and Kurfurstendamm.
Berlin airports website www.berlin-airport.de
Metro Berlin's extensive public transport system includes buses, trams, suburban or light railway (S-Bahn) and underground (U-Bahn).
The city is divided into three zones A, B and C. Zone A covers the city centre, within the S-Bahn circle and is where most tourists spend their time. Tickets are available at stations and on platforms.
The Panorama S-Bahn is a sightseeing train with comfortable chairs and large windows. The ticket for the Panorama S -Bahn costs about Euro 15.50. The S -Bahn starts every Saturday and Sunday at Ostbahnhof and goes around the S -Bahn Ring or through the city in three different routes.
Bus Buses run to most parts of the city - look for the bus stops which are marked with the letter 'H'.
You can buy tickets from the driver. The system is vast and complex and the best buses for tourists are numbers 100 and 200. Both start at Zoo station (Zoologischer Garten) Number 100 then goes to Alexanderplatz passing the Tiergarten, the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and Unter den Linden. Number 200 goes to
Potsdammer Platz, the Holocaust Memorial, Unter den Linden and Alexanderplatz.
Just buy a ticket for Euro 2.10 which is valued for two hours and you can get on and off as long a you keep going in the same direction.
TOP TIP: The Berlin WelcomeCard is a good way of getting around cheaply and easily. After stamping the card you are entitled to 48 or 72 hours unlimited travel on all public transport in Berlin and Potsdam. The WelcomeCard book of vouchers offers up to 50 per cent reductions on more than 120 venues.
The 48 hour card is Euro 16 and the 72 hour card costs Euro 22. Both are available at the airports, train stations, ticket machines at U-bahn stations, at the BERLIN infostores, in most hotels or buy on line by clicking on or copying the link below into your browser:
Taxi Taxis are plentiful and reliable. They have Euro 2.50 on the metre at the start of the journey and then charge Euro 1.50 per km. If you hail a taxi in the street and ask BEFORE you set off for the special short trip rate (Kurzstreckentarif) you can travel up to 2km for just Euro 3.
As always, check that the meter is running when you set off.