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Going for 5 days at the end of this month.

Anyone recommend anything to do apart from visit Berghain obviously...

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Go to the Radisson Blu for a beer and marvel at the fish tank.
Do the hop on hop off tours - there are three I think.
Drink beer.
Go up the big comms tower (5 min walk from Rad)
Checkpoint Charlie
Buy Ampelman souveniers.

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The Brandenburg Gate :camera:
The Reichstag
Checkpoint Charlie
The Sony Centre is pretty cool
Never got a chance to visit the Olympiastadion but would've liked to.
For a bevvy, Hoffbrauhaus is a barry German beerhall with lovely frauleins serving you traditional German scran and steins of beer :beer:
 
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Visit Potsdam
 

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Go see Union Berlin if you can.

There's a Soviet War memorial (Google tells me it's called the Tiergarten Memorial) sort of round the corner from The Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate that's worth a look. Google also tells me there's two others in Berlin that I wasn't aware of but you might fancy hunting down.

Enjoy yourself, great city!
 

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Visited Berlin once whilst inter-railing back in 1992. Fantastic city with so much history.
Olympic stadium is definitely work a visit. Fully intend to go back sometime as so much will have changed since then.
The wall had only been down for 3 years and they were selling bits of the wall in stalls around the Brandenburg Gate !
 

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Berlin is my favourite European city. I lived there for nearly a year between 1996 and 1997 and consider it a second home.

If you're going for five days, get yourself a travel pass for the public transport. Berlin's public transport is probably the best in Europe.

https://www.berlin.de/en/public-transportation/

There is so much to see and do but I would recommend a trip to the Reichstag. It's free entry but you normally have to queue for a bit. The walk up the glass dome is awesome and there is a great view from the top. Definitely go to the Holocaust memorial to the south of the Brandenburg Gate on the site of Hitler's former bunker. Museum Island can take a day in itself and the Pergammon Museum is particularly good. If memory serves, the TV Tower isn't too far away and worth a quick trip to the revolving restaurant. Potsdam is worth a visit and is at the end of one of the S-Bahn lines. Frederick the Great's palace of Sans Souci and it's grounds are lovely, much more tasteful than the garish, oversized bling of Versailles.

If I could recommend a couple of good eateries / pubs, try Cafe Hardenberg. It's about a 5-10 minute walk from Zoo Station.

http://cafe-hardenberg.com/

Get the Bratkartoffelpfanne mit 3 Spiegeleiereiern. It's basically a skillet filled with fried potatoes, onion and speck (a German version of pancetta) with 3 fried eggs on top. Only 6 Euros. Perfect hangover food. Washed down with a draught Warsteiner, of course.

Not far away from that is Savignyplatz which has a lot of good restaurants and bars in the vicinity. Definitely try Zwiebelfisch, which The Spectator described as the best bar in the World. A bit of an exaggeration but not by much.

http://www.zwiebelfisch-berlin.de/

http://www.spectator.co.uk/2013/11/berlin-the-best-bar-in-the-world/

The best thing about Berlin is how cheap it is for a major capital city. Much better value for money than London, Paris or Rome.

Anyway, I'm sure you'll have a great time and will want to go back. There's just something about the place and the unique Berliner Luft. Enjoy!
 

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Going for 5 days at the end of this month.

Anyone recommend anything to do apart from visit Berghain obviously...

Cheers
Any recommendations welcome. Off there in February :thumbgrin
 

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Most of my recommendations have been covered already. We went in September.

- use the Trams they're pretty good
- Cathedral is worth a look even like me you're not religious
- there's a decent Irish bar if you fancy a Guinness
- Topography of Terror
- Trabant museum
- Holocaust memorial

Don't expect a cooked breakfast anywhere!
 

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Most of my recommendations have been covered already. We went in September.

- use the Trams they're pretty good
- Cathedral is worth a look even like me you're not religious
- there's a decent Irish bar if you fancy a Guinness
- Topography of Terror
- Trabant museum
- Holocaust memorial

Don't expect a cooked breakfast anywhere!
Forgot about the topography of terror museum, well worth a visit. We did that and checkpoint Charlie, as well as the remains of the Berlin Wall all in one morning.
 

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Tremendous place. I appreciate the recommendations folks particularly [MENTION=3287]Sancho Panza[/MENTION]
 

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Where would you best to stay if you air bnb'd in Berlin? Never been and think of going in September?
 

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Thought it was overrated, too big and crowded. Bullet holes at Olympic Stadium were an eye opener. And managed to vandalise Checkpoint Charlie.
 

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