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Things to do in Berlin
Brandenburg Gate - one of the city's landmark
Find usefull tipps at some webpages in English language ... you will find a lot more in the Internet!
- Attractions and sightseeing
- Lonely Planet: Berlin
- 20 great things to do in Berlin
- Berlin tourist attractions
- Berlin Attractions
Berlin by Bus 100
Pay little and see a lot of the city. Use the public double-decker bus to explore the city. Any bus of the 100 or 200-line takes you from west to east and back passing most of Berlin’s sights along the route. With a BVG day ticket you can jump in and out wherever you want.
The 100 route starting from "Zoologischer Garten" takes you to "Großer Stern" (Big Star), with the victory column at the centre, towards Bellvue Castle, the residence of the Federal President. It carries on along the Spree passing the "Haus der Kulturen der Welt" (House of the Cultures of the World) and the "Reichstag" (Parliament House). Continuing its route along "Unter den Linden" you catch a sight of "Brandenburger Tor" (Brandenburg Gate). The bus crosses Friedrichstraße, passes Humboldt-University, the "Neue Wache" (New Guardhouse), "Deutsches Historisches Museum" (German Historical Museum), "Museumsinsel" (Museum Island) and "Berliner Dom" (Berlin Cathedral), the Humboldt box at the building site of the Berliner Castle before you reach "Alexanderplatz" and the television tower.
For your return we suggest the 200 Bus, as it takes a different route from the 100 Bus. This allows you to also see "Potsdamer Platz", the "Philharmonie" and the diplomatic quarter.
Berlin by ship
City-tours by ship are highly popular with Berlin tourists. You can take a city cruise which takes 1 hour or - if you have more time left - you can take the "Brückenfahrt" (bridge cruise), a round trip of about 3 hours along the Spree and the Landwehrkanal. Not only will you pass underneath numerous beautiful bridges, but you will also see many interesting parts of town from the water: The "Regierungsviertel" (governmental district), "Museumsinsel" (Museum Island), as well as parts of the boroughs Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Schöneberg, Tiergarten and Moabit.
You can also take an unexpensive 20 minutes cruise crossing Havel river on a BVG ferry from Wannsee to Kladow. It is included in AB tariff zone tickets (departures in 60 minutes cycle).
Berlin by bike or segway
A bike tour with (or without) a tour guide is the perfect approach to get to know the green, flat and cycle friendly city of Berlin. Some links ... there are a lot more in the Internet.
- Berlin on bike: Berlin's best
- Bicycle tours
Potsdam: Prussia’s heritage
Sanssouci Castle in Potsdam
An excursion to Sanssouci Castle in Potsdam is a special experience where you can immerse yourself in Prussian history. "Sans souci" means "without worry" in French, and was the name Frederick the Great chose for his hideaway on the famous terraced vineyard. The castle’s park alone would be worth the trip. However, a guided tour (40 minutes approximately) through the castle and its gorgeous rooms with their sumptuous original 18th century furniture is even more stunning.
You can easily get to Potsdam by taking a "Regional Express" train or an "S-Bahn" train of the S7 line from Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten or Hauptbahnhof. Once you’ve reached "Potsdam Hauptbahnhof" the tram 91 and the busses 605 and 606 will take you to the castle. You will need a ticket for tariff zone ABC for Berlin and the city of Potsdam.
More information: Palaces and parks at www.brandenburg-tourism.com