Berlin Hauptbahnhof

22 09 2007

The Berlin Hauptbahnhof (central train station) was opened in May 2006, just five years behind schedule. It is located north of the Reichstag, just about in the middle of nowhere.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof.

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Berlin Maps: all you need to know

27 07 2007

Don’t even think about walking around Berlin without a map. Especially if this is your first time in the city.

It is always good to carry a map with you if you wander around in an unknown city, and Berlin is no exception. What’s special about Berlin in this context is that it is relatively easy to find your way between distant locations, as long as you know how to make good use of it’s fabulous public transportation – and have a good map of Berlin.

The transportation includes two very thorough electric train systems (called U-Bahn and S-Bahn), many bus lines, and the Tram trains, a relic from the communist era. No single map I’ve seen contain all relevant information, but if you have a good map with the basic routes your more or less covered.

MPM’s Berlin transportation map.

 

MPM’s Berlin transportation map.

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Berlin Public transportation – useful info

27 07 2007

The four main ways to get around Berlin by public transportation are subways (U-Bahn), urban railway lines (S-Bahn), Tram and buses. We avoided the Tram, since it’s very slow (it became a joke to us, that no one can ever get ran over by a Tram, no matter how hard you try) and not very friendly to use. The buses were sometimes handy, but we traveled mostly by S-Bahn – by far the best trains (the U-Bahns are more ancient and crammed).
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Berlin Airports

27 07 2007

Berlin has three airports, two for international flights, and one mainly for domestic flights. They are supposed to be merged at some time in the future into one large airport (they say 2011. You can read all about it here).

Until then, you have Schoenfeld (SXF) in the east (some 20km from the center), Tegel (TXL) in the middle (some 8km from the center) and Tempelhof (THF), which is supposed to be the oldest commercial airport in the world (built in 1923) and the first airport connected to a subway network (1927), but is not profitable, and scheduled to close on 2008. Anyway, it does only domestic flights within Germany and neighboring countries.
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