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Travel to Berlin: A Cultural Evolution

Traveling And Shopping In Berlin   by Markus Menno Jong

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The city of Berlin is a city that enjoys a deep and intriguing history. However, few people realize that it has a lively nightlife. Berlin offers a multitude of clubs, bars, museums, palaces, and much more to entertain and delight any traveler. Though many parts of Berlin were badly damaged during World War II, these areas were reconstructed during the years following the war. The city now offers visitors a rewarding and fascinating visit that they will never forget.

There are three major airports serving Berlin. These include Tegel International, Schonefeld, and Tempelhof. Buses are available from all three of these airports. However, Schonefeld also offers the S-Bahn - the S9 line will take you to Berlin city center. Schonefeld also offers train services at similar cost.
Berlin is such a large city that it's critical visitors should try to understand the public transportation system before they visit. Thankfully, the Berlin transportation system is very efficient and easy to use. The U-Bahn is Berlin's subway system - it's a zoned system. Fares discounts are available through Tageskarte day cards (zones A & B), or the Berlin WelcomeCard, which offers unlimited travel in zones A and B. The S-Bahn run very often and it is one of the fastest and easiest methods to get around Berlin. For more information, call S-Bahn at (0 30) 29 74 33 33.

The underground subway system is called the U-Bahn and it is also very easy to use. All U-Bahn stations offer electronic signs that provide the time of the next train, and the direction the train is headed. The U-Bahn provides extremely efficient transportation throughout greater Berlin.

Traffic Sign Between Sony Center (Left) and Another High-Rise, Potsdamer Strasse, Berlin, Germany
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Buses are slower than the U-Bahn or the S-Bahn; however they provide access to just about every location in Berlin. There are additionally express buses that don't stop at every station - these are a faster solution to get across the city a little more quickly. Fares are reasonable and the bus networks are very easy to use and navigate. Also consider taking a ride on the 100, which leaves from Zoo Station - on this unique route, you can tour most of historic Berlin from a fun double-decker tour bus.

Finally bicycling is certainly another fantastic way to experience Berlin. The city offers a number of bicycle paths, and bicycles are a very popular method of transportation for residents. Bicycle rentals are available, and guided bike tours are offered as well.

Where to go Shopping in Berlin

Berlin offers some of the best shopping opportunities in the world, including bustling shopping districts, very posh and upscale boutiques, and intriguing and elegant shopping. For the shopper with a variety of interests and a love for bargains - this city has it all.

Some examples of the best Berlin shopping areas include Ku'Damm, which is filled with high-end specialty stores. The Tauentzienstrasse and intersecting Marburger, Ranke, and Nurnberger offer a variety of stores specializing in German fashions. This area includes the amazing Europa Center, Berlin's major indoor shopping center - complete with 75 shops, restaurants, and cafes.

And while in this area, no shopper should miss experiencing KaDeWe - the biggest department store in continental Europe.

Another great shopping area in Berlin is Uhland-Passage at Uhlandstrasse 170, which is an upscale market offering the finest boutiques and big-name stores. This area includes Bleibtreustrasse, where shoppers will browse trendy and avant-garde boutiques selling haute-couture clothing. Additionally, Kempinski Plaza features posh and exclusive boutiques.
Cruise on Spree River with Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) in Background, Berlin, Germany
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Moving along to another great shopping area - the Berliner Zinnfiguren at 88 Knesebeckstrasse is a famous shopping place for collectors. Believe it or not, this shop offers over 10,000 pewter figurines of soldiers from the many imperial armies. It also has a large inventory of military historical collectibles and books.

For shoppers who crave the shopping mall experience, Potsdamer Platz Arcades provides visitors with over 100 stores on three levels that where shoppers enjoy a wide selection of retail shopping choices. Restaurants and cafes are available to relax at after your shopping spree, and cinemas are available as well.

Finally, Friedrichstrasse is an exclusive shopping opportunity at Quartier 206 in Berline Mitte. This street has a large assortment of quality products from international designers in an art deco environment. 

Quartier 207 is home to the Galeries Lafayette, a spectacular building. Quartier 205 houses a large array of stores and a great full food court with international menus to select from.

Time to Visit Berlin!

Aside from being the capital of Germany, Berlin is also the largest city in Germany. It is a city that is, today, diverse and cosmopolitan. This is a beautiful city where east meets west in a metropolis that has seen both hard times and good times. Berlin is a unique city that provides an abundance of exciting opportunities for visitors to enjoy. A trip to Berlin is absolutely certain to include entertainment, recreation and shopping experiences that will never be forgotten.

Visit City Tours of Berlin, for sightseeing trips and Hotels in Berlin. Daily tours in Berlin. Bus, bike, boat and walking trips.

Berlin is a city that has a very deep history, a beautiful architectural appeal, and a great deal to offer visitors and shoppers. The political and cultural developments of the 19th and 20th centuries have transformed this cityscape into an exciting and promising city ready to offer visitors the absolute best experience Germany has to offer.

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Hotel Alexander Plaza Berlin
Alexander Plaza Hotel is located in the historic centre of Berlin, between the Alexanderplatz and the Hackescher Market. The Television Tower, Rotes Rathaus, Museum Island and Berlin Cathedral are some of the top attractions to be visited.  The historical charm is also found in the 92 rooms where the high ceilings, large panoramic windows and the individual form of the rooms combine with stylishly designed furniture to give a perfect blend.  The bar area with its lounge atmosphere invites guests for a glass of wine or a cocktail. The bistro offers guests with special dishes from the French kitchen.
Berlin Excelsior Hotel Berlin
The Berlin Excelsior Hotel is situated right in the heart of Germany's capital, only a few minutes from the prestigious Kurfurstendamm Boulevard and has easy access to the convention centre, the ICC, and the main train station Zoologischer Garten.  The hotel boasts 314 rooms and 2 suites. Each of the rooms is comfortably furnished and equipped with modern amenities including air conditioning, wireless internet and pay-per-view movies.  Kick off the perfect day with a full English breakfast buffet featuring an elaborate selection that you will surely remember. In the Store House Grill, a unique New Orleans-style hotel restaurant, you will find a wide selection of international dishes.
Hotel Berlin
The Hotel Berlin's excellent location, elegant ambience and outstanding service ensure that guests are treated to a memorable stay in the city of Berlin.  Located in the centre of Berlin, the property is just minutes away from the world famous Kurfurstendamm boulevard, the KaDeWe department store, the Potsdamer Platz as well as the Unter den Linden boulevard with the Brandenburg Gate.  Guests are provided with the comfort of 701 pleasantly decorated guestrooms that are well furnished and equipped with modern amenities.  The hotel's two restaurants and a bar ensure various culinary pleasures of the highest standard, ranging from traditional Berlin specialties to sophisticated international cuisine.
Berlin Plaza Hotel Am Kurfuerstendamm
Centrally located, the Berlin Plaza Hotel is a kilometre from Zoologischer Garten Train station and 10 kilometres from the Tegel Airport. This property is close to the Messe Berlin, boutiques, various shops, theatres, cafes and restaurants.  This hotel offers modern guest rooms that have been elegantly furnished with an array of in-room amenities to ensure you a pleasurable stay.  Start off your day with a hearty breakfast served at the breakfast room. The Knese Restaurant serves typical Berliner specialities or a light snacks for you enjoy. After a tiring day, you can unwind at the cosy bar with a fine drink.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Berlin City Centre
Located in the heart of Berlin, the Crowne Plaza Hotel is only a few steps away from the famous Kurfuerstendamm Boulevard, KaDeWe Departmental Store, Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church and the Zoological Garden.  The 423 comfortably appointed rooms, including 11 suites, provide all the comforts to its guests. Attentive 24-hour room service is also available for your convenience.  The on-site Wilson's Restaurant with its international cuisine pampers the discerning guests with culinary delights. In the Pinte beer pub, savoury regional dishes are served, while the Kemmons Bar offers a variety of cocktails and snacks.  The wellness area with indoor pool, sauna, solarium and a fitness section is ideal for guests who want to relax after a tiring day.
Derag Hotel & Living Henriette Berlin
Derag Hotel and Living Henriette is situated right in the centre of Berlin in the little government sector and directly on the Maerkisches Ufer. It is situated in Berlin Mitte by the River Spree, close to the underground stations Markisches Museum and Spittelmarkt.  The hotel's accommodation includes 54 generous guestrooms and completely furnished apartments, which are equipped with modern facilities.  The Shezan Restaurant awaits you with excellent Indian food, which you can enjoy on the romantic patio by the river Spree during the summer months.
Generator Hostel Berlin
Excellently located next to Olympic swimming pool and Berlin Arena, Generator Hostel Berlin is just 5 minutes by tram to Alexanderplatz, the heart of East Berlin.  Generator is the largest hostel in Germany and offers superior and safe budget accommodation to those on a holiday budget. Over 900 beds and a huge range of facilities add to the excellent budget accommodation.  Food and beverage options include a late night bar with beer garden and a restaurant. The bar, a groovy blue neon lit place, is ideal for ending a fun day of sightseeing in Berlin in style. The bar also hosts regular events such as the famous Generator Karaoke, DJs spinning out the tunes and of course live sports on the large flat-screen televisions.
Inter-Continental Hotel Berlin
A listed architectural landmark and a favourite home away from home for all, Intercontinental Hotel Berlin offers a quiet and exclusive ambience as well as impeccable service and world-class security.  Located in the heart of Berlin, between Potsdamer Platz and Kurfurstendamm, near the embassy district, government offices and the historic section of the city. The hotel's central location makes it easily accessible whether you are arriving by car or from the Berlin train station or airport.  The hotel offers its guests a range of gastronomic pleasures, including the fine dining restaurant Hugos, the restaurant L.A. Cafe, which features international and Chinese cuisine, and the Marlene Bar, which is a popular gathering place for all Berliners.
Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin
Well-known guests and business travellers alike from all over the world appreciate the comfort, service, cuisine and cultural highlights in the Kempinski Bristol Hotel.  Kempinski Bristol Hotel Berlin is located directly on the famous Kurfurstendamm Boulevard and 6 kilometres from Tempelhof Airport. Enjoy the city life at any time of day in the numerous bars, beer gardens, restaurants and discos.  The hotel offers 249 elegant rooms, with the classical-modern flair, which meets the highest standards. It also has 52 suites, which will surprise you with the remarkable blend of luxury, elegance, and functionality.  Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant, Brasserie or bar and enjoy creative culinary masterpieces as well as excellent service in the elegance of a traditional Grand Hotel. 
Park Inn Alexanderplatz Hotel Berlin
Situated in the centre of Berlin, the hotel awaits you in the historical and new centre of the German capital. This hotel is placed directly at the well-known Alexanderplatz, has excellent access to all public transportations and is within two minutes walking distance from Berlin Congress Centre.  Relax in a unique environment with a breathtaking view over the city. The 1012 rooms and suites are full of friendly atmosphere and provide a variety of technical and innovative amenities.  Humboldt's Restaurant offers a wide selection of national and international favourites with a unique ambiance and buffet style. Restaurant Zillestube features the flavours of Berlin and Brandenburg cuisine. Welcome to Spagos Bar & Lounge offers selection of cocktails at the bar and elaborate culinary highlights in the restaurant.
Steigenberger Hotel Berlin
Centrally located, the Steigenberger Hotel Berlin enjoys proximity to the Memorial church and the famous boulevard, Kurfuerstendamm. Situated 8 kilometres from the airport, the hotel is just a minute away from the underground station and bus stop.  The hotel has cosy bedrooms that are bright with coordinating bedspreads and curtains, and contemporary style furniture. All the rooms are equipped with a host of modern amenities. Attentive room service is also available for your convenience.  The onsite Louise Restaurant serves a mixture of Italian and Japanese cuisine, while the Berliner Stube offers local specialties. You can also unwind after a tiring day along with a fine drink at the hotel's piano bar.
Hotel Alsterhof Berlin
Situated in the heart of Berlin, the Alsterhof Hotel is a stone's throw from Kudamm. The hotel is just 200 metres from KaDeWe as well as 300 metres from the Gedachtniskirche and Europcenter.  In the hotel's 200 rooms and suites you will find an oasis of tranquillity in a large and turbulent city. All rooms are comfortable and equipped with modern amenities.  Take a seat and enjoy the stylish atmosphere of Alsters Restaurant. The kitchen offers a range of carefully selected regional and international dishes. The Scala Bar in the foyer is a popular meeting place and chill-out area for all occasions.  Refresh your senses and relax in the aromatic steam bath and the sauna with light and sound stimulation.
Westin Grand Hotel Berlin
Offering a warm welcome, pleasant ambience and exceptional facilities, the Westin Grand Hotel Berlin is an ideal place for you to reside whether you are in Berlin for business or pleasure.  This hotel is located in the beautiful city of Berlin at Friedrichstrasse and is close to the area attractions that includes the Galeries Lafayette Shopping Mall, Komische Oper, Guggenheim Museum, Gendarmenmarkt, Staatsoper and many more.  The Westin Grand Hotel offers 359 beautifully decorated rooms that have been elegantly furnished with an array of contemporary amenities to satisfy the needs of discerning travellers.  Guests can enjoy the Austrian cuisine with a modern touch at the on-site Stammhaus Restaurant. The lounge is perfect for unwinding after a long day with a range of drinks and snacks.
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