Basic tips for your sightseeing tour in Berlin

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Berlin has recently become one of Europe’s most visited cities by the Spanish. Moreover, it is an ideal destination for a trip taking advantage of a bridge, and the capital of Germany will find many and varied attractions.

Trip to Berlin

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If you are preparing your first trip to Berlin, will be useful these basic tips for your sightseeing tour, which will allow you to get a first glimpse of what you’ll encounter. These tips you present on your trip to Berlin:

1 .- Berlin is huge. It is the largest in Europe, surpassing cities like London and Paris, but with its 3.4 million inhabitants has much lower density.

Therefore, when visiting Berlin is going to be essential to use public transport, in particular, not very metro, buses or trams are only in the area of the former communist sphere of influence the GDR.

2 .- When you fly to Berlin, you have two possible airports where arrival. The Tegel, the old western town, is located near the city center, just 6 kilometers (about 15 euros if you prefer to ride).

Shonefeld airport is further away, outside the center urgano, about 18 miles, and this year 2011 is scheduled to open its new big terminal, which will be renamed Berlin-Brandenburg airport. Thus, in the summer of 2012 and will have closed the Tegel.

3 .- Despite the large area of Berlin, you can raise to at least part of your trip by bicycle.

In Berlin there are 3.5 million bicycles and only 1.2 million cars. When you get to see that it’s a city completely designed and made by bicycles.

The price of renting a bike in Berlin for a day between 10 and 12 euros, and many visitors opt for this mode of transport to move around the tourist areas of the city. If not, it is advisable to buy a card transport to move around Berlin.

4 .- Berlin Your visit should focus on four themes.

On one hand Berlin as the capital of the German Empire of the Hohenzollern dynasty in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The subsequent Berlin as the capital of Nazi Germany, and the memorials dedicated to the Jewish people.

The wall that separated the east and west of the city from 1961 to 1990 should be another of the protagonists of your visit, with highlights including Checkpoint Charlie or the East Gallery.

And finally, as the capital Berlin museum, and specifically, the Museum Island, a World Heritage Site. They say that Berlin has 170 museums. But if you’re not a big fan of museums, you must aim an essential visit the Pergamon Museum.


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5 .- As for the areas to visit in Berlin, the major axis will be joining the Victory Column in Tiergarten park great, next to which is the seat of German parliament, the Reichstag, past the Brandenburg Gate .

Then continue down the avenue Unter Der Lint, up to the enormous space of Alexanderplatz, the heart of former East Berlin.

6 .- But the main tourist hub it should complement visiting other areas of the city, specifically, the modern Potsdamer Platz square, known as the Jewish Quarter Quarter Farms, near Alexanderplatz, and if you want to know a very popular Turkish Quarter.

Basic tips for your sightseeing tour in Berlin

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7 .- Of course, keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of buildings in Berlin were destroyed during World War II, so that all buildings and monuments that you’ll have had to be completely rebuilt.

8 .- Prepare to start the day with a guided tour of Berlin. So I had the opportunity to do so in fact in recent trips to various cities such as Heidelberg, Toledo, Malaga and Berlin itself, and a visit of about two-three hours you an overview of the city, allowing you then plan visits that you find most interesting.

Moreover, in the case of Berlin has guided tours in Spanish, and also with other options like making the trip by bicycle.

9 .- As for what to eat in Berlin, you’ll find with the typical German cuisine. And in particular, see that are typical sausages and beer Berliner Currywurst.

10 .- Finally I will say that Berlin is not an expensive city. Furthermore, it is more expensive than Madrid or Barcelona when searching for hotels and the prices are very similar to eating at restaurants or drinking beer or soft drinks in bars.

Enjoy your trip to Berlin!

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