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View from hotel room... famous Berlin landmark Fernsehturm am Alex
As I had a few days off from thursday to monday, I spontaneously decided to go to Berlin for the weekend.
Bought a package at bahn.de, which includes railway ticket. Maybe not that mega-super-saver-special-offer, but still much cheaper than booked seperately.
A train ticket from my place to Berlin would have cost me 220 Euros alone on such short notice. Going with the car wasn't a question, because gas price is high and my car's engine is a really thirsty drinker ;-)

Travelling with high-speed train ICE is much more pleasant anyway.
So after 5 hours of train ride, I arrived at Berlin Hauptbahnhof in the afternoon.
First of all I bought me a Berlin Welcome Card, which is like a flatrate-travel-ticket for public transportation.
View from hotel room... lot of competition right next door!
Valid for 72 hours, it costs 25 euro and you get special discounts in dozens of places in Berlin, like museums, shows, shops or even restaurants.
This way you don't have to worry about buying single fare tickets. Just hop on any subway, tram or bus, as long and often as you like.

Took M41 Metrobus to my hotel, which is only 3 stations away from main railway station.
The hotel, Hotel Relexa Stuttgarter Hof, is located in Anhalter Straße, which is pretty close to Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie.
Bus stop and Anhalter Bahnhof tram station in walking distance nearby.
Very good location to explore the city!

After checking in, moving to my room and taking a short rest, I went out to explore the city.
Well, actually I was just a little hungry and craved for a hot coffee, so I went to Friedrichsstraße, which is a nice shopping district.
Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz

Had typical Berlin late lunch at a Dunkin' Donuts haha

Opposite from the Dunkin' Donuts is the Opel Center. I knew they offered guided tours with Segways in there, so I went over and made a reservation for the last available tour on saturday afternoon.

Went back to the hotel to deposit some drinks and snacks I bought on the way.
Shortly after that, I hit the city again, and decided to go shopping to KaDeWe, which is one of the biggest shopping centers in the city.
On my way there, I stopped at Potsdamer Platz and walked towards Reichstag to take some nice sunset pictures.
Somehow I was a few minutes late, so no nice sunset pictures for me today. But I met a very interesting guy from Romania, who was just travelling the world to take high quality pictures of sights and monuments with two Nikon D700's to produce HD time-lapse movies out of that pics.
Reichstag... 20 minutes too late for perfect sunset picture :-(
He showed me the pics he took 20 minutes before I arrived... really amazing!

Well, off to KaDeWe after that. As I was kinda late, I didn't have much time to go shopping, because they close at 9pm. I expected them to be opened longer.
If you are in Berlin, you have to check out KaDeWe. It's really big, and the best part is the gourmet floor, with lots of deli exotic food and restaurants.
Too bad I was too late, because they were about to close the place up there :-(

I headed to Kurfürstendamm, which is well known for its shops, but as KaDeWe, those also closed at 9 pm or earlier.

Luckily, there was some open air festival at the Gedächtniskirche, which is a very famous memorial at the beginning of Kurfürstendamm.
So I spend the rest of the evening there, having some food and listening to the music.



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View from hotel room... famous Ber…
View from hotel room... famous Be…
View from hotel room... lot of com…
View from hotel room... lot of co…
Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz
Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz
Reichstag... 20 minutes too late f…
Reichstag... 20 minutes too late …
Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse
Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse
Friedrichstrasse
Friedrichstrasse
This is my lunch...after 8 hours o…
This is my lunch...after 8 hours …
Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz
Dont look at me, check out Reichs…
Don't look at me, check out Reich…
Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz
Memorial... many many concrete blo…
Memorial... many many concrete bl…
Brandenburger Tor
Brandenburger Tor
Berlin Tourism Center - Brandenbur…
Berlin Tourism Center - Brandenbu…
Typical convertible sighseeing bus
Typical convertible sighseeing bus
Sunset in front of Reichstag
Sunset in front of Reichstag
Outer wall of KaDeWe shopping cent…
Outer wall of KaDeWe shopping cen…
Street festival at Gedächtniskirc…
Street festival at Gedächtniskir…
Cute little finger puppets
Cute little finger puppets
Julius Lahai and Band at streetfes…
Julius Lahai and Band at streetfe…
Streetfestival in front of Gedäch…
Streetfestival in front of Gedäc…
Julius Lahai and Band at streetfes…
Julius Lahai and Band at streetfe…
Julius Lahai and Band at streetfes…
Julius Lahai and Band at streetfe…
Wow, hes flexible!
Wow, he's flexible!
Look at that bizeps!
Look at that bizeps!
Looks so easy...
Looks so easy...
Rubberband instead of backbone?
Rubberband instead of backbone?
Hey, he can travel in his suitcase!
Hey, he can travel in his suitcase!
Fountain in front of Europa center
Fountain in front of Europa center
Water fountain near Europa Center
Water fountain near Europa Center
Berlin Hotels & Accommodations review
Good location for sightseeing
I stayed at the Hotel Relexa Stuttgarter Hof for three nights during my short trip to Berlin in August 2009. It was part of a package tour of Amero… read entire review
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