Thank you so much, Niclas - I shall investigate this option. I have never heard of this area - sounds interesting.niclas wrote: ↑Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:32 pmHi Cef,
I am from Germany, but not from Berlin. When I go to Berlin, I go to the "Jugendherberge am Wannsee". It has a good tram-connection to the city, it is nice place and also it is not far away from Potsdam, where you can find lovely castles and gardens. See link: http://www.jugendherbergen-berlin-brand ... 2/portraet
Thank you manythumbed - I have got to ask about the potato! Sounds fascinating.
Thanks for the info, George. I've been told to visit Potsdam, but never considered it as a place to stay. I'll do some research. Thanks again.George Crocket wrote: ↑Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:02 pmWhen my wife and I visited a couple of years ago we stayed in Potsdam for 5 or 6 days. Potsdam is an historic city worth visiting in its own right. It has plenty of the usual tourist facilities.
Transport into central Berlin is pretty straightforward, and many of the hotels provide a transport pass valid on trains, trams, etc for a number of days. Berlin was a great place to visit and when we go again we may well stay in Potsdam again.
Brilliant! Thank you Kris. Nice to know you know the area so well. We don't mind gritty - it gives you the real 'feel' of a place and its people.kris barnett wrote: ↑Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:49 amHey Cef,
I think Friedrichshain is a great place to stay. My wife and I actually lived right off Warschauer. The public transport in this area is very good as the Trams, U-Bahn, and S-Bahn stations are all very close. It is centrally located and is definitely a "hip" place to be. Plenty of shops, clubs, bars, restaurants, and other interesting things to do. It is right by the Spree (river), Oberbaum Brücke, and the East Side Gallery (Berlin Wall Art) so you will always have interesting places to hang out. It is a bit gritty here though, so if you like to have a nice and clean environment, the West may be a better option (e.g. Schöneberg, Kudamm, etc.). It is not a dangerous place and I think you will feel safe wherever you go in Berlin. Friedrichshain is located near other cool areas like Kreuzberg, and Neukölln and is the next neighborhood east of Mitte (where a lot of the "touristy" stuff is).
My most important suggestion would be try to come a little earlier than October. The feeling of Berlin is heavily dependent on the weather and October is a rather unstable month, weather-wise. September or earlier would be a much different experience for you I think. People will still be outside, events will still be happening outdoors, bars/restaurants will have their windows/doors open, and people are generally much more active.
Also, there are EXCELLENT luthiers here! I think all of them would be open for a shop visit if you are interested. Mike Battel runs a wonderful classical guitar concert series in his gallery usually about once or twice per month. Luthiers directly in Berlin include Angela Waltner, Adrian Heinzelmann, Friederike Linscheid, Dennis Tolz, Michael Battel, and Christian Koehn. All are very nice, speak English, and are exceptionally talented.
Hope this is helpful : ) Let me know if you need more specific information. I am happy to help if I can.
Great info es335 - Thank you. I'll be sure to check my dates carefully before I book. Thanks for the info about the musical instrument exhibition, tooes335 wrote: ↑Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:29 amHi Cef, moving a month forward will need very careful timing because there are some big fairs and other events taking place in September this year which will make hotel prices explode! Otherwise Berlin is almost a paradise in this aspect. Can’t remember any other capital with such a big variety of affordable and interesting accommodations and the public transport there is excellent, why one can reach any place from almost everywhere in reasonable time. S-Bahn, tramway, subway and busses form a dense grid which leaves nothing to desire. One of the numerous museums houses an interesting musical instrument exhibition, which you should put on your must visit list ... provided this complies with the main intention of your trip! Have a nice time, Berlin is really fascinating! Cheers es335