The Travel Tips thread

Viktor

Warp Speed Chic
Don't think there's a thread around like this at the moment and generally I try to don't like to just rely on the web for tips so thought I'd give this a go. (And I maybe being a bit selfish as...)

I'm off to Berlin for 3 days in May. Could anyone recommend any good cheap places to stay in Berlin? Easy to get to the Columbiahalle as well as walking distance to some of the sites? Only going to be able to explore Berlin for a Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning so location is key!

I may be back to ask about things to do in Glasgow or Brussels soon...
 

Strummer

Orel Mangala Fan Club
Ok then!

You are actually in luck Sam - the Colombiahalle is actually pretty central in Berlin, it is literally across the street from the old Templhof airfield, which was rebuilt in the 1930s by colleagues of a certain moustache-sporting gentleman and is now a public park (and well worth a visit too).

The Halle is adjacent to trendy Kreuzberg, where you will find an absolutely eclectic collection of hotels, bars and cafes, plus the famous “Checkpoint Charlie”, a former section of the Berlin Wall, and if you keep heading north-ish about 2km, you will reach the Brandenburger Tor (the Brandenburg Gate) which is very much the tourist attraction. The gate leads into the Tiergarten, another huge public park - get a Bier (no problem drinking Bier in public in Germany), kick back and watch the girls go by (or indeed, the boys).

Also about half KM from there is the Bundeskanzleramt, the German Chancellory, from where the national government is run. That central area - “Mitte” is a bit touristy, but worth a walk around.

For transport, forget cars, get the “DB Navigator” app from Deutsche Bahn on your Smartphone and take advantage of the excellent German trains. Suburban trains - S-Bahn - (look for the green “S” logo) connect the Centre of the city to the outlying suburbs whilst the network of U-Bahn trains (the blue “U” logo) weave their way through the city.

A day ticket is cheap, or you can get a “drei-tag” ticket (best value for you) which is three days worth of travel (it would even get you from the airport into central Berlin via the train.

Use Google Maps for navigation - their coverage of Berlin is excellent.
 

alabamared

Stuart Pearce
Don't think there's a thread around like this at the moment and generally I try to don't like to just rely on the web for tips so thought I'd give this a go. (And I maybe being a bit selfish as...)

I'm off to Berlin for 3 days in May. Could anyone recommend any good cheap places to stay in Berlin? Easy to get to the Columbiahalle as well as walking distance to some of the sites? Only going to be able to explore Berlin for a Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning so location is key!

I may be back to ask about things to do in Glasgow or Brussels soon...

Ruschestraße 103, 10365 Berlin,
 

Eddie Yates

Steve Chettle
The Stasi prison/museum is interesting as is the check point Charlie museum, Brandenburg gate is fucking boring and there are loads of good boozers & curry wurst is always good.
 

Redemption

just like that!
As Chris says, you're in luck. If you from the Airport you're going to get the S9 to Treptower Park, which is 5mins away from Templehof where the hall is with lots of Hostels & Hotels. AirBNB could be your friend too.

For a short stay this area is good for food n beer and a pleasant afternoon wonder around will get you to enough selfie shots.
 
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MaxiRobriguez

Bob McKinlay
If you're looking for cheap places to stay in a central location and you don't mind sharing a room, then dorm rooms in a hostel are fantastic and you can usually find a bed in even the capital cities for £15 a night, some come with breakfast too.
 
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If you're looking for cheap places to stay in a central location and you don't mind sharing a room, then dorm rooms in a hostel are fantastic and you can usually find a bed in even the capital cities for £15 a night, some come with breakfast too.

+1 for this. I've stayed in a quite a few hostels in the last few years and they're a lot more plush than they used to be.
 

Viktor

Warp Speed Chic
And here’s me trying to be serious.
And I do appreciate it! As all the other bits of advice (I use it loosely).

Booked our place to stay, staying at the Cityhostel Berlin Mitte. Ubahn station outside which'll take us too and from the colombiahalle dead easy.

That 3 day pass will be a god send, will be buying as soon as we land in SFX.

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Sabri Natenagewitch

Guest
Tip for Brussels. Careful of the beer. And watch your language, one minute you are in a flemish speaking part, the next it is French.


YAnd you can go and shit on Anderlecht's doorstep.
 

Strummer

Orel Mangala Fan Club
What's the point in going to Germany and not riding the B500? I know it's the other side of the country but......

Baden-Württembergischer here, yes, would recommend this if you’re in the area.

Also, the Bertha Benz Memorial Route is worth following!
 

Barry

Where's me hammer?
+1 for buyer beware of Belgian beer.

Lovely stuff but the only way to describe the experience after One too many is imagine you are walking through a field, the suns shining, the birds are singing, life's great... then someone runs up and hits you square across the back with a guitar.

All the thoughts of, Where am i? who am i? why would they do that? are about right.

Strong but nice beer

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Strummer

Orel Mangala Fan Club
Tip for Brussels. Careful of the beer. And watch your language, one minute you are in a flemish speaking part, the next it is French.

YAnd you can go and shit on Anderlecht's doorstep
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I did once take a massive, steaming, piss up the side of the Constant van der Stock stadium, and would suggest anyone else visiting the area do the same, at least.
 

adam09

Super Koopa
Went to Berlin a couple of Christmases ago. Think we stayed in the Melia, which we got a good deal on through Expedia. Very nice hotel, at the top of Friedrichstrasse if I remember correctly, so accessible to a lot of places. We did a free walking tour from the Brandenberg Gate which was excellent too, bloke was a right laugh.

Burgermeister is also worth a visit.
 

adam09

Super Koopa
The trains are dead easy too. We ventured up to see the Saschenhausen concentration camp, didn’t take up much of our time either.
 

red_penguin

Youth Team
I'm currently on a work course in Folkestone for 3 weeks, following which I've got 2 weeks off for Easter.
My brother is currently living in Barcelona so on a whim I've decided being as I'm currently right by the channel tunnel
I might as well go on a bit of a road trip to see him once I finish. Anyone on here made a similar journey from France to Spain on here?
If so any tips on possible routes to take or interesting places to stop off at on the way?
 
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Sabri Natenagewitch

Guest
Yes , very familiar
I will PM you later


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Carlos

Massive Member
When i was there the only tip i will give you is to walk everywhere. I decided on something wanted to see in a particular day and walked there. I discovered lots of fantastic gems i wouldn't have done otherwise. I still have the card of an incredibly cheap and pleasant hotel i stayed in across the road from the zoo. I'll dig it out and pm you.

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Viktor

Warp Speed Chic
When i was there the only tip i will give you is to walk everywhere. I decided on something wanted to see in a particular day and walked there. I discovered lots of fantastic gems i wouldn't have done otherwise. I still have the card of an incredibly cheap and pleasant hotel i stayed in across the road from the zoo. I'll dig it out and pm you.

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Already got our hotel sorted, or hostel. Worked out something like £20 a night so that's all good.

I think we'll walk to the Colombiahalle from our hostel. Gonna try to pack in a lot into a day basically but I'm quite happy to shuffle onto a train if needs be. I'll be going back one day where I'll do an Ivar and walk everywhere :D

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