Berlin city guide lonely planet
Lonely Planet Pocket Berlin by Lonely PlanetTheres a reason the Lonely Planet travel guides are so popular, its because they are packed with so much useful information and the Berlin Pocket Guide is no exception to that. This book was absolutely invaluable both in the run up to our trip (with advice on places to stay according to your budget, tips for travelling around the city including ticket prices, dos and donts and even a few useful German phrases) and while we were there. We took this book everywhere and the pull out map was worth its weight in gold with the street information and most importantly the transport map showing the various different U-Bahn & S-Bahn lines so you could work out journeys in advance.
The book includes lots of information on both popular tourist spots and less known locations along with information on where to find the best shops, bars, clubs and restaurants. The information is split into different parts of the city and they include suggested itineraries in case you dont have much time but want to see the highlights. Its really easy to plan your days around your own interests and because everything is grouped together by location you can save time and transport costs by visiting the things that are close together on the same day.
Id highly recommend doing at least one of the listed walking tours so you can get to know the layout of the city. Theres a 3.5km historical walk that takes you from the Reichstag through the Brandenburg Gate and past Museum Island and the Berliner Dom or a 3km walk that takes you along part of the route of the Berlin Wall where youll see Checkpoint Charlie, one of the remaining Watch Towers and several remaining sections of wall as you travel up past the Holocaust Memorial (please, please make time to see the museum underneath the memorial, its free to enter but you can pay €3 for an audioguide which Id definitely recommend. Its a chilling experience but such a worthwhile one.) and end up near Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. You could actually combine the two walks and see a big chunk of the city but depending how much time you want to spend at each location along the way you might prefer to do them separately.
There is so much to see and do in Berlin that even though we were there for a week we still didnt have time for everything but this guide really helped us make the most of our trip and we packed in an awful lot. Ive brought lots of Lonely Planet guides over the years but these pocket ones are perfect for city breaks, theyre small and easy to carry in your bag or even a pocket so youll always have the maps and information at your fingertips in case you want to change your plans last minute. I can definitely recommend the Berlin guide and Ill be buying more pocket guides in the future.
Close to major sights like Reichstag and Brandenburger Tor; great transport links; mostly high-end hotels; Michelin-starred and other top restaurants; close to theatre, opera and classical concert venues. Supercentral sightseeing quarter; easy transport access; close to blockbuster sights and mainstream shopping; large and new hotels.
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One day in Berlin? Follow this whirlwind itinerary to take in all the key sights. Book ahead for an early lift ride up to the dome of the Reichstag , then snap a picture of the Brandenburg Gate before exploring the maze of the Holocaust Memorial and admiring the contemporary architecture of Potsdamer Platz. Saunter up Friedrichstrasse to soak up the glory of Gendarmenmarkt before your lunch. Follow Unter den Linden east to Museumsinsel and spend the afternoon marvelling at the antiquities in the Pergamonmuseum. Take a quick spin around Mauerpark , then grab a coffee at Bonanza Coffee Heroes and poke around the boutiques on Kastanienallee.