Berlin Transportation Tips by darkjedi
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Opening in May 2006, the central station is now the main station in Berlin and is Europe's largest two level rail station. The upper level of the station has six tracks (two of which used for the Berlin S-Bahn) and eight on the lower level (two more are reserved for the U55). There is no rail connection between the upper and lower level track in the station area (or anywhere else nearby). 1,800 trains call at the station per day and the daily number of passengers is estimated to be at 350,000.
There are a few hotels just one minute from the doors and this makes it a great place to stay especially if your travelling onward.
Other Contact: Europaplatz 1 - 10559 Berlin
Terminal 1 exit
I flew here from Luton Airport with Easyjet. When you leave the terminal there is a long covered walkway to the left and this leads to the train station, its about 300m. Go down the ramp or steps and buy a ticket from the machines there. 30 minutes later you will be in the center of Berlin.
Its quite a large airport with four small terminals. Easyjet operates out of Terminal 2 only but its only a one minute walk from Terminal 1. There are shops and all the usual airport accessories. My only complaint is there are nowhere near enough seats for people to wait before departure or at the departure gate, but isn't that the same everywhere. When we returned our departure time came and went but still not a peep from anyone at the airport... Now if I ran it.....lol
Phone: +49 180 5000 186
Exterior - Zoo Exit
Initially anticipated as an urban and long-distance train station, Zoo Station became the main railway station after the construction of the Berlin Wall and, by extension, the social hub of the west part of the cityNow that the new Hauptbahnhof is open, most international trains depart from there and pass straight through here. It is a large station as you would expect with all the usual facilities and is located about a two minute walk from Berlin Zoo and the aquarium.which is just across the concorse outside across a busy road. With the building of the massive Berlin Wheel next to the station in 2010. it will I'm sure stay a busy station in the future.
Like many purpose-built structures, Zoo Station was to undergo frequent reconstruction. Generation after generation altered the building designed in 1882 by Ernst Dircksen, adapting it with ancillary buildings and conversions to the relevant technical, aesthetic and social character of the time. In 1934, highly modern hall buildings were constructed (by architect Fritz Hane) over the railway platforms of Zoo Station. In 1957, Horst Engel added a restaurant on stilts to the first floor. In the second half of the 1990s, Deutsche Bahn AG renovated the station. The interior was redesigned in a first phase between 1994 and 1996, followed by refurbishment of the façade in 1998.
Despite the outcry from nearby retailers and local politicians, the station has dramatically lost its importance following the launching of the new central station on 28 May 2006.
Out start point: Jannowitzbrucke
There are many places to get on and off the many riverboat tour companies. The Museum island is where we boarded the Reederei Riedel boat. For 16 Euros we enjoyed a 3hr 15m tour along the river Spree and along the Landwehrkanal in a large circle of the city. The weather was warm with a cooling breeze.
There is a waiter service for food and drink on board. Just attract someone and place an order and it will be brought out to you. This boat trip made such a difference to most others I had opreviously been on which only tend to last about 45m if your lucky. Worth every penny but be advised to take your own guide book as the tour commentary was in German only on our boat, though others may be different. Audio guides are available in English when you buy your tickets though.
Other Contact: Planufer 78, 10967 Berlin
Phone: 691 37 82
There are plenty of bus tours, most of them leaving from the Kudamm area and lots of them offering English language commentary. We travelled with the Berliner tour which lasted 2 hrs and covered most of the major attractions, the guide alternated between German and English and gave a good show of his knowledge. Highly recommended if a little expensive at 15 Euuros. Try and get a late afternoon trip, the last tour busses leave about 2pm to 3pm. The ticket we bought was only 10 Euros then.
Also available and a lot cheaper, the number 100 bus is a regular BVG public transport bus which runs from from West (Zoologischer Garten) to East (Prenzlauer Berg /Michelangelostrasse) and back, passing many landmarks such as the Europa Center, The Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the TV Tower and other sights along the way.
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