BERLIN

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    Jun 13, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    Hey guys, Im going to mainland Europe for the first time and staying in Berlin...anyone have recommendations on what to do where to go?

    Really would appreciate it!

    N

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  • Koaa2

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    Jun 14, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    NorigF saidHey guys, Im going to mainland Europe for the first time and staying in Berlin...anyone have recommendations on what to do where to go?

    Really would appreciate it!

    N

    http://norigscrap.blogspot.com/


    Am also going to Berlin, for the first time, in August, for 6 nights. Staying at Axel Hotel.
  • funkymonkey

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    Jun 19, 2012 9:41 PM GMT
    The Berghain nightclub is amazing, but very hardcore, google it. accommodation (and general prices) in Berlin are very cheap I usually use trivago.com for finding hotels, you can also get hostels for less than 5 euro a night.
  • ciizer

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    Jun 19, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    not so sure about the gay scene in berlin. but if you are keen on the general touristy attractions and so on, this reply would help a little.

    the last time i was there, my main motives were to see as much architecture and culture as possible. so my favourite places were the museums on museum island (particularly the archaeological museum, hire a guide if you can and see what were destroyed in WWII and how they repaired them). not far from there, you would also see a huge church with a dome. walk along unter der linten and you will end up in potsdamer platz.

    I really like kulturforum too which houses the Berlin philharmonic, the national gallery as well as the sony centre. (potsdamer station) when you are done here, make your way to the reichstag, which is the parliament. along the way, you will see the Jewish memorial, the bradenburg tor and unter der linten (famous attraction). and finally the reichstag, which features a huge glass dome on top. it is a free admission attraction, but security is tight, there you get to see berlin from an aerial view.

    if you wanna see more of berlin, on the east side, there is a long stretch of berlin wall with loads of great art work on the wall. i was told that somewhere here also has the best gay club (though i am not sure the exact name and location).

    as for low budget shopping, there is a stretch of road which i believe is from
    Kurfürstendamm station.

    for luxury shopping, got to Französische Straße. and somewhere there, ask around for the RITTER SPORT chocolate shop, there you can custom make your chocolate which is great for souvenirs to bring home.

    Hackescher Markt also have lots of shops for shopping and some of the best kebab i ever had. look out for little lanes and alleys with lots of graffiti, sometimes there is a bar hidden in the corner and it is quite nice chill out place.

    travelling in berlin is not very cheap, i would suggest a 3 day ticket or a week ticket for the rail. or if you travel in groups of 5, you get cheaper fares too. walking in berlin is not easy as it is a huge city.

    i am just sharing my experience in berlin, this is not an official guide. i hope this helps.
  • Buns_n_ammo

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    Jun 19, 2012 10:51 PM GMT
    Berlin has an awesome street art/modern art scene. Theres an awesome street art tour and a very cool alternative pub crawl. And they're all free. Definitely do it!
    http://alternativeberlin.com/
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    Jul 02, 2012 4:26 AM GMT
    Spent New Years and first week of jan 2012 in Berlin and it was awesome. However, without knowing what your general interests are, it's hard to say what you should do. Someone mentioned Berghain...it's was awesome on New Year's. And Laboratory, the adjacent sex club was something I had never seen before. Absolutely crazy. But if clubs and sex aren't your goal, there is still tons to do....galleries, museums, bars....the only thing that disappointed me was the live music scene. I thought it would be raging, but it sucked. At least what little of it I could actually find.
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    Jul 07, 2012 3:02 PM GMT
    There's never enough discussion about food in these travel forums. I'm going to Berlin next week and would like to know where's good to eat. I'm especially interested in where to get a good breakfast, either American (diner) or French (crepes).
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    Jul 07, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    go to 'White Trash Fast Food' they have the best steaks!
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    Jul 08, 2012 5:06 PM GMT
    Anyone have recommendations for the young gay scene in Berlin? Like places for guys under 30 (preferably under 25) I'd appreciate finding a club or meet-up spot or something.
  • drypin

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    Jul 08, 2012 5:11 PM GMT
    It's pretty much a sacrilege to go to Berlin and not try the state dish, which is currywurst. Curry 36 in Berlin-Kreuzberg is an institution.