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Germany’s discount bus craze: How I scored a €1 bus trip from Berlin to Bremen

Germany’s discount bus craze: How I scored a €1 bus trip from Berlin to Bremen

Berlin’s ZOB bus station is a hub that can take you to other German cities and beyond for a very economical price. But just how cheap? I recently traveled from Berlin to Bremen and back again for just €1 each way. That’s not a misprint: €1 for about a five-hour journey. Within Berlin’s public transportation network, » Read more

The €2 urban oasis: Enjoy blooms year-round in Berlin’s Britzer Garten

The €2 urban oasis: Enjoy blooms year-round in Berlin’s Britzer Garten

When the pavement and bustle of Berlin starts to get to you, just hop on any southbound M44 bus from S-Hermannstrasse and be transported into another world. It’s only a 10-minute ride away, but it feels like an eternity once you find yourself wandering this scenic public space. Located in Berlin’s Neukölln district, this is » Read more

Berlin in 2014: Book your ticket for these 5 can’t-miss events

Berlin in 2014: Book your ticket for these 5 can’t-miss events

There are always plenty of reasons to pack your bags and head to the German capital for a hip and very affordable European adventure. But in case you haven’t made your travel plans yet, we have come up with five special events to get you motivated. From blockbuster art shows to the 25th birthday of » Read more

Berlin public transit tickets: Getting the most for your money

Berlin public transit tickets: Getting the most for your money

In a previous post, we described the conditions, rules, and customs of public transportation in Berlin. This time, we’ll focus on the best ways for travelers to save using the day and tourist tickets on offer, and help break down each option, so you can save your Euros for an extra bier or two. Tips » Read more

Berlin’s Turkish Hamams: Where to get a good scrubdown

Berlin’s Turkish Hamams: Where to get a good scrubdown

The German capital, known for its large Turkish immigrant community, has heaps of Turkish culture on offer. Supermarkets, outdoor markets, shops, restaurants, and bakeries across the city cater to this population, their language, and their specific needs and preferences. Those of us who can’t afford a warm winter getaway to the Black Sea coast know » Read more

‘Tis the season for these 5 Christmas markets in Berlin

‘Tis the season for these 5 Christmas markets in Berlin

As the end of November rolls around, busy little elves begin constructing mini-villages of wooden huts across the entirety of Berlin, and city natives begin to get restless for a taste of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. By December, new residents have moved in, brightly displaying their wares and opening their cottages for business—the Christmas » Read more

Berlin: Transportation tickets explained (and why you should never go ticketless)

Berlin: Transportation tickets explained (and why you should never go ticketless)

Visitors to Berlin quickly realize that the city offers a wide range of efficient and reliable public transportation options. The system works well, and with just a bit of preparation, is quite easy to use. In this, the first of two articles covering Berlin’s public transportation, we’ll be looking at ticket options. Which ticket type? » Read more

How to save on Berlin’s boat tours and river cruises

How to save on Berlin’s boat tours and river cruises

There is something incomparable about seeing a city from the water. Though no city may ever top Amsterdam in this respect, Berlin’s regular cruises – traveling along the Spree and its canals throughout the city – provide visitors with an unparalleled view of many central sights. City Tour There are numerous boat companies plying the » Read more

Site of Remembrance: Germany’s Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Site of Remembrance: Germany’s Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Although its official title is the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe”, the massive field of gray stelae located a short walk from the Brandenburg Gate or Potsdamer Platz is commonly known as the “Holocaust memorial”. Architect Peter Eisenman’s 2,711 concrete pillars were installed over a period of two years, and the memorial opened » Read more

Berlin’s Long Nights are Worth Staying Up For

Berlin’s Long Nights are Worth Staying Up For

It all began in 1997 with the very first Lange Nacht (long night) for Berlin‘s museums. The idea is a simple one: nearly 100 museums, archives, memorials and the like team up with one communal ticket for one night, throwing the doors open until the wee hours of the morning and offering visitors the opportunity » Read more

Dodging summer construction in Berlin

Dodging summer construction in Berlin

You may have heard it said before: in northern climes, there are two seasons – winter and construction. Unfortunately for summertime visitors to Germany’s capital city, Berlin is no different. Streets, tram, and even train lines are repeatedly slimmed down or rerouted completely as crews take advantage of the warmer weather and decreased traffic to » Read more

Notable Architecture and Design in Berlin’s S- and U-Bahn Stations

Notable Architecture and Design in Berlin’s S- and U-Bahn Stations

Berlin’s two local rail networks (respectively called the S-Bahn and U-Bahn) are more than merely functional ways of getting around the city. They are destinations in their own right and — as Baedeker might have put it — certainly worth a detour. From art nouveau to art deco Swedish architect Alfred Grenander designed the showpiece » Read more

Swimming in Berlin: Our Favorite Pools and Beaches

Swimming in Berlin: Our Favorite Pools and Beaches

As there are just a handful of days every summer when Berlin’s temperatures surpass the 30° C / 85° F mark, air conditioning is virtually non-existent. If you’re not content to sweat it out like the locals, you have two options: dark and cool (movies and museum visits), or sunny and wet. Thankfully, a large » Read more

Berlin’s Picasso-rich Museum Berggruen reopens, luring art lovers to Charlottenburg

Berlin’s Picasso-rich Museum Berggruen reopens, luring art lovers to Charlottenburg

Picasso may have been from Spain and spent most of his life in France, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find some of his best works in Germany. With the recently renovated and expanded Museum Berggruen reopening, there are a number of great modernist museums in the Charlottenburg neighborhood of Berlin. Thanks to these collections, there » Read more

Berlin: Which museum pass makes the most sense for your trip?

Berlin: Which museum pass makes the most sense for your trip?

Berlin is a museum-lover’s dream—it even has its own island dedicated to these institutions of art, history and culture. But while museum-hopping makes for a fun and educational itinerary while in the city, steep admission prices can make it a costly one as well.  Luckily there are ways you can save on admission and keep » Read more

The scoop on Berlin’s best ice cream

The scoop on Berlin’s best ice cream

It may be just starting to warm up, but that doesn’t stop Berliners from regularly indulging in a few scoops of German gelato. Italian ice creams followed Germany’s first guest workers from their homes in Italy and today “gelaterias” exist in even the smallest towns across the country. While they may never meet the selection » Read more

Finding What You Need in Germany’s Discount Drugstores

Finding What You Need in Germany’s Discount Drugstores

Toothpaste or body lotion confiscated at airport security? Blisters the size of quarters from hiking around town in new sandals? Forgot to pack sunscreen or feminine hygiene products? No worries—Germany’s discount drugstore chains have this and much more covered. Ask for the nearest “Rossmann” or “dm” (day-em) store. In Germany, there’s one in practically every » Read more

Berlin: Secret lunch spot with a view at Potsdamer Platz

Berlin: Secret lunch spot with a view at Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz is one of my favorite central locations in Berlin. How can you go wrong with the Philharmonie and Neue Nationalgalerie, cinemas like CineStar and CinemaXX that screen blockbusters in English and host the Berlinale film festival each spring, living history lessons on the Berlin Wall, and a comfortable grassy knoll on which to » Read more

Aldi and Lidl, oh my! A guide to Germany’s discount grocery stores

Aldi and Lidl, oh my! A guide to Germany’s discount grocery stores

Not all grocery stores in Berlin (and Germany, for that matter) are equal. Germans are well-known for their thrifty nature, which combined with the country’s market power has resulted in some of the lowest food prices on the continent. Germany is well-acquainted with discount grocery stores, and is in fact the birthplace of the Aldi » Read more

What’s your Poison? In Berlin, try a Weisse mit Schuss

What’s your Poison? In Berlin, try a Weisse mit Schuss

When in Venice, it’s a Spritz. In Dijon, Kir’s the thing. And in Berlin? Ask for a “Weisse mit Schuss.” You probably won’t be surprised to discover that Berlin’s unique potent potable is 99% beer – a local brew called Berliner Weisse. So what’s the Schuss? It’s up to you. There are two options: raspberry » Read more

Berlin: Pick up authentic GDR souvenirs at Ostpaket

Berlin: Pick up authentic GDR souvenirs at Ostpaket

The television tower, or Fernsehturm, at Berlin’s Alexanderplatz was one of the proud symbols of the former East Germany. Then it is perhaps fitting that its shadow falls upon a store specializing in products from the GDR. Ostpaket, located across Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse from the train station in the Berlin-Carré shopping center, sells a combination of popular » Read more

Berlin: Weird but memorable restaurant options

Berlin: Weird but memorable restaurant options

Though Berlin has now collected more Michelin stars than any other German city, its most special dining experiences may not lie within the hallowed, star-covered kitchens of the capital, but rather its unique and sometimes kitschy offerings. Here a selection of Berlin’s weird but memorable food options. Sauvage Neukölln (Reuterkiez, U8-Hermannplatz) Dinner only, closed Mondays. » Read more

Berlin Brief: US visits up in 2012; airberlin adds new Chicago flight

Berlin Brief: US visits up in 2012; airberlin adds new Chicago flight

The American love affair with Berlin seems to be growing stronger, as US travelers continue to visit the German capital in record numbers. Despite a sluggish global economy and a strong euro, Berlin is thriving as a tourist destination, attracting big crowds in 2011 and 2012. Last year the city attracted nearly 10 million visitors » Read more

Top Photography Exhibitions in Berlin

Top Photography Exhibitions in Berlin

Berlin has a wealth of museums. Fans of photography will not leave the city disappointed – especially this month. Until November 25, many museums, galleries, and public buildings are displaying photographic exhibitions within the framework of the European Month of Photography, now in its fifth year in Berlin. When sorting through the multitude of offerings, » Read more

Berlin’s International Short Film Festival: November 13-18, 2012

Berlin’s International Short Film Festival: November 13-18, 2012

In its 28th year, Berlin’s International Short Film Festival will take place from November 13-18, 2012. Films will be shown in six locations around the city. And with ticket prices as low as €3, the film festival offers some top-notch entertainment à la Cheapo. A few gems hidden outside the competition program include: • Sigur Rós » Read more