I originally wrote this for me, and used it to record stuff I need to plan and visit the city.  It’s still pretty much the same. It might be useful for others. I first stayed there at the end of the summer 2005. We stayed at the art’otel mitte im Mitte and visited the centre of Berlin with a quick trip to the Story of Berlin on the Ku’f’dam, which is worth revisiting. I posted my pictures to a  Berlin set in flickr which is now displayed as a slide show below/overleaf. I returned on business in 2007 and for a citybreak in Jan 2019 and again in March 2019.

Created with flickr slideshow.


I revised these links in 2019; I deleted those that I might have merely been interested in, inserted the 2019 Hotel and kept two that I might still visit. I have stayed at the art’otel mitte, and Victor’s Residenz. The Google Map has the other’s that I have heard of, or considered.

  • Victors Residenz, Berlin, 2019 4*s, got an upgrade, to a suite which was very roomy, good if staying for a while; I wish my flat in Londn was as big. I found this via Expedia
  • Hotel Myers, found this while looking some time before 2007, looks rather fab and don’t want to forget it
  • Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hackescher Markt, inspired by the same chain in Frankfurt

The map (see below) now has a bunch of hotels placed upon it, in both East & West Berlin, some came from a BA flight magazine, some just from looking for places to go, and/or the Rough Guide, it now included some recommended by Expedia.


All trains, trams and buses are under one price scheme. They have three zones, A,B&C. Day Tickets can be bought for AB or ABC. Schönefeld is in C, I bought a one way ticket for €3.40 on arrival, and another on the way back. The Hotel sold me day tickets,for the other days. It might be best to buy the return at the Schönefeld ticket machines; the buses only take coins. One way tickets need to be used within two hours of validation and you may not double back.


Homeaway, a flat listing site (2013), and one particular flat complex in Schoenberg

Food & Drink

I am told that next time I should visit Savigny Platz which also has a huge number of restaurants.

My Map

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I returned in 2019, and here are my pictures

Created with flickr slideshow.

Things to do

– Lots left undone!

  • Should I check this out, the Bendler Block.
  • The Zoo
  • the Mauer Park is this the best wall memorial
  • the Flea Market at the Mauer Park  ✔
  • the DDR Museum, im mitte
  • Karl Marx Allee, maybe best done by bike ✔
  • Stasi Museum
  • TranenPlast
  • Sans Souci in Potsdam
  • Is there anything at Wannersee?
  • Fernesturm, both restaurant and viewing platform, can these be booked in advance ✔

Things to do again

  • Visit The Story of Berlin exhibition, ends in an atomic bunker, but deals with the History of Berlin from its foundation as the capital of the Duchy of Brandenburg

3 thoughts on “Berlin

  1. This was copied across originally using a version copy from the file system, and then checking against the snipsnap version. The last bliki date was 17th Dec 2008, allegedly.

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