stay in Berlin
|We've stayed in lots of different places,
usually in the central (Mitte) area of former East Berlin,
but we've become a little adventurous lately. In our
experience, the most convenient places to stay, as far as
getting around is concerned, are between Friedrichstrasse
to the west, Alexanderplatz to the east, the Spree to the
north and Leipziger Strasse to the south. However, public
transport is so quick and reliable, even running
throughout the night on certain routes, that other
locations are hardly a problem.
|It's in a
great location close to the S-Bahn and trams at Hackescher
Markt and only a short walk from Unter den Linden. It's an
'apartment hotel', so each room has a small kitchen, which
is a lovely prospect on a cold afternoon when you fancy a
decent cuppa and a rest before setting out again for the
evening. Our favourite place to stay. They also have double
nice, comfortable, modern hotel on Friedrichstrasse right
by the Spree. Look out for deals because it can be a bit
pricy, but its location is hard to beat.
extremely comfortable but slightly bland hotel right above
the Ostbahnhof and within a short walk of the
Mercedes-Benz Arena - handy for concerts!
small hotel close to Hackescher Markt.
hotel two tram stops north of Hackescher Markt. Breakfast
there isn't brilliant, so go to the nice little café a few
doors up from the hotel on Rosenthalerstrasse. Better food
|Abacus am Tierpark
Berlin's Zoo is in Lichtenberg, in the suburbs. Directly
opposite is the Abacus, which we found because it was part
of a deal with easyJet and was excellent value. Travel
into the heart of the city by public transport takes less
than half an hour. I found that my German came in handy
here, presumably because the locals up to 1989 were only
taught Russian as a foreign language.