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Getting around 1 Getting around by public transport
Content of this guide Basics and conference Getting around Shopping, tipping, speaking Opening ceremony Conference dinner
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All public transport in Berlin—S-Bahn, U-Bahn, trams, buses, and also some ferries—is run by the company BVG. When using buses you are kindly asked to get into the vehicle at the front door and to show the driver your ticket. Connections can be easily checked at http://bit.ly/18ez1k or by using the convenient smart phone apps available for Android or iPhone.
Sightseeing Walking tour Sightseeing
Buses 100 & 200
´ and more Restaurants, cafes Around Savignyplatz Charlottenburg & Moabit Around Oranienburger Straße Around Rosenthaler Platz Kollwitzplatz to Helmholtzplatz Friedrichshain Northern Kreuzberg 36 ¨ Southern Kreuzberg 36 & Grafe-Kiez ¨ Bergmannstraße & Neukolln ¨ Schoneberg Friedenau & Wilmersdorf
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This is an interactive guide. Several restaurant and museum names are links to the respective websites. A supplemented Google Map is provided at http://goo.gl/maps/cuZRD
Conference ticket The conference badge allows you to use all public transport in and around Berlin (zone Berlin ABC) in the six days from 19th of August until 24th of August, if you bring your passport or national ID card. Unfortunately, driver licenses are not accepted as ID in Germany. The conference ticket need not be validated.
Welcome to Berlin and to ISMP 2012! While you are here for ISMP 2012 we would like to assist you ´ in experiencing Berlin as Berliners do. The restaurants, cafes, bars, etc. recommended in this guide are a collection of the favorite places of our colleagues in the group of combinatorial optimization and graph algorithms at TU Berlin and at the Zuse Institute. Although our guide is far from being complete and the different neighborhoods are not represented to the same extent, we are confident that this small leaflet gives you the opportunity to visit great places in Berlin that most tourists would usually miss. Though we do not want to replace a proper guide book we also provide you with some basic information about practical issues as well as an (incomplete) list of the main sights of Berlin. We wish you a pleasant stay in Berlin!
These two bus lines are especially made for tourists. They pass several sights on their way, and if you are lucky, the bus driver will be an occasional guide. For boarding you only need a normal BVG ticket. Both lines run between Zoologischer Garten (close to the conference site) and Alexanderplatz, using different routes. Bus 100 passes the government district and Brandenburg Gate while Bus 200 visits Potsdamer Platz instead. The lines meet again at the boulevard Unter den Linden. The detailed routes are covered in our interactive map.
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In general, tickets need to be bought and validated before boarding (bus and tram sell tickets on board). This holds also for day tickets and other long term tickets. There is a reduced fair for children aged 6 – 14. Children under 6 travel for free. We have specified only the most commonly purchased tickets. For a complete list of tickets and conditions see http://bit.ly/ cQnPvf. Einzelfahrschein Berlin AB 2.40 e Valid for 2h within the city limits. It allows you to travel in one direction only, but it includes transport changes. If you do both ways within 2h you still need two tickets. Buying four tickets at once lowers the price to 2.10 e/ticket. If you want to go to a place ¨ outside Berlin (e.g., Schonefeld Airport SXF or Potsdam), you need zone ABC or an additional Anschlussfahrschein.
Getting around by taxi
Anschlussfahrschein Berlin A/C 1.60 e Extends your valid zone AB ticket to ABC, i.e., to the area around Berlin. It is analogous to the Einzefahrschein, it is valid for 2h.
Getting around by taxi is rather expensive and you might want to consider using public transport instead. The taxi fares start from 3.20 e with an additional 1.65 e/kilometer. A short ride ≤ 2 km (Kurzstrecke in German) at a flat rate of 4 e is possible if telling the driver in advance.
Tageskarte Berlin AB 6.50 e Allows you to use all public transport within the city limits on the day you validated the ticket, and until 3am the day after.
Getting around by bike Many places in Berlin rent bikes for 10–15 e per day. You can also use the red “Call A Bike” bikes. These can be picked up and dropped off at any of the bike stations, which are located in Mitte district, around the Tiergarten and on TU Campus (e.g., opposite of Main Building). There are (almost) no stations west of TU, see the map http://bit.ly/Mkj1pi. The bikes cost only 8 cents per minute, with a maximum 15 e for the day. You can register for the service online or at any of the stations using your credit card or EC card. There are great iPhone and Android Apps for the system.
CityTourCard / WelcomeCard For both tickets there are three different durations, allowing you to travel for 48 h, 72 h or 5 days. The 48 h and 72 h tickets are valid from the time you validate them to the respective number of hours later. The 5 day ticket is valid for five consecutive days starting from the day of validation, always ending at midnight. Besides public transport, the tickets offer discount for different tourist attractions. For details, see the the link above. 7-Tage-Karte Berlin AB 28.00 e Once validated, the ticket can be used for 7 days until midnight of the last day. Monday to Friday from 8pm and during the whole weekend, it also allows you to take one adult and up to three children aged 6–14 with you for free (age 0–5 for free at any time).
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Shopping, tipping, speaking 2 Opening hours & shopping Most of the shops are open Monday to Saturday from 10am–8pm. For smaller shops, the opening hours can vary. Supermarkets usually open at 7 or 8am and there are many that are open as late as 10pm or midnight. On Sundays only a very limited number of (touristic) shops are open. The supermarkets located at the stations in Friedrichstraße, Hauptbahnhof, Ostbahnhof and Zoologischer Garten are open on Sundays. It is impossible to make an exhaustive list of the shopping areas in Berlin. So we only give a very limited overview. Close to ¨ TU there is Tauentzienstraße and Kurfurstendamm. Starting at Wittenbergbergplatz (U2) with the famous department store KaDeWe, it continues westwards with the usual chains of shops ¨ until Joachimstaler Straße (U1 Kurfurstendamm). Further westwards, the shops become more and more exclusive, peaking at Olivaer Platz. If you are rather looking for small boutiques, you can walk through the small streets around Savignyplatz (a slightly upscale area close to TU), north of S Hackescher Markt (a trendy and often also steep area in Mitte), or in Oranienstraße (a more alterna¨ tive style area around U1 Gorlitzer Bahnhof). From Hackescher Markt you can stroll northwards until Kollwitz Platz or Helmholtzplatz hopping from one shop to the other. Roughly speaking, the norther you go, the less trendier and expensive it gets.
How to tip ´ it is common to give a tip of 5–10 %, deIn restaurants and cafes, pending on the quality of service offered. In self-service locations, it is usually not necessary to tip. For taxis, it is the same as for restaurants.
¨ u¨ & others a¨ , o, Here are some examples of how to pronounce different vowels or syllables in the German language. a a¨ au ¨ au ch e ei i ie j o o¨ s ß sch sp st u u¨ v w z
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as u in cut (short) or as a in card (long) as a in cat (short) or as ai in stair (long) as ow in cow as oy in toy as in machine or as in Loch Ness as e in wet (short) or similar to a in bagel (long) as uy in buy as in pin (short) or as in marine (long) same as the long i as Y in York as in top (short) or as in code (long) as er in term as z in zoo or as in summer as s in summer as sh in shorts pronounced as shp (or in German schp) pronounced as sht (or in German scht) as u in pull as ue in the French word rue similarly pronounced as the English f as v in vowel as in pizza
Little phrasebook Hello! – Hallo! (informal ) / Guten Tag! (more formal ) Good morning! – Guten Morgen! Good evening! – Guten Abend! ¨ Good bye! – Tschuss! (informal ) / Auf Wiedersehen! (formal ) Thank you! – Danke! Thank you very much! – Vielen Dank! please – bitte You are welcome! – Bitte! / Gerne! Sorry! – Entschuldigung! Excuse me! – Entschuldigung! What’s your name? – Wie heißt du? (informal) / Wie heißen Sie? (formal) My name is . . . – Ich heiße . . . Haven’t we met before? – Kennen wir uns nicht irgendwoher? Shall we get some fresh – Sollen wir ein bisschen frische air? Luft schnappen? ¨ Nice day isn’t it? – Schones Wetter heute! Do you speak English? – Sprechen Sie Englisch? I’m attending a – Ich nehme an einer Konferenz teil. conference. That was an excellent talk! – Das war ein toller Vortrag! I’ve read one of your – Ich habe eines Ihrer Paper gelesen. papers. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 How much is it? Can I try it on? I want to buy a stamp.
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Where is . . . ? How far is it? I’d like a taxi now / tomorrow / at . . . breakfast lunch dinner I’m starving! I’d like to reserve a table for 10 people / 8 o’clock
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I’m vegetarian. beer beer with Fanta or Sprite cloudy wheat beer fizzy and sour beer served with a shot of raspberry (rot) or woodruff ¨ typical for Berlin (grun),
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¨ eins, zwei, drei, vier, funf Was kostet das? Kann ich es anprobieren? ¨ Ich wurde gerne eine Briefmarke kaufen. Wo ist . . . ? Wie weit ist das? ¨ ¨ Ich hatte gerne ein Taxi fur sofort / morgen / um . . . ¨ ¨ Fruhst uck Mittagessen Abendessen Ich bin am Verhungern! ¨ Ich wurder gerne einen ¨ zehn Personen / Tisch fur um acht Uhr reservieren. Ich bin Vegetarier. Bier / Pils Radler or Alster Hefeweizen Berliner Weiße
I don’t drink alcohol. – Ich trinke keinen Alkohol. typical lemonade from – Fassbrause Berlin sugar-reduced organic – Bionade lemonade, very tasty Cheers! – Prost! This is on me. – Die Runde geht auf mich. Please bring the bill. – Die Rechnung bitte.
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200 m S+U6 Friedrichstraße
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Bus 100 Bus 100/200
S+U55 Brandenburger Tor
¨ U6 Franzosische Str.
Opening ceremony U2 Hausvogteiplatz 6
U2/U6 Stadtmitte Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC BY-SA
Place and date Where? When?
Konzerthaus Berlin Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin Sunday, August 19, 2012, 6pm
The opening ceremony
The Concert Hall & Gendarmenmarkt Built around 1820, the Konzerthaus (Concert Hall) is one of the neoclassical master pieces of the Prussian star architect and city planner Schinkel. The building was destroyed during World War II, and it stayed in ruins until its restoration in early 1980th. Originally serving as a theater, it reopened as a concert hall. Surrounded by the German Cathedral in the south and the French Cathedral in the north, the Concert Hall is located on historic Gendarmenmarkt which is considered as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
Musical accompaniment Berliner Sibelius Orchester, conducted by Vinzenz Weissenburger
Prizes Dantzig Prize for original research which by its originality, breadth and depth, is having a major impact on the field of mathematical optimization Lagrange Prize for outstanding works in the area of continuous optimization Fulkerson Prize for outstanding papers in the area of discrete mathematics Beale-Orchard-Hayes Prize for excellence in computational mathematical programming Tseng Lectureship for outstanding contributions in the area of continuous optimization, consisting of original theoretical results, innovative applications, or successful software development
Getting there There are different ways to get to Gendarmenmarkt by public transport. If you have some spare time before the opening ceremony, it is also very nice to walk there along (parts of) the walking tour that is described on page 5. Subway U2 & U6: Get off at stop Stadtmitte and follow the signs to Gendarmenmarkt. If you arrive at the U6 platform, this will lead you through a tunnel and the U2 platform before finally reaching your destination. From Zoologischer Garten, U2 takes 13 min. Due to construction work, there are currently no U6 trains running be¨ tween Friedrichstraße and Franzosische Straße (only 500 m). Bus 100 & 200: These two bus lines are the touristic lines of Berlin. They pass several sights on their way; see page 1 for further details. Get off at stop Unter den Linden / Friedrichstraße or at Staatsoper. From Zoologischer Garten, both buses take about 20 min.
Tucker Prize for an outstanding doctoral thesis
Reception The opening session is followed by a reception with a magnificent view on Gendarmenmarkt.
S-Bahn: Get off at stop Friedrichstraße and follow the signs to Friedrichstraße. From Zoologischer Garten, the S-Bahn takes 8 min, but you should add another 10 min for walking from the station to Gendarmenmarkt.
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conference U2 Ernst-Reuter-Platz Bus 200
U2 Potsdamer Platz 35
S+U2 Zoologischer Garten 14 Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC BY-SA
Place and date Where? When?
Kongresshalle / Haus der Kulturen der Welt John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 7pm
The conference dinner is open to attendees and guests who registered and paid in advance for tickets. The tickets are included in your registration envelope. A limited number of tickets is available on site at the ISMP registration desk. Tickets are 40 e.
Sights on the way Depending on your route to get there, you will pass different sights on the way. They are described in the sightseeing section in more detail. In the pdf version, simply click on the numbers to get there. 1
Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)
Reichstag (Parliament Building)
Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate)
Schloß Bellevue (Bellevue Palace)
¨ Siegessaule (Victory Column)
¨ Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedachtniskirche (K. W. Memorial Church)
Holocaust-Mahnmal (Holocaust Memorial)
The Congress Hall The Congress Hall was built as the US American contribution to the International Building Exhibition INTERBAU 1957. It is known for its special architecture, hosting several cultural activities, and the infamous event of its roof’s collapse in 1980. Fortunately, the building was extensively reconstructed, so that we can enjoy the dinner there. Since 1989, the Congress Hall hosts the cultural organization Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures).
Getting there We propose different options for getting to the conference dinner. The specified travel times give an approximate estimate of the total time you will need to get there from the conference site. S-Bahn (35 min): Walk to S Tiergarten and take any east bound S-Bahn to Hauptbahnhof. From there follow the route in the map. Bus 100 (30 min): Catch the bus at Zoologischer Garten and get off at Haus der Kulturen der Welt right in front of the dinner place. There are, however, road works scheduled for John-Foster-DullesAllee which might change the route of the bus on short notice. Bus 200 (50 min): This is a nice option if you want to visit Potsdamer Platz and Brandenburg Gate on your way. Catch the bus at Zoologischer Garten and get off at Potsdamer Platz. From there follow the route that is indicated in the map. Subway U2 (45 min): This is almost the same as the Bus 200 option, except for replacing the bus by subway. Catch U2 at ErnstReuter-Platz (Pankow bound) and get off at Potsdamer Platz. Walking through Tiergarten (35 min): Except for the first 100 or 200 meters, this route allows you to approach the dinner place without ever leaving Tiergarten, one of Berlin’s nicest parks. Walking along river Spree (50 min): This a tranquil path along the river which is perfect for enjoying the evening sun and for escaping the crowds.
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S Oranienburger Straße 11
U6 Oranienburger Tor
S Hackescher Markt 27
S+U2/U5/U8 Alexanderplatz 26
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Bus 100/200 Bus 100/200 4
S+U55 Brandenburger Tor, Bus 100 16
¨ U6 Franzosische Straße 6
¨ U2 Markisches Museum U2 Hausvogteiplatz U2 Mohrenstraße U2/U6 Stadtmitte U2 Spittelmarkt 34 31
S+U2 Potsdamer Platz, Bus 200 21
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Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC BY-SA
The walking tour is cut into five parts (one being a shortcut), so that you can easily walk different parts at different days or skip parts that you are not interested in. All start and end points are easily accessible from the conference site by either U2, S-Bahn or Bus 100/200. More information on the sights can be found on pages 6–8.
Central Station to Brandenburg Gate Start: S Hauptbahnhof End: Bus 100 Brandenburger Tor
Take the south exit of the station (1), and cross the pedestrian bridge to the government area. Walk further south to Bundeskanzleramt (2). From there, you can already see the Reichstag (3). Follow the indicated route in the map to Brandenburg Gate (4).
Brandenburg Gate to Gendarmenmarkt Start: Bus 100 Brandenburger Tor End: U2 Stadtmitte
This shortcut brings you from Brandenburg Gate (4) to Gendarmenmarkt (6) along the boulevard Unter den Linden. Just stroll down the boulevard to Charlottenstraße and turn right.
Brandenburg Gate to Potsdamer Platz Start: Bus 100 Brandenburger Tor End: U2, Bus 200 Potsdamer Platz
the south side, and follow the indicated route in the map (crossing a shopping center) to get to the U-Bahn.
The Holocaust Memorial (16) lies a block south of Brandenburg Gate (4). To get to Potsdamer Platz (5) follow Ebertstraße. Formerly, the Berlin Wall was running along this street and the entire area to your left used to be the no-man’s-land between east and west. The main attraction at Potsdamer Platz is the Sony Center. Turn right at the big crossing to get there. Leave Sony Center from
Potsdamer Platz to Gendarmenmarkt Start: U2, Bus 200 Potsdamer Platz End: U2 Stadtmitte
The beginning of this part runs along the former Berlin Wall. From Potsdamer Platz (5) follow Stresemannstraße southwards and then turn left into Niederkirchnertraße. After 100 m you will reach the Topographie des Terrors (17). Continue on Niederkirchnertraße (Zimmerstraße later on) to reach Checkpoint Charlie (21). From there take the indicated route to Gendarmenmarkt (6).
Gendarmenmarkt to Hackescher Markt Start: U2 Stadtmitte End: S Hackescher Markt
At the north-east corner of Gendarmenmarkt (6) follow Markgrafenstraße to Behrenstraße and turn right. Just after 50 m you reach Bebelplatz which you cross to get to Under den Linden. Turn right to get to the museums island (7), hosting the Berlin Cathedral and several good museums. Right behind the bridge you see the blue Humboldt Box (9). Cross the museums island as indicated in the map, and walk to Hackescher Markt. At the north end of the square in front of the S-Bahn station you can already see Hack¨ (11). Walking through the courtyards brings you to esche Hofe Sophienstraße. Turn right twice to get back to Hackescher Markt.
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Sightseeing 6 Sights Central Station. Europaplatz, 10557 Bln. (map 5), S+U Hauptbahnhof. The new central station opened in 2006 and is today one of the most frequented stations of Germany. From outside, you will notice that one side of the roof is much shorter than the other. This is not on purpose. It is a quintessential character of Berlin to run out of money and time. The architect Meinhard von Gerkan was not in the least a bit amused by it, sparking a legal battle. 1
Bundeskanzleramt. Willy-Brandt-Str. 1, 10557 Bln. (map 5), S+U Hauptbahnhof, U Bundestag, Bus 100. Newly built when the German government moved from Bonn to Berlin in 1999, this is the official home of Angela Merkel.
¨ Hackesche Hofe. Rosenthalerstr. 40/41 and Sophienstr. 6, 10178 Bln. (map 5), S Hackescher Markt. Four-storied, 1900ish Altbauten (old buildings) characterize the cityscape of many parts of Berlin. They used to have several backyards, combing small shops, workshops, and community housing. As the backyards were very dark, often parts of the buildings have been removed. One of the nicest survivors of this kind is the Hack¨ (backyards). esche Hofe 11
Schloß Bellevue. Spreeweg 1, 10557 Bln. (map 4), Bus 100. The 18th century palace is one of the official residences of the President of Germany since 1994. Not open for visitors. 12
Reichstag. Platz der Republik, 10557 Bln., +49 30 22732152 (map 5), U5 Bundestag, Bus 100, 8am–11pm, free. Home of the parliament. After being destroyed in World War II, the dome was reconstructed and is now open for visitors. To enjoy the great view, an online registration is necessary! It is advisable to plan the visit well ahead. 3
Brandenburger Tor. Pariser Platz, 10117 Bln. (map 5), S+U Brandenburger Tor, Bus 100. Standing for thirty years in the no-man’s-land between east and west, Brandenburg Gate is one of the distinguished landmarks of Berlin. 4
Potsdamer Platz. 10785 Bln. (map 5), S+U Potsdamer Platz, Bus 200. After being nearly abandoned during Cold War it is one of the major redevelopment areas. Some pieces of the Wall reminds us the former bisection of the square. Besides the Wall, the tent-like Sony Center is the main attraction here. A shopping center lies to the south of Potsdamer Straße . 5
Gendarmenmarkt. 10117 Bln. (map 5), U Stadtmitte, Bus 100/200. Being surrounded by two neoclassical cathedrals and a concert hall, this is arguably the most beautiful square in Berlin. Don’t miss the opening ceremony in the concert hall! 6
Museumsinsel. Bodestr., 10178 Bln. (map 5), S Hackescher Markt, Bus 100/200. The central Spree island hosts Berlin’s most important museums and the Berlin Cathedral. Even if you don’t plan to visit the museums, it is nice to just stroll around and enjoy the neoclassical Prussian architecture. 7
Berliner Dom. Am Lustgarten, 10178 Bln., +49 30 20269119 (map 5), S Hackescher Markt, Bus 100/200, Mon–Sat 9am–8pm, Sun noon–8pm, 7 e. The Berlin Cathedral is the main church in Berlin. Besides normal visits, there are also concerts performed. Check out the website. 8
Humboldt Box. Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Bln., +49 30 20625076 (map 5), Bus 100 & 200, 10am–8pm, 4 e. Besides its purported use of being an information center for the reconstruction of the former city palace, the Humboldt Box offers great views on the (historic) sites around and on the boulevard Unter den Linden. Despite its modest height, this is definitely an alternative to the neighboring TV Tower. 9
Fernsehturm. Panoramastr. 1A, 10178 Bln. (map 5), S Alexanderplatz, 9am–midnight, 12 e. Berlin’s TV Tower offers you great views over the city. It is advisable to buy online tickets to avoid queuing. Once you made to the top, you can enjoy a coffee in the revolving restaurant. Humboldt Box is a good alternative to save money and time. 10
¨ Siegessaule. Str. des 17. Juni / Großer Stern, 10557 Bln. (map 4), Bus 100, 9:30am–6:30pm, 3 e. Built in 1873 to commemorate the wars that lead to the foundation of the German Reich in 1871, this monument offers an impressive view along Str. des 17. Juni. Originally located close to Reichstag, the Nazis moved it to its current location. 13
¨ Gedachtniskirche. Breitscheidplatz, 10789 Bln. ¨ (map 4), S+U Zoologischer Garten, U Kurfurstendamm, Bus 100 & 200. While major parts of the church were destroyed during World War II the intact parts of the church are still in use and serve as a museum and war memorial. Currently, the building is under construction, yet open to visitors. 14
Schloß Charlottenburg. Spandauer Damm 20-24, 14059 Bln., +49 331 9694200 (map 10), S Westend, Bus M45 from Ernst-Reuter-Platz, Tue–Sun 10am–6pm, 12 e. The Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace in Berlin and the only remaining royal residence of the Hohenzollern family. It is surrounded by a nice garden, which is open to public (without fee). 15
Traces of the Nazi Regime Examples of the intimidating architecture of that time are the Olympic stadium or the by now closed Airport Tempelhof. There are also several bunkers around (e.g., in Humboldthain or at Reinhardtstraße / Albrechtstraße) as they are so robust that bursting them is more or less impossible. To remember the victims of the Nazi Regime, Artist Gunter Demning installs Stolpersteine (brass plaques) in front of former homes of victims. At a less personal level but on a much larger scale, the Holocaust Memorial also remembers the victims of National Socialism. Holocaust Memorial. Trautenaustr. 14, 10717 Bln., +49 30 28045960 (map 5), S+U Brandenburger Tor, Bus 100 & 200, 10am–8pm, free. This Field of Steles is the winning contribution of a protracted architectural design competition for a memorial site to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The actual memorial is outdoor and can be visited all day long. It is supplemented by an underground information center. 16
Topographie des Terrors. Niederkirchnerstr. 8, 10963 Bln., +49 30 25450970 (map 5), S+U Potsdamer Platz, 10am-8pm, free. The ground of the former headquarters of the Nazi secret police and the Nazi SS hosts a documentation center informing visitors about the Nazi cruelties. 17
Sachsenhausen. Str. der Nationen 22, 16515 Oranienburg, +49 3301 200200, S Oranienburg + 2 km walk, Tue–Fri 9am-4:30pm, free. The former Nazi concentration camp “Sachsenhausen” is named after its location, a part of the suburb Oranienburg about one hour north of Berlin. The memorial shows reconstructions of the original buildings. Some of the older exhibitions are only in German. 18
7 Traces of DDR (German Democratic Republic) There are several traces of the former DDR in Berlin. The position of the former Berlin Wall is marked with a line of special paving stones wherever there are no buildings. Remainders of the wall can be visited at Bernauer Straße or Eastside Gallery, socialist architecture at its best at Karl-Marx-Allee (see below).
Berlin Wall Memorial. Bernauer Str. 111, 13355 Bln., +49 30 467986666 (overview map), S Nordbahnhof, Tue–Sun 9:30am–7pm, free. This memorial contains a piece of the Berlin Wall with the preserved grounds behind it and thus conveys an impression of the functionality of the border fortifications. There is also a museum. 19
Karl-Marx-Allee. 10178 Bln. (overview map), S+U Alexanderplatz, U Frankfurter Tor and stops in-between. The Karl-Marx-Allee is a grand socialist boulevard connecting the two major eastern squares Alexanderplatz and Frankfurter Tor. The boulevard was a flagship project of the reconstruction program in East Berlin after World War II and features many monumental apartment buildings in wedding cake style. 20
Checkpoint Charlie. Friedrichstr. 43-45, 10117 Bln. (map 5), U Stadtmitte, U Kochstraße. This spot on Friedrichstraße was a famous crossing point between East and West Berlin during the time of the Berlin Wall (1961– 1989). There is an entertaining museum nearby, narrating several stories from the time of Berlin’s separation, including yellow press style escape stories. Independent of the museum, the fence north of the crossing point hosts a small exhibition. 21
¨ Eastside Gallery. Muhlenstr., 10243 Bln. (map 16), S Ostbahnhof, S+U Warschauer Straße. The East Side Gallery is a roughly one mile long section of the ¨ Berlin Wall along Muhlenstraße that has been painted by many international artists after the reunification of Berlin. 22
¨ Tranenpalast. Right north of the S Friedrichstraße 23 (map 5), Tue–Fri 9am–7pm, Sat, Sun 10am–6pm, free. The “palace of tears” hosted the former East German border controls. The crossing point was highly frequented as it could be reached by S-Bahn from West Berlin. A small exhibition informs about the station and the crossing point. ¨ Hohenschonhausen Prison. Genslerstr. 13A, 13055 Bln.,+49 30 98608230, Tram M5 from S+U Alex., 24 hourly guided tours Mon–Fri 11am–3am, Sat & Sun 10am–4pm, English tours daily 2:30pm, 5 e. Former prisoners of the secret police of East Germany show you the intimidating atmosphere of this top-secret prison.
¨ ©Wiebke Hohn
Museums Hundreds of museums are spread all over the city. However, there are two larger “museum parks”, bundling many of the very good state museums: Museumsinsel in the Mitte district (S Hackescher Markt) and Kulturforum at Potsdamer Platz (S+U Potsdamer Platz). For these sites there are special area tickets (14 e), allowing you to visit all state museums in the respective area. The ticket usually pays off when you visit at least two museums. If you plan to visit museums of different areas or if you want to visit exhibitions at different days then the Museum Pass Berlin is a good option. It includes the entrance to over 50 museums (not only the state museums) for three days (19 e), check http://bit.ly/r7hH6s. In state museums, children under age 18 are free, and students pay half the price. The reduction applies to the Museum Pass as well. Most museums are closed on Mondays. Besides many interesting permanent exhibitions, there are usually also several very good temporary exhibitions, see e.g., Martin Gropius Bau, Neue Nationalgalerie or Hamburger Bahnhof.
Pergamonmuseum. Museumsinsel, +49 30 266424242 (map 5), 10am–6pm, Thu 10am–9pm, 13 e. Host of numerous exhibits ranging from Classical Antiquity, the Middle East and Islamic art. Most prominent are the monumental reconstructions of the Market Gate of Miletus and the Pergamon Altar. No German art museum attracts more visitors. 25
Alte Nationalgalerie. Museumsinsel,+4930266424242 (map 5), Tue–Sun 10am–6pm, Thu 10am–10pm, 8 e. The collection contains masterpieces of the 19th and the early 20th century, most prominent works of Casper David Friedrich, ´ Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre´ Auguste Renoir, Max Liebermann, and Paul Cezanne. 26
Bodemuseum. Museumsinsel, +49 30 266424242 (map 5), Tue–Sun 10am–6pm, Thu 10am–10pm, 8 e. The museum hosts sculptures, Byzantine art and one of the largest numismatic collections with more than 500,000 items of which roughly 4,000 are exhibited. Additional 1,500 can be admired in the Pergamonmuseum. 27
Neues Museum. Museumsinsel, +49 30 266424242 (map 5), Sun–Wed 10am–6pm, Thu–Sat 10am–8pm, 10 e. Funnily enough, the “new” museum houses three rather old collections: the Egyptian and Papyrus collection, including the famous Nefertiti, the museum of prehistoric and early history as well as various artifacts from the collection of classical antiquities. 28
Altes Museum. Museumsinsel, +49 30 266424242 (map 5), Tue–Sun 10am–6pm, Thu 10am–10pm, 8 e. Built in the 20s of the 19th century, this museum is one of the most important pieces of Neoclassical architecture. It houses the collection of Classical Antiquities. 29
Marx-Engels-Forum with TV Tower and Berlin Cathedral ¨ ©Wiebke Hohn
¨ ©Wiebke Hohn
8 Berlin for Kids Zoologischer Garten. Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Bln. (map 10), S+U Zoologischer Garten, Bus 100/100, 38 9am–7pm, 13 e, students 10 e, children (5–15) 6.50 e, family tickets including 1 and 2 adults 22/35 e. The Berlin zoo is a 5 min walk from the conference site is the Berlin zoo. It is accompanied by an aquarium. Fortunately, many of the nice old buildings survived World War II, so that today, you can enjoy a mixture of traditional and new houses. Some cages can also be seen from outside the park. Just take the path south of Landwehrkanal from Schleusenkrug to the east. Deutsches Technikmuseum. Trebbiner Str. 9, 10963 Bln., +49 30 902540 (overview map), U Gleisdreieck, Tue–Fri 9am–5:30pm, Sat & Sun 10am–6pm, 6 e. The building which can be viewed from a distance because of the Raisin bomber on its top houses a larger collection of technical artifacts, among others, replications of Zuse’s calculation machines. 39
¨ Siegessaule and Congress Hall
¨ ©Wiebke Hohn
Deutsches Historisches Museum. Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Bln., +49 30 203040 (map 5), Bus 100/200, 10am–6pm. The permanent exhibitions cover two millennia of German history. The museum also frequently hosts special exhibitions, at the moment of the DDR (former East Germany) and the Prussian King Friedrich the Great. 30
¨ ¨ Gemaldegalerie. Matthaikirchplatz, 10785 Bln., +49 30 266424242 (map 4), 10am–6pm, Thu 10am–10pm, 8 e. This art museum holds one of the leading collections of European art from the 13th to 18th centuries including, among others, old ¨ master paintings of Albrecht Durer, Lucas Cranach, Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, and Johannes Vermeer. 31
Berlinische Galerie. Alte Jakobstr. 124, 10969 Bln., +49 30 78902600 (overview map), U Hallesches Tor, Wed–Mon 10am–6pm, 8 e. This gallery collects art that was produced in Berlin since the foundation of the German Reich in 1871, e.g., by Max Liebermann, Heinrich Zille, Max Beckmann, and Georg Baselitz. 32
¨ Judisches Museum. Lindenstr. 9-14, 10969 Bln., +49 30 25993300 (overview map), U Hallesches Tor, Mon 10am–10pm, Tue–Sun 10am–8pm, 5 e. The spectacular building by Daniel Libeskind houses Europe’s largest Jewish museum that guides the visitor through two thousand years of German Jewish history. 33
Filmmuseum. Potsdamer Str. 2, 10785 Bln., +49 30 3009030 (map 5), S+U Potsdamer Platz, Tue–Sun 10am–6pm, Thu 10am–8pm, 6 e. The collection contains exhibits of the German history of film, including posters, photos, costumes, sketches, and stage props. An emphasis is on the German actress Marlene Dietrich, who contributed personally to the collection. 34
¨ Naturkunde. Invalidenstr. 43, 10115 Bln., Museum fur +49 30 20938591 (overview map), S+U Hauptbahnhof, U Naturkundemuseum, Tue–Fri 9:30am–6pm, Sat & Sun 10am–6pm, 6 e, reduced fair 3.50 e. The museum of natural history shows all sorts of animals and informs about the evolution. The highlight is the world’s largest dinosaur skeleton of a brachiosaurus. 40
MACHmit!. Senefelderstr. 5/6, 10437 Bln., +49 30 74778200 (overview map), U Eberswalder Straße, S Prenzlauer Allee, Tue–Sun 10am–6pm, 4.50 e, families 14 e. Situated in an old church, this museum is made for children aged 4–10. “Mach mit” means to participate in something and to experience things by doing them yourself. So it’s all about playing, experiments, and interaction! 41
Climbing Park Junfernheide. Volkspark Jungfernheide, entrance Heckerdamm / Heilmannring, 13627 Bln. (overview map), U Halemweg, Bus 109 from 42 Ernst-Reuter-Platz, Mon–Fri from 11am, Sat & Sun from 9am, check the website for weather dependent changes, 3 h for 6–20 e depending on time and age. Secured by professional climbing equipment, you can pass different routes in the tree tops. There are different levels of difficulty, starting from very easy routes almost on the ground to really exhausting ones. Children need to be at least 6 years old, and for the children route, they need to be able to grab holds in a height of least 1.45 m. For the other routes, the minimum grabbing height is 1.90 m.
Open air activities
¨ Bauhaus Archiv. Klingelhoferstr. 14, 10785 Bln., 35 +49 30 2540020 (map 4), Bus 200, Wed–Mon 10am–5pm, 7 e. The Bauhaus Archiv hosts a research institution as well as a museum. The permanent exhibition shows a mixture of Bauhaus design, architecture and paintings. Usually, there are also additional special exhibits.
Teufelssee. At the end of Teufelsseechaussee, 14193 Bln., S Heerstraße + 2.5 km walk / bike ride. Just rent a bike and have a refreshing bath in the lake. It’s approximately 25 min away from TU by bike. Many people are bathing in the nude, but it is also completely fine to wear swim suits. In the evening, it is a good idea to bring some insect repellant.
¨ Fotografie. Jebensstr. 2, 10623 Bln., Museum fur +49 30 266424242 (map 10), S+U Zoologischer Garten, Tue–Sun 10am–6pm, Thu 10am–10pm, 8 e. The museum of photography is situated directly facing the Berlin Zoo station close to TU Berlin. As its main attraction, the museum houses the photographs of the Helmut-Newton-Foundation.
Freiluftkino Kreuzberg. Bethanien, opposite Adalbertstr. 7, 10997 Bln., +49 30 29361628 (map 16), U Kottbusser Tor, starts at 9:00pm or 9:30pm, 6.50 e. There are several open air cinemas in Berlin. You can enjoy the film while having a drink in a deckchair. The one in Kreuzberg also shows films in English or at least with subtitles.
¨ The Story of Berlin. Kurfurstendamm 207, 10719 Bln., +49 30 88720100 (map 9), U Uhlandstraße, 10am–8pm, 10 e. This is an entertaining museum displaying the 800 year old story of Berlin. An impressive highlight of the exhibition is an original, still usable atomic bomb shelter with a capacity of 3,500 people. 37
Additional information Additional information on sights, exhibitions, street festivals, etc. can be found on the official website of Berlin: www.berlin.de.
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Around Savignyplatz 9 Buddha Republic. Knesebeckstr. 88, 10623 Bln., +49 30 31164204, 4pm–midnight. Fancy Indian restaurant with Tandoori oven. 7
Sakana. Pestalozzistr. 106, 10625 Bln., +49 30 31017779, noon–midnight, Sat & Sun from 4pm. Small familial and not too expensive Sushi place offering also other Japanese dishes like different kinds of Dons. 8
Florian. Grolmanstr. 52, 10623 Bln., +49 30 3139184, 6pm–3am. Fine and distinguished restaurant. Most likely the best German restaurant around TU. 9
Mar y Sol. Savignyplatz 5, 10623 Bln., +49 30 3132593, 11am–1am. Spanish restaurant offering Tapas and also full dishes. The large terrace with fountain is a nice place to cool down. 10
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¨ Jules Verne. Schluterstr. 61, 10625 Bln., +49 30 31809410, 9am–1am. This is a restaurant French / Flemish ambiance, where you can while away the evening over a glass of wine. 11
Kushinoya. Bleibtreustr. 6, 10623 Bln., +49 30 318098 97, Tue–Sun 6pm–midnight. This is the perfect place when you are looking for a great dinner experience. You can watch the chef preparing different Japanese delicacies on spits which are served to you one by one. The minimum are ten spits, coming for 25 e. 12
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The Savignyplatz area adjoins Technical University in the ¨ north and Kurfurstendamm, a rather exclusive shopping ´ good area, in the south. It hosts a mixture of student cafes, restaurants, small boutiques and many book shops. From the conference site, just follow Knesebeckstraße.
Caf´es Cafe´ Hardenberg. Hardenbergstr. 10, 10623 Bln., +49 30 3122644, 9am–1am. Student Cafe´ with a good price and atmosphere. They have a terrace with about 10 tables. 1
12 Apostel. Bleibtreustr. 49, 10623 Bln., +49 30 3121433, 8am–1am. Italian restaurant popular for its pizza. Maybe a bit touristic and crowded. Large groups need a reservation. Entrance from the small pedestrian street connecting Bleibtreustraße and Savingyplatz 13
Ottenthal. Kantstr. 153, 10623 Bln., +49 30 3133162, 5pm–1am. Another high end restaurant. According to professor’s opinion, it has the best Austrian cuisine in the city. 14
´ Cafe-Restaurant “Wintergarten” im Literaturhaus. Fasanenstr. 23, 10719 Bln., +49 30 8825414, 9:30am–1am. Nice cafe´ / restaurant in a beautiful garden. Very good breakfast and bistro-style food. Very romantic terrace to sit outside. 15
Der Kuchenladen. Kantstr. 138, 10623 Bln., +49 30 31018424, Tue–Fri noon–7pm, Sat & Sun noon–5pm. Cake shop and small cafe´ with a wide choice of cakes, tartes, muffins, etc. which makes it really hard to decide. 2
´ Kantstr. 148, 10623 Bln., Schwarzes Cafe. +49 30 3138038, open 24/7. Nice cafe´ which is popular in evenings. They also serve good food. If you want to sit outside, there are better options. This is one of the few places in this area which is open 24 hours. 3
Cafe´ BagCo. Kantstr. 154a, 10623 Bln., 4 +49 30 31004774, from 8am–8pm. Nice Cafe to sit, eat and work; breakfast, sandwiches and some small dishes for lunch. 1900 Cafe´ Bistro. Knesebeckstr. 76, 10623 Bln., +49 30 88715871, 8am–7pm, Sun from 11am. ´ serving (among others) great homeSmall, nicely decorated cafe, made cake. Try the tea with fresh strawberry and spices! 5
Restaurants & Eateries Satyam. Goethestr. 5, 10623 Bln., +49 30 31806111, 11am–midnight. Indian vegetarian restaurant. Compared to many of the restaurants around Savignyplatz, this is a bit more alternative in style. 6
Ali Baba. Bleibtreustr. 45, 10623 Bln., +49 30 8811350, 11am–2am. Compared to the restaurants in the neighborhood this is a budget option, but the food is up to scratch. They should have some space for large groups - if not, there are many other options around. 16
Bars Zwiebelfisch. Savignyplatz 7, 10623 Bln., +49 30 3127363, noon–6am. This is really a cult pub. It’s perfect for just having a beer, and discussing the matters of the world. 17
Hefner. Kantstr. 146, 10623 Bln., +49 30 31017520, from 3pm, Sat from 1pm. Slightly fancy bar at Savignyplatz. Smoking is allowed. 18
¨ Zeitlos. Schluterstr. 60, 10625 Bln., +49 30 3130879, from 4pm. Nice cocktail bar. You get two cocktails for the price of one during happy hour (daily 5pm–8pm). 19
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Charlottenburg & Moabit 10 1.5 km U7 Mierendorffplatz
sights on p. 6–8 0
300 m 20
palace 24 15
M45 13 14
M45 U7 Richard-Wagner-Platz
S Tiergarten 9 17
U2 Ernst-Reuter-Platz U2 Deutsche Oper
500 m 10
see p. 9 4
S+U2/U9 Zoologischer Garten
U7 Wilmersdorfer Straße S Savignyplatz 6
¨ U1/U9 Kurfurstendamm Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC BY-SA
Charlottenburg is the former center of West Berlin. While the area north of Bismarckstraße and Straße des 17. Juni is mostly residential or occupied by university buildings, there a lots of restaurants and small shops around Savignyplatz. Further south, ¨ Kurfurstendamm offers great shopping opportunities. Also, Berlin’s largest park, the Tiergarten with its two beer gardens, is nearby, and the nice gardens of Charlottenburg Palace (15) can be reached from the conference site in a half an hour walk along a green path at the canal. The route is indicated in the map. Alternatively, you can also take Bus M45 to get there. It is also only a 10 min walk from U2 Sophie-Charlotte-Platz.
Caf´es Brotgarten. Seelingstr. 30, 14059 Bln., +49 30 3228880, Mon–Fri 7:30am–6:30pm, Sat 7am–2pm, Sun 7am–3pm. Actually being an organic bakery shop, Brotgarten now has also some tables outside where you can have a cup of coffee along with a piece of cake. 1
Giro d’Espresso. Knobelsdorffstr. 47, 14059 Bln., +49 30 30111301, Mon–Fri 8am–7pm, Sat & Sunday 10am–6pm. Atmospheric place to enjoy great Italian coffee. 2
Dea i Dino. Wundtstr. 15, 14059 Bln., +49 30 8687093240. ´ accompanied by a shop for kid’s cloths. Very nice self-service cafe, 3
Bootshaus Stella am Lietzensee. Witzlebenplatz 1, 14057 Bln. (in the park directly at the lake), 10am–10pm. Directly located at the lake in Lietzenseepark, this self-service cafe´ and beer garden is a great place to enjoy the sun at all times of the day. The food menu is not large, but as the place belongs to an Italian restaurant, the freshly made pizza is good. If the Bootshaus is full, cafe´ Manstein is nearby. 4
Manstein. Witzlebenstr. 32, 14057 Bln., +49 30 30112521, Sun–Fri 10am–midnight, Sat 10am–7pm. Situated at the corner just opposite the park, this cafe´ offers most of its tables outside, so that it is a nice place for sitting in the sun and reading the newspapers. The cakes are made by a nearby French bakery. They are simply great! You can move to Engelbecken, which is right across Manstein for some fine Austrian cuisine, if you are bored with cafe´ food. 5
11 Leonhardt. Stuttgarter Platz 21, 10627 Bln., +49 30 37591106, 9am–1am. ´ Nice cafe´ at Stuttgarter Platz (”Stutti”). There are several cafes and restaurants around, and especially in summer it’s great to sit outside. It’s also very convenient for families as there is a playground on the other side of the street which can be seen from most of the restaurants. 6
Fiaker. Bochumer Str. 5, 10555 Bln., +49 30 89398880, 9am–6pm. Small Austrian style cafe´ and coffee roasting house. Not suitable for large groups but a splendid urban retreat. The hand baked cakes are extraordinary. If available, the “tarte della gonna” is to die for. 7
Beer Gardens Kastanie. Schloßstr. 22, 14059 Bln., +49 30 3215034, 10am–2am. Traditional Berlin beer garden, serving a limited number of German dishes and snacks, and beer of course. 8
Aschinger. Straße des 17. Juni 131, 10623 Bln., +49 30 32301461, Tue–Sun from 11:30am. Spacious beer garden suitable for large groups. However, the two beer gardens below are a bit more atmospheric.
Tiergartenquelle. Bachstr., S-Bahnbogen 482, 10555 Bln., +49 30 3927615, 4pm–1am, weekends from noon. Traditional Berlin style pub, located in one of the S-Bahn arches. They serve good German food, and there is also a beer garden outside. 16
Marmotte. Wundtstr. 10, 14059 Bln., +49 30 3213297, 6pm–1am. Mexican restaurant with good food and very nice owners, serving also tapas and cocktails. Be prepared for an extended service time. 17
Pan degli Angeli. Stuttgarter Platz 20, 10627 Bln., +49 30 36412627, 4pm–midnight. Italian restaurant at bustling ”Stutti”. See also the neighboring Cafe´ Leonhardt. 18
Karun. Pestalozzistr. 26, 10627 Bln., +49 30 31519715, 11am–11pm. This Persian (fast food) restaurant offers classics like Shawarma or Falafel, but also has great Halumi cheese and fried vegetable options. You can eat there or simply find a bench at close-by KarlAugust-Platz. 19
Bars Cafe´ Z. Mierendorffstr. 26-27, 10589 Bln., +49 30 3442615, from 6pm. The owner Mirko has a passion for special liquors from allover the world. The menu is newspaper-like and it’s not even containing all the different things he stores in his impressive shelves. It’s a bit smoky in there, but this is definitely worth the experience. Inbetween enjoying a Japanese Whiskey and a very rare sort of Absinth, you can also play a round of billiards. 20
Schleusenkrug. Meller-Breslau-Str., 10623 Bln., +49 30 3139909, 10am–midnight. Atmospheric self-service beer garden, offering barbeque and other dishes. If it is full, Cafe´ am neuen See is a good alternative. 10
Cafe´ am neuen See. Lichtensteinallee 2, 10787 Bln., +49 30 2544930, Mon–Fri from 8am, Sat & Sun from 9am. Nice self-service beer garden located at a lake. Slightly more posh than Schleusenkrug as the nearby parking lot allows to show off with your newest car. However, it is more spacious than Schleusenkrug, and it’s usually easier to find a table here. 11
Zeitlos. Franklinstr. 10, 10587 Bln., +49 30 30873925, from 4am. Certainly not one of the best bars in Berlin but with a nice view of the Spree river and very close to the TU. During happy hour (5pm– 8pm) you get two cocktails for the price of one. 21
Restaurants & Eateries Arema. Birkenstr. 30, 10551 Bln., +49 30 50185736, 10am–1am. Nice and not too expensive place for German food, and Schnitzel in particular. Also good for breakfast. As being located at a not so big street, sitting outside is very nice.
Brauhaus Lemke. Luisenplatz 1, 10585 Bln, +49 30 30878979, from 11am. This brewery offers you homemade beer and a variety of German food. It’s not an insider tip, but it’s still a nice place and it’s good for large groups. Sitting outside may be a bit noisy as the restaurant is located on a big street. There is another branch at Hackescher Markt. 13
¨ Schnitzelei. Rontgenstr. 7, 10587 Bln., +49 30 34702778, Mon-Fri 4pm–midnight, Sat & Sun noon–midnight. Reachable from TU by a nice walk along the canal. If you like a good Schnitzel, this is your place. Come on Mondays when they cost less. Apart from the Schnitzels, the German tapas are exquisite. Along with your tapas, you get delicious homemade bread. A welcoming beer is served in the beginning. 14
Capt’n Schillow. Str. des 17. Juni, Am Charlottenburger Tor, 10787 Bln., +49 30 31505015, 10am–1am. Have your dinner on a boat just around the corner of TU. In accordance with its location on the boat, Capt’n Schillow mainly offers Fish dishes. Check out http://bit.ly/MUEY10 for more restaurants on boats. 15
Eiscafe Fedora. Nehringstr. 23/24, 14059 Bln., +49 173 2890478, 10am–10pm. Self-made ice cream with some types of ice cream being made out of herbs from the owner’s garden. 22
Eisbox. Elberfelder Str. 27, 10555 Bln., +49 30 54484652, noon–9pm. Nice small ice cream parlor. All ice creams are made fresh every day from organic ingredients. Tastes differ from day to day and are often nonstandard, such as earl grey / robinia, tonka bean, chocolate sorbet, etc. 23
Buchkantine. Dortmunder Str. 1, 10555 Bln., +49 30 94883728, 9am–10pm. Both a splendid bookstore, a nice cafe´ and a good restaurant, the Buchkantine serves all needs of a regular conference attendee. Also suitable for children due to a nice play corner and a variety of children’s books. Free wifi and huge terrace with view over Spree river. 24
Freddy Leck sein Waschsalon. Gotzkowskystr. 11, 10555 Bln., +49 3 50916652, 7am–11:45pm. Visit this cozy launderette if your shirt needs to be washed or ironed prior to your talk. The owner takes the German word “Waschsalon” literally and decorated the launderette like a living room. Free wifi and magazines, coffee and cold beverages are served. 25
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Around Oranienburger Straße 12 3
sights on p. 6–8 0
U6 Oranienburger Tor
S Oranienburger Straße 8
S Hackescher Markt 1 27 7 2 26 25
6 28 29
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Oranienburger Straße is this area’s central street with lots of bars and restaurants. As many tourists come here (also to see the street-walkers patch), most of the places are prepared for large groups. However, in the small streets north of ´ and restaurants. The area north of Oranienburger Straße, you will find hip and more Berlin-style little shops, bars, cafes, S Friedrichstraße is more the theater area. Get off at S Hackescher Markt and S Friedrichstraße, respectively.
¨ Buben Bar. Marienstr. 18, 10117 Bln., Bose +49 30 27596909, from 10am. Nice and not too expensive cafe´ full of books. It’s perfect for having a coffee during the day, but also for a drink in the evening.
Die Berliner Republik. Schiffbauerdamm 8,10117 Bln., +49 30 30872293, 10am–6am. Spacious bar close to the Spree river. From 5pm–midnight the beer prices are subject to changes, depending on their popularity. Suit¨ able for large groups. If it is too crowded, try Standige Vertretung next door.
Restaurants & Eateries ¨ Standige Vertretung. Schiffbauerdamm 8, 10117 Bln., +49 30 2823965, from 11am. Politically-themed Cologne style restaurant and bar situated right at the Spree river. Both food and beer are highly enjoyable. 2
Schwarzwaldstuben. Tucholskystr. 48, 10117 Bln., +49 30 28098084, 9am–midnight. Swabian (part of southern Germany) restaurant and bar where you can also enjoy popular Swabian beer. 3
Ruz. Auguststr. 63, 10117 Bln., +49 30 2809-7788, from 9:30am. Spanish restaurant with a great choice of tapas. Also a nice place for spending the evening with some beer. If you’re planning to come as a large group, a reservation is recommended. 4
Brauhaus Lemke. Dircksenstr., S-Bahnbogen 143, 5 10178 Bln., +49 30 24728728, from noon. This brewery offers you homemade beer and a variety of German food. It’s not an insider tip, but it’s still a nice place and it’s good for large groups. The main branch is in Charlottenburg (see p. 10). 12 Apostel. Georgenstr. 2, 10117 Bln., +49 30 2010222, 11am–midnight. Italian restaurant popular for it’s pizza. Maybe a bit touristic and crowded. Large groups need a reservation. 6
Aufsturz. Oranienburger Str. 67, 10117 Bln., +49 30 2804-7407, from noon. Nice bar with a huge variety of German (and international) beers. 8
Zosch. Tucholksystr. 30, 10117 Bln., +49 30 2807664, from 4pm. Authentic bar, often also with live music events. 9
Riva Bar. Dircksenstr. 142, 10178 Bln., +49 30 24722688, from 6pm. Fancy cocktail bar with excellent service. Possibility to sit outside with view of the TV tower. 10
Others Tacheles. Oranienburger Str. 54-56a, 10117 Bln., +49 30 2826185. Art house in the ruin of an old department store from 1900, showing different kinds exhibitions, talks, etc. Unfortunately, the project is threatened by closure. 11
Eismanufaktur. Augustr. 63, 10117 Bln., +49 151 24237879, noon to about 9pm. Ice cream parlor with delicious ice in a nice atmosphere. 12
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Around Rosenthaler Platz 13 2
U2 Senefelder Platz
U8 Rosenthaler Platz 8
U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 4 7
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The area around Rosenthaler Platz and Weinbergspark is crowded with tiny shops and cafes that at night turn into bars. Any day of the week these places are open all night and populated with a mix of students, hipsters, and the likes. Take the S-Bahn to Hackescher Markt and either walk up Rosenthaler Straße or take tram M1 (direction Rosenthal Nord). Another option is to take U2 to Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz or Senefelderplatz.
Caf´es Nola’s am Weinberg. Veteranenstr. 9, 10119 Bln, +49 30 , 10am–1am. Weinbergspark is great to enjoy the sun, as it covers the southern slope of a small hill. Sit on the patio and enjoy a late breakfast or some cake and a Weizenbier. 1
¨ Yam Yam. Alte Schonhauser Str. 6, 10119 Bln., +49 30 24632485, noon–midnight, Sun to 11pm. Delicious Korean food. Often crowded in the evening, reservation recommended. 7
¨ White Trash Fastfood. Schonhauser Allee 6-7, 10119 Bln., +49 30 50348668, from 4pm, Sat & Sun from 6pm. White Trash hosts a burger restaurant (reservation essential), a club with regular concerts, and a tattoo shop. Food is great, music is good, but we don’t have any testimonials on the tattoos yet. 8
Restaurants & Eateries W-Imbiss. Kastanienallee 49, 10119 Bln., +49 30 44352206, noon–midnight. If you are up for something new, try this mostly vegetarian Naanstyle pizza.
Ick koof mir Dave Lombardo wenn ick reich bin. Zionskirchstr. 34, 10119 Bln., opens 2pm. Best place to have a few beers. 9
Papa` Pane. Ackerstr. 23, 10115 Bln., +49 30 28092701.
Great Italian pizza and yet low prices! Reserve in advance, can host large groups. Hackbarth’s. Auguststr. 49a, 10119 Bln., +49 30 2827704, 9am–3am. Very good and old pub in a very nice neighborhood, good place to have breakfast or a beer late at night. Also some small and tasty dishes. 4
Rosenthaler Platz Eateries. Rosenthaler Platz, 10119 Bln. Freshly prepared, cheap (3 Euro) food is essential to the Berliner’s ¨ diet. Classics are Currywurst (at Curry Mitte) and Doner Kebab (at Schlemmerbuffet), also Burgers (at Rosenburger) and Pizza (at La Pausa) are great at any time, especially after a long night out.
Mein Haus am See. Brunnenstr. 197, 10119 Bln., +49 30 27590873, open 24/7. Stylish bar for the younger folks with DJs performing most nights. Come in groups of up to 10. During daytime this is a nice cafe. 10
Muschi Obermaier. Torstr. 151, 10119 Bln., +49 177 4360977, from 8pm. Come here to spend long nights at the bar and even dance a bit. Can host large groups. Don’t come if you mind smoke. 11
¨ Makoto. Alte Schonhauser Str. 13, 10119 Bln., +49 30 97893857, Mon–Sat noon–11pm. Great Japanese dishes, in particular the Ramen noodle soups. 6
Schmittz. Torstr. 90, 10119 Bln., +49 30 28879134, opens Mon-Fri 6:30pm, Sat 3pm, Sun 5pm. Meet some Germans while playing football, ping pong and darts! 12
Volksbar. Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 39, 10178 Bln., from 4pm. Spacious bar, not too crowded. Although smoking is permitted, it’s a bearable place for non-smokers. A good place for large groups. 13
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¨ Asteria. Schonhauser Allee 143, 10435 Bln., +49 30 40053571, 12pm–midnight. Spacious Greek restaurant with delicious food and friendly staff that also like to share some glasses of ouzo with their guests. 6
Meena Kumari. Lychener Str. 9, 10437 Bln., +49 30 44052545, from 5pm. Delicious Indian food, especially the soups. 7
La Bodeguita Del Medio. Lychener Str. 6, 10437 Bln., +49 30 40500601, Tue–Sun from 6pm. A nice little Cuban restaurant with opportunity to sit outside.
U2 Eberswalder Straße 10
Pizza Nostra. Lychener Str. 2, 10437 Bln., +49 30 41717000, Tue–Sun 11am–midnight. Small place, great pizza! This Neapolitan-run pizzeria might not be the perfect fit for longer stays with large groups, but the pizza (served on paper dishes) is among the best on this side of the Alps. 9
Burger Dream. Danziger Str. 16, 10435 Bln., +49 30 40505228, 11:30am–11pm (–midnight on weekends). Very tasty customized burgers. Prepare to be confronted with difficult choices from an abundance of delicious sauces, different kinds of fries, cheese, and salad. 10
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Prenzlauer Berg used to be one of the poorer districts of Berlin, home to working-class families and students. Now the picture has changed drastically, and the area ¨ around the crossroads Schonhauser Allee / Danziger Straße ´ and bars. Use U2 is crowded with small boutiques, cafes, (Pankow bound) to get to U Eberswalder Straße or the tram M1 (direction Rosenthal Nord) from Hackescher Markt.
Fischfabrik. Danziger Str. 24, 10435 Bln., +49 151 52542387, 10am–10pm. Fish and chips and friends, dipped in delightful sauces. 11
Gugelhof. Knaackstr. 37, 10435 Bln., +49 30 4429229, Mon–Fri from 4pm, Sat & Sun from 10am. Excellent German cuisine with a French touch. A preferred address of celebrities, not only from Germany: Also former US president Bill Clinton is said to be on the guest list. Reservation is recommended. 12
Caf´es ¨ Kauf dich glucklich. Oderberger Str. 44, 10435 Bln., +49 30 48623292, from 10am. Lovely waffles (topped with icecream) make your day. If it’s too crowded, Ostfee next door is a good alternative. 1
November. Husemannstr. 15, 10435 Bln., +49 30 4428425, Mon–Fri 10am, Sat & Sun 9am. Nice alternative in case Anna Blume and Sowohl als auch are too crowded, in particular if you come as a large group. 2
Cafe´ Anna Blume. Kollwitzstr. 83, 10435 Bln., +49 30 44048641, 8am–2am. Great breakfast in the morning (try the Etagere), delicious cakes in the afternoon. The same holds for Sowohl als auch right across the street, which also features a superb take-away cake shop. It provides some benches outside to eat your take-away cake right away. 3
An einem Sonntag im August. Kastanienallee 103, 10435 Bln.,+49 30 44051228, from 9am. Run by the same owner as Mein Haus am See (see p. 13) and similar in style, but not as crowded and with possibility to sit outside. 13
Wohnzimmer. Lettestr. 6, 10437 Bln., +49 30 4455458, from 9am. Nicely decorated with furniture you would find in your grandmother’s living room (Wohnzimmer in German). If it’s too crowded, Intersoup (if you don’t mind smoking) and Das Filmcafe´ (if you do mind smoking; often has space for large groups) a few meters up Schliemannstr. are good alternatives. 14
Kani Mani. Kastanienallee 95, 10435 Bln., +49 30 24627927, 2pm–6am. Nice cocktail bar on Kastanienallee, with a good chance to find space for large groups. 15
Beer Gardens Prater. Kastanienallee 7-9, 10435 Bln., 4 +49 30 4485688, beer garden open from noon. Classic beer garden with a long tradition. Tasty beer and traditional food, outside in the open—a good choice on sunny days.
Restaurants & Eateries ¨ Mamay. Schonhauser Allee 61, 10435 Bln., +49 30 4447270, 11:30am–11:30pm. One of the many Vietnamese restaurants in the eastern part of the city. Great food, in particular soups and salads. 5
Mauerpark. Eberswalder Str., 13355 Bln.
Not exactly a beauty as a park, but very lively throughout the sum¨ mer, and a perfect place to enjoy a beer bought in a nearby Spati. ¨ ¨ means late) are small shops that sell even late at Spatis (spat night everything you need for a night out. On Sundays, it hosts a flea market and a karaoke show.
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S+U1 Warschauer Straße
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Friedrichshain, in particular the area from Warschauer Straße to Ostkreuz is one of the centers of Berlin’s nightlife. SimonDach-Straße contains hundreds of bars which attract thousands of tourists each night. If you’re out for some cheap drinks, you will find them here. In the list below, we try to focus on the less touristy and more atmospheric venues. To get here, take the S-Bahn or U1 to Warschauer Straße, U5 to Frankfurter Tor, or use the tram M10, which runs all night long.
¨ Kurhaus Korsakow. Grunberger Str. 81, 10245 Bln., +49 30 54737786, from 5pm (9am on weekends). Relaxing cafe´ / restaurant at Boxhagener Platz, tasty cakes and stylish old-fashioned interior.
¨ Kptn A. Muller. Simon-Dach-Str. 32, 10245 Bln., from 6pm. Non-touristy left-alternative cocktail bar. Features inexpensive cocktails and a table football in the back room.
¨ urzeit. ¨ Kult Simon-Dach-Str. 24, 10245 Bln., +49 30 29778900, from 10am. Nice cafe´ / restaurant at the southern end of Simon-Dach-Straße.
Place Clichy. Simon-Dach-Str. 22, 10245 Bln., Tue–Sun from 7pm. A very atmospheric small French bar with excellent choices of wine.
Restaurants & Eateries Papaya. Krossener Str. 11 & 15, 10245 Bln., +49 30 29771231, from 12pm. Very tasty Thai restaurant, try the great soups. 3
Burgeramt. Krossener Str. 21-22, 10245 Bln., +49 30 66763453, 10am–3am (–5am on weekends). If you ever have the need for tasty burgers late at night, this is the place to go. The original business is a takeaway shop (kleines Burgeramt) but has recently been extended by a sit-down eatery right next door (großes Burgeramt). The name is a pun with ¨ “Burgeramt” (German for “citizen center”), but unlike its namesake institution, you will leave this place with a feeling of happiness arising from delicious pads of meat. 4
Haroun al Rachid. Revaler Str. 7, 10245 Bln.
Great yet inexpensive Arabian food. Try the Schawarma. The interior is surprisingly comfortable for a snack bar and also suitable for large groups.
¨ Kaufbar. Gartnerstr. 4, 10245 Bln., +49 30 29778825, 10am–12am (Thu–Mon), 3pm–12am (Tue–Wed). Comfortably furnished cafe´ and bar. The stylish interior often changes, as anything you see here has a price tag and can be bought (“kaufbar”). 8
Lovelite. Simplonstr. 38-40, 10245 Bln., +49 30 29006850. This small club regularly features concerts from local and international bands, mostly ska. 9
Others Reichsbahnausbesserungswerk (RAW). Warschauer Str. / Revaler Str., 10245 Bln. This used to be a train workshop, now the area has been taken over by the alternative left and hosts cultural events, several great and mostly inexpensive clubs (Suicide Circus, RAW-Tempel, Astra), and a small flea market on Sundays. 10
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sights on p. 6–8 0
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U1 Schlesisches Tor
U1/U8 Kottbusser Tor
¨ U1 Gorlitzer Bhf. Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC BY-SA
Kreuzberg 36, named after its former postal code, and formerly surrounded by the Berlin wall on three sides, developed into a biotope for people with alternative lifestyles during the cold war. On top of that, in the past 40 years, a strong Turkish community evolved. Today, people from all over the world crowd the streets. Sitting outside on Oranienstraße, one is reminded of a lively mediterranean city, while around Schlesische Straße there’s a bustling night-life. At Kottbusser Tor you can choose ¨ ¨ from at least 7 Doner places. To be right in the center of action take U1 to Kottbusser Tor, Gorlitzer Bhf, or Schlesisches Tor.
Caf´es Cafe´ am Engelbecken. Michaelkirchplatz, 10179 Bln., +49 157 88947091, 10am–midnight. Very scenic location with mainly outdoor seats at the Engelbecken (“angel’s basin”), the last remaining part of a canal system that once connected the Landwehrkanal with the Spree. 1
Restaurants & Eateries Safran. Oranienstr. 172, 10999 Bln., +49 30 6156211, noon–midnight. Small and friendly Persian restaurant. If your Farsi is good enough, you can browse through the books while waiting for ¯ kabab kubide or barg.
Burgermeister. Oberbaumstr. 8, 10997 Bln., Mon–Sat 11am–2am, Fri–Sat 11am–4am, Sun 3pm–2am. One of the most unusual and busy locations for eating in Berlin: burgers are prepared in a former toilet house below the Hochbahn in the middle of a large crossing. Definitely not a comfortable and quiet place, but a lively one with superb burgers. 8
ˆ Schlesische Str. 5, 10997 Bln., Cuno. +49 30 69518463, noon–midnight. Quite large place for good Sushi and Vietnamese food, with some additional tables on the sidewalk. 9
Green rice. Adalbertstr. 11, 10999 Bln., +49 30 61507367, opens Mon–Fri noon, Sat & Sun 1pm. Tiny Vietnamese restaurant with a very short menu containing very good Vietnamese meals. 3
Hasir. Adalbertstr. 10, 10999 Bln., +49 30 6142373, open 24/7. Probably the most traditional Turkish restaurant in Berlin. Large place, but well frequented and could be crowded. 4
Kreuzburger. Oranienstr. 190, 10999 Bln., +49 30 80575398, noon–3am. Down-to-earth small burger restaurant; burgers are available in an organic meat version (except the vegetarian ones, of course). 5
Baraka. Lausitzer Platz 6, 10997 Bln., +49 30 6126330, from 11am. A wide variety of North-African (Moroccan and Egyptian) and oriental food in a large place, which gets crowded on weekends. 6
Jolesch. Muskauer Str. 1, 10997 Bln.,+49 30 6111165, opens Mon–Fri 11:30am, Sat & Sun 10am. Classy Austrian dishes, like a very good Wiener Schnitzel and heavenly Kaiserschmarrn. 7
¨ Wurgeengel. Dresdener Str. 122, 10999 Bln., +49 30 6155560, from 7pm. ˜ Bar named after (the German translation of) Luis Bunuels movie El ´ angel exterminador. Smoking is permitted in the front part, while the rear part is astonishingly smoke-free and usually has room for large groups. 10
¨ Mobel Olfe. Reichenberger Str. 177, 10999 Bln., +40 30 23274690, Tue–Sun from 6pm. Relaxed smoky bar in the ground floor of one of the most ugly apartment buildings imaginable, and a popular location of the gay community. Entrance from Dresdner Str. 11
Kirk. Skalitzer Str. 75, 10997 Bln., from 7pm. Chic cocktail bar “for people favoring Tom Waits, Randy Newman, and Miles Davis” (as the website states). Places outside and smoking permitted inside. 12
ˆ Kilic¸oglu. Adalbertstr. 9, 10999 Bln.
Tiny shop selling delicious Turkish Baklava—one piece provides enough sugar for three days.
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U1/U8 Kottbusser Tor
¨ U8 Schonleinstraße Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC BY-SA
This is the southern part of Kreuzberg 36, so read the previous page for background information and how to get there. The ¨ ¨ Grafe-Kiez (“Kiez” is how Berliners call small and usually nice neighborhoods) is just south of the canal around Grafestraße. Don’t get confused with the map on the left hand side. It looks like the same river was crossing both maps, but one is river Spree and the other one Teltow canal. As the names suggest, northern Kreuzberg 36 is north of its southern part, see the overview map on the first page for orientation.
Caf´es ¨ Matilda. Grafestr. 12, 10967 Bln., +49 30 8179-7288, 9am–2am. Small and cozy cafe´ and bar which occasionally provides unorthodox music and on Sundays also public “Tatort” viewing. A few seats on the sidewalk are available to those who arrive early. 1
Hannibal. Wiener Str. 69, 10999 Bln., +49 30 6115160. Spacious location serving food, drinks and cocktails; separate smoking room and outdoor seating on the sidewalk. 2
Morena Bar. Wiener Str. 60, 10999 Bln., +49 30 6113578, 9am–2am. ´ Serves small dishes and breakfast. Well-established bar and cafe.
¨ Spatzle-Express. Wiener Str. 14a, 10999 Bln., +49 30 69534463, noon–11pm. ¨ ¨ Delicious Kasesp atzle (a pasta-like dish with cheese) and other traditional Southwest-German meals in sizes S, M and L at fair prices. No restrooms. 8
Yellow Sunshine. Wiener Str. 19, 10999 Bln., +49 30 69598720, noon–midnight, Fri & Sat noon–1am. Vegetarian Diner serving lots of meatless burger variants, mostly made from organic ingredients (even the beer). 9
Johann Rose. Forsterstr. 57, 10999 Bln., +49 30 54814259, from 10am. Cozy living room style cafe´ and bar. Sometimes with live music. 4
Vor Wien. Skalitzer Str. 41, 10997 Bln., +49 160 99167922. Hip location with a quirky dancing area in the basement and many seats outside. Different types of Kalter Hund (cellar cake) from Kalter-Hund-Manufaktur are served. Smoking permitted. 10
Five Elephant. Reichenberger Str. 101, 10999 Bln., +49 30 96081527, Mon–Fri 8:30am-7pm, Sat & Sun 10am-7pm. Cafe´ and coffee roasting house. Talk shop with the barista about the perfect way to brew filter coffee. Relish a freshly roasted Sidamo.
Wiener Blut. Wiener Str. 14, 10999 Bln., +49 30 6189023, Mon–Sat from 6pm, Sun from 4pm. Small bar where spontaneous dancing has been observed—if it’s neither too empty nor too crowded.
Restaurants & Eateries
Ankerklause. Kottbusser Damm 104, 10967 Bln., +49 30 6935649, opens Mon 4pm, Tue–Sun 10am. Small popular bar with a few places outside, directly above the canal.
Il Casolare. Grimmstr. 30, 10967 Bln., +49 30 69506610, noon–midnight. Authentic Italian pizza in a slightly revolutionary atmosphere; bringing either Italians or good-looking women increases the chances of the waiter being friendly... pizza is very good, though. Has many places outside, but usually gets crowded in the evening. 6
ˆ Creperie Bretonne. Reichenberger Str. 30, 10999 Bln., +49 30 60031192, Tue-Fri 12-15, 18-23, Sat & Sun 17-23. ˆ Pretty French restaurant serving very tasty crepes and galletes, as well as Breton cidre. 7
PowWow. Dieffenbachstr. 11, 10967 Bln., +49 30 6945606, from noon. Down-to-earth pub and restaurant with lots of seats outside and a separated smoking room inside. 13
¨ Room 77. Grafestr. 77, 10967 Bln., +49 30 31102260, from 5pm. Comfortable bar serving local beer and large burgers. Accept payments via bit coins. 14
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¨ Bergmannstraße & Neukolln 18 U6/U7 Mehringdamm 10
U7 Gneisenaustraße S+U7 Yorckstraße
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SO36-Kreuzbergians consider this southern part of Kreuzberg to be definitely the wrong half of Kreuzberg. However, besides ´ The actual Kreuzberg, these internal discrepancies, the area around Bergmannstraße is full of restaurants, bars and cafes. the small hill that gave the name to this part of Berlin, is at the western end of Bergmannstraße. To get here take U7 to Mehringdamm or to Gneisenaustraße. To reach the western end, S+U Yorckstraße is also an option.
Caf´es Bar Italia. Mehringdamm 72, 10961 Bln., entrance Kreuzbergstr., +49 30 78714417, Mon–Fri 8am–6pm, Sat & Sun 10am–6pm. Best coffee in town.
Pufferimbiss am Hermannplatz. Hermannplatz 10, 10967 Bln. This snack stand has been serving traditional Kartoffelpuffer (hash browns) for decades. Try Kartoffelpuffer with apple puree! 9
espressolounge. Bergmannstr. 92, 10961 Bln., +49 30 21962005, 7am–8pm. Just an example where to enjoy the Bergmannstr. atmosphere.
¨ Yorckschloßchen. Yorckstr. 15, 10965 Bln., +49 30 2158070. Nice bar with live Jazz music.
¨ Vogel und Fische. Pannierstr. 26, 12047 Bln., +49 30 63413866, Tue–Thu & Sun noon–9pm, Fri & Sat noon–10pm. Great homemade cakes and oriental inspired dishes, many vegan.
Junction Bar. Gneisenaustr. 18, 10961 Bln., Mon–Tue 9pm–6am, Fri–Sun 10pm–6am. Popular bar / club with regular football screenings or music events.
Koriat Kuchenmanufaktur. Pannierstr. 29, 12047 Bln., +49 30 28879179, 9am–5:30pm. Great cake shop being very popular among the hipster crowd, so be prepared to queue. Mostly take away, sometimes some tables. 4
Kuschlowski. Weserstr. 202, 12047 Bln., +49 176 24389701, from 8pm. This cozy bar is just one good example of the bars in Weserstraße. 12
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Golgatha. Viktoriapark, 10965 Bln., +49 30 7852453, 5 entrance from Katzbachstr., from 10am. Typical very nice Berlin beer garden in Viktoriapark.
Restaurants & Eateries ¨ Mustafa’s Doner. Mehringdamm 32, 10961 Bln. open until late at night. ¨ One of the most popular spots to get the Berlin Fast Food—Doner Kebab. This one is really good, so be prepared to queue. 6
Osteria No.1. Kreuzbergstr. 71, 10965 Bln., +49 30 786 91 62, noon–midnight. Fine Italian kitchen. 7
U7/U8 Hermannplatz Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC BY-SA
¨ Sauvage. Pflugerstr. 25, 12047 Bln., Tel: +49 30 53167547, Tue–Sun 6pm–midnight. Restaurant serving paleolithic food. Gluten- and sugerfree using only whole foods ingredients. Definitely needs reservation! 8
As Kreuzberg is getting more and more expensive, many ¨ small bars and shops now open further south in Neukolln. Weserstraße is full of great alternative bars. Drinks are cheap and most places are comfy, if a bit run-down. Take U7 or U8 to Hermannplatz.
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¨ Schoneberg 19 Gottlob. Akazienstr. 17, 10823 Bln., +49 30 78708095, Mon–Thu 9am–1am, Fri & Sat 9am–3am, Sun 10am–1am. Classic cafe´ with a small romantic garden. Great Sundays brunch! 3
Double Eye. Akazienstr. 22, 10823 Bln., +49 179 4566960, Mon–Fri 9:31am–6:29pm, Sat 10:05am–3:29pm. One of the best places in town to get an awesome coffee with latte art. Queuing is definitely worth the coffee!
Cafe´ BilderBuch. Akazienstr. 28,10823 Bln.,+49 3078706057, 9am–midnight, Sun 10am–midnight. Comfortable place to have a lunch, breakfast or simply a drink. If the weather is nice, you can take a seat in their courtyard.
Restaurants & Eateries dolce pizza. Maaßenstr. 6, 10777 Bln., +49 30 20051585, Mon–Fri 11am–11pm, Sat & Sun noon–11pm. More a fast food place, but very good Italian pizza for little money. 6
Amrit. Winterfeldtstr. 40, 10781 Bln., +40 30 21014640, 11am–1am. Amrit is a chain of Indian restaurants in Berlin. Usually, it is easy to find here a table for many people. 7
U7 Kleistpark 13
Baharat Falafel. Winterfeldtstr. 37, 10781 Bln., +49 30 2168301, 11am–2am. Best falafel in the city! 8
U7 Eisenacher Straße
Sissi. Motzstr. 34, 10777 Bln., +49 30 21018101, noon–10:30pm. Very good Austrian restaurant with a wonderful painting of Ziegenpeter and his friend.
dolce pizza. Belziger Str. 73, 10823 Bln., +49 30 43205610, noon–9pm. Just another branch of the delicious pizza chain dolce pizza. 10
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200 m Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC BY-SA
¨ Schoneberg is a lively neighborhood where you find every´ bars to small shops. In contrast to the thing from cafes, eastern neighborhoods Prenzlauer Berg or Friedrichshain who attract a rather homogeneous crowd, all different kind ¨ of people come to Schoneberg. The main streets are Maaßenstraße, Goltzstraße and Akazienstraße. The area south west of Nollendorfplatz is home to the largest gay ¨ community in Berlin. Schoneberg is located between U1– U4 station Nollendorplatz and U7 Eisenacher Straße.
Green Door. Winterfeldtstr. 50, 10781 Bln., +49 30 2152515, Sun–Thu 6pm–3am, Sat & Sun 6pm–4pm. Cozy living room style cocktail bar, located almost at Winderfeldplatz. Happy hour from 6pm–9pm. 11
Mister Hu. Goltzstr. 39, 10781 Bln., +49 177 8345927, from 6pm. Professional cocktail bar with high quality liquor. Impressively few headache the day after. 12
Train Cocktailbar. Hauptstr. 162, 10827 Bln., +49 177 3444123, from 6pm. This stylish place is situated in an old rail car and offers cocktails produced from the hand of an ambitious bartender. In winter the seats are heated and in summer you will find a cozy place outside. With a large group you should show up rather early. 13
Caf´es ¨ ¨ Konig & Schmiedicke Kaffeerosterei. Maaßenstr. 5, 10777 Bln., +49 30 21913812, Mon–Fri 7am–9am, Sat 8am–9pm, Sun 8:30am–9pm. Coffee roasting house with a few tables indoor and outdoor. Just the scent of the freshly roasted coffee is worth going here. 1
Family Cafe´ Emma & Paul. Gleditschstr. 47, 10781 Bln., 2 +49 30 23628368, 10am–6:30pm. ´ like the Emma & Paul are a Berlin specialty. Here, Family cafes parents can enjoy an organic coffee and lovingly baked cookies or cakes whilst their children play with the cool toys. Yet, the level of noise might be unbearable for non-parent ears.
Others Market at Winterfeldplatz. Winterfeldplatz, 10781 Bln., Wed 8am–2pm, Sat 8am–4pm. Lively market where local farmers sell their food, alternative style handy crafts stalls offer their goods, and also many eateries are around. 14
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Restaurants & Eateries
Tianfu. Uhlandstr. 142, 10719 Bln., +49 30 8613015, noon–11pm, closed Mon–Fri 3:30pm–5:30pm. Authentic Chinese restaurant. 4
¨ Hell oder Dunkel. Guntzelstr. 24, 10717 Bln., +49 30 86420906, Mon–Sat 4pm–1am, Sun 3pm–midnight. Great local beer—both light (“hell”) and dark (“dunkel”)—and hearty German meals.
¨ U9 Guntzelstraße
Garc¸on. Fechnerstr. 30, 10717 Bln., +49 30 86393084, 10am–1pm. Atmospheric French cafe´ and restaurant with a picturesque terrace. Definitely a nice spot for warm summer evenings. From time to time, there are music and theater events. 6
U4/U7 Bayerischer Platz 7
U7/U9 Berliner Straße
Sushi Miyabi. Uhlandstr. 104/105, 10717 Bln., +49 30 86209273, noon–midnight. Good and fresh sushi, always happy hour. 7
¨ Tomasa Schoneberg. Salzburger Str. 19, 10825 Bln., +49 30 78958888, 8am–1am. Very nice and modestly priced restaurant and bar with international cuisine, suitable for large groups (make reservation!), possibility to sit outside. 8
¨ U4 Rathaus Schoneberg
Restaurant Bieberbau. Durlacher Str. 15, 10715 Bln., +49 30 8532390, 6pm–midnight. Fine and distinguished restaurant with exceptional international cuisine, historic building with nice terrace. 9
S+U4 Innsbrucker Platz 10
Straßenbahn. Laubacher Str. 29, 14197 Bln., +49 30 8217629, 4pm–2am. Very modestly priced pub and restaurant for all age groups, simple but tasty food, possibility to sit outside. 10
Trattoria del Corso. Hauptstr. 70, 12159 Bln., Tel: +49 30 85401459, noon–1am. Italian restaurant with nice atmosphere, friendly staff and good food that comes at a reasonable price. You can also sit outside. Better reserve in advance, though, since it’s usually packed. 11
Tomasa Friedenau. Hauptstr. 85, 12159 Bln., +49 30 85966399, 8am–1am. Another branch of the popular Tomasa restaurant. 12
U9 Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz 3 Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC BY-SA
Friedenau is a rather rural and quiet area of Berlin. While definitely not the best choice to go out, there are nonethe´ To get here, take the less some nice restaurants and cafes. ¨ U9 to Guntzelstraße or Berliner Straße.
La Vida. Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz 14, 12161 Bln., +49 30 85075144 , 4pm–1am. One of the best Spanish restaurants in town with very good tapas. The large variety of cocktails can also be enjoyed on the sunny terrace. 13
Caf´es Cafe´ BagCo. Prager Platz 6, 10779 Bln., +49 30 54737954, Mon–Sat 8am–8pm, Sun 9am–8pm. Nice cafe´ to sit (both inside and outside), eat and work; breakfast, sandwiches and some small dishes for lunch. 1
´ Trautenaustr. 12, Zimt und Zucker Wohncafe. 10717 Bln., +49 30 22689539, 10am–7pm. Cozy grandma-styled coffee house. As being located at small streets, sitting outside is also very nice. Typical cafe´ food is served. 2
LuLa Coffee & Deli deluxe. Hedwigstr. 1, 12159 Bln., +49 30 85105789, 8:30am–midnight, Sat & Sun 9am–midnight. ´ very good breakfast and cakes etc., also several other Nice cafe, small dishes. 3
Cafe´ Monheim. Blissestr. 12, 10713 Bln., +49 30 8228632, the opening hours depend on the weather. The Cafe´ Mohnheim is one of the oldest ice creams parlors of Berlin. Though the atmosphere might be a bit old-fashioned, the ice cream is prepared freshly and it not too sweet. If you don’t want to eat your ice there, Volkspark Wilmersdorf is just around the corner. 14
Art and flea market at Fehrbelliner Platz. north east part of Fehrbelliner Platz, 10707 Bln., +49 30 24358510, Sat & Sun 10am–4pm. Nice local art and flea market at Fehrbelliner Platz (U3/U7). It is not as overrun and expensive as its counterpart at Straße des 17. Juni. 15
Unfortunately, we are not allowed to integrate the public transport map into the online version. Please visit the BVG website for an interactive map http://www.fahrinfo-berlin.de/Liniennetz/index?language=en or for downloading the pdf http://www.bvg.de/index.php/en/binaries/asset/download/58161/file/1-1
¨ Edited by Wiebke Hohn and Max Klimm ¨ ¨ Special thanks go to Ashwin Arulselvan, Ralf Borndorfer, Torsten Gellert, Kai-Simon Goetzmann, Martin Grotschel, Tobias Harks, Daniel Karch, Dorothea Kiefer, Thorsten Koch, Nicole Megow, Jens Schulz, Robert Schwarz, Martin Skutella, Sebastian Stiller, ´ and for many valuable improvement ideas. Madeleine Theile and Sabine Werner for providing all the nice restaurants and cafes Special mention must be given to Philipp von Falkenhausen, Jannik Matuschke and Axel Werner who majorly supported this guide.