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happy trails

East Berlin advice

by happy trails »

As a kid, I was fascinated by the Berlin Wall and am finally going to go and see what remains of it myself, along with the attached museums and tourist sites. I'm wondering, since East Berlin is a focus of my trip, should I choose to stay there? Or will the hotels in West Berlin be nicer (I'm hoping to spend no more than $175 a night)? And are there any safety issues in East Berlin as compared to the West? I hope to be in the city for about a week. 

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RE: East Berlin advice

by /bio/pheymont »

I can't speak to prices at particular places, but there are post-wall hotels on both sides, and the differences between areas are far less than 20-some years ago.

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RE: East Berlin advice

by /bio/mushroom »

I don't know what the hotel Melia is charging these days, but it is an excellent hotel with an excellent location for sightseeing in eastern Berlin, with great transportion links to the entire city.  There are many hotels of high quality in eastern Berlin, not only to serve the tourist trade but also the many people who come to the city to do business with the seat of government (which is located in eastern Berlin).

Reading recent guest reviews on booking.com and tripadvisor.com should give you a good idea of what's attractive to you in your price range.

Also bear in mind that if the Wall is your focus, that the wall divided the city into east and west sectors, so you can be staying near where the wall was whether you stay in west or the east.

Berlin is generally a much safer city than any city in America, and might even be safer than London and Paris or Amsterdam. When I stayed in eastern Berlin, the only time I worried about my safety was when I spotted a coyote trotting along the banks of the Spree late at night. There are no doubt isolated parts of the city where tourists are advised not to wander at night, and rough bars you shouldn't be drinking in after midnight, in both the eastern and western areas of Berlin. But again, travelers who write hotel reviews are usually very quick to say if they felt unsafe where their hotel was located.

Here is an overview about safety in the city from a website that advises people about renting apartments in Berlin (the whole website provides a good overview of Berlin):

 

Safety, especially for Women

Berlin is still extremely safe, day and night, especially inside the circle S-bahn line. But it should be mentioned that, as a precaution, visible minorities might avoid some of the Eastern neighbourhoods outside that S-Bahn line: Hellersdorf, Marzahn, Lichtenberg. They have a reputation for being right-wing and have almost no ethnic diversity. The same goes for parts of the surrounding region of Brandenburg. While most women find Berlin extremely safe, day and night, some have been verbally harassed in outlying areas of Neukölln walking home alone at night. Riding a bike helps matters. Neighbourhoods like Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Schöneberg and Kreuzberg are generally worry free for women who feel like targets of unwanted male attention.

http://needleberlin.com/moving-to-berlin-the-needle-guide-2012-edition/

 

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happy trails

RE: East Berlin advice

by happy trails »

Amazed you saw a coyote there. Last thing I would have expected. Thanks for your responses. I'm not sure if I'd be comfortable renting an apartment, but I'll definitely look into the Melia.

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RE: East Berlin advice

by kringenwally »

"...I spotted a coyote trotting along the banks of the Spree late at night..."

A shaggy-dog story, because that's what it must have been - there are no Coyotes outside of Zoos in Europe. Besides, as the Germans have it, "In der Nacht sind alle Katzen grau", and the same goes for shaggy dogs.

Aouuuuh!


 

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RE: East Berlin advice

by /bio/lanago2 »

In Response to Re: East Berlin advice:[QUOTE]

http://needleberlin.com/moving-to-berlin-the-needle-guide-2012-edition/

Posted by mushroom[/QUOTE]

Great article/blog. Thanks for posting it.

As usual these days, I am trying to fly last moment--this time to Berlin for NY Eve, if there are open seats on the flight. Fingers crossed. So I appreciate the guidance and ideas. I'm hoping to stay in Mitte. It sounds like a good area for a first-time.Or perhaps Prenzlauer Berg.

Happy holidays, group.

Lana

 

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RE: East Berlin advice

by /bio/mushroom »

I had forgotten all about this thread!

Actually, unless the internet tells lies,  there are wild coyotes in Europe (but only in the mountains of eastern Europe).  What I saw was most definitely not a stray dog (dogs don't move like wild canines), so no doubt a large fox. Berlin is estimated to have some 10,000 urban foxes. (And some 3,000 urban boars.)

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/urban-invasion-wily-foxes-embrace-easy-city-life-a-511825.html

http://www.naturkundemuseum-berlin.de/uploads/pics/Biopolis-Fuchs-flex05_01.jpg

http://www.npr.org/2012/11/06/164435055/in-berlin-a-boar-of-a-story

Have a nice time in Berlin, Lana! Watch out for boars and foxes!

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RE: East Berlin advice

by /bio/pheymont »

Also avoid urbane bores...they exist in Berlin as well....

<g, d & r>

 

In Response to Re: East Berlin advice:[QUOTE]

I had forgotten all about this thread!

Actually, unless the internet tells lies,  there are wild coyotes in Europe (but only in the mountains of eastern Europe).  What I saw was most definitely not a stray dog (dogs don't move like wild canines), so no doubt a large fox. Berlin is estimated to have some 10,000 urban foxes. (And some 3,000 urban boars.)

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/urban-invasion-wily-foxes-embrace-easy-city-life-a-511825.html

http://www.naturkundemuseum-berlin.de/uploads/pics/Biopolis-Fuchs-flex05_01.jpg

http://www.npr.org/2012/11/06/164435055/in-berlin-a-boar-of-a-story

Have a nice time in Berlin, Lana! Watch out for boars and foxes!


Posted by mushroom[/QUOTE]

 

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RE: East Berlin advice

by /bio/lanago2 »


PHeymont, hmmm, tough choice. But I'm a city girl, not a pioneer woman. I'll take my chances with an urbane bore over an urban boar anyday! That's why God created earplugs and taxi phone numbers. Although my story-telling would be far superior with red light-crossing boars, wolves and foxes.

Happy holidays,

Lana

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RE: East Berlin advice

by /bio/michell78 »

Ich mochte den Rest in einem Nachtclub Brelin Mechel.Horoshaya Atmosphäre, die notwendig ist. Hier ist die offizielle Website

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