Europe trip with SGD 2.3k ( all in) Berlin,part 1

We travelled via Lufthansa A380 to Frankfurt. It was our first time to Europe. We decided for free and easy trip which was very relaxing.  Our trip was from Frankfurt – Berlin – Paris – London and Belgium.

Tip

The transportation in Europe is  very expensive, hence I advise you must know what you want first before you buy the ticket. If you are under  25 years old, you are entitled for the youth rate.  Sad to say if you are over 25 years old, you have to take some time to calculate and expect to spend a little more. You may consider to purchase euro pass or buy point to point ticket. You may compare the prices on the links below.

http://www.eurorailways.com/products/trains_passes/multi_countries/index.htm  ( Euro pass)

http://www.bahn.com/i/view/GBR/en/ ( point to point ticket)

http://www.eurostar.com/

http://www.raileurope.com.sg/train-tickets/journey-insights/article/frankfurt-berlin?lang=en&var_mode=calcul

For us we chose  point to point ticket.

Frankfurt—(bahn Train )–> Berlin –(City Night line ) –> Paris –(Euro star) –> London —(Eurostar/DB Bahn special promotion, Stop over Belgium) –> Frankfurt

1) Bahn Train – Euro 59 (First Class Spcial) this is because, economy sold off
2) City Night Line – Euro 39 ( 6 person / cabin), very difficult to sleep
3)  Euro star -B.P 59 ( Special promotion)
4) Eurostar/DB Bahn special promotion, Stop over Belgium Euro

 

You can save more than half if you buy from point to point compared buying euro pass.  Euro pass excluded Euro star,  hence you need to buy if you want to travel to London, moreover some countries needto pay booking fee.

Please also buy train ticket in advance in order to get the promotion price, there is a very big difference with original price, and I spent 6 month monitoring promotions before buying tickets. The speed trains in Europe are very innovative and nice. Don’t miss the chance to experience speed trains when you travel in Europe. Another important thing to remember  is to book your ticket in advance. Ensure your hotel has Air-con in summer.  All the hotels in Europe have heater but not all have  air-con. Furthermore,  you must know which type of hotel you want to stay. For example,  some of the special hotel like : jail at 13 century /castle /ice house and so on.. you must check in advance. I consider strategies and convenience for transportation  in booking a hotel. Hotels near the main station are very convenient and money saving which will allow you to travel by public transport.

Day 1
We reached Frankfurt at 6am, the weather was cold around 8-9 degree, and we weree so happy. This  is my first time to be in a country with a temperature lower than 10 degrees. Our train was 9 am and we still had ample of time so we walked around within airport area and looked for the way to the main station (Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof). We were so surprised that we could use the Airport trolley to main station which is the next building. We saw  people pushing  trollies. A nice guide showed us the way. The escalator doesn’t look big but seems to have a good quality.
We thought train from Frankfurt to Berlin is more than 4 hours. We meet a local lady named  Evelyn Hubler. She’s traveling to Berlin to look after her niece. She was so nice and informative. She talked about every station we passed by. That made our trip knowledgeable though I couldn’t remember every name of the town.  I could only remembera lot of Novel Prize winners born in Germany.

We reached our hotel a bit earlier than check in time. We were surprise to have our keys that enable us to put our luggage in our room before heading to our walking adventure within the hotel area.Our hotel is strategically located. It’s just 5 minutes walk from Berlin Hautbahof. There were many guests in our hotel from different ages and races.

We stayed at Menninger hotel
Berlin Hautbahof,
Ella-trebles-str.9
10557 Berlin

Tel: 49(0)3066636-100

We went to the tourist board counter at main station to  get a copy of map and inquiry how to go to some of tourist red spot. We didn’t do any research  because  we were looking forward a adventurous  trip.

It’s so easy to travel around Berlin. If you encounter any problem you just need to look for DB Bahn information center. The best part of visiting the information center  was having free chocolates. On our first day we had Ferrero Rocher (coconut flavor) and traditional German biscuit on our second day.

This was the first place we visited. It’s interior and external design were both beautiful. It’s a long way up to reach the top but worth trying. The view was so amazing.

Berlin Cathedral

Address : Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Automobil Forum Unter den Linden, Street Unter den Linden 21

We walked around and saw Bugatti in the show window. We walked in and saw luxury cars that we rarely see in Singapore. Of course taking photos with the beautiful cars was a must.

This is a coffee shop inside the Automabill Forum. Thumps up to this coffee shop. We tried champagne cake. It has a strong champagne fragrance with very smooth filling  covered  with chocolate. It would only take you just one bite to remember it’s taste for a lifetime.
This is the Brandenburg Gate

Located in no-man’s land between East and West Germany. During the Cold War, this famous monument was built in 18th-century  during the reign of Friedrich Wilhelm II. It’s been a defining symbol  of Berlin.

Address: Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Architectural style: Greek Revival

Reichstag building-
The Reichstag building is a historical edifice in Berlin, Germany, constructed to house the Imperial Diet, of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Diet until 1933.
All the buildings and attractions we visited were just a walking distance. You don’t need to worry about the transportation, just enjoy yourself.
In Germany there’s no any gate at the station. You could also travel for free but we still bought our tickets for all the transport in Berlin town.

The Kaufhaus des Westens usually abbreviated to KaDeWe, it is the second-largest department store in Europe; trumped only by Harrods in London.
The store is located on Tauentzienstraße, a major shopping street, between Wittenbergplatz and Breitscheidplatz, near the center of the former West Berlin.
Address: Tauentzienstraße 21-24, 10789 Berlin, Germany

Day 2
we wake up at 8am and having breakfast at hotel, after that, we went to the Bahn information counter, because tourist board not open at Sunday. the customer services have showed us where, how and take what bus to berlin wall. she lead us the faster way, her information super clear, she even told us how many stop to alight.
Berlin wall
The Berlin Wall was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off  West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a wide area that contained anti-vehicle trenches, fakir beds and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc claimed that the wall was erected to protect its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the “will of the people” in building a socialist state in East Germany. In practice, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that marked Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period.
besides that, we went to the world war museum, I watched the video people espcape from Berlin, hope for freedom.
After all we went to Carlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg), I looked for toilet urgently but I cannot found any toilet at there, no choice we went to a turkey restaurant to look for toilet and having lunch there, Berlin have many turkey restaurant selling turkey food, if compare with other crusine, the price rather cheap

Charlottenburg is the largest palace in Berlin and the only surviving royal residence in the city dating back to the time of the Hohenzollern family. The palace was built at the end of the 17th century and was greatly expanded during the 18th century. It includes much exotic internal decoration in baroque and rococo styles. A large formal garden surrounded by woodland was added behind the palace

Address: Spandauer Damm 20-24, 14059 Berlin, Germany
Hours:
Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
 Berlin have one very famous food, and my friends told me only at Berlin, Curry Wurst, and the most famous wurst will be Curry 36, Wurst = sausage, in Germany unable to find hot + Spicy curry, Curry Wurst not taste will curry much like Tomato saucer + herb /spice . the taste not bad actually. 🙂
The last station will be worldtime clock,  The World Time Clock is one of the Alexanderplatz’s most well-known features. It was constructed in 1969 as part of the square’s redevelopment and has become a popular meeting point.

Weighing 16 tonnes and 10 metres tall, it features a revolving cylinder with the world’s 24 time zones bearing the names of major cities in each zone. The mechanism constructed in a way which enables the current time in each zone to be read.
The clock is topped by a simplified model of the solar system, and is a astronomical clock.

we took the City night line to Paris, you reached early, unlike Singapore /Malaysia Train system, Germany train system very puncture and move very fast, we brought economic ticket, 6person in cabin, we meat a French at Train, and he told us nowadays the public security very bad in Paris because employment from country side cause they move to city and they have no money to survive at Paris, the living cost is very high at Paris. Besides that I saw a lot of people ( but I don’t know, Frence or other nationality, they all not look like Frence) ask u to write in the book and force you for donation, they are so terrible can even follow u for whole street.

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