[:en]Europe trip with SGD 2.3k ( all in) Berlin,part 1 [:zh]玩转德.法.英.比.四国,只花了SGD2.3K[:]

[:en]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.

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)



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,
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
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.


我用了SGD2.3K 逛了西欧四国,全程住二三星房有浴室的打折好康酒店。新加坡到德国-法兰克福的飞机票SGD950(LFA380),最大的用费就是这个了。贵有贵的玩,省钱也有省钱的玩法,绝对是舒服不委屈的快乐旅游哦!
欧洲的交通是很贵的,由其高速火车(high speed train)是真的不便宜。所以旅游计划和提早购买是必要的,因为计划能让你知道,你要怎样的旅游?要买欧洲火车通行证(Euro Pass,),各国交通通行证(Eg:Swiss pass/ Ger Pass/Italy pass…),还是定点火车票(point to point ) ?还有年龄有超过25岁吗?如果没有超过有youth rate折扣。学生不超过三十岁也有学生折扣。再如果你和我一样没折扣,那我们一起来精打细算吧!我们可以在有折扣时,购买高速火车票,因为价格真的差很多。
德国。法兰克福–(bahn Train )–> 徳国。柏林-(City Night line ) –> 法国。巴黎 –(Euro star) –> 英国。伦敦 —(Eurostar/DB Bahn special promotion, Stop over 比利时) –> 徳国。法兰克福
1) 法兰克福到柏林Bahn Train – Euro 59 First Class
2) 柏林到巴黎City Night Line – Euro 39 ( 6 person / cabin)
3)  巴黎到伦敦Euro star -B.P 59 ( Special promotion)
4) 伦敦到法兰克福Eurostar/DB Bahn special promotion, Stop over Belgium Euro

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

到英国只有这间Euro Star


4小时的火车很有趣,我们在火车上遇见了一名徳国女士名叫Evelyn Hubler。她为我们介绍了火车经过的小镇名人与事。在头等车内的搭客,知道我们第一次来欧洲后纷纷买了当地食物让我们尝。
Menninger hotel
Berlin Hautbahof,
10557 Berlin
Tel: 49(0)3066636-100
在德国DB Bahn的服务中心比旅游局还好用,早开迟关,资料足,而且还有巧克力拿,也能在那购买游客车资卡。

Berlin Cathedral
Address : Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin, Germany



Automobil Forum Unter den Linden, Street Unter den Linden 21
Brandenburg Gate
Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Reichstag building


Tauentzienstraße 21-24, 10789 Berlin, Germany
Carlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)

Address: Spandauer Damm 20-24, 14059 Berlin, Germany

Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
晚餐我们来到了柏林著名小吃curry36,在柏林最有名的小吃就是curry wurst,Wurst就是徳国香肠。在德国curry并不是我们叫的那种,我觉的他是番茄酱和香料混合成的。味道很特别,是可以来尝尝。
我们搭了City night line 去巴黎,6人车厢很小很难睡!

Day 3

八点早上我们到了巴黎,Gare De East (Paris) station,第一件事就是去Paul买早餐。在巴黎到处都是Paul。
可后当然是到客务部买旅客套票,就是能在城市(zone1-5)自由搭交通的票。我们在早上9点就check in 酒店了

Gare De East火车站

推荐这间酒店,打折时Euro75 一晚,地点很好,邻近火车站,巴士站。

Libertel Gare de L’Est Francais
13 Rue Du 8 Mai 1945, 10. Gare du Nord – Gare de l’Est, 75010 Paris

来到巴黎时上之都又怎能错过名牌呢,不过省钱女王,这次女王决定去Branded outlet。
搭RER 去Lavallee village,然后步行15分钟就到了。
Longchamp 很便宜,而且Euro 180 还能扣税。在女人的天堂,决对可以让你嗨翻一整天。
Day 4
今天我了世界三个博物馆之一的罗浮宫Louvre Rivoli and Palais Royal Musée du Louvre
RER A Chatelet Les Halles 下车就行了




kaishunmenArc de Triomphe, and Champ-élysées .
Day 5
Notre Dame de Paris-Notre-Dame
6 Parvis Notre-Dame, Place Jean-Paul II, 75004 Paris, France
到了巴黎,有一个非到不可的巴黎秩塔The Eiffel Tower ,Champ de Mars It was 它是Gustave Eiffel 设计和建的。
 Address: Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris
This is the Opera house,Galeries Lafayette 的前面

重点来了,我本来打算来老佛爷百货(Lafayette)带个小香回家的,我傍晚到时,我还以为老佛爷没卖包包呢!一个都不剩了,想买包包的美人,请早点来。在这里买名牌比较容易退税。法国Euro180才退税,如果你在别的地方各别牌子要买到Euro 180,在这里有很多牌子,可以加起来,一起退税。

去英国的海关是很严的,不像其它欧洲国家,所以要早两小时去Gar Du Nor 火车站,每一趟都有不少人赶不上火车。也因为大家都赶不上高速火车,大家都能上下一趟高速火车,只是可能沒有位子座而己。
英国餐厅是很贵的,不过在网上,不时有好康,我们吃的Pizza Express就是1 for1deal,上网打印的vocher.
93一95 Euston Road,NW1 2RA,就在火车站外的前方。超好吃pizza还是现做的,女王的推荐pizza 1 for1 之后才7.9 pound。

那在King’ cross Saint pancras火车站有什么好玩的吗?大家有一定有看过Harry porter ,对Kingcross的9 3/4月台不陌生吧,那里可以去魔法学院哦!大家可以去找一找

逛早市是融入一个国家最好的方法,所以一定要去Borough Market,吃当地的食物水果。
8 Southwark St,London SE1 1TL
2 Park St London SE1 9AB,咖啡很香很滑是一名前新视艺人和朋友开的。虽然需要排队,但是绝对值的。
Borough Market 必吃的小食:-
2) 现开现吃的生蚝
我们逛完了之后就去市中心(City Hall)了,看看小时的儿歌“London Bridge is falling down”英国人嘲笑美国人的儿歌
话说有一天美国人用高价买了London Bridge,他们以为买的是这个,结果收到石头和铁才知道,买错了。那座桥叫London Towel Bridge 。

London Towel Bridge


Poppey day – 是为了记念世界大战的战士的节日

来到伦敦一定要去Burberry 的Factory 扫扫货,29-31 Chatham Pl, Lindon E9 6PL
价钱超不可思义的,如我买给老爸的Polo Tee才25pound,老爸超喜欢,说品质超好,红色都不退色。


12 Gerrard Street, China Town London W1D 5PR
吃了晚餐后,可以去附近的 Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square。
Tip:如果你有什么忘了带记得去Primark (Oxford Street)那里的货品很值得买些用过就丢的货品


今天的晚餐Fish and Chip-Rock & Sole Plaice .我们选了外带,因为堂食和外带价钱差很多。
最后一天在伦敦,一定要吃英式早餐吧(English Breakfast)。 在传统的英国早餐店享用英式早餐后,我们就前往火车站了。
火车在比利时首都布鲁塞尔转车,所以我们有半天在布鲁塞尔 。
1)吃比利时华夫饼(Belgium Waffle)一定要来比利时吃的嘛!
3)比利时广场Belgium Square 与王宫 Grand place ,这可是欧洲数一数二漂亮的广场哦!
 4) 买当地有名的巧克力,下面路过的巧克力店的巧克力蛮好吃的比在傍边的Godiva好吃。
终于来到了今晚的酒店Holidays inn Express
Elbestra Aye 7,60329 Frankfurt
地点不错:7分钟到岁S  Bahn和U Bahn火车站
晚餐只有Macdonald,果然每个国家的Macdonald 都很有特色啊!
Romerberg -徳国的广场,这里有间著名的德国餐厅。Weinstube im Roemer.就在这广场。记得来吃正宗的徳国菜啊!


Cafe Liebfauenberg
 Liebfrauenberg 24, 60313 Frankfurt am Main, Germany


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