I have been watching this forum with interest and have already gained some valuable information from other postings! I shall be visiting Berlin for a week from Thursday 28th September to Thursday 5th October and have had the fortune to rent an appartment in Prenzlauerberg!
This will be my first visit to Berlin, but not Germany-the last time being lake Constance (Bodensee) in 2000. Whilst doing all the normal sightseeing I have also earmarked some good bars to check out. Do you normally have to order beer at the bar or do you get a table and wait for service? Does one pay for each round or do you pay at the end as was the case in Duesseldorf and Cologne? Any other tips on 'bar etiquette' would be useful!
I also note I have the fortune to be in Berlin on German Unity Day on 3rd October! Is this is a public holiday in Germany and what sort of festivities may take place? Will the Brandenburg Tor be a good place to check out on that day or should I head over to the Oktoberfest at the Zentraler Festplatz? Finally what's public transport gouing to be like on that day?