My husband and I are just back from our first trip to Berlin and we had a fantastic time.
We arrived into Schonefeld airport which is a fairly nice airport and easy to find your way to the train station. Before you leave the main terminal building go to the tourist information desk on your right and buy a welcome pass, which basically covers all your travel for the time you’re there, ours cost €34.50 each for 5 days. The good thing about getting it from the tourist information office is they give you a little red guide book which tells you all the museums you get discounts with when you show your welcome ticket…. Well worth doing! You save at least 25% on all entry prices to museums.
We took the S9 train to Fredrichstrasse and then the U bahn to Stadmitte. This will take you approximately an hour/1.5 hours, remember to validate your train ticket before travelling, little red box on platforms! Depending which exit you come out from the Stadmitte station you’ll be directly at the street you need to go along (Kraussenstrasse). Look out for a fitness first gym banner on a building and Enterprise banner and take a left there. The hotel is approx 5 minutes walk from there and on your right hand side (There is another tube station called Spittelmarkt near the hotel, but in my opinion it wasn’t as nice).
The Adina hotel is fabulous and in my opinion in a fantastic location for all the must see tourist attractions! We arrived early and our studio room wasn’t ready which wasn’t a problem, but they then upgraded us to a 1 bed apartment which was ready. The apartment was brilliant and it was really nice having lots of space to chill out after a long day sightseeing! As people have said previously, it is literally 2 minutes from a Lidl store and another supermarket (Rossmans) which we used to stock up on snacks, drinks etc. Go out the hotel entrance through the car park at the block of flats and it is on your left on Leipziger Strasse, can’t miss it.
We had breakfast included in our rate, which was good, nice selection of cereals, fruit, yoghurts, breads, meats, cooked breakfast etc. Enough choice for everyone and meant that we didn’t eat much the rest of the day!
Also worth noting the hotel bar has a happy hour between 5.30-7 which is good for a quick drink on the way back to the room, the Reisling is pleasant as to is the Pilsner on draft. Didn’t eat in the hotel restaurant at night so can’t comment.
The pool, jacuzzi and sauna was a brilliant addition and very nice after a long day sightseeing.
A few of the previous reviews have said that the surrounding neighbourhood didn’t feel particularly safe at night and was the prettiest, well to be honest it was one street back from a main road therefore there was no traffic noise, and we felt nothing but safe walking back late at night, and the surrounding buildings are just stereotypical of buildings of that era.
Location – literally 5 minutes walk to Checkpoint Charlie and Topography of Terror, turn left out of hotel and take a left again when you get to Fredrichstrasse. You can also walk to the TV tower, Gendermanmarkt (which is very pretty), Jewish museum, Potstamer Platz, Holocaust museum, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag (go early to avoid queues!) and Museum Island. It is quite a compact city in so many ways and very nice to walk around, if you didn’t feel like walking there are tube stops near all the main attractions.
A museum that doesn’t seem to feature in many of the guide books (it’s in the red Welcome book) is the Anne Frank museum which is located on Rosenthaler Strasse, to me this was my favourite museum and the 30minute video they play is very interesting, it’s quite hard to find as it’s up an alley, but worth the look! The holocaust museum was also worth a visit.
We took the S9 train out to the Olympic stadium which was worth a visit if you have time, just check that there is no football on! We also took the tube up to KaDeWe which is a fab but expensivedepartment store, especially the food court on the top floor! Just up from the department store there is the Kaiser memorial church which remains after the war, quite an impressive building to see.
Eating – there is a nice Italian restaurant called Lungomare located less than 5 minutes from the hotel, take a left out the entrance and walk along until Charlotten Strasse, it’s on the corner.
Maximillians is good, it is a traditional Bavarian restaurant, worth going to if you want to try the local delicacies! Its just of Fredrichstrasse, take a left from the hotel, when you get to Fredrichstrasse take a right, you’ll see a Mini garage on your left, it’s opposite.
Another Bavarian restaurant that is very traditional is Lowenbrau which again is 5 minutes from the hotel. Go out past Lidl and take a left, you’ll see it on the opposite side of the road, at a set of traffic lights, it’s got a large blue sign. If like us your German isn’t up to much they do have an English menu, you just have to ask for it, I get the impression it’s not a very touristy place, which is kind of why we liked it!
Amici’s restaurant in Gendermanmarkt is a very nice reasonably priced Italian, located in a very pretty building, it’s opposite the opera building. We went for dinner one night and a drink during the day another day, it always seemed busy which I take as a good sign! Seemed quite reasonable to me considering its nice location, 2 pizzas and 2 drinks €26.
As you will probably tell we had a fantastic time in Berlin and would definitely use this chain of hotel again if we go back to Berlin or other cities where they have this chain! We booked the hotel through Travelrepublic and seemed to get a really good price.
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- The Adina Apartment Hotel Checkpoint Charlie opend in December 2007 in the heart of the historic center of Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie, famous Friedrichstrasse and Gendarmenmarket are just a few steps away. The hotel offers studios and apartments, a restaurant and a spacious wellness area with pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gym. ... more less
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