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Weekend trip to Berlin

Posted by lazybit on October 20, 2008

A while ago I bought 2 “Deutsche Bahn – ebay” (train) which would get you anywhere in Germany and back for 66 EUR. Actually planning on going to Hamburg, which did not work out, we switched over to Berlin and “The festival of light”. The tickets had to be used before the end of the month. So this was the last weekend which was available for both travellers.

Riding with “German-Bahn” is quite an adventure. First of all I did not notice that the tickets are not valid on a Friday, the day we started the trip. Being nice and subservient helped avoiding paying anything extra. Big plus for the Bahn. But, both ways the train was so much overfilled that there was nearly any room left in the wagon. So we ended sitting somewhere on the floor 90% of the time with people trying to pass the obstacle course. According to the conductor this is quite a normal situation. I’d rather call this really bad management of train sizes, but make up your own mind. So I guess a seating reservation would be useful if you plan to go on a trip in the near future. A slight amusement was watching people using their laptops on the train. Especially a young woman who waited for 5 minutes for her Windows Vista to shut down on her fairly new dell laptop. I didn’t find any linux user, but one Mac was along. And e few eee pcs.

Berlin was quite nice. The festival was a big disappointment. Compared to last year the light installation minimalistic compared to last year. And on our night trip through Berlin I noticed only a handful of worthy light installations. The trip lasted 4 hours, beginning at 20.00, with on a 2 storeyed bus with an open roof. It was little chilly but the nice view made it up.

Gedaechtniskirche, Berlin Germany

Gedaechtniskirche, Berlin Germany


One Response to “Weekend trip to Berlin”

  1. favoritecityguides said

    Great photo! Would you like to share it for ?

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