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expensive city??

is berlin generally an expensive city?? i have been to rome,paris etc.i found paris obviously expensive..how does berlin compare? dublin quite expensive too!

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I dont think Berlin is as expensive as Dublin. Definately cheaper than Amsterdam.

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Berlin is definitly one of the more affordable capital cities in Europe. Cheaper than Paris, Rome, London, Dublin ... you see it especially in your food/restaurant bills. Hotels can be very affordable, too, unless you try to find a place for New Year's Eve ;-) But still, even during a tourist season where a lot of places added 50-100% to their bill we were able to find a centrally located 3* hotel with a quad room for 120 Euro. Don't think you'd get that in Paris or London during a slower season ...

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Hi bazzaman1,

Berlin was very cheap. Most expensive meal we had cost just over 50 euro all in for two ,which included drink. That was the most expensive. We had an Indian for 25 euro all. 4 star hotel with breakfast was less than 60 euro a night. Transport was cheap and easy and the city has lots to see and do.Enjoy if you go.

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Supervanman.

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just wondering what the name of the hotel you stayed in?? sounds reasonable.....

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We stayed at the Suitehotel Berlin Potsdamer Platz. A good enough choice given the restrictions we ran into booking on New Year's Eve only 2 months ahead of time when most of the city hotels and private appartments were already fully booked. Check out the reviews, I felt most of them are pretty much spot-on.

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187323-d498328…

Edited: 20 March 2010, 15:47
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Hi bazzaman1,

Sorry for the delay in answering your post. We stayed in Andels Hotel. Good points and bad.... Great hotel, very good deal but out a bit from the city centre. Hotel had a great breakfast included in our package and also a bar with excellant views. The underground station and tram stops are right outside the hotel. It required two trains to put us into Alexander platz. The area it was located in was all apartments. A burger king, a few pizza cafes a supermarket and Aldi are around it but that was it. Great hotel but location may be a problem.

I noticed that you also posted about about the underground and restaurants. Berlin was very handy. Underground is a short walk from the airport. Ticket mechines with english options are just before you reach the trains. Tickets are about 2 to 2.50 for a trip into town. Covers you for a couple of hours which gives you time to change trains and get to your hotel. Trains have plenty of room for bags and stations dont have gates to block your exit.

For restaurants. If you get the underground to Samariterstr. Exit the station and if you look up and down the street you should be able to see a train bridge in the distance. Walk away from the bridge until you find the Roma Italian restaurant. This is on a corner and once you turn the streets are full of all types of bars and restaurants. A bit like Dublins temple bar but without the ........

Hope this is of some help.

Regards,

Supervanman.

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Berlin is a lot cheaper than other west European capitals, and also cheaper than Barcelona, on everything except the public transport (which is really cheap in Barcelona, and Madrid).

Zone ABC ticket in Berlin which is eg from Schönefeld aiport into the centre, is 2.80€ single, from Tegel airport it's zones AB so 2.10€.

Day tickets are just over 6€ and if a group of you the best deal is the Kleingruppenkarte which covers up to 5 people for around 16€ a day.

Meals in Berlin are cheap and portions large, often with a salad included in the price. So you're very unlikly to be wanting and paying for 3 courses.Sunday brunches are offered in many places and I think pretty well always under 10€.

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Compared to Rome, Paris, London, Berlin is a bargain.

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hi supervanman...u seem to be very helpfull and know ur stuff.i goin to as u a few more questions if u dont mind! the train from the airport to city(schonefeld).is that the u bahn or s bahn....this may be a really stupid question but wat is the difference?! i booked a hotel in the h markt area...what train or underground do i take to get here from the airport??

h markt area...pubs clubs restaurents in this area??

casinos in berlin? any info or recommendations??

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Hi bazzaman1,

Sorry for the delay. The train from the airport is the s.bahn. S bahn is over ground and u is under. Berlin is huge and the transport system in Berlin is great. Very easy to get around using all types of transport including feet. We spent just over a week there last summer and did not see half of it. A lad I work with went just after me and you would think we went to different places. We both eat, drank, shopped and saw different sights. Locals very friendly and egar to help if needed.

Regarding your hotel. Is h markt... Hackescher markt ? If it is it looks like it is a straight run in on the train and is the stop after Alexander platz and locations should be very central. Did not come across any casinos , locals may be able to help with that one. Get yourself a good pocket guide book, Time out Berlin cost us about 15 euro and is very handy and small enough to put in a bag or pocket. If you get the chance the football stadium is worth a look and Herta dont always sell out so you may get tickets. Dont bother with the zoo, not up to much.

Enjoy your trip.

Regards,

Supervanman.