We are arriving at 8:30 or so on a Friday morning at Tegel and will be staying in the Savignyplatz area. Then we will be leaving out on the following Tuesday morning from the main rail station, taking a train to Essen.
My questions are, what is the best way to get from Tegel to Savignyplatz? We will have some luggage. There are two couples, but I am completely happy taking public transporation, S Bahn, U Bahn, bus, whatever. And where do we get this transportation from the airport, buy tickets, etc.
Tuesday on the way out to the main rail station ( I think it's called Lehrter Bahnhoff? Is that right?) from Savignyplatz, what is the best public transportation to take?
Also we will be needing either a pass or buying individual public transportation tickets for 5 days I guess, although we will be leaving early on Tuesday. We could buy 4 or 5 one day passes, a 7 day pass or the Welcome Card. How many days is that good for? We won't be doing a lot of museums so I don't know if that's the best option. What kind of value is that? Can we buy our tickets for all those things at Tegel? And do we need an extension or something to get to SavignyPlatz? Which would be most economical for us and where do we buy them?
Also I am thinking of making a reservation at the Reichstag restaurant for lunch the day we arrive so we could get in there right away. Any thoughts on that? I'm running the marathon on Sunday so I need to get on the right time zone and see some things our first day.
One more question: Has anyone done any of the pub crawls? We are young 50's and I think it would be a good way to see some of the clubs/pubs our last night in Berlin. Not looking to get trashed but just see some variety, meet some people, have a few drinks. Which ones are the best and what is your opinion on them? We like to have a good time.
Thanks so much for your help