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Tickets and Tips for the Berlin TV Tower

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This post covers the Berlin TV Tower (Fehrnsehturm), the city’s 203 meters (667′) observation deck, including tips on tickets, discounts, and planning your visit. Or you can just order skip-the-queue tickets here.  

 

 


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Where to Store Luggage in Berlin

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In this post, we offer several different options for storing luggage during your visit to Berlin, including lockers, left luggage facilities at train stations and airports, and the recent trend, which is Airbnb-style storage locations that allow you to safely leave your bags at certified shops, restaurants, and hotels.

 


LUGGAGE STORAGE (THE AIRBNB METHOD)

Rather than store your luggage at a storage center or left luggage facility, you can now drop off your bags at a wide range of shops and restaurants around the city! Nannybag, BagBnB, and Stasher below employ a system similar to Airbnb in which you pay a fee to leave your bags at certified locations throughout the city.

All the companies listed below operate in basically the same way. You search for a location via the company’s app or website and then make a reservation. Here is a video of just one of these companies explaining how this method works: 

 

 

The rates are generally by the day, not by the hour. So whether you leave your bags for 2 hours or 15 hours, it is the same rate. (The rates, fortunately, are inexpensive!) Payment is made via their app or website. Cash is not accepted.

Insurance is included in the price, though amounts will vary. When you drop off your bags, they will be secured by some method, either a zip tie with a unique number, a security seal, or some other method.

Where these companies vary are their rates, how much insurance is included, and how many locations they have. For example, the first company below, Nannybag, charges €6 per bag for the first 24 hours. The insurance coverage is very generous and they have dozens of convenient locations.

Stasher also charges €6, though insurance is lower than Nannybag and they have fewer locations. One nice feature is that their website makes finding a location easy. You can even use a “filter” option to find locations that meet certain criteria.

BagBnB charges the lowest amount at €5 per bag, but insurance is very low and they currently have the fewest locations in Berlin, but it appears that they are growing rapidly.

 


Nannybag 

Nannybag can be found all over Europe and has dozens of convenient locations throughout Berlin. They have arranged with local hotels and shops to store your luggage. Your luggage will be held in a secure location and each bag is covered by a generous insurance of  €1500 per bag.

Their prices are quite good – €6 per bag for the first 24 hours; €4 per bag for each additional day.  

Use our promo code FREETOURSBYFOOT for a 10% discount.

Reservations and payments are made through their website and there is no fee for canceling as long as your reservation time has not started. If you have any issues, you can reach their customer service from 9 am to 7 pm (9:00-19:00).

Nannybag has some great features:

  • No size/shape or weight limitation of your baggage
  • Some locations offer free wifi and use of restrooms
  • Book at the last minute, even 5 minutes before you need storage
  • Locations are reviewed by users to help you decide which location you feel comfortable to use

Two things to note: While it is easy to find their locations on their map, you won’t receive the exact name, address and contact of the shop/hotel until you have booked. Also, not all locations are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Be sure to check the times you can drop off and pick up your bags.

Click here to learn more and make a reservation. Use our promo code FREETOURSBYFOOT for a 10% discount.

 


Stasher  (formerly CityStasher) 

Stasher is a very reputable storage service that is easy to use and is priced quite reasonably. They charge a flat rate of €6 per bag for the first 24 hours. Note that you pay €6 whether you store your bags for a few hours or a full 24 hours. Additional days are €5 per bag. Insurance up to €845 per bag is included in the price. Also, Stasher guarantees that the cost per bag is always less than baggage left at a station.

To use their service, go to their website where you can search by a specific location, such as ‘Alexanderplatz’ or a more general area like ‘central Berlin’. Your search will show both a map of the locations along with the name and hours of the Stashpoints in that area. This is very useful because you can see which Stashpoint is in the most convenient location and open when you need it to be. You can also use the “filter” to find Stashpoints that are open 24/7 or that meet other criteria.

Once you have chosen a Stashpoint, make your reservation. When you go to drop off your luggage, just show the host at the Stashpoint your reservation email and photo ID. You will then get a unique-numbered security tag that seals the zippers of your bag. When you return to get your luggage, just show your security tag, collect your bags and go!

Click here for more information and to make a reservation.

 


BagBnB 

This company is unique in that storage locations a more varied than just shops. Their storage locations (they call them ‘Angels’) may be a restaurant/bar/cafe, a hotel, a bike rental shop, a laundromat, and more. Why not have a coffee when you drop off your bags? Or do the wash when you come to collect them? While this is a useful feature of BagBnB, it does mean that the open hours of their locations will vary. If it is a hotel, then you will have 24 access to drop off/pick up your bags. If it is a shop, the hours may be more limited.

The cost is €5 per bag for 24 hours, even if you only need to store your bags for a few hours. Rates are calculated from 00.00 to 23.59. Pick-ups after midnight will be charged an extra day, so keep track of time! Reservations are non-refundable or cancellable. The price includes insurance with coverage up to €200 for each bag, which is not as high as other companies. But, hey, it’s more insurance than a storage locker.

Its website is quite easy to use. Go to the site, see the locations of ‘Angels’ around the city and choose one. Be aware that you won’t receive the exact name, address, and contact at the Angel location until you have booked. However, you won’t be totally in the dark when choosing your Angel. Each Angel listed has a description of what kind of business it is (i.e. a laundromat, a bar, a shop) and also includes a picture of the interior. Also, customers can leave reviews which can help you decide which ‘Angel’ is right for you. 

Click here to make your reservations.

 


TIP:  The above companies have storage locations very near to the starting point of some of our most popular tours. We’ve had many guests take one of our two-hour pay-what-you-like tours during a stopover in Berlin, just a few hours before their flight. Rather than drag a suitcase around the city, we suggest that you opt for one of these conveniently located storage facilities listed above. You can easily find a short-term storage location within a couple minutes’ walk from these tours of ours:

 


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STORAGE AT AIRPORTS

Tegel Airport

  • Where: Terminal A (ground floor) service center
  • Hours: Every day from 5 am-10:30 pm (22:30)
  • Price: €7.20 per item, per calendar day for bags no larger than 90x60x30 cm. Larger bags cost €9.90
  • The length of time items can be kept in storage is unlimited

Schönefeld Airport: As of 2018, there is no luggage storage due to construction. Check their website periodically to see when this changes.

TIP: Check out our post Cheap and easy ways of getting to and from the Berlin airports.

 


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BUS AND TRAIN STATIONS

Central Bus Station ZOB

Open daily from 12:00 am until 12:00 pm. There are 20 small lockers, 54 large lockers, and 6 oversized lockers. Depending on the size of the locker, the cost is between €2 to €5 per day.The area is under video surveillance.

Central Train Station – Hauptbahnhof

Open 24 hours a day, every day. Located in the car park outside the main building in area C on the1st, 2nd and 3rd floor. Depending on the size, the lockers cost between €4 and €6 a day. The maximum storage period is 72 hours.If you prefer a Left Luggage Office, there is one open daily, 6:00 am -10 pm (22:00). The cost is €5 per item.

Other Stations with locker storage: Alexanderplatz, Ostbahnhof, Friedrichstraße, Potsdamer Platz, Zoologischer Garten.

 TIP:  You may find our post How to navigate Berlin with Public Transport helpful.

 


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Berlin Walking Tours

Berlin Pass vs Welcome Card vs City Tour Card?

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This post compares the various tourist discount attraction passes available to you in Berlin, updated for 2018.  Berlin visitors have a choice of several city passes to help them navigate the city by public transport and offer discounts for museums, sights, attractions and bars, restaurants or clubs.  (auf Deutsch) (en Español)

 

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Things to do in December in Berlin

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December is a great time to visit Berlin. Even though the days are getting shorter and you need to bundle up, there are still plenty of things to do and many sights to see. Early December can offer great deals on hotels or show/theatre tickets. December is also the month when you can indulge in the Holiday spirit of mulled wine, Christmas markets, lit-up trees and many more things this city has to offer. We compiled our things to do during the month of December; with a focus on Christmas events as well as inside activities to keep your toes warm.

 

Christmas Activities
Indoor things to do
December Events and exhibits

 


CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES
 

Christmas markets in Berlin

A visit to the Christmas market is a family-friendly and technically free thing to do in December. Berlin probably has more than a 100 big and small Christmas or winter markets of different types all over the city offering mulled wine, winter food like creamed mushrooms or kale and sausage stews. Depending on where you are staying, you’ll have the choice of which Christmas market in Berlin you might want to visit. If you are into exquisite sweets and craftsmanship, the beautiful market at Gendarmenmarkt might be your cup of tea. If you like action and enjoy roller coaster rides, the Christmas market near the Alexa shopping center near Alexanderplatz would be a great choice, just to name a few. You might even like to take a Christmas Markets walking tour (GetYourGuide).


Christmas Circus (December 16-February)

If you’ve ever been to a circus as a child, you can imagine the amazed eyes of the little and big guests, when the circus has a Christmas focus. Horses, artistic stunts and entertainment for the whole family during the holiday season. At Tempodrom near Anhalter Bahnhof. Tickets start at 28 euros.


Christmas Garden at the Botanical Garden

For a magical walk through a holiday lights-lit garden, check out the Christmas Garden at the Botanical Garden. Located at Königin Louise Str 6-8, near S-train stop Botanischer Garten (S1) or U-train station Breitenbachplatz (U2,U3). Open 4pm-10pm. Tickets start at 17 euros and are available online.


Christmas brunch and boat tour

Celebrate the advents season with a lovely brunch on a boat while exploring the waterways of Berlin. Tickets are still available for December 3 and 17. Boats depart at the Treptow Harbor, Pushkinstrasse 15.


Go ice-skating

There are several ice skating rinks all over the city, with the most popular ones at the Neptunbrunnen (near Alexanderplatz) and Potsdamer Platz. Ice skates can be rented for 2.50 euros.


Rent a slide

Go sliding in the snow. Once the snows sticks around, find the nearest park with a nice hill. Volkspark Friedrichshain, Victoria Park and Teufelsberg are popular locations to take a slide ride. You can even rent a slide at several locations in Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, and Kreuzberg.

 


INDOOR ACTIVITIES
 

Enjoy some oriental tea

Make yourself comfortable on your pillow with some spiced tea and listen to the stories and fairy tales at the Tajik Teehouse (Oranienburger Str. 27, 10117 Berlin – Mitte) weekdays 4-11pm, weekends 12-11pm, fairy tales (in German) on Mondays 7:30 pm, 9 euros during story time, otherwise free entry.


Turkish Bath

Pamper yourself at the Turkish Bath and Spa at Sultan Haman. There is nothing better than to enjoy a warm bath, sauna, a massage or peeling during the colder months. Located at Bülowstraße 56-57, 10783 Berlin. Opening hours mostly addressed to women; men’s day on Monday afternoons.


Movies at Cinestar Potsdamer Platz

This movie theatre in Berlin offers movies in English, so for the native-English speakers among you, this is your best chance of finding a movie in your mother tongue. Just look for the movies that are marked with OV (original version).


Take a local brewery tour

Why not take a Brewery tour of Berlin’s local brew. English language brewery tour reservations can be made via email only please: f.schroeder@radeberger-gruppe.de. The fee is 7 euros, Mon-Thu, 2 pm and 5:30 pm, Indira-Gandhi-Str. 66-69, 13053 Berlin.


Visit the Dussmann bookstore

If you are looking for a good read or just want to browse and warm up, the Dussmann bookstore offers a wide range of literature, books, CDs, and more over 3 levels. Bookworms will have a blast, and the best of all is, this store is open late (until midnight on weekdays, and 23:30 pm on Saturdays). A cozy coffee shop/ restaurant is attached. The store is located near S-train station Friedrichstrasse.


Take a Dance lesson

Dance classes and music concerts at Clärchen’s Ballroom. Location is at Auguststrasse 24, near Oranienburger Strasse.

 


DECEMBER EVENTS AND EXHIBITS
 

Art of Banksy Exhibit (until Dec.30th)

If you are into street art, the name Banksy is no mystery to you. This anonymous British street artist who is known for his satire work that’s critical of politics and social norms has spread his work all over the city and the world. His work is not for sale, but you can visit the exhibition until the end of the year at the Felix/Adlon, Behrenstrasse 72, near Brandenburg Gate. 13 Euros. You can purchase your tickets, here. You might also be interested in our self-guided Berlin Graffiti and Street Art tour.


Harlem Gospel Choir

What better and more spiritual way than to welcome the Christmas season by rhythmically snapping your fingers, hum along with a song, clap your hands and enjoying a wonderful Gospel performance of the Harlem Gospel Choir. Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at the Apostel Paulus Church near U-train station Eisenacher Str. (U7 train). Tickets are available for purchase here.


“Swing in den Advent” mit Brass Band Berlin

Another catchy music performance during Advent season is the Swing into the Advent Brassband concert at the Philharmonie concert hall, near Potsdamer Platz. They only perform one day, on December 2nd. Some tickets are still available.


Baroch Christmas Gala

For more classical music fans of Vivaldi and Bach, the beautiful French Dome on Gendarmenmarkt host the Baroch Christmas Gala concert. December 2 and 16. Tickets are 40 euros and up.

Visiting the DDR Museum in Berlin

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This guide will help you make the most of your visit, including how to get to the DDR Museum, ticket prices and how long to spend at the museum. The DDR Museum in Berlin is one of the most recommended museums to explore. If you’re from the States, you might be confused. No, it’s not about Dance Dance Revolution! The Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR) is the German version of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) or rather, East Germany.  Purchase skip the line tickets here.

TIP: The DDR Museum is included either for free or at a discount with both the Berlin Welcome Card and the City Tour Card.

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Berlin Pass, WelcomeCard, Museum Pass oder City Tour Card?

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Dieser Beitrag vergleicht Touristentickets für Berlin und hilft Ihnen bei der Auswahl. Ist eine Touristen-Rabattkarte die Kosten wert? Und wenn ja, welches? Im Allgemeinen ist ein Pass wert zu kaufen, wenn Sie zu zwei oder mehr Museen gehen und mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln reisen. Um Ihnen bei der Auswahl zu helfen, haben wir die Touristentickets und was diese bieten, verglichen. 

Wer Berlin entdecken möchte, hat die Qual der Wahl: Mit mehr als 175 Museen, historischen Gebäuden und Plätzen, Veranstaltungen, Attraktionen, Touren, Clubs und vielem mehr, kann jeder Tourist sein Berlinprogramm je nach Interesse zusammenstellen. Angebote für spezielle Touristen- und Kombitickets helfen bei der Planung und und bieten vor allem preisliche Vorteile.  Touristenkarten umfassen Tickets für öffentliche Verkehrsmittel, Rabatte auf Museumseintritte, Sehenswürdigkeiten, Attraktionen, Bars und Clubs. Wir haben in diesem Blogpost die wichtigsten Optionen für Sie zusammengetragen.

Lohnt sich ein Pass überhaupt? Und wenn ja, welcher für wen? Generell gilt: Ein Pass lohnt sich, wenn man zwei oder mehr Museen besuchen will und sich mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln fortbewegt.

 


Berlin WelcomeCard

City Tour Card: für Hipsters und junge Leute

City Pass oder gar kein Pass

 

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Tours of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

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This post compares and reviews the various options to visit and tour the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, located just to the north of Berlin. The tale of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp is not for the feint of heart. Many terrible things happened at this location, and it might be difficult for a lot of visitors to experience some of those atrocities and see where they took place. With that said, the history behind this site is undeniably important to remember. Thankfully, several tour companies offer trips to the camp in order to tell the difficult stories and make sure that we never forget what happened.

These tours typically last between 4 – 6 hours and require a lot of walking. Some of the outings are open to the public, but there are also tours devoted specifically to private audiences. Ticket prices for public tours are fairly reasonable at an average cost of €12 – €20 per person. Private excursions will typically cost at least €100, but you’ll have more of an opportunity to ask questions and get answers. Whichever option you choose, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes for these walking tours.

Public Walking Tours

Self-Guided Tours

Third Reich Tours

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Which Berlin Overview Tour Should You Take?

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This post is an overview of the various introduction to Berlin tours available to you. With so many different options, it can be difficult to choose just one tour. With that in mind, we’ve decided to offer you a comparison of each major Berlin Overview Tour available. Each of these trips is a wonderful way to discover the city, but some of them can be more physically demanding than others. We highly recommend choosing the tour you will find the most comfortable. Prices typically range from €10-€30 per ticket, but you will also find a few pay-what-you-wish opportunities as well.  (en español)

Walking Tours
Bike Tours
Hop On Hop Off Bus
Third Reich Sights Tours
Self-Guided Tour
Deal and Discounts

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How is the weather in Berlin in June?

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June in Berlin is pleasantly warm but can be a bit on the wet side. Early in June morning lows are mostly in the low to mid 50s F (11-12C) while afternoons tend to be in the lower 70s F (21-22C).  A couple of the cooler mornings can see temperatures dipping to the mid-40s F (7-8C) or less. By the end of June, mornings tend to be in the mid to upper 50s F (13-14C) while afternoons tend to average in the mid-70s F (24-25C).  A few of the warmer afternoons will see temperatures reaching into the mid-80s F (29C) or more.

June has the longest days offering ample time to explore the city as daylight hours average just over 16.5 hours.  You can expect, on average, about 9 days throughout June to be sunny or at least partly sunny with some rainfall on about 14 days with 3 or 4 of those days having a thunderstorm.

What to wear outside in Berlin during June

During June a light jacket, windbreaker or sweater may be needed during the morning or evening hours, especially early in the month while summer wear works well for most other times. If would be a good idea to bring along an umbrella for the rainy days and don’t forget some good walking shoes.

What to do in Berlin in June and year-round

June will feature several events including the International German Gymnastics Festival, the Open Air Gallery and the German-French Fair

Year-round you can visit the city’s many museums, tour the Reichstag, walk through the Holocaust Memorial and see remnants of the Berlin Wall and Berlin’s famous street art

While you are in Berlin, please also check out Free Tours by Foot Pay-What-You-Wish walking tours and really get to know this city with one of our very knowledgeable tour guides.

 

Fred Pickhardt

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