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Hey guys,

I will be visiting Berlin for the Berlin Marathon and this will be my first time in Europe. I was wondering what all to do if you have either visited or live there? My plan is to finish the marathon (Sunday) and explore the city (Monday & Tuesday) and possibly travel to other European cities :unsure:

Thanks for your help.
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I visited for a few hours en route to Leipzig. Fantastic city. I think a tour guide would be worth it. I missed mine due to a delay in my long distance train and did it alone by map but tour guide for 3-4 hrs would make it better. Certainly no lack of abundance in things to see. You could easily waste a day just in the museums of museum island.

I discuss a bit more here, some of these tips might be helpful:
https://www.menstennisforums.com/3-non-tennis/945936-travelling-germany-some-advice-2.html

Can't help much about other cities especially outside of Germany but I'm sure some European folk can give you more advice. Note: My trip was mainly to Leipzig which is a cool little cultural hub, definitely worth visiting too just an hour and a bit by train, more traditional a town and home to many famous musicians.

I'd recommend booking your long distance trains in advance several weeks to get cheaper fare options. It can get expensive for a trip otherwise.
 

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I enjoyed going on a boat ride through the city centre. You can actually see a lot, including the Reichstag (German Parliament). Also, the entrance for the Reichstag is free but you need to book at least a week in advance IIRC.

Of course, the Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie are a must, as well as the Berlin Wall Memorial which marks the border between East and West. Getting around the city shouldn't be a problem either and the u-bahn is really easy to use. Just walking around the city and by the river is nice and you should have nice weather in September as well. Also, not really my thing so I didn't go but I heard the zoo is really great. :)
 

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Thank you both for the great tips. I am really excited about this trip and will plan ahead of time to have a list of things to do :)
 

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Thank you both for the great tips. I am really excited about this trip and will plan ahead of time to have a list of things to do :)
As I said the integrated half day walking tours usually do all the main attractions.

https://www.viator.com/en-AU/tours/Berlin/Discover-Berlin-Half-Day-Walking-Tour/d488-3817DISCOVER

You can spend more time after to see Reichstag and the museums.

Also can take a part of history with you by buying a piece of the Berlin wall as a souvenir.

And don't forget to get some beer. Food is always filling.
 

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I enjoyed going on a boat ride through the city centre. You can actually see a lot, including the Reichstag (German Parliament). Also, the entrance for the Reichstag is free but you need to book at least a week in advance IIRC.

Of course, the Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie are a must, as well as the Berlin Wall Memorial which marks the border between East and West. Getting around the city shouldn't be a problem either and the u-bahn is really easy to use. Just walking around the city and by the river is nice and you should have nice weather in September as well. Also, not really my thing so I didn't go but I heard the zoo is really great. :)
I don't like to correct people, but that's very important: It's called Bundestag as it's the German Federal Republic (Bundesrepublik Deutschland), not Reichstag anymore (Drittes Reich), although many people here would love to have the latter back :sad:
 

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I don't like to correct people, but that's very important: It's called Bundestag as it's the German Federal Republic (Bundesrepublik Deutschland), not Reichstag anymore (Drittes Reich), although many people here would love to have the latter back :sad:
Whoops, sorry. Good to know :)
 

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I don't like to correct people, but that's very important: It's called Bundestag as it's the German Federal Republic (Bundesrepublik Deutschland), not Reichstag anymore (Drittes Reich), although many people here would love to have the latter back :sad:
Just informed myself a bit more and that was pretty ignorant of me, thanks for letting me know. I wasn't sure what it was called and I just copy-pasted the first thing google said.
 

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Just informed myself a bit more and that was pretty ignorant of me, thanks for letting me know. I wasn't sure what it was called and I just copy-pasted the first thing google said.
No problem mate, hence I'm here. :hatoff:

It's not so well known outside of Germany as its official name is Reichstagsgebäude remembering especially the famous great Reichstage in the Holy Roman Empire or in Weimar Republic. However, nobody says Reichstagsgebäude and we just call it Bundestag for aforementioned reasons.

Sadly Altnazis ruined that word with their Third Reich Reichstag. In general you better avoid German nouns starting with Reich (apart from the adjective reich which means rich) here, it's really that simple. :lol:
 

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Great city. Probably my favorite city in Europe. I'm there from time to time due to work and my sister living there. If this is your first time visiting I would do the touristy stuff. Brandenburger tor, Bundestag, Holocaust museum and monument, wall remains, CC etc. I can provide you with some other less known stuff also if you want but your time is short. If I can give you one advice it's to rent a bike. Berlin is biker friendly and you'll see so much more of the city and have the possibility to go where you want to go.

For other cities to visit it's all about your options. Meaning money and time and preference. Do you want to see London and Paris or visit Eastern Europe and see places like Prague, Budapest or Warsaw? I can help you with a lot of them but you'll need to choose first<img src="https://i.imgur.com/MdveASt.gif" border="0" alt="" title=":)" class="inlineimg" />
 

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What do you like? Museums? Pubs? history? How long do you have?
 
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