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Berlin, Oct, 4 days, older teenagers. What to do?

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Draylon Sun 19-Feb-17 18:12:33

We're thinking of heading to Berlin in the October half term with DSs 16 and 18.

What would you recommend are 'must sees'? They are OK with kulcha and the odd church, too.

DelphiniumBlue Sun 19-Feb-17 18:23:25

Peacock island - can't recall the German name - its lovely, if you get good weather. The journey there is part of the fun- overground train, then bus through increasingly rural area, then 5 min ferry. There's s folly, peacocks, and very pretty walks.
DS 16 enjoyed boating in the Tiergarten, ( and the pizzas in the beer garden afterwards.
The DDR museum was really interesting, and we liked the East side gallery- graffiti artworks along a section of the old wall.
We really enjoyed using the public transport system, very efficient, and a lot of is above ground so you get to see a lot.
There's museums and galleries on museum island- you can buy a pass which is worth doing if you want to go to more than one.
We did a river trip on the first day, which takes in the Bundestag - but check the weather if you're on the open topped boats!
There's so much to see and do, I'm sure you'll get loads more suggestions.

AssembleTheMinions Sun 19-Feb-17 18:30:34

We did a walking tour of the main sights, an escorted tour of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and a guided tour of the Reistag. We also just wandered a lot and went back to places we enjoyed on the tour. One of our favourite wee gems was the East Side Gallery, just wonderful to see.

My dds were 17 and 13 when we went and had both studied WW2 and the holocaust so had more than a passing interest in the city's history.

Fascinating place, would go back in a heartbeat. Enjoy.

angelicjen Sun 19-Feb-17 18:34:00

Berlin is amazing, they'll love it.
Check out the Designpanoptikum
It's bonkers but great, especially if the owner is there to give you a tour.
The Stasi prison is also really fascinating, although harrowing. Watch The Lives of Others before you go.

MrsWobble3 Sun 19-Feb-17 18:43:54

We went when dd3 was 16 and she particularly liked the DDR museum, the underground tunnels, the checkpoint Charlie museum and the surviving bit of the Berlin Wall. The holocaust memorial is very good too. We also did a day trip out to Sans Souci. It was a really good break - we went October half term too.

Lessthanaballpark Sun 19-Feb-17 18:49:00

OP you have to do the Fat Tires bike tour!

It goes round the major sites including Checkpoint Charlie and the tour guides are great.

Berlin is an amazing city. Good choice stargrin

Hotbot Sun 19-Feb-17 20:20:40

Oh draylon I posted earlier about half term in Berlin, great minds ...

ReggaeShark Sun 19-Feb-17 20:22:19

Was also going to recommend the bike tour. Brilliant.

RemusLupinsChristmasMovie Sun 19-Feb-17 20:27:36

Jewish Museum
Holocaust Memorial
Topographie of Terrors
Olympic Stadium
There's so much to do and it's a brilliant city for teens.

RemusLupinsChristmasMovie Sun 19-Feb-17 20:27:57

Book in advance online for Reichstaag dome.

FrameyMcFrame Sun 19-Feb-17 20:33:18

Second DDR museum and East Side gallery

Also on sundays there are fantastic flea markets that have a great atmosphere, like mini festivals... You can pick up plenty of 'Ostalgie' if you're into all that!
Where are you staying? Worth remembering that you can get trams around as well as the U-Bahn and S-Bahn.

RemusLupinsChristmasMovie Mon 20-Feb-17 15:35:30

I hated the DDR museum. Expensive, tiny and ridiculously crowded. I wouldn't go back.

If your teens have more than a passing interest in history, then this place is a bit of the beaten track and is excellent. Also this place is in quite a touristy area, but easily missed and well worth an hour of your time.

Bluntness100 Mon 20-Feb-17 15:37:59

The topography of terror museum is fascinating, we found check point Charlie a bit dull and heavy going. Also do the Segway tour. They will absolutely love it.

RemusLupinsChristmasMovie Wed 22-Feb-17 12:17:58

Go here for wonderful cakes and hot chocolate.

whydowedoit Wed 01-Mar-17 00:34:19

Sorry to hijack but any accommodation recommendations with be greatly appreciated

shovetheholly Fri 03-Mar-17 16:04:03

The Jewish Museum - really architecturally powerful.

RemusLupinsChristmasMovie Tue 07-Mar-17 20:26:49

Whydowedoit - I DM'd you some accommodation info.

Huldra Thu 09-Mar-17 15:00:06

How long would you spend in Berlin if you had a choice for a holiday?

RemusLupinsChristmasMovie Thu 09-Mar-17 16:59:47

4 days as a minimum. And you'll barely scratch the surface.

Huldra Sun 12-Mar-17 21:38:10

Thanks. My teen is desperate to go so we said we would go as part of our summer holiday and were pondering over a 3 night break or longer.

I assume it's best to be in the centre rather than outskirts, we will be driving and there seems to be quite a few apartments with parking in Mitte. I'm thinking 4 or 5 nights in Berlin then moving out to Potsdam for a night or two.

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