Europe has long been considered as a dream destination for many travel enthusiasts. Its medieval cities, verdant meadows and diverse culture has always acted as a magnet for travelers. But it is also known to be prohibitively expensive especially for people from countries whose currency exchange rate is abysmal as compared to the Euro.So when I was selected as an exchange student to study a term of 3 months at Toulouse Business School, France the first thing I wanted to do was to devise a plan to experience Europe on a budget as I was a student and was not earning since a year. I checked my curriculum and found out that I had 15 days to travel during the hectic term. The idea that I had in my mind was to experience Europe rather than just marking places off my bucket-list. I spoke to a lot of people, did a lot of research and came to a conclusion that one needed to spend at-least 2 days in a particular city to get the real feel of it. I had heard from my friends that the EuRail is the cheapest option to travel in Europe, but I found out that the statement is true only if you have more than a month to travel, For a shorter time and for a solo traveler (EuRail gives couple discounts) the most inexpensive option to travel is by bus, and EuroLines buses were the best and most convenient for me.Planning:
Decidedly gritty and blatantly irreverent, Berlin is almost notorious for its reputation as the coolest city in the world. Berlin doesn't glitter with glamour like Paris or bustle with energy like London. Unlike other European capitals, Berlin is unpolished and understated and yet, an absolute delight.Getting around in BerlinCycling is one of the best ways to get around Berlin. The faultlessly maintained cycle lanes are easy to navigate, often segregated from pedestrians and are used by more than half a million Berliners everyday.The public transportation infrastructure includes the U-Bahn (underground trains), S-Bahn (hybrid underground and street level), trams and buses.
Well to start off about the solo trip.. Flying from india at 1 at mid night and reaching Moscow in transit wasn't too exciting except the smart air host who gave me dinner in btw the midnight! I had a transit halt in Moscow for three hours.. which somehow passed by in the excitement. Landing in Berlin was in itself an adventure.. landing on a new continent , all alone.. first time.. well.. the excitement was at its peak...Making a dramatic exit from the Berlin airport with all the tourist pamphlets.. I was ready to conquer the world!I was lucky enough to find someone known on the first day itself.. as I had just a day to be in Berlin. She came to pick me up at the airport , and we made our journey to the city, via s ban, bus, u ban ..walk.. and what not..we went to a local restaurant. If you are a vegetarian.. it would be a bit difficult but still managable.We made our journey to Berlin wall, main cannal to the city,city centre. I was lucky enough to find a college senior of mine in the same city, for whom we waited in Alexander Pia's and made our way to Berlin dome together.I dint have much time to explore Berlin as I had my bus to osnabruck where another adventure awaited me.. but in all a great day in BerlinTravel cost - 7.6 euro (one day card)Food- 3-4 euro( one meal)Visiting monuments- 7 euro min. ( Each ticket)
On our way to Leipzig, we had 5 hours to our next connection and we decide to explore the city. Owing to efficient public transportation and centrally located airports, 3~4 hours are enough to explore the highlights-1. Bellevue Palace2. Straße des 17 Juni3. Brandenburger Tor4. ReichstagsgebäudeStoring the Luggage
We travelled to Berlin with one of the local tourist company.It was 2 days trip over a weekend.
We travelled in 10 seater car and it was a road trip.Its 7 hrs drive.
We stayed in Holiday inn which was little outside the downtown.
Below are the sites we visited:
As it was guided tour our tour guide took us to every place and explained everything about the Berlin history.
Berlin has lot of history it would be really good if we have some good guide along with us.
Berlin was the capital of Nazi Germany and was air-raided 363 times during World War I. The Americans dropped 23,000 tons of bombs, and the British 45, 517 tons. Bombings continued relentlessly. By May 1945, nearly 14 percent of Berliners had fled the city.
Flew into Berlin Schöenefeld Airport from London Stansted. As students, public transport was obviously the way. Walking to the nearby subway station, there was a huge queue to buy tickets. There is no counter just three self service machines which only one would give change back. so finding exact change was horrific with one stall refusing to give us change.
After much confusion, we bought a ticket and headed into the City to our hotel.
Berlin, the capital city of Germany is one of the top three congress cities in the world and home to the famous Internationales Congress Centrum, one of the largest conference centers in the world. It has some of the best historic sights like the Berlin Wall, the Checkpoint Charli and the Reichstag building. The city also has a wonderful zoo, the oldest known zoo in Germany with over 1,500 species of animals and birds. Other notable tourist spots include the Pergamon Museum, the Gemaeldegalerie and the Gemaeldegalerie.