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Up early once again today to have breakfast and catch the train to Krakow International Airport to catch a plane to Berlin.
Only a short stay as we start the journey home tomorrow night, well, tomorrow lunchtime if you include the train we have to get to Frankfurt.
Berlin did it's usual thing and turned on some really ****** …
Arrived at Berlin Hauptbahnhof from Prague at 1.15pm and caught the S-Bahn to Zoo Station. Walked to our hotel, Sofitel Schweizerhof. Our room wasn't ready so we left our bags at the hotel and walked down to wards the Zoo Station and had lunch near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
Walked back to hotel and checked into our room at 2.45pm …
Got up at 9am and had breakfast. Walked down to Zoo Station and caught U-Bahn/S-Bahn to Unter Den Linden for pictures of the Brandenburg Gate. Walked around to the Reichstag and went up to the top of the dome for the views over Berlin after queuing for 45 minutes to get in. Had lunch at Starbucks near the Brandenburg Gate before catching the U-Bahn …
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Drinky’s on board the boat at sun-set, and then proceeded to enjoy the evening. Fantastic night, loads of giggles. Our houseboat is just heaven on a stick....
Following day train ride to Potsdam, (took about an hour from memory, pleasant trip enuff). WOW Castles, and STUNNING gardens, very impressed. Cute café’s with cobbled streets. Had my VERY first ...
... bunch of awesome Canadians, A French guy, a guy from Azerbaijan, a brother and sister from Brisbane and some Americans! They were so generous with their alcohol and however rough it tasted (after multiple swigs on some black market Baileys) before we knew it, we were more than "happy" Half the group left before us and we stayed and chilled with the cooler half ;) We had heard that Watergate was Berlin's 2nd best club so we thought we'd give it a shot! We stood in the queue for over ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPullman Berlin Schweizerhof
The hotel was located opposite the Berlin Zoo and a 5 minute walk from the Zoo Garden station. The room was average size and clean and bright with views over the zoo and across to the Reichstag in the distance. The staff were very friendly, attentive and they could not be faulted. Breakfast was very good, especially the nutella crepes you could order. The hotel also puts out coffee and croissants for people catching early flights out of Berlin from 4am in the morning for no charge which was much appreciated as we flew out of Berlin at 6am. The hotel also had an large indoor pool that was free to use. Overall, the hotel was excellent and I would definitely stay here again.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof
A Short Summer Break In Berlin
My family stayed in Berlin 18/8/05 to 22/8/05 flying there from Budapest returning to Newcastle taking advantage of Easyjet's ridiculously low prices.
We stayed close to the Zoo and Kurfustendamm Street area in the superb Dorint Sofitel Hotel Schweizerhof and found it to be a excellant hub to visit all of Berlin being as it was close to several rail stations. It also had the advantage of being near the Tourist Information centre in the Europa Centre which although always busy was useful for buying half price theatre tickets on the day of the performance. We went to see the Blue MAN Group having previously seen them in Chicago and apart from missing out on some of the jokes written in German on placards and projections we really enjoyed the night out.
This area is also very good for eating out we particularly enjoyed a typically German meal at arestaurant called ZUR KNEIPE on Rankestrasse off Kurfurstendamm where I had a massive meal called a Butchers Platter comprising of boiled pork and three different sorts of sausage with potatoes and sauerkraut. This restaurant seemed to be a bit of a rarity most restaurants being more international such as the Avanti Italian restaurant where we also dined. Just up from our Hotel on Budapeststrasse was a cheap restaurant called ROMIOSINI which did a mixture of international dishes at very low prices ie mixed grill 6.8 euros,pizza 2.8 e and souvlaki 4.75 e.
We visited all the well known sites including Checkpoint Charlie which costs 5.5 euros for students and 9.5 e for adults. Most of the displays had English subtitles and were very interesting. Also worth visiting is the Topography Of Terror exhibitions based adjacent to an area which formed the cellars of Prince Albert Strasse where the Nazi headquarters were based. Here all for free you are supplied with headphones from which you are told the harrowing history of the now demolished buildings.
A must to do is to visit the site of the former concentration camp at Sachsenhausen this is only an hours train ride from Berlin and for a family ticket on the train cost only 14.8 euros. From the train station it is about a twenty minute walk or you could catch a bus there seemed to be two an hour. The site itself is free and everyone should ensure they visit in order to appreciate that regimes such as the Nazis must never rise again. After you will need a stiff drink from one of the bars on the walk back.
Finally a small word about transport round Berlin tickets can be bought from machines (there is an English translation) and for less than 15 euros a family and up to three children can travel round Berlin all day. The trains are very frequent though often busy.
Berlin is a hotch potch of architectural styles from the totally avant garde to the Totalitarian drabness of the former communist bloc but all in all it should be visited. Just a word of warning to the more sensitive be careful in the parks it seems the city male population think nothing of just abandoning all their clothes and lying in full view in parks such as the Tiergarten.
There are some positives - staff attitude is good and the rooms are clean and bright (if a bit small). However, having when I received my bill, I was amazed to see that a phone call I had to make to Hong Kong, timed at 9 minutes cost 108 Euros. That's 10 more than the room cost. I also made a few other calls to my daughter in the UK whcih cost around 5 Euros per minute.
I travel extensively and know that hotels mark up phone bills, but this goes into extortion. I complained to the Manger who offered me a 30% discount on the call to HK. After further protest, she increased the offer to 50%. So my 9 minutes to HK now cost merely 6 Euros per minute.
Finally, I asked where the business centre was as I needed to get a network connection to check emails and was informed it is not available as they are having problems with it. They suggested I go to the InterContinental across the road and use theirs (for 9 Euros per hour). Incidentally if you wanted to use the health facilities, you also had to go across the road as this hotel's are closed for 3 weeks.
It's a shame that small policies like grossly overcharging for a telephone call are in place. I'm sure they'd still get as much business if they just put $5 on the room rate and charged a reasonable fee for the phone.
My advice.. go across the road to the Inter-Con!
For the price-it probably can't be beaten (£64 a night). Staff helpful and hotel is nice and modern.
Ideal for Business Travelling
I enjoyed staying in this hotel with its very competent and friendly stuff and rather reasonable prices .I requested a single room which turned out to be a 20 m2-big double facing the back side of the hotel and therefore absolutely quiet. The room was spotless, the bathroom not very big but well appointed.
I also found the location very convinient, very close to Kurfürstendamm and Bahnhof Zoo where lots of buses, commuter trains and subway lines connect.Also there is a bus stop 50 m away from the hotel where you can take a comfortable ride to the centre of East Berlin (Alexanderplatz, Friedrichstr.) in ca. 20 min. Public transportation tickets are available at the concierge ,who is very thorough in giving directions.
Also the Tiergarten-park is right opposite the hotel ,a very spacious old park with jogging tracks and little lakes,so you don't have to miss your jogging if you do not want to. The breakefast buffet offers piles of fresh fruit,vegetables and lots of other cold and warm foods.
I would definitely go back!
A GREAT MODERN HOTEL!!
Stayed here three times between 1999-2004...... Greatest hotel I've ever stayed in anywhere in Europe. I highly recommend it to anyone I know is visiting Berlin.
Best indoor pool in Germany?
Spent several days a few years back in what was known as simply as the Hotel Schweizerhof. Arrived on a slow train from Hamburg at the Zoo railroad station. Took a taxi to the hotel although advised by the driver that it was only two blocks from the station - had too much luggage to backpack. Should have walked - left my raincoat in the taxi and never again seen. Room was at a special rate provided by Lufthansa but the room received was very small although clean with a very nice bathroom. Every morning construction in the courtyard behind the room was my alarm clock.
Location is first-rate - walk everywhere - even a pleasant stroll to the Brandenburg gate. Otherwise, if something is too far, try the subway. Watch out for car rental prices - took a one day rental and it was in excess of $100 - There is an office across the street from the hotel and the rental cars are garaged behind the hotel. I spent the day touring Leipzig and Dresden.
Picked a bad time to visit the hotel. There was an NFL exhibition game in town and one team and its players stayed at the Schweizerhof and the other across the street at the Intercontinental. By the time I got to the breakfast buffet in the morning, all newapapers/delicacies had been pillaged.
The indoor swimming pool is great - very large with an island in the middle and heated. There is also a fruit/drink bar near the pool . Coed nude swimming was permitted when I was there, although I only saw one male do same.
Stayed here in September, 2004. Wonderful hotel - great location, large modern (must be newly renovated) stylish hotel. Easily the best value room I have stayed in in Europe. Paid 200 Euro a night and couldn't have asked for better value for money. Good working desk, comfortable bed, smallish bathroom but it was clean and stylish so who cares! Good landury services, nice restaurant and bar and very helpful concierge (who refused a tip despite having run down the street on my behalf to check when the nearest travel agent was opening).
Excellent, in front of ZOO garden
this is a very excellent hotel, with good bedding, quit location (backside is surrounded with offices, with an inside garden (no street). So, if you ask for a quit room, you will get onde guaranteed.
the swimming pool and the sauna is very nice.
Design Hotel without attitude - very close to major shopping
The Dorint Hotel has everything you come to expect from a fine 4-Star hotel
It is a brand new property developed by one of Germany's best and innovative Hotel Chains Dorint
With a clear committment to design you will find interesting and unusual furniture, paintings and lighting concepts which are giving the hotel a modern art feel without feeling cold.
If you want to work out the hotel offers one of Europes largest indoor swimming pools and all the excercise equipment you need.
Their business center and their convention facilities are complete, however, drawing large conventions may bring in a busy atomosphere.
Location is excellent. Located in a street which runs parallel to Kurfürstendamm (main shopping district) the hotel is quietely but very centally located. Within easy walking distance you will also find: Berlin's famous Zoo, the Memorial Church, KaDeWe (most famous department store in Germany), theaters, the opera.
The Rates for a hotel of this caliber in this high-profile locale are generally more than reasonable and many times include a generous buffet breakfast.
If the Dorint is fully booked you may also check the Intercontinental (right across the street from the Dorint) or the Palace (a leading Hotel) about 3 minutes away. Both hotels are officially considered 5 Stars, but normally - in my opinion - not worth the by far higher rates.
An excellent, modern hotel. Very friendly and efficient staff. Stayed here for three nights in August 2003. Fabulous interior design. Hotel has many facilities which I unfortunately didn't have time to use - pool, sauna, health club and restaurant. Bar service in the lobby was excellent, and when there was a technical fault with the air conditioning control in the room, a technician was sent straight away to repair it. If I am in Berlin again, I will certainly stay here. The hotel is one minute's walk from the Kurfuerstendamm, Zoo, Aquarium and public transport. However, because it is off the main road, there is very little noise outside. Bonus - there is a taxi rank right outside the lobby, which always had at least two cars waiting. From Tegel Airport, it cost me 14 Euros to the hotel in a taxi.