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Old January 27th, 2008, 08:27 AM   #261
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Makes me miss berlin so much!

Especially Freidrichstrasse station. I remember going there to buy Wodka a few times.

Feel like going back to Berlin for a holiday with me Svartmetall?
Haha! Sounds like a plan, I know I won't object to seeing Germany again that's for sure! If only I wasn't a poor student...
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Old January 27th, 2008, 04:10 PM   #262
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I was a poor student when I visited as well. But it seemed like everyone else in Berlin was as well. Which is what made it an awesome city

Gah, give me Kreuzberg over Sydney any day!
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Old January 30th, 2008, 04:43 PM   #263
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I'm starting to like the Berlin S-Bahn over the Paris RER (except line RER E whose style I like a lot), especially since I got to visit Berlin for the first time last year.

Notice that the circular line looks like the profile of a dog face. I read somewhere that Berliners nickname it some word that refers to that
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Old February 1st, 2008, 10:11 PM   #264
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When I was last in Berlin, there was an S-bahn dining train using some beautiful old stock. Does anyone know the website for this?
Do you mean the Panoramazug?

http://www.s-bahn-berlin.de/sonderzu...bahn/index.htm

there are also historic trainsets but they dont seem to be running at the moment:

http://www.s-bahn-berlin.de/sonderzuege/index.html
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 01:09 AM   #265
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Do you mean the Panoramazug?

http://www.s-bahn-berlin.de/sonderzu...bahn/index.htm

there are also historic trainsets but they dont seem to be running at the moment:

http://www.s-bahn-berlin.de/sonderzuege/index.html
Thanks for looking into this, but no, I don't think it was any from those links. The carriages had tables and there were waiters. It seemed a proper restaurant in a historical S-bahn train. But I only saw it for a few moments.
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Old February 2nd, 2008, 01:23 PM   #266
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I guess one way in which the S-bahn is unique is that it is also supplimented by Regionalbahn trains which provide the more limited stop and far flung services in the cities regional areas.
Dunno about France, but the Spanish S-Bahn does have this regional trains that have a limited number of stops and travel far from the main city.

BTW, the new train station of Berlin looks great... but it's ****ingly freezing! nobody thought they were going to build that thing in one of the coldest European cities? I once missed a train to Leipzig and thank God McDonals was opened for much of the night, otherwise I would have waved Ms. Death there
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Old February 18th, 2008, 01:17 PM   #267
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I'm very excited with my travel to Berlin next summer.

It looks one of most interesting cities of Europe, no doubt!

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Old February 19th, 2008, 10:17 AM   #268
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^ You'll love it! It's a brilliant city. I would love to live there one day.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 06:25 AM   #269
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I'm very excited with my travel to Berlin next summer.

It looks one of most interesting cities of Europe, no doubt!

I think you'll enjoy Berlin! After having visited London, Paris and Madrid several times I felt like I had visited the best (in size and # of things to offer) that Western Europe had. Berlin was a pleasant break and addition to that list.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 06:28 AM   #270
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10 days for Berlin!!!

I'll be living in Lichtenberg, near the Tierpark (U5).
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Old February 20th, 2008, 12:02 PM   #271
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U5 is certainly the most...... Interesting of all the lines that's for sure!

You'll have to take lots of pictures Schmidt and let us know your views on the city (and the transport!)
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Hmmmm I didn't like your hesitation!
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Old February 20th, 2008, 01:51 PM   #273
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Well, East Berlin though greatly improved is very much still the poorer sector of the city, and it shows still. The U5 is the main underground line that runs through that area and so it too tends to attract the poorer section of the population.

Many people say it has far more beggers and homeless in the stations and on the trains, though I'm not sure how true this really is, I didn't notice it... But I'd love to see your impression of it all when you're there all the same! Keep us updated!
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Won't be shocking for me. After all, I'm coming from Brazil.
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 07:12 PM   #275
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ive never saw a homeless at the U5

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Old February 22nd, 2008, 08:26 PM   #276
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The U5 is one of the shorter lines in Berlin. Personally I've never had much reason to travel on it.

Schmidt, I'm sure you're going to love Berlin and it's great that you're coming with an open mind. I don't want to put you off, but be aware, Lichtenberg, although not soo bad, does have a bit of a reputation and may not give you a great impression of what the city as a whole has to offer...
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Old February 22nd, 2008, 11:01 PM   #277
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Even Karlshorst? I read it's a pretty good part of Lichtenberg heheh.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 08:50 AM   #278
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Well if that's what you've read then great! Wherever you end up living I'm sure you will have a fantastic time..
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Personally I thought that the distinction between West and East was changing rather a lot with the distinction between the two being blurred more recently with some up and coming "trendy" areas in the east - who knows, parts of Lichtenberg might become very desirable someday due to the presence of Tierpark there.

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Hmm, is it just me or is there a difference in perception of districs inside the Ringbahn, as opposed to those lying outside of it? They've been touting Weißensee as the next big thing since I've lived here, especially as places like Prenzlauer Berg become more and more expensive. However, if you go there you see there's still a ways to go before it can compete. The problem for places like Weißensee and Lichtenberg is that it's much further out from the action and the quality of the housing stock in places like Lichtenberg (correct me if i'm wrong, but there's a lot of Plattenbau there?) leaves a lot to be desired.
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