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The hotel is at Potsdamer Platz, now one of Berlin’s busiest areas, just where the “death strip” of the Berlin Wall was situated. Entertainment (e.g. Sony Center), shops and restaurants are in the immediate vicinity, as well as the Landwehr channel. The Bundestag and Reichstag buildings and the Brandenburger Tor are a 20min walk to the north, Checkpoint Charlie 18 min walk to the east. Many other attractions like Gendarmenmarkt, Museum Island are also within walking distance or a short public transport journey away.
The Scandic has excellent public transport connections, being situated in-between two stations: the subway station Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park (line U2 and busses M29 and N1) and the train station Potsdamer Platz (served by regional trains RB10, RE2, RE3, RE4, and RE5, local trains S1, S2, S25, and S26, and several busses). Kindly consult the Travel Information section below for more information on public transport in Berlin.
Berlin is centrally located in Europe and the greater Berlin area is a vibrant hotspot for cultural and vocational activities and central Europe’s capital for startup culture, particularly for IT and CS.
The area features the three world-class Berlin universities, as well as University of Potsdam with the HPI as separate, privately funded department. UP was ranked top of Germany’s young universities by THE in 2018.
The area is home to several UNESCO world cultural heritage sites like the Sanssouci palace managed by the Foundation for Prussian castles and gardens. Several world renowned museums can be visited in the area as well, from the Museum Island in Berlin to the novel Barberini in Potsdam. Finally, the capital is also well known for its vibrant nightlife and international culinary scene. Wikitravel has some more details.
The greater Berlin area features two international airports (the new BER will unfortunately not open in time for ECOOP’20), Tegel (TXL) and Schönefeld (SXF) and is well connected to high speed train lines via Berlin Hauptbahnhof. Local train tickets in Berlin (Berlin AB) can be bought at vending machines or online in DB’s or BVG’s app, both apps allow payment via PayPal, credit cards or SEPA debit. The local provider VBB provides detailed timetables and ticket fares. Daily and 7-day tickets are available and cheaper than single tickets if you travel regularly. You can find more information on the public transport system in the greater Berlin area. CityMapper may also prove to be useful for trip planning. Note that paper tickets as sold e.g. by vending machines may have to be stamped in order to be valid. Failure to present a valid ticket while in public transport or on certain platforms may result in a severely higher fare (60€). Please consult the following explanation on how to buy and validate paper tickets. Alternatively, taxis from TXL to Potsdamer Platz should be ~25 €, from Schönefeld ~40 €.
The German Federal Foreign Office has a website with general travel information on Germany. Also, you might want to check germany.travel or Wikitravel as well as potential travel advice issued by our home country.
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