Berlin Highlights. It took us awhile to decide if we wanted to take the train into Berlin as a lot of people complained about the 2.5 hr. train ride. We decided to go and had a great day. The train ride was fun, enjoyed our compartment mates and cabin boy. The tour was very informative and our guide, Will, was excellent. We had time for shopping and were treated to a German lunch complete with beer! Unless you are familiar with Berlin, take a guided tour so you know what you are seeing!
A very nice train ride right from the ship into Berlin and then a bus tour of the important sights in the city and then plenty of time to explore the city on your own and the train back to the ship. A long 12 hour day with the cafe open for dinner when we returned.
This one day visit included 6 hours on the train to and from the port to Berlin and only about 4 hours t see the highlights of the city. We were able to see the highlights but not really experience much except for the Holocaust Memorial (very moving) and Brandenburg Gate area. More time was needed.
We took a twelve hour tour into Berlin. They picked us up at 6:30 am at the pier. We boarded a large bus and were in Berlin by 10:00. The bus made one bathroom/snack stop. We then were divided into smaller groups of 16. We drove all over East and West Berlin until 3:00 with a stop at a beer garden for lunch. We then met up with the other groups and reboarded the original bus for the 3 hour trip back to the ship. We did not like this tour. We spent too much time at places we had no interest in seeing and then at the end of the day at checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall we were so rushed we only had a few minutes. I think we would have been better off taking the train in by ourselves and seeing the few things we were interested in or visiting the resort village by the ship.
After a 3 hour escorted train ride from the port to city we saw the major sights of Berlin. Included were stops at the Berlin Wall, past Nikolai Quarter & Red City Hall of Schoneberg, stop at Checkpoint Charlie, the Allied Museum, Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag German Parliament, returning to the ship by train.
Booked through a private tour company operated by two young British gentlemen after taking the Oceania bus to/from the port. Met us at our drop-off point and packed a lot in to our 5 hours in Berlin. Had our tour guide also book a car and driver to make the most of our time which worked out great as there were storms that day.
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