has three airports:
- Tegel (TXL) is used primarily by "established" airlines such
as Lufthansa, Air France, BA, etc.,
- Schönefeld (SXF) at the south-eastern edge of Berlin is
mainly used by low-cost airlines (but is destined to become the
location of Berlin's new single airport, though that will probably
still take some years...),
- and Tempelhof (THF), the historical
airport in the city centre, is supposed to be closed down soon and
nowadays only holds a very small number of commercial flights.
See also http://www.berlin-airport.de/
Nearly every European airline is offering scheduled flights to
Berlin, as do a few Asian and American airlines. There are a number
of so-called low-cost carriers serving Berlin, among them
TUIFly. You might want to
check out http://www.flycheapo.com/
for available routes. Sometimes these days, special offers from the
established airlines can be the cheaper option, though.
Many travel agencies these days have online search tools for
up-to-date comparison of flight prices. The most comprehensive and
reliable one I found so far is
which I can highly recommend. Although they so far gave me a very
reliable overview I would prefer to do the final booking directly
through the selected carrier's (or in some case third party travel
agent's) website. Or you can try the meta search engine at
- From Tegel Airport, to get directly to the pkgsrcCon location take
bus X9 direction of Zoologischer Garten and exit at Ernst-Reuter-Platz.
- From Schönefeld Airport, the best is to walk about 400m to
the local train station (the way is marked and covered against rain).
From there you can take either the S-Bahn (running every 10 minutes
during the day) or Regionalexpress (RE) or Regionalbahn (RB) train
(running every 30 minutes during the day, less so late in the
evening) into town. To get to pkgsrcCon, get off at Zoologischer
Garten station. The ride takes about 35 min. by train or about 60
min. by S-Bahn. Both train and S-Bahn can be used with a regular
Berlin ABC zones ticket (see below) which is sold from vending
machines at Schönefeld station.
When arriving at either Berlin Hauptbahnhof
, Berlin Spandau
or Berlin Ostbahnhof
stations, take the S-Bahn
(or regional train)
to Berlin Zoo
station to get to pkgsrcCon. For schedules and connections,
including local public transport, see
Effective Jan. 1st 2008, the central districts of Berlin
are declared an environment protection zone (Umweltzone) and cars
entering must have a special sticker documenting that they meet
certain emission standards (Umweltplakette). Also, please note that
Hardenbergstraße and the area further south are payment-only parking
zones (Mon. through Sat.). Cars can be parked for free for example on
Straße des 17. Juni in front of the University's main building.
Public Transportation in Berlin
Berlin has an excellent public transportation system (at least in the
city centre) which is running 24h a day. A single ride ticket can be
used for U-Bahn
(city railway), bus
, and you can change between them at will for your journey.
Berlin's fares are based on a zone system, with zones A and B covering
the entire city (which includes Tegel and Tempelhof airports).
Schönefeld Airport is located in zone C. Since there are
no single zone tickets available, an AB ticket is typically what you
will need unless you travel from or to Schönefeld Airport, in which
case an ABC ticket is required.
There are now also slightly cheaper packs of four zone AB tickets, but if
you plan to do more than three single rides a day it pays off buying a
day ticket (Tageskarte). It is typically not worth buying special
tourist cards (which include deduction to entrance fees to some museums,
etc.). For more information including maps see
To get to pkgsrcCon, you can take the U-Bahn to either Ernst-Reuter-Platz
or Zoologischer Garten, S-Bahn to Zoologischer Garten or Busses
M45 or 245 to either Steinplatz or Ernst-Reuter-Platz stops.
There are plenty hotels in Charlottenburg (e.g. Kurfürstendamm
vicinity) and adjacent parts of town. I found the following websites
to offer very competitive prices. It does not hurt to go through all
of them (in the order given):
Unlike many other online booking agencies, these typically do not
require payment on booking (though credit card details will be
inquired to secure the booking), and one can cancel one's booking up
to a few days or even hours before the selected date (details tend to
vary, of course). You might as well try your luck at
which can search various (but by far not all) booking sites for pricing
of a given hotel.
Shops in Berlin are free to open at any time Monday through Saturday,
but most choose to do so only between 8 AM and 8 PM, sometimes 10 PM.
On Sunday, the vast majority of shops are closed (there is a
supermarket next to Zoo station open 11 AM to 10 PM on Sunday).