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No Wall Left: 100/200

ctr-cover-no-wall-leftThese public bus routes traverse the city offering a fairly comprehensive tour for a cheaper price than a tourist bus. Bus 200 departs from outside the main entrance of Zoologischer Garten station. In the opposite direction it leaves from Michelangelostraße in the Prenzlauer Berg area, taking around 40 minutes to complete the route. You will cruise past Berlin Philharmonie and Potsdamer Platz, before heading along the historic boulevard Unter den Linden, which is full of cultural attractions like the State Opera House, the Neue Wache memorial, Deutsches Historiches Museum and Museum Island. You will have the opportunity to admire Lustgarten, The Dom and the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz before the bus reaches its terminus.

Alternatively choose Bus 100, the first bus service to connect East and West Berlin after the city’s unification. It travels between Zoologischer Garten station and Alexanderplatz. Like the 200 it travels down Unter den Linden: get off at this stop if you wish to view the popular Brandenburg Gate, and from there it is only a short walk to the Reichstag. You will then be taken down the central road through Tiergarten where you can behold the glorious Siegessäule (Victory Column) before going south onto Kurfürstenstraße.

Bus 100 is the better option if you want a shorter journey time of around 30 minutes (without getting off) and if you want to see more of the famous sights in the city, although it is generally busier than the 200. Both offer a cheap hop-on hop-off alternative to the standard tour bus for the price of a standard day ticket. If you are young at heart, then the best seat is naturally at the very front of the top deck, where you can ‘drive’ the bus on your own personal tour of Berlin.

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Be in Berlin: The Ampelmann

ctr-cover-be-in-berlinWalking through Berlin, the traffic light symbols dress in their Sunday best to kindly tell you when to stop and go.

Created by traffic psychologist Karl Peglau in 1961, the iconic Ampelmann silhouettes were inspired by a photo of the general secretary of the Socialist Unity Party Erich Honecker in a straw hat, and were soon stationed at every street crossing in East Berlin. Since the fall of the wall, the Ampelmann has become cult item and a positive symbol of the identity of the East Berlin citizens, and can now be seen splashed on merchandise at the many Ampelmann stores dotted around the city.

Walking into the store, it’s hard not to smile at the brightly coloured towels, key chains and t-shirts; the endearing stop-and-go symbols are plastered over every inch of the walls, floor and ceiling. Peruse through the racks of Ampelmann towels, rubber ducks and hilarious postcards, seeing why the Ampelmann is loved by so many.

After you’ve taken the obligatory photo inside the larger-than-life Ampelmann statue, sit back in the café and enjoy a coffee as you watch traffic lights from around the globe blink their green and red counterparts. After you’ve spent the remainder of your Euros on Ampel-merchandise, tip your hat to the ol’ crossing friend as you leave the store and wait for the green ampelmann to greet you at the side of the road.

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Picture This: Barcelona

cover-ctr-picture-this-barcelonaYou’ve done the museums, the art galleries, the churches and the picturesque lunch spots; you’ve relaxed and soaked up the sun at the beach, the outdoor pool and the park, and you’ve clocked up what must surely edge close to a marathon on your pedometer. Are you heading home to bed? No chance, you’ve got an entirely new city to explore, transformed by the sunset from a cultural haven into a maze of restaurants, bars and clubs to stumble into and dance the night away.

We have done our best to offer you a comprehensive starting point, reviewing the clubs and bars which we poured into on instinct, and staggered out of hours later having had a great night. But really, the best way to create your own unforgettable story of ‘this one night in Barcelona…’ is to wander around and see what takes your fancy. As we all know, the best nights are always the spontaneous ones.
Feel the Night Vibes

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What’s Barcelona?

cover-ctr-whats-barcelonaIf you’re lucky enough to be in Barcelona in August, the week long free festival in Gràcia is not to be missed. Although the date changes every year, around the 15th August from Friday to Friday,, the bohemian streets of this quiet Catalan residential neighbourhood are transformed into a colourful street party.

Each street competes for the title of the best-decorated street, with the residents of each street going to considerable effort as they bring their theme to life with spectacular street decorations from umbrella lights to sea life. The festival is completely free with no need to book the wide array of events including music, cinema and talks – to see what’s on, check out the festival’s website.

Come along in the day to enjoy the decorations, buy some food from the street stalls and enjoy the cultural events. Then, refuel with some wine or beer from the neighbourhood shops and supermarkets, which are open as usual and stay until late dancing to the live Spanish music. Festa Major de Gràcia is a street party like no other – as authentically Spanish as it gets, expect to leave with appreciation for the Catalan party spirit.
¿ What‘s … UP ?
¡ Festival of Gràcia !

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The Bear Necessities

ctr-the-bear-necessities-cover-211x300Made up of multiple boroughs, Berlin is a city of many characters and faces. Not as compact as London or New York, Berlin is a place where you can travel 20 minutes and feel as if you are in a completely different city. Every borough combines to make Berlin a cosmopolitan, diverse and vibrant city. Albeit a relatively new city, Berlin still has a substantial amount of history.

Berlin is such a vibrant and inclusive city, that you never want to leave after visiting. From our personal experience, Berlin is a truly great city. We have used our time to experience and collect as many fun memories, moments and great attractions as possible. Hopefully you can use our guide as a basis for your own trip to Berlin, and we hope our guide will help you realise what this wonderful city has to offer.
“Ich bin ein Berliner!”

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Berlin-Sights

ctr-berlin-sights-cover4-211x300It can sometimes seem daunting arriving in a huge place like Berlin (and it really is huge), but we aim to change that in this guide by offering you the lowdown on all the things you simply have to do while you’re here. We’ve visited the best places to stay, the most interesting places to visit, and of course the top places to eat, drink, and party.

The best thing about this city is that there really is something for everyone, and once you’ve spent a few days in Berlin we can guarantee that you won’t want to leave.
Welcome to Berlin!

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The BCN Bible

ctr-the-bcn-bible-cover-300x212La Rambla is the most famous street in central Barcelona, popular with tourists and local people alike. It always attracts huge crowds, especially during the height of tourist season, all buzzing to see what this place has to offer, whether its the market stalls, the street performers or the off road hidden gems.

Strolling along the avenue you can see such amazing historic attractions such as the Palace of Virreina, and the Liceu theatre, where you can enjoy watching opera and ballet, for a more sophisticated travel experience! You can also find ‘La Boqueria’ market that is a must visit tourist landmark, selling a whole selection of different kinds of goods.

La Rambla is quite easy to fi nd with many different transport options leading you straight to it. There’s the metro station at Liceu (line L3), three Barcelona bus lines operating during the day (number 14,59 and 91) and three different nighttime buses also go along here (number N9, N12 and N15).

The street is defi nitely a spot worth visiting if not for the shopping and charming restaurants, then for the characters you fi nd down there. It’s no doubt that locals are the real treasure: friendly, joyful and ready to help.
La Rambla

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