Training 1.3

How to Get Around

Public Transport

Berlin has an extensive and efficient public transport network called BVG (Berliner Verkehrsgesellschaft). It includes the U-Bahn (underground or subway), S-Bahn (city train), Strassenbahn (tram) and buses. It has a 24-hour service with night lines and connections between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Use the BVG-journey-planner for information on how best to reach your destination in Berlin.

We provide you with a citymap when you arrive in Berlin.

Tickets are purchased at ticket desks or machines at:

Airports

DB (Deutsche Bahn) train stations

U-Bahn (subway) stations

S-Bahn (city train) stations

Single and day tickets are also sold in buses upon travel commencement.

There are three fare zones: AB, BC and ABC. If you stay within the inner city borders of Berlin, an AB ticket is perfectly adequate.

Berlin map

 

Berlin

Studying in Berlin means studying in a European metropolis. Berlin is not what you would call a “pretty city” – many of its buildings were destroyed during World War II or torn down after 1945. Its history and distinct geographical position between Eastern and Western Europe gives the capital of Germany an unusual flair and a unique atmosphere. German reunification in 1990 brought former East and West Berlin together to create the city of Berlin. Prior to reunification each half of the city was governed by a different political system for more than forty years. The Berlin Wall, erected in 1961, divided the city for twenty-eight years.

The once divided city

Conditions in East Berlin were quite different from those in other East German cities, which in turn made life in West Berlin quite unlike life in other West German cities. East Berlin, the former capital of the GDR (German Democratic Republic), served as a showcase for socialist Germany. West Berlin, on the other hand, although severely affected by its isolation during the Cold War years, was a shining example of the benefits of democracy and capitalism. As a small outpost of democratic West Germany and surrounded on all sides by communist East Germany, West Berlin generated a highly distinctive atmosphere. The now united city of Berlin extends 45 km from east to west and 38 km from north to south.

Today – a city of diversity

Berlin today is a fascinating metropolis, rich in diversity and contrasts. The old border area at Potsdamer Platz, for example, is now one of the liveliest spots in the capital, while other areas seem to disguise the fact that Berlin is a major European city. Berlin is dynamic, cosmopolitan and a creative home to every kind of lifestyle.

The city abounds in cultural attractions. Apart from internationally renowned art galleries, museums, theatres, opera houses, cinemas and orchestras, Berlin is a virtual hive of activity when it comes to bars, discos, clubs and restaurants, all of which give that special flair to the city's cultural life.

For more information about Berlin, see:

http:/www.berlin.de/en/

 



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