Checkpoint Charlie Reviews
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Review by Graham C, September 2012
Doing what: Berlin Supersaver: Hop-on Hop-off City Tour and Skip the Line Entry to TV Tower
Except for a bit of trouble finding the pick-up point, as the location was very vague, in every other way this tour was very good. It went round all the major sites, and there was time to get off, see what you wanted in more detail, and not have long to wait for another bus to arrive. I was on the upper deck, and as a photographer I did wish the windows were set lower, or not there at all, as they are on the buses for some of the other similar tours. We were required to use seat belts and stay seated, which meant trying to take photographs through rain-spotted glass that also reflected the bus interior. Also, you really need to plan for more than one day on this type of tour. By the time I had got off at all the places I wanted to see and went through the Jewish Museum and the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, I missed the last bus and had to get a taxi back to my hotel. There was plenty of daylight left by then, so perhaps they should consider running the tours until sunset.
I found the trip quite good. I had recently been to Milan and thought theirs was much better. On the bus it kept repeating an announcement about not standing up upstairs which was irritating. They didn't explain much about Checkpoint Charlie. All in all - just OK
Good orientation tour. Be sure to get off at Checkpoint Charlie, the Museum there was very, very good. We were able to see all the key spots in Berlin on this tour, so well worth it.
Really the best way to see Berlin, however, there are no signs showing exactly where to get on and off. One driver left us off at one spot and we had to run to find the bus at another at Checkpoint Charilie. Also not enough info in the brochure as to when the final bus stops so that we can reach our point of origin. Again a little confusing, the actual time during one day's tour is six hours, not eight.This does not leave enough time to see many of the stops, you have to pick and choose. The tour operator did not want to honour our 24 hour ticket at first until we insisted. Again, the website was not accurate.
The ride gives an incredible insight into this city, densely layered with such rich and intense history on every corner and beneath every cobblestone, from Gendarmenmarkt Cathedrals in the Huguenot French quarter to Checkpoint Charlie and one of the last remaining sections of the wall. The highlight for me is our ride through Tiergarten, past the Berlin Zoo and a lunch break at the gorgeous Schluesen Kreug, along the canal next to one of the locks. We pass the angel of victory, and head back into the city via the Reichstag, where our group poses for a commemorative wave... A great way to experience Berlin, especially for those with limited time!
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