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Accessible Berlin for scientists

If you are a scientist and want to come to Berlin for a scientific conference or just to do some research, here's an overview of the city's facilities and accessibility.  We'll take a look at the city's hotels, public transportation, food, and tourist attractions.

Hotels

Hotel

There are a variety of different types of accommodations available in Berlin, from hostels to luxury hotels. If you're on a budget, we recommend staying in one of the many backpacker hostels in the city. They offer dormitory-style rooms at very affordable prices. If you're looking for something a bit more luxurious, there are plenty of options available. The Ritz-Carlton, Westin Grand Hotel, and Adlon Kempinski are all great choices.

Here are some other hotels you can stay at during your visit to Berlin:

●        Hilton Berlin

●        Regency Hotel

●        Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre

There are a number of hotels in Berlin that are comfortable for people with disabilities. The Sheraton Hotel, for example, has an elevator and wheelchair-accessible rooms. There are also a number of smaller, more affordable hotels that have been certified as accessible by the German Tourism Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tourismuswissenschaft or DGT).  These include the A&O Hostel and the Meininger City Hostel.

Public transportation

The Berlin WelcomeCard provides free or discounted access to most forms of public transport in the city. It also includes free admission to many of the city's museums and tourist attractions, including the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, and Museum Island.

There are two main train networks in Berlin. The S-Bahn is a network of suburban trains that covers a large area of the city. The U-Bahn is a network of underground trains that covers the city center.

Subway

The bus system in Berlin is also quite advanced. It covers the entire city. You can also use trams – the tram system runs in the east of the city.

The city's public transportation is excellent and very accessible. All buses, trams, and subways have elevators, and many stations have ramps or lifts. There is also a special subway line - the S-Bahn - which is specifically designed for people with disabilities.

Food

Berlin is a great city for food lovers. There are a variety of different types of restaurants to choose from, and the food is both affordable and delicious.

Food

If you're looking for something cheap and filling, try one of the city's many döner kebab restaurants. Döners are a type of Turkish sandwich made with meat (usually lamb or chicken), salad, and sauce wrapped in pita bread.

Another popular dish in Berlin is currywurst. Currywurst is a sausage that has been covered in a curried ketchup sauce. It's usually served with French fries or potato wedges.

For dessert, try a berliner – it's a type of doughnut filled with jam or cream.

There are also plenty of vegetarian and vegan options in Berlin. The city has an ever-growing number of all-vegetarian restaurants,  and many restaurants also have vegan menus.

Tourist attractions

Museums

The museums in Berlin are some of the best in the world. They cover a wide range of topics, from history to art to science.  Berlin is home to some of the world's most famous museums, including the Pergamon Museum, the Bode Museum, and the Neue Nationalgalerie.  We recommend visiting at least a few of the city's museums during your visit.

One of the biggest museums in Berlin is the Deutsches Historisches Museum, or German Historical Museum. It's dedicated to the history of Germany from prehistoric times to the present day.

The Reichstag is also worth a visit. It's the German parliament building, and you can tour it free of charge. The roof offers great views of the city.

Reichstag

The majority of Berlin's museums are designed for people with disabilities. Many museums have wheelchair-accessible entrances and restrooms, as well as audio guides for people with vision impairments. There are also a number of museums that offer special tours or activities for visitors with disabilities.

Here are some more recommendations for you to visit.

Museum

Type of museum

Suggested duration

Location

Pergamonmuseum

Art Museum

2-3 hours

Bodestrasse 1-3, 10178 Berlin

Topography of Terror

Speciality Museum

More than 3 hours

Niederkirchnerstrasse 8, 10963 Berlin

Neues Museum

Art Museum

2-3 hours

Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin

German Museum of Technology

Science Museum

More than 3 hours

Trebbiner Str. 9, 10963 Berlin

Deutsches Historisches Museum

History Museum

2-3 hours

Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin

Museum fuer Naturkunde Berlin

Natural History Museum

2-3 hours

Invalidenstrasse 43, 10115 Berlin

Parks and gardens

Berlin has a number of beautiful parks and gardens. The most famous is probably the Tiergarten, which covers more than 500 acres in the heart of the city. Other popular parks include Görlitzer Park, Viktoriapark, and Hasenheide Park.

If you're looking for a peaceful place to relax, we recommend visiting one of Berlin's many gardens. The Botanical Garden in Kreuzberg and English Garden in Charlottenburg are both great places to visit.

Shopping

Berlin is a great city for shopping lovers. There are a variety of different types of stores to choose from, and the prices are quite affordable.

The most famous shopping street in Berlin is probably Kurfürstendamm (or "Kudamm" for short). It's home to high-end boutiques, department stores, and cafes. Another popular shopping district is Mitte, which has a mix of trendy boutiques and traditional German souvenir shops.

If you're looking for something cheap and fun, we recommend checking out one of Berlin's flea markets. The most famous is the Flohmarkt am Mauerpark, which takes place every Sunday. You can find everything from clothes to furniture to records at these markets.

Shopping

Theater

Theater lovers will find plenty to enjoy in Berlin as well. There are theaters staging everything from classical plays to modern musicals. Some of our favorites include the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Deutsches Theater Berlin, and Admiralspalast.

Many theaters in Berlin offer discounts or special deals for students and seniors.  For example, the Deutsche Oper offers reduced-price tickets for students on Wednesdays.

If you're interested in seeing an opera while you're in Berlin, we recommend the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. It's one of the most prestigious opera houses in Europe, and it offers a wide variety of operas and ballets.

Concerts

Berlin is also home to some great concert venues. Our favorites include the Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, and Friedrichstadt-Palast. The city hosts concerts by both international stars and local bands, so there's something for everyone.

To sum up, if you're attending a conference in Berlin, you'll enjoy your stay. Whatever your preferences and interests are, you'll find what you want in Berlin!

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