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Here is some Kreuzberg Practical Information that will make your stay in this Berlin district much more enjoyable.

Traveling There and Around on a Budget

If you're traveling to Kreuzberg or any other city within Germany or Europe, it is a good idea to apply for a membership card of the Hostelling International network. Having a card of this network, will not only allow you to receive discounts at bars, restaurants, night clubs, museums and attractions, but will also enable you to receive discounts in the 3 hostels (JH am Wannsee, JH Berlin - Ernst Reuter and Berlin - Youth Hostel International) and various methods of transportation around Berlin.

It is important that you apply for a Hostelling International membership card before arriving in Germany because applications within Germany are limited to Germans and foreign exchange students only.

To get the lowest airfare for travel to Berlin from most cities within Europe, it's a good idea to first look at the prices from Ryanair and Germanwings because these two airlines offer competitive discount offers. To guarantee the lowest price, book your flight at least one week in advance.

If you're planning to stay in Germany for longer than a week, and will be traveling mostly by bus and rail, then it is recommended that you purchase monthly or weekly bus or train passes. These passes will save money and time (because you won't have to worry about having change for each individual fare).

Finally, Berlin is a very bike friendly city, with a thriving secondhand bike market. For some, buying a bike upon arrival in Berlin is the best option. It will not only cut your transportation costs, but will more importantly let you appreciate the city from a different perspective.

Berlin Dialect

Just like most cities and regions of Germany, Berlin has its own distinct dialect of the High or Standard German (Hochdeutsch in German, the official language of Germany). Berlinerisch or Berlinisch is known for its thick version of "I" (ich in German), pronounced more as "ik" rather than "ich". The Berlinerish dialect is characteristic of the Kreuzberg district and it has been consistently related to alternative social movements (such as the punk movement from the 60's). If you encounter residents of Kreuzberg that are over 70 years old, there is a chance that they might not know how to speak Standard German. Don't feel as if they're ignoring you, but rather understand that Standard German wasn't fully established until 1901 and that this language went through a major and controversial reform in 1996.

February 26, 2010 change by schitti
February 08, 2010 new by damiandavilarojas

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