Don’t let Berlin’s train troubles get you down

Berlin is wonderful. Its parks are plentiful, its graffiti is as widespread as it is colourful, and its transportation is the envy of many a city. Trains usually run on time (a 5 minute delay is met with numerous grumbles from passengers frantically pacing the platforms), the U bahn (yellow trains; blue U logo) and S bahn (red/yellow trains; green S logo) touch upon every corner of the Hauptstadt, and some form of transportation can be found at almost any hour of the day. Berlin’s transit is a beautiful thing.

But sadly, it comes at a price. Maintenance.

Unfortunately for eurucamp and its wonderful visitors, maintenance of Berlin’s beloved public transport system will be happening over the conference weekend.

To get to the Hasso Plattner Institute at Griebnitzsee (home of eurucamp) from the city centre, you have two options:

map of trains S1 and RE7

  • The S1 goes from the centre of Berlin to Griebnitzsee station. Stops along the line include Friedrichstraße, the Brandenburger Tor, and Potsdamer Platz. Please check the Berlin train map for other stations (but keep in mind it does not show current construction).
  • the RE7 regional train direction Dessau or Wiesenburg travels through Berlin to Wannsee station. From the centre of Berlin, you can catch it from Ostbahnhof, Alexanderplatz, Friedrichstraße, Hauptbahnhof, Zoologischer Garten and Charlottenburg. You won’t need a special ticket for the regional train, your 3 zone ticket is valid. Once you’re there, you’ll want to catch the S1 towards Potsdam. It comes every 10 minutes. Make sure to look up at the signs above each platform for the train’s destination before hopping on.

If you plan on hanging out in the city centre during your stay, you’ll face some difficulties on the S bahn lines between Ostbahnhof and Zoologischer Garten (the S5, S7, and S75). These train lines cut Berlin horizontally in half. They go straight from the east to the west, and when they’re working, are very convenient.

The construction is happening in two phases. Until August 4th, the western half of this line between Friedrichstraße and Zoologischer Garten will be closed, and from August 4th onwards, the eastern half of the line from Friedrichstraße to Ostbahnhof will be closed.

We suggest avoiding these trains in the centre completely. Luckily, there’s about a million other options for getting around. The U bahn is always an option, and extra regional trains have been added to the mix (check the link below for more details and ticket prices). Distance between stations is also very walkable. The slower pace will give you a better sense of the city and will help you discover new and exciting hidden treasures like flea markets, buskers, and urban gardens. If you don’t feel like walking, hop on a bike! Berlin is predominantly flat and many roads have bike paths. While renting for the day is always an option, if you find yourself in a pinch, you can use the city’s Call a Bike service for free for half an hour (a temporary offer to ease the pain of the transit delays).

Alternatively, use trams, and buses (some parts of Berlin even offer ferries as part of the network). Get lost. Ask for directions, and don’t forget to look out the window. In Berlin, you never know what you might see.

  • The Berlin transit site is available in English and is excellent for route planning.
  • An English/German flyer of the disruption in the city centre can be found here.
  • A German only page of the disruption on the S7 line to Wannsee can be found here. (popping the text into google translate basically does the job)
  • Extra info about tickets, zones, and cool apps can be found on our very own website.