First thoughts that come to mind for some people when thinking of Berlin is its history of the world wars and the cold war. We were inspired to travel to Berlin after watching Bridge of Spies, so you can say that we fell into that category too. We were also expecting Berlin to be really cold and thought we might freeze to death!
Upon exiting the airport we knew that we were so wrong...
We relied on our Berlin Welcome Card and google maps to get around Berlin. The Berlin Welcome card gives you access to unlimited public transport and discounts around Berlin for the duration of your stay. These can be purchased either online, at the ticket kiosks in the stations, Visit Berlin stands and in many shops and hotels.
Using public transport to get around a capital city can be a little daunting, especially when you think of London, New York, Hong Kong etc. The stations in Berlin were not as busy as you would expect even in rush hour and connecting to another line on the Ubahn is very simple.
One thing to note about using the trains in Berlin is that if you buy a standard train ticket you need to get it 'punched' before you get on a train. You can do this at numerous points within the station and this activates your ticket for 120 minutes. If you purchase the welcome card from visit Berlin then the ticket also needs to be 'punched' before you begin your journey.
Getting from Schönefeld airport to our hotel near the TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm), couldn't have been easier. We took the RB7 from the airport to Alexanderplatz, which was just 3 stops.