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Safe to travel in Berlin early morning?

 
 
Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2014 10:58 pm
I'm going to be in Berlin in December. And have a 9.50 AM flight from Tegel. It's going to be winter time, and the sun won't be out until eight. Is it safe to take a cab from city centre to Tegel at around 630 AM?

Or should I just get an afternoon flight?
 
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2014 11:20 pm
@spidergal,
I can't imagine why it could be a problem.
Even if it would have snowed heavily, streets should be driveable for taxis.
But I would take the cheaper flight, whenever it is Wink
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2014 11:22 pm
@spidergal,
I am not sure if the sun is going to shine at all the day you arrive in Berlin, but it definitely is safe to take a Taxi. They're all licensed and connected to a main station. They would not be allowed to be at the airport, if they weren't kosher.
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spidergal
 
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Reply Thu 21 Aug, 2014 03:37 am
@spidergal,
Thanks for weighing in Jane and Walter!

My concerns arise out of my experience living in New Delhi. If the sun was not out, I'd absolutely not venture out alone in a cab.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 21 Aug, 2014 04:42 am
@spidergal,
That really isn't a problem at all!
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 21 Aug, 2014 09:14 am
@spidergal,
I've not been to Berlin, but I wouldn't worry about this myself, and an glad that Jane and Walter weighed in.
Good to see you here, spidergal!
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margo
 
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Reply Thu 21 Aug, 2014 02:45 pm
That's something I never would have considered.

During winter, the days can be so short if you didn't get about in the dark you'd be severely limited in what you could do.

ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 21 Aug, 2014 03:59 pm
@margo,
That's interesting - and I'm not arguing.

And spider won't have this problem. But it reminds me....

I'm (as a lot here well know) night blind (I don't quite say 'excuse me' to walls, like Paula Prentiss in a movie, but am clearly not really seeing or am a victim in wait, so that affects where I stay (lighting along the street) and once I get there, how far I go out at night by myself (half a block?), and my timing. When I traveled with my husband, it was easier as he could navigate for us, was patient with me at curbs and steps, which I could romp down in the daytime. Also easier because in those days we had fun traveling so we could share impressions.

On my last big trip, the 29 day one to italy by myself, 13 cities I meant to photograph piazzas in (and eat good food in), the time was crucial on a lot of occasions. That time it was April, so much more daylight than what spidergal will have. I had a few squeakers. Not re being a victim, but getting to certain places on time or I'd be in deep doo doo. There is a general train system there but also some others, with buses in between. I remember high anxiety re the in between bus making it.

I never visited Italy as a young woman with my pals in the '60's, so I never got the then famed behavior of lurking horny males for blonde tourists (plus I never was blonde). I had the opposite - I think I was given a pass in 1999 as an elder woman wearing a black washable suit, hard to figure out.


Anyway, spider, people are people so always be aware, but I think you'll be fine.
spidergal
 
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Reply Thu 21 Aug, 2014 11:23 pm
@ossobuco,
Thanks, Margo and Osso, for your thoughts. I've travelled late at night in cities like Boston and Copenhagen without much problem, but I've no experience with early morning.

I think I'm being my paranoid self. Travelling in the wee hours of morning is something I avoid in New Delhi, because it's such a dangerous place, but I guess I'll be fine in Europe.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 21 Aug, 2014 11:26 pm
@spidergal,
spidergal wrote:
Travelling in the wee hours of morning is something I avoid in New Delhi, because it's such a dangerous place, but I guess I'll be fine in Europe.


Chiming in from Toronto, I'd never call 6:30 a.m. the wee hours. People are commuting to work at that time - whether it's dark or light out.

If you don't travel when it's dark, you'd get nothing done.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Fri 22 Aug, 2014 12:00 am
@spidergal,
I've traveled in Germany quite often, and have been to Berlin four times, and I've always felt safe - whether day or night. I walk alone often at night in the big cities, and have never felt threatened or scared. As a matter of fact, Germany is one of my favorite countries to visit because of their architecture, museums, cleanliness, and good food, wine and beer. Did two cruises last year; the first on the Rhine and Mozel, and the second on the Danube.

Ready to go back!
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margo
 
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Reply Fri 22 Aug, 2014 07:16 pm
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:

If you don't travel when it's dark, you'd get nothing done.

Exactly my point!
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Fri 22 Aug, 2014 07:51 pm
@margo,
Besides that, the atmosphere at night changes the whole landscape into a whole new world. Not to see the sites at night is like missing 50% of the trip; night time becomes almost magical.
spidergal
 
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Reply Mon 25 Aug, 2014 08:02 am
@cicerone imposter,
I agree, nights are fantastic for getting a feel for the place. I was just concerned about early morning.

Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 25 Aug, 2014 08:14 am
@spidergal,
I really think that the early morning is quite a busy time in big cities like Berlin.

My concern would be, to get a taxi in time Wink

By the way: you can get the taxi fares >here<
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 25 Aug, 2014 09:10 am
@spidergal,
Depending on what time in the morning, one can see the people commuting to work, or the streets void of people and cars. I've done both. Usually, very early in the morning when I first arrive from a long flight, my hours are a bit screwy anyways, and I love to get some orientation around the hotel area.
spidergal
 
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Reply Mon 25 Aug, 2014 09:53 am
@cicerone imposter,
Anyway, since I'm not a morning person, and have a strong intuition I will fail to get up in time to catch the plane, I've decided to take an afternoon flight. It also buys me a little more time in the city -- I'll finish the trip with a lavish breakfast in a cozy little restaurant in central Berlin, perhaps.
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