U2 Travel Guide

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Berlin, Berlin – long before the recent hype surrounding the so-called ‘Neue Mitte’ in Germany’s capital ensued, U2 had discovered the city for themselves. Their reason for moving to Berlin, though, was mainly musical – in the legendary Hansa Studios they wanted to follow the foot steps of David Bowie and Iggy Pop. After several weeks the wall fell, and U2 reinvented themselves once again. What remains is not just a mile stone among U2 albums but also their love for the city Berlin.

In our travel guide you will find all the important places used and loved by the band. From Hansa Studios to the Siegessäule (victory column) to Zoo Station to the place of their last performance, the Olympic Stadium. Always also in view are those artists whose home is Berlin and who shaped U2’s career, such as Wim Wenders.

Berlin and its U2 sights are best navigated by its public transport system. The subway system is extensive and trains usually run every five minutes. Simply buy a day ticket and delve into the city’s buzz. Several of the sights are also so close to each other that you can easily walk them.

Of course, next to the U2 sights, there is much more to be seen in Berlin. Shopping around Kurfürstendamm or along the trendy Alte Schönhauser Straße, going out around the hip quarters of Friedrichshain or Prenzlauer Berg, and a visit to the Reichstag (Germany’s House of Parliament) or the television tower are obligatory for a trip to Berlin. As a travel guide in print form we recommend Reiseführer 'Dumont Berlin', which gives some useful tips about the city. Small (free) maps of central Berlin are also available at tourist information points (e.g. at Zoo Station).

Berlin Muictours has been around since 2005: they offer city tours in modern busses that bring you directly to all music relevant sights in Berlin. During the nearly 3h trip one can watch exclusive interviews and extra information via DVD on the flatscreens inside the bus. Several U2 related places are visited on this trip. Guide Thilo Schmied also offers on a unregular bases guided tours throughout the Hansa Studios. Both trips cost money, but are absolutely worth a try. Further infos and dates are available at www.musictours-berlin.de.

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