Berlin's public transport system is
convenient and safe, and also provides a reasonable income to
a host of musicians and newspaper-sellers. Tickets
for one trip within Berlin ("Berlin AB") are 2 Euros,
they can be bought at vending machines at the subway stations
or inside buses, and have to be validated when you enter
the station. The vending machines can be persuaded to
communicate in a variety of languages.
If you plan to make several trips on the same day,
a day ticket ("Tageskarte") may be a more economical choice.
Berliner Verkehrsgesellschaft (BGV) has a lot more
information on this subject.
Getting to Hotel Ansbach
hotel has some travel information on its
website, in particular a
You can also type its address, Ansbacher Strasse 4, 10787 Berlin,
into some online map service, e.g.
From Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten
In principle, a 10 minutes walk. You can also take
subway U2 in direction Pankow and get off at the next stop
(Wittenbergplatz). See e.g. BVGs maps of
the surroundings of
Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten and
Wittenbergplatz for fine navigation, the
hotel is close to the corner Ansbacher Str./Kurfürstenstr.
Alternatively, take bus 100 (direction Alexanderplatz) and
get off at Bayreuther Str. This is even closer, but the bus
runs less frequently.
Note: in any case, this is a short distance trip ("Kurzstrecke", 1.20
From Tegel Airport
Take bus X9, get off at Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten.
See e.g. the
map provided by BVG or
provided by the Airport authority
for local navigation.
From Schönefeld Airport
The question whether or not it is worthwhile to take the
(freee) shuttle bus in order to cross the parking lot to get from the
terminal to the train station is an object of constant
dispute among the experts (see e.g. the
schematic representation of the matter,
there is also a
map provided by BVG).
Take the Airport Express (RE 4, direction Rathenow or
RE 5, direction Rostock) to Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten
(and then see above), trains run every half hour.
If you just missed one, you can also take S-Bahn S9 (direction Grunewald),
then change at Alexanderplatz to U2 (direction Ruhleben
and get off at Wittenbergplatz.
Note: We recommend you to buy a ticket (you will need a ticket "Berlin AB"
which is 2 Euros) from one of BVG's vending machines inside or directly
outside of the terminal building. In the train station, there is no
vending machine on the platform from which the Airport express leaves
(there is one on the S-Bahn platform, but in order to use it you would
have to carry your luggage up and down another time).
Getting to the Guest house of Humboldt university
Guest house is at Ziegelstraße 13, 10117 Berlin,
5 minutes walking distance from Bahnhof Friedrichstraße.
Here is a
map, here is another (or type
its address into an online map, e.g.
Getting to the Institute
The Institute is in Mohrenstraße 39,
BVGs overview map of
Hausvogteiplatz may be useful.
From Hotel Ansbach
Take subway U2 from station Wittenbergplatz in direction
Pankow, get off at station Hausvogteiplatz.
The ride takes approximately 20 minutes.
Memorise the picture WIAS' home page
for visual fine navigation on the last metres (but note that
you will have to walk around the building, as the entrance is
From the Guest House
This is a nice half hour stroll (or a stiff 20 minutes walk)
past some of the most beautiful buildings in central Berlin,
here is a sketch to help
you navigate (or produce a better one e.g. with
If you don't feel like walking, take subway U6 from station
Oranienburger Tor (or Friedrichstraße) in direction
Alt-Mariendorf, get off at station Stadtmitte, walk a few
hundred metres along Mohrenstraße to the institute.
(If you are really opposed to walking, change at station
Stadtmitte to subway U2 in direction Pankow and get off at the next
stop, Hausvogteiplatz. Then see above.)
Last reviewed: 25 February 2005,