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Tony Ackroyd
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I'm in Berlin in September for a conference. I might not have a huge amount of spare time, but I'm interested in maxing out the value of that spare time. I've been to Berlin before 10 years ago, so I've seen a lot of the big tourist stuff and don't need to do that again (though I might do with a colleague).

What game shops are there that are great?
Are there any gaming sessions to drop in to?
Any recommendations for good value restaurants?
Any recommendations for good drinking places? (looking to try some nice German beers)

I'm there from Sun 21st - Wed 24th Sept. Staying near the Zoo. Any recommendations for sightseeing, restaurants, game shops and bars near to there would be especially useful!
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For the gaming session question: there's one meetup group especially for non-german people (and english-speaking Berliners : http://www.meetup.com/The-Ultimate-Berlin-Intercultural-Boar...

I guess there are at least 5 weekly or bi-weekly meetups and then some irregular ones.
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I do not live in Berlin, so I can't help you with most of your questions, but the Gamer's HQ is an excellent shop in Berlin.



http://tabletop-berlin.de/Portal/index.php
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Definitely check out the Kaffee Spielewerkstatt: http://kaffee-spielewerkstatt.de/
It is a board game café in Schöneberg, near the U-Bahn station Bayerischer Platz. You can also buy games here, but the real fun is playing one of the 2000+ games there. A group of 10-20 people meet there every Tuesday starting at 7 pm (or a little before that). If you have Tuesday evening off and would like to play something (mostly Euros), feel free to come. Chances are very good I will be there as well, just ask for the guy who always wants to play Terra Mystica.

There are two great stores called Spielbrett: http://www.spielbrett-berlin.de/
Staying near the Zoo, you want to check out the one in Wilmersdorf (click on the link "Geschäft in Wilmersdorf" on their homepage to get the address), you can even reach it by foot in about 30 minutes from the Zoo (walk the Kurfürstendamm westward, then take the Uhlandstraße south until you reach the Berliner Straße, the shop is near the corner on the right).
The shop has basically everything associated with games and toys, from stuff for babies to Lego to a
very good selection of board games. You will find mostly Euros with a little Ameritrash thrown in. 95% of the games will only be the German edition.

Not far from the Spielbrett in Wilmersdorf is the Spielvogel: http://www.spielvogel-berlin.de/
This store mostly has toys for children, with a few board games as well. I'm not too fond of the store myself, but should you decide to walk from the Zoo to the Spielbrett via the Uhlandstraße, you will walk directly past it, so you might as well take a look.

As mentioned before, the Gamer's HQ in Steglitz (see the link above) is a good store, too, especially if you are into minis or wargames. Also features lots of Ameritrash, and you will find Euros as well. This store has a rather large amount of English-language games (partly because wargames or Ameritrash sometimes don't get German releases).

If you visit the Gamer's HQ, also check out the Morgenwelt: http://www.morgenwelt.org/
It is a very small store crammed to the roof with games and fantasy and sci-fi books. The store is just a few minutes away from the Gamer's HQ and just across an Irish pub if you need a break.

These two stores are further east and mostly concentrate on CCGs, especially Magic:
www.der-andere-spieleladen.de
www.funtainment-berlin.de
The Funtainment also has a strong miniature section, and you can find board games in both, but if time is precious and you are not into CCGs, you might want to skip those.

There are more game stores in Berlin, but I think these are the ones that are most easily reached from the Zoo area, so I will stop here.


There are so many restaurants in the Zoo area that it's hard to give recommendations; but at the Savignyplatz (about 10 minutes on foot from the Zoo), you have a nice square with lots of different restaurants, maybe that's a start.

A little further west is the Mommsen Eck, or Haus der 100 Biere (house of 100 beers). Features good German food and literally 100 different kinds of beer from all over the world, including several German ones of course. They even have an English version of their homepage: http://www.mommsen-eck.de/english/index.html

Just 100 metres away is a nice Irish pub: http://www.harp-pub.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=art...
So if you miss other native speakers, this is an alternative.


I hope this information can help you. Enjoy your stay in Berlin!
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Great thread. I´m in Berlin all the time (gf lives in Steglitz) and I´m learning interesting new stuff here for my own use.

I have been to Gamer´s HQ and it is great, but maybe a bit inconvenient to get to for you.

Will definitely check out Morgenwelt, Mommsen Eck and maybe kaffee-spielewerkstatt





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Trantor42 wrote:
Definitely check out the Kaffee Spielewerkstatt: http://kaffee-spielewerkstatt.de/
It is a board game café in Schöneberg, near the U-Bahn station Bayerischer Platz. You can also buy games here, but the real fun is playing one of the 2000+ games there. A group of 10-20 people meet there every Tuesday starting at 7 pm (or a little before that). If you have Tuesday evening off and would like to play something (mostly Euros), feel free to come. Chances are very good I will be there as well, just ask for the guy who always wants to play Terra Mystica.
Thanks for all the awesome info! I will definately try to make it to that Tuesday night gaming session - it depends on the conference agenda and whether they have something going on Tuesday evening.

I've never played Terra Mystica, so would give that a try...
 
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You could also try out

http://www.spielwiese-berlin.de/blog/en


Nearly every monday game designers meet there as well as a group of gamers who always need someone more to play. Very crowded place on the weekends, you have to book in advance if you want to get a table on a Friday or Saturday night...

Within the vicinity (Warschauer Straße - Simon-Dach-Straße) you'll find a lot of bars and restaurants.
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Morthe77 wrote:
You could also try out

http://www.spielwiese-berlin.de/blog/en


Nearly every monday game designers meet there as well as a group of gamers who always need someone more to play. Very crowded place on the weekends, you have to book in advance if you want to get a table on a Friday or Saturday night...
I second this one. I love the shop and can assure you: you will always find a game or partners to play with. It features tournaments and regulars tables as well, just check out the website from time to time when you're in Berlin.
Enjoy your stay
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Mixo wrote:
I do not live in Berlin, so I can't help you with most of your questions, but the Gamer's HQ is an excellent shop in Berlin.



http://tabletop-berlin.de/Portal/index.php
It sure is. If you order online, you might also get a free baggy of gummy bears :)
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Trantor42 wrote:
Definitely check out the Kaffee Spielewerkstatt: http://kaffee-spielewerkstatt.de/
It is a board game café in Schöneberg, near the U-Bahn station Bayerischer Platz. You can also buy games here, but the real fun is playing one of the 2000+ games there. A group of 10-20 people meet there every Tuesday starting at 7 pm (or a little before that). If you have Tuesday evening off and would like to play something (mostly Euros), feel free to come.
I hook myself on to this thread, since I'm on a job here in Berlin this week (and going to Spiel'14): Would there be a game night at the Spielewerkstatt tomorrow? If so, I'd gladly invite myself for some happy gaming
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There should be a game night today, yes. I won't come as I lie in bed with a cold, though.
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Trantor42 wrote:
There should be a game night today, yes. I won't come as I lie in bed with a cold, though.
Thanks for your reply, and hope you get well soon!
 
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I am a grognard heading to Berlin for a couple of days and hope to get some gaming in, a big thanks to everyone who gave great tips in this thread.
 
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If you are as much into miniatures as your profile suggests you should definetly visit Battlefield Berlin (www.battlefield-berlin.de):

Battlefield Berlin
Jano Garbotz & Christian Weiß GbR
Gneisenaustrasse 43
10961 Berlin

They have got the biggest assortmemt of miniatures in Germany, so their store should be worth a visit!



Kind regards,
Kai
 
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Thanks Kia, will have a look.

Edit: Anything else, a wargamer should see do in Berlin.
 
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I want to thank Trantor42 for this specific recommendation:

Trantor42 wrote:

A little further west is the Mommsen Eck, or Haus der 100 Biere (house of 100 beers). Features good German food and literally 100 different kinds of beer from all over the world, including several German ones of course. They even have an English version of their homepage: http://www.mommsen-eck.de/english/index.html
I went there with my partner today and we two were absolutely stuffed with delicious German food and beer for not very much money. We then decided to head to Spielwiese in Friedrichshain ( http://www.spielwiese-berlin.de/blog/en/ ) for some board games. A lovely day!
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wohali wrote:
I want to thank Trantor42 for this specific recommendation:

Trantor42 wrote:

A little further west is the Mommsen Eck, or Haus der 100 Biere (house of 100 beers). Features good German food and literally 100 different kinds of beer from all over the world, including several German ones of course. They even have an English version of their homepage: http://www.mommsen-eck.de/english/index.html
I went there with my partner today and we two were absolutely stuffed with delicious German food and beer for not very much money. We then decided to head to Spielwiese in Friedrichshain ( http://www.spielwiese-berlin.de/blog/en/ ) for some board games. A lovely day!
Glad to hear it. Enjoy your time in Berlin!
 
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