GETTING AROUND / TRANSPORTATION
Qype.com is the European version of City Search, and good for quick info and verifying addresses.
If you are traveling around Berlin proper, buy an A-B train ticket and validate it on the subway platform. There are plain-clothes ticket checkers who hop onto your car every so often and check to make sure people have their tickets. You can take your chances, but you'll face a fine if they catch you.
Line up at a taxi stand or hail one from a street corner. Many cab drivers understand and speak English, but it's best to write down your address, lest you butcher the pronunciation and end up north of Pankow when you mean to be over in Kreuzberg.
It's a a cyclist's paradise. Access a map to find out about which streets are cycling streets. Even major thoroughfares have wide cycling lanes, and there's plenty of locking and parking facilities around the city. It's very easy to rent a bike, and pretty cheap (5 euros a day) -- so look around.
Fehrbelliner Strasse 82
The Netherlands cycling style brought to Berlin.
BEAUTY / SPA
Spa Hotel de Rome
A classy place to relax and receive fine European treatments.
A gleaming Austrian spa in Berlin-Mitte with gorgeous facial products.
Wax in the City
Neat and tidy waxing facility with fast, efficient services and friendly staff.
Alte Schönhauser Strasse 33
Open Arms Yoga
A pay-as-you-wish yoga studio in a lovely classical-style parlor. Small classes focus on Ana Forrest technique.
Fancy digs for Vinyasa flow and a post-yoga steam.
Classic style taught in an airy loft with heated floors and daily classes led in English.
"A thinking person's contact sport." Rounds at the chess board are settled up in the ring (and vice versa).
A neoclassical building intended to be used for physical exercise, personal hygiene, and spiritual edification. Today there's a pool, marble steam bath, and Finnish sauna.
Start the morning (or end the night) with a dip in a domed saltwater pool. A good example of the new urban bathing culture, the spa has wild light projections and live DJs.
A recycled cargo container floating on the river. Much more of a socializing thing than a pampering thing.