BERLIN: A few images from our trip from Vienna, Austria to Berlin, Germany. It began Friday late morning at Vienna International Airport (VIE) on Air Berlin Flight 8269 to Berlin Tegel (TXL).
Our tags from Vienna and Dusseldorf ...
The airport itself is fairly manageable. The Air Berlin terminal is separate from the main terminal at VIE.
I'm in the C Concourse.
Minor drama. Delay and gate change.
Definitely not going to Slovenia. More images WHEN YOU JUMP...
Oh and don't buy Evian at VIE .... unless you have to. One bottle costs €4.20 ... about $5.40ish.
At American airports, the passenger security screening is generally at centralized locations. In Germany and Austria, the passenger screening generally happens at the gate. Therefore, no pictures for a while.
Just like in Dusseldorf, there was no jetway but a shuttle bus to the plane. The equipment is a 737-300.
The flight lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. The usual selection of fabulous in-flight reading...
Flughafen-Berflin Tegel was the main airport in the former West Berlin. Therefore, it could not be very large by American standards. The former East Berlin airport, Flughafen-Berlin Schönefeld, mostly services charters and budget airlines to the former Eastern bloc.
Air Berlin dominates short- and long-haul travel to this market.
Tegel is also very manageable. I buy tickets for the express bus TXL into the city.
The express bus terminates at Hauptbanhof, the city's futuristic looking new train station. My hotel, the Bradenburg Gate and the Mitte (middle of the city) are just minutes away.