I had never before travelled with a mobility scooter and was in two minds about taking it. But I did not regret the decision - it made the visit. Travelling by Ryanair from East Midlands to Schonefeld Berlin, I and my partner were treated like royalty by the airport staff. I had warned Ryanair in advance about the scooter. There was no extra charge. We didn’t have to wait in the normal queues. I was allowed to take my scooter to the plane in East Midlands but had to check it in on return from Schonefeld. Arriving at Schonefeld, we were met by two friendly gents with a minibus and by-passed the usual arrival procedures, and similarly on our return to East Midlands.
Berlin taxi drivers were easy going about putting my scooter in the boot for no extra charge.
Circus Hotel at Rosenthaler Platz in Mitte, in what was East Berlin, is one of the nicest hotels we have ever stayed in. I took my scooter in the lift to our room, so recharging the battery was straightforward (don’t forget the European plug adapter). The young staff were exceptionally charming, and eager to advise how to get about Berlin. Find a station with a lift - they are marked on the maps. Drive the scooter to the front of the train, wave to the engine driver who gets off the train - always with a smile - gets a ramp and you drive on (you can also do this on the U-bahn).
A 4 hour guided walk around many of the areas of historical interest organised by Brewers Walking Tours was the best way imaginable to see Berlin. A 4 hour walk? Of course, I did it on my scooter which was a perfect way for me to join this tour and our guide was very helpful about it.
Went with scooter on a trip to Wannsee on the S-bahn. Wannsee is a pretty lake with some tour boats and a few uninteresting cafes. Went to the house where my family moved to after the family money was lost in the depression and rampant inflation of the early 1930s. My Grandfather said he woke up one day and discovered he had married for love.
Had an extensive wander around Mitte - My partner walking and me on scooter. An interesting area with small shops, cafes etc. We were struck by occasional small brass plates in the pavements, outside buildings previously owned by jewish people, who had been deported to Auschwitz and murdered.
Also took the scooter by U-bahn to Kreuzberg - then a wander around for window shopping and people watching. Had a Turkish meal. Danced with some street musicians while sitting on the scooter. It’s the only way to travel!
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