Berlin Marathon 2013

The best of the big 5!

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JPenno    pirate
02/11/2012 at 11:26

Johnas - thanks for the tip, I thought expo was Saturday only which was why it was a nightmare, will get that out of the way asap!


Iain- quite happy with Brendan, not quite as happy with Ian Ayre for his transfer cockups on deadline day or with some of the players - our finishing is appalling, Suarez is getting some harsh decisions, but IF he could finish he would have had hatricks in most games this season

we are creating reasonable chances but not taking them, yet the opposition seem to get 1 chance and score.

02/11/2012 at 13:30

Any one leaving Manchester with Lufthansa on the friday notice changes to their flight times? Mine has changed from a direct flight to changing at Frankfurt, adding 2 hours to the journey!! Only found out by logging with reservation number, not been emailed about it

Edited: 02/11/2012 at 13:34
02/11/2012 at 13:52

Sticky - I don't have my details to hand so I can't check yet but this sounds like a right Royal pain in the ar5e.

Has your return flight changed?

I've just been on the Lufthansa site to see what flights they have and they do have direct flights but at different times to those I booked (now showing 20.00 outbound and 18.30 return)

Edited: 02/11/2012 at 13:57
JPenno    pirate
02/11/2012 at 14:00

Sticky, what time flight are you on? as far as i can see there is only on direct flight and that's the late one.

When I looked last week there was an early morning flight but that doesnt appear on the timetables now.

02/11/2012 at 14:08

Hi JPenno, I was booked on the 08:35 Man-11:30 Berlin flight on friday, now changed to 08:55 Man-11:45 Frankfurt, 12:45 Frankfurt-13:55 Berlin. it says "alteration to your booking which has become necessary due to a timetable adjustment"

Orbutt, my return flight remains the same (for now!) leaving tues 07:00 Berlin-07:55 Man.

I'm not too bothered by it, except I managed to persuade my other half who's aerophobic to fly, and promised it's a 'short direct flight'!!

Edited: 02/11/2012 at 14:08
02/11/2012 at 14:11

planning on going out there saturday 28th and staying till the thursday to get involved in the berlin oktoberfest.any suggestions on hotels or areas that would be good for the marathon and where oktoberfest is?idealy cheap.cheers!

02/11/2012 at 14:19

you might be disappointed gringo. Oktoberfest is best expereinced in Munich, not Berlin. It's not really Berlin's 'thing'.

There's a pretty cr@ppy faux Oktoberfest held in Alexanderplatz otherwise just search out some Brauhauses. We all met in the Georgbrauhaus after the marathon this year which was nice but no more than a pub really - not exactly Oktoberfest with lederhosen and oompah bands.

02/11/2012 at 14:31

Sticky - I've just had another look at the Lufthansa site and I can't see a flight from Berlin to Manchester at 0700 any more, so this may well change too

02/11/2012 at 15:23

Oh good.  This day just gets better and better.

Now got a 4 hour flight there and by the looks of it same coming back.

JPenno    pirate
02/11/2012 at 15:40

Looks like Luthansa have revised schedules for next year!!. Last week I was looking to book flights but wanted to wait for confirmation of entry etc. The return flight was 7.00 am on the Monday morning, didnt really fancy that after a marathon and some German beers in the afternoon as it would have been a 4.00 am start back to the airport!

Those flights are no longer on timetable and only direct flight is the evening one which I am now booked on, hopefully they wont change again!

02/11/2012 at 15:45

Does anyone know when EasyJet will be selling their flights? And if they will be cheaper than Lufthansa?? :L 

02/11/2012 at 15:58

Lufthansa were really cheap - £79 including all taxes and hold baggage - just a pain in the chuffin arse changing the flights!

02/11/2012 at 16:39

true, do you think you can fit everything into hand luggage? 

02/11/2012 at 16:44

Also, whats berlins transport like? would it be advised not to get a hostel which is quite far out?

02/11/2012 at 16:45

I've ran Paris with hand luggage only.  Its ok but doesnt leave much 'wriggle room'.  Lufthansa give you hold baggage by default so I'll take a decent size rucksack.

02/11/2012 at 18:48
Damien - Berlin transport excellent. If you plan to stay out of the centre, just make sure you're near an s-bahn/u-bahn station. I'd echo DLR re: hand luggage.

Also - ??79?! That's a great price, I'd be well happy to pay that for non-direct flights to Berlin from the UK with a carrier like Lufthansa! I'm paying ??170!
02/11/2012 at 18:53
JPenno - have to agree. I think Brendan's a class act but the loss of Dempsey in the transfer window was farcical.
02/11/2012 at 19:47

170 for me with KLM, Aberdeen to Berlin via Amsterdam!! Only so we can get stroopwaffels on route!!! Baggage is good with KLM too, worked out well when travelling to Amsterdam this year. I am booked with Lufthansa for the Paris trip, and the flights have also been changed for that. A right Pain.

Edited: 02/11/2012 at 19:47
02/11/2012 at 19:55

The subtitle of this thread may have to be changed to the best of the big 6 now! 

02/11/2012 at 20:28
Sticky - I thought there were only 5? Is Tokyo now also included?


...Tokyo? Or Paris?!
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