A few months ago Airberlin had some special fares for the Cologne (CGN) – Berlin (TXL) sector starting from 20€. By using a meta search and booking via an online travel agency, it was possible to optimize the price down to 5€ one way. I booked a few flights and one of it should take place in August.
At the end of July I started planning that Berlin weekend in mid-August. I didn´t really know what to do: some sightseeing, meeting with friends or just catching a train to be back home on the same evening?
Some days later I came across a promotion with interesting discount codes / coupons for holiday packages. I searched for that specific weekend in August and found a relatively cheap package to Prague – including flights from Berlin Tegel with Airberlin on Saturday afternoon, hotel near the city centre and the return flight on the next morning; altogether for 26€! I didn´t hesitate, booked it straight away and received my confirmed travel documents only a few minutes later.
On Saturday morning, I woke up early and went by train to the airport of Cologne. Once I checked in, I waited in Airberlin´s exclusive waiting area. Sadly they are not using the airport´s lounge anymore.
After a technical problem with the intercom system was solved by, boarding began and as soon as everyone was seated, we taxied to runway 24. We had to take off from the shorter crossing runway, as the main runway 14/L/32R was closed due to construction works.
Some 45 minutes later, we touched down in Berlin and taxied to our parking position near Terminal C. A bus brought us then to the arrival hall.
I had about 4 hours before my flight to Prague . I thought about taking a bus to the city centre, but it was a rather hot day and it was the summer holidays, so the city would be quite crowded then. Therefore I decided to stay at the airport, relax in the lounge and have lunch there.. Airberlin uses the Air France & KLM lounge in Berlin-Tegel. It is really nice as it is often quite empty and quiet.
Boarding for the next flight started right on time. With just 17 other pax we were driven to our Dash-8 Q400, operated by LGW.
Two minutes later everyone was seated and we were ready for departure.
After pushback we taxied to runway 26L and took of west bound.
After a left turn we climbed to our final cruising altitude of 19.000ft. With a flight time of just 34 minutes, the captain started descending towards Prague quite soon.
It was a beautiful summer evening and so we got an awesome view of the city while we were on the visual approach for runway 24.
We were 20 minutes earlier and it appeared that the ground handling agents did not expect an early arrival. As we had a remote parking position again, we had to wait for a bus, which finally picked us up about 5-10 minutes later.
After picking up my suitcase, I took a bus towards the city centre. Unfortunately there isn´t a non-stop connection from the airport, so you have to transfer to the metro at the last stop of the bus. Luckily my hotel was situated near that interchange station and I could drop off my stuff there.
The metro ride only took about 10 minutes to a centrally located station next to the Vltava river, which is the longest river within the Czech Republic.
One of Prague´s most famous landmarks is the Charles Bridge near the old town. It is the center of attraction in the evening hours.
Strolling along the riverside gives you awesome views of the city´s old architecture.
Furthermore there are a lot of restaurants and bars which are perfect to enjoy a nice and warm summer evening.
Blue hour + city lights make an incredible atmosphere!
After it got dark, I noticed that it was (almost) full moon that night. It looked really nice and so I tried to find a descent position to capture it together with the city.
After having a delicious breakfast in the hotel the next morning, I packed my stuff and made my way to the airport. I arrived there just on time as the check-in counter opened and a few minutes later I was already sitting in the lounge, spending the rest of the waiting time with some snacks.
Boarding began early again and a bus drove us to a remote parking position, where our Dash-8 Q400 was awaiting us already.
We left Prague on schedule and began our journey towards Berlin with a right turn shortly after departure, which allowed a last glimpse at the airport as well as the city in the distance.
After arrival at Berlin, I got on a bus to the central station and took a train straight back home ending another fantastic weekend trip.