You haven’t picked up your luggage? No, you cannot go back in there, this is a customs line. You will have to go to the lost and found office and pick it up, straight ahead through terminal B and down the stairs.
Willkommen in Berlin.
Tegel airport was fairly run down when I was here a decade ago, and I am not sad to hear that they are closing it down, building a brand new airport. I did not see any signs for baggage pickup, so, with another similarly bewildered passenger, we follow the instructions from the stern female border police and find a large room underneath the terminal where a helpful employee tells us that all bags which are not picked up from the baggage belt will be delivered there, and it will take about an hour. Someone in charge has been a bit sloppy, as we don’t even have to fill in forms in triplicate, we just have to give him the flight number.
I go back into the terminal, where the facilities are rather limited, but, luckily, there is a bar still open that offer draught Schöfferhofe Hefeweisse, which makes the waiting time all right. And the bag is actually there after 40 minutes, which is decent.
One thing is for sure, I’ll take a taxi to the hotel after this instead of spending prescious time on public transport.