Berlin



Berlin is best known for its historical landmarks , excellent night life and important museums. You won’t be disappointed if you look for the hottest bar, club or restaurant in the city , as there is always something new going on here.

Location

Berlin is located in northeastern Germany, it is the center of the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Region and is the country’s largest city.

How to get to

Berlin is served by two airports: Tegel International Airport (TXL) , where most international flights arrive but also has quite a lot of low-cost flights, too , and Schönefeld (SXF) which is a base for many low-cost carriers.

Berlin is also well served by trains from Germany and all over Europe. Night trains from Amsterdam, Vienna , Budapest and Zurich run daily but make sure to book a ticket in advance (saves money and hassle).

You can also catch a bus to Berlin, as the capital is connected to 350 destinations in Europe. Or you can choose to drive to Berlin, but try to avoid the rush hour when heading from the Berliner Ring to the inner city.

Weather

Berlin has a humid continental climate. The summers are warm and can be humid at times. Winters are quite cold. Springs and falls are probably the best times to visit Berlin. They range from chilly to mild but can be mild thanks to the microclimate within the city.

Sample temperatures

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Dec avg high 4C ; avg low 0C
Mar avg high 13C ; avg low 4C
Jul avg high 24C ; avg low 15C
Oct avg high 13C ; avg low 6C

Accommodation

Berlin doesn’t lack places to stay. You can choose among various hotels — from budget ones to luxury ones — or you can stay in hostels. Either way, remember that the prices are always higher in July and August because that’s when the majority of Europeans take their vacations and love to travel. If you plan to save some money , plan a visit in spring (March) or fall (October). Book at least a month in advance and you can get away with really low fares (starting with €20 per double room, for example, in July).

Things to do

There are two landmarks for which Berlin is well known for: the Berlin Wall and Brandeburg Gate.

Branderbug Gate is the former city gate , rebuilt in the late 18th century as a neoclassical triumphal arch, and is located west of the city center. The the Reichstag building is also close by.

You can still find an intact part of the Berlin Wall, east of the city center along the River Spree. You can certainly take a walking tour of Berlin, focusing on history, to learn about the history of the Wall itself.

The Bundestag -the German Parliament building- has been renovated and now features are glass dome ceiling with exciting views of the city. Tours are free but you need to register ahead of time.

Away from the city center, there is the Berliner Funkturm, with an observation deck at 124 m above ground. If you want to see the city from a higher perspective, head to the Berliner Fernsehturm, with its viewing platform at 204 m. Or stay closer to the ground (100m) but take Europe’s fastest elevator within the Kollhoff Tower.

If you travel with the kids, the Zoo and the Aguarium are excellent choices for those days when they don’t feel like visiting sites or doing anything else.

Don’t leave Berlin without tasting the currywurst, which you can find at pretty much any street vendor within the city. And with many Turkish restaurants available, the kebabs are also an excellent choice.

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