Berlin is a glamorous city with a vibrant culture, historic sites and contemporary architecture.
Summer months in Berlin are warmer than the UK. Winters there can be extremely cold. However, Berlin is a good place to visit at any time of the year as there are many festivals and holidays. The 1st May is International Worker's Day and Berliners celebrate it in style. In Kreuzberg, a cultural area, there is live music and demonstrations. The Berlin Film Festival takes place in February and in January and July there are Fashion Weeks. Fete de la musique happens on the 21st June.
Berlin is flat, with lots of cycle paths. Bike rental is quite cheap and easily accessed. Food, alcoholic drinks and accommodation are cheaper in Berlin than the UK. Restaurants are less expensive away from the tourist centres. It is not always possible to pay by credit card in restaurants and shops so do carry cash. Berlin is situated in time zone GMT +1; DST +1.
From the airport a Tegel Bus, TXL travels to Alexanderplatz. The X9 and 109 buses go to Zoologischer Garten. Bus number 128 journeys to Osloer Straße change there for U-Bahn. Buses leave airport terminal A+B and tickets cost from 2.70 EUR. The journey takes about 30 minutes. From Schönefeld take the S-Bahn S9 or S45. Buses X7 and 171 go to Rudow then take the U-Bahn. Tickets cost approximately 3.30 EUR, and the journey takes 30 min. Taxis are also available at the airports.
Popular hotels are in Friedrichstraße, Alexanderplatz, Zoologischer Garten. There are hostels in these and other areas costing about 10 EUR and hotels range from 35 EUR upwards. A Berlin Tourist Welcome Card is an economic way to travel on all public transport. This ticket offers a 50% reduction on many museum and tourist attraction entry fees. Buy public transport tickets at the underground and S-Bahn; these must be validated before use. Taxis in Berlin are slightly cheaper than those in the UK. Kurzstrecke are short distance fares that apply to taxis that have been flagged down. Have fun exploring Berlin's neighbourhoods, each is different.