Berlin, the capital of Germany, is a lively and exciting city with plenty to offer visitors. With a range of festivals and events, it offers a fun-filled trip at any time of the year.
Berlin boasts a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. The chilliest months are from December until the end of February, while the warmest months are from June until the end of August. Every year, Berlin is host to a number of festivals. On 1st May, which is Labour Day, Kreuzberg offers a varied programme of stage performances, live music, and tasty morsels. On Whitsun (Pentecost) weekend, the Carnival of Cultures takes place. The lively street procession of people wearing stunning costumes and masks is the highlight of the carnival. On 21st June is the Fête de la Musique, which takes place on over 100 stage venues. During this time the public are treated to a music extravaganza performed by professionals and amateur musicians.
The official language of Berlin is German; so its a good idea to take your phrasebook along if you're unfamiliar with the language. Cycling in Berlin is a popular mode of transport, and the flat terrain and designated bike paths make it easy to get around in safety. There are also bicycle roads that give priority to cyclists over cars. The cost of living in Berlin, including dining out, groceries, transport, and accommodation, tends to be less expensive than in the UK. The time zone in Berlin is one hour ahead of UK.
There is a wide selection of hotels to choose from in Berlin to suit a variety of budgets. Hostels are relatively cheap and costs are from 10 EUR per night. Hotels are a more expensive option and are available from around 35 EUR upwards. At both airports taxis and buses are readily available. The bus journey from Tegel takes approximately 45 minutes to get to the city centre, costing around 2.70 EUR. Schönefeld Airport is served by buses, taxis, the S-Bahn and regional trains. The city is in zones A and B, while the latter airport is in zone C, so a public transport ticket covering zones A, B and C is required. This costs around 3.20 EUR