Berlin is a wonderful place to enjoy an energetic city break. The culturally diverse German capital is home to a fantastic night-life scene and has a unique history unlike any other city that consistently draws in visitors from all over the world.
Despite the fact that the winters in Berlin can be very cold, there is a wide range of things to do throughout the year. The summers are usually hotter than in the UK. The Berlinale Film Festival is held every February and is a must for all movie lovers. The twice annual Berlin fashion week takes place in January and July.
Berlin is considerably cheaper than most parts of the UK for the everyday essentials of travel and dining in and out. Cycling is welcomed throughout the city as a mode of transport. It is easy to hire a bike to make your way through Berlin like a true local. Berlin time is +1 ahead of the time in the UK.
Travelling to the centre of Berlin from the main airports of Schönefeld and Tegel is simple and relatively inexpensive. You can catch the bus or U-Bahn from Tegel and be in the centre within 30mins. Schönefeld is slightly further and will generally require an S-Bahn ride from the outskirts of the city taking around 45 mins. Each area of Berlin has its own distinctive look and feel. Part of the excitement of travelling to the city is discovering each section and neighbourhood. Thankfully the accommodation is of a high standard with hostels available from around 10 EUR and hotels starting at about 35 EUR. There are a group of prestigious hotels all around the city with the areas of Friedrichstraße, Alexanderplatz and Zoologischer Garten being popular areas for tourists. The Berlin WelcomeCard pack includes a ticket for public transport and half price off entrance fees to many cultural attractions. Always remember to validate tickets with a stamp before travelling.
The neighbourhoods of Kreuzberg and Neukölln are known for their nightclubs and parties and is the place to head to for an exciting array of entertainment.