The modern riverside city of Berlin
Berlin, known as one of Europe's youngest capital cities has broad avenues with old and modern buildings, along with famous landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate. Enjoy beauty spots on the banks of the Spree or Lake Wannsee.
Best time to visit
It is usually warmer than the UK in Berlin in summer, but winter can be very cold. To visit at the time of a festival or holiday, Berlin offers various options like Fashion Week in January and July, or the Berlinale Film Festival in February. International Workers' Day is a big celebration on May 1st, particularly in the Kreuzberg district, where there's live music and demonstrations, with an atmosphere of riotous festivities. On and around 21st June, during the Fete de la Musique, live music is played in the streets of Berlin.
Tips and facts before you travel
Cyclists enjoy Berlin with its cycle paths and flat terrain. There's easily available cheap bike rental too. Berlin is generally cheaper than the UK for such things as accommodation, food and alcoholic drinks. Be aware that payment by credit card is often not accepted in shops and restaurants.
Public transport from Tegel Airport to the centre takes approximately 30 minutes. At Terminal A or B take the TXL bus to Alexanderplatz. The X9 or 109 go to Zoologischer Garten. The 128 goes to Osloer Straße; then change to a taxi or the U-Bahn (underground). Tickets start from around 2.70 EUR. From Schönefeld Airport, the journey also takes about 30 minutes. Take the S-Bahn (train) S9 or S45 to Ostkreuz, where you change for either Bus X7 or 171, going to Rudow and then the U-Bahn. Tickets start at around 3.30 EUR. Hostel prices start at about 10 EUR per night. Hotel prices go from around 35 EUR upwards, with popular hotels found in Zoologischer Garten, Alexanderplatz and Friedrichstraße. For getting about in Berlin you can buy the Berlin Welcome Card including a public transport ticket covering trains, buses, trams, underground and boats. Entrance fees to many museums and attractions are about 50 percent using the card. Explore and discover your favourite Berlin districts with their distinct flair. Buy transport tickets at the S-Bahn or U-Bahn and remember to validate before travelling. Berlin taxi prices are slightly cheaper than the UK. There's a short distance (Kurzstrecke) tariff for journeys under 2km. These can only be flagged down.