Welcome to Berlin!
The German capital is dynamic, cosmopolitan and creative, allowing for every kind of lifestyle. East meets West in the metropolis at the heart of a changing Europe. Germany's largest city is a city of opportunities just waiting to be seized in all areas, like entertainment, recreation, economy, science and academic life.
Berlin has 3,5 million inhabitants of Germany's 81 million. With its unique history and the modern developments and constant transformation, it is a city well worth seeing and spending time in.
We have made this guide to help you get the most out of your stay in Berlin.
Welcome to Berlin!
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Here is a list of big events in Berlin:
The Berlinale, Berlin's International Film Festival, is not only the city’s largest cultural event, but also one of the most important dates on the international film industry’s calendar. For two weeks, art, glamour, parties and business meet at this mega event.
transmediale is an international festival for contemporary art and digital culture. Located in Berlin, it presents advanced artistic perspectives reflecting on the socio-cultural impact of new technologies.
The ITB, Berlin's International Tourism Fair is a Berlin institution held here since 1966. With 11,000 exhibitors from 180 countries it is the worlds' leading market place for the travel industry. Travel trends, deals to far-flung places and a chance for world-wide exploration in just one day.
MaerzMusik is a Festival of Contemporary Music in Berlin under the aegis of the Berliner Festspiele.
Traffic in Berlin: trains, airports, cars, ships, tramway, subway, underground,
bus, flights, cars, ships, schedules, timetables Public Transport in Berlin.
With 850,000 visitors a year, the Pergamon is Berlin's prime museum. Hardly surprising, given its three outstanding collections under one roof.
Haus am Checkpoint Charlie
The history of the Berlin Wall is documented at the most famous border crossing point.
German Historical Museum Berlin
On 28 May 1695, the Elector Friedrich III of Brandenburg, gave the orders to lay the foundation stone of the Berlin "Zeughaus", the Arsenal. The German Historical Museum invites the public to visit temporary and permanent exhibitions.
Between 1695 and 1699, the Elector of Brandenburg, Frederick III, who in 1701 became the first Prussian King. He built it as a summer residence dedicated to his wife, Sophie Charlotte.
Old National Gallery
December 2001 the restoration of the Museum Island reached a significant milestone with the much-celebrated re-opening of the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Old National Gallery.
New National Gallery
In 1968, the New National Gallery was erected here as the first building, following designs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. At Matthäikirchplatz.
German Museum of Technology Berlin
The Technic-Museum continues the tradition of considerable technique museums, which were located in Berlin since world war II. The location at the Gleisdreieck is of historical importance.
The Altes Museum, built between 1823 and 1830 after the design by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, is one of the most important works in the architecture of Classicism.
Stiftung Topographie des Terrors
Between 1933 and 1945, the central institutions responsible for the repressive and criminal policies of National Socialism were located on the terrain of the Topography of Terror.
The Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung moved to the Altes Museum at Museum Island.
Old Masters Gallery
The Gemäldegalerie possesses one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 13th to 18th century.
Natural History Museum
The Museum of Natural History in Berlin is one of the most important natural history museums of the world.
The German cathedral was originally built in 1701. More than 50 years after its destruction in World war II it was rebuilt. It Re-Opened its doors in october 1996.
There is plenty of more museums in the city. This online guide will help you find what you are looking for!
Here is a few of Berlins biggest attractions:
The Wall that divided Berlin for almost 40 years is unique. The major parts of it has been torned down with the unification, leaving a few traces left.
Berlin has a lot of events all year round. You can check some of them out here.
Tours of Berlin
There are lots of different ways to get to know Berlin. On foot, by bus, on a boat, by bicycle or by tram.
Almost every district has its own flavour, and you can explore Berlin from quite specific viewpoints like history, architecture or literature. The best way to get a taste of Berlin's unique atmosphere is to take as many different routes and forms of transport as you can.
Exploring the City
Standard sightseeing tours start from Ku'damm or Alexanderplatz. There are tours of different lengths and special outings. You can see the famous tourist spots like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and Charlottenburg Palace; on the way the guide will fill you in with useful information on the past and future of the city.
A City-Circle-Tour offers the information in individual small bites. This tour with tape accompaniment in eight languages goes to up to 14 different places where you can stop as often and as long as you want. The day ticket costs 18 Euro.
Through the Inner City with Bus no. 100 or 200
The cheap alternative to the standard guided tours is the no. 100 bus. It runs from Zoo Station through the inner city to the Prenzlauer Berg district.
Outings by Boat
Berlin is a city by the waterside and actually has more bridges than Venice. It is well worth discovering Berlin from the airy deck of a boat.
Walks Through Berlin
5 suggestions for walks through Berlin: Museum Tour, Around the Royal Palace, From Adenauerplatz to Wittenbergplatz, From Alexanderplatz to Pariser Platz and Government Precinct Tour.
Running and Walking Routes
The most appealing jogging and walking routes in the centre of Berlin presented by the Senate Department for Urban Development in co-operation with the Berlin Tourismus GmbH.
Specialised Sightseeing Tours
If you are interested in a lively look at art, culture or history, various companies organise specialised tours and round trips. For the companies adresses check out our classified directory.
Berlin has a well-developed network of bike paths. Not everyone is keen on cycling through the dense city traffic, but it is an ideal way of getting round the city easily.
Eating and Drinking in Berlin
This online guide will help you find what you are looking for, no matter where in the city you want to eat or what type of cuisine you are looking for!
There are countless places in Berlin for shopping sprees: wickedly expensive temples of consumption, flea markets and antique markets, cheap bargain stores and the whole spectrum in between.
The city offers clothing of all varieties, from up-market to cheap: luxury designers are based at the west end of Kurfürstendamm and in Friedrichstrasse.
Potsdamer Platz Arcades
At the new center of Berlin, the Potsdamer Platz, a new shopping mall has been built. The Potsdamer Platz Arcades offer more than 100 stores spread on three floors in which you can find everything from clothing and accessories to electronic devices and food.
The large variety of restaurants and cafes are ideal if you need a break from your shopping-spree. While relaxing you can enjoy the architecturally modern atmosphere and watch the happening around you. At the end of the day you can stroll to one of the many cinemas sorrounding the Potsdamer Platz and the Sony Center and enjoy a movie and some pop-corn.
For an exclusive shopping experience you should not miss the Quartier 206 in Berlin Mitte. Here you are sure to find high quality products of international designers in a noble art deco atmosphere.
Quartier 205 and Quartier 207 make the variety of stores even larger.
Quartier 207, in which you can find the Galeries Lafayette, is the most spectacular building of the three and definately worth a visit.
Quartier 205 offers a wide range of stores and the big food court with noumerous international specialties is inviting for a lunch break.
The three buildings can be found between the subway stations "Stadtmitte" and "Französische Strasse".
Kurfuerstendamm and Tauentzienstrasse
Tauentzienstraße which is the extension of Kurfuerstendamm is a shoppingmile for the whole family. You can find diversity in styles and fashion as well as in price categories. The famous KADEWE with international cuisine and exclusive designer labels invites you at the Wittenbergplatz.
If you stroll down a little you will find the Europa Center, a shopping center with almost a 100 shops including souvenir stores. Walking down Kurfuerstendamm from the Europa Center you will pass many stores that are mainly visited by younger people, such as United Colours of Bennetton, H&M and Zara.
On the corner Kurfuerstendamm and Joachimstaler Strasse you will find the new Kranzler Eck with its traditional Café Kranzler. Walking on from here the boulevard becomes a more exclusive and noble zone with stores from Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci, Luis Vuitton and Jil Sander.
While walking down the boulevard you should take some time for an excursion into the side streets like the Uhlandstraße, Fasanenstraße, Knesebeck- und Bleibtreustraße. Here you will find some beautiful small boutiques and stores of all kinds.
Further shopping possibilities
If you would like to shop in a nice atmosphere surrounded by fantastic restaurants and a large variety of bars this is the place for you. The area is ideal for browsing shops selling shoes, accessories, jewellery, books, souvenirs and clothing. For fans of furniture, interiordesign and decoration the Stil Werk in the Kantstrasse is a must.
Hackescher Markt is an interesting shopping adress for anybody searching for anything that is not mainstream. The many small shops offer off-culture fashion ranging from extraordinary shoes to fashion from young designers. Apart from the many interesting stores, Hackescher Markt is worth a visit if you want to experience the unique flair of the former east of Berlin.
Potsdamer Platz Arcades
Around Ku'damm and adjoining Tauentzienstrasse
Goltzstrasse in Schöneberg
Bergmannstrasse in Kreuzberg
There are countless places in Berlin for second-hand shops. A big selection of second-hand clothes is on sale at Colours in Bergmannstrasse, Kreuzberg and in Trash-Schick in Wühlischstrasse, Friedrichshain. Have a look in our yellow pages. You will find nearly everything you need in Berlin's second-hand shops.
If you fancy a shopping spree out in the open, there are plenty of bric-à-brac markets and flea markets to choose from. The best known flea market is on the Strasse des 17. Juni on weekends.
Twice a week on many places throughout the town there are markets that sell mostly fruit and vegetables. One of the best is the Turkish market on Maybachufer.
Berlin has 3 airports: Tegel, Tempelhof and Schönefeld.
Berlin's Tegel is a convenient, recently revamped, passenger-friendly airport with easy-reach services. You will find it a breeze to make your way to the Public Transport connections which will take you into town. City and transport maps are available at the Airport's Tourist Information Centre from Berlin Tourismus Marketing.
To get into central Berlin by bus: Bus 109, 128, X9, TXL
Bus connections to the underground and Zoo Station (Central Station near the Ku'damm area) are located just outside the airport terminal.
Route 1: Bus X9 to U6 Jakob-Kaiser-Platz then change to the underground from where you can reach any destination.
Route 2: Bus X9 and 109 to the Zoologischer Garten U-Bahn (underground) and S-Bahn (surface rail).
Tourist information is available at the nearby Europa Centre and underground maps are widely displayed on ticket vending machines, in the underground and inside the trains.
A Taxi ride to Central Berlin (East or West) will cost about € 15.00 - 17.00.
Tempelhof, Berlin's smallest airport lies south of the city centre on the U6 (Underground Line 6). Stadtmitte, the new city centre is only a few stops away by underground, which means you can reach the centre in 15-20 minutes.
Underground Station: U6 Platz der Luftbrücke
Bus: 119, 184, 341, 104, N4, N76
A Taxi ride to Central Berlin (East or West) will cost about € 12.00.
Schönefeld is situated approximately 18 km south-east of the city centre. This is the old East Berlin Airport where most Charter Flight companies fly to. The easier way to get into town is by Airport Express which will get you to the Ku'damm in around 30 minutes. Otherwise take the 171 bus to Rudow U-Bahn station and get to the Zoo by U7 (Underground Line 7) or to to S-Bahn (surface rail) where you can travel by S9 to Alexanderplatz.
A Taxi ride will cost about € 23.00.
By surface rail (S-Bahn): S 45, S 9
By Bus: 160, 163, 171, 602, 735, 736, 737, 738, N46, N60
Berlin Airport and Flight Information:
0180 500 00 186
Low fares airlines
There is a lot of cheap flights to and from Berlin. Here is few of them:
Scandinavian Airlines SAS
Travelling through time zones can be a hassle. This website will help you with techniques for reducing jet lag. Travel tips include comments on exercises, use of alcohol, melatonin, sleeping pills and anti jet lag diet.
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