Berlin – an extraordinary city, where past, present and future come together. For over a century, it has been an epicentre for art, music and world politics. Rough and charming at the same time, Germany's capital has something to offer for everyone, thus making a visit extremely worthwhile. Discover places where modern history - whether fascinating or gloomy - has taken place. Visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Berlin Cathedral, the Reichstag and the former border crossing at Checkpoint Charlie. An elevator takes you to the top of the futuristic Berlin Television Tower, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
The remnants of the Berlin Wall, which once separated the socialist German Democratic Republic in the East from the capitalist Federal Republic of Germany in the West, are a reminder of the Soviet occupation. The longest preserved segment of the Berlin Wall shows more than 100 images by artists from all over the world!
If you love modern art, fascinating discoveries await you in some of Europe's most renowned museums as well as in the numerous private galleries scattered throughout the city. Equally fascinating is the street art in the unconventional Kreuzberg district!
The free lunch concert in the renowned Berlin Philharmonic or a performance at the world famous Deutsche Oper are to be recommended for lovers of classical music. If you still have some energy left, don't miss out on the opportunity to dive into Berlin's nightlife with its famous clubs like Berghain and Sisyphos, which are open for up to 72 hours at weekends. Don't forget to eat a doner kebab or a currywurst in between – you could certainly do with the extra bit of energy!
Which district should you visit in Berlin?
Beauty hidden beneath a hard shell: the Neukölln district has long since transformed itself from a ghetto to a trendy, versatile and pulsating centre for creative people, hipsters and party-goers - while retaining its ghettoish flair. Take a walk through this district, and you will find a vast variety of galleries, junk shops and alternative pubs. Those 3 highlights belong to Neukölln's most beautiful sites: Klunkerkranich: By far the best rooftop bar in Berlin − surprising, green & great. Tempelhofer Feld: Former airport area meets the people of Neukölln - discover the wide range of possibilities on how to use this space! Körnerpark: A somewhat hidden, beautiful palace garden without a palace - here, the unexpected happens more often than you think.
How do I get around in Berlin?
A large urban area and many exciting districts - the question of how to get from A to B in Berlin is particularly interesting.
In addition to the S-Bahn, the transport in Berlin is operated by the BVG, whose underground trains, buses, trams and ferries take you to the most remote corners of the city day and night. Tickets are available for zones A, B and C: zone A corresponds to Berlin’s inner city, B to the outer city districts and C to the greater Berlin area. Visitors can take advantage of a CityTourCard or WelcomeCard, which also include a discount or free admission to many Berlin attractions.
To move around on foot in Berlin’s large urban area may not be the best idea, but cyclists can certainly enjoy the city! More and more bicycle lanes on the streets, many beautiful bicycle routes along green areas and the rivers and the city of Berlin itself are worth the pedaling.
Extra tip: You want to take a bus tour to Berlin's most important sights, but you only want to pay the local transport fare, you should remember the number 100 - this line runs (as a double-decker and therefore with a great view) along most of the attractions of the city center!
If you want to see more of the city than Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, consider renting a car. Usually, there aren't too many traffic jams, but looking for a parking space can be exhausting. Due to the long distances in Berlin, taking a taxi more than once in a while can become expensive!
How do I get to Berlin by train?
There are five different long-distance stations to choose from when travelling to the capital by train: Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Berlin Ostbahnhof, Berlin Gesundbrunnen, Berlin Südkreuz and Berlin Spandau. Berlin therefore is a central hub in Germany in terms of long-distance train connections: you can easily reach the capital from all major German cities as well as from neighbouring European cities.
How do I get to Berlin by bus?
There are several stops for long-distance buses in Berlin. The Central Bus Station, ZOB, is situated in Masurenallee near the Berlin Exhibition Grounds in the Westend district (Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf). Other stations are located at Alexanderplatz in Alexanderstraße 3, at Hardenbergplatz at the station Zoologischer Garten as well as at Hildegard-Knef-Platz close to the train station Südkreuz. Furthermore, long-distance buses stop directly at Schönefeld Airport or in Karolinenstraße near the metro station Alt-Tegel. You can easily reach these places by S-Bahn and BVG, the public transport systems.
How do I get to Berlin by plane?
Every year, more than 30 million passengers pass through Berlins’s major airports Schönefeld and Tegel. Flights to national as well as international destinations depart from both airports. Schoenefeld is more likely to be used by low-cost airlines. The best way to get from Tegel Airport to the city centre is by bus: the TXL Express Bus as well as the lines X9, 109 and 128 bring you quickly and reliably to your destination. After arriving at Schönefeld Airport, you can get to the centre of Berlin by suburban or regional train in about half an hour. If the Berlin Brandenburg Airport "Willy Brandt" (BER) should open, it will also be connected to the city centre by suburban and regional trains.
How do I get to the Berlin stadium?
The Berlin Olympic Stadium is worth visiting – not only when the Bundesliga matches of the Hertha BSC football team or other major sporting events take place. It is one of the most interesting historical areas in the capital too. We recommend the train station in Berlin-Spandau when travelling by train to the Bundesliga matches. From there, it takes only seven minutes to get directly to the stop Olympiastation with the S-Bahn line S5 (direction Hoppegarten). After a short walk you will arrive at the entrance. The journey from the centre of Berlin by S-Bahn (direction Spandau) takes 14 minutes from Zoologischer Garten, 22 minutes from Friedrichstraße station and 27 minutes from Alexanderplatz. The best connection to the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, home to the football club 1. FC Union Berlin, is the S3 in the direction of Erkner. Getting off at the station Köpenick, you’ll arrive at the stadium after a 15 minutes’ walk. Alternatively, you can get off at the station Schöneweide and take the tram lines 63 or 67, which will bring you to the stop "Alte Försterei".
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