About Berlin

Berlin is the perfect mix of grit and glamour. Bismarck and Marx, Einstein and Hitler, JFK and Bowie, they've all shaped – and been shaped by – Berlin. This is a city that was headquartered by Nazis, bombed to bits, divided in two and finally reunited – and that was just in the 20th century! You can still walk along the remnants of the Berlin Wall, marvel at the splendor of a Prussian palace, visit Checkpoint Charlie or stand in the very room where the Holocaust was planned. The city has a vibrant culture which places a great emphasis on personal freedom and creativity, plus, its parties are legendary.

Ready to dive into this huge melting pot? Start with our FREE Tour of Berlin, which gives you an overview of the city's history and main attractions.
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Good to know

Airport Transfer

Schönefeld Airport is served by the S-Bahn and the Regionalbahn, with the latter taking you direct to the central city. A standard ABC train ticket will suffice, €3.40. The best way from Tegel Airport is the TXL Bus; an AB single pass costs €2.80.

Currency

No Euros in your wallet? No problem. Both Tegel Airport (TXL) and Schoenefeld Airport (SFX) have currency exchange shops, as well as ATMs.

Public Transportation

Transport tickets can be used on the bus, train (U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Regionalbahn), and tram. Single tickets from €2.80 (AB) or day passes from €7.00. If you’re traveling in a group of three to five people, try a small group ticket. At €19.90 for the day they’re great value!

You must validate your ticket - look for the little machine on the train platform or in the tram/bus.

Safety

Berlin is generally a safe city but petty crime is still present. The key is to be streetsmart. Keep your valuables in a safe place and watch out for pickpockets that masqueraded as deaf or mute by asking you to sign a donation-sheet.

Tipping

Tipping in Berlin is not obligatory but very much welcomed. Serving staff in Berlin don’t earn as much as other cities but do earn a living wage. Nevertheless, it is very common to leave a tip if you enjoyed your meal and service. 10% of the bill is a common amount for a gratuity.

Emergency number

110

Useful words

In such a multicultural city, you will do fine with just English. But, as with most places, it always goes a long way if you say something in the local language. German is the official language but you will also find people speaking with a "Berliner" accent.

Hallo, Guten Tag - Hello, good day
Bitte - Please / you’re welcome
Danke - Thank you
Entschuldigung - Sorry
Entschuldigen Sie bitte - Excuse me
Ich spreche kein Deutsch - I don’t speak German
Sprechen Sie Englisch? - Do you speak English?
Ich habe mich verlaufen - I am lost
Wie viel kostet das? - How much is it?

Berlin Top Attractions

1. Brandenburg Gate
2. Reichstag
3. Gedenkstätte Berlin Mauer / Berlin Wall Memorial
4. Museumsinsel
5. Holocaust Memorial
6. East Side Gallery
7. Checkpoint Charlie

MITTE - THE CITY CENTRE

A stone's throw from the major tourist sites, Mitte is also home to great shopping. Mitte literally  translates to "middle", so you can't get any more central than this.

>> Where to stay, eat, drink and go shopping in Mitte

FRIEDRICHSHAIN

Friedrichshain has easy access to the center city, and a great part of town for bars, restaurants and a more youthful atmosphere.

>> Where to eat, drink and go shopping in Friedrichshain

KREUZBERG

Berlin's home of cool. Street art and clubs are plentiful, and so are the squats (although with our accommodation suggestions you will be spoilt for choice on where to stay!).

>> Where to stay, eat, drink and go shopping in Kreuzberg

PRENZLAUER BERG

A quieter and more sophisticated part of the city, extremely family friendly and full of cafes.

>> Where to stay, eat, drink and go shopping in Prenzlauer Berg