It seems like only yesterday that Berlin wrote history. The reunification of East and West wasn’t isolated to politics; it was an emotional occurrence that shook the world. Berlin is thrilling, addictive and full of contradictions.
National politics happen next to hip parties, hot summers and cold winters mark the seasons, luxury hotels stand adjacent to cheap lodging, wild parties long into the night follow a leisurely stroll across the Museumsinsel during the day, famous top labels go head-to-head with tiny, innovative designer boutiques.
The city is steeped in history yet still finding itself. It has its own fans from Hollywood who treasure the historical backdrops and the film studios as much as the easygoing nature of the Berliners. And tourists can look forward to getting good value for their money, because life in no other Western European capital is as inexpensive as on the Spree River.
So book a flight and discover Berlin; countless impressive buildings like the Reichstag, the remains of the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate and many multifaceted neighbourhoods outside the downtown area like Kreuzberg, Charlottenburg, Friedrichshain, Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg await you.
Capital of Germany
About 3.5 million
- Public transport
Very well developed underground and commuter train network and many bus lines.
Continental weather; dry, hot summers, very cold winters.
- Best time to visit
May through September (visitors who are sensitive to heat should avoid coming in July and August).
- Good to know
City tours by double-decker public bus: bus line 100 from Bahnhof Zoo via Tiergarten to Mitte or line 200 from Bahnhof Zoo via Potsdamer Platz to Prenzlauer Berg.
- Nice to know
Kottbusser Tor= «Kotti»; Kurfürstendamm= «Ku’damm»; Prenzlauer Berg= «Prenzlberg»
Berlin Tegel, about 5 km from western and 8 km from eastern part of the downtown area.
Several bus lines connect the airport to various underground and commuter train stations. There is also the JetExpressBus TXL, which leaves every 10 minutes (every 20 minutes at weekends) for Berlin-Mitte and back and only stops at the most important stations.
There are taxi stands at all terminals.