Berlin Travel Guide & Information

Berlin is the largest and capital city of Germany. After successfully uniting east and west, Berlin, as the German capital and one of the continent's greatest cities, is now a major tourist destination in Europe.

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Book flights to Berlin and enjoy a city that is best known for its lively nightlife, numerous cafes, clubs and bars, street art, countless museums, palaces and other historic sites of interest. There is a lot to discover in Berlin for every type of traveler; historical, culinary, families, students, seniors and more.

Berlin offers a lot to explore, and especially for students looking to let off some steam. Besides the world famous Brandenburg Gate, Berlin is home to the Potsdamer Platz, the Sony Center, the glass dome of the Reichstag, galleries and many more attractions. Berlin has evolved into a larger than life city with a memorable past and present.

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Things to do in Berlin

Museums:

Berlin is home to more than 170 museums. Whether your interest is in design, history, technology, arts, photography or film, Berlin has something for everyone.

Altes Museum: The Altes Museum is one of several internationally renowned museums on Berlin's “Museum Island” in Berlin. Since restoration work in 1966, the Altes Museum houses the antique collection of the Berlin State Museums. The building is an archetype of the Greek Stoa in Athens. Originally, the museum was built between 1823 and 1830 by the architect, Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the neoclassical style to house the Prussian Royal family's art collection.

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Jewish museum:Though the museum might be new, it has gained a considerable reputation for its significant architecture and unique exhibitions. The museum covers two millennia of German Jewish history and consists of two buildings. One is the old Kollegionhaus, a former courthouse, built in the 18th century. The other, a new addition, specifically built for the museum was designed by world-renowned architect, Daniel Libeskind.

Gemaldegalerie: Gemaldegalerie is an art museum and holds one of the world's leading collections of European art from the 13th to the 18th centuries. Located on Kulturforum west of Potsdamer Platz, the collection at this museum includes masterpieces from artists such as, Albrecht Durer, Lucas Cranach, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer.

Must See:

Countless parks, historical buildings, monuments and many other prominent sites make up Berlin’s robust skyline. The variety of attractions within this city is simply amazing and never ending.

Brandenburg Gate: The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most symbolic monuments in Berlin. It is the only remaining gate of a series through which one formerly entered Berlin. The Brandenburg Gate consists of twelve Doric columns; six on each side, forming five passageways. The massive gate is topped with a dazzling statue of the Goddess of Victory, facing east towards the city center.

Hamburger Bahnhof: Hamburger Bahnhof is a former train station in Berlin and today serves as the Museum fur Gegenwart, a contemporary art museum. The museum was badly damaged during the Second World War, but has been restored and reopened, with some modern elements added, as an exhibition venue for an extensive contemporary art collection.

Gendarmenmarkt: Gendarmenmarkt is believed to be one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. It is certainly one of Berlin's most impressive squares, originally created as a market place in the 17th century. During World War II most of the buildings were badly damaged or destroyed. Today all the buildings have been restored. Gendarmenmarkt also plays host to Berlin's best Christmas market and various concerts.

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Where to Stay in Berlin:

Whether it’s cheap hotels or 4-Star Hotels Under $99, the choices of Where to Stay in Berlin is vast. From hotels offering every conceivable luxury, to essential backpacker hostels, there is a hotel in Berlin for everyone.

The western residential districts of Schoneberg, Kreuzberg, Wilmersdorf and Tiergarten all offer wide range of places to stay, catering to all tastes and all budgets. The area might an ideal choice for budget travelers. Though, this shouldn’t be mistaken as an offbeat location, as it is centrally located to many of the most premier attractions and boasts some of the finest dining options.

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Mitte: Conveniently located on other side of the Brandenburg Gate offers several deluxe hotels. The area is even more centrally located to many attractions with more luxurious hotels to choose from. The area is convenient for those who want to stay as close as possible to the city center.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

Berlin is a part of the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter Berlin for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

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* If you are traveling for any other purpose, you may need to obtain a visa.

* Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.

* The 90-day period begins when you enter any of the Schengen group of countries.

For Canadian Citizens:

A tourist visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days within a 6-month period.

* A Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the Berlin.

* The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from the country.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

Prior to departure, we recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Berlin.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Berlin

Berlin is an affordable, fabulous destination. However, because there are so many annual festivals and events, as well as trade shows, if those times are of interest to you, we encourage you to check out a calendar of events in Berlin prior to booking.

Spring and summer are ideal times to visit Berlin primarily due to vacations and the great weather.

Though winter in Berlin is cold and snowy, visitor’s interested in holiday festivities should consider visiting Berlin during this time. Travelers who want to avoid crowds should consider visiting Berlin during the spring and fall seasons.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (June - August)

Low season: (Late October - February)

Berlin Weather

Berlin has a continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers.

* Depending on when you go to Berlin during the summer, most days are pleasant and sunny, though temperatures can sometimes exceed 86 degrees, particularly in July and August.

* Winters in Berlin tend to be cold and damp, with plentiful snow and frosty days when temperatures hover at or just below freezing. Rain can fall all year round, but the wettest months are June and August, while the driest months are October and February.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

The currency used in Greece is the Euro or €.

Though ATMs are available in many parts of Berlin, do ensure that you inform your bank before travelling abroad. Be aware you might be charged for cash withdrawals.

Languages:

* German is the official language and is spoken as a first language by almost the entire population.

* Most Germans you will meet will speak at least some English however, we strongly advise you to learn some key phrases in German before your departure.