Berlin Germany Guide

Berlin, Oberbaum Bridge
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Berlin is the third most visited place in Europe and fastest growing tourist destination. It fascinates young and old, history buffs and art lovers, architecture aficionados and underground clubbers alike. Wherever you go, you experience the pulsating life of Berlin: in over 170 museums and art galleries, in 300 clubs and 7,000 bars and restaurants - many of which are open around the clock.

When you walk through the city, you'll be struck by the variety of architectural styles, ranging from palaces to the remnants of socialist buildings and modern skyscrapers.

Facts about Berlin

  • 3.4 million inhabitants
  • Divided into 12 districts
  • Almost 500,000 residents are of foreign nationality, with 14,000 Americans living in Berlin
  • Situated in eastern Germany, about 44 miles west of the border to Poland

Getting There

By plane: Berlin's airports are all very well connected to the city:

  • Berlin-Tegel
  • Berlin-Schönefeld

Check flight information and timetables for both airports here and find out about blind booking for a mystery vacation.

By train: Reach Berlin from all directions by using the fast Intercity Express, Intercity, Euro City and Interregional Trains. Berlin's main train stations are:

  • Hauptbahnhof
  • Ostbahnhof
  • Zoologischer Garten

Read more about the German train system, online ticketing, and journey planning in our Guide to Train Travel in Germany.

Getting Around

Public Transportation: You don't need a car in Berlin – in fact, the city has the least cars per capita for all of Europe.

Berlin's public transport system (known as “BVG”) is fantastic. Check out some of the best stations on the major U2 line here.

Tickets are 2.70 Euro for a two-hour pass and 7 Euro for an unlimited day pass. With one ticket, you can use the:

  • Subway (U-Bahn)
  • Tram (Strassen Bahn)
  • Rapid transit (S-Bahn)
  • Bus
  • Ferries

Bike: A great way to get around Berlin is by bike; the city is known for its highly developed bike lane system. You can rent a bike and explore Berlin on your own, or take part in a guided bike tour (the weirder the better). Ride on the runway at the city's airport turned park, Tempelhof.

Weather in Berlin

Berlin has a moderate climate; the warmest months are June, July, and August, with daily temperatures ranging from 23-24 °C (72°F). The coldest months are December, January, and February, with clear, frosty days, and temperatures often below zero.

At any time of the year, it's always a good idea to bring an umbrella. Check the weather in Berlin today.

Berlin Hotels

From budget hostels to boutiques, and luxury hotels, you'll find lots of great places to stay in Berlin. We even created a list of some of the city's coolest accommodations for visitors to enjoy. Check out these links to find great options in Berlin that fit your budget:

Berlin's Sights and Attractions

Berlin Restaurants

Berlin offers a great array of hearty and traditional German dishes, such as Bratwurst, dumplings or Schnitzel, but you'll also find great vegetarian and international cuisine here.

Berlin's Best Biergartens help you get the most out of the summer, where the Best East German restaurants in Berlin are a great option year-round.

Also, check out the best Berlin restaurants.

If you want something good on-the-go, try:

  • Döner Kebab, rotisserie lamb or chicken, carved thin and packed in a toasted Turkish bread with salad, tomatoes, and a sauce of your choice (3 Euro)
  • Currywurst, a Berlin original: hot pork sausage, cut into slices and seasoned with curry sauce (2 Euro)

Learn more about these dishes and more in the Guide to Berlin Street Food.

Berlin Nightlife

Berlin is the capital of German nightlife and has a vibrant and ever changing club scene; check out our guide to Berlin Nightlife:

Berlin is also on our list of Germany's Top 10 Cities - Best Spots for City Breaks in Germany.