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Plan Your Trip to Berlin: Best of Berlin Tourism

A cosmopolitan city with an edge
From its fashion to its architecture to its political history, Berlin has always been edgy. The Berlin Wall is a sobering reminder of the hyper-charged postwar atmosphere, and yet the graffiti art that now covers its remnants has become symbolic of social progress. Check out the Weltzeituhr (world time) Clock, topped by a model of the solar system, then turn back time by dining at the historic Zur Letzten Instanz, a 16th century restaurant that was frequented by Napoleon and Beethoven.

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Essential Berlin

Traveler Guides

Berlin Is Great For

Currywurst around the clock

In-the-know nightlife

Beer gardens galore

Berlin Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Berlin

Berlin is quite cheap to be fair, the travel tickets are 34 euros for five days and covers all areas of the city. U-Bahn, S-Bahn, buses, trams and mainline trains around the city. The ticket is called the Berlin Welcome Card and not only does it provide deals, it also gives you massive discounts on a huge scale for all attractions in the city.
Elena Z
Buy a 72-hour Berlin Welcome Card. This includes transport on all metro and bus lines, plus a 50% discount at most of Berlin's cultural sights.
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If you buy a ticket at the machines on the platforms, you must validate them before boarding the train. The tickets you buy on buses have a time stamp already.

In the words of those who've been there before ...

Bridget T
I loved the easy to use and efficient transport system. The German people seemed friendly and helpful and there are loads of things to see and do in Berlin. I will definitely visit again.
Not the old fashioned, post-war government town at all. Great nightlife. Obviously an enormously interesting history both in the city sights and, in particular, the museums. Culturally diverse and lots of great restaurant options on both ends of town. Highly recommend this as a trip for families, particularly with teenaged kids who are able to appreciate the rich texture that is life in today's Berlin.
Berlin is one of my favorite European destinations. From the city's energy and distinctive vibe to its role as an epicenter of both World War II and Cold War history, this is a city that can't be missed!

What is the best way to get there?


Berlin is served by two airports; Berlin Tegel (TXL) in the northwest and Berlin Schoenefeld (SXN) in the southeast.


If arriving in Berlin by train from other major cities in Europe, you’ll disembark at Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). To plan your route and check timetables, use this link.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting Berlin from outside of the EU, check if you need a visa here.

When is the best time to visit?

Summer (May-September) For weather that’s ideal for sitting in beer gardens and wandering around Berlin’s parks, visit during the summer of months of May to September. To avoid peak crowds, head to the capital outside of the European summer school holidays, which span July and August.

Berlin hosts an exciting program of cultural events throughout the year as well, including the Festival of Lights and Jazzfest Berlin in October. Or, travelers can browse postcard-worthy Christmas markets in December, and, of course, don’t miss the Berlin International Beer Festival in August.

For more information on Berlin’s weather and when to go, check out some tips here.


Public buses in Berlin are regular and easy-to-use. The double-decker 100 bus passes top Berlin sights such as Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Berlin Zoo, and Tiergarten. Check this website for more info on bus timetables.


Berlin has both a U-Bahn (subway and underground ) and S-Bahn (light-rail) network. To plan your journey, go here.


Berlin has a tram network that’s interlinked to the trains and bus systems. The vending machines for tram tickets only accept cash.


Drive2Day, WunderCar, and Uber are all readily available in Berlin.

On the ground
What is the time zone?
Central European Standard Time
What are the voltage/plug types?
The standard voltage in Berlin is 230V and the standard frequency is 50Hz. Associated plug types are C (two round pins) and F (two round pins with two earth clips).
What is the local currency?
Euro (EUR)
Are ATMs readily accessible?
Are credit cards widely accepted?
Most places accept credit cards but its also a good idea to carry some cash.
Is it easy to find a bank?
Is tipping expected?
In restaurants and for tour guides, a 10% tip is expected.

Are there local customs I should know?

Public transport
The general rule for the escalators to and from metro stations is to stand on the right and walk on the left.
Try to speak the language
Learn a few basic phrases as a sign of respect. Locals will often switch to English for your ease and comfort but they appreciate the effort.
The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 18 years old.
Frequently Asked Questions about Berlin

Some of the most popular restaurants in Berlin include:

Berlin is known for some of its popular attractions, which include:

If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Berlin between March and May, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between June and August.