Introducing the city

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About Berlin

Germany's capital city of Berlin is an irresistible combo of old and new, with modern attractions surrounded by fascinating history and culture.

Nine times larger than Paris, you might leave Berlin convinced that bigger is always better. With a population of just over 3.5 million, this dynamic metropolis is the country's number one tourist destination with an incredible number of attractions at its disposal.

If you're after a city with variety, look no further than Berlin. Here you can taste a perfect blend of history, art and culture while adding bold architecture, lively nightlife and an impressive events calendar to the mix. Sure, Germany's capital is a great party city but it's also steeped in history and has a fascinating past, largely due to its position at the heart of the most documented wars in the world. Luckily this city has plenty of personality too; after all, that's what really counts right?

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When Should You Visit?

July and August are the warmest months but to avoid the crowds, May, June, September and October (although slightly cooler) feature some great events and festivals.

In summer, expect highs of 25 degrees Celsius whereas winters are cold but rarely drop below freezing, which makes the Christmas markets popular with weather-worried tourists. Early spring can still be quite cold yet temperatures pick back up to an average of 14 degrees Celsius in May. Parks are beautiful in autumn with September experiencing similar weather to late spring. Rain is unpredictable and can occur at any time of the year, although December and January have the most days of rainfall on average.

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Travioor top tips

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Insider Info

  • To get one of the best views of the city for free, visit the Reichstag complete with stunning glass dome walkway. You'll need to register online in advance and be prepared to queue though. To avoid the wait, book a hearty breakfast at the building's restaurant Kafer boasting incredible views from its terrace.

  • If you're planning on visiting the capital's array of museums, you can purchase a Museum Pass which gets you unlimited admission to 50 museums over three consecutive days.

  • Another way to save money is by purchasing a Berlin WelcomeCard. This includes 200 discount deals, a travel pass with free transport and a city map and guide.

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Food and drink

Main Course £6.72 | 8.00 €

3-Course Meal £33.58 | 40.00 €

Cappuccino £2.03 | 2.41 €

Beer £2.52 | 3.00 €

The Scene

Whether you're after traditional German favourites such as schnitzel or sauerkraut, the international cuisine of a fine dining restaurant or a currywurst sausage in the local market, everyone's appetite is taken care of in Berlin. Given the huge pub culture, snacks such as buletten (cold hamburgers with mustard) are popular with beer drinking locals.

Speaking of booze, no other city can touch Berlin when it comes to the number of bars and nightclubs (most are strangers to the concept of official closing times). Germany is famed for its beer and a trip to the local for a stein (one litre) is a must; even more so in August when the Berlin Beer Festival attracts party goers from across Europe. If you're looking for a lively night out, the German capital won't let you down.

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History

Berlin’s Story

The city of Berlin was founded in the 13th century. By the end of the 19th century, many of the present-day monuments and buildings had been built, largely thanks to the 1861 railroad construction project, which turned the city into a significant industrial and commercial centre. Some 10 years later Berlin became the capital of the German Empire, before finding itself at the epicentre of the first and second world wars. Despite wartime difficulties, the city remained the second largest in Europe and a strong economical, political and educational centre.

After the collapse of Hitler's Weimar Republic at the end of WWII, the German surrender was signed in Berlin and the city was divided into sectors (split by the Berlin Wall), with the British, American, and French occupying the West of the city. The following years saw a period of political unrest and the city's status became a major issue of the Cold War. In 1963 the first agreement was reached allowing west Berliners to visit relatives in the eastern zone and in 1989 the wall that had divided the city for years was finally torn down. In 1991 Berlin was declared the seat of the nation's legislature and government and the separate parts of the city were finally united.

Language

Hallo | Hello
Danke | Thank you

German

German is the official language of Berlin, although English is widely spoken in the main tourist areas. The following German basics may be useful:

  • Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen
  • Do you speak English?: Sprechen Sie Englisch?
  • Excuse me: Entschuldigen Sie

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Need to know

+49 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Make sure you carry cash as many places don't take card in Berlin.
  • Bikes are a good way to get around the city.
  • The city is quite big and getting from A to B takes time, even on the reliable Metro.


VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Germany here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Sightseeing

Visit the city's must see sights such as the Berlin Wall Memorial, Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag.

2. Museum Island

Unravel Berlin's history, art and culture at the attractions on Museum Island.

3. Lively nightlife

Experience the vibrant nightlife in the endless number of pubs, bars and clubs.

4. Shopping

Shop along the city's longest shopping strip, Kurfürstendamm where Europe’s biggest department store sits (KaDeWe).

5. City Park

Take a break from the bustle of the city in the Tiergarten which is one of the world's largest city parks.


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