Creative, heterogeneous, lively, Berlin is a city in constant change. On the one hand, the euphoria of an active market economy, on the other hand, alternative communities. As the capital of a reunited Germany, the city gives an unfinished impression with its immense architectural diversity and disorganized urban planning that contrasts with other German cities such as Hamburg, Cologne or Munich. It is a modern and multicultural metropolis, which is resolutely turned towards the future; this does not prevent it from ardently preserving its history. From the Museum Island, which contains some of the most impressive treasures of antiquity, to the Baroque palaces of Charlottenburg and Sanssouci, to the Brandenburg Gate and 20th century memorial sites, you will see all the beauty, extravagance and cruelty of the past. A heavy past, marked by two world conflicts, the horror of the camps, the partition of the city, and a slow and laborious reunification. Berlin can also be visited through its cafés, monuments, shopping streets and nightlife. Don't forget, Berlin is lived by day, thanks to its prodigious cultural and historical heritage, but also by night, in its bars that never close, its improbable clubs and its crazy cabarets. To help you discover the city in all its aspects, the non-exhaustive list of establishments selected in this tourist guide includes places that cannot be ignored and many that are only known to "insiders". It is then up to you to make your stay a Berlin experience...

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When to go to Berlin?

Summer is the most pleasant time to visit Berlin, which then takes on a completely different face. Enjoying the high temperatures of a continental climate, parks, lakes and café terraces are stormed and good humour reappears with the return of the sun. Swimming pools (Freibad) and open-air cinemas (Freiluftkino) open their doors and everyone gathers in the Strandbars (outdoor bars, equipped with sand) and Biergarten. Winter can be very harsh in Berlin, but when the wind from Siberia rushes down the main avenues, it is also the time of the magical Christmas markets and the toboggan runs at the Teufelsberg. Be aware that during trade fairs, congresses and other festivals, hotels are quickly full, so remember to book early for such events.

How to go to Berlin? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Many tour operators offer holiday packages. The most frequent ones are escapades (3 days and 2 nights or 4 days and 3 nights) and long weekends. Prices vary according to the means of transport chosen and the time of booking; last minute offers remain the most attractive. In Berlin, since it is a suitable place, there are quite a few cultural trips, but the prices are higher.

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It is very easy to travel alone to Berlin. There is plenty of public transport and hotels, so you can make your choice. To avoid wasting too much time queuing in front of each monument, remember to buy your tickets in advance on the Internet or on site the day before. Queue-cutting tickets also save time for a few extra euros.

It would be pointless and expensive to carry a car inside Berlin. All tourist attractions, even the most remote, are accessible by bus or metro. Offers are available for a few days or by the week. Outside Berlin, the main attractions in the surrounding area are either accessible by public transport, such as Potsdam, for example.

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When to travel?

Summer is the most pleasant time to visit Berlin, which then takes on a completely different face. Enjoying the high...
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Weather forecast

Berlin has a temperate climate representative of Central Europe. In summer, the average temperatures are 22°C, with...
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Budget

Germany adopted the euro in 2002. Berlin is significantly cheaper than the other major European capitals. All major b...
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Formalities

As a member of the European Union and the Schengen area, Germany allows any EU citizen to stay or reside on its terri...
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Health

You do not run any risk when travelling to Germany in general and Berlin in particular. Hygiene and health condition...
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How to travel by yourself?

It is very easy to travel alone to Berlin. There is plenty of public transport and hotels, so you can make your choic...
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How to get organized?

Many tour operators offer holiday packages. The most frequent ones are escapades (3 days and 2 nights or 4 days and 3...
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Getting around

It would be pointless and expensive to carry a car inside Berlin. All tourist attractions, even the most remote, are...
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