There are so many things to say about Berlin, that one could write a book about it. Below we’ve gathered some information and created what I think is an ultimate travel guide for those who have just a few days to spend in this amazing city:
It is for sure the city of experiences. Berlin has it all: history, culture, music, art, food, sleepless nights and of course beer.
What to expect:
Berlin is a big city with a large, perfect transportation system and friendly locals. I would recommend knowing a few key phrases in German but you will find many English speakers around.
Currency: Berliners use euro
Credit Cards and Banks: Cards are used all over Berlin, especially Visa and Master card, but it’s more common to use cash for small items. As a general rule of thumb, bring a few euros in cash with you whenever you go.
Climate: Berlin has a continental climate with cold winters, hot summers and fairly mild autumns and springs. During summer, between May and August, the city of Berlin can get pleasantly warm with many hours of sunshine. Winters can be bitterly cold and damp.
Dozens of airlines fly to and from Schonefeld and Tangel Airport daily, so you can pick and choose based on your point of origin. You can also wheel into Berlin by train—most lines run into Berlin Central Train station, Hauptbahnhof.
From Schonefeld Airport:
Train – 3.30 Euro
Bus – 3.30 Euro
Taxi – around 50 Euro
From Tangel Airport:
Bus – 2.7 Euro
Taxi – around 25 Euro
Driving in Berlin isn’t advisable—find a parking place would be a challenge. Opt for wandering around on foot—the most romantic way to discover the hidden corners of the city—or use the impressive public system of buses, trams, trolleys, metro, and bikes. Berliner loves their bike rides and the entire city infrastructure is ready for it.
In Berlin, there are 3 areas: A, B and C (zone A delimitates central area, zone B from the center to the limit of the city and zone C the surroundings)
The ticket is valid for one journey only 2:00 hours, in one direction
Zona AB – 2.7 Euro
Zona BC – 3.0 Euro
Zona ABC – 3.30 Euro
There is a ticket for short distances – 1.70 Euro
It is valid for three stations S-Bahn and U-Bahn and you can change the vehicle
It is valid for six bus or tram stations but is not permitted to change vehicle
1-day ticket valid for all public transport
AB – 7 Euro
ABC – 7.60 Euro
Berlin Welcome Card
Valid 2 days
Zone AB – 19.50 Euro
Zone ABC – 21.50 Euro
Valid 3 days
Zone AB – 27.50 Euro
Zona ABC – 29.50 Euro
Valid 4 days
Zone AB – 31.50 Euro
Zone ABC – 34.50 Euro
Valid 5 days
Zone AB – 35.50 Euro
Zone ABC – 40.50 Euro
Valid 6 days
Zone AB – 41.50 Euro
Zone ABC – 45.50 Euro
Other types of cards:
Berlin Pass provides access to over 60 attractions, Hop on Hop Off bus and optional access to all public transport
Berlin City Tour Card – gives free access to public transport and at least 15% off at 10 attractions in Berlin
Museum Pass Berlin – 24 Euro gives you free access to 50 museums in Berlin
2 Euro/km (first 7 km) and 1.5 Euro (after first 7 km)
Where to stay:
Accommodation can be easily solved by Booking or Airbnb hostels and hotels. Hostels are for all tastes, looks great and are often better placed than hotels. This will also give you the opportunity to meet new people and eventually make new friends.
The best option is, of course, visiting a friend. So you can combine business with pleasure best. Plus it is always nice to see again your friends. As in our case
Where to eat:
In Berlin, there are so many gastronomic choices, that for sure you will not have problems to eat cheap and well. Start with German specialties like Currywurst, Kartoffelsalat, Bratwurst, continue with Turkish, Vietnamese and Italian restaurants, you can eat very well and the cost will be somewhere between 3-7 Euro.
The concept of Street Food is very well developed here. So you have from where to choose from.
Tips from locals:
If you go to Berlin you should not miss Potsdam, the royal town. And you should book a whole day for this.
Food in Berlin – there are many Turkish restaurants, Vietnamese or Italian where you can eat well and inexpensively 3-7 Euro a dish
Transport – Buses 100 and 200 run on the same line of Hop on Hop off bus tour, but at much lower prices
Sunday in Berlin – Sunday is a non-working day in Berlin, so there will be very few restaurants open
To visit the Reichstag dome will have to make your reservation at least a few days in advance.
Free attractions in Berlin:
- Free tours are organized in many cities all over Europe, as well in Berlin, but you will be expected to leave a donation
- Holocaust Memorial
- Brandenburg Gate
- Wall from West Side Gallery
- Reichstag Dome
- Island museum which of course does not include museums entrances
- Street art in Berlin
- Potsdamer Platz
- Cathedral or Berlin Cathedral
- You can enjoy a picnic in a park. Lot of people are doing this, especially locals.
3 Days in Berlin – what to do:
I’m suggesting you the following tours:
Alexander Platz (Fernsehturm Berlín/TV Tower, The world clock, Fountain of International Friendship)- Red city hall – DDR Museum –Berlin Dome – Lustgarden and Museum Island – Deutsches Historisches Museum – Neue Wache – Humboldt University – Babel Platz –State Opera – Hotel Adlon –Brandenburg Gate – Holocaustului Museum
Ku’damm – Kaiser-Wilhelm Church – Bikini Mall – Helmut Newton Photo Museum –KaDeWe – Potsdamer Platz – West Side Gallery –Oberbaumbrücke Bridge.
Near Berlin you can find also many interesting cities that can be visited if you have more time at your disposal:
- Tropical Island Resort