Berlin Travel Guide
Vibrant, ultra-modern, young, historic, multicultural and tolerant are some of the many charms of Berlin. Since the fall of The Berlin Wall, the city has managed to become one of the most stimulating creative and cultural centres in Europe. A mecca of artists, bohemians and Europe’s creative class, Berlin is an old, historic city made new again, thanks to a torn-down wall, a reunified country, and an influx of young, trendsetting individuals from around the world. A must-place to visit, best known for its lively nightlife – known as Europe’s party capital, hip cafés, clubs, bars, street art, more than 200 museums and historic monuments.
Best Time to visit Berlin
The best time to visit Berlin is definitely summer, thus resulting in higher hotel prices, and a packed city. If you are planning to travel on a budget it would be easier to travel off-season (October – March), when it is more affordable.
Most of city’s hotels are mainly located in the western part of the city (such as Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf), especially close to Berlin Zoo station. It is always better to book in advance for better rates. You can also find great hostels and dorms for much lower prices.
Accommodation in Berlin
If you are travelling on a budget, the best location to look for a hotel is Alexanderplatz, which also serves as a connecting hub for all of the city’s rails and buses. Another budget option is the area near Tegel Airport, that offers easy access to low budget hotels.
If you are in the city for its hype vibe, then you would want to book in areas such as Freidrichshain or Kreuzberg. Whereas if you are in the city, ready for some luscious luxury, the recommended area is the elegant neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg.
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Things to do in Berlin
The city’s main cultural and historical sights – from the Museum Island and the Reichstag to Checkpoint Charlie and the Jewish Museum are to be found in city centre (central Mitte).
The surrounding neighbourhoods (including Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Schöneberg) are also worth exploring for their massive selection of independent bars, restaurants and clubs, as well as their edgy art spaces and smaller museums. Kreuzberg’s Museum of Things and Prenzlauer Berg’s Berlin Wall Memorial spring immediately to mind.
Top Tours & Activities in Berlin
Shopping in Berlin
Berlin is a shopping paradise. There is everything here, from exclusive and upmarket to cheap and cheerful. The city’s main shopping drag is Kurfürstendamm (known as Ku’Damm) and its Tauentzienstrasse extension, which offers a dizzying mix of exclusive shops, the enormous KaDeWe department store, and shopping centres like Europa-Center or Neues Kanzler Eck.
Side streets like Bleibtreustrasse and Fasanenstrasse, meanwhile, provide chic boutiques, many of which carry signature styles you’ll find nowhere else. In Mitte, there is the Galeries Lafayette for those who prefer large department store shopping with end-end merchandise. Berlin has emerged as one of Europe’s top shopping destinations.
There is no official sales season in Berlin, but typically you will find winter sales during the first week of February and towards the end of July. Sales in the Summer start during the last week of July and last until the first week of August. A great time to shop is a week or two after the sales, when items have been marked down even further.
Galleries Lafayette Berlin
Where to eat in Berlin
Berlin is multicultural and has a huge variety of different styles and tastes from around the world. In Berlin’s refurbished market halls you will find street food from all over the world and you it’s a must to try Berlin’s most famous classics, currywurst and döner.
Charlottenburg is great for traditional cuisine, Kreuzberg and Neukölln are great for Indian, Turkish and the Middle East food, and for Asian Food head to Prenzlauer Berg.
City West is a very good place for quality restaurants and is bursting with a big variety of styles and cuisines, and Mitte is a new centre of East Berlin with upmarket restaurants.
For cheap and good food, especially from Turkey and the Middle East, visit Kreuzberg and Neukölln with their abundance of Indian and Döner Kebap restaurants. If you are looking for a quick meal you could try getting off at Görlitzer Bahnhof or Schlesisches Tor on the U1 line. The area is filled with inexpensive, quality restaurants.
Popular Restaurants in Berlin
Skyline Restaurant in Berlin
Nightlife in Berlin
Berlin’s nightlife is legendary, Berlin loves techno, and only Berlin can show you how varied and electrifying this music can be. The clubs of Berlin continuously develop new musical trends and most of them are open every day of the week. There is no official closing time, no dress code and buses and trains run all night. This is every clubber’s paradise!
In the centre of the city you will find more than 200 different clubs and bars of all tastes, most clubs charge a €5.00 to €10.00 entrance fee and for the most famous clubs you will €15.00. Many industrial buildings and old factories turned into trendy nightclubs, like Kulturbrauerei, the Pfefferberg and the Arena. West Berlin is for classic, elegant nightclubs and East Berlin is great for alternative live music clubs of all kinds, from jazz and soul, to rock and blues.
Prenzlauer Berg is a modern district that offers great entertainment thanks to its numerous clubs and discos, among them the Watergate, the Tresor and the famous Berghain Panorama Bar. The Middle is one of the main districts for nightlife, especially near Alexanderplatz with many lounges and chic clubs andSchöneberg is traditionally the gay district of Berlin.