Berlin - Overview:
Berlin, Germany, is the third most visited place in Europe, and it fascinates young and old, history buffs and art lovers, architecture aficionados and underground clubbers alike. Wherever you go, you experience the pulsating life of Berlin: in over 170 museums and art galleries, in 300 clubs and 7,000 bars and restaurants - many of which are open around the clock.
When you walk through the city, you'll be struck by the variety of architectural styles, ranging from palaces, to the remnants of socialist buildings and modern skyscrapers.
Berlin - Facts:
- 3.4 million inhabitants
- Divided into 12 districts
- Almost 500,000 residents are of foreign nationality, with 14,000 Americans living in Berlin
- Situated in eastern Germany, about 44 miles west of the border to Poland
Berlin - Getting There:
Check flight information and timetables for both airports here.
By train: Reach Berlin from all directions by using the fast Intercity Express, Intercity, Euro City and Interregional Trains. Berlin's main train stations are:
- Zoologischer Garten
Read more about the German train system, online ticketing, and journey planning in our Guide to Train Travel in Germany.
Berlin - Getting Around:
Tickets are 2.10 Euro for a two-hour pass, and 5.80 Euro for an unlimited day pass. With one ticket, you can use the:
- Subway (U-Bahn)
- Tram (Strassen Bahn)
- Rapid transit (S-Bahn)
Bike: A great way to get around Berlin is by bike; the city is known for its highly developed bike lane system. You can rent a bike and explore Berlin on your own, or take part in a guided bike tour .
Weather in Berlin:
At any time of the year, it's always a good idea to bring an umbrella.
Check the weather in Berlin today .
Berlin's Sights and Attractions:
- Check out the 10 Best Things to Do in Berlin
- Take our Berlin Walking Tour that leads you to the most famous landmarks of the city.
- Visit the Brandenburg Gate, the national symbol of Germany.
- Treat yourself to a day of culture at one of the 10 Best Museums in Berlin.
- See the East Side Gallery, the colorful monument of the Berlin Wall
- Take the public double-decker bus #100 from Alexander Platz; it will help you get the lay of the land and it drives past a lot of interesting sights.
Check out the best Berlin restaurants.
If you want something good on-the-go, try:
- Döner Kebab, rotisserie lamb or chicken, carved thin and packed in a toasted Turkish bread with salad, tomatoes, and a sauce of your choice (3 Euro)
- Curry Wurst, a Berlin original: hot pork sausage, cut into slices and seasoned with curry sauce (2 Euro)
Berlin is the capital of German nightlife and has a vibrant and ever changing club scene; check out our guide to Berlin Nightlife:
Berlin is also on our list Germany's Top 10 Cities - Best Spots for City Breaks in Germany.