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 Welcome to Berlin - the capital of Germany, which has been enormously affected since the Wall came down, commanding global interest as a destination. In no other European metropolis has so much changed in recent years. Walking through Berlin you will see evidence of different historic periods in a short time, from medieval buildings to the famous sightseeing landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and East Side Gallery. Today Berlin presents itself as a young, dynamic metropolis open to the world right in the heart of Europe, setting new trends in architecture, art and fashion. Discover its diversity – enjoy Berlin!

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Emergency / Police: 110
Fire brigade / Rescue Coordination Centre: 112
On-call medical service: +49 30 31 00 31

Berlin has extremely liberal opening times. Theoretically, shops may stay open from Monday to Saturday round the clock.
In practice though, most stores in the larger shopping centres are open Monday to Saturday from 10 / 11 am to 8 / 9 pm.

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about Berlin is available by calling +49 30 25 00 25, online at www.visitBerlin.de, and in town at the Berlin Tourist Information Centres.

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The City

You can’t pigeonhole Berlin at all, and it is precisely this fact that makes the city so unique.

Originally the symbol of the Cold War and division of Germany, the former “Walled-in City” at the border between West and East Europe has developed into a permanently attractive travel destination since the Wall came down.

The Berlin Wall divided one of the most popular metropolises in Europe for almost 30 years. When it came down on 9th November 1989, the world changed. For those who would like to go on a tour of discovery for the traces of the Wall where it used to run, there are many possibilities: one way is to experience the division at first hand at the Bernauer Straße Memorial, where the division created by the Wall is brought back to life by original parts of the actual death strips. Other places where you can trace the Berlin Wall are the East Side Gallery, the former border crossing point between East and West Berlin Checkpoint Charlie, and the associated Wall Museum.

These days, the appeal of Berlin is its fascinating mixture of history and zeitgeist, offering diverse attractions in art, culture, music, entertainment and countless shopping possibilities. The modern hotel landscape, an incredibly diverse gastronomy and unbeatably favourable prices certainly bear comparison with international standards. Plus the city’s vibrant and flourishing creative scene and hot music and club culture put their own unique stamp on the unmistakable character of the lifestyle metropolis.

To be true, the first time you visit Berlin, you want to see the famous attractions. However, the second visit (at the latest) it’ll be clear what really attracts you about Berlin. Whether lover of culture or scene frequenter – you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for in one of the city districts. Berlin has 12 in number and each of them possesses its own particular charm: in Berlin-Mitte fashion rules the roost – alongside Chancellor Merkel, Neukölln has been transformed from a problem area into the scene district Berlin’s western city centre is now enjoying a renaissance, Prenzlauer Berg is famous for its family-friendly reputation, Kreuzberg has its multicultural scene and Friedrichshain is the centre of the alternate lifestyle.

Check out our YouTube channel to get inspired: www.youtube.com/user/Berlin

Do & See

Whether you see the sights of Berlin by coach, steamer, bicycle or on foot – you’ll pass a lot of famous buildings and memorials. We’ll tell you which ones you really can’t afford to miss!

German Spy Museum

THE STORY OF BERLIN

Ritter Sport Chocolate Store

Friedrichstadt-Palast Berlin

Alexanderplatz und Fernsehturm (Alexanderplatz and Television Tower)

Brandenburger Tor

Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe)

East Side Gallery

Gendarmenmarkt

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church)

Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial)

Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Jewish Museum Berlin)

Kulturforum

Museumsinsel Berlin (Museum Island Berlin)

Mauermuseum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

Nikolaiviertel (Nikolai Quarter)

Potsdamer Platz

Reichstag

Schloss Charlottenburg (Charlottenburg Palace)

Berlin WelcomeCard

The Official Berlin Tourist Pass -
One ticket, more than 200 attractions, an endless amount of Berlin!

Your advantages:

• Travel on trains, busses and trams throughout the city
• Discount of up to 50% on entry at 200 attractions, such as the famous TV Tower, the DDR Museum, the sightseeing bus and much more.
• Map of Berlin and comprehensive guide book
• Versions available that include Potsdam or the Museum Island
• Tickets are available for 48h to 6 days
• Print-at-home, receive by mail or buy voucher tickets
• Prices start at 19,90€ for a 48h ticket

Conveniently order your ticket online and use it straight on arrival:

www.berlin-welcomecard.de/en/buy-tickets


All info at:

www.berlin-welcomecard.de/en


Contact for enquries:
Berlin Service Center +49 30 - 25 00 25

To receive a print copy of the Berlin WelcomeCard Guide simply present the ticket at any Berlin Tourist Info Centre or at service points of BVG+S-Bahn Berlin:

• Berlin Tourist Info Centres
• BVG + S-Bahn Berlin
• Berlin airports Tegel (TXL) + Schönefeld (SXF)

More infos at: www.berlin-welcomecard.de/en


NEW – the Berlin WelcomeCard all inclusive
Premium pass with free entry at 30 attractions!

www.berlin-welcomecard.de/berlin-welcomecard-all-inclusive

Events

Although Berlin is always worth a visit, some dates really stand out. The Berlin Event Calendar is full of attractions and events, fairs and sporting highlights. Whether opera, theatre, musical or concert – with well over a thousand different cultural events to choose from, you’re sure to find the right one for you!

The Friedrichstadt-Palast, Europe’s biggest revue theatre with its legendary high-stepping girls’ line, or variety theatres like the "Chamäleon Varieté" guarantee non-stop entertainment. The musical productions at Potsdamer Platz or in the Theatre des Westens offer music, breathtaking stage settings and choreographies that are sure to enchant you. You’ll receive the surprise of your life when you see the Blue Man Group: this show, mixing concert, comedy and special-effects is one of a kind!

T-Rex in Berlin

Fête de la Musique

Dining

From a 3-course menu in a star-rated restaurant to boulettes or a doner kebab in the local snack bar – there’s something to suit everybody’s taste at good value for money in Berlin. There are just no limits to the culinary diversities: whether Australian or French cuisine, exotic Asian dishes or the Berliner currywurst, for gastronomic globetrotters there are international delicacies and regional specialities.

Berlin’s regional cuisine is solid and tasty, and served in cosy traditional pubs. A particular speciality is breakfast, which many cafés offer all day long – ideal for night owls who like to lie in a bit longer in the morning.

In summer, the city life moves outside: beach bars along the banks of the Spree with a view of the water are specially favoured. They are perfect places for enjoying a cocktail or sipping a Berliner Weisse (wheat beer) after a sightseeing tour. The popular summer drink, a beer speciality mixed with raspberry or Waldmeister (woodruff) syrup, is something you really shouldn’t miss out on!

Brauhaus Südstern

Duke Restaurant

"first floor" in the Hotel Palace Berlin

"Sophieneck" restaurant and public house

The Unique Bar

Berliner Republik

Brechts Restaurant

Restaurant Knese Berlin Plaza Hotel

friedrichs 106

Hugos Restaurant

Listo Lounge

Restaurant Mark Brandenburg

NOCTI VAGUS Dunkelrestaurant

Restaurant Dressler

Ristorante - Maranello - Trattoria

Alberts

Asin Restaurant

PLAY OFF

Restaurant Haus Berlin

Restaurant Friesendeel Upstalsboom Hotel Friedrichshain

Wilson's - The Prime Rib Restaurant Crowne Plaza Berlin City Centre

La Soupe Populaire

Katz Orange

Restaurant reinstoff Berlin

Mogg Deli (Former Jewish School for Girls)

Pauly Saal (Former Jewish School for Girls)

Die Henne

Sage Restaurant Berlin

Spagos Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz

Restaurant Relish Hotel The Westin Grand Berlin

Ampelmann Restaurant

Greys | Bar & Restaurant im H’Otello K’80

La Maison de l’Entrecôte

Apaka - indisches Restaurant

Kartoffelkeller

Meena Kumari

Unsicht-Bar-Berlin

Brachvogel

Xantener Eck

Alto Bar - Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie

Grand Restaurant "M" Maritim Hotel Berlin

Restaurant HEat Radisson Blu Hotel

Restaurant Hof Zwei Mövenpick Hotel Berlin

Restaurant "Movie" Holiday Inn Berlin-Mitte

Restaurant Volt Berlin

Cafes

The streets of the Berlin scene neighbourhoods are choc-a-bloc full with cafés. They have everything that you need for a good start to the day, from lactose-free latte macchiato to a hearty buffet. Whether self-service or attentive service, sitting comfortably in upholstered chairs or just squatting on a bar stool, there’s breakfast seven days a week and in some cafés even 24 hours a day – not for nothing is Berlin the city with the widest range of breakfasts.

In the afternoons, what better than to take a break from sightseeing or shopping in one of the Berlin’s countless cafés. A quick cappuccino or home-made cake in a pleasant atmosphere is just the ticket for reading your newspaper in peace and quiet or leisurely observing people. Many coffee houses provide their guests with WLAN internet access and sockets for their laptop. When the sun starts shining, there’s a rush to move tables and chairs outside so that the guests can sit outside and enjoy the weather.

Romanisches Café

Café Restaurant Jelänger Jelieber

Eismanufaktur

Wohnzimmer

Eispatisserie Hokey Pokey

Café Berio

Café Sibylle

Café in the Literaturhaus (House of Literature)

Café Lehmsofa

Berliner Kaffeerösterei

Alto Bar - Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie

Schwarzes Café

Kuchenrausch

Café and Restaurant Jolesch

Altes Standesamt Cafe & Restaurant

Der Eisladen

Galerie Café Bachmann

Café Ungeheuer

Café Rix

Florida Eiscafé

Mutter Fourage

Double Eye

Café Bilderbuch

Café Olé

Rote Beete Café & Bar

Kuchen-Kaiser

Café Einstein Stammhaus

Café Vux

Café Schönhausen

Café Barfly

Brezel Company

Frau Behrens Torten

Bars & Nightlife

It doesn’t matter whether you just want to round off the day or get started for the night ahead – you’re sure to find the right sort of bar to plan your individual evening in Berlin. The spectrum ranges from the exclusive hotel bar via the trendy haunt with its modern design or traditional drop-in pub round the corner right up to the exotic cocktail bar or oriental shisha bar. Particularly popular are the sky bars in the high-rise buildings on Ku’damm, at Alex or Potsdamer Platz. There is a spectacular view to be had of Berlin at night from high over the city’s roofs.

The Berlin nightlife is legendary. The parties. The music. The people. In this respect it’s a question of “Your wish is Berlin’s command”! Well-known DJs present the latest sounds to their audiences in the city’s countless clubs, bars and discotheques. And there are always new clubs shooting up out of the ground everywhere. The intent of the party people is obvious: dance, have fun and party into the small hours. Because there are no closing hours in Berlin.

TIP: It doesn’t matter if you’re a chic chick, easy jetsetter, gay gent or 9-to-5 type – a glance at our ClubMATCHER (at: www.clubmatcher.de) will help you to find the sort of club you’re looking for.

Victoriabar

PURO Sky Lounge Berlin

solar

POSH Australian Bar

Green Mango Karaoke- & Erlebnisbar

Matrix Club Berlin

Kaffee Burger

Würgeengel

WEEKEND

WATERGATE

40seconds

WILHELM HOECK 1892

Shopping

Lovers of exclusive designer fashion, bargain hunters, trendsetters looking for the latest fashion and all those, who would like to take more than just pleasant memories of their stay in Berlin home with them, are guaranteed to get their money’s worth thanks to all the diverse possibilities for shopping in the large shopping centres, department stores, small shops and exclusive boutiques in the city.

No matter whether hip, casual and trendy or classical, elegant and timeless – there’s something here for all tastes and purses. And the practically unrestricted opening times (except Sundays) in this shopping paradise will only make the hearts of all shopping fans beat that faster, rather along the lines of the slogan: “Shop until you drop”!

One of the most popular shopping streets is of course Kurfürstendamm: here it’s even worth investigating the side streets for your shopping spree. The Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe for short) in Tauentzienstraße is the largest department store on the European mainland and has an enormous range of goods for you to look and marvel at (and also buy!).

In Berlin-Mitte the legendary Friedrichstraße now exudes a cosmopolitan flair thanks to its new architecture and chic stores like the Galeries Lafayette or Quartier 206. Alexa at Alexanderplatz is also a great place for shopping.

For those who are searching for new trends and original accessories, having a look in the small shops dotted around the Hackesche Höfe in the former Scheunenviertel (barn district) would be well worthwhile. There are lots of young Berlin designers represented in Münzstraße as well as Alte and Neue Schönhauser Straße. And let’s not forget that Kastanienallee in Prenzlauer Berg or Bergmannstraße in Kreuzberg also have some pretty hot fashion shops too.

Tip for bargain hunters: The numerous flea markets in Berlin are veritable paradises to rummage through, for example Sundays at Straße des 17. June, in the Mauerpark (Wall park) or at Boxhagener Platz.

Friedrichstraße

Kurfürstendamm

Hackescher Markt

Mulackstraße und Alte Schönhauser Straße

Kreuzberg: Oranienstraße und Bergmannstraße

Alexanderplatz

Accommodation

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Berlin Hotel Guide

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Berlin - The Sports Capital

Berlin is Germany's top city for sport and sports fans. High-class events attract sports enthusiasts and spectators from around the world. Berlin hosts several major sporting events every year and many have become legendary: the BMW Berlin-Marathon is one of the top running events worldwide

Essential Information

Passport / Visa

Germany can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Airports

Berlin has two airports, each with excellent connections to the local public transport network. Schönefeld Airport (SXF) lies southeast of Berlin, approx. 18 km (11 miles) from downtown Berlin. It is connected to the S45 and S9 S-Bahn lines as well as regional express mainline trains departing in half-hourly intervals from the Hauptbahnhof, Zoologischer Garten, Friedrichstraße, Alexanderplatz and Ostbahnhof stations. The Schönefeld Airport-Express departs from Spandau via Zoologischer Garten, Hauptbahnhof and Ostbahnhof to Schönefeld. The journey from Hauptbahnhof takes about half-an-hour.

Airport Tegel (TXL) lies in the northwest of the city, approx. 8 km (5 miles) from downtown Berlin. It has a close connection to the stadtautobahn (urban motorway) as well as local public transport services with the 109 and X9 bus routes to Zoologischer Garten, the 128 bus route to the northern districts of Berlin and the TXL bus route to the government quarter.

Schönefeld Airport
12521 Berlin-Schönefeld
+49 180-500 01 86 (0,14 € /Min.)
Mainline railway station / IC connection
about 300 m ( yds) / 5 Min.
S-Bahn station: Berlin-Schönefeld Airport

Airport Tegel
13405 Berlin-Reinickendorf
+49 180-500 01 86 (0.14 €/Min.)
N X9, 109, 128, Jet Express TXL

More info, including on the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport:

Phone: +49 180 5000 186

Website: www.berlin-airport.de

Taxi

When hiring a taxi in Berlin, you pay a basic charge of €3.90 plus €2.00 for each kilometre travelled. The “Kurzstrecke” (short distance) tariff gives you a journey of up to two kilometres for €5.00 – in this case, however, you have to flag down the taxi yourself. The “Kurzstrecke” tariff does not apply if you order a taxi or get in one at a designated taxi-waiting spot.

Taxi Berlin International +49 30 20 20 21 22 0 (English language taxi-ordering service around the clock) taxi-berlin.de

Funk Taxi Berlin +49 30 26 10 26 www.funk-taxi-berlin.de

Berlin Tourist Info

Before you go: Hotels.Tickets.Infos. Information available at www.visitBerlin.com or call +49 30 25 00 25.

Berlin Tourist Info:

Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate)
Pariser Platz
south gatehouse
daily 9.30am – 6pm*
S+U Brandenburger Tor

Europa-Center Berlin
Tauentzienstraße 9
ground floor
Mon–Sat 10am – 8pm
S+U Zoologischer Garten
U Kurfürstendamm, Wittenbergplatz

Fernsehturm (TV Tower)
Panoramastraße 1a
daily 10am – 4pm*
S+U Alexanderplatz

Flughafen Tegel (Tegel Airport)
Terminal A, Gate 1
daily 8am – 9pm
B 109, 128, X9, TXL

Schönefeld Airport
Tourist-Information Berlin-Brandenburg
Terminal A
Mainhall, ground floor, right hand
daily 7am – 10.30pm
S Airport Schönefeld

Hauptbahnhof (Central Station)
entrance Europaplatz, ground floor
daily 8am – 10pm
S+U Hauptbahnhof

BBOXX at Berlin Central Coach Station (ZOB)
Masurenallee 4-6
14057 Berlin
daily 10am – 6pm
S + U Messe Nord / ICC
U Kaiserdamm


*Extended opening hours April to October.


Web: www.visitberlin.de/en/plan/on-site

Post

You can buy stamps in post offices and at tobacconist shops. Post office opening times vary – they are normally open between 8 am and 6 pm weekdays and between 9 am and 1 pm on Saturdays.

The post office in Georgenstraße, Berlin-Mitte is open every day of the week:

Address: Georgenstraße in Berlin-Mitte

Newspapers

The most important daily newspapers are:
Berliner Zeitung
Tagesspiegel
Berliner Morgenpost
Die Welt

Every fortnight in alternating weeks the two Berlin programme magazines TIP and Zitty appear containing numerous tips on cultural events and going out.

Dentists

Emergency dental service: +49 30 89 004 333 or at: www.kzv-berlin.de

Pharmacy

On-call medical service: +49 30 31 00 31 or at: www.kvberlin.de

Chemists’ emergency service: (Berlin Chamber of Chemists): at www.akberlin.de

Telephone

Country code: +49, Area code: 030

Electricity

230 V / 50 Hz

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