Berlin City Travel

Berlin

Berlin is the largest, coolest and perhaps the most cosmopolitan city in Germany. Berlin is vibrant with many distinctive contrasts and is one of Europe's truly great capital cities.

West Berlin is lively and modern, the former East offers historical monuments to its glorious past with exquisitely restored buildings and glimpses of pre-war that cannot fail to impress.

City Breaks: Berlin has a unique history and remains one of Europe's top cultural city break destinations. The city provides a wide variety of attractions, ranging from the authentic and charming christmas markets and the historic monuments of the former East, to the modern world of underground art & live music, inspired by the original Krautrock & early German Electronica to the more recent techno, electro & dance scene.

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Berlin is a vibrant centre for the arts with superb museums, theatres and art galleries. Visit the Kulturforum for many fascinating and impressive museums and concert venues including the Berliner Philharmonie concert hall and the complex's Picture Gallery. The gallery houses a vast collection of European paintings from the 13th to 18th centuries.

Visit the house of Checkpoint Charlie Museum, once a threatening monitoring tower erected to ensure no one crossed over from East to West Berlin. Include the East Side gallery to see a surviving chunk of the real Wall now decorated by local artists.

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Visit the The New National Gallery, the gallery owns one of the world's most important collections of twentieth-century art. The Nationalgalerie's own collection of Classical Modernism shows around 250 paintings and sculptures from the years 1900 to 1945. Alternatively visit The Pergamon Museum with numerous works of ancient art which can be found at Museum Island in Eastern Berlin.

Visit the Brandenburg Gate, this grand monument (built between 1788 and 1791) is most impressive and extremely symbolic, it used to lie abandoned in no man's land behind the Berlin Wall but now stands proud as Berlin's only remaining sandstone City Gate. The gate has been renovated along with the newly reconstructed Pariser Platz that links the gate to the beautiful Unter den Linden Boulevard.

The Story of Berlin exhibition has been one of Berlin's most popular attractions and is scheduled to reopen in late 2022 after extensive renovation works. The exhibition recounts the history of the German capital city from its foundation until the fall of the Wall in 1990. One of its main attractions is the nuclear bunker that was built during the Cold War in the 1970's.

Shopping: Berlin has excellent shopping with the renowned Kufurstendamm or Ku'damm well known for it's glitzy chic shops and restaurants. A must do is the famous department store KaDeWe, the second largest department store in Europe after Harrods in London.

Berlin's official tourist card is called the Berlin Welcome Card. This card gives you access to free public transport in Berlin, plus savings of upto 5o% on many of Berlin's top attractions.

The Berlin Welcome Card gives you access to public transport services across the entire city, with additional charged access to Potsdam if required. Berlin is divided into 3 fare zones A, B and C. Section A includes Berlin's inner city up to and including the S-Bahn Ring. Section B is located outside the S-Bahn Ring up to the city limits. Section C is the area around Berlin, including the town of Potsdam. Each card is valid for 1 Adult and up to 3 children (aged between 6 & 14 yrs).

Public Transport: The Berlin public transport system is very efficient with an extensive combination of services, including: buses, trams, ferries, the U-Bahn (underground) and S-Bahn (commuter rail) with the U & S Bahns being the easiest forms of transport. East Berlin has a network of modernised and authentic pre-war trams serving the city's most interesting sites and locations. Travel passes are available, including daily, weekly or monthly tickets. The Berlin Welcome Card is valid for 48 or 72 hours and gives unlimited travel for an adult and three children over three zones, plus discounts at many of Berlin's popular tourist attractions.

Berlin Nightlife: Berlin has a fantastic legendary nightlife with world-class opera, jazz and classical concerts year round, the city can boast to having more pubs than any other European city. A great way to relax is to take a break in one of Berlin's many traditional cafes and sample their legendary pastries or gateaux.

Club Scene: Berlin is known as the Capital of Techno, and every week thousands of techno fans from all over the world flock to Berlin's legendary clubs. The best clubs to head for are Berghain & Panorama Bar, Berghain is known as the church of Techno and is one of the world's most famous techno clubs. The club occupies an abandoned power plant and inside the same building you'll find the Panorama Bar, which has a slightly more relaxed house feel.

Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER). The airport is located 18 kilometers (11 miles) south-east of the city centre at: Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 12529 Schönefeld, Germany.

Berlin Brandenburg (BER) serves as a base for the following airlines: Eurowings, Easyjet, TUI fly Deutschland and Ryanair. The airport mostly features flights to European metropolitan and leisure destinations as well as a number of intercontinental services. British Airways operates direct services to Berlin Brandenburg (BER) departing from London Heathrow (LHR) & London City (LCY) airports.

Lufthansa: Lufthansa operates regular direct services from Berlin T1 to Frankfurt and Munich. Both services provide access to Lufthansa's global flight network, with just one change of aircraft.

Airport Transport and Shuttle Services:
Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) has its own train station with fast train and suburban train services to downtown Berlin. The Airport Express (FEX) and regional trains (RE7, RB14) operate between Berlin central station and Flughafen BER Terminals 1 & 2 several times per hour. In addition there are various direct bus services to downtown Berlin, plus a direct road link to the autobahn.

Car Hire: All major car rental companies are represented at Berlin (BER) airport, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

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