Cultural diversity, art and history, extensive shopping trips, culinary highlights or dancing the night away – the German capital is always worth a trip. Berlin offers almost endless possibilities for travel arrangements and captivates its visitors with its lively and trendy atmosphere. Read our Berlin travel highlights here and find your suitable flight so that nothing stands in the way of your travel planning.
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Berlin is a centre of politics, culture and history. The European metropolis exudes a unique pulsating energy, which is also expressed in its creative and alternative scene. In addition, Berlin is also the greenest major city in Europe and offers plenty of time for nature and relaxation with its many green spaces. One thing is clear: the city has something to offer for everyone and you’re sure to never get bored on a city break.
Due to the variety of offers and leisure activities, nothing stands in the way of individual travel planning in Berlin. We have summarised the highlights that should not be missed during a visit to Berlin.
A visit to Berlin is directly linked to an eventful history. You should definitely see the Brandenburg Gate when visiting the capital. The landmark of Berlin is a reminder of the division between West and East Berlin and is today a symbol of freedom and unity. Especially when illuminated in the evening, the Brandenburg Gate is very impressive.
Another reminder of the Wall between East and West Berlin is Checkpoint Charlie, a famous border crossing of the time. Here you can delve deeper into history at the Berlin Wall Museum. If you are interested in Berlin’s past, a visit to the GDR Museum is also highly recommended.
Berlin is the centre of German politics. Visit the government quarter, where you can see the most important government buildings on a guided tour. A visit to the Reichstag in particular, and with it the glass dome, is worthwhile: here you have a wonderful view of the government quarter and the Spree River in fine weather. If you want, you can also admire the impressive buildings from the water – guided boat trips make this possible.
Not far from the government quarter is the Victory Column. Walk through the green Tiergarten to this important national monument. Those who put up with the 285 steps will be rewarded at the top with a wonderful panoramic view.
Probably the most popular viewing platform is the Berlin TV Tower. At a height of 368 metres, it is the tallest building in Germany and catches the eye as soon as you land in Berlin. To enter the viewing platform, it is necessary to purchase tickets in advance.
With more than 175 museums, Berlin leaves nothing to be desired for those interested in art and culture. The large selection of museums also ensures that there are plenty of alternative programmes in case of bad weather. One of the most important museum complexes in Europe is the Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can find, for example, the Old National Gallery, the Pergamon Museum or the New Museum. A visit to the East Side Gallery, a piece of the Berlin Wall that was painted by various artists after the fall of the Wall, is also a must.
Even those who come to Berlin just to shop will not be disappointed. The city beckons with huge shopping arcades, shopping malls and also small, hidden boutiques. Probably the most famous department stores’ in Berlin is the KaDeWe, where you can shop extensively on six floors. On the most famous shopping streets, Kurfürstendamm and Friedrichstraße, as well as around Potsdamer Platz, you will also find numerous shopping opportunities. The boutiques around Hackescher Markt are a little more creative and original. In the various parts of the city you can also stroll around and discover inconspicuous treasures.
If you’ve had enough of the hustle and bustle of the big city, there are plenty of places in the green metropolis to recharge your batteries in nature. This can be done almost directly in the city at Tempelhofer Feld. The huge area of the former Tempelhof Airport is now used as a park and leisure area. Other well-known parks are the Britzer Garten, the Volkspark Friedrichshain and the Gärten der Welt. In addition, Berlin is surrounded by green mixed forests that invite you to go for a walk or a bike ride and slow down.
The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport, with the abbreviation BER, has been in operation since 2020 and will be your arrival airport. It has replaced the old Berlin Tegel Airport, TXL, and is located on the southern border of Berlin in the state of Brandenburg. The major airport is served by many different departure airports in Germany, Europe and the world. BER has two terminals; Terminal 5 of Schöneberg Airport, which was still in use until recently, has been closed.
Entertainment is provided at BER Airport: you can watch the flight action on a large visitors’ terrace at Terminal 1. There is also a wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants where you can pass the time.
When are flights cheapest?
Berlin is a popular tourist destination in the summer. If you want to fly to Berlin as cheaply as possible, it’s worth booking a flight early.
How do I get from the airport to the city?
The connections from the airport to the city are very good. Directly at the airport is the station “Flughafen BER – Terminal 1-2”, where S-Bahn trains, regional trains and the Airport Express (FEX) run. The FEX runs via Berlin Ostkreuz and Gesundbrunnen to the main station. The FEX takes half an hour from the airport to the main station. The S-Bahn lines S 9 and S 45 also take you to the city centre.
Which ticket do I need?
To get from the airport to the city centre, you need a single ticket ABC. You can purchase this either on the platform or via the Deutsche Bahn or BVG apps.
With the “Berlin Welcome Card”, Berlin’s official tourist ticket, you can travel throughout Berlin on public transport and also receive discounts at many sights and museums. You can buy the “Berlin Welcome Card” online or directly at the airport upon arrival.
What other transport options are there?
SunExpress flies and lands at Terminal 1. There are bus stops directly in front of the terminal where various bus lines connect parts of the city with the airport. Of course, there is also the option of taking a taxi or an Uber into the city.
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