Welcome to the bustling metropolis of Berlin with its three airports: as well as the international airport Tegel (TXL), there is also Schönefeld (SXF) airport to the south of the city. Berlin fans arrive via Tegel airport and it also offers easy access to the surrounding cities of Potsdam, Magdeburg, Frankfurt an der Oder and Szczecin. Thanks to Berlin’s temperate continental climate, a trip to the capital is recommended at any time of year.
Tegel is 11km from the city centre and has good connections to Berlin’s transport network. If you have time between flights for a little stroll, you can take a walk along a shopping street with many stores, cafes and restaurants. The airport has five terminals; home to airways and airlines from around the world. Whether economy or business class, when it’s a flight to Berlin, SunExpress offers the best prices for every budget. This is also appreciated by the many residents of Turkish origin, as they can fly quickly and easily to Antalya, Dalaman or Izmir from Berlin.
The express bus TXL, which runs frequently between the terminals and the Alexanderplatz, is especially popular. If you prefer, you can rent a car or take a taxi at the airport.
In Berlin, there is a lot to experience, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With countless theatres, concert halls and a vibrant club scene, the city offers unusually diverse and rich cultural activities and events. A visit for New Year’s Eve is recommended, as many famous musicians play at the New Year festivities at the Brandenburg Gate.
In the Green Week in January, connoisseurs can explore culinary specialities of every kind as well as interesting innovations in food science, and twice a year, fashion fans can discover the latest trends at Berlin Fashion Week. Those who want to admire Hollywood stars walking the red carpet should visit Berlin in February when the International Film Festival – the Berlinale – takes place. In summer, the many lakes surrounding the city tempt families with children and all sun lovers to swim and sunbathe.
The 368m high television tower on Alexanderplatz is a particularly popular attraction of the capital. Not far away, at the end of the Unter den Linden boulevard, you will find the famous Brandenburg Gate, which has become a symbol of German unity in recent history. For families with children, a visit to the Berlin Zoo is a memorable experience.
Guests can also visit the numerous renowned theatres, including the Deutsches Theater, the Berliner Ensemble or the Schaubühne. If you prefer musicals or cabaret shows, you can’t go wrong with the Theater des Westens and the Friedrichstadtpalast. In the government district, make a detour to the Reichstag, easily recognisable from a distance by its round glass dome. Shopping enthusiasts will get their money’s worth in the well-known Kaufhaus des Westens – KaDeWe for short – on the famous Kurfürstendamm, and in the stylish Hackeschen Höfe.
The city also offers many hidden attractions. For instance, take a detour to the Philological Library of the FU. This extraordinary building, which is reminiscent of a spaceship, was created by leading architect Norman Foster. On the other hand, families with children will be enchanted by the stars in the firmament of heaven at the Zeiss Planetarium in Prenzlauer Berg.
If you want to feel like a secret agent in the Cold War, climb the Teufelsberg and discover the former American listening station. The base offers an extraordinary view of the city and looks like a dilapidated movie set for a spy movie. In Plänterwald, experience the flair of bygone days. In the grounds of the former cultural park, disused car rides and dinosaur figures can be admired; the Kulturpark was once a GDR pleasure park and now charms visitors as „Lost Place“.
The city of Berlin is also a centre for international business and the innovative start-up scene. Wi-Fi is available all over Tegel airport, and although Tegel does not have a subway or train station, the airport is regularly served by the bus lines X9, TXL, 109, and 128.