Berlin - Location and Population:
Berlin is located in its own state in the North East section of Germany. Coordinates: Longitude 13:25 E, latitude 52:32 N. Berlin is 34 m above sea level.
Berlin is the largest city in Germany, with around 3.5 million people.
Berlin Train Stations:
Train Resources: German Rail Passes.
Berlin Weather and Climate - When to go:
Berlin Discount Cards:
Tourist Info Centers offer a 50% Ticket-Special for selected events on the day of the performance.
Where to Stay:
Berlin lodging is relatively inexpensive, considering the size of the city and its stature in the travel community. Find user-rated hotels in Berlin on Venere (book direct).
You might also find the apartment or house option more to your liking. HomeAway lists over 800 of such lodging options: Berlin Vacation Rentals (book direct).
Students and folks looking for extreme budget lodging might try a search on Hostelworld.
Berlin's Top Attractions and Coach Tours:
Berlin is huge. Make sure you have a good map, some are always available from the tourist office.
Zoologischer Garten - Zoological Gardens were opened in 1844 and are Germany's oldest and the world's largest. The Berlin Aquarium is adjacent. Hardenbergplatz 8, western downtown.
Brandenburger Tor - The Brandenburg Gate is the symbol of Berlin and the last remaining big piece of the Berlin wall system.
Museumsinsel - Museum Island fits between the rivers Spree and Kupfergraben. Museums on Museum Island include The National Gallery, The Old Museum (Altes Museum), The Pergamon Museum and The Bode Museum. The Pergamonmuseum is a must--and it's immense. You may need two days here. Mitte district. Find out about exhibitions in Berlin museums here.
The Tiergarten - Berlin's green heart is good for a walk. The 630 acre urban park began as a royal hunting reserve but landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenne thankfully transformed it into a beautiful city park in 1742.
The Reichstag - now home to Parliament once again after the torching of the building by a Dutch Communist in 1933 became the handy excuse that lead to handing Hitler dictatorial powers. The 1999 restoration added a glass dome that's become one of Berlin's main attractions as a view spot. Visit early in the morning to avoid the inevitable long lines, especially in summer.
A Note about Museums: German State Museums are generally a bargain for world-class exhibitions, costing from 6-8 Euros, and free on the four hours before closing on Thursday. A three-day museum ticket is also available; inquire at your first museum entrance. Berlin offers a very nice Museumsportal.
Of course, Berlin has a huge cultural scene. Modern art, cabaret and variety shows and one of the world's best philharmonic orchestras are all part of the nightlife. And no closing hours means you can sit at your favorite watering hole for well into the morning.
Coach Tours and Day Trips
One of the top rated Berlin coach tours on Viator is the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Walking Tour. The six hour tour includes three hours in the camp.
Viator offers everything from city walking tours to Segway tours to concerts and more. See Berlin Tours and Day Trips (book direct).
Plan a Trip to Berlin, Germany: The Travel Planning Toolbox
Need a good map? You can, of course, get one at your hotel or at the tourist bureau. If you like to have a map in your hand when you arrive at a destination but don't like folding maps--see our list of Crumpled City Maps--there's one for Berlin.
Learn German - It's always a good idea to learn some of the local language in the places you're going, especially the "polite" expressions and a few words pertaining to food and drink.
If you have an iOS device like iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, you might like to be guided by a local. See Jeremy Gray's Berlin Essential Guide.
German Rail Passes - You can save money on longer rail journeys, but Railpasses aren't guaranteed to save you money, you'll have to plan your trip to use the pass on longer journeys, and pay in cash (or by credit card) for the short runs.
Rent or Lease a Car? If you're going to Germany for three weeks or more, leasing may make more sense.
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Driving Distances in Germany - Distances between the major cities in Germany.