Berlin is Germany's capital city. It is known as a very international and tolerant city, with a very lively nightlife, lots of cafés, street art, parks and museums and historic buildings from different eras, from the Middle Ages to German unification and the modern TV towers. Berlin's world-famous buildings include churches and a zoo as well as universities. Shopping is also very easy, because some of the shopping centers are open around the clock.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Berlin's weather changes quite a lot, so depending on what you are most interested in seeing or doing, check the weather in advance. November, December and January have the most rain and daily temperatures are low.
For outdoor pursuits, the best time to visit Berlin is from May to September. These months also offer events such as the Carnival of Cultures (June), Beer Festivals (August) and the Berlin Marathon (September).
More information: Berlin forecast and weather conditions monthly
Berlin 15 most important sights:
- Brandenburg Gate: Berlin's signature attraction
- Pergamon Museum: Ancient history museum containing many great artifacts, including the famous Ishtar Gate from Babylon.
- Berlin Philharmonic: Features some of the best classical music.
- Museum Island: Home to three famous museums - the Pergamon, the Altes and the Bode.
- Memorial of the Berlin Wall: Reconstructed section of the Berlin Wall.
- Tiergarten: Huge, lush park that stretches through central Berlin.
- Gemaeldegalerie: Art gallery with a wide selection of European artwork from the 1200s through the 1700s.
- Potsdam's Gardens: Attractive gardens
- Gendarmenmarkt: Picturesque town square surrounded by several historic structures.
- Classic Remise Berlin: A classic car center with vintage cars for sale, as well as glass garages.
- Designpanoptikum: Museum of Extraordinary Objects.
- Zoologischer Garten (Berlin Zoo): Home to more than 15,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 1,500 species and subspecies.
- TeamEscape - Germany's first live Escape Game: Germany's first live Escape Game: One room - one hour - one team.
- BeachMitte & MountMitte: 20,000-square-meter beach area for beach volleyball, beach soccer and Frisbee.
- Berlin Story Bunker: Contains three exhibitions on three floors: chambers of horror, puppet cabinet and the bunker museum; the bunker is also available for rent.
Recommendation for one day:
- Start your day by going to Tiergarten, a huge, lush park right in the centre of Berlin, providing a relaxing contrast to the bustle of the rest of the city.
- Continue by visiting the Berlin Wall Memorial, which serves as a reminder of the city's lengthy period of division.
- Visit Museum Island, home to three famous museums - the Pergamon, the Altes and the Bode. Or, to really get an informative, inside view of Berlin, take a Berlin Bike Tour.
- Walking on a Berlin Food Tour brings you to some of the best food spots of Berlins most vibrant neighbourhoods.
- Cap your evening off at the Wintergarten Variete, where you can find Music, Variety, and Shows it's entertaining, charming and diversified.
- If you still have energy, there are rave and other clubs.
Compared to prices worldwide, Berlin is an average price destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $55.99, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $219.90, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $58.07
- Hotel (3 stars): $76.65
- Hotel (4 stars): $105.86
- Hotel (5 stars): $145.56
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $14.68
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $25.25
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $3.89
- Meal, McDonalds: $8.89
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $11.12
Berlin has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 59.2 (better than United states average 49.0)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 80.8 (better than United states average 70.2)
- Walking alone at night: 56.4 (better than United states average 41.1)
More information: Berlin safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.