Berlin Tourism

Visit Berlin - Best of Berlin

Berlin, the capital of Germany does not have one dominant trait as such in terms of its description. It is a pot pourri of some fantastic architecture, enlightening history, enchanting culture, vibrant nightlife and to top it all-some amazing food.

Some people describe it as the city that never sleeps and some people get so tired with all that they have to see during the day, that they end up missing on what the city has to offer to them at night. Most tourists describe the city to be addictive for it gives you an opportunity to let go in various ways.

The best part is that even though in its appearance it is a vibrant up and running metropolitan city, in its nature it still embraces the culture and traditions that made it so special in the first place. You can not only see people exploring freedom creatively and otherwise but at the same time the class of the city is in a way reflected from things that have come to be known as the status symbols here.

Even though the room where Holocaust was planned would break your heart, but you would easily bounce back to liveliness with the jammed cafes. The Prussian Palace and the walk along the ruins of Berlin wall is like a walk back in time. The theater scene and the concert stages are so inviting, that only after seeing the city you understand why artists like George Clooney embrace this place for their shoots.

With so many things to do in Berlin, the charm of this city is irresistible. Einstein, Bismarck, Bowie, Hitler and Marx seemed to have totally agreed with us. It is your chance to go, not only explore the city but embrace the city in a way that the city embraces everything that comes its way! Each one of you should visit Berlin at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Berlin.

Berlin Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Berlin tips for your visit

Essential info

  • Time Zone: Berlin follows the Central European Time Zone. UTC +1.00
  • Currency: Euro (€)

Electricity and Internet

  • Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)
  • Primary Socket Type: Europlug, Schuko
  • Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): Plug adapterClick socket type links to view adapter for that type 110-120V electronics: Plug adapter + step-down transformer
  • Hair dryers, curling irons, etc.: Plug adapter + voltage converter There is free wifi in a lot of areas and most hotels offer free wifi. 

Languages

  • Even though the official language of Berlin is German, English is widely spoken.

Security Emergency contact numbers 

  • Police-Tel: 110
  • Fire Service-Tel: 112
  • Ambulance-Tel: 112
  • Non Emergency Medical –Tel: 116 117
  • Toxic Substance Emergency-Tel: 192 40
  • Pan-European emergency number-Tel: 112
  • Most areas are safe in Berlin. Even then, always carry travel insurance
  • Never ever over take a pedestrian walking on the road.

Tourist traps

  • Look out for pick pockets in crowded areas.
  • Lot of shops selling the souvenirs are not real, do check out.
  • A lot of times your drink can be spiked, be aware before taking one.

Off-beaten Path

  • Take the river boat rides or bicycle tours.

Tipping

  • It is a very common practice to leave a tip to show that you enjoyed your meal and service. 5- 10% of the bill is a common amount for showing your gratuity.
  • Do so by either: You can just easily round up to the nearest Euros. Just say "Auf [amount] Euro." (This is the most common way.)
  • You can tell the waiter how much change you want back.
  • You can also tell the waiter how much tip you want to leave and he will get the rest of the money.
  • Avoid leaving money on the table!It is not a custom and someone can easily pick it up from the table.

Customs

  • The Berlin WelcomeCard offers unlimited travel within the public transport network in Berlin or Berlin and Potsdam and allows discounts of up to 50% on more than 200 tourist attractions and cultural highlights.
  • Main museums in Berlin are open on the first Thursday evening of the month from 6pm till 10pm and admission is free.
More about Berlin

Facts and Stats for Berlin*

  • Pollution Statistics in Berlin

    Know the pollution level of Berlin before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 38.41 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 35.96 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 47.76 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 44.94 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 29.22 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 30.67 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 27.81 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 17.21 (Very Low)
  • Berlin: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Berlin for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Berlin.

    • Burglary and Theft 39.09 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 38.82 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 35.6 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 30.36 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 32.86 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 37.62 (Low)
    • Attacks 38.99 (Low)
    • Drug offense 53.34 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 80.37 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 56.28 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 45.37 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 30.76 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 51.98 (Moderate)
  • Living in Berlin - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Berlin is 157.81 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 59.47 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 83.35 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 41.07 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 31.8 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 71.69 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 76.45 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.56 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 92.23 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Berlin

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Berlin

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.84 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.65 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 100.1 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 89.09 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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