Berlin

About the City

Berlin has grabbed the world’s attention with its exuberant and hip urban life and vibrant energy.

Neighbourhoods like Mitte and Kreuzberg bustle with restaurants, cafés, and nightlife in this multicultural and inexpensive capital. The museums and historic monuments provide the best into Berlin’s rich history. Berlin is the capital city of Germany and one of the 16 states of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Berlin is the largest city in Germany with a population of 4.5 million. This German capital is known for its lively nightlife, cafés, bars, street art, and numerous museums and other places of historic importance.

History of the City

Berlin was always very diverse.  Berlin became the capital of the new founded German Reich in 1871 and as the years passed by it became a city with a population of more than one million due to the immensely growing industry.

With the fall of the Berlin wall, the city has progressed into a cultural hub. People headed to the city in crowds after the reunion, primarily due to the extremely low cost of living. Even though the prices increased due to redevelopment, Berlin has become the heart for art, electronic music, and fashion.

Commuting to the City from the Airport

Tegel International Airport located in the north-west of the city is the main airport.

From the airport, buses operate to Hauptbahnhof and Zoologischer Garten for the standard ticket fare. It takes around 45 minutes to reach Alexanderplatz via bus.

Various providers offer taxi and limousine service also at the airport, pay the official tariff, and insist on the taxi driver to switch on the meter. 

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Travelling within the City

Berlin being a huge city, its best to make use of the excellent bus, tram, train and underground services to get around. Taxi services are also easy to use and a bit less expensive than in many other big Central European cities.

The public transport system (U, S-Bahn, bus, tram and regional rail) uses a common ticket. Standard tickets costs €2.70 and are valid for any travel within two hours of validation, in a single direction.

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Sightseeings

Museums 

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Berlin has a massive collection of museums. For the museum addicts, the three-day pass Museum Pass for €24 which grants entrance to 55 state-run museums and public foundations is a huge saver. Most museums are closed on Mondays with an exception of the Neues Museum and the Deutsches Historisches Museum. Museumsinsel Kulturforuml i.e. "Museum Island" is best known for the vast Pergamon-Museum, which holds a broad collection of antique Greek, ancient Middle-Eastern and Islamic art and architecture and the entry fee is €13.

Churches

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Berlin is home to some of the most beautiful and picturesque churches of Europe. With its rich historic culture and astounding architecture remarkable, churches are a huge part of Berlin itineraries. Berliner Dom is the largest and most remarkable church in Berlin, built as an expression of imperial power. Located next to the museum island, the entrance fee is €7, and at the top of the dome is a beautiful view over Berlin. Historic Monuments: Berlin has played an important role in history, both in the good and bad sense.

Topography of Terror

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Visiting the Topography of Terror provides a thought-provoking insight into the activities of the Gestapo in Berlin during the Nazi regime. The walking tours deliberate scenes of both of Nazi activity and of Cold War tension and terror.

Berlin Wall

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Another major turning point of German history is the fall of the Berlin Wall— a large stretch of intact Wall remains intact to the east of the city centre along the River Spree near the Oberbaumbrücke and is preserved as a gallery.

Brandenburg Gate

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Another must-see monument is the epic sandstone Brandenburg Gate in Berlin's Mitte district. It was the city's first neoclassical structure with a spectacular six column wide gate with a four-horse chariot perched on top. 

You can learn more about the sightseeing's and also how to see the sightseeings by reading this article.

One day Trips

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When to go and for how many days?

Three to Four days is a good amount of time to spend in Berlin. Due to its rich historic culture, the museums and churches should be a necessary part of your itinerary as well as a couple of nights can be used for exploring the mind-blowing nightlife of Berlin.

Like every other major city, it is impossible to cover everything in a few days. But even with fewer number of days, the central city with the museums, churches and clubs can be explored.

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Restaurants

La Soupe Populaire is an excellent German restaurant that has the best modern take on classic Berlin cuisine out of an abandoned brewery in Prenzlauer Berg. 

Haveli located in Schoneberg is an excellent option for some authentic Indian food for the homesick.

Nightlife

Berlin is probably the best clubbing city in Europe with its disorientating, fun, surprising and freaky night clubs. Clubbing has become an important part of culture, life style and music and it is extremely intense in this city.

Berlin's change into the global techno capital is linked to the reunion of Germany and the fall of the Berlin Wall. People took advantage of their new acquired liberty and therefore clubbing developed into such a unique medium of expression. 

Berghain is the most well-known club with the best sound system and amazing techno music. Also Salon zur Wilden Renate is a circus turned club that you’ll fall in love with due to its amazing atmosphere and great music.

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Rules and Regulations

Do not drink and ride cycles. It has serious implications in Germany.

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Social Etiquettes

While asking for help Germans use the word – Entschuldigung – to say 'excuse me' (to attract attention) and always address a stranger with a formal Sie (you) unless told otherwise.

More Resources

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Emergency Contact Numbers

Police No/ Ambulance/ Fire- 110/112

Indian Embassy Contact: +49 30 257950

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