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Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany, located in the northeastern part of the country. With a rich history, vibrant culture, and diverse attractions, Berlin is a popular destination for travelers from around the world. As the political, economic, and cultural center of Germany, Berlin offers a unique blend of historical landmarks, modern architecture, and a thriving arts scene. 

Beyond its historical significance, Berlin is known for its diverse and dynamic atmosphere. The city has a vibrant nightlife, with countless bars, clubs, and music venues catering to a wide range of tastes. It is also home to numerous museums, art galleries, and theaters, making it a cultural hub. The Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a must-visit for art enthusiasts, with its collection of world-class museums showcasing ancient artifacts, classical art, and contemporary masterpieces.

Berlin is renowned for its green spaces and parks, providing ample opportunities for relaxation and recreation. The city's vibrant street art scene is another unique aspect of Berlin, with colorful murals and graffiti adorning many buildings and neighborhoods.

Berlin's culinary scene is diverse and reflects its cosmopolitan nature. From traditional German cuisine to international fare and trendy food markets, there is something to suit every palate. Don't forget to try local specialties like currywurst, schnitzel, and pretzels during your visit. It's worth noting that Berlin has a liberal approach to drinking, and many venues stay open late into the night or even operate around the clock. The city's relaxed and open-minded atmosphere contributes to its reputation as a nightlife destination.

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  • Public Transportation: Berlin has an efficient public transportation system consisting of buses, trams, and trains (U-Bahn and S-Bahn). Consider purchasing a Berlin WelcomeCard or a daily/weekly ticket for unlimited travel on public transport within specific zones. 
  • Bike-Friendly City: Berlin is known for being bike-friendly, with numerous cycling lanes and rental services available.
  • Cashless Payments: Berlin is a relatively cashless city, and card payments are widely accepted in most establishments. However, it's still a good idea to carry some cash for smaller businesses or situations where card payments may not be possible.
  • Opening Hours: Shops in Berlin typically operate from Monday to Saturday, with some larger stores open on Sundays. However, smaller businesses and shops may have shorter opening hours, especially on Sundays.
  • Tipping Etiquette: It's customary to leave a tip in Berlin. Generally, rounding up the bill or leaving a 10% tip is acceptable in restaurants, cafes, and bars.
  • Free Entry to Attractions: Some attractions in Berlin offer free entry on certain days or during specific hours. For example, the Topography of Terror museum and the Jewish Museum have designated free entry times.
  • Emergency Numbers: In case of emergencies, the general emergency number in Germany is 112.

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Shopping in Berlin

Berlin has something for all tastes and purses - for the hip, casual and trendy to classic and elegant, for designer fashion lovers to trendy dressers, from bargain hunters to spend thrifts! Kurfurstendamm is one of the most popular shopping streets, so much so that even the by lanes are worth exploring. The Kaufhaus de Westerns (KaDeWe) in Tauentzienstrasse is the largest department store in Europe, with a colossal range of goods, which even if you are not buying, are worth marvelling at! The Friedrichstrasse in the Mitte district has a chic air with such stores. Check out the small shops in Hackesche Hof, and you will be in for some nice surprises. Lot of local designers have their boutiques lined up in Munzstrasse, as well as Alte and Neu Schonhauser Strasse. The flea markets are ofcourse the bargainer's delight with assorted trinkets and wares to rummage through. One such flea is the Sunday market in MauerPark. Please note most stores in Berlin are closed on Sundays.

Nightlife in Berlin

Berlin's nightlife is pulsing pretty much all through the night. In fact for all non-Berliners some of the clubs and pubs here are known to operate beyond boundaries of deceny or law!! Many bars in Berlin work as cafes in the afternoon, eventually as evening falls, the atmosphere becomes smokier and the coffee and tea become beer and wine. Kneipen are the simple, laid back neighbourhood pubs to grab a beer or two. The more upscale bars and lounges are in Mitte district's Scheunenviertel, Gendarmenmarkt, Unter den Linden and Charlottenburg. Clubs and dancing, only begin around midnight and most popular places are not worth visiting before 2 or 3 AM. While electronica is the theme everywhere, clubs do change their genre from time to time. What is nice is the unpretentious nature of most of these establishments, with casually dressed club goers and lax entrance policies. Berghain is a popular haunt of the locals, so if you want to put on those dancing shoes, you know where to head. Techno not your thing? You rather groove to more soothing jazz? Worry not, apart from the jazz nights in the bigger places, there are several small, cozy and quiet jazz clubs. Berlin is also host to the Jazz Festival in November.

Daily Budget for Berlin

Overall, for a budget traveler, you can estimate spending approximately €25-40 per day on food, transport, and attractions in Berlin. You can expect to spend around €10-15 per meal at inexpensive restaurants, cafes, or street food stalls. Some budget-friendly food options include currywurst, kebabs, falafel, or affordable local eateries. Berlin has an efficient public transportation system. A single journey ticket (valid for 2 hours within Zone AB) costs approximately €2.90. However, it's more cost-effective to purchase a day ticket or a WelcomeCard, which offers unlimited travel on public transport within specific zones. A day ticket for Zone AB costs around €8.50-9.50, depending on the ticket type and duration. Many museums and galleries have specific entry fees, ranging from €5-15, depending on the venue. However, there are also several free-entry attractions, such as the East Side Gallery, the Berlin Wall Memorial, and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.  

Exchanging Money in Berlin

Bureaux de Change and Reisebank outlets are located in all the rail stations and airports. Here you can exchange at the competitive daily rates.There are numerous other currency exchanges and banks which provide exchange facilities. Alternatively you can use ATM machines to withdraw Euros.

History of Berlin

Berlin is Europe's primary center of politics, media, science and culture. It was established as a union of two settlementts - Berlin on the northern banks of the river Spree and Colln, on present day Museum Island. The city was victim to wars, plagues and fire till it saw the light of dawn under the reign of Friedrich Wilhelm. Berlin gained both economic and political stability. After the crowning of prince Friedrich III of Prussia in 1701, Berlin received royal residential status and declared the capital of Prussia. In 1871, when the German Empire was founded, Berlin became its capital. Although Germany was defeated in the First World War, Berlin grew in population and prospered. After Adolf Hitler became the German Chancellor, Berlin was shrouded in darkness with the persecution of communists, political opponents and the extermination of the Jews. Hitler's attack on Poland, triggered the Second World War and Berlin was devastated by bombings by the Allied Forces. The Allied Forces emerged victorious and Berlin suffered with more than half of its population wiped out and the city was left in ruins. The aftermath of the war, was the division of Germany and Berlin. To reinforce the demarcations, the Berlin Wall was established in 1961, which further fuelled the Cold War, Due to civil unrest and massive agitations, draining of population, decisions were made to bring down the wall in 1989. In the subsequent years, the east German state was dissolved and Germans celebrated reunification. Berlin once again became the capital of Germany and there has been no looking back since then.

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What are the top hotels in Berlin?

There are 1423 in Berlin which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Berlin are Domizil Neu Venedig, Kanzow, Kollwitzkiez - Apartment, Furnished, Design Apartment, Luxury Stadtvillen Wohnung mit idyllischem Gartenbereich. You can see all the hotels in Berlin here

What are the places near Berlin?

The top places near to Berlin are Dresden which is 165 km from Berlin, Munich which is located 504 km from Berlin, Prague which is located 281 km from Berlin, Amsterdam which is located 576 km from Berlin, Budapest which is located 688 km from Berlin

What are the things to do in Berlin?

The top things to do in Berlin are Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre, Reichstag, Brandenburg Tor , Fernsehturm, Berlin, Museuminsel, Charlottenburg Palace. You can see all the places to visit in Berlin here

How much does a package cost for Berlin?

The packages for Berlin start at INR 47593 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the local food in Berlin?

Berlin's eclectic cuisine has strong influences from Bohemia and East Prussia.Berliners prefer their food to be filling rather than detailed, which makes the cuisine rustic, yet hearty. German cuisine essentially is meat based, pork being the popular favourite. Fish is also consumed as a delicacy, while potatoes and peas tend to be the primary vegetable constituents. To experience true Berlin, you ought to try these three. Currywurst,usually served as take-out food is a grilled pork sausage cut into slices and seasoned with tomato paste and curry powder. Eisbein mit Sauerkraut, pork knuckle with sauerkrat cabbage served with a thick layer of crispy fat around the meat. This goes well with the Berliner Weisse, a light fruity beer. The Berliner, is a dougnhut filled with marmalade or jam filling and topped with icing sugar. This name is primarily used outside Berlin, the locals call it Pfannkuchen,while the Spritzkuchen are cream puffs. These are practically available at every corner bakery. A large part of the city's residents are of Turkish origin, making Berlin the largest Turkish community outside Turkey, result of which Turkish Doners,traditional Turkish Restaurants as well as fast food carts serve marinated lamb kebabs in flatbreads, salads with yoghurt dressing and other Turkish delicatessan, are served almost in every street. If its Germany, there has got to be beer! The Brauh_users, are the traditional German pubs which have no official closing times. So even all night long these pubs serve their guests Molle, which is usually a pilsner beer made by the traditional Berlin Breweries Engelhardt, Schultheiss und Kindl. The Berliner Weisse, is a refreshing summer speciality, commonly drunk as Weisse mit Schuss, with a shot of raspberry or lemon syrup. The Buletten, cold hamburgers without a bun, dipped in hot mustard and Rollmops, rolled fillet of herring, make for popular finger food. Traditional cuisine aside, restaurants in Berlin serve all conceivable cuisines from budget friendly options to gastronomic experiences.
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What is the best time to visit Berlin?

May to September is the best time to visit Berlin as the weather is warm and pleasant. The temperatures are on a larger scale from 18 to 21 degrees, unlike the harsh winter months; hence, it's the ideal time to indulge in outdoor activities. This period is also the one that receives the highest amount of precipitation; however, rainfall is still moderate and does not usually hamper vacations. These months are ideal for both indoor and outdoor leisurely activities. The only disadvantage of planning a vacation during this period is that the hotels and resorts are more costly during these months owing to the heavy footfall. Winter months are freezing, with the temperatures plummeting significantly. A lot can be saved by making reservations during this time since this is not the peak season. The city is also damp, so you might as well carry extra woollens for more warmth!
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