Country: Germany
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Peak Season: January-August
Shoulder Season: September-November
Median Temperature: 9.10 C / 48.38 F
Main Languages: German, French, English
Primary Modes of Transportation: Overground (S-bahn) & underground (U-bahn) trains, bus, tourist-bus, t
Recommended Duration of Stay: 4 days
Recommended Pocket Money: $300.00/day
Tourist Passes: WelcomeCard, Museum Pass
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Berlin is dubbed as the coolest city in Europe, and rightfully so – Berlin holds many great tourist hotspots, polite and quick-witted locals, a rich political history, intense nightlife, plenty of commercial establishments, and so many more cultural wonders you can feast your eyes on once you’re there. Additionally, WW2 has a profound effect on present-day Berlin. For one to truly appreciate the city, a good, religious read of its political history is very advisable.

As a first time visitor, you’ll gasp at how beautiful the city is and how evenly organized, and populated each district is. Berlin has so much to offer the insightful tourist. It has over 170 museums, countless discos and trance clubs, trendy fashion outlets, and get this: half the city is engulfed in greeneries (parks, ponds, etc.), meaning relaxation is just a few blocks away.

Berliners, especially those who’ve were born during the Cold War, are known introverts and intellectuals. The younger population, however, is more upbeat and knowledgeable of international trends in technology, fashion and new media. Going to Berlin means feeding your cultural appetite, but an even greater feat is getting the locals to like you which, believe us, is easier said than done. Witness the real face of Germany—and not the caricature you see in the media—once you visit Berlin.

Packing List

  • Fashionable, but not too kitsch apparel (but take into consideration the season); Berlin is a hotbed for couture, so make an impression
  • Rain gear and added layers once Septembers sets in; drizzles are frequent and it never gets too chilly during winter
  • Personal toiletries, not-too-daring swimwear (if hitting the beach), sunscreen and skin moisturizer
  • Walking shoes and (new) socks for added comfort, since the city requires a lot of walking on hot pavement
  • Camera, laptop (wifi hotspots are ubiquitous), credit/debit cards, and a book to keep you occupied in the train

Things to Do

  • Visiting Reichstag, currently the seat of the parliament and one of Berlin’s more distinct buildings due to its massive glass dome, which offers glare-proof, panoramic views of the city
  • Entering the city’s largest church that offers daily church services—Berlin Cathedral—which is yet another beautifully sculpted renaissance masterpiece similar to Reichstag
  • Visiting the district of Dahlem, not only for its flurry of museums, but also securing a trip into its prestigious universities attended by the most intelligent minds in the country
  • Visiting the district of Dahlem, not only for its flurry of museums, but also securing a trip into its prestigious universities attended by the most intelligent minds in the country
  • Enjoying the strong wheat beer inside any of its many pubs; along with Munich, Berlin is a leader producer of the brew and has a dense local consumer base as well

DON'T

  • Forget that Germans take football very seriously; and if you don’t want to get in a mess, don’t root for the other team or disrupt the viewing angle
  • Attempt to chisel a chunk or even nab a pebble of the Berlin Wall; also, 80% of “authentic” wall pieces sold nearby are as fake as the ones listed on eBay
  • Take the authority, ordinances, or even pedestrian laws for granted; while the locals may get away with their antics, German authorities are on the lookout for attempting tourists
  • Hang out too long inside pubs and bars to avoid any inebriated ruffians; getting acquainted with the mostly introvert locals may prove taxing, so don’t force them to like you
  • Board public transport without securing a valid ticket, else pay a hefty fine