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December 18, 2013

Top 5 Berlin Travel Tips

For those looking to understand world history, experience trendsetting culture, or go shopping and have fun, Berlin seems to be the place to go. 

Whether it’s the iconic landmarks, or the non-stop nightlife, or the general vibe and energy on the streets, Berlin has become one of the most exciting destinations in the world, and has something to offer every visitor. 

Top 5 Berlin Travel Tips
Berlin is very traveler-friendly and is easy to get around, and although every guidebook will point out the big landmarks and museums, here are top 5 Berlin travel tips to help you get the most out of your time and see even more of the city.

Fleamarkets

As in any large city, there are lots of malls and shopping centers around Berlin. But if you want to really experience the city, and save money too, one of the most iconic things to do in Berlin is to head to one of the famous fleamarkets

There are over 50 of these markets, mostly held on Sundays, and you can find almost anything there: food, clothes, music, art, books, as well as East German Communist memorabilia, and crafts from around the world. 

Perhaps the most famous fleamarket is the one held at Mauerpark every Sunday. You can haggle for anything, as well as enjoy good food and drink, and listen to some embarrassing but fun karaoke. 

Top 5 Berlin Travel Tips

Beer Gardens

A long-standing Bavarian tradition, which has found its way to Berlin, is the beer garden. In the European slow-food tradition, a beer garden is a place to hang around, eat and meet friends, and drink beer in the sunny summer days or the snowy winter nights. 

There are dozens of beer gardens dotted around Berlin, and each of them have their own particular style (and often their own beers). One of the nicest beer gardens, especially in the summer, is the Schleusenkrug on the far corner of the Tiergarten park, near the Berlin Zoo. You can watch boats pass by on the canal, eat great traditional food and drink beer to your heart’s content.

Parks

Berlin is a particularly green city, with almost 35% of the city made up of parks, forests and other green spaces. 

Berliners, old and young, spend a lot of their free time in the city’s parks, strolling the paths, sitting at small cafes, playing sports or watching music and theater events. 

The largest and most famous park in the city is the Tiergarten, a beautiful 520-acre park in the center of the city. In the grounds there are lakes, bicycle paths, forests, cafes and memorials. 

For a different experience, try the Tempelhofer Feld, a former airport which was converted into a park after closing down in 2008. Today, people use the abandoned runways for kite-flying, boxcar racing, and breakdancing.

Top 5 Berlin Travel Tips

Bicycles

A different way of seeing Berlin is by bicycle. Berlin is a particularly bicycle-friendly city, with hundreds of kilometers of cycle lanes, and (mostly!) considerate drivers. 

There are a number of companies that offer bike rental, as well as a few cycling tours of Berlin that include bicycles in the price. You can also find Berlin’s ‘Call A Bike’ bicycles stands around the city, and arrange cheap rental from them.

Discount Cards

While there are plenty of free things to do in Berlin, many of the sites and attractions cost money, as does the public transportation. You can plan ahead and save money by buying one of the different kinds of discount cards available in the city. 

The Berlin Welcome Card, for example, gives you free public transport as well as large discounts in many of the museums and tours in the city. Each of the museums on Museum Island cost around 10 Euros, but you can get a combined ticket for the five museums for only 18 Euros. If you are going to be using public transport a lot, you can buy daily or weekly travel cards, as well a ‘small group ticket’, which gives a day’s travel for up to 5 people. You can use the same ticket on trains, trams, buses and ferries. 

Berlin’s cool travel guide is Tourist Berlin, a comprehensive travel blog useful for any independent tourist looking for things to do in the city
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6 comentarios:

Great tips Sara and your opening photo has a lot of Wow factor.

I'd definitely be the one visiting the Beer Gardens in between all of the sightseeing! lol Great tips, thanks Sara.

I've always wanted to go to Berlin. Yet, after three trips to Germany, I still haven't made it. Someday!

Berlin is great and there are a lot of free things to do there like you said. Here's a good post of 10 of them. http://www.likealocalguide.com/blog/top-10-best-free-things-to-do-in-berlin/

There are so many reasons one would go to Berlin... I like what you've decided to put on your short list.

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