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Cheap flights to Berlin, Germany

Cheap Flights to Berlin, Germany

Why visit Berlin?

Whilst not as beautiful as Munich, or as financially driven as Frankfurt, there is a reason it is Berlin that has earned the distinction of being the capital of Germany. It has a long history, the most recent of which has been rather fraught, but Berlin is resilient, it is artistic, it is political, and effortlessly trendy, and throwing yourself into this progressive and fantastic city will make for an unforgettable experience.

Things to do in Berlin

A mix of old and new architecture, and a lot of experimentation, Berlin has an eclectic feel to it. To see the older side of the city the best place to begin is at Museum Island. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is home to some of the city’s most important museums; there is the Bode Museum, the Pergamon, and the Old National Gallery, each of which house collections from different periods and cultures. There is also the Old Museum and the New Museum, the first of which holds the royal treasures and ancient sculpture, and the second, artefacts from both early and pre-historic periods.

Once you’ve had your fill of Museum Island, head to Brandenburg Gate, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. It’s an easy walk from there to the Reichstag building, an impressive Neo-Renaissance building that was modernised to incorporate the arresting glass dome, which you can climb for an impressive view of the city. It’s important to visit the Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre to understand the spirit of this city, and you’ll discover that the fascinating exhibit that goes with it is very moving.

For a little people watching, make time for the Gendarmenmarkt, a square that is dominated by the French and Berlin Cathedrals, and the Konzerhaus, a theatre. It’s a wonderful place to visit in summer or winter—especially when the Christmas market is running—but for other seasons, you can explore the nearby Friedrichstraße, the city’s upmarket shopping street.

Lastly, for a little greenery, go to the Botanic Gardens, or even better, the gorgeous Grunewald Forest, which is full of wildlife, open fields, lakes and a riverbank; the perfect fairytale ending for your Berlin tour.

Best time to visit Berlin

· The summer months, which really run from about May to September, are best for visiting Berlin, with averages in the low 20s.

· Autumn is popular for the many events that come to the city, but it can vary dramatically in temperature, from 6-18°C, so packing layers is paramount.

· Winter is best avoided if you’re hoping for a carefree holiday. It is extremely cold from December through the February, often sinking way below 0°C.

Best time to book

· Find the best prices for flights to Berlin by buying them up to 15 weeks before you fly.

Expect to pay

· Euro (EUR).

· Purchase a cup of coffee in the trendy city of Berlin for around 2.40EUR ($3.70).

Arriving in Berlin by plane

· Tegel Airport (TXL) and Schonefeld Airport (SXF) service the city of Berlin, though they are soon to be replaced with the new Brandenburg Airport (BER) that is still under construction. Airlines that fly to this city include Etihad Airways, British Airways, Qatar Airways and Qantas.

· Both TXL and SXF offer free WiFi for one hour, and you will be able to access ATMs, shops, food kiosks and transport links into the city.

· There aren’t non-stop flights to Berlin from Australia, but you can find connecting flights that stopover in Doha (DOH), Singapore (SIN) and Munich (MUC).

Visa requirements

· Australians do not need a visa to enter Germany, but is worth reading the travel information offered on the government advice website before you fly, to stay up to date with any changes.

Transportation to city centre

· From TXL a taxi into central should cost about 30EUR ($46) and from SXF it should come to about 45EUR ($69).

· There are lots of transport options other than cabs; you can take a bus, the rail or book an airport transfer to meet you when you land.

· Many people choose to rent a car during their stay, and you can eliminate the hassle of lining up at the airport rental agencies by booking a vehicle in advance with our handy search tool. If you want to wait, you can find lots of excellent car hire brands represented at both airports.

Where to stay in Berlin

· Mitte is the centre of the city, and where many of Berlin’s top tourist attractions are situated. It’s a great place to book a hotel if you’re looking to be in the heart of the action, and fancy the easy walking distances this neighbourhood provides.

· Friedrichshain was once the part of the Soviet Union, and is considered the ‘alternative’ half of the city. The real highlight though is the farmer’s markets, and the nightclubs, which are supposed to be the best in the city.

· Kreuzberg, also called Xberg, is the foodie part of the city, with a ton of restaurants, lots of cool bars, and ‘Street Food Thursday’ events at the Markthalle Neun complete this ultra hip neighbourhood.

Useful tips before you go

· If you’re planning on going clubbing Berlin, most of the clubs don’t really get going until about 2:00am, and the dress code is to dress down rather than up.

Please note that the information provided above is accurate as of May 2016

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