A city trip to the German capital Berlin is one on your bucket list. Few cities are as versatile as Berlin. And there are not many cities that big, because it is best to take at least a day or four to visit this city to discover all the special places.
Berlin Brandenburg Airport is an airport under construction, located 18 km south of the German capital Berlin.
Berlin Brandenburg will replace the three Berlin airports. Berlin-Tempelhof was already closed in 2008. Berlin-Tegel will be closed at the opening of Berlin Brandenburg.
The focus of Lufthansa is primarily on Frankfurt and Munich. That will continue to be the case in the future, but Lufthansa wants to seize the opportunity to grow further in Berlin and thus prevent it from becoming an Oneworld territory through the presence of Air Berlin. Among other things, it will use cheaper rates. For example, Lufthansa wants to offer one-way tickets for less than fifty euros.
Air Berlin has its focus on the German capital and offers low-budget flight tickets from all over Europe.
From New York, Berlin can be reached in 8 hours. London has a flight time of 1 hour and 45 minutes. There are several airlines offering direct flights to these destinations.
With Berlin you almost automatically think of the Berlin Wall, a 3.6 meter high and over 45 kilometer long concrete partition between West and East Berlin. After the Fall of the Wall in 1989, the structure was almost completely demolished. In some places in the city you will find a small piece of wall. The best place to see what The Wall looked like at East Side Gallery. Here is another piece of 1316 meters of wall, painted in 1990 by 118 artists.
The Reichstag Building is the parliament building of Germany. This stately building that dates from the nineteenth century has an unique glass dome, which you can walk through as a visitor. The history of Berlin is shown at the bottom of the dome through a photo exhibition. From the roof you have a beautiful view of Berlin. Admission to the Reichstag is free, but you must register in advance.
The much-photographed gateway to Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate, stands on Pariser Platz. The very stately entrance gate that is now there is a second version, which was built in 1788. The gate is at the end of the Unter den Linden road.
During the dichotomy of Berlin there were a few passages where you could travel between East and West Berlin. The third passage, Checkpoint Charlie (C is the third letter of the alphabet), is an important attraction in Berlin. What you see now is a replica of the original guard house between the American and the Russian zone.
You can easily cycle in Berlin. If you have not brought a bike yourself, there are plenty of options for renting a bike in Berlin. The prices range from around € 10 to € 20 per day for basic bicycle rentals. Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the city.