Whenever you travel to a new country or a city, it is always handy to get some useful tips and information about the ins and outs of getting around and the local culture of your destination. A trip to Berlin is no different to the common rules. Your visit at the German capital will go a lot smoother with expert travel tips and info. Here is our collection of travel tips for the preparation stage so that you have a smooth travelling experience in Berlin:
You’ll find many people with excellent English skills at the hotels or at the central historical district. If you’re further afield and need help, look for people aged around 30 or younger. The new generations are more skilled in English rather than the old timers. On the other hand, to be polite, you can learn a few German words such as: ‘danke schön’ (thank you), ‘noch eins bitte’ (another one please), ‘schönen Tag noch’ (have a nice day) etc.
Climate and Clothing
The weather in Berlin is most unpredictable. Even during the summer season, you can expect cold rainy patches. You might face havoc while packing as the forecasts tend to change radically over a very short period. Experts always recommend packing a jacket and other warm clothes in case of an unexpected cool turn. Winter calls for multi-layered clothing. Bring Waterproof shoes, wool or cashmere, long underwear, hat, scarf, gloves etc.
Tip the taxi drivers a couple of Euros or round up. Tip the concierge, housekeeper and bellboys at the hotel. You can tip tour guides for good service. In restaurants, don’t leave the bill or tip at the table. Hand the waiter cash or a card and tell the amount including the tip and you’ll get your change.
To grab a taxi in the Berlin streets, you got to be patient. You can find conventional taxi ranks near 5 star hotels and luck is in your favor then you may get one at the streets ask for a ‘Kurzstrecke’, meaning a ‘short stretch’ for a flat rate. Sometimes, at the airport, the taxi drivers refuse to take passengers with heavy luggage.
Berlin public transport system boasts an extensive network. You’ll find bus services, trams, subway etc. Tickets are available everywhere and comes with different packages, discounts and passes to exhibitions and shows.
Only a few historical places in Berlin require pre-booking and the Reichstag is one of them. Advanced booking online requires personal details and you’ll need an ID to enter the building.
For classic music lovers, the Berlin Philharmonic is a must see. The tickets are fairly available except during any special event. If you miss the tickets, you can still enjoy the free lunchtime concert at 1 pm.
Berlin, the megacity has numerous layers and attractions.