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   Climate

Berlin has a temperate climate, with Atlantic influences from the North West as well as continental influences from the East.

During summer, the average temperature lies around 22-23°C (72°F), in winter around 2-3°C (35°F). Extreme heat in summer does not occur as often as in the South of Germany. Sometimes during winter, temperatures may fall down to –15°C at night. Anyway, you should not forget to take a pair of warm walking shoes if you plan to visit Berlin in winter, which is the ideal season to explore its diverse museums and cultural life.

In summer, you will appreciate the many green oasis in the city and the lakes inviting you for a swim. The average rainfall is 580 mm per year, well balanced between the months.
On this website you can look up the exact time of sunrise and sunset in Berlin: www.sonnenuntergang.de

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   Public transport in Berlin

The Berlin public transport company is called ”BVG”. Have a look at its dense network above and below ground:

The underground (U)

There are 9 underground lines (U-Bahn) circulating regularly and in short intervals. A line frequently used by tourists is U 2 because it takes you to the most interesting parts of the city: Ku’damm – Potsdamer Platz – Unter den Linden – Berlin-Mitte –Alexanderplatz – Prenzlauer Berg.

The city train (S)

These train lines (S-Bahn) mainly travel overground and you will enjoy the splendid view of the city when coming from Zoo Station and travelling direction Alexanderplatz. (lines S5, S7, S75 and S9). They also are a perfect connection to the suburbs and beautiful surroundings of Berlin. The airport of Schönefeld on the outskirts of Berlin is also directly connected to the city by train (S9, S45).

The metro lines (M)

Not to be confounded with the Paris tube! This service was introduced in December, 2004 and stand for a few selected bus and streetcar lines that circulate more frequently than others (at least every 10 minutes) during hours.

The tram lines

The tram used to be the most important means of transportation, before World War II. Today, there are several important tram routes, but only in what formerly was East Berlin.

Fares

The area covered by Berlin transport is divided into three zones A – B – C. The whole city is comprised within A and B. Travelling to Potsdam requires a three-zone-ticket.
The AB single ticket (Einzelfahrschein) is valid for two hours trip without changing direction (i.e. no return ticket) and costs 2.10 € (1.40 € for children).
The AB day pass (Tageskarte) costs 5.80 € (4.20 €).
A group day ticket (Kleingruppenkarte) is a cheaper option: for 14.80 € a group of up to five people can travel together throughout the whole city.

If you are staying for 6 or 7 days, you might even consider getting a week ticket ( Wochenkarte ) valid for 7 days. It costs 25.40 € per person and on weekends (during the whole day) and on weekdays after 20.00 h you may take another adult and up to three children (6-13 years) with you for free.

All tickets (except those you buy from a bus driver) must be validated.

You will find more information on the website of BVG company: www.bvg.de

   Taxis

Call a cab at 21 02 02 or 26 10 26

Don’t forget to first dial 00 49 30 or 030, in case you call from your (foreign) mobile phone.

   Berlin by car

The speed limits in Germany are: 50 kph (30 mph) in built-up areas, 100 kph (60 mph) on open roads. There is no general speed limit on motorways (but on many stretches only 120 kph is permitted). Besides, in a lot of resident areas you are not allowed to drive any faster than 30 kph.

If you travel to Berlin by car, you will find that all motorways lead to a motorway belt (A 10). Coming from the South (Munich, Leipzig, Potsdam) you must take A 115 to get to the city centre. If you come from the North (Hamburg), take A 111 or 114, from the East (Dresden) take A 113.

   Berlin by bike

Berlin is a paradise for bikers, due the the numerous cycle paths and few hills. It is a very special feeling to move freely through the city, on the tracks of history, and a unique occasion to discover its lesser-trodden paths.

Upon request we also offer guided bike tours, e.g. along the former border/ Berlin Wall.

Take a bike - Rent-a-bike

Neustädtische Kirchstr. 8 - 10117 Berlin     Map
+49/ (0)30. 20 65 47 30
Opened from Monday to Sunday - 9:30 to 19:00

Prices: 4 hs 8 € - 24 hs 12,50 € - 48 hs 9,50 €/day
   Berlin by plane

There are three airports in Berlin:

Berlin Schönefeld
This airport, situated just outside Berlin in South Eastern direction, was the East Berlin airport and today also is the preferred basis of budget airlines. Berlin and Brandenburg have long since been planning to transform it into a mega-airport and finally the project is on the way, works having begun in summer 2006. Probably the other two ariports will be closed down when the new one is finished (2012).

Transport: S-Bahn (city train) takes you immediately to the city centre. S9 goes to Mitte and Zoo station, S45 to the Southern districts. Often, you have to change trains at Schöneweide or Ostkreuz station for other Berlin districts. German railway DB regional trains also stop at Schönefeld.

Berlin Tegel
It is the airport of former West-Berlin and, as for now, the biggest of the city.
Transport: Tegel is connected to many point of the city centre by several normal bus lines as well as express bus lines (TXL – X9 – 109 – 128). In the airport terminal, there is a service counter of the Berlin transport company BVG where travellers get further information. If you take a taxi to the city centre its costs about € 15 to 20.

Berlin Tempelhof
The oldest airport of Berlin. The building dates from the times of Third Reich and still is the second biggest structure worldwide, after the Pentagon in Washington/U.S.
During 1948 and ′49 when the Soviet army cut off West-Berlin by their blockade, it was the main airport of the air lift. As it lies only a few miles from the city centre, for a long time there have been plans to close it down. But the airport is still being used, especially by minor companies and for private jets.

Website of the Berlin airports: www.berlin-airport.de

   Berlin by train

The railway is a good alternative to air planes, not only because you can enjoy the view of the lovely German countryside while travelling. German and foreign railway companies regularly offer train tickets at special conditions and at interesting package prices.

Links to the website of railway companies:

German railway (DB) www.bahn.de
SBB (Switzerland) www.sbb.ch
ÖBB (Austria) www.oebb.at

      Foreign currencies and credit cards

Like most EU member states Germany introduced the euro (€) in January 2002.

The best places to change currency are the bureaux de change, for example:

  • at Zoo train station (open from 7.30 am to 10 pm)
  • at Tegel airport (open daily from 8 am to 10 pm))
  • at Ostbahnhof train station (open workdays from 7 am to 10 pm, weekends from 8 am to 8 pm)

Off course, you can also change in banks, but the exchange rate usually is better here.

Credit cards are accepted in many places (VISA, Mastercard). But you should ask in advance whether it is possible to pay by card, just to make sure.

Tip are not obligatory, but the standard is up to 10 maximum. Just round up the bill when paying.

  Identity documents

Citizens of EU member states and several other countries only need a normal ID card
For many other nationalities a passport valid three months beyond the length of stay is sufficient. In any case, when planning your trip, you should ask at your local German consulate or embassy or at a travel agency about the visa requirements. Berlin still is rather safe, compared to other European cities. Anyway, one should always keep money, credit and ID card in separate places.

Beware of pick-pockets, especially in busy places like airports and stations.

   Insurance

For a longer stay EU citizens need the form E111 they get from their social security service in their home country (now, there is also an insurance card). On presentation of this form at AOK (Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse) they will get another form that entitles them to medical treatment.

Citizens of other countries should thoroughly inquire at their health insurance about the necessary conditions to get their expenses for medical treatment in Germany reimbursed. If you are planning a long-term stay, you should consider an additional private insurance.

 

  Important telephone numbers

Germany's international access code +49
Ambulance/Fire Brigade: 112
Police: 110
Doctor Emergency Line: 31 00 31
Poisoning Emergency Line: 19 24 0
Dentist Emergency Line: 89 00 43 33 (enquiries)

Directory Enquiries
11837 (in English)

   Embassies

United States of America : Neustädtische Kirchstraße 4-5 , 10117 Berlin, (030) 8 30 50

British Embassy: Wilhelmstraße 70, 10117 Berlin, ( 030) 20 45 70

Canada: Leipziger Platz 17 , 10117 Berlin, ( 030) 20 31 20

More Embassies ... WEB (Federal Foreign Office of Germany)

 
 



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    Climate
    Public transport in Berlin
    Taxis
    Berlin by car
    Berlin by bike
    Berlin by plane
    Berlin by train
    Currencies and credit cards
    Identity documents
    Insurance
    Important telephone numbers
    Embassies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Climate
    Public transport in Berlin
    Taxis
    Berlin by car
    Berlin by bike
    Berlin by plane
    Berlin by train
    Currencies and credit cards
    Identity documents
    Insurance
    Important telephone numbers
    Embassies


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Climate
    Public transport in Berlin
    Taxis
    Berlin by car
    Berlin by bike
    Berlin by plane
    Berlin by train
    Currencies and credit cards
    Identity documents
    Insurance
    Important telephone numbers
    Embassies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Climate
    Public transport in Berlin
    Taxis
    Berlin by car
    Berlin by bike
    Berlin by plane
    Berlin by train
    Currencies and credit cards
    Identity documents
    Insurance
    Important telephone numbers
    Embassies