Berlin is a diverse and dynamic city, a metropolis entrenched in history. The German capital has plenty to offer budding travellers from world-famous beer, roaring nightlife, cutting-edge architecture, currywurst (you have to taste this), and of course great people.
Perhaps one of the most fascinating things about the city though, is its deep history. When you visit, take some time to learn about Germany’s past as a former Soviet State at the main sights such as the Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, The East Side Gallery, The Reichstag plus much much more. So head to Berlin for the ultimate cultural extravaganza, don't wait.
Our St Christopher’s Inns Berlin hostel is perfectly located right in the centre of Mitte (the city's most central borough) only minutes walk from Alexanderplatz and the iconic TV Tower. We’ve got an epic onsite bar making it the best party hostel in Berlin, plus the U-bahn (underground train station) right on our doorstep to get you to the city's main sites in 10-20 minutes.
If you’re planning a trip to bustling Berlin, you’ll want to have a rough idea of what to do while you’re there. To help you out, we’ve crafted travel guides, currency tips and an interactive map so that you can make the most of your trip. From the where to eat, to free things to do plus main sights and attractions, use this resource as your guide to the German capital.
Berlin is split into 12 districts, known as ‘Kieze'. Mitte is the buzzing city centre, filled with fantastic restaurants, bars and incredible sights - and of course it’s where our St Christopher’s Inns hostel is based. However there are more districts to uncover in the sprawling city not to be forgotten. Discover the many different faces of Berlin, as each neighbourhood has its own story. From Charlottenburg, Lichtenberg to Reinickendorf and Treptow-Köpenick, they may be hard to pronounce but well worth the visit…
The vibrant city lends itself well to be enjoyed any time of the year.
Spring & Summer
Boat trips, beer gardens, open-air cinema, ice cream cafes, cycling tours, Parks in full bloom, Berlin zoo, Museums, Breweries, Lakes for swimming, Grunewald Forest
Breweries, Museums, Street food, Oktoberfest, Autumn foliage in the parks, less queues and crowds, the Reichstag, Enjoy seasonal specials (apples, pumpkins and Chanterelles).
The famous Christmas markets, New Years Eve, German sausages, Christmas lights, Mulled wine, Museum Island. We can think of wurst things.
Berlin benefits from warm summers, but cold winters. Summers (June - August) are pleasant and sunny with highs of 23 degrees, making it the most popular time to visit. Spring and Autumn are fairly mild with averages of 14-16 degrees, a convenient time to visit since there are considerably less tourists (and less queues). The winter can be freezing in Berlin with lows of -2, so make sure to wrap up warm if you’re planning to explore the brilliant Christmas markets - they’re worth it.
1Drink n’ Walk You can drink on Berlin’s streets so buy a beer from a Spät Shop to drink while you walk!
2Day Tickets Buy a Day Ticket (valid for bus, train, metro and trams) for just €7.80 for the whole day.
3Cheap eats Try a local kebab or currywurst from just 2.50!
4Get stamped Don't forget to validate your train ticket with a date stamp (or you could get a €60 fine).
5Clubs Clubs get going after midnight so pre-drink in Belushi’s below the hostel before heading out.
6Carry cash Carry cash as many bars and restaurants do not accept card payments.
7Tipping etiquette Tipping is not expected but 10% is polite.
8Sundays Shoppers, keep in mind that retail is closed on Sundays.
Don’t be put off taking a trip to Germany’s capital because you’ve heard it’s a tad on the pricey side, because it’s actually really easy to spend next to nothing on days out in Berlin. We’ve put together 15 of what we think are the best free things to do in the city that will also save you money for beer later...
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