BERLIN - The European city with many faces ... The city that never sleeps ...!

  

Berlin, the German capital, is renowned for its exceptional variety of attractions, its flourishing cultural scene and a way of life that's both fast-paced and relaxed.

Contrasts between historical buildings and modern architecture, between the traditional and the modern are what set the city apart from the rest. The sights of Berlin – from the Brandenburg Gate to the Federal Chancellery – tell the story of an entire nation. Germany's capital is home to all the major goverment buildings, most notably the historic Reichstag, seat of the German parliament.

Berlin is a city of art, artists and museums. More than 170 museums, including those on the famous museum island, put the treasures of the world on public display. Culturally minded visitors from all corners of the globe come to Berlin to see performances by leading orchestras – such as the internationally celebrated Berlin Philharmonic – and to attend ballets and operas at the three major opera houses. A multitude of theatres specialising in plays, variety, revue and cabaret offer stage entertainment in all its forms.

The famous Kurfürstendamm, grand old Friedrichstrasse and the independent boutiques in and around theHackesche Höfe offer endless scope for shopping.

Nowadays, people look to Berlin for the latest trends in lifestyle, music and art. Inspired by this outpouring of creativity, growing numbers of artists are arriving in the city from around the world, making it one of Europe's most exciting destinations.

 

A feature of Berlin, aside from its exuberance, is the way it continuously reinvents itself.

But Berlin also has a relaxed vibe and lots of open spaces for a breath of fresh air. No city in Germany is greener than Berlin with its forests, lakes and sprawling parks. This laid-back way of life can be found throughout the city. When the weather gets warmer, life in Berlin moves outdoors to the beach bars, pavement cafés and open-air cinemas and theatres – perfect for enjoying the sunshine and the balmy summer nights.

General Information

Berlin is the capitol of Germany (since 1990 following German reunification) and has a population of 3.5M people.
Berlin’s economy is mainly based on the service sector due to being one of the most popular touristic destinations in Europe.
Other industries include IT, pharmaceuticals, renewable energy, biomedical engineering, and biotechnology. Lately Berlin also is the epicenter for new and successful startups and sometimes is referred to as Silicon Allee (deriving from the original Silicon Valley in the U.S).

Climate in Berlin

Berlin is one of the sunniest cities in Germany!

Berlin climate can be best described as a humid continental climate. In summertime it can get incredibly hot and the whole city seems to flee to the nearby lakes for some cooling down (25 to 30 degrees celsius is the norm from June to August). The winters however can be bitterly cold and snow is a certainty, rather than a novelty. In short if you're coming in autumn or winter or early spring then bring some thermals and a hat and gloves.

In general the weather in Berlin is characterized by a moderate climate. The average yearly temperature is 9.5 degrees Celsius. When September rolls around in the Berlin, it signals the official start of the autumn season with the temperatures starting to wane and the rain amounts slowing down. It’s still a great time of the year so we are keeping our fingers crossed and hope for pleasant temperatures.

Check the weather forecast before you fly.

Language

Although it is easy to get around Berlin without learning any German, as most official offices speak English. The German language can prove a little tough at times. Another tricky aspect is that everything has a gender: male, female or neutral i.e the cat = die Katze (feminine), the dog = der Hund (masculine) the girl = das Mädchen (neutral) but the boy = der Junge (masculine)!

There are a whole range of German words which look pretty similar to their English equivalents, so signs such as POLIZEI, RESTAURANT, HOTEL and TAXI are hardly going to tax most travellers, but here are a handful of others that may be useful:

  • Kneipe - Pub
  • Der Kaffebecher - Coffee Pot
  • Die Buchhandlung - Book Shop
  • Das Krankenhaus - Hospital
  • Die Bushaltstelle - Bus stop
  • Der Laden - Shop
  • Der Zeitungshändler or die Zeitungshändlerin if female- Newsagent
  • Der Bahnhof - Station
  • Der Flughafen - Airport
Currency

The Euro is the official currency in Germany since 1st January 2002.

Money advice: You shouldn't anticipate any problems - you are in the capital of one of the world's largest economies after all - but its always worth having a fair few Euros on you, and a card at the ready for topping up your funds when you pass an ATM.

Cuisine

Traditionally, Berlin was known for its rustic and hearty dishes that were made with pork, goose, fish, peas, beans, cucumbers, or potatoes. Today, the city is renowned for its vegan culinary delights. If you are a vegetarian or an environment activist, you will be at home in Berlin as the food served here is only the economically sustainable one.

 

Electricity in Germany

 

In Germany the power sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Below you find pictures of the applied power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency.

Which power plugs and sockets in Germany?

In Germany the power sockets are of type F. Check out the following pictures.

Type F: also known as "Schuko". This socket also works with plug C and plug E.

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