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Berlin, the capital city of the Federal Republic of Germany, was first mentioned in the 13th century. It has been the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich, but was divided after World War II. East Berlin became the capital of the German Democratic Republic while West Berlin remained part of West Germany, surrounded by the Berlin Wall. This lasted from 1961 until 9 November 1989, when the Berlin wall came down, and the communist regime was ousted. A year later, Germany was reunited and Berlin was once again the nation’s capital.
Apart from being the capital city, Berlin is one of the sixteen states of Germany. It is the largest city (population 3.4 million within city limits) in the country. Metropolitan Berlin, with its 4.9 million inhabitants, is the fifth largest in the European Union.
Architecture (both modern and historical), world-renowned museums (the city is home to 153 museums), nightlife and festivals have made Berlin a major attraction for about 5.1 million people every year. Since 2005, Berlin has been on the UNESCO’s list of Cities of Design.
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Berlin can be seen as a cluster of centres. Berlin has many boroughs (Bezirke), and each borough is composed of several localities (Kiez or Viertel) - each of these boroughs and localities have their unique style. Some boroughs of Berlin are more worthy of a visitor's attention than others. Berlin used to be divided into 23 boroughs, and these boroughs are used in Wikivoyage as they remain foremost in popular conceptions of the city and are generally of a good practical size and cultural division for visitors. In January 2001, the number of boroughs was reduced from 23 to 12 for administrative purposes - mostly by fusing old boroughs together - sometimes across the former inner-Berlin border. The boroughs can roughly be grouped into six districts:
The historical centre of Berlin, the nucleus of the former East Berlin, and the emerging city centre. Cafés, restaurants, museums, galleries, and clubs are abundant throughout the district, along with many sites of historic interest.
Ku'Damm (short for Kurfürstendamm) is, along with Tauentzienstraße, one of the main shopping streets in former West Berlin, especially for luxury goods. Many great restaurants and hotels are here and also on the side roads. The district also contains the Schloss Charlottenburg, Tiergarten and the Olympic Stadium. Schöneberg is generally a cosy area for ageing hippies, young families, and LGBT people.
Associated with the left wing youth culture, artists, and Turkish immigrants, this district is somewhat noisier than most, packed with lots of cafés, bars, clubs, and trendy shops, but also with some museums in Kreuzberg near the border to Mitte. These districts are undergoing gentrification as they are popular with students, artists and media professionals.
Spandau and Reinickendorf are beautiful old towns, which feel much more spacious than the inner city. Pankow was once synonymous with the East German government, and the villas the East German "socialist" leaders inhabited still exist.
The museum at the site of the 1945 surrender to the Soviet army is of interest, as is the former Stasi prison, an essential visit for anyone interested in East German history. Marzahn-Hellersdorf's reputation for being a vast collection of dull high-rise apartment blocks is undeserved because it is the home of the "Gardens of the World" , a large park where various ethnic styles of garden design are explored.
The South is a mixed bag of different boroughs. Zehlendorf is one of the greenest and wealthiest boroughs in Berlin, while Neukölln is one of the city's poorest. The Northern part of Neukölln (sometimes labeled "Kreuzkölln") is becoming gentrified. Köpenick's swaths of forest around Berlin's largest lake, Müggelsee, and the nice old town of Köpenick itself beg to be discovered on bikes and using the S-Bahn.
The Berlin Wall was the symbol of Berlin and the Cold War for nearly 40 years. Built in 1961 to stop the outflow of East-Germans and torn down in 1989, it separated families and friends and left a big scar in Berlin's history. There is not a lot left of the original wall, although you can find some small remains. The best chance to see something of the wall is to dive into one of the many souvenir shops, although critics will tell you that the entire wall must have been sold several times by now. The line where the wall once stood is marked by a double row of cobblestones. Some original pieces can be seen at the Potzdammerplatz, and near the Friedrichshain train station.
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The Reichstag is the German parliament (Bundestag). It was build in the last part of the 19th century, and opened in 1894. Before and during the second World War the building was badly damaged. First in 1933 by Marinus van der Lubbe, who set the building on fire, and after that by several air raids during the battle of Berlin in 1945. After that it took years before the building got renovated, and was opened again for the public. After the reunification of Germany the building again underwent a major renovation. This time a huge glass dome was added to the building and reopened in 1999. The Reichstag and the dome can be visited but waiting times can be long.
The most visible of the sights is the 368-metre-high Fernsehturm (television tower) on the Alexanderplatz. It was constructed between 1965 and 1969 and is visible from most places in Berlin-City, making it a good reference point when wandering around Berlin. In the sphere there is a visitor's platform at 204 metres above the ground, and above the platform there is a rotating restaurant, that makes the 360 degrees in 30 minutes. Lifts will take you to the visitor's platform in 40 seconds.
The Alexanderplatz is maybe the most well known square in Berlin, and made more famous in the Fassbinder film Berlin, Alexanderplatz. Around the Alexanderplatz, you can find the Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall), the little Marienkirche and close to it the Weltzeituhr (World time clock). Besides being one of the most famous squares it is also an important hub for people taking the U-bahn.
Not far from the Reichstag lies one the landmarks of Berlin. The Brandenburger Tor is a former gateway into Berlin situated at the beginning of the major shopping street Unter den Linden. On top of the gate is a statue of a chariot drawn by 4 horses called the Quidriga. For many years it was the symbol of the division of Germany as it stood right behind the Wall, and on the eastern side a smaller wall also prevented East-Germans from reaching the gate. During this time the Quidriga had been facing towards the East. After the reunification it was turned back into its original position. When you visit Germany you are likely to have some Brandenburger Gates in your pocket, as it features on the 10, 20 and 50 eurocent coins that are pressed in Germany.
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About 2,700 black stones all with the same outline, but varying in height from 0.2 to 4.8 metres make up the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, which is situated near the Brandenburger Tor. It was not the first memorial to be erected as a memorial for the holocaust. An earlier project which was to be a huge sloping surface, with all the known names of holocaust victims, was vetoed by then Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Instead the memorial that we know now was erected and opened in 2005. Under the ground there is a museum located at the sight of the memorial.
The Berliner Dom is not as old as it looks. It only dates back to 1905. Nevertheless it's an impressive building, which had earned the nickname "the Protestant St. Peter", as it was considered the Protestant answer to St. Peters Basilique in Rome. During the war it was severely damaged, and renovations did not start until 1975 and lasted until 1993.
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The Gedächtniskirche, officially called the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche, was built by Emperor Wilhelm II in the 1890's, in honour of his grandfather Kaiser Wilhelm I. In 1943 the Church was damaged, and a big part of the tower came down. At present only the damaged spire remains. Next to the church a new church was built.
Berlin is one of Europe's queerest cities. Whether you're visiting for business or cruising, Berlin is full of colourful venues for queer culture or just some delicious Kaffee & Kuchen for you to enjoy!
Two cheap student-run, low-service cafés with a queer-friendly, artsy atmosphere are:
Other ones include:
Berlin has a moderate continental climate with generally warm summers from June to September, around 24 °C during the day, and sometimes rising to over 35 °C. Nights are pleasant, around 15 °C. In winter, from December to February, daily maximum temperatures are a few degrees above zero and nights a few degrees below. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year, but summers tend to be a bit wetter with occasionally very heavy showers and thunderstorms. There is about 50 mm of rain (some snow in winter) on about 10 to 15 days each month.
Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) and Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) are the two main airports that serve Berlin. While Tegel is in the city itself, Schönefeld is at the southern border, about 18 kilometres from the centre.
There are numerous airlines flying to destinations in Europe and beyond, as well as serving many domestic destinations. Airlines include Lufthansa, German Wings, Air Berlin and Condor as well as major international airlines like Air France-KLM and budget airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet.
To/from Schönefeld Airport
To/from Tegel Airport
The airport is linked by several BVG bus lines, which offer connection to the U-Bahn and S-Bahn, as well as to Regional Express trains and long distance trains:
Numerous roads, both highways as well as local roads, run into Berlin. Traffic is always busy but avoid morning and late afternoon rush hours. Parking places are available in garages, but prices are steep. By any means if you can go by public transport.
Eurolines connects to several German cities to and from Berlin. Reservations can be made in Berlin at the Mannheimerstrasse 33/34 - tel: 030.86.09.60 / 0188.8.131.526 or by internet.
Another bus company is BerlinLinienBus. They serve mainly destinations in Germany, including Hamburg and Munich but they can also sell tickets for Eurolines buses.
The bus stop for almost all buses is at the central omnibus station (ZOB) near the Funkturm (not to be confused with the TV Tower). This is in the western outskirts of Berlin near U Kaiserdamm and S Messe/ICC Nord. Transfer time with public transport from the ZOB to SFX airport is approximately 2 hours and about 1 hour to TXL.
As in most of the big cities of the world the parking areas are rare and not cheap. But it's possible to drive through Berlin by car.
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The underground, or as it's know in Berlin the U-Bahn is a good way to get around, especially as it is combined with the S-bahn. The only shame is that the airport of Tegel is not connected to the U-bahn, but you need to take a bus from the airport. Luckily there are enough and there are enough place where you can get off the bus, and change to the U-Bahn. (If you need to be in the eastern part of town, the stop at Osloerstrasse is a good point to make the change from the bus (number 128 to the underground.)
If you don't have many time but want to see a lot of sights the best way is to take the Bus 100 and/or the Bus 200.
Bus 100 starts/ends at the Alexanderplatz and ends/starts at Zoologischer Garten (Zoo). The route passes a lot of sights (Berliner Dom, Lustgarten, Brandenburger Tor, Regierungsviertel with Reichstag, Siegessäule etc.). If any sights seems to be interesting to you, you can push one of the red 'STOP'-buttons and exit the bus to take a closer look at the sight. 10 minutes later the next Bus (number 100) will come to pick you up.
It is possible to get around by foot, but know that sights can be far apart, of course depending what sights you want to visit.
If you like to feel the spirit of Berlin you have to walk a bit. favourites routes include:
1. S-Bahn station 'Hackischer Markt' to U-Bahn station 'Weinmeisterstraße' (takes about 20 minutes (no stops included)).
2. exit S-Bahn station 'Hackischer Markt' and walk along the Oranienburgerstraße.
3. start at 'Alexanderplatz' and walk the whole way to 'Brandenburger Tor' ('Unter den Linden') (takes at least 1 hour).
Berlin is mostly flat and while it will be a long time until Berlin is as bicycle-friendly as Amsterdam or Copenhagen serious efforts are being made. You can easily find rental bikes in the city, keep your eyes peeled for brochures distributed at hostels and at tourist attractions. Make sure you have a good map of the city when you set out. Ride defensively, don't insist on rights of way when confronted with a truck.
A staple in Berlin is currywurst. It's a bratwurst covered in ketchup and curry powder. You can find them all over Berlin by street vendors. It's a must try when in Berlin. Two renowned Currywurst stands are "Konnopke's Imbiss" below Eberswalder Strasse U-Bahn station on line 2 and "Curry 36" opposite the Mehringdamm U-Bahn station in Kreuzberg (only two stops south of Checkpoint Charlie). Both of these offer far friendlier service than many of Berlin's more upmarket eateries.
Another famous thing to eat in Berlin is Döner, a flat bread filled with lamb or chicken meat and vegetables, available at many Turkish stands.
Eating out in Berlin is incredibly inexpensive compared to any other Western European capital or other German cities. The city is multicultural and many cultures' cuisine is represented here somewhere, although it is often modified to suit German tastes.
Berlin may seem like carnivore Heaven, but vegetarians and vegans can eat quite well. Berliners are generally environmentally conscious, and that extends to their food; most of the inner neighborhoods have a handful of good healthy vegetarian or vegan restaurants using local ingredients, though they tend to be more expensive than the ubiquitous kebab and sausage stands. If you're a vegetarian on a limited budget, many kebab restaurants have a good selection of roasted vegetables and salads, and you can usually get falafels (fried chickpea balls, suitable for vegans) and halloumi (a type of dense cheese) in place of meat.
For cheap and good food (especially from Turkey and the Middle East) you should try Kreuzberg and Neukölln with their abundance of Indian, pizza and Döner Kebap restaurants. Prices start from €2 for a kebab or Turkish pizza (different from the original Italian recipe and ingredients). If you are looking for a quick meal you could try getting off at Görlitzer Bahnhof or Schlesisches Tor on the U1 line - the area is filled with inexpensive, quality restaurants.
|1A Apartment Berlin||Milastr. 6||Guesthouse||90|
|3 Little Pigs Hostel||Stresemannstraße 66||Hostel||80|
|36 ROOMS Berlin Kreuzberg||Spreewaldplatz 8 Berlin Kreuzberg||Hostel||76|
|A&O Berlin am Zoo||Joachimstaler Str. 1-3||Hostel||-|
|A&O Berlin Friedrichshain||Niederlassung - Berlin Friedrichshain Box hagener Str.73 - 10245 Berlin||Hostel||74|
|A&O Berlin Mitte||K'penicker Str. 127 - 129 D-10179||Hostel||74|
|AI Königshof||Stuttgarter Platz 7||Hotel||-|
|Albergo Hotel Berlin||Waßmannsdorfer Chaussee 2||Hotel||-|
|Alcatraz Backpacker Hostel||Schoenhauser Allee 133a 10437||Hostel||82|
|Alecsa Hotel am Olympiastadion||Glockenturmstrasse 30||hotel||-|
|Aletto Jugendhotel||Grunewaldstr. 33 10823 Berlin||Hotel||80|
|Aletto Youth Hotel 2||Tempelhofer Ufer 8-9||Hotel||77|
|Alex Hotel||Greifswalder Str. 3||hotel||-|
|All In Hostel/Hotel||Gruenberger Strasse 54||Hostel||74|
|Alt-Jugendstilhaus Hotel Castell||Wielandstraße 24 Berlin||Hotel||82|
|Alte City||Rankestrasse 23||Hotel||-|
|Am Savignyplatz Hotel||Kantstrasse 22 Kantstrasse 22||Hotel||-|
|Am Stuttgarter Eck||Kaiser-Friedrich-Strasse 54a||Hotel||79|
|Amadeus Hostel Berlin||Brunnenstr. 70/71||Hostel||-|
|Amaryl City-Hotel||Lietzenburger Str. 76 Berlin, Center, Charlottenburg, Ku'Damm||Hotel||-|
|AMC Berlin||Wexstr. 23 10715 Berlin||Apartment||-|
|Amstel House Hostel||Waldenserstr. 31||Hostel||82|
|Apartement Berlin Mitte||Heinrich-Heine-Platz 3||Apartment||-|
|Apartment 27||Grossbeerenstrasse 61 Berlin||Apartment||-|
|Apartment Hotel Dahlem||Clayallee 150||Hotel||-|
|Apartment in Friedrichshain||Niederbarnimstr. 6||Apartment||-|
|Apartment in Prenzlauer Berg||Senefelderstrasse 19||Apartment||-|
|Apartment Prenzlauer Berg||Erich-Weinert-Str. 137||Apartment||-|
|Apartments Friedrich||Boxhagener Str. 53||Apartment||-|
|Arta Lenz Hotel||Xantener Str. 8||Hotel||79|
|Artflat 27 - Mitte - Bellevue||Holsteiner Ufer 34||Apartment||-|
|Artflat 64 Charlottenburg||Fredericia strasse 3 Berlin||Apartment||-|
|AS Hostel||Paul-Robeson-Strasse Ecke Schoenfliesser Strasse 4||Hostel||76|
|AS-Apartments Gleimstraße||Gleimstraße 12||Apartment||-|
|Aurora Hostel||Pappelallee 21||Hostel||-|
|Aurora Hotel||Rheinstr.61 12159 Berlin||Hotel||-|
|BackpackerBerlin||Knorrpromenade 10 10245 Berlin||Hostel||80|
|Baxpax Downtown Hostel/Hotel||Ziegelstr. 28||Hostel||83|
|BaxPax Kreuzberg Hostel||Skalitzer Str. 104 10997 Berlin||Hostel||78|
|Bearinn Hostel||Bürgerstr. 29||Hostel||-|
|Berlin apartment||Aronstr 102||Apartment||-|
|Berlin apartment 1||Lichtenrader str15-18 12049 Berlin||Apartment||75|
|Berlin Stay 1||Paulerstr 35 10557 Berlin||Apartment||-|
|Berlin Stay 2||Jonnasstr 30 12053 Berlin||Apartment||-|
|Berlin Stay 3||Wittekind str 26 12103 Berlin||Apartment||-|
|Berlin Stay 4||Emdener str 47 B 10551 Berlin||Apartment||78|
|Berlin Stay 5||Donnaustr 99 12043 berlin||Apartment||-|
|Berlin stay 7||17a Lichtenrader str 12049 berlin||Apartment||-|
|Berlin stay 8||kienitzer str 130 12049 Berlin||Apartment||-|
|Berlin Youth Hostel International||Kluckstrasse 3||Hostel||78|
|Berliner Bed and Breakfast||Langenscheidtstr. 5a Berlin||Guesthouse||81|
|Berolina Backpacker||Stuttgarter Platz 17 D - 10627||Hostel||78|
|Berolina Charlottenburg||Stuttgarter Platz 17 D - 10627||Hotel||-|
|Central Inn||Alt-Moabit 126||Hotel||78|
|Charlottenburg 2009||Berlin 10587, Charlottenburg, Loschmidtstrasse 18-||Apartment||-|
|City Hostel Berlin||Glinkastr. 5-7 EGI G mbH||Hostel||79|
|City Pension Berlin||Stuttgarter Platz 9 10627||Hotel||79|
|City54 Hotel & Hostel Berlin||Chausseestr.54||hotel||-|
|Citystay Mitte||Rosenstrasse 16||Hostel||82|
|Comfy Little Corner||Zwinglistrasse 39||Hostel||-|
|Corner Hostel||Driesener Strasse 17 10439||Hostel||77|
|David's Cosy Little Backpacker Hostel Berlin||Bredowstr. 35 10551||Hostel||-|
|Design Hotel DDR||Wriezener Karree 5||hotel||-|
|East Side City Hotel||Mühlenstraße 6||hotel||84|
|Eastener Hostel||Novalisstr. 14, 10115||Hostel||84|
|Eastern Comfort Hostelboat Berlin||Mühlen Str 73-77||Hostel||80|
|EastSeven Berlin Hostel||Schwedter Str. 7||Hostel||91|
|Eden am Zoo||Uhlandstrasse 184||Guesthouse||-|
|Fabian's Cozy Little Belle Etage||Berlin Mitte (Center) Tiergarten Moabit District||Hostel||-|
|Frei-Raum guesthouse||Wiener Str.14||Guesthouse||-|
|Friedi´s Apartment - Beate Richter||Hauptstraße 2A Berlin||Apartment||85|
|Frosch Hostel||Schivelbeiner Str. 26||Hostel||-|
|Gasteiner Hof Hotel||Gasteiner Str. 8 10717||Hotel||78|
|Gay Hostel||Motzstr. 28 Berlin||Hostel||-|
|Generator Hostel Berlin||Storkowerstrasse 160 (Off Landsberger Allee) D - 10407||Hostel||78|
|Graf B&B||Steengravenweg 11||Guesthouse||-|
|Grand Hostel Berlin||Tempelhofer Ufer 14||Hostel||89|
|HappyBed Hostel - Steglitz||Körnerstrasse 53 Ecke Bergstrasse||Hostel||-|
|Heart of Gold Hostel||Johannisstr. 11||Hostel||85|
|Helter Skelter Hostel||Kalkscheunenstr. 4-5||Hostel||-|
|Hoffmanns Hostel||Charlottenburgerstrassen 135||Hostel||81|
|Hostel Aloha||Torstrasse 60||Hostel||-|
|Hostel am Friedrichshain||Hufelandstrasse 38||Hostel||-|
|Hostel Die Etage||Katharinenstraße 14||Hostel||-|
|Hostelxberger||Schlesischestr. 22 10||Hostel||76|
|Hotel 7. Himmel||Potsdamer Str. 68||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Air in Berlin||Ansbacher Str. 6||hotel||79|
|Hotel am Anhalter Bahnhof||Stresemannstrasse 36||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Amelie Messe ICC||Kaiserdamm 29||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Arrival||Lietzenburger Str. 30||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Bernstein||Nürnbergerstr 46||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Berolina an der Gedächtniskirche||Rankestrasse 35||hostel||-|
|Hotel Columbia||Dudenstrasse 4||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Cortina||Kantstrasse 140||Hotel||78|
|Hotel Friedrichshain||Warschauer Strasse 57 10243||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Hansablick||Flotowstr. 6||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Ingeborg||Wielandstrasse 33||Hotel||84|
|Hotel Kallmeyer||Seegefelder Str. 75||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Kolumbus||Genslerstr. 18 13055||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Messe||Neue Kantstraße 5 14057 Berlin Charlottenburg||Hotel||84|
|Hotel Messe||Wundtstr. 72||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Pankow||Pasewalker Str. 14 13127/Pankow-Przl.Berg||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Pension Insor||Samariter Strase 15||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Transit||Hagelberger Str.53-54 Kreuzberg||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Transit Loft||Immanuelkirchstraße 14 a||hotel||-|
|Hotel-Pension Adamshof||Emanuelstr. 3||Hotel||-|
|Hotel-Pension Funk||Fasanenstr. 69 10719||Hotel||-|
|Hotel-Pension Maximum||Lückstraße 17||hotel||-|
|Hotel-Pension Waizenegger||Mommsenstr. 6 10623 Berlin||Hotel||83|
|Hotel4Youth||Schönhauser Allee 103||Hostel||-|
|Itowe Gallery||Samariterstrasse 32||Guesthouse||-|
|Jetpak Alternative||Görlitzerstrasse 38 Berlin||Hostel||88|
|Jetpak City Hostel||Pariserstrasse 58||Hostel||84|
|Jetpak Eco Lodge||Puecklerstr.54 Berlin - Dahlem||Hostel||82|
|John's Cozy Little Backpacker Hostel Berlin||Waldenser Str. 30 Mitte - Tiergarten - Moabit||Hostel||-|
|Jugendgästehaus Berlin-Mitte||Antwerpener Straße 40||hostel||-|
|Jugendgästehaus der Schreberjugend||Franz-Künstler-Straße 10||Hostel||-|
|Jugendgästehaus Lichterfelde||Osdorfer Str. 121||Hostel||81|
|Jugendherberge Berlin - Am Wannsee||Badeweg 1||Hostel||-|
|Jugendherberge Berlin - Ernst Reuter||Hermsdorfer Damm 48||Hostel||-|
|Karibuni HotelPension||Neckarstr. 2||guesthouse||-|
|Karl-Renner Youthhostel of Naturfriends||Ring Str. 76/ 77 12205 Berlin||hostel||-|
|Lakeside Bed and Breakfast-Pension Am See||Seepromenade 26 14612 Falkensee||Guesthouse||-|
|Lettem Sleep 7||Lettestrasse 7 10437||Hostel||78|
|MEININGER Berlin Central Station||Ella-Trebe-Strasse 9||Hostel||84|
|MEININGER Berlin Hallesches Ufer||Hallesche Ufer 30 10963||Hostel||79|
|MEININGER Berlin Prenzlauer Berg||Schönhauser Allee 19||Hostel||82|
|MEININGER Berlin Tempelhofer Ufer||Tempelhofer Ufer 10||Hostel||-|
|Mittes Backpacker Hostel||Chausseestrasse 102 10115 Berlin-Mitte||Hostel||80|
|Motel One Berlin Centre||Prinzenstraße 40 / Moritzplatz 10969||Hotel||-|
|Nikol-Berlin-Nürnberger||Nürnberger str. 38||Apartment||-|
|Nikol-Berlin-Thorwaldsen||Schöneberg, Thorwaldsen str. 5A, flo||Apartment||-|
|North Pool||Ruppiner Chaussee 151||Guesthouse||-|
|NU Hotel Berlin||Gubener Straße 46||Hotel||-|
|Odyssee Globetrotter Hostel||Grunberger Strasse 23 10243||Hostel||-|
|Pariser Eck||Pariser Strasse 19||Hotel||-|
|Pegasus Hostel||Strasse der Pariser Kommune 35 10243||Hostel||77|
|Pension Grand||Silbersteinstr 82||Guesthouse||-|
|Pension Intervarko||Greifswalder Str. 225||Guesthouse||78|
|Pension Majesty||Mommsenstr. 55 Charlottenburg||Guesthouse||-|
|Pension Marienburg||Zacherstraße 11||guesthouse||-|
|Pension Regenbogen||Bänschstr. 70||Guesthouse||-|
|Pension Reiter||Paslisadenstr. 53||Guesthouse||-|
|Pfefferbett Hostel||Schönhauser Allee 176||Hostel||85|
|Raise a Smile Hostel Berlin||Weidenweg 51||Hostel||-|
|Riverside Lodge Berlin||Hobrechtstr 43/corner Maybachufer||Hostel||86|
|RIXPACK Hostel||Karl-Marx-Str. 75||hostel||-|
|RS Apartments||Kurfuerstendamm 94/95||Apartment||68|
|Schlafmeile Hostel||Weichsel Strasse 25||Hostel||75|
|Schulz Apartment||Cantianstrasse 17||Apartment||80|
|Singer109 - Backpacker Apartment Hostel||Singer Str. 109||Hostel||83|
|SleepCheapHostel||Spandauer Damm 101||Hostel||75|
|St. Christopher's Apartment||Rosa Luxemburg Str, 39-41||Apartment||82|
|St. Christopher's Berlin||Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 39-41||Hostel||-|
|Studentendorf Berlin-Schlachtensee eG||Wasgenstraße 75||Hostel||-|
|Sunflower Hostel||Helsingforser Str. 17 10243 Berlin||Hostel||83|
|The Circus Hostel||Weinbergsweg 1a 10119||Hostel||89|
|The Pirate Hostel||Proskauerstrasse 20||Hostel||79|
|Touristenhaus Grünau||Dahmestr. 6 12527 Berlin||Guesthouse||-|
|Tu-Casa||Zähringer Str.20-21 10707 Berlin||Apartment||-|
|U inn Berlin Hostel||Finowstrasse 36 Friedrichshain||Hostel||-|
|Winter`s Hotel Berlin City Messe||Rudolstädter Str. 42 10713 Berlin||Hotel||80|
|Wombats City Hostel Berlin||Alte Schönhauser Strasse 2||Hostel||88|
|Plus Berlin||Warschauerplatz 6-8||Hostel||90|
|Plus Berlin||Warschauerplatz 6-8||Hostel||90|
|Apartment in Charlottenburg||Röntgenstr. 6||Apartment||-|
|Industriepalast||Warschauer Straße 43/44||Hostel||83|
|A&O Berlin Hauptbahnhof||Lehrter Straße 12-15||HOSTEL||77|
|Hostel Die Etage East||Langhansstraße 8||Hostel||81|
|Mercure Hotel Berlin Tempelhof Airport||Hermannstraße 214-216||Hotel||-|
|Apartment Ani||Wilmersdorf, Zähringer Straße||Apartment||-|
|Diana-Berlin||Eislebener Str. 16, floor 1 Wilmersdorf||Apartment||85|
|Hotel 4 Youth am Mauerpark||Bernauerstrasse 45-46||Hostel||79|
|Bolgerini INN||Proskauer Straße 38||Hotel||-|
|Metropol Hostel Berlin||Mehringdamm 32||Hostel||72|
|Ab Greifhostel Berlin Prenzlauer Berg||Greifswalder Str. 154||Hostel||-|
|Jugendgaestehaus Hauptbahnhof||Lehrter Strasse 68||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Pension Arta||Kaiser- Friedrich str 63||Hotel||-|
|City Apartments Come2Friends||Potsdamer Str. 164||Apartment||79|
|Swimming Hostel Berlin||Zur Alten Flussbadeanstalt 5||Hostel||-|
|Casavacanze Almerico||Elsenstrasse 76-77||Apartment||-|
|Toms Hotel||Motzstr. 19 Berlin||Hotel||-|
|Georghof Hostel||Guertelstr. 39||Hostel||-|
|Artflat 16 Kreuzberg||Oberbaumstrasse 5||Apartment||-|
|Hotel de Ela||Landshuter Str. 1 10779, Berlin||Hotel||79|
|History Hostel||Stresemannstr.72 10963 Berlin||Hostel||-|
|Queens Park Hotel||Koenigin-Elisabeth-Strasse 47a||Hotel||84|
|Vannis Haus||Danziger Str. 100||Hostel||84|
|Mark Apart Hotel||Lietzenburger Strasse 82-84||Hotel||-|
|Apartment Kalckreuth||Kalckreuthstrasse 9||Apartment||-|
|Hotel Bogota||Schlüterstrasse 45||Hotel||-|
|MEININGER Berlin Mitte Humboldthaus||Oranienburgerstr. 67/68||Hostel||84|
|Hotel Haubach||Haubachstrasse 22||Hotel||-|
|Sunshinehouse Berlin||Wexstrasse 8||Hostel||-|
|Villy - Berlin||Cauerstrasse 29 Charlottenburg||Apartment||89|
|Hotel Hoppegarten Berlin||Köpenickerstrasse 1 Dahlwitz-Hoppegarten||Hotel||-|
|Apartcity Hotel||Kaiserdamm 36||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Aparotel||Osnabrückerstr. 7||Hotel||-|
|Youth Apartments Ku'damm||Joachimstaler Str. 19||Apartment||-|
|BearlinCity Apartments Olivaer Platz||Olivaer Platz 18||Apartment||-|
|BearlinCity Apartments Ansbacher Str||Ansbacher Str. 8-14||Apartment||-|
|CAB City Apartments GmbH||Waldstraße 25||Apartment||-|
|Ellington Hotel Berlin||Nürnberger Str. 50-55||Hotel||-|
|Smarthostel-Berlin||Genter Str. 53 a/b||Hostel||-|
|PangeaPeople Hostel & Hotel||Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 34||HOSTEL||68|
|Hotel Pension Arche||Kantstrasse 104a||Hotel||-|
|Apartment City West||Frobenstrasse 26||Apartment||-|
|Violet am Alexanderplatz||Holzmarktstrasse 69||Apartment||-|
|Oldcity apartment||Sangestrasse 1||Apartment||-|
|Academy Hotel Berlin||Dennewitzstr. 7||Hotel||-|
|EVO Hostel Berlin||EVO Hostel Berlin Alt-Stralau 37 10245 Berlin||Hostel||-|
|Amary City Berlin||Schillerstraße 50/51||Apartment||-|
|Main Station Hostel||Quitzowstr. 110||Hostel||-|
|Quentin Berlin||Xantener Str. 4.||Hotel||79|
|Quentin Design Hotel Berlin||Kalckreuthstraße 12||Hotel||-|
|Dessi-Berlin||Schustehrusstrasse Nr. 6||Apartment||-|
|Hotel Altberlin- Am Potsdamer Platz||Potsdamer Strasse 67||Hotel||-|
|Quality Hotel Berlin Tegel||Hollaenderstrasse 31||Hotel||-|
|Alexanderplatz Accomodation||Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 15||Hostel||-|
|Scube Parks Berlin GmbH||Warschauer Str. 61||Campsite||78|
|Hotel-Pension Spree||Trautenaustrasse 19||Hotel||-|
|Bedstop Hostel Berlin||Sophie-Charlotten-Strasse 31/32||Hostel||-|
|Residenz 2000 Hotel||Unter den Eichen 96||Hostel||-|
|The Circus Hotel||Rosenthaler Strasse 1 10119 Berlin||Hotel||-|
|Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz||Alexanderplatz 7||Hotel||-|
|Check In Hostel||Markgrafenstrasse 68||Hostel||76|
|2A Hostel||Saalestr. 76||Hostel||80|
|Hotel Pension Victoria||Kaskelstr. 50||Hotel||-|
|MEININGER Hotel Berlin Airport||Alexander-Meissner-Strasse 1||Hostel||81|
|Pension Am Kurt-Schumacher-Platz||Scharnweberstr. 17-20||Hotel||79|
|Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre||STRESEMANNSTRASSE 49||Hotel||-|
The current economic climate is stable but to find work in Berlin is not easy. A sound level of German improves your chance as only few multinational companies are present in Berlin. Any kind of skills (especially language) that separates you from the masses will definitely improve your chances for a job.
If you have an academic background then teaching English (Spanish, French & Latin are good, too) or private tutoring (e.g. math) for pupils is always a possibility as Berlin is a young city and education is in strong demand. Otherwise working in a bar might be an option but it'll be tough, because wages are low and big tips are uncommon. Chances are much better when big trade fairs (e.g. "Grüne Woche", bread & butter or ITB) or conventions take place so apply at temp & trade fair agencies. The hospitality industry and call centers are constantly hiring but wages are very low unless you can offer special skills (such as exotic languages) or background.
Berlin has a growing media, modeling and TV/movie industry. For daily soaps, telenovelas and movies most companies look for people with something specific. Apply at the bigger casting and acting agencies.
For English-language jobs, if might be worth checking out the classified ads of this monthly magazine for English-speakers, Exberliner.
Internet cafes (rates €1.50 to €5 per hour) are starting to become less common due to widespread offers of free wifi by shops, restaurants or cafes. Sometimes it requires minimum consumption but usually it's free within the premises. Phone shops will often offer internet access, too. In general hotels offer internet access. In several cities, projects exist to provide free "community" hotspots for wireless networking. Passenger lounges at some airports and central railway stations also provide internet access to their customers.
Several pre-paid SIMs allow Internet access for a monthly flat fee, for example those available at Tchibo coffee stores (o2 network, €10/month limited to 500 MB, €20/month for 5 GB) or Aldi (E-Plus network). A regular O2 sim card, which can be used for calls and text messages, is €15 and another €15 buys 1GB of data valid for 1 month. Vodafone offers a prepaid sim card for €25 which includes €22.5 of credit, out of which you can get 300 MB of data for 2 days for €15 and be left with €7.5 of credit.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international call prefix in Germany is 00. To dial out of Germany, dial 00, followed by country code, area code, and the telephone number (for example 00 44 1234 567890). If you're using a mobile phone, simply add the plus sign "+" before the country code to call out of Germany (for example +44 1234 567890). The general emergency number is 112 and the additional number for less emergent issues for police is 110.
Mobile phone coverage on the four networks (T-Mobile, Vodafone, E-Plus and o2) is excellent across the whole country. UMTS (3G data and HSDPA) and EDGE is also available. UMTS is still somewhat limited to urban areas. All mobile providers use GSM technology on the 900 and 1800 MHz frequency ranges. If you stay for a longer period of time, consider buying a prepaid phone card from one of the mobile phone companies; you won't have trouble finding a T-Mobile (in a "T-Punkt"), Vodafone, E-Plus or O2 store in any major shopping area. In most supermarket chains (for example ALDI), there are prepaid SIM cards from their own virtual providers available. These are normally quite cheap to buy, but expensive for international calls (around €1–2/min), but incoming calls are always free and SMS cost around €0.09–0.19. They are available at: Aldi, Lidl, Penny, Netto, Tchibo, Rewe, toom. A registration via Internet or (expensive) phone call is necessary after buying to activate the SIM card.
The cheapest way to call abroad from Germany is to use the internet cafés run by immigrants. They sell special calling cards that give the best rate to certain countries as well as offer cheap international calls from phone booths. It is also the cheapest way to call landlines in Germany.
Germany's postal system is very efficient, their logistics branch DHL is one of the best companies in this field world-wide, with domestic post or within a radius of 400 kilometres, send within a day. The website of Deutsche Post has an online calculator for postage fees as well as a post office finder. Stamps are available at post offices and sometimes at newsagents or shops selling postcards. Also stamp vending machines can be found at a lot of places around the cities. You can purchase every stamp you need from this machines. They are unique as they accept every coin from 1 cent to 2 euro but change is only given in stamps. It costs about €40 to send a small package to Australia and €1.70 to send an old-fashioned letter to any place in the world outside of Europe. Within Germany, sending postcards costs €0.45 and standard letters €0.55, within Europe it is €0.65 for a postcard, standard letters to places in Europe cost €0.75. Outside Europe, the prices for sending a postcard or standard letter are €1 and €1.70 respectively. Although you will find the old post offices (mainly in the city centre), most of the smaller neighbourhood post offices are part of a small tobacco shop or grocery store. For larger package, you might consider competitive private companies like UPS, DHL or TNT.
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