How to get to Berlin
Berlin offers the best national and international travel connections, numerous modern hotels and some truly special venues.
Located at the heart of Europe it represents a connection between East and West.
Flying is often the fastest and cheapest way of travelling to Berlin.
Both Tegel and Schönefeld Airport can be reached easily and quickly from the city's centre, and are optimally integrated into the airlines' national and international route network.
Berlin can conveniently be reached by using the motorways. Thus travelling by car or coach is another option.
Please note that you need an environmental badge for you car because the centre of Berlin is an environmental zone.
The German railway network links Berlin with all major German and European destinations.Long-distance trains to and from Berlin arrive at and depart from multiple train stations like "Berlin Hauptbahnhof" (central station), "Berlin Ostbahnhof", or "Berlin Brandenburg Airport".
The local public transport service in Berlin and the surrounding region is also excellent, featuring train, tram, metro ("U-Bahn"), and bus services that will provide you with optimal mobility during your stay in Berlin.
The venue can be reached with a 100m walk from the bus and metro station "Freie Universität (Thielplatz)".
Berlin, Germany’s capital, is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, oﬀering a wide range of cultural and touristic attractions.
It is as well a city of museums. Germany’s largest cultural investment project, the Berlin Museum Island, was completed in 2010. The five museums on Museum Island were added to the World Cultural Heritage List. From a quick snack to dinner at a gourmet restaurant, international cuisine, theme restaurants, beer gardens and regional cooking – Berlin’s 7,000 restaurants and eateries cater for every taste, any occasion, any time of the day or night. Berlin’s nightlife is fast-paced and has something for everyone.
Read more: visitberlin.de/en
The Brandenburg Gate is Berlin’s most famous attraction. Built in 1791, it was one of many old city gates around Berlin when the urban area was much smaller. The adjoining square, Pariser Platz, is now home to many of the city’s important buildings, such as the striking historical reconstruction of the Hotel Adlon and the Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts).
Soaring 368 meters high, Berlin’s TV Tower is the city’s most visible landmark. As well as being a literally unmissable sight, the tower on Alexanderplatz is also the highest building in Europe open to the general public. From the dizzying height of its platform, you can enjoy spectacular 360-degree panoramic views across the entire city – and beyond!
Berlin’s Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the capital’s major exhibition venues: the Altes Museum (Old), the Neues Museum (New Museum), the Bode Museum, the Pergamon Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery). The collections presented here span over 6,000 years of international artistic and cultural history.
The Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial) runs along Bernauer Straße between the Wedding and Mitte districts and includes the Memorial to the Victims of the Wall, a Documentation Centre and the Chapel of Reconciliation. A surviving section of the Wall, complete with a watchtower, give visitors a real feel for the harsh reality of the border complex.
Travelling within Berlin or the Berlin metropolitan area
Berlin has a large and eﬃcient public transport network comprising buses, trams, ferries, U-Bahn (underground), S-Bahn (local railway), and regional trains. They are all part of the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (the public transport authority for Berlin and Brandenburg), or VBB for short, and can be used with the same ticket.
See www.vbb.de for details.