Top Tips for a Great Short City Break in Berlin
Berlin is a city that has delighted and inspired its countless visitors each year, and so tourism there is continuing to thrive more and more. It’s not difficult to see why – with incredible attractions and sights, delicious local food and drink and friendly locals, it certainly has a lot to offer its guests. If you’d like to give Berlin a go but only have a few days spare, we’ve got you covered.
Here are some top tips for making the most out of a short break in Berlin:
As with any short break, you should aim to get as organised as possible so that you can really make the most of it, and so that you don’t spend the majority of your time waiting around looking at what to do, and how to get there, etc. Do your research and have a look at the attractions and sights that spark your interest so that you can work out the best days to do which things, and how you can get from one sight to the next.
Invest in a travel pass
You can get a Berlin Travel Pass from the airport, which will enable you to get around the whole city for a fraction of the price of paying for transport as you go. You will have unlimited travel on the city’s entire public transport system, including the S-Bahn (the city’s rail network), U-Bahn (the underground system), and tram and bus services.
Indulge in the local food and drink
Berlin is famous for its world-renowned German cuisine; from incredible sausages, schnitzels and sauerkraut, to name just a few things. From world-class restaurants to fun and fresh food markets, there will something for every taste pallet and budget. Germany is also of course known for its incredible selections of beer, so head to a Bierkeller for a truly authentic and unique beer experience.
Take in the city’s history
No trip to Berlin will be complete without taking in some of the often-troubled history. It bears the scars of the past but never stops for a break – this city is constantly shifting and changing, and each district has its own distinct personality. The remnants of Berlin’s beginnings still show over in Charlottenburg, and the palace is a beautiful sight to behold, while the more unsavoury vestiges of the past can be found in the form of Oranienburg and Schöneweide‘s labour camps, and Lichtenberg’s Stasi prison.
Take a guided tour
Guided tours are a really great way to see the city and to learn along the way, though they are seen as too touristy for some. Berlin does offer some really authentic walking tours or bus tours that are well worth checking out if you’d like to hear first hand from the locals all about the place and its history.