Thursday , 23 October 2014

Berlin – Travel Guide

Berlin is the capital city of Germany and the largest city in the country. Berlin is an international city as it is one of the bases for the United Nations Organization. It is also a huge social centre by the presence of its lively nightlife, clubs, bars, and street art. Berlin can also be termed as a historic centre as shown by its numerous museums, existing ancient palaces, and other sites of historic interest. German is the main language in Berlin. However, English and French language is used in some information centers but minimally.

Berlin has one stable international airport that serves as the convenient gateway into the city for international travelers. Tegel International Airport caters for international flights by airlines such as the British Airways, United Airlines, and Air France. Berlin City is also connected to several places in Europe by bus services. Thus, people planning to reach Berlin City should take a long distance bus to Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof station in Charlottenburg, and then board the S-Bahn train or another bus to Berlin City. Train transport is also available from cities within Germany and other states in Europe. The stops for these trains are at either Ostbahnhof, Zoologischer Garten, or Hauptbahnhof station. You can also entre Berlin by private car, however, ensure that you are within the A10 highway to enter Berlin City.

Since the end of the Cold War, Berlin was embarked on an economic recovery programme that saw it establish numerous accommodation facilities to boost its turism sector. Over the years, through the continuous emergence of hotels, accommodation facilities are available at remarkably low prices. One of the places to spend your nights in Berlin is Berlin-Mitte because most of the main sights are located there. Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf is also another fine place as it has a high number of hotels and it is located near historic sites and a zoo park. There are also hostels for everyone, and they charge the cheapest accommodation charges in Berlin. Other options are the bread and breakfast accommodation and pension houses.

The unavoidable staple food in Berlin is the currywurst that contains ketchup and curry powder amongst its recipes. Another unique dish to find in Berlin is the Doner, which is meat and vegetables sandwiched with flat bread. These two are common in every eatery that is along the streets and even in restaurants and hotels. Generally, dining in Berlin will be friendly to your budget unlike some other cities in Germany. Since Berlin is multicultural, many cultures’ cuisines are represented in respective and distinguished restaurants within the city. Tourist sites also have their established fine eateries for snacks and other meal arrangements for their tourists.

Berlin has a wide variety of sites to be visited. There are museums, wildlife parks, old historic buildings and stations, museums, artistic galleries, and many memorable landmarks to be seen. One thing to note about visiting museums is that students and disabled can get into the museums at discounted prices (50 % off the normal price). However, if you want to pay at reduced prices then seek for a museum pass for a three-day visit to the specific museum you are visiting.

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