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Travel and Stay in Berlin


How do I get to Berlin?

By air

Berlin is serviced with direct flights from 175 cities around the world. Flights from Eastern Europe and Asia generally arrive at Schönefeld Airport, (SXF) planes from the Americas or Western Europe normally land in Tegel (TXL) or Tempelhof (THF) Airports. All airports are connected to public transportation facilities. The S-Bahn, subway, or bus will take you directly from the airport to the city center. Taxi fares from Tegel or Tempelhof to the middle of town are in the area of DM 30.00, Schönefeld is a bit more expensive.

By land

You can travel by car, railway or bus from any region of Europe to Berlin. The main train stations (Zoo, Alexanderplatz, Bahnhof Ost) are all centrally located, as is the main bus terminal.

How do I get around Berlin?

Berlin's public transportation network (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe: BVG) is reliable and extensive, including bus, tram, and subway services. Current fares: a single ticket within the city (valid for two hours) costs DM 3.90 and will take you anywhere in the city; a one-day ticket, valid until 3:00 a.m. after the day the ticket is stamped, costs DM 7.80; a one-week ticket normally costs DM 40.00, but there is a special discount offer for ICMC delegates available on our registration form. Forgot to order this when you originally registered? You can still log in to order your BVG ticket, or make any other additions to your registration.

Taxis can be hailed on the street. Fares are metered, a short trip may cost as little as DM 5.00. A trip all the way across town can be a lot more: check out Frank Riploh's film Taxi zum Klo.

Do I need a visa?

Probably not. A valid passport is sufficient to enter Germany as a tourist for citizens of most countries. This will also allow you to visit other countries in Europe if you are so inclined. Please consult your friendly local German consulate or embassy for further details.

Language

The national language is, not surprisingly, German. All services that normally deal with tourists will speak English, in general quite fluently. Many people on the street will be prepared--even eager--to practice their English on you. You may prefer to purchase a phrase book. In any case, the ability to say "Danke schön," will be appreciated.

Climate

Berlin in August can get quite hot, with temperatures going well above 30° C (86° F). Average daily temperatures are more moderate (ca. 23 °C/72°F) and even cooler weather is quite common (North Americans are reminded that Berlin is as far north as Lake Winnepeg). Our advice: bring both bathing wear (this can be as minimal as you like at many sites) and a pullover. An umbrella is not a bad idea, either.


Further Information

Travel information services on the World-Wide Web are shooting up like mushrooms, the enterprising surfer will find further sites that can suit specific needs. But as a starter, may i suggest:
BTM
The Berliner Tourismus Marketing GmbH is one source providing extensive information on Berlin.
Lycos Travel Guide
Lycos provides extensive travel guides for the whole world, the section on Germany is very informative. I came across this guide while helping my son plan his holiday and found it helpful.

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