Berlin is the largest city in Europe and one of the most visited cities in Europe thanks to its rich history, its nightlife scene and for hosting a number of remarkable sights and museums.
We suggest at least 3 days to visit Berlin but 4 or 5 days are the ideal time to spend in this capital given all the things that you can do in the city.
The best time to visit the city is May through September when the temperature are mild and the weather is ideal for cafe sitting and city strolling. Winter, on the other hand, is cold with an oscillation of temperature between 20 and 30 Fahrenheit degrees.
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Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Schönefeld;
Berlin Tegel Airport “Otto Lilienthal” the former main airport of Berlin
Berlin was founded, together with his sister town Kölln (later merged into one single city) at the beginning of the 13th century. Thanks to his geographical position in the heart of the North German Plain, the city became the capital of the kingdom of Prussia and, starting from 1871, of the unified Germany.
Berlin is located in the Berlin Brandeburg region, north-east of Germany, on the river Spree (in German: Sprea).
Despite the discovery in 2008 by city archeologists of oak timbers at Petriplatz that probably date back to 1183, the official founding of Berlin took place in 1237.
Berlin has not always been a united city but was divided in two areas: East and West. From 13 August 1961 until 9 November 1989, East Berlin was separated from West Berlin by the Berlin Wall. The wall was built with the full consent of the Soviet to stop the exodus of its population. East Berlin was a typical communist city. The economy was depressed by the loss of so many professionals and the looting of the city by the Russians. There was an atmosphere of fear and many have tried to escape to the west, a symbol of western freedom.
Bears are considered the symbol of Berlin. The outstretched arms of the standing Buddy Bear symbolize friendliness and optimism. It meant to promote tolerance and peace among the the world’s many different religions and cultural groups.
At the bottom of the Unter den Linden and surrounded by two branches of the Spree, there is the island where some of the most famous Berlin museums (largely reconstructed) and the city’s cathedral are concentrated.
Since reunification, the so-called museum island in the Mitte district has been a favourite tourist destination for visitors. In the gigantic exhibition spaces grouped here, most of the artistic and scientific resources put into place by Germany up to 1930 are preserved. There are 168 Berlin museums, with variable admission tickets of a few euros, but the most important are those belonging to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – PreussicherKulturbesitzt (SMPK). Most museums follow the same schedule: closed on Monday and open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Students usually pay half entrance fee, but on the first Sunday of each month, admission is free for everyone.
Berlin prides itself on being one of the greenest cities in Europe. Parks cover a third of the huge metropolitan area. It is here, therefore, that the true soul of Berlin is discovered: gardens, lakes and canals, from spring onwards are filled with bathers and sailors; along the banks of the Spree, the Wannsee and the Nikolasee, crowds of Berliners enjoy the outdoors, sunbathe, paddle and swim. In the center of the city the Tiergarten (animal garden) extends over 200 hectares. It is also populated by squirrels and wild rabbits. In the West of the city, the Charlottemburg Palace Gardens are worth a visit.