There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Berlin each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1: New Year's Day (Neujahrstag - national holiday) March/April: Good Friday (Karfreitag - local event) March/April: Easter Monday Easter Monday (Ostermontag - national holiday) May 1: Labour Day (Tag der Arbeit - national holiday) August: Tanz Im August (local event)
This three-week festival is a celebration of modern dance, showcasing the latest trends in choreography, in a series of performances at various venues across the city featuring companies and artists from all over the world. The programme also includes workshops and lectures by both dancers and critics.October 3: German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit - national holiday)
Commemorates the anniversary of Germany's reunification in 1990. Celebrations in Berlin include a huge street party at the Brandenburg Gate, plus concerts and other stage performances.Early November: JazzFest Berlin (local event)
Held every year since 1964, this four-day jazz festival attracts many big names for a programme of performances at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and several other venues in the city.November 11: Saint Martin's Day (local event)
In Berlin, Saint Martin's feast day is celebrated with a parade through the city's streets by children carrying lanterns they have usually made themselves and singing songs known as Lanternlieder.December 25: Christmas (Weihnachtstag - national holiday)
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Berlin's Tegel International Airport is located about 8 kilometres (5 miles) north-west of the city centre.
Berlin is a very easy city to get around. Its public transport options provide nearly complete coverage of the city, by night as well as by day. The S-Bahn, U-Bahn and trams run through the night on Friday and Saturday and the eves of public holidays. In addition, the system uses integrated tickets and passes, valid for all modes of transport.
Berlin's S-Bahn (commuter rail) and U-Bahn (underground) operate every day from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. A single ticket costs EUR 2.80 for fare zones A and B (where most visitor destinations are situated) and EUR 3.40 for fare zones A, B and C. Tickets are valid for 2 hours. A short-distance (Kurzstrecke) ticket is also available for EUR 1.60 if you need to travel between no more than three S-Bahn or U-Bahn stops.
Useful tip: The Tageskarte (1-day pass) and 7-Tage-Karte (7-day pass) offer unlimited access to all public transport in Berlin. The 1-day pass costs EUR 6.90 for fare zones A and B or EUR 7.40 for fare zones A, B and C. The 7-day pass costs EUR 29.50 for fare zones A and B or EUR 36.50 for fare zones A, B and C.
Berlin has the largest network of bus routes of any city in Germany. Two of these are particularly of interest for visitors: bus 100 and bus 200, linking Tiergarten to Alexanderplatz and passing by many important landmarks.
Berlin counts 22 tram lines (called Straßenbahn or MetroTram), 9 of which operated 24/7. Far and few in the southwest of the city, they run predominantly in the centre, the north and the east of Berlin. Bus and metro tickets are also valid for the tram.
Berlin has nearly 7,000 taxis. The initial charge is EUR 3.90, plus EUR 2 per kilometre for the first 7 kilometres (4 miles), then EUR 1.50 per kilometre after that. A short-distance fare (Kurzstrecke) is also available at all times of the day or night for taxis hailed in the street: EUR 5 for a trip of no more than 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) without intermediate stops and with a maximum of four passengers.
Bicycles are an excellent way to discover Berlin, which has a large and well-developed network of cycling paths. There are many bike rental shops dotted around the city.
Upon your arrival in Berlin, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Berlin Tourismus & Kongress
Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
Apart from the main tourist information centre at Berlin Hauptbahnhof, the city's tourism authority also operates additional Berlin Tourist Info centres at the following locations:
The official website maintained by Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus (DZT), the German national tourist board, provides a wealth of information on Berlin.
See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Berlin counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Germany.
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
There are no food safety risks in Berlin.Water
Tap water is safe to drink in Berlin.
For stays of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay.
As a general rule, travellers from all other countries are subject to visa requirements, although foreign nationals from certain countries may enter Germany for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes.
For further information, visit the website of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees:
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Berlin, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few basic German phrases that will make your stay in Berlin a little easier:
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Guten Morgen (morning) / Guten Tag (during the day)
Good evening: Guten Abend
Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen
No, thank you: Nein, Danke
Thank you very much: Vielen Dank
I don't understand: Ich verstehe nicht
Could you repeat ?: Können Sie bitte wiederholen?
What time is it ?: Wie spät ist es?
Airport: der Flughafen
Train station: der Bahnhof
Taxi: das Taxi
Hotel: das Hotel
Hospital: das Krankenhaus
Bank: die Bank
Telephone: das Telefon
I'm (…): Ich bin (…)
I'm looking for (…): Ich suche (…)
How much is (…)?: Wie viel kostet es?
Do you have (…)?: Haben Sie (…)?
Where can I find (…)?: Wo kann ich (…) finden?
Where can I buy (…)?: Wo kann ich (…) kaufen?
I'd like (…): Ich hätte gerne (…)
In Germany, leaving a tip is recommended and always appreciated. The appropriate amount is anywhere between 5 and 10% of the bill at restaurants or bars. Do not leave the tip on the table. It is better to hand it to the server when paying the bill.