Expert Guide Berlin
Hit the road with local experience without searching and asking.
You can spend a lot of time and money not knowing your way around
Berlin and and our the habits and customs. These hints and tips
should provide Berlin visitors with core knowledge to get around
easily and smoothly.
Visitors arriving at the airport Schönefeld (SXF/BER) should
aim to take the trains (railway, DB) or S-Bahn to get to the next
big traffic distribution points (Ostbahnhof, Alexanderplatz,
Hauptbahnhof, Bahnhof Zoo) to take the public transport or a taxi to
their destination. Taking a taxi from this airport is normally a bad
idea, at least in case you want to drive to some central place in
town. Arriving at the airport Tegel (TXL) you take a bus more or
less directly behind the arrival doors. You get off at Bahnhof Zoo
and drive on from there. It is worth buying directly a ticket for
your whole visit, because Berlin is too big to walk from place to
place and paying each single ticket is not very clever.
A great tip for visitors wanting to visit a lot of attractions is
Welcomecard, this is a season/visit (discount) ticket that
includes discounts for lots of attractions in Berlin and Potsdam. It
is available for 2 to 5 days. It can be bought at every ticket
machine, the additional guide can be picked up later at the stations
where the ticket is normally sold (mostly every big central
It depends on your needs and wishes but mostly it is really not so
important where to stay in Berlin – its a trip to Berlin and
not a stay in a Hotel, isn’t it!? Through Couchsurfing, Wimdu, Air-BnB or by picking a small bnb
or a guest house it is easy visiting Berlin on a budget. Normally it
won’t pay off booking meals in a hotel since most cafés
and restaurants offer great breakfast and brunch for reasonable
(better) prices. Visiting these places visitors can get in contact
with locals for more hints and tips about the surrounding area.
Location is negligible, it is only important to check how
centralized one wants to stay. Choosing some kind of a private
accommodation it is easy to live self-supplied because these places
are normally surrounded by a well established supply with daily
goods (shops, pubs, cafés, restaurants) without paying a
Living self-supplied is great once visitors visit farmers markets,
where you can get regional specialties, gourmet food, snacks and
fresh foods for reasonable prices. Some farmers markets, like Winterfeldmarkt, Markthalle IX and Wochenmarkt
am Karl-August-Platz are regional secrets because they have a
great atmosphere and you can get great snacks, delicacies and fresh
food there. A simple breakfast with a coffee and a bun you can get
very cheap at most kiosks or 24h-shops.
For culture-lovers it is worth buying a town magazine, Tip or Zitty, they provide the most part
of the whole cultural program in Berlin for 2 weeks and the
address. It is available at every kiosk or newspaper stand.
There are also town magazine with tips and different scenes for free
to find in pubs.
Since Berlin has no closing time there is a lot of shops with long
opening hours (Spätkauf), 24h shops and kiosks, where visitors
can get mostly everything of daily needed products (food, drinks,
sanitary products) without surcharge.