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Berlin Mini Guide
Berlin is the capital of Germany and renowned for having an amazing atmosphere as well as being a cultural centre. This city of four and a half million people is situated within the federal state of Berlin and has been reconstructed carefullly after being badly damaged in World War II.
The city was also divided by the Berlin Wall in the Cold War. The West side of the city was run by the Americans French and British and the East side of the city was under the control of the USSR, but Berlin has flourished since the wall was taken down. However, to this day some tensions still exist between people from either side.
Berlin is accessible from many world wide destinations as well as domestically from the rest of Germany. You will either fly into Tegel International Airport or Schonefeld Airport until the middle of 2012 when these airports will be replaced by Berlin's new airport, Brandenburg. Tegel is to the northwest of the city while Schonefeld is in East Berlin. Many major airlines use Tegel such as KLM, Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France. Flying into Schonefeld can often be the cheaper option though because German Wings, easyJet and Ryanair fly from there.
You can pick up your Rhino hire car from either of these airports. The main road you will use in Berlin is the city ring road – the A10 – and it is also worth knowing that all cars in Berlin need to have a low emissions sticker on their window screens. Ask our rental agents about this. Berlin is split into many different districts. There is Mitte, the historical centre and the foundation of East Berlin, Zehlendorf, which is a wealthy district where the university can be found, and Prezlauer Berg, a trendy district in the former part of East Berlin which is poplar with students.
Youth is given a precedence of place in Berlin with state grants for musicians and artists meaning that a bohemian feel pervades. A surplus of empty buildings has meant that there are many night clubs in Berlin especially as the licensing laws allow the clubs to stay open until the clubbers decide it is time to go home.
Fashion, electronic music, art and design are also well practised by Berlin’s young population. If clubbing is not for you and you prefer to go to Berlin’s many museums you should get the museum pass which gives you three days access for under 20 Euros.
- Germany is experiencing a record number of international visitors to its towns and cities. For the seventh consecutive year the number of overnight visitors has increased, with 80 million registered in 2016.
- Following the success of the Museum Pass, the city has now introduced the Berlin Welcome Card which gives free use of public transport for the duration of the card as well as 25% off admission to over 200 attractions in the city. Your card can be purchased online at www.buchung2.visitberlin.de. Even if you don't use it for transport, you'll save more than the cost of the card with admission charges.