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Flying into Beautiful Berlin

Situated in northeastern Germany on the River Spree, Berlin, the country’s capital and largest city, hosts 147 foreign embassies. The city is also home to museums, orchestras, research institutes, and universities. Among the hotels costing less than $130 per night are Leonardo Hotel Berlin Mitte, andel’s Hotel Berlin, Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt, Swissotel Berlin, Mondrian Suites Berlin Checkpoint Charlie, and Best Western Amedia Hotel Berlin Kurfürstendamm.
Roundtrip Flights to Berlin
Washington (IAD) Berlin (TXL)Fri May 29-Sun May 31$1598
Washington (IAD) Berlin (TXL)Fri Jun 05-Sun Jun 07$1903
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Berlin’s Airports

Currently, Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL), built during the Berlin Airlift in 1948, is the city’s main airport. It will close when Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), now under construction, opens. More than 2,121 domestic and 3,472 international flights arrive at TXL every week. The need for a larger, more modern airport is great.

Airlines and Departure Cities

There are non-stop flights from 125 cities to Tegel Airport. Seventy-four airlines fly into Berlin’s capital city. Major airlines include Lufthansa, Air France / KLM, British Airways, Continental Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Iberia, Qatar Airways, and Turkish Airlines.

Getting from Tegel Airport (TXL) to Berlin

Taking an Airport Express bus is the easiest and fastest way to get from Tegel Airport to Berlin. Take a bus to the Zoo Station in the Charlottenburg district or to Alexanderplatz in the Mitte borough. Transfer to S-Bahn lines S5, S7, or S75; underground lines U2, U5, or U8; and regional trains. Purchase tickets at the counter near the exit of terminal A/B or directly from the driver. Metered taxis are an alternative to Airport Express buses. The taxis, yellow and beige, have an illuminated yellow and black “Taxi” sign on the roof if they are vacant.

Best Time of Year to Visit Berlin

The least expensive time of year to visit Berlin is in the winter, when the air temperatures is in the 20s and 30s Fahrenheit. Sightseeing when it’s literally freezing outside is not as much fun as it is in warmer weather, but budget-minded travelers can usually find discounted airfares and hotel rates. The best time of year to visit Berlin is May through September. The weather is ideal for strolling through the city, people watching from your table at an outdoor café, having a picnic in a park, or riding a rented bicycle.

What to See and Do in Berlin

One-third of Berlin is consists  of parks, rivers, and other green areas. Relax in Tiergarten, a large park in the center of the city. Consider exploring Berlin on a rented bicycle. Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, consists of a grid of 2,711 concrete blocks symbolizing the Jewish victims of the Third Reich.

Don’t miss a performance by the Berlin Philharmonic, consistently voted one of the world’s best orchestras performing classical music. The Berliner Philharmonie, the orchestra’s concert hall home, acclaimed for its acoustics and its architecture, has two venues, one for orchestral performances and one for chamber music. The Deutsche Oper Berlin’s home is in the Charlottenburg district. The building, Germany’s second largest opera house, is also home to the Berlin State Ballet.

There are about 170 museums in the city. With so many from which to choose, every visitor will find several museums of interest to them. Five museums are on Museum Island on the River Spree, one of them being the impressive Pergamon Museum. Pergamon exhibits include pieces from the museum’s collections of East Asian, Islamic, and Greek and Roman art.

History buffs shouldn’t miss the Berlin Wall Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, and Checkpoint Charlie Museum. The Berlin Wall Memorial has the last piece of the barrier and preserved ground behind it. The Brandenburg Gate is a former city gate which led to a boulevard of linden trees and the palace of the Prussian monarchs. The gate, inaccessible after the building of the Berlin Wall, featured prominently in news reports discussing the wall being torn down in 1989. Exhibits at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, named after a famous crossing point in the Berlin Wall, show the many ingenious ways people tried to escape from East Germany.

The Berlin Zoo (Zoologischer Garten Berlin) is one of the city’s top attractions for families. Plan to spend two hours to a half-day there.  Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg), began life as the summer home of the royal family in the late 17th century. Frederick the Great commissioned some additions in the 18th century, and the ordinary summer residence became a lavish palace. Visit Friedrich I and Sophie-Charlotte's living quarters and the New Wing (Neuer Fluegel) where Frederick the Great lived.

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