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About Berlin

Berlin is the capital city in Germany. Is not only the second most populated city in the European Union, but it is also the greenest city in Germany. Berlin is one of the trendiest cities in Europe: from urban beaches to beer gardens, to world-class museums. Touristic attractions of this beautiful city includes Reichstag, Museumsinsel and Brandenburg Gate.

Cheap flights to Berlin are now available for a limited period of time, so book your tickets to this breathe-taking city today. Berlin is home to Berlin Tegel (Otto Lilienthal) Airport (TXL), which is a 10-minute drive to the city centre of Berlin. Berlin Tegel (Otto Lilienthal) Airport serves a multitude of airlines-including Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France. Popular international flights to Berlin from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Berlin is approximately 13 hours.

Why visit Berlin

Berlin Sights

Sightseeing

The Holocaust Memorial is an incredible monument in remembrance of the Jewish victims that were killed during the Holocaust, this hair-raising atmospheric experience is definitely worth the visit.

Berlin Cuisine

German Cuisine

Whether you are craving a traditional pretzel, authentic Turkish fare, or sushi, Berlin is guaranteed to deliver, whilst not forgetting its delectable street food that have everyone wanting more.

Berlin Arts and Culture

Arts & Culture

A visit to the East Side Gallery is truly an unforgettable experience, featuring remnants of the Berlin Wall, painted and turned into an urban art installation.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Germany
Currency Euro, EUR
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 EUR
Language German
Hub Airport Berlin Tegel (Otto Lilienthal) Airport code - TXL
Airline Air Berlin
Time Zone GMT+1
Travel Adaptor Type C & F

Best time to visit Berlin

Winters in Berlin are harsh, with temperatures regularly hitting -10C. Average temperatures in spring, summer, and autumn are much kinder, with the city bursting to life in the summer weather.

Weather & Climate in Berlin

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -3°C -2°C 0°C 4°C 8°C 12°C 13°C 13°C 10°C 6°C 2°C -1°C
High °C 2°C 4°C 8°C 13°C 19°C 22°C 23°C 23°C 19°C 13°C 7°C 3°C
Rainfall (mm) 42 34 36 41 55 71 45 62 45 36 48 51

Overview

Berlin is a city with an unpretentious charm, offering travellers a perfect blend of modern style and appeal, whilst still portraying its impeccable history. This is a city that never sleeps, with its incredible nightlife as seen in places like Berghain - which is one of the world’s legendary nightclubs.

Kreuzbe is also a must-see, this formerly gritty neighbourhood has some of the trendiest bars the world has ever seen. The historic centre of Berlin has multiple points of interest, from the Reichstag to the Museumsinsel (Museum Island), and the Brandenburg Gate. There is and definitely will never be a shortage of exciting things to do when visiting Berlin. It is an enticing city that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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Visa & Customs

To South Africans or those holding South African passports, will need a visa to travel to Berlin. Ensure your South African passport has at least 6 months remaining on it from your return date and that you have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.

Health & Safety

Berlin is a tolerant city sometimes known as the "Atheist Capital of Europe". That being said, Christians, Muslims, and Jews all have communities in the city. In fact, Berlin has one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities in the world. In Germany, as in some other European countries, publicly denying the events of the Holocaust is illegal.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Berlin
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 112.45
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 42.17
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 34.04
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 28.11
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 84.34

Where to stay?

Berlin is a heady destination where you will never be stuck for entertainment and deciding on where to stay. There are various hotels to stay in whilst visiting this German capital city. The best hotels in Berlin include:

• Hotel Louisa’s Place Berlin (https://hotels.travelstart.com/hotel/details.html?q-check-out=2017-01-26&q-check-in=2017-01-25&WOE=4&WOD=3&q-room-0-children=0&pa=19&tab=description&hotel-id=219291&q-room-0-adults=1&YGF=0&MGT=1&ZSX=0&SYE=3)

• Steigenberger Hotel Berlin (https://hotels.travelstart.com/hotel/details.html?q-check-out=2017-01-26&q-check-in=2017-01-25&WOE=4&WOD=3&q-room-0-children=0&pa=1&tab=description&hotel-id=115839&q-room-0-adults=1&YGF=0&MGT=1&ZSX=0&SYE=3)

• The Ritz-Carlton (https://hotels.travelstart.com/hotel/details.html?q-check-out=2017-01-26&q-check-in=2017-01-25&WOE=4&WOD=3&q-room-0-children=0&pa=20&tab=description&hotel-id=216476&q-room-0-adults=1&YGF=0&MGT=1&ZSX=0&SYE=3)

• Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin (https://hotels.travelstart.com/hotel/details.html?q-check-out=2017-01-26&q-check-in=2017-01-25&WOE=4&WOD=3&q-room-0-children=0&pa=3&tab=description&hotel-id=113355&q-room-0-adults=1&YGF=0&MGT=1&ZSX=0&SYE=3)

• Hotel Zoo, Berlin (https://hotels.travelstart.com/hotel/details.html?q-check-out=2017-01-26&q-check-in=2017-01-25&WOE=4&WOD=3&q-room-0-children=0&pa=4&tab=description&hotel-id=133651&q-room-0-adults=1&YGF=0&MGT=1&ZSX=0&SYE=3)

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Getting Around

The best and cheapest way of getting around Berlin would be with their efficient public transport system. The public transportation system includes train rail, buses and underground subways. Alternatively there are taxi’s that can be found or called throughout the city which visitors can make use of. The car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include; Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty.

Main attractions in Berlin

Reichstag building

Reichstag building

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

Pergamon Museum

Pergamon Museum

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