10 Crucial Things to Know Before Going to Berlin, Germany

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If you are an experienced traveler, you probably know by now that traveling to a large city should never happen without proper planning. Berlin is a city which has a lot to offer to its visitors and there are quite a few things you should know about this city which will help you experience it better.

If it’s your first time traveling to Berlin, there are a few tips and tricks which can truly help you move around the city with more ease and help you feel a little less lost. Here are some crucial things you need to know in order to make your trip a lot more enjoyable.


Summer in Berlin

1. Visiting during the summer

As you might have imagined, the weather in Germany can be quite gloomy during the colder months. This is a huge reason why most visitors suggest that you visit Berlin during the spring or summer. Not only will you be able to visit everything without having to worry about the rain or snow, but you will also be able to carry less heavy luggage with you.

Main Train Station Berlin

2. Use public transportation

From the moment you arrive in Berlin, you will notice that public transportation is not only affordable but also always on time. Everything in this city arrives on time and you will be able to reach every place you wish by taking the right bus or train.

There are many different tickets to choose from depending on where you wish to go. The train ticket from the airport costs €3 and will help you reach the central train station in just under 30 minutes. Apart from that, you can purchase tickets for the Airport Express Buses which come every 10 minutes and cost €2.80.

3. Validate your tickets on time

After you purchase your public transportation tickets you will have to make sure that you validate them before you enter the means of transport. There is no way to validate your ticket inside the vehicles, apart from the buses, and you don’t want to risk getting a fine over a silly mistake.

If you decide to purchase a day pass ticket, it will cost you 7€ and the good thing about it is that you will only have to validate it the first time you use it. If you’re having any trouble understanding where to go because of the language barrier, The Word Point offers you translation help no matter where you are.

4. Book your Reichstag building ticket in advance

One of the things that most people want to visit when they arrive in Berlin is the Reichstag building. The glass dome is really spectacular and really worth seeing in person. In order to avoid losing time and not managing to visit it, you should book a ticket in advance. Admission is free but it’s best to reserve your spot in time, rather than waste time trying to find an open spot.

5. Berlin is vegan and vegetarian-friendly

While Germany is well-known for its sausages, you should also know that Berlin was voted the most vegan-friendly country of 2017 by Happy Cow. With over 470 restaurants with vegan options available, you can imagine why it can be a true heaven for vegans. On top of that, Berlin also is home to the largest vegan grocery chain called Veganz.

6. Cyclists are everywhere

In case you didn’t know, Berlin is one of those cities which are really friendly for cyclists. The roads are divided into two sections so that both pedestrians and cyclists can move freely in their lanes. If you’re visiting Berlin for the first time, you might just want to stay off the bike lane as it will not only be impolite but also confusing for the rest of the pedestrians and bikers.

7. How tipping works

Tipping in Berlin is probably as important as in any other part of the world. While it’s not always necessary, it is certainly polite and you will have to tip people correctly in order to be respectful. What is usually expected is to tip a person about 10-15% of what your total is.

You will have to tell the person what you are tipping them and then pay them the total amount along with their tip. You should also not forget to tip your taxi driver as well as the porter and housekeepers in your hotel.

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8. Get a museum pass

A great way to visit many of the museums in Berlin is to get a 3-day museum pass. In case you didn’t know, Berlin has over 170 museums, and while it’s not realistic to expect to visit each and every one of them, you should still take some time to visit the most important ones.

The 3-day museum pass will cost you €29 and will provide you with free admission to over 30 museums for the course of 3 days. If you decide to do this, you should plan in advance in order to have enough time to dedicate to visiting most museums on this list. 

9. Don’t focus solely on the local cuisine

While you might be waiting to try local sausages and currywurst, you should also keep in mind that Berlin has a large Turkish population that has filled the city with countless doner kebab stands. Along with that, there are many popular Thai and Vietnamese restaurants where you can enjoy traditional recipes from the other side of the world.

10. Don’t talk about World War II

10 Crucial Things to Know Before Going to Berlin, Germany #berlin #germany #travelImagine living in Germany where you always have to always explain the actions of your ancestors. World War II was a dark period for the entirety of Europe and the German citizens have truly grown tired of having to explain the reasons and circumstances around it. It would be best if you don’t burden anyone with this topic or if it comes up, approach it carelessly.

Enjoying your time in this beautiful city

While there are many things to do and see, you will come to realize that Berlin is one of the most well-organized and historically rich cities in Europe. You will definitely not run out of things to see but you will need to plan everything in advance in order to manage to do everything you wish.

As long as you are respectful of their culture and are in the mood to see new things, you are bound to have a great time. If you are a lover of history, art, and good food, Berlin will truly be a great choice for your next travels.

For more on Berlin also check out 5 reasons to visit Berlin.

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Erica Sunarjo graduated from South Texas College majoring in Marketing and Creative Writing. She used her knowledge to make a difference in the realm of business copywriting and invested heavily in traveling and language learning. At present, Erica is fluent in French and Spanish, studying Chinese and working her way to being a multilingual copywriter. She keeps track of the latest trends in IT and technologies, blogs about efficient strategies in education and business coaching, holds educational webinars.

2 Responses to “10 Crucial Things to Know Before Going to Berlin, Germany”

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10-15% as a tip? I’ve lived in Germany for most of this century & the servers will love you, but this is not at all expected. One of the things I love about Europe is that we’re not required to pay someone’s salary. Rounding up is the way the locals do it.

Tim G


I ate at a Louisiana-inspired restaurant in East Berlin that I swear had the best chicken wings I’ve ever had in my life. The waitress there asked my wife and I if we tip the same for service–good or bad. We said definitely no less than 15%–which she quickly scolded us that a bad server should not be given anything. The reason is because that server doesn’t deserve the same as a good server, and they wouldn’t change their bad service. That would never be an argument in the US, which is also probably why there are a lot of bad servers here.

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