Berlin, its representative city, has much to do with it—the quirky enclave attracts artists and other creatives, expats, misfits, entrepreneurs, and immigrants, who happily live amid long-standing Berliners who call this city home. The diversity means it’s hard to pin down Berlin’s ambience precisely: it’s whatever you want it to be.
When you visit Berlin, reminders of the city’s fragile history—like the Berlin Wall and Berlin Palace—will surround you. Such historical attractions mingle with today’s many nightclubs, which have made Berlin one of Europe’s most exciting destinations for young adults who travel to Berlin to experience the booming techno scene. Still, the city offers plenty of outdoor attractions like the Tiergarten and Viktoriapark, and an impressive collection of cutting-edge museums and galleries. No matter your interests, there’s never a shortage of things to see and do, and our Berlin travel guide proves it.
There are many notable festivals that happen every year here. Karneval der Kulturen, a festival celebrating diversity, occurs every year around Easter. The Berlin Pride Celebration is one of the biggest LGBT parades in Europe. It’s held every year at the end of June. Both the Karneval der Kulturen and the Berlin Pride Celebration are government-sanctioned events.
Best Time To Visit
The city is teeming with life in summer, which can start in May and may continue into October, with its open-air parties and plentiful street festivals. Your second-best bet is the Christmas and New Year season, when you can delight in the seasonal markets, hot wine sold by street vendors and fireworks.
Germans are known for two virtues: efficiency and punctuality, and the two are linked. This applies to their effective BVG transport system, with trains, trams and buses which operate 24 hours a day (remember, Berlin is an all-night party city); a single-ride ticket starts at $1.75.
July is the hottest month, with an average high of 64°F (18°C). January is the coldest month, with an average high of 30°F (-1°C).
Know Before Visiting
You may experience some culture shock when you arrive—the city is incredibly permissive, and anything goes. And don’t be put of by the notorious “Berliner Schnauze.” Berliners, especially long-standing natives, can be testy and a bit biting. Don’t let it slow your pace.