Your Berlin Guide

This guide was created in 2014 and has been updated on Feb, 2024!

Hello Berlin!

Berlin has one main airport): Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER).

For those traveling to Berlin, whether landing at Tegel, Schönefeld, or Brandenburg, taxis are readily available at the airport terminals. From Berlin Brandenburg Airport, located approximately 30 minutes from the city center, a taxi ride could cost around 40-50 euros, depending on traffic conditions.

Uber is also available! Probably also easier to avoid any language barrier while using a taxi. SXF Train is also available to take you from Berlin Airport to different locations in the city (best to avoid traffic too!)

Major airlines serving Berlin include Lufthansa, easyJet, Ryanair, German Wings and others. Flights from Middle East: Etihad and Qatar Airways (German Wings flies to Dubai ).

Hotels and Stay

When I visited Berlin, we were a group of 6. So, we were looking for apartments rather than hotels in Mitte area.

If you’d like to look for your own hotel, or you’ve got other recommendations then the only advice i’d give you is to stay in “Mitte” area.

Here are hotels to checkout:

  1. Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
  2. Das Stue (Boutique luxury hotel)
  3. Ritz-Carlton, Berlin
  4. The Mandala Hotel
  5. Waldorf Astoria Berlin
  6. SO/ Berlin Das Stue
  7. Regent Berlin
  8. Hotel de Rome
  9. Das Nikolai Hotel
  10. Grand Hyatt Berlin
  11. The Westin Grand Berlin
  12. The Weinmeister (Adults Only)
  13. Mani by Amano (Budget)
  14. Chateau Royal (new boutique hotel in Mitte)

Areas of Berlin

Mitte – The Heart of Berlin: Mitte, meaning “center” in German, lives up to its name by housing many of Berlin’s iconic landmarks. Here, you’ll find the Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, and Alexanderplatz. Mitte is perfect for history enthusiasts and those who want to be close to major attractions. The area also offers a range of accommodations, from luxury hotels to boutique options.

Charlottenburg – Elegance and Culture: If you’re drawn to elegant streets, upscale shopping, and cultural institutions, Charlottenburg is an excellent choice. This area is home to Charlottenburg Palace, the renowned Kurfürstendamm shopping street, and numerous museums. Visitors can enjoy a mix of luxury hotels and charming boutique accommodations.

Prenzlauer Berg – Bohemian Charm: Prenzlauer Berg is known for its bohemian atmosphere, cobblestone streets, and a plethora of cafes, boutiques, and art galleries. This district is especially popular among young creatives and families. Stay here for a taste of local life, explore Mauerpark on Sundays, and revel in the laid-back charm of this trendy neighborhood.

Friedrichshain – Hip and Trendy: East Berlin’s Friedrichshain offers a vibrant and youthful ambiance. Known for its alternative scene, graffiti-covered streets, and an array of hip bars and clubs, Friedrichshain is ideal for those seeking a lively nightlife. The East Side Gallery, a section of the Berlin Wall covered in murals, is a must-visit. Accommodations range from budget-friendly hostels to stylish hotels.

Kreuzberg – Diversity and Creativity: Adjacent to Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg is celebrated for its multicultural vibe, artistic spirit, and a thriving food scene. This area is perfect for those looking to explore street art, indulge in international cuisine, and experience Berlin’s diverse population. From trendy hotels to budget-friendly options, Kreuzberg has something for every traveler.

Here are ideas of things to do in Berlin!

– Explore Berlin’s Jewish history – the holocaust memorial

– Walk the Berlin Wall

-Checkout what used to be an airport, and is now a park: Tempelhofer Feld\

-Humboldt Forum in Museum Island (Has multi galleries and museums)

-C/O Berlin – Photography gallery

– Charlottenburg Palace

– Go to Checkpoint Charlie

– See Reichstag Building (Parliament)

– See Brandenburg Gate

– Rent a bike and explore the place – you either get a bike tour, or bike yourself and see the beauty of Berlin

– See East Side Gallery

– Museums are great!! You will find some of the most important ones all in one spot at the “Museumsinsel”

– Berlin Zoo

– Kurfürstendamm “shop till you drop!!”

-Paz D’Alma (design store)

– Garments (vintage shop)

Restaurants & Where to Eat


  1. Dear Fatima,

    hope this message finds you well.

    I’m about to book a flight to Germany, but I need to know if there is a place there for celebrating the new year 2020?

    & if no, please suggest for me & note that we are 2 or 3 persons.

    Kind regards,

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