Flights to Berlin
The capital of Germany, and the largest city in the country is Berlin. Once a divided city, Berlin has gone from strength to strength since the fall of the Berlin Wall and has become one of Europe’s top city destinations.
There are two airports in Berlin, but the one for international flights is the Berlin Tegel Airport (airport code: TXL). There’s an excellent bus service running to and from the city. Flights to Berlin from South Africa usually have 1 transfer, with South African Airways stopping in Zurich, and Lufthansa connecting in Munich. Swiss Air also stops in Zurich. For future flights to Berlin, be aware that the Berlin Tegel Airport will be closing in 2012, replaced by the Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport.
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The Tourist Attractions of Berlin:
As the largest city in Germany Berlin is very sizeable and has many different tourist attractions on offer. It’s a very cultural city, offering huge numbers of museums, galleries and theatres. It’s also full of some great architecture too, and the newly revived city features some very striking modern landmarks that contribute to the popularity of Berlin as a tourist destination.
Museums in Berlin
Berlin is certainly not short of museums, covering a wide range of subjects, and if you’re a museum buff you should consider buying the three day Museumspass which includes entrance to around 70 state run museums, for not much more than the cost of two standard entry tickets.
Museum Island (Museumsinsel) is a good area to go for museums and it’s best known for the huge Pergamon Museum where you’ll find art and architecture dating back to ancient Greek times. Also in the area are the Neues Museum, Altes Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, and the Bode Museum.
There are museums all across the city though, and some others you may wish to head for include those that are focused on German history, such as the Deutsches Historisches Museum, the Judisches Museum, and Mauermuseum at Checkpoint Charlie.
From historical to modern, Berlin has many impressive landmarks. The largest church in Berlin in certainly impressive, and it was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Berliner Dom is right by Museum Island, and the views from the top of the dome are great.
Reichstag is Germany’s Parliament Building and it’s best known for the striking 1999 addition to the building – the glass dome. You can go inside the dome and enjoy the views of the city, but for the best views of the city visit Berlin’s tallest building, the TV tower, called Berliner Fernsehturm.
The Brandenburg Gate is probably Berlin’s most famous landmark though. Once just one of a series of gates that stood as entry points into the city, the Brandenburg Gate was completed in 1791. Nearby you should visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, which was opened in 2005 and is now one of the most visited memorials in Berlin.
Berlin isn’t just about the cityscape though, there are some family friendly attractions in the city too, like Berlin Zoo. This zoo is said to have the largest range of species in the world and is well known for its panda bears. Also part of the zoo is the Aquarium.
When Should You Visit?:
There’s a temperate climate in Berlin so it’s never too hot and never too cold. Summers are the best and most popular time to visit as temperatures are warm between June and August – average highs range between 21.6 and 23.7C. Rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the year with just a little more falling in the summer months.