Berlin is a city on the rise, showcasing a combination of old Germany from before WWII and a new Germany that is rebuilding its capital city.
Berlin is home to a great mix of nightlife and entertainment, including trendy clubs and bars as well as traditional German beer halls.
Potsdamer Platz, a former centre or culture in Berlin, has re-emerged as one of the most popular destinations in the city. Two great places to visit for history and fantastic views of the area include the Filmmuseum Berlin and Panorama-Point.
The Reichstag, Germany’s centre for government, holds guided tours of the newly transformed and symbolic building. Tours last an hour and a half and run multiple times a day.
Berlin is easily accessible by car, train, bus or plane. The main train station, Hauptbahnhof, and the central bus station, the Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof, allow smooth travel to and from almost anywhere in Europe.
The current main airport of Berlin is the Berlin Tegel Airport (airport code TXL). It will only be open for another two years, as a new airport, Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport, is set to take over as the main airport for the city.
Berlin Tegel Airport currently serves 53 airlines. Air Berlin uses Tegel as its primary hub, and Lufthansa and Germania fly the majority of their flights out of the airport.
In 2008, almost 15 million passengers used Berlin Tegel Airport. The capacity for traffic will be able to increase when the new airport is completed.