Do you want to take a short holiday but don't know where to go yet? A weekend trip to trendy Berlin is always the right choice! The German capital is one of the top travel destinations in the world! There's always something going on here with something for everyone. How about a photo in front of the Brandenburg Gate, a walk in the Tiergarten or a shopping tour along the Ku'damm? If you are a fan of vintage, you will also find what you're looking for in Berlin at the Nowkoelln Flowmarkt or the flea market in Mauerpark. When it comes to clubs and bars, you'll be spoilt for choice here - discover the city that never sleeps!
With 3.5 million inhabitants and a total area of 892 square kilometres, Berlin is the largest city in Germany. In a European comparison of all cities, it ranks second in terms of population and fifth in terms of area. The population density is also impressive: on average, 3,809 Berliners live per square kilometre. Berlin has more museums than rainy days in a year, 140 theatres, 300 cinema halls, more than 4,650 restaurants, about 900 pubs and 190 different bars and clubs. It is also the home of kebab shops: there are more kebab shops in Berlin than in Istanbul. See for yourself the diverse, multicultural, relaxed and tolerant lifestyle in Berlin! The German capital is so big that a trip by S-Bahn from one end of the city to the other can take 2 to 3 hours, and every neighbourhood has its own unique charm. For us, Berlin is simply great in many ways!
The actual history of the city began in the 13th century. This makes it relatively young compared to other metropolises. But no other European capital has such an eventful history behind it, in which glorious as well as very dark times are not far apart. It all began with the union of the two medieval settlements of Cölln and Berlin in 1307. The name Berlin is originally Slavic and means something like "swamp city", because at that time the settlement was located in a dry area surrounded by a swamp landscape. However, various plague epidemics and the Thirty Years' War took their toll on Berlin. Only 6,000 inhabitants of the city lived to see the end of the war. But Elector Friedrich Wilhelm helped the city regain its strength. In 1709, after uniting with 3 other cities, Berlin became the residential city of Prussia and at the same time a major political and military power. After the occupation by Napoleon, the city revived so that it could boast a proud 3.7 million inhabitants before the First World War. The First World War affected Berlin relatively late, when famine and strikes occurred in 1916 and 1917. However, things were very different during the Second World War - at the end of the Nazis' reign of terror in 1945, Berlin was nothing but rubble and ashes. Under the Potsdam Agreement, the city was subsequently divided into four different zones by the victorious powers: a Soviet, an American, a French and a British zone. It soon became a focal point of the Cold War and the growing differences between West and East ended with the construction of a wall dividing Berlin into two parts. It was to take a full 28 years before the border between the GDR and the FRG was reopened and another two years before reunification. In the meantime, Berlin has become a well-known world city and a popular tourist destination. Every year it attracts millions of visitors!
Parking in Berlin are one thing above all: very sought-after and almost always expensive! Finding a parking space in Berlin city centre can quickly become a nerve-racking challenge. Even if you finally manage to find a free parking space, you will most likely be confronted with a large price tag. This means that parking fees range from €0.25 to €0.75 per 15 minutes. So if you're visiting Berlin for several days at a time, parking can quickly cost a small fortune. If you have some time to spare, you can look for free parking a little outside the city centre, and there are also a few free parking spaces in the centre itself. Be careful: Parking is only really free if there is no parking ticket machine nearby! Want to save time and money? Then we recommend that you reserve a parking space in advance! The traffic situation Have you already parked your car in the multi-storey car park? Then public transport is definitely important for you. Even if you want to start your trip with a bike ride or a walk, you can't get around public transport. The distances between different places are often quite long. From S-Bahn and U-Bahn lines to buses, night buses and trams - you'll find it all in Berlin! If you don't know exactly what the best connection is for you, the BVG app will always help you and the Berlin WelcomeCard could also be interesting for you. Be aware: Berlin also has an environmental zone in which only cars with a green fine dust sticker are allowed to drive. This zone covers the city centre within the S-Bahn ring.
There are so many things to see in Berlin and it is almost impossible to summarise everything! But we've done our best and picked out a few of the most important highlights for you: For a successful sightseeing tour, you should definitely stop by the TV Tower, the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial right next to it. The magnificent boulevard Unter den Linden and the Reichstag are also right next to the Brandenburg Gate. Afterwards, how about a walk through the 210-hectare Tiergarten and a detour to the Victory Column? Of course, don't forget the Berlin Cathedral at Hackescher Markt or the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Zoologischer Garten. All shopping enthusiasts can walk straight on from here to Kurfürstendamm or make a detour to KaDeWe. But this is not the only interesting address. There are interesting shopping opportunities in just about every district of Berlin. Berlin is also a true paradise for all vintage fans: there are countless second-hand shops and flea markets like the Nowkoelln Flowmarkts or the flea market in Mauerpark. Checkpoint Charlie is on Friedrichstraße and if you take the S-Bahn to Ostbahnhof, you'll quickly reach the remains of the Berlin Wall. If you're more interested in museums, you'll definitely find what you're looking for in Berlin - there's a museum for every taste! Discover the Museum Island, the German Historical Museum or the Jewish Museum and much more! For a little artistic flair, we recommend the Berlinische Galerie. Don't worry, we haven't forgotten the clubs and bars. After all, what would Berlin be without its infamous nightlife? Even though Berlin is mostly known for its electro and techno clubs, there really is everything here. For a few drinks or a successful party, you're definitely in good hands in Neukölln, Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain. But see for yourself what a colourful mix the German capital has to offer! Book a parking space with Parclick and start your journey :).