As one of the coolest cities in Europe, Berlin's not a location that should be overlooked. If you're planning a Berlin break there's so many things to put on your to-see list, from the remains of the Berlin Wall (the definitive relic of the Cold War) to the iconic symbol of Berlin that is the Brandenburg Gate. Then there's the sparkling, futuristic dome of the Bundestag. There's a huge variety of museums to explore and animal lovers will definitely want to spend some time in Berlin Zoo, which boasts one of the largest ranges of wildlife in the world.
There's no shortage of cheap direct flights to Berlin with budget airlines Ryanair and easyJet both flying into the city. If you wish to fly out from London Heathrow Airport or Manchester Airport you also have the choice of booking direct flights with British Airways, bmi and Lufthansa - just make sure you shop around so you find the cheapest deal. Indirect flights to Berlin are available but these can work out considerably more expensive so try to avoid them if you have to stick to a tight budget. Berlin is home to two airports and both are accessible from the UK. Tegel International Airport is the main airport for most international airlines and is located eight kilometres northwest of the city centre. Schönefeld Airport is one of the main bases for low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair - it's situated further away at 18 kilometres from the city centre.
There's lots of ways you can get to your final destination once your flight to Berlin has landed. If you land at Tegel International Airport the easiest way to reach the city centre is via the bus service. Tickets can be bought when you board the bus or from vending machines located at the bus stop. On the other hand if you choose to fly into Schönefeld Airport you can catch the AirportExpress train which takes just 28 minutes to reach the main railway station of Hauptbahnhof.
Being such a big city means that it's easy to find cheap hotels in Berlin, just make sure you book well in advance to find the best deals. If you're looking to save some pennies as well as avoid the swarms of tourists then it's best to visit Berlin between March to May and the month of October - don't worry you'll still experience pleasant weather too!
The city has an excellent public transport system making it easy to travel around during your holiday in Berlin. There are lots of special deals to help you take advantage of the network. The Berlin CityTourCard allows you to travel within zones A and B and gives you 15% off 48 different tourist attractions. You can buy one that's valid for 48 hours, 72 hours or five days - you even get a free city map to ensure you don't get lost!
Updated 19th June 2013
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