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Berlin hotel prices
The high season for Berlin is June through August, and particularly July and August. During summer the hotels and hostels can get booked up well in advance so it’s advisable to book yourself as early as possible, as the cheaper and better places get filled first.
Low season tends to be from November through March, though the winter holidays see rising hotel demand so that’s another one to book in advance for. Otherwise it’s usually fine to arrive without a reservation, but on the other hand, Berlin is huge and spread out so if you are planning on finding a room on foot then it might be a hassle, especially in the evening.
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In addition to being exciting and a lot of fun, Berlin is one of the more affordable major European cities for visitors. Hotels are abundant and reasonable deals are normally easy to find, though in summer it’s best to book in advance if you can. You can sometimes get excellent rates at high-end places when there are no trade shows in town. Check our recommended Berlin hotels list for some great choices that offer low rates.
Most of the more interesting attractions are free or cheap, so you won’t need to spend a fortune just to see the main highlights. The Sandeman’s New Berlin free walking tours in particular are excellent, and well worth the €5 or so tip you’ll give the guide at the end. If you want to do all the main highlights along with a few city tours in only 2 or 3 days, then the Berlin Pass is worth considering.
Food in Berlin is also quite reasonable, with filling and interesting meals being pretty easy to find at moderate prices. There are so many bars all around the city that drink prices tend to be decent as well, and buying beer or wine in a supermarket is also easy to pull off if you want to get a head start before leaving your hotel or hostel.
Berlin attraction prices
|Pergamon Museum||Berlin's most famous museum, housing controversial ancient artifacts and the famous Pergamon Alter.||adults||13.70|
|Checkpoint Charlie Museum||This interesting museum now has a free competitor on the plaza across the street.||adults||17.12|
|Reichstag building||The new parliament building is architecturally interesting with great views.||Everyone||0.00|
|Walking tour||Berlin is where the new craze of free walking tours began, and they are highly recommended.||all||0.00|
Berlin Transportation prices
|Taxi from Tegel to city center||30.14 - 38.36|
|Taxi from Schönefeld to city center||61.64 - 75.34|
|Bus from Tegel to city center||4.25|
|3km taxi ride in Berlin||10.96 - 15.07|
|Metro/bus/tram ride in Berlin||1.92 - 3.29|
|All-day metro/bus/tram pass||8.90|
Berlin food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Many hotels and hostels include breakfast. If you are on your own there are some cheap options available, mostly rolls and sandwiches.||4.11 - 9.59|
|Budget lunch||Berlin has plenty of Turkish and Middle Eastern stands and restaurants which are usually great and cheap. Wurst/sausage stands are cheap for local cuisine.||5.48 - 13.70|
|Budget dinner||Beer halls and similar casual restaurants usually have filling and cheap traditional German food.||9.59 - 20.55|
|.5L beer||This is a great drinking town, though the many trendy bars can be expensive. Look for beer halls and happy hours for the best deals.||3.42 - 5.48|
|McDonald's Big Mac||McDonald's isn't really one of the cheaper food options in Berlin.||4.51|
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|Airports||Tegel International Airport (TXL), Schönefeld International Airport (SXF)|
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Berlin has a generally agreeable climate with typical weather patterns. Summers are warm but rarely so warm that it becomes a problem. Summers are also the wettest time of the year, yet humidity doesn’t make things too uncomfortable most of the time.
Winters are predictably cold and snow does accumulate at times, but the city doesn’t become snowbound like some more northern and eastern European cities.
Autumn might be the best season to visit if you want to avoid the huge crowds of summer.
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