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Stay & explore Berlin

Berlin pulsates as a thriving cosmopolitan metropolis in the heart of Europe and is ready to welcome fans to matches at Olympiastadion Berlin or to the celebrations at the Brandenburg Gate. Beyond a sporting summer fairytale, Berlin has so much to offer visitors.

Hardly any other city has experienced such a moving history or undergone such a rapid period of change. Whether it's the Berlin Wall or Museum Island, the capital not only offers first-class sightseeing, but also trendy neighbourhoods with their numerous restaurants and clubs making Berlin a destination of choice for people all over the world.

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✨ Host City ambassador

Berlin-born midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng started out with hometown club Hertha BSC, before going on to win league titles with AC Milan and FC Barcelona. He played international football for Ghana and returned to Hertha towards the end of his playing career.

💡 Helpful tips when visiting

🗣️ Sprinkle a little Deutsch: German might not be the easiest language to learn, but a simple "Bitte" (please) and "Danke" (thank you) will go a long way with the locals.

💶 Cash matters: While debit cards are widely accepted, having some cash on hand is wise. It's especially helpful at independent eateries, bakeries and markets, where cash is still king.

🪙 Tipping etiquette: Tipping is customary in Germany. In restaurants, it's common to round up the bill, and in bars, leaving a modest tip for excellent service is appreciated.

💧 Stay hydrated: German tap water is safe and delicious. Carry a reusable bottle, allowing you to refill at public drinking fountains.

🏪 Lazy Sundays: Most shops and supermarkets are closed on Sundays, so plan ahead and get your shopping done on Saturdays. Don’t worry, restaurants and attractions remain open.

Recycle like a champion ♻️

Germany takes recycling seriously – and it’s great for your wallet too!

🪙 Did you know that you pay a refundable deposit on your bottle in Germany? Simply bring them back to any supermarket to claim 25ct for every PET bottle and 8ct for every glass bottle.
🚮 Be like the Germans and sort your waste into different bins to score eco-friendly points during your stay.

👀 What to do

Brandenburg Gate 🏛️

The Brandenburg Gate is one of the city's iconic landmarks, the symbol of German reunification and the heart of the Fan Zone for UEFA EURO 2024. The gate is located on Pariser Platz directly on the well-known boulevard Unter den Linden. No trip to Berlin is complete without a visit.

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Reichstag Building 🪟

The Reichstag building is home to the German parliament and is a symbol of democracy. It is recognisable by its historic exterior with a glass dome. The grass in front of the Reichstag is the great place for a picnic and relaxing. Here, at Platz der Republik, you will find the Fan Zone Reichstag during EURO 2024.

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Berlin TV Tower 🗼

The tallest building in Berlin, where you can look out over the city in a 360° panorama from the viewing platform. At a height of 203 metres, the Sphere restaurant offers a breathtaking view.

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Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre 🧱

Once a former border strip, marvel at the original remnants of the Berlin Wall which is synonymous with the city. Exhibitions change regularly to offer varied insights into the partition of Berlin.

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Kurfürstendamm 🛍️

One of the city’s most popular shopping destinations – the 3.5km-long boulevard starts at the Breitscheidplatz and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a striking reminder of the war and destruction, and runs all the way to Rathenauplatz, where the Grunewald villas begin.

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🛏️ Where to stay - powered by Booking.com

Accommodation guides 🌟

We’ve partnered up with Booking.com to help you find the perfect accommodation for your budget and travel needs. Check out the location and budget guides below to find out which areas and types of accommodation are most suitable for you to stay in.

 

💶 Berlin accommodation budget guide

Berlin is a popular tourist destination that’s relatively affordable and boasts a more diverse range of accommodation options than to other major European cities.

To secure convenient and reasonably priced accommodation, it’s recommended to plan early and explore the options available ahead of time. 💡

🛏️ Hostels from €30/night*
🏘️ Rental apartments from €100/night*
🏨 Hotels from €80/night*
Luxury hotels from €160/night*

*Rates may increase closer to the tournament. Book early for the best deals ⬇️

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📍 Berlin accommodation location guide

With your 36 Hour Travel Pass, you’ll be able to travel across the entire VBB network (Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg) at no additional cost on matchday and the following day. Consider staying in Brandenburg for great value-for-money accommodation and a free journey to and from the stadium!

Close to the stadium 🏟️

If you're interested in staying close to Olympiastadion Berlin, you can look for accommodation in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf. This elegant district, with tree-lined streets and rococo town houses, is best known for the former royal residence of Charlottenburg Palace. With shopping areas, museums, art galleries and parks, this area has something for everyone. A range of apartments and hotels are available for those looking to stay nearby.

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf is around 20 minutes from the stadium by S-Bahn or U-Bahn, and about half an hour from the Fan Zone Reichstag.

By cultural attractions & sights 🖼️

Mitte is Berlin's vibrant city centre, home to some of the country's most iconic landmarks. From historical museums to trendy boutiques, this area has a lot to offer for those who wish to explore the city in-between matches. Some nearby highlights to consider include Museum Island, the Reichstag and local markets, where you can grab something to eat. In this area, you'll find plenty of apartments and hotels that cater to a wide range of budgets.

There are regular trains and busses in Berlin-Mitte. Olympiastadion Berlin can be reached in around 30 minutes by U-Bahn or S-Bahn. Depending on the location of your accommodation in Mitte, Fan Zone Reichstag is about 20 minutes away.

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Right by the nightlife scene 🪩

To experience Berlin’s club culture after an exciting day of football fever, you can book a stay in Kreuzberg. One of Berlin's most dynamic districts, Kreuzberg is a cultural melting pot where various communities from around the world come together. This mix of cultures is reflected in its diverse art, music and food scenes. The area boasts a selection of budget-friendly hostels and apartments for those looking to keep accommodation costs low while staying in a central location.

Getting to Fan Zone Reichstag from Kreuzberg takes about half an hour by train, while the stadium is around a 40-minute train ride away.

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Next to Berlin Central Station 🚉

The district of Mitte is close to Berlin Central Station and could be a good option for those looking to stay near the transport hub. Thanks to its central location, Mitte is within easy reach of many attractions and public transport options. In addition, it’s a major tourist destination for visitors looking to experience Berlin’s vibrant city scene. There is a range of accommodation options available in the area, from budget hostels and guest houses to luxury apartments and hotels.

Olympiastadion Berlin can be reached by S-Bahn in about 20 minutes from Berlin Central Station. Fan Zone Reichstag is a 20 minute walk away.

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Near Fan Zone Reichstag 🎊

To experience the football with fellow fans from all over the world, head to the official EURO 2024 Fan Zone Reichstag at Platz der Republik. To bask in the energy of the Fan Zone, stay in accommodation near Mitte. There are plenty of beer gardens, local pubs and craft beer bars in the area to grab a drink before or after the game. You’ll find various apartments and hotels nearby that you can book for your stay.

Depending on where you are staying in Mitte, it will take between 20 and 30 minutes to get to Fan Zone Reichstag. Olympiastadion Berlin can also be reached in about 30 minutes by S-Bahn or U-Bahn.

🍴 What to eat & drink

Berlin offers something for everyone, so take time to research the culinary scene and get your reservations booked in early for EURO 2024.

Kebab 🥙

Invented in the city during the early 1970s, it's a well-known and popular form of meat cooked on skewers and sliced into a flatbread with salad and sauce. Of course, Berlin also boasts a great selection of vegetarian or vegan kebabs, usually filled with grilled vegetables instead of meat.

Currywurst 🌭

Debate continues whether the dish was invented in Berlin or Hamburg… one thing they agree on is that it’s a delicious street food option!

Local beer 🍻

Berlin has its own beer specialty. Berliner Weisse is a bubbly, slightly acidic beer made with a blend of wheat and barley malt and fermented in the bottle. Served with a dash of raspberry or woodruff syrup, it is a refreshing summer drink.

Leaders in sustainable cuisine 🌱

Berlin has also become synonymous with sustainable cuisine. Whether you're talking about vegetarian Michelin-starred restaurants, zero waste cooking, clean eating or simply the use of the best organic and regional ingredients, the German capital sets trends.

For more details, check the visitBerlin restaurant guide.

🌃 How can we restrict ourselves to the “nightlife” when you can party in Berlin from dusk until dawn and back to dusk again?! The city offers an abundance of bars, clubs and pubs which are open round the clock. Check out the visitBerlin website to find your scene…

🏳️‍🌈 Diversity and inclusion are not just words in Berlin, it’s a way of life. As one of the most open and tolerant cities in the world, Berlin has something for all LGBTQI+ visitors. The visitBerlin website has a wealth of information on nightlife, accommodation and more.

ℹ️ ️Tourist and emergency info

With the abundance of things to see and do in the city, make sure to read Berlin’s official tourism page, visitBerlin, for regular updates and ideas when planning your trip.

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Email: hallo@visitberlin.de

Local emergency services 🚨

Sometimes, unforeseen accidents happen. We want you to stay safe in Berlin, so if you are involved in an emergency of any kind, immediately dial 112, the European emergency number free of charge to receive assistance from police, fire or ambulance service.