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Visiting Berlin

Best time to fly to Berlin

Berlin is a city that can be enjoyed in every season - with each providing both locals and visitors alike with an entirely new experience. As a result, there really isn’t a bad time to visit this incredible city.

Situated at the heart of European geography and history, there are endless layers to this super-cool city. It's one of Europe's best destinations for learning about world-altering events, while also enjoying the charming local neighborhood and culture.

Discover the historic sites of Berlin

Berlin is a history lover’s dream. Several major 20th-century events took place in Berlin and the German people have made a conscious effort to remember this history.  

To learn more about it, check out the Reichstag (German Parliament), Berlin Brandenburg Gate, or the Holocaust Memorial. A trip to Berlin would also hardly be complete without seeing the remains of the Berlin Wall – the fall of which represents an important moment in both European and German history.  

Visit the treasure trove that is Museum Island to reflect on recent history and get your fill of ancient art. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to five museums and is one of the most visited sights in Berlin. Pop by the Island on Saturday or Sunday to explore the wares at the famous Berliner Kunstmarkt (Berlin Art Market).

Things to do in Berlin

German’s capital city has even more to offer than just thought-provoking museums and monuments, though it’s clear that these can be found in abundance. The city is also a magnet for European creativity.  

You'll find yourself rubbing shoulders with both music and history makers, plus plenty of artists and creatives. Simply head to one of Berlin’s iconic hipster bars, underground clubs, or vibrant markets to soak up this atmosphere for yourself.

If shopping is on your list, Kurfürstendamm is the city's prime retail strip (it's also a mouthful, so feel free to call it Kudamm like the locals). It's more than 2 miles long and lined with boutiques and stores.

Luxury-seekers should make their way to Fasanenstrasse to enjoy boutique design stores. Meanwhile, food lovers shouldn't miss the sumptuous food hall inside the KaDeWe department store.

Eat and drink like a Berliner

You can get a taste of the city's favorite flavors from a local imbiss, or fast-food stall. 
Currywurst (sausage in a curry sauce) is a classic local snack, and there are loads of places selling doner kebabs, another favorite among Berliners. Then there are Spätis, classic 24-hour corner stores selling everything you need, including late-night snacks.

Fast and cheap dining is well covered, but so is fine dining, and there is a smorgasbord of options in between.

You’ll find everything from cool coffee bars and rustic wood-paneled taverns to stylish gourmet temples serving on-trend local flavors alongside international dishes.

Head to neighborhoods like Scheunenviertel, Kreuzberg, Neukölln, and Prenzlauer Berg to explore streets lined with cafes, indie stores, and fun diversions. You can raise a glass in the city’s leafy beer gardens (such as the Prater Garten, which opened in 1837 and is a favorite among locals) and at buzzing 'beach bars' along the Spree River.

Getting around Berlin

Getting around Berlin is relatively easy thanks to U-Bahn underground trains and S-Bahn overground trains. These are part of the city’s BVG public transport system.

Germany’s capital is very well connected, so you will likely never be stuck for transport.  

FAQs about travel to Berlin

Helpful information for travelers to Berlin

What US cities fly to Berlin?

You can fly to Berlin from most major US cities thanks to Icelandair’s transatlantic flights. Depart from any of our departure cities in the US, including New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Portland (PDX), or Seattle (SEA) and fly to Berlin via the Land of Fire and Ice.

How long are flights to Berlin, Germany?

This depends entirely on where you are flying from in the US and how long your layover is. However, as a guide, flights from New York to Berlin can take around 10 hours.

Travelers can choose to Stopover in Iceland for up to 7 days at no additional airfare and enjoy everything Iceland has to offer on their way to Germany.

How can you find cheap tickets to Berlin?

The cheapest month to fly to Berlin is usually either January or February, as this is when there is slightly lower demand.

That isn’t to say that other months are a lot more expensive or that you can’t find cheap flights to Berlin in these months - we simply recommend booking your flights as far in advance as possible to be in with the best chance of securing a good flight deal.

When should you go to Berlin?

Each season is unique in Berlin and we’d say that it’s always a good time to visit this fantastically chic city.

The summer months are long and festive in the city, with locals and travelers alike trying to make the most of the warmer days. Whether you are looking to cool off with a swim at Strandbad Wannsee or indulge in one of the city’s beer gardens, the buzz of the city welcomes you.

For those planning to visit in the winter months, make sure you time your trip at the same time as the German Christmas markets, where you’ll be able to pick up trinkets while sipping on glühwein.