Fabulous food, cutting edge architecture, rich history and vibrant culture - all these come to mind as soon as the city of Berlin is mentioned. Since the fall of its Wall, Berlin has dedicated itself to make up for all the time lost and reinvented itself as a creative and cultural centre of Europe. Berlin is also known for its parties that go on for days and not just a few hours. Thanks to sprawling green spaces like Tiergarten, Grunewald Forest, zoos and dedicated spaces to children, Berlin has also become a tourist destination favored by the families.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Berlin
Where to shop
In Berlin you can expect to see high-end stores and big brands rubbing shoulders with city’s chic boutiques. Enter any of the inner districts like Mitte, Friedrichschain, Kreuzberg, Charlottenburg or Prenzlauer Berg and you will astounded by the wealth of lovely places selling lovelier stuff. In City West you can find the upscale Oxford Street of Berlin lined with high end stores. The largest department store in mainland Europe KaDeWe stocks clothes by Vuitton, Gucci and Dior among others. Confiserie Melanie also stocks some delightful surprises such as handmade truffle spiked with absinthe. Berlin’s Nikolai Quarter is considered to be the heart of the old city. Besides finding many of the city’s older and popular attractions in and around this place, you will also find restaurants, cafes and shops selling handicrafts.
What to eat
Berlin will surprise you with the balance that you can find here. The city truly has something for everyone and this applies to the variety of food available for every palate. You can easily find snack stalls selling great falafels and currywurst as well as Michelin starred restaurants to satiate your cravings. Try getting a table on the terrace of the Michelin starred Rutz Restaurant and Weinbar and sample gourmet creations. For some Mediterranean fare you can go to Glass, run by a young Israeli chef. For sampling the classics like Borsch and Koningsberger Klopse, head to Marjellchan. Fear not if you are a vegetarian, Cookies Cream not only will offer you great options but the interiors will also make you fall in love with the place.
A Few German Words
Knowing a few local words will stand you in good stead and come in handy to get acquainted better with the place you are visiting. Here are a few conversation starters in German for you.
• Thank You:
• Where is the toilet?:
woi ist die toilette?
• Where can I find a taxi?:
wo ich Taxi finden?
• How much does it cost?:
wie viel kostet?
Dos and Don’ts
• Germans are extremely punctual so do be on time.
• Do not jaywalk on the streets. You can be fined for it.
• Do use title and last name to address people. Use ‘Sie’ to address elders and grownups and ‘Du’ when talking to a child.
• Do say Guten Appetit before a meal and Prost (cheers) before you sip your beer.
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency services: 112
• 24-hour Chemist: 20614190
• Fire: 112
• Police: 110
• Ambulance: 112
Q. Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Berlin?
The airline offering cheap air tickets to Berlin is Turkish Airlines
Q. What is the time zone used in Germany?
The time zone of Germany is Central European Time Zone.
Q. What are the most popular airlines flying from Toronto to Berlin?
From Toronto to Berlin, the most popular airlines are Turkish Airlines and Air Canada
Q. What is the shortest time for a Toronto to Berlin flight?
The shortest time for a Toronto to Berlin flight is 9 hours.
Q. What are the top tourist destinations of Berlin?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Berlin are Reichstag building, Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Museum, Pergamon Museum, Checkpoint Charlie and Topography of Terror.
Q. What is the currency of Germany?
The currency of Germany is Euro.
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