Germany’s capital city, Berlin, is one of our favorite destinations in Europe. The impressive Reichstag, Unter den Linden and eclectic Kreuzberg neighborhood are just a few of the city’s many sights. Berlin’s public transportation is excellent and cheap, making the city super easy to navigate.
Plan on spending at least two, ideally three, days in Berlin. This will give you enough time to enjoy some of the city’s activities and get a taste of the local culinary treats. Berlin has a great selection of hotels, from funky to chic and for all budgets.
Check out our INSIDR guide to Berlin for everything you need to know to make your trip a success!
Beautiful view of historic Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) at famous Museum Island with ship passing Friedrichsbrucke bridge on Spree river in golden evening light at sunset in summer Berlin Germany
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Tipping in Berlin
More than just meat and potatoes, Berlin is a foodie paradise! The diverse city has delicious Lebanese, Vietnamese and Sudanese food. There is also tons of delicious street food.
Know that tipping in Berlin is not mandatory. Wait staff earn a living wage and are lucky enough not to depend on tips. However, it’s common practice to leave a 5 to 10% tip if you enjoyed your meal. If service was exceptionally good, you can leave a bit more.
The German country code is 49. If calling a German number from a non-German number, you’ll need to add 0049 or +49 before the local number. If you need to contact emergency services when visiting Berlin, call 110 to contact the police. You can also dial 112, the free European emergency number for medical help or to contact the fire department.
SIM Card & Wifi in Berlin
Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom are two of the biggest cell phone providers in Germany. During your visit to Berlin, we highly recommend buying or renting a local mobile to facilitate your travels and avoid excessive roaming charges. The INSIDR smartphone can also assist you with full high-speed 4G connectivity, a pocket travel Wifi hotspot, including local calls and texts. The best travel essential apps are also installed. Using the INSIDR smartphone, you will also get the most authentic and tailor made travel tips recommended by our local experts.
Berlin Travel Pass
Berlin is a sprawling city that, luckily, has an excellent public transportation network. The most cost-efficient way to travel around Berlin is with the Berlin Welcome Card. The card includes unlimited travel either for zones AB (Berlin city center) or zones ABC (city center and surrounding area). You’ll also get discounts at more than 200 top Berlin sights. Up to three children aged 6 to 14 can travel for free for the purchase of each adult card.
Post Box in Berlin
The bright yellow post boxes can be found on almost every corner of Berlin. You can buy stamps at the German post office, Deutsche Post. Most offices also have vending machines outside, so you can buy stamps at all hours. Some newsstands also sell postage.
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