The rich and varied history of Germany’s capital city of Berlin is in many respects surpassed by the diversity and depth of its contemporary culture. The Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and the ornate finery of the Brandenburg Gate exist cheek by jowl with buzzing cafes, a hip and knowing nightlife, cutting-edge arts and a vibrant music scene. Whether you’re heading for a sense of the past or a taste of the future a flight to Berlin will not disappoint.
The best deals on flights tend to be available in the winter months between November and March. Prices do rise a little in December as the lure of the city’s Christmas markets and ever-present gluhwein warms up the interest a bit.
June sees some great weather in Berlin and the Carnival of Culture, a celebration of ethnic diversity offers a riot of color and spectacle. The warmest months are July and August, but these are also Berlin’s wettest months, so don’t forget your umbrella!
It really does pay to be flexible when booking your flight to Berlin – and Orbitz can help you to search smart and find those bargain deals.
With our ‘Nearby airports’ option you can have a quick look if there are any lower-priced air fares from alternative but convenient departures from nearby US airports. Make sure you check the ‘My dates are flexible’ tick box to compare the cost of flights to Berlin across a range of dates.
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Optimal flight times from US airports to Berlin are:
Berlin is served by two airports: Tegel (five miles to the west of the city) and Schonefeld (11 miles to the east). Especially if you are arriving on a connecting flight it is well worth checking if your fare will be cheaper to one airport rather than the other.
They are both very well-served by public transport and within easy reach of the central district of Mitte. From either it won’t take more than half an hour to hit the sights, whether you choose bus or train as your mode of onward travel. Schonefeld sees six S-Bahn trains arrive and depart every hour while Tegel’s regular express buses will drop you straight in the heart of Alexanderplatz. Hire cars are also available from both airports.
Only Delta and United fly direct to Berlin from the US but there is a great choice of carriers who can offer connecting services.
Berlin’s dual system of U-Bahn (underground) and S-Bahn (light rail) trains makes getting around the city simple and cost-effective. In addition, there are regular buses and trams that are complemented by taxi services.
Berlin's history of battling ideologies and its mix of triumphalist architecture and somber, modern memorials makes for some of the most fascinating sightseeing in Europe.
Here you can explore the graffitied remnants of the Berlin Wall, admire the glorious glass dome that tops the Reichstag (Parliament Building), take in the fantastic displays on Museum Island that encompass art, history, design and ethnography or stroll peacefully through the tranquility of the Tiergarten.
The blank slabs that create the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe contrast with the neon-lit, optimism of the futuristic buildings of Potsdamer Platz – but that’s all part of the Berlin mix.
In a similar vein you may find yourself out on a hilarious Trabi-safari as you cruise through Berlin’s streets in a Trabant (the car of choice of the DDR) – yet just moments before you may have been appalled by the Topography of Terror (a museum that is sited on the former headquarters of the Gestapo and SS).
And after that, perhaps, its over to Checkpoint Charlie or off to Kastanienallee, where numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs await.
If you are using public transport more than twice a day it is always cheaper to buy a day pass (Tageskarte) rather than single fare tickets.
No matter what time of year you pass through Berlin, there's a strong possibility that you'll come across a world-class cultural event. In January and August, Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of Museums) means the likes of the Gemäldegalerie and the Neues are open until 2 a.m. In February, hit the Berlin International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious and celebrity-heavy events in all of cinema. Come May, the Karnevel der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) celebrates the 500,000 non-Germans—from 180 countries—who call Berlin home.
The climate is generally continental: warm, sometimes humid summers (with highs of around 86); cold and damp winters (lows of 28); and moderate rainfall throughout the year. Expect light snow to sift down between December and March, though it rarely sticks around for more than a few days—and if there isn't snow, there's frost. Bring a hat, scarf, and gloves in winter. August is the most unpredictable: Days may kick off without a cloud in the sky, and by afternoon, you'll be ruing the umbrella you left in your hotel room. And here's a tidbit: The center of Berlin, with the density of its buildings, actually has its own microclimate—sometimes it's four degrees warmer in the city than in the outskirts.
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