Welcome to Berlin!
Berlin is known for three things… its markets, its museums and its marathon’s! Here at destination sport experience, we can offer you a chance to run in this world record breaking event. We are offering package’s to the half marathon event in April and the marathon in September.
Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany by both area and population. It has 3.7 million inhabitants.
Berlin is on Central European Standard Time zone.
EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Germany however, a 6 month duration is recommended on your passport.
Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Germany’s current entry restrictions and requirements.
The drinking age in Berlin and throughout Germany is 18. Beer and wine can be consumed at the age of 16 however, those below 18 years of age are not permitted in premises licensed as bars, nightclubs and similar entertainment venues. Smoking is banned in public places throughout the city including bars, restaurants, subways and taxis, and public parks and beaches.
Using your phone
There are two ways to use your smartphone in Germany: you can either roam on a UK-based SIM card or you can buy a new sim card. Check with your network provider before you go as you may be able to pay extra to have peace of mind without getting hit with a bill on your return.
Below we have listed some important phone numbers :
- Emergencies (police, fire or ambulance): 110
- Ambulance 112
In Berlin and throughout Germany the euro is the standard currency. Credit cards are widely used and ATMS are plentiful.
Berlin has a safety level of low risk however as with any city, please exercise common sense and take reasonable precautions to protect your personal safety plus your belongings. Always make sure that you have adequate travel insurance, declare pre-existing medical conditions and make sure that your insurance covers you for all the activities that you will undertake whilst you are in Germany. Only ever use licensed taxis and if you are ever unsure it’s better to be safe than sorry. Your hotel concierge should be able to help you with any questions or concerns. Emergency numbers are 110 and 112.
There are two major airports in Berlin, these follow:
Berlin Brandenburg Airport
The distance from Berlin Brandenburg Airport to the city centre is 27 kilometres / 16.8 miles.
Trains > The Airport Express and regional trains alternate four times an hour from the station under Terminal 1 to Berlin Central Station. In addition, the S-bahn trains travel from T1/T2 into Berlin city centre. The price for a ticket is € 3.60 for adults and € 2.60 for children from 6 up to 14 years.
Car > The terminals are easy to reach via the A113 and the B96A. These roads take you directly to the city centre. There are over 10,000 car parking spaces at the airport and two hire car companies. Travel time in a car from the airport to the city centre is around 40 minutes.
Taxi > Taxis are located just outside the terminal and will allow you to reach the centre in 40 – 45 minutes, usually for around 45 euros. Please aware airport taxi’s companies don’t tend to take card so please have the cash ready.
Bus > You can travel by bus between Berlin Brandenburg Airport and the city of Berlin. Each terminal has their own bus station where city buses depart. Buses run every 20 minutes.
Please be aware journey times on public transport can vary and we recommend checking times before departure.
Berlin Schonefeld Airport
The smaller of the two airports serving Germany's capital is Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) which is located 25 miles southeast of downtown Berlin.
Train > The RE7 or RB14 express train is direct from Schönefeld airport and takes around 25 minutes to get into the centre of Berlin. The train runs every hour until 22:30. The price for a ticket is € 3.60 for adults and € 2.60 for children from 6 up to 14 years.
Metro > The metro departs from the station every 20 minutes and runs until 1am on weekdays and throughout the night on a Saturdays. The metro takes around 40 minutes to reach the city centre. The price for a ticket is € 3.60 for adults and € 2.60 for children from 6 up to 14 years.
Bus > The 171 bus is direct and the travel takes around 40 minutes. The bus departs every 20 minutes from the terminal.
Taxi > Taxis are located just outside the A-B terminal and will allow you to reach the centre in 35 to 40 minutes, usually for around 50 euros. Please aware airport taxi’s companies don’t tend to take card so please have the cash ready.
Getting around the City
Apart from running, Berlin is also great for walking. On foot you will really get a feel for the place and you’ll feel the buzz of this great city. If you are ever in a hurry or you need to travel a bit further, you can use the metro, buses or taxi’s.
Trains and Buses
Tickets > You can purchase a 24-hour travel ticket allows travelling for 24 hours for as many trips as desired. The ticket costs 8.80 Euros and can be purchased at the station.
The seven-day-ticket is valid for seven consecutive days from the day of its validation. The ticket costs between 36 to 43 Euros (depending on zones) and can be purchased on arrival at the station.
Please be aware prices are subject to change and more information can be found on the link below: https://www.berlin.de/en/public-transportation/1772016-2913840-tickets-fares-and-route-maps.en.html
Tram > With subways running every 5-10 minutes during the day, the metro system in Berlin is a great way of getting around. With 173 stations and 91 miles (146km) of track reaches almost every corner of the city. Trams In the city run until 1am on weekdays and throughout the night on weekends.
e–scooters > e-scooters offer a fun easily accessible way of getting around the city. They can be used on cycling paths throughout the city and can be booked using an app on your phone. The most popular e-scooter companies are Lime and Bolt.
- Berlin has 180 museums and on average there are 106 rainy days within the year meaning there are more museums than rainy days!
- Berlin Zoo is home to over 20,000 animals of over 1,300 species making it the most visited zoo in Europe.
- Berlin has the world’s longest beer garden! This area features 300 breweries from all over the world making it a perfect place to grab a drink.
- The Battle of Berlin resulted in the surrender of the German army in world war 2.
- The current world record Marathon time is 2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds, this was set at the Berlin Marathon by Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya.