Welcome to Berlin, the capital of Germany and one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. Few cities in the world boast such a magical combination of cultural attractions and entertainment. Berlin faces forward, while still holding onto its storied past. Visit the sobering Berlin Wall Memorial one moment, then party in the upbeat Friedrichshain district the next. Futuristic yet historic, bustling yet laid-back, and trendy yet traditional, Berlin is an inspiring mix of contrasts that sweeps visitors off their feet. Start looking for plane tickets to Berlin, and get ready for the trip of a lifetime.
Zooming Around Berlin
You'll either fly into Berlin Schoenefeld Airport (SXF, 18 kilometers from downtown) or Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL, eight kilometers from downtown). You can take public transport or a taxi from the airport, but a car rental in Berlin affords you much more freedom. Pick up your Berlin car rental at either airport, then shoot off to Potsdam to explore Babelsberg Park, or cycle through the quaint streets of Templin. Barnim Nature Park can be reached quickly via car as well.
Start with the history. See the Reichstag building, the enduring structure that survived burning from World War II and now houses the German parliament. The Topography of Terror details Nazi injustices, the Brandenburg Gate is a powerful symbol of reunification between East and West Germany, and the German Historical Museum unveils over 2,000 years of the country's story. Next, visit the Pergamon Museum and view architecture relics from the ancient Middle East. Refuel with a bratwurst, jelly doughnut, or other local delight before moving onto other attractions, like Tiergarten (Berlin's biggest park) and the Berlin Cathedral. Plan early by searching for flights, hotels and rental cars in Berlin on Travelocity. If you're looking to book hotels in Berlin, consider using the Travelocity app, which often has exclusive mobile deals.