Berlin is the capital of Germany and has a population of 3.5M people.
Berlin’s economy is mainly based on the service sector due to being one of the most popular touristic destinations in Europe.
Other industries include IT, pharmaceuticals, renewable energy, biomedical engineering, and biotechnology.
Located in the eastern part of Germany, Berlin is an important hub to the Eastern European states like Poland. Berlin is relatively flat and its biggest river is called Spree. In the Western Berlin borough of Spandau, the Spree meets the Havel.
Berlin's time zone is UTC/GMT + 1h.
The official language is German.
English is widely spoken across the city. Turkish, Polish and Italian can also be heard.
The official currency in Berlin is the Euro.
Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. There are also many ATM machines around the city from where guests can withdraw cash easily. Some 4* and many 5* hotels are also able to exchange currency.
The average maximum day-time temperature in Berlin in September is a comfortable 19°C. The average night-time temperature is usually a cool 10°C. There are usually 5 hours of bright sunshine each day. Expect 45mm (1.8 inches) of rainfall across the whole of September with 13 days with some rain falling.
The metro in Berlin is referred to as the Bahn. The main ones are the U-Bahn which goes underground, and the S-Bahn which is suburban. Tickets bought in S-Bahns are valid in U-Bahns as well, and vice versa, as well as for regional trains.
The ticket System is based on zones. Zone A&B cover nearly the whole city centre. Don't forget to validate your ticket at the platform.
Car sharing Berlin
Companies like DriveNow or Car2go offer the possibility to rent a car short term and drop it off where ever you want within Berlin.