Berlin’s weather is at its warmest from May through September and this is the best time to visit this interesting city. This is the most popular time to visit Berlin because schools have breaks and families visit the city. Hotel rates are also higher, but summer means pleasant walks to attractions, sitting at outdoor cafes, and relaxing in parks. There are often warm sunny days in September and early October: this is also a good time to visit Berlin because the crowds have left and hotel rates go down. Winter can be extremely cold, but you will find the best hotel rates during this time of the year. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Berlin Weather & Temperature by Month
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January is the coldest month in Berlin with an average low temperature of 27°F (-3°C). Days are not much warmer as the average high temperature peaks at 36°F (2°C).
In February the temperatures rise by a few degrees as the average high temperature increases to 39°F (4°C). The average low temperature increases by one degree to 28°F (-2°C). Meanwhile, February is the driest month of the year in Berlin with rainfall averaging 34 mm.
Berlin Weather in March: Spring comes to Berlin in March and brings with it higher temperatures. The high temperature average is 46°F (8°C) and the low temperature average is 32°F (0°C).
In April, visitors can look forward to sunnier days as this month averages about 9 hours of sunlight per day. The average high temperature increases again to 55°F (13°C). Low temperatures peak at an average of 39°F (4°C).
May continues the upward trend in temperature with the average high temperature increasing to 66°F (19°C). Similarly, the average low temperature increases to 46°F (8°C).
Berlin Weather in June: The summer season starts in June and brings along with it the highest precipitation rate of the year, 71 mm, and the most sunlight of the year, 11 hours of sunshine per day. The average high temperature increases to 72°F (22°C) while the average low temperature increases by nearly 10 degrees to 54°F (12°C).
July is one of the two warmest months in the year with an average high temperature and average low temperature of 73°F (23°C) and 55°F (13°C) respectively.
In August, the high and low temperatures remain exactly the same, tying it with July for the hottest months of the year.
Berlin Weather in September: Things start to cool off in September with the average high temperature decreasing to 66°F (19°C) and the average low temperature going down to 50°F (10°C).
October is one of the drier months of the year with rainfall averaging at 36 mm. Meanwhile, the weather continues its downward trend with 55°F (13°C) for the average high temperature and 43°F (6°C) for the average low temperature.
In November, the climate continues to get colder and colder. The average high temperature and average low temperature create a range of 45°F (7°C) and 36°F (2°C).
Berlin Weather in December: The second coldest month of the year is December as the average high temperature decreases to 37°F (3°C) and the average low temperature drops to 30°F (-1°C).
If you’re looking to catch some of the biggest tourist events in Berlin, there’s no doubt that the best time to visit is between May through September. This is the time that most of the city’s big events take place such as Fete de la Musique, the Formula E Championships and the International Berlin Beer Festival. For outdoor activities, the best time to visit Berlin is in April or September when the weather is temperate.
2.Getting to Berlin, Germany
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Berlin can be reached by several means. There are two airports: Schonefeld Airport and Tegel Airport. Schonefeld is located southeast of the city while Tegel is northwest of the city. Both airports are served by domestic and international flights. Although it’s not on the coast, Berlin can be reached by boat. There are many ports like Hamburg and then visitors can make their way to Berlin from the coast. Many people arrive in Berlin by coach: traveling by bus is comfortable and affordable. Arriving by car is easy because Berlin has a good connection to the motorway. One of the best ways to arrive is by train: there are fast and comfortable trains to Berlin from cities all over Europe.
3.Getting from the Airport
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There are two airports that serve Berlin: Tegal Airport and Schonefeld Airport. To get from Tegel into the city there are several bus connections: four Berlin Transport Services (BVG) stops are located outside of the terminals. There are two JetExpressBuses and two public buses from the airport. From Schonefeld Airport you can get into the city by train: there is a train station right at the airport. It is just a five minute walk from the airport terminal to the train station. This train makes connections to other trains and buses in and around Berlin. There are also many buses from the airport to the city. Taxis are also available at both airports.
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4.Getting Around by U-Bahn and S-Bahn, Bus and Tram
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Berlin has four forms of public transportation all operated by the Berlin Transport Service (BVG): U-Bahn trains, S-Bahn trains, buses, and trams. The U-Bahn trains are underground while the S-Bahn regional trains are elevated trains. Most tourists use the U-Bahn trains. There are 10 colored routes that run throughout the city and trains make more than 170 stops. The S-Bahn trains are commuter trains that run north to south, east to west, as well as a circular route. The buses and trams are another way to get around the city. They are slower than the trains and the trams only run in the eastern part of the city.
5.Getting Around by taxi, car
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Most visitors will use one or more of the forms of the public transportation system to see the attractions in Berlin. But there are two other ways to get around in the city. There are metered taxis that can found throughout the city: there are approximately 7,500 taxis on the streets of Berlin. They can be hailed on the street: an illuminated sign means the taxi is available. There are also taxi stands, or you can call one to pick you up. Ask the driver at the start for the Kurzstrecke, or short distance tariff, if you are only traveling a short distance. Driving a car is not easy in Berlin with its congestion and lack of parking places.
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Berlin is a diner’s paradise with its many Michelin-starred restaurants. Traditional dishes are simple but very filling: some dishes that you will find in Berlin include roast pork, pickled pork, or pork knuckles served with dumplings and red cabbage; pickled or grilled herring with bacon, fried potatoes, and onions; pea soup; and meatballs with boiled potatoes. Schlachteplatte is a plate with several different kinds of meat. Seasonally you’ll see venison and wild boar. Fish dishes include trout and carp. New German Cuisine uses traditional dishes but adds international touches and unusual ingredients. Berliners also like street food like currywurst, a sausage in a spicy sauce sprinkled with curry powder.
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Berlin is a great shopping city: many people come to Berlin just to shop for goods that are less expensive here than in their home countries. Berlin is the place to go to find German china, crystal, cutlery, and porcelain at lower prices than at home. The main shopping street is the famous Kurfustendamm, often called the Ku’Damm. There are souvenir shops here as well as stores selling quality products. Don’t forget to check out the side streets along the Ku’Damm. Tauentzienstrasse is another good shopping street: again there are many side streets to explore. The Potsdamer Platz Arkaden is a large shopping mall containing more than 100 shops. There are also many flea markets in Berlin.
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Berlin is one of the largest cities in Europe and it is made up of several well-known neighborhoods. Most of the tourist attractions are in the western part of the city, but the eastern part also has some very interesting things to see. The Mitte is Berlin’s central district and contains many of the city’s attractions along the famous street called Unter der Linden: these attractions include the Brandenburg Gate and its nearby Potsdamer Platz, a large public square; the Tiergarten; and Friedrichstrasse, a shopping street. East of the Mitte, the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg area is the location of the Checkpoint Charlie Museum. Charlottenburg is the home of the beautiful Schloss Charlottenburg, a large and old palace.
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9.Getting Married in Berlin
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Many visitors choose to get married in Berlin. The first place to start is your local embassy or consulate and the Standesamf which is the local magistrate’s office. You’ll find out which documents you need in order to get married in Berlin. The city is full of old and historic buildings that make perfect wedding venues. The Villa Blumenfisch is a romantic building that sits on the banks of a lake called the Wannsee. The Lakeside Burghotel takes you back to the Middle Ages with its ballroom, huge fireplace, and suits of armor. North of Berlin is a beautiful estate called the Schloss and Gut Liebenberg.
10.Where to Stay
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Berlin offers many different kinds of accommodations. Many of these lie along the main street of western Berlin, Kurfurstendamm, or simply, Ku’Damm. Here there are luxury hotels, small hotels, and guesthouses called pensions. Most of Berlin’s accommodations are found in the western part of the city. Luxury hotel properties include the Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Marriott Hotel, the Eurostars Berlin, the Grand Hotel Esplanade, and more. Some people are interested in seeing what the eastern part of the city is like, so this is where they book their accommodations. Although the eastern part doesn’t have as many hotels, several upscale hotels are located here.
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Best Time to Visit Berlin, Germany, Weather Year Round
- Berlin Weather & Temperature by Month, Photo: Courtesy of JFL Photography - Fotolia.com
- Getting to Berlin, Germany, Photo: Courtesy of Sergii Figurnyi - Fotolia.com
- Getting from the Airport, Photo: Courtesy of davis - Fotolia.com
- Getting Around by U-Bahn and S-Bahn, Bus and Tram, Photo: Courtesy of Stanislav Georgiev - Fotolia.com
- Getting Around by taxi, car, Photo: Courtesy of ArTo - Fotolia.com
- Restaurants, Photo: Courtesy of grinchh - Fotolia.com
- Shopping, Photo: Courtesy of triocean - Fotolia.com
- Neighborhoods, Photo: Courtesy of rudi1976 - Fotolia.com
- Getting Married in Berlin, Photo: Courtesy of elitravo - Fotolia.com
- Where to Stay, Photo: Courtesy of magdal3na - Fotolia.com
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Attraction Spotlight: Aquadom
Aquadom and Sea Life Berlin are aquarium attractions in Berlin’s Mitte neighborhood. Mitte is often referred to as the “heart of Berlin” for its high density of tourist attractions, which include Museum Island, Alexanderplatz and the Brandenburg Gate.
Berlin’s Sea Life aquarium is divided into several different zones, including a shoaling ring that displays schooling fish. A ray tank is designed to resemble a cave along the coast of Norway. The Atlantic Ocean tank is home to several species of sharks, wreckfish, and eagle rays. A Wannsee tank showcases native aquatic life. Wannsee is a Berlin neighborhood that is home to two lakes on the River Havel. The exhibit focuses on the native plants and animals of the area, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of Berlin’s Palaces and Parks of Potsdam.
The AquaDom is a highlight of the aquarium. The 82-foot tall and 36-foot wide cylindrical aquarium has a transparent elevator built into the interior, which allows guests to travel up and down within the walls of the water filled column. The 260,000-gallon dome contains over 1,500 fish, representing 50 different species. Between three and four divers clean the AquaDom daily and feed the fish. In the evenings, the AquaDom is lit to allow for night viewing of the aquatic life inside.
Among the most popular creatures at AquaDom Sea Life Berlin are the colorful tropical clownfish, the common seadragon, the seahorse, rays and sharks.
History: Sea Life Berlin’s AquaDom was built in 2004, and is located in the lobby of Berlin’s Radisson Blu Hotel in the DomAquarée complex. In addition to the hotel and Sea Life Aquarium, a restaurant, museum, and offices are located in the complex. The world’s largest cylindrical aquarium, the AquaDom was built by International Concept Management, Inc, a United States based company. The AquaDom has since been absorbed by Merlin Entertainments’ Sea Life Berlin Aquarium.
Merlin Entertainments is Europe’s largest entertainment attraction operator, and runs over 125 attractions across 25 European and Asian countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand. Sea Life is the world’s largest aquarium brand and operates 50 aquariums worldwide. With its roots as a small seal sanctuary off the coast of Scotland, Sea Life continues to hold the belief that marine mammals should not be held in captivity, and it aims to promote education and awareness of issues facing the world’s oceans and the life they support. Sea Life’s Breed, Rescue and Protect program works to conserve marine life.
Ongoing Programs and Education: Each of the exhibit areas offers a public feeding time daily. Divers and aquarium staff feed the animals and offer a short presentation on what the animals eat, what and how they would eat in the wild, and offer other facts related to each of the exhibits.
The Rocky Shore tank is a touch tank that’s home to starfish, horseshoe crabs and other tide pool creatures that may all be gently handled by visitors.
Past and Future Exhibits: The Claws Exhibition is a temporary installment that focuses on various claw-bearing sea life, including the Japanese Giant Crab, which is a highlight of the exhibit. Visitors can see a variety of crustaceans up close and learn about how they use their claws for feeding and for defense.
Past temporary exhibits have included Dinosaurs of the Seas. This exhibit used digital video to demonstrate what the extinct creatures of the sea looked like 150 million years ago, and offered interactive dinosaur feeding games and painting workshops. A temporary summer exhibit followed Ranger Joe and Ranger Jane through Berlin’s Spreewald forest, a protected wetlands area, to learn about creeping and crawling jungle dwellers. A Halloween themed exhibit, Myths of the Sea, offers an interactive treasure hunt for the answers to questions about the ocean’s mysterious creatures, and a mythical sunken city.
What’s Nearby: SeaLife is located in close proximity to several other Merlin Entertainments attractions in Berlin, such as Legoland Discovery Center, the Berlin Dungeon, Little Big City, and Madame Toussaud’s Wax Museum. Multi attraction passes are available for discounted entrance to each of these attractions.
Berlin’s Mitte neighborhood is also home to Museum Island, referring to the grouping of significant state run museums that are located at the northern edge of the island. Included among the museums of the area are the Old National Gallery, the Museum of Asian Art, the Ethnological Museum, and Berlin’s New Museum and Old Museum.
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