TOURISM INFORMATION

TOURISM INFORMATION

Berlin is the beautiful and vibrant capital city of Germany. With a population of 3.6 million people, diversity and multiculturalism is plentiful. You can enjoy Berlin’s various neighbourhoods, like Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, which are known for their street art, alternative vibe, and lively nightlife.

Berlin has plenty to see and do. You can visit the World Unesco sites that include the palaces of Potsdam and Berlin, Museum Island (contains 5 large museums), and the Berlin Modernist Housing Estates.

Other must sees in Berlin are the Reichstag Building, the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Berlin Television Tower (known to locals as Fernsehturm), Kurfürstendamm (Berlin’s famous shopping street), the Humboldt Forum, and the Berlin Zoo.

EATING IN BERLIN
Visit Berlin has a list of everything from fine dining to cafes to pop-up kitchens to street markets, Berlin has something for every palate.

Berlin’s food scene is diverse and exciting, offering everything from traditional German fare to innovative international cuisine. The city is known for its schnitzel, spaetzle, pretzels, and sauerbraten, which can be found throughout Berlin’s many restaurants or food vendors.

AIRPORT AND TRAIN SERVICE
The Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) is located approximately 25 kilometers (about 15.5 miles) southeast of central Berlin and it takes 30-40 minutes to drive to the Hilton Berlin. The international airport connects passengers from around the world and hosts numerous airlines. There are direct flights and connecting flights from major cities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. For more information on airport services, please visit the airport’s website.

The main provider of national train services in Berlin is Deutsche Bahn (DB), Germany’s state-owned railway company. The Berlin Central Station, Berlin Hauptbahnhof, serves as a major hub for domestic and international trains. You can take the S-Bahn from this station to Alexanderplatz to connect with the U-Bahn to Stadmitte Station, the closest stop to the Hilton Berlin. For more information, please visit the Deutsche Bahn’s website.

BANKS AND CURRENCY EXCHANGE
Germany’s currency is the Euro (EUR). The notes are in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, and 5 euro. The denominations of coins are 2 euro, 1 euro, 50 euro cent, 20 euro cent, 10 euro cent, 5 euro cent, 2 euro cent, and 1 euro cent. The easiest method of securing cash at the best exchange rate is to make withdrawals using a credit card from ATM machines found at the major banks and stores.

German banks are typically open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Thursdays to 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Some smaller branches close at lunchtime.

Credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants, stores, taxis, etc.

TAXES
Germany charges 19% VAT (Value Added Tax) to most goods and services. The VAT should be included in the advertised price.

CLIMATE & CLOTHING
The average temperature in Berlin in October is between a high of 14ºC and a low of 6ºC. Visitors are encouraged to pack an umbrella, light jacket and clothes that can be layered. To help plan your trip, delegates can check out Berlin’s weather online.

INSURANCE
Liability insurance is the responsibility of each individual delegate and delegates should have their own medical coverage. 

ELECTRICITY
In Berlin, as in the rest of Germany and much of Europe, the standard electricity supply is 230 volts AC (50 Hz). The plug type commonly used is the European standard CEE 7/4 (Type F), which has two round pins. Travelers from countries using different voltage or plug types may need a plug adapter and potentially a voltage converter to safely use their electronic devices in Berlin. However, many modern electronic devices (such as laptops and phone chargers) are designed to be compatible with a wide range of voltages, typically from 100-240 volts, so only a plug adapter may be necessary in these cases.

TIME ZONES
Berlin is located in the Central European Time (CET) zone, which is UTC+1 (Coordinated Universal Time plus one hour). During daylight saving time (DST), Berlin switches to Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is UTC+2. This means that from late March to late October, Berlin follows CEST, and from late October to late March, it follows CET. These time changes are observed across most of continental Europe, ensuring consistency in timekeeping across borders within the European Union and neighboring countries.

CAN I USE MY CELL/MOBILE PHONE IN GERMANY?
International visitors can use their own cell phones in Berlin and throughout Germany, provided their phones are GSM-compatible and unlocked. Most modern smartphones are compatible with GSM networks, which are widely used globally, including in Germany. Visitors can choose to use their existing SIM card from their home country if their carrier offers international roaming, although this can be expensive. Alternatively, many travelers opt to purchase a prepaid SIM card upon arrival in Germany, which offers competitive rates for local calls, texts, and data, and can be easily found at airports, convenience stores, and mobile network shops throughout Berlin.

TIPPING IN BERLIN
In Berlin, customary tipping practices generally involve leaving a tip as a sign of appreciation for good service. Tips are not usually included in the bill, so it’s customary to leave a small additional amount. In restaurants, a typical tip is around 5-10% of the total bill, depending on the level of service. If service was exceptional, rounding up the bill or leaving a slightly larger tip is appreciated.

For other services such as taxi rides, rounding up to the nearest euro or adding a small tip (usually 5-10%) is common. In hotels, it’s customary to leave a small amount for housekeeping, typically 1-2 euros per night.

While tipping in Berlin is appreciated, it’s not mandatory. Tips are a way to acknowledge good service and are generally welcomed by service staff.

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Options for getting from the airport to the hotel include:

For more information about transportation options, please visit the Berlin Brandenburg Airport website.

Getting to the Hilton Berlin from the Berlin Brandenburg Airport:

-Travel Distance: Approximately 26 kilometres by car
-Travel Time: Ranges from approximately 30 minutes (with no traffic) to 70-80 minutes during daytime/high traffic times.

Taxi:
Taxis are available at the Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Passengers arriving at Terminal 1 or 2 can find taxi ranks in front of Terminal 1 on Level E0. These vehicles are marked as taxis. Costs range depending on traffic but on average, you can expect to pay 40-50 EUR.

Uber:
Uber operates in Berlin and is permitted to pick-up at the Berlin Brandenburg Airport. You can request a pick-up through the Uber app. Your pick-up location at the airport, driver’s name, license plate, and car colour will be detailed in the app.

Public Transit:
Berlin has a vast public transit system. To reach the Hilton Berlin, you can take the Airport Express train (FEX) from Terminal 1 to Alexanderplatz Station, approximately 30 minutes. You would then transfer to the U-Bahn (subway). Line U2 will take you to Stadtmitte Station and a 5-minute walk will take you to the Hilton Berlin.


Getting around Berlin

On Foot

Berlin’s combination of historical sites, green spaces, pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, and compact, lively neighborhoods makes it an excellent city for walking.

Historical and Cultural Sites
Central Districts: Many of Berlin’s key attractions are located within walking distance of each other, particularly in districts like Mitte, where you can find the Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, and the Berlin Cathedral.

Cultural Areas:
Neighborhoods such as Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg, and Friedrichshain are full of cultural landmarks, trendy cafes, restaurants, and shops that are best explored on foot.

Green Spaces & Parks:
Berlin has numerous parks and green spaces, such as Tiergarten, Volkspark Friedrichshain, and Tempelhofer Feld, which are perfect for walking and relaxing.

Rivers and Canals:
Walking along the Spree River and the city’s canals provides scenic routes and a relaxing atmosphere.

Pedestrian-Friendly Infrastructure:
-Sidewalks and Crossings – Wide sidewalks and well-marked pedestrian crossings make walking safe and convenient.

-Walking Paths: Many areas have dedicated walking paths, particularly in parks and along the river.

Compact Neighborhoods:
Berlin’s neighbourhoods are relatively compact, making it easy to explore different areas on foot without needing transportation. Each neighborhood has its own character and amenities, including shops, restaurants, and cultural sites, all within walking distance.

Public Transport Accessibility:
Integration with Public Transport: Even if you choose to walk, Berlin’s extensive public transportation network (U-Bahn, S-Bahn, buses, and trams) is always nearby, allowing you to easily switch between walking and other modes of transport.

General Safety:
Berlin is generally a safe city for walking, with low crime rates in most areas, especially during the day. Many central areas are well-lit and have a lively night scene, making them safe for walking at night.

Recommended Walking Areas:
Mitte: For historical sites and museums.
Kreuzberg: For a vibrant, multicultural experience with street art and food markets.
Prenzlauer Berg: For charming streets with cafes, boutiques, and a relaxed atmosphere.
Friedrichshain: For nightlife, alternative culture, and the East Side Gallery (a section of the Berlin Wall).

Getting around Berlin

Public Transportation

Bike Rentals & Sharing

  • Lime: Another bike-sharing (and scooter-sharing) service available in Berlin.
    Lime Website

Ride Sharing

Car Sharing

  • WeShare / Miles Mobility: Car-sharing service with electric vehicles.
    Miles Website