First of all, we must take into account the weather, which in the case of Germany is very variable.
During the summer, temperatures are usually about 25 degrees (Celsius) but from November they go down to 0 degrees. So if you plan to spend a few days in Berlin in winter, you should bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat and a scarf. But if you visit the city on summer you just have to bring light clothes and a jacket for the evening or early morning hours.
Although whenever you visit the country you must take into account that Germany is a wet country, so it won’t do any harm to bring an umbrella or a raincoat with your luggage. Berliners don’t seem to mind about that and they don’t usually use umbrellas, but it’s common to find days of continuous rain or dense fog that will eventually drench your clothes if you spend much time in the streets.
Berlin Public Transport
Public transport in Berlin is quite expensive. A single ticket costs more than 2€ and a day pass over 6€. Single tickets entitle you to travel with any number of changes towards your destination via a direct travel route or one necessitated by works or other network alterations. They are valid for a maximum of two hours.
With a Day Pass, you can travel as often as you want on the day printed on the ticket or from validation of the ticket on starting your journey until 3.00 a.m. on the following day. In all cases, you may apply for special discounts, such as group discounts, student discounts, weekend discounts, so I’d recommend you to check the official website of the Berlin public transportation before: www.bvg.de.
Except for the bus, you don’t usually need to show your ticket at the entrance of the vehicle, but be aware that random checks are conducted continuously throughout the city, so it is always better to preserve the ticket.
Berlin Shopping & Payments
In Berlin there are still a large number of establishments, including restaurants that don’t accept payments by credit card, so it’s essential to have cash. If you’re staying in Berlin a few months I’d recommend you to open an account in a German bank and that you request the EC-Karte, a special card from Germany with which you can pay in supermarkets, shops, etc. without any problem.
Berlin Toilet Tips
When visiting a restroom outside of your Berlin apartment, hostel or hotel, it’s important to know that many large establishments such as shopping centres or fast food chains have staff exclusively concerned with the care and cleaning of the bathrooms, so don’t be surprised if you find a person sitting at the entrance of the toilets with a plate and a sign indicating that you have to pay a tip of 50 cents to use the services.
Berlin Bike Popularity
And last but not the least, Berlin is also a city fully prepared for cyclists, so moving by bike is a great idea. There are bike lanes almost on all the main streets of the city, and on the other streets you can use the road without any problem. It’s not required to wear helmets but you can be fined if you circulate at night without reflective elements or without proper headlight. If you are convinced by the idea, you can rent bicycles in many parts of the city.
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