Facts about Berlin

Tips

Tips and tax is included in the price when you go out for dinner. But normally you give some tips especially if the service has been good. 5 to 10 % in tips is the normal. It is also normal to tip the taxi driver.

Nightlife

There is lots of nightlife in Berlin. Especially in the area around Kurfürstendamm you will find lots of clubs and bars.

Golf

There are about 10 golf courses in and around Berlin. You can get more information at Landesgolfverband, Harderslebener Strasse 26, 12163 Berlin-Steglitz. Phone ( 0049 ) 8 23 66 09

Sports

Every year in September there is the big Berlin Marathon and Berlin athletics. Berlin is of course the hometown for football club Hertha Berlin which plays on the Olympic Stadium.

Culture and entertainment

Berlin is Germany’s leading cultural city with a huge selection of theatre plays, opera, cabarets, concerts and movies. Every year in January Berlin is the host for the big film festival called “Berlinale” - Berlin International Film Festival. Another big attraction is Berliner Philharmonisches Orchestra

Restaurants

There are about 10.000 restaurants, diners, knejpen, and cafés in Berlin. One of the most famous diners is the “Imbiss” which sells sausages. You can find them on nearly every corner in Berlin. Knejpen is what the pub is for people in Great Britain. On a knejpen you can get a cheap dinner and experience the real Berlin. But remember the selection of restaurant is huge. You can get food from nearly all over the world.

Capital

The year after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 Berlin was once again chosen to be the capital for Germany

Population

There are about 3,5 million inhabitants in Berlin. It is nearly one million less than before the Second World War.  
Events in Berlin

Annual events

January/February

Internationale Grüne Woche: huge agriculture exhibition
Berlinale: Berlin International Film Festival
ModaBerlin: International Fashion exhibition

March

Internationale Tourismus-Börse: International Tourist exhibition 

April

Berliner Kunsttage: Exhibitions of art in many of the galleries around Berlin

May

Teatertreffen Berlin: Festival for theatre, dance and pantomime 

June/July

Berliner Rock- und Theatersommer: Teater and music all around Berlin
Welt-musik-Festival: Festival of music from all over the world
Bach-Tage Berlin: Bach music festival
Jazz in July: Jazz festival in Berlin

August/September

Kreuzberger festliche Tage: Festival in the part of Berlin called Kreuzberg

September/October

Berlin marathon: Huge marathon in Berlin
Berliner Festwoche: Lots of theatre and concerts
Berliner Oktoberfest: Folks party in Jafféstrasse
AAA: Car exhibition
Art forum Berlin: Art exhibition

October/November

JazzFest Berlin: Five days with a lot of jazz
Jüdische Kulturtage: Days of Jewish culture
Antiqua: Antic exhibition around Berlin
Berliner Militärmusikfest: Festival with military music
Internationale Boots-Ausstellung: Boat exhibition

December

Weihnachtsmärkte: Christmas markets all around Berlin
Antiqua Berlin: A censored sale-exhibition for art and antics
Deutsche Pferdemesse Hipologica: Exhibition for people interested in horses