Facts about Berlin
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.
There is lots of nightlife in Berlin. Especially in the area around Kurfürstendamm you will find lots of clubs and bars.
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
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
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.
The year after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 Berlin was once again chosen to be the capital for Germany
There are about 3,5 million inhabitants in Berlin. It is nearly one million less than before the Second World War.
Internationale Grüne Woche: huge agriculture exhibition
Internationale Tourismus-Börse: International Tourist exhibition
Berliner Kunsttage: Exhibitions of art in many of the galleries around Berlin
Teatertreffen Berlin: Festival for theatre, dance and pantomime
Berliner Rock- und Theatersommer: Teater and music all around Berlin
Kreuzberger festliche Tage: Festival in the part of Berlin called Kreuzberg
Berlin marathon: Huge marathon in Berlin
JazzFest Berlin: Five days with a lot of jazz
Weihnachtsmärkte: Christmas markets all around Berlin