Visiting Berlin: What tourists should know now

Visiting Berlin: What tourists should know now

Hotels are allowed to accommodate tourists again as of 11 June, museums, restaurants and sights are already open again. An overview of which Berlin places, attractions and events are already welcoming guests again.

Sommer in Berlin

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Berlin is slowly coming back to life. The people in the capital are clearly enjoying it: The first cold beer of the year is being enjoyed in the beer garden with broad grins and tickets for exhibitions and museums are in demand.

At a glance: What Berlin offers its guests

  • Hotels: Hotels will be allowed to reopen for guests from 11 June 2021.
  • Public transport and taxis: everything runs without restrictions. Don't forget your FFP2 mask!
  • Gastronomy: Restaurants and beer gardens are allowed to open and look forward to welcoming guests. Those who want to sit inside need a negative test or proof of vaccination.
  • Museums and galleries: Most of the exhibition halls are open to the public again.
  • Cinemas: Most cinemas and open-air cinemas have reopened!
  • Sights: The Brandenburg Gate, East Side Gallery and other open-air sights can be visited. Even enclosed sights such as the TV Tower are gradually opening their doors again.
  • Guided tours: River cruises, sightseeing tours and city tours are offered again. The tours must be booked in advance!
  • Zoos: Both are open. Tickets should be purchased online before your visit.
  • Shopping: Yes, we are open! Shops, shopping miles, shopping centres and many flea markets are looking forward to shopaholics and bargain hunters.
  • Concerts and Theatre: Events take place again, but with a reduced number of participants.

Berlin in times of Corona: Travel Updates

Admittedly, the deserted Brandenburg Gate, guaranteed seats in the underground and this tranquillity above the city had its own magic, but Berlin is not the same city without selfiesticks in front of the TV tower and simulated brother kisses at the East Side Gallery. Every trip to the city needs a bit of planning: The Corona pandemic is not over yet. Many things require a negative corona test, or proof of full vaccination or recovery. But after the first strict measures with many bans and closures, Berlin has long since awoken from its beauty sleep. Cultural institutions, restaurants and shopping centres have adapted to the new regulations and requirements and are happy to welcome visitors. Hotels will be allowed to reopen for guests from 11 June 2021.

Berlin hotels always well connected thanks to public transport

Numerous hotels, hostels and inns in Berlin offer themselves as starting points for an eventful city trip. From luxury hotels to inexpensive guesthouses - thanks to the excellent transport network, the whole city can be easily explored from every corner. So the place to stay does not necessarily have to be in the city centre. Underground and suburban trains run frequently without restriction, only wearing a mouth and nose protection during the trip is mandatory. But long journeys are not necessary thanks to the fast connections and the individual destinations and sights are reached quickly.

Open-air-attractions all over Berlin

Whether Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Holocaust Memorial or East Side Gallery - many of Berlin's sights are located in the open air and can be visited without any special measures. The famous Reichstag with its glass dome can be visited again from 10 July. Germany's tallest building on Alexanderplatz - the Berlin TV Tower - is also looking forward to welcoming visitors again.

Your Berlin visit: Stay safe - keep the distance

  • Reduce physical social contact with other people to a minimum and maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 m.
  • A current negative coronary test, full proof of vaccination or recovery must be presented in shops, museums, galleries and when taking part in sightseeing tours, boat trips and city tours.
  • Wearing a FFP2 mask is mandatory in public transport and in shops.

Museums and galleries offer the usual broad spectrum

Not only the sights attract numerous tourists to the city every year, but also the diverse museums- and galleries. Berlin is rightly considered a cultural hotspot, as the city not only has the museums on Museum Island, such as the Bode Museum and the Old National Gallery, to offer. Numerous other museums and galleries also vie for visitors. The spectrum of art treasures and exhibition highlights is wide, so that everyone gets their money's worth here.

Diving into the city - on foot, from the water or by bike

Berlin is a wonderful place to discover on your own. Whether on the deck of a River Cruises on the Spree, with the uncomplicated Hop-on-Hop-off bus tours right across the city or simply by public transport. But if you're looking for a few explanations and want to discover special corners, you can put yourself in the hands of experienced city guides. The professionals will guide you through Berlin on foot, by bike or other means of transport, leaving no doubt that Berlin is one of the most exciting cities in the world.

Take a deep breath in Berlin's parks and gardens

Those who need a little relaxation and are looking for peace and quiet will find it in the many parks and gardens in the city. In addition to Berlin's green lung, the large Tiergarten, you can discover green and colourful things in every corner of the city. Whether as a flower and botany lover in the Botanical Gardens and Gardens of the World or in the middle of the city in Monbijoupark or on Tempelhofer Feld - in Berlin it is easy to take a deep breath.

Not the time for extensive clubbing just yet

Evening entertainment and Berlin's famous nightlife are not yet back in full swing. The restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars are allowed to welcome guests again in the outdoor and indoor areas. Berlin clubs are allowed to host parties and dance events on a limited scale - a maximum of 500 guests can attend. The big show stages in Berlin can look forward to audiences again with restrictions. The following applies to all these areas: Indoor visits are usually only possible with a negative test or proof of immunisation. If you have any questions about visiting Berlin and about the individual protection measures and their effects within the city, the best place to find out is at the page of the Berlin Senate on the coronavirus.

Last updated: 05 july 2021 (changes occur at any time)
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