Fun facts and things to know about Berlin
Enrich your appreciation of Berlin with a few fun facts and interesting things to know about this city renowned for its diversity and freedom. Perfect to drop into conversation as you explore the city with friends or family to show them your travel prowess!
Berlin has more bridges than Venice
Berlin has more waterways than Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Venice together, so it’s not surprising that the city also has more bridges than Venice! Looking for a bridge that’s oh-so-Instagrammable? Head to the Oberbaumbrücke between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain.
Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris
Berlin is an incredible nine times bigger than Paris, but it’s not nearly as crowded as the City of Lights. While Paris has 21,000 inhabitants per square km, Berlin only has 4,000 inhabitants per square km.
Berlin has the most visited zoo in Europe
Berlin’s zoo has 20,000 animals and 1,300 different species in an 82-acre area. No wonder it’s the most visited zoo in Europe.
Berlin is home to the world’s longest open-air gallery
Located on the banks of the Spree in Friedrichshain near the remnants of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery is 1,316 meters long and showcases over 100 murals from artists from around the globe.
The Berlin public transport system is 4,473km long
Combine the various elements of Berlin’s public transport system, and it can go round the world over 8 and a half times.
There are more museums than rainy days in Berlin
On average, Berlin sees 106 rainy days annually. By contrast, there are 180 museums in the city.
Travel tips when visiting Berlin
Use the following travel tips when visiting Berlin to experience the city like a local.
Carry cash with you: While major tourist attractions, department stores, and supermarkets are happy to accept card payments, its good to have some cash for tips at bars, cafes, clubs, and restaurants.
Explore beyond Mitte: Many of Berlin’s most famous landmarks are in the Mitte district, but there’s so much more to experience in this city. Explore further and discover family-friendly Prenzlauer Berg, exciting Friedrichschain, the hipster haunt of Kreuzberg, and the Turkish neighbourhood of Neukölln.
Sunday planning is important: Many bars, restaurants, shops, and supermarkets are closed on Sundays, so put careful thought into planning your Sunday activities. If you want to be out and about on a Sunday, consider heading to one of Berlin’s many flea markets, such as those at Mauerpark and Boxhagener Platz.
Head to the Reichstag Dome instead of the TV Tower: Enjoying the view from the TV Tower is on many tourists’ lists of the top things to do in Berlin. However, that view comes with a €16.50 price tag. Head to the Reichstag Dome for a budget-friendly view that’s just as spectacular. Book online, and you can visit the dome for free and enjoy an audio tour while you’re at it.