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The option to rent a car in Berlin is the perfect way to get the most out of your stay. With a hire vehicle, you can easily explore the rich historical locations and the beautiful surroundings that the city has to offer at your convenience. There is no better way than renting a car to sample everything that Berlin stands for, in an efficient and affordable way.

It's your choice: Where to go in Berlin

The Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin's most famous landmarks. Built from 1788 to 1791 by King Frederick William II, it has stood through large parts of Germany's history. Today, it stands as a symbol of the German people's unity. During the Cold War, Checkpoint Charlie was a border crossing between East and West Berlin from 1947 to 1991. American and Soviet forces had a famous standoff there during the 1961 Berlin Crisis. Today, it is a popular attraction and a symbol of a reunited Germany. The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin is located just south of the Brandenburg Gate, standing in remembrance of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It is an open site with concrete slabs organized in rows, with an underground information centre containing the names of 3 million Holocaust victims.

Things to do in Berlin

With no official closing time, no consistent dress code, numerous drinking options, and buses and trains that run all night, there is no better place to party till you drop. The Berlin nightlife is always full of interesting experiences. From the 25th of November, places like the Alexanderplatz and Gendarmenmarkt come alive with the Christmas spirit. You will find great food, drinks, rides, and toys all over, making it an instant hit, particularly with kids. Germany's oldest zoo is home to the largest variety of animals in the world. Over 20,000 animals of 1,400 different species have a home in the 33-hectare zoo. You can easily find it in your Berlin city map. With a wonderful mix of international and classic German culinary cultures, and 28 Michelin stars to show for it, the collection of Berlin restaurants won't fail to delight you.

Important info about Berlin

Berlin is the capital of Germany, with an area of 890 square kilometres. It is one of the richest European cities in flora and fauna. The landscape of the city is fairly flat, with the highest point being Kreuzberg at only 35m. It has good road networks and a very well-developed public transport system. The main language in Berlin is German. However, Berlin is a very cosmopolitan city, so you will hear many other languages as you walk through its streets. Berlin's climate is also mostly predictable throughout the year. Expect colder winters and warmer summers than most European cities, with the possibility of precipitation in any season.

Weather in Berlin
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Country Germany
Language German
Currency Euro
Time-Zones Central European Time
Country Code +49

Good to know

Berlin is served by two airports, Tegel Airport and Schönefeld Airport. All flights from Berlin arrive into and depart out of Berlin at these airports. When you rent a car in Berlin, remember that if you are a non-German, you need to be at least 18 years old to legally drive with a foreign driver's licence. As of January 2008, Berlin introduced restricted environmental zones that no vehicle can access without a special sticker on the windshield. The speed limit in cities and towns is 50km/h. Drunk-driving is dealt with very harshly in Berlin. Anything more than a 0.5 pro mille blood alcohol level may result in the loss of your license, prosecution and heavy fines. There are strict winter driving regulations in Germany, where your winter tires and winter driving must conform to a specific set of standards. This also applies to rental cars, so be sure to check for compliance before you begin your journey.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Berlin

Located 40km north of Berlin, holidaymakers can easily rent a car in Berlin and drive to Sachsenhausen. Built in 1936, it was one of the first Nazi concentration camps, and today it is a major historical site. Visiting Sachsenhausen is a sobering lesson on human nature, highlighting both the bad and the good that we are capable of. Grunewald Forest is located a short distance west of Berlin where you can easily spend a few hours and return to Berlin before the day ends. Grunewald Forest has some majestic views and several historical sites that will definitely delight you. You can easily drive to the Botanical Gardens and Botanical Museum in Dahlem southwest of the city centre. It is one of the largest botanical gardens in the world, and a definite must-see for nature lovers. While you are there, a visit to Domäne Dahlem is a good way to spend the day. This open-air museum teaches you about agriculture and lets the children get close to the animals.

What to bring to your friends from Berlin

This cute little Berliner Bear is one of Berlin's most famous ambassadors. You can get it from different shops all around the city in different sizes and prices. Retro bags make the perfect fashionable gift. You can easily find them in any souvenir shop in a variety of designs and colour combinations. The KaDeWe Gourmet Box is a luxury box packed with fragrances, making it the perfect gift for that classy friend of yours, or a respectable gift for your boss. Kreuzberg and Neukölln are famously hip and culturally diverse districts. A sample of original Turkish sunflower seeds and mixed nuts from the ethnic shops here will make for a very unique gift that will definitely spark conversation. It's certainly unlike anything you will ever stumble upon in an airport duty-free shop.