Practical Info

Practical Info

How can I get on the internet? How much tip should I leave? How long are the Berlin shops open? There are always a few practical things you need to know when travelling. In order to make your travel preparations as simple as possible, we've made a list of the most important information you’re likely to need.

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As well as bureaus de change, mostly situated around train stations and airports, there are branches of all major banks across the city. The opening times are convenient...
The German capital is considered as very safe in comparison with other national and international metropolises. The highlights for tourists are among the busiest areas...
The free Berlin City Guide offers locals and visitors alike the best tips for deciding what to do during your free time and how to get there quickly. The bluespot app...
Whether you still need some crisps for a TV evening or a chic outfit for a party night: anyone who wants to go shopping late in the evening will find their paradise in...
The city of Berlin is introducing the City Tax, a tourist tax on individual travellers, from 1 January 2014. The law was passed in December 2013 by the Berlin...
Since 2001, the official currency in Germany is Euro. 1 Euro = 100 Cents Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Cents; 1, 2 Euros Bills: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500
Payments in Berlin, as in all of Germany, are made in Euros. The European currency means that visitors from most EU countries can use the same currency as at home...
Bring your dog along with you when visiting Berlin and discover the city together. Dogs are also welcomed in the city. Dogparks, dogsitters or sightseeing tours with...
Non-EU citizens need a valid passport to enter Germany. Information sheets listing the regulations for persons from the respective countries, who want to stay less than...
All about the “Berlinish" etiquette and tip.
It doesn’t matter if you’re surfing, sending emails or skyping - you’ll find somewhere to get online everywhere in Berlin. A coffee break and keeping in touch with home...
Regardless of whether it’s the mountains of shopping from the morning or the heavy travel luggage, you don’t always feel like dragging your bags around with you in the...
No other German city offers such a wide variety of newspapers, TV broadcasters and radio stations as Berlin. Tourists and Berliners can get event tips and news from...
Berlin is in the Central European Time Zone, i.e. it is always one hour later than Greenwich Mean Time. Summer Time, when the clocks are put forward one hour, is from...
Blazing sunshine, snowy streets or moderate temperatures – when is the best time to travel to Berlin? This of course depends on how much time you are planning for...
Value added tax (VAT) is a type of sales tax. In Germany the normal VAT rate of 19% is added to the net price. On certain products and services, such as books, staple...
Starting right now, Berlin visitors can surf on the city’s own W-LAN on their smartphones, tablets and notebooks for free for 30 minutes daily. There are about 100...
Kino International – © Yorck Kinogruppe

Five minutes’ walking distance from Alexanderplatz. Huge hand-painted film posters hang on the sandstone façade of the postmodern building from the 60’s. Though its architecture is striking from the outside, the building’s most impressive features are found inside. With its magnificent chandeliers, retro eastern European style, red armchairs and huge glass front, the cinema’s foyer is a highlight in itself. Be it premieres or gay parties, this cinema hosts all sorts of events where glamorous VIPs mix with students, film lovers and party people.