Berlin is one of the exciting cities in Europe. Please find below some information to make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
All visitors to Germany will need a valid passport to enter the country. If you are a citizen of the European Union, the United States, or your country is a party to the Schengen Agreement, you should not need a visa in addition to a passport to enter the country if you plan to stay in Europe for less than 90 days. Be sure to check with your country's consulate to determine if you need a visa to travel.
- Overview of visa requirements/exemptions for entry into the Federal Republic of Germany
- Applying for a Schengen visa
droidcon Berlin is happy to issue an official letter of invitation to attendees who require such to obtain a visa for their attendance. If you do need a letter to apply for a visa, we encourage you to request one as early as possible. You must be registered prior to requesting a letter.
The official currency in Germany is Euro. While Visa, MasterCard, and Maestro are accepted at most shops and restaurants, cash is welcomed everywhere. Most restaurants do not allow split checks on multiple credit cards, so be sure to carry cash while dining out with large groups! Tegel airport and Schönefeld will have an ATM for quick cash. View current exchange rates.
If visiting from outside Germany, be sure to bring a 230V power adaptor (plug type F), to ensure your laptop doesn't run out of battery on the first day! If you forget your adaptor, ask your hotel's front desk.
As Berlin enters the month of June, it welcomes the summer season. The daily high temperatures range from 17°C to 22°C. Sunshine hours have picked up to a pleasant 11 hours a day, and rainfall has dropped to 14 days out of the month. There may be a chance of rainy weather, so just be sure to pack an umbrella or rain coat!
Public transportation is really good in Berlin. You can go nearly everywhere with S-Bahn, U-Bahn or Tram - everything else can be reached by Bus. The system is divided into three zones (A, B, C), the first two being the city centre. The trains run from 5:00 until 1:00 during the week, and non-stop on weekends. A single ticket (Einzelfahrschein) is 2,70 € and is valid for 120 minutes. For rides less than three stations there is also a short ride ticket (Kurzstreckenticket). Depending on your duration of stay and the location of your hotel maybe a tourist ticket (Welcome Ticket) for 48 or more hours is an option, too. The tourist tickets also include various discounts at restaurants and museums.
We recommend the free public transportation app for your stay:
FOOD & DRINKS
Berlin is a melting pot of cuisine from all over the world, you can find most anything from street vendors to fine dining, coffeehouses, breweries, and bakeries. The city's most iconic food is still the Currywurst. You can head to Currywurst Express in the Ostbahnhof for the classic version. Curry & Chili serves some of the spiciest currywurst you'll ever taste, with their best registering 7.7 million on the Scoville heat scale. Another typical Berlin street food is the the döner. You find them all over the city, but Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap is worth the waiting in line. Berlin is also an ideal place for vegetarians & vegans. There is no other city in Germany with such a wide range of meals, sweets, cakes and coffee specalities for vegetarians & vegans. From vegetarian Burgers at Tommi's Burger Joint or Vegan Kebab at Vöner to vegetarian/vegan vietnamese food at Chay Viet - the options are unlimited. If the restaurant is full, you can wait, or you can wander around - there are plenty of street vendors, coffee houses and restaurants all over Berlin!
Photo: cc-by 2.0 Matthias Ripp