Berlin Basic Information
Looking for something different to do in Berlin? Among the venerable artistic and cultural institutions you’ll also find the Hanf Museum in Mitte – the world’s largest hemp museum. With marijuana leaf on the outside, inside you can learn all about the historical uses of hemp and sample hemp tea and cake in the onsite cafe. For more info on Berlin, here’s our local guide.
As Germany is one of the Schengen Convention countries, Australian passport holders going to Germany on holiday for less than a total of 90 days within a 180-day period do not need a visa to enter the country. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Please be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Germany.
Germany is part of the European Union and uses the Euro as currency. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Euro changes constantly so keep an eye on the exchange rate and purchase Euros when the rate is at its best. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit or debit card.
Do your wurst - Currywurst (a roll or hot chips with bratwurst, tomato sauce and curry powder) from a street stand is a local specialty and a must-try after a big night. As a truly cosmopolitan city where most residents hail from elsewhere, there’s a wide range of international cuisines on offer with Turkish and Middle Eastern, Japanese, Vietnamese and Italian some of the popular local faves. For German nosh, try knödel (dumplings), spätzle (Swabian pasta), sauerkraut and roast pork knuckle, and don’t miss out on sampling gluhwein, pickles and huge pretzels during festivals. Kaffee und küchen (coffee and cake) is practically an institution in Germany so be sure to sample a carefully crafted sweet concoction from a café on your visit to Berlin.
‘Party all night’ could be Berlin’s nightlife mantra, where the clubs don’t get pumping until after 1am and keep going until 6am. The city also boasts one of the biggest and most progressive all-inclusive club scenes in Europe – you just have to know where to go. Google ‘things to do in Berlin’ and among the museums and cultural sights Kreuzberg’s Berghain pops up in the top 5. Queues to the ‘Best Club in the World 2011’ according to DJ Magazine are de rigueur and inside you’ll find hard techno to house music. Other clubbing districts include Mitte, Prenzlaur Berg, Charlottenburg and Potsdamer Platz – all in the East. Look for pop-up outdoor events in the summertime, and all-nighters in industrial warehouses for the edgy underground experience.