24 September 2019 | While best efforts have been made to verify the accuracy of the information, it should be used as guidance only. If you have updated information please contact policy@etoa.org.

Tax

The tourist tax (known as the City Tax in Berlin) is an overnight accommodation tax levied to visitors. Further information can be found in ETOA’s Germany tourist tax page.

Access and Mobility

There are two low emission zones:

Within Inner S-Bahn ring ‘Hundekopf’

Applies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and all vehicles must display a Green category 4 vignette to enter the zone. Green means:
– Diesel vehicles at least Euro 3 with particulate filter
– Petrol vehicles pre Euro 1 with a catalytic converter fitted.

Further information on the Unweltzone can be found here.

Diesel Fahrverbot

From November 2019, diesel vehicles travelling on parts of 8 streets must comply to Euro 6. Applies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The streets are:

  • Alt-Moabit from Gotzkowkystraße to Beusselstraße
  • Brückenstraße from Köpenicker to Holzmarkstraße
  • Friedrichstraße from Mittelstraße to Dorotheenstraße
  • Hermannstraße from Silbersteinstraße to Emser Straße
  • Leipziger Straße from Charlottenstraße to Leipziger Platz
  • Reinhardstraße from Charitéstraße to Kapelle-Ufer
  • Silbersteinstraße from Hermannstraße to Karl-Marx-Straße
  • Stromstraße from Bugenhagenstraße to Turmstraße

A separate vignette is not required to enter the zone.

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Attractions

These attractions are selected due to high demand and/or operational issues. If you think we should include others, please contact policy@etoa.org.

Attractions based in Germany outside of Berlin can be found here.

Attractions based in Munich can be found here.

These attractions are selected due to high demand and/or operational issues. If you think we should include others, please contact policy@etoa.org.

Attractions based in Germany outside of Berlin can be found here.

Attractions based in Munich can be found here.

If you are a member attraction of ETOA and would like your attraction featured on this page, please contact policy@etoa.org.

Visitor information here. Visiting the dome is free of charge, but registration is required. Important information about the online registration here – please note:

  • Each visitor’s last name, first name and date of birth is needed when requesting registration
  • Requests for guided tours can only be submitted for the current month and the following two months.
  • Requests to visit the dome can only be submitted for the current month and the following month.
  • It is sometimes necessary to cancel a visit to the dome at the last minute, even if the visit has been confirmed in advance.
  • Tourism businesses must register as commercial agencies. Submitting a request as an individual/private group or an organisation/company will result in the immediate cancellation of the request.
  • Booking requests for the following year can only be submitted from the start of November of the current year.

Information about the museum and opening hours here.

Tickets can be purchased here, according to our understanding, there are no current group restrictions.

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Guiding regulation

Guiding in Germany is not a regulated profession, so no prior declaration of certificate is needed when providing services here.

You can read more about EU guiding regulations here.

Please click on the right hand banner to read more about guiding regulations in Europe and the ETOA tour guide ID card. 

Public holidays and opening hours

Information about Germany’s shop closing law (ladenschlussgesetz) can be found here.

In addition to the nine national public holidays covered below, Berlin has one additional holiday:

DATE HOLIDAY
8 March Frauentag (Women’s Day)

Please note that in 2020 Frauentag will be during ITB Berlin.

DATE HOLIDAY
01 January 2020 Neujahrstag (New Year’s Day)
10 April 2020 Karfreitag (Good Friday)
13 April 2020 Ostermontag (Easter Monday)
01 May 2020 Tag der Arbeit (Labour Day)
21 May 2020 Christi Himmelfahrt (Ascension Day)
31 May 2020 Pfingstmontag (Whit Monday)
03 October 2020 Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day)
25 December 2020 Weihnachtstag (Christmas day)
26 December 2020 Zweiter Weihnachtsfeiertag (Boxing day)
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Events and seasonality

Visit Berlin has a webpage listing upcoming events. Berlin.de (official website of Berlin) has also listed main events by month.

Some main events in the city are below.

DATE EVENT
Yearly end February/early March Berlinale – Film festival
Yearly in March ITB (ETOA will exhibit)
Yearly in June Carnival of Cultures
Yearly in July Berlin pride
Yearly in September Berlin Marathon
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ETOA activity

ETOA’s Senior Manager Jay Munro-Michell is focusing on developing the local membership base in Germany.

If you are experiencing operational issues in Germany or have any comments regarding the content of this page, please contact policy@etoa.org.

ETOA has a stand at ITB Berlin every year, members can co-exhibit with us for a fee. If you would like to know more about this and our presence at ITB Berlin, please click here.

Jay Munro-Michell

Jay Munro-Michell
Senior Manager, Buyers & Travel Technology 
jmunro-michell@etoa.org
+44 7881 371054

Resources

Berlin’s Sustainable and City-Compatible Berlin Tourism Plan 2018+ can be found here. More information about the project (in German) here.

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