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Berlin

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Berlin

About Berlin

From its extensive network of bike lanes to its commitment to renewable energy, Berlin showcases sustainable living in action. Explore its vibrant green spaces, indulge in locally sourced cuisine, and support eco-conscious businesses. Immerse yourself in a city where sustainability isn’t just a trend, but a way of life, making your trip not only enjoyable but also environmentally responsible.

Sustainable travel to Berlin means exploring the city’s eco-friendly transportation options like bikes and public transit, supporting local green initiatives, and choosing eco-conscious accommodations and experiences. Enjoy the sights while minimising your environmental impact.

What makes Berlin sustainable?

“Berlin is ready for the future,” says Burkhard Kieker, CEO of visitBerlin. “The criteria of our Berlin sustainability initiatives for the tourism and events industry are now also compliant with international standards. We are thus in a strong position to provide Berlin companies with a good head start towards long-term and sustainable development.”

The Sustainable Tourism Berlin certification programme verifies how sustainably companies in Berlin’s tourism industry operate. To be a certified partner of Sustainable Tourism Berlin, an external agency checks how the company operates against a list of 60 criteria, including, among others, the treatment of employees, the use of resources and the long-term sustainability strategy.

Berlin also has a strong commitment to Accessible travel. In 2013, Berlin was awarded the title of ‘Barrier Free City’ by the EU Commission, beating 99 other cities to be the most accessible. From events for people with disabilities to wheelchair-accessible hotel rooms. Over 90 tourist service providers, including partner hotels, cultural institutions, transport services, restaurants, pubs and cafes as well as all Berlin Tourist Info Centres are currently providing information through analogue and digital channels on “their accessibility” under the nationwide certification scheme Tourism for All. The Berlin Tourist Board is constantly working to add new service providers to this list.

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Quick Facts

When to Visit Sustainably

Visit in Spring to see the cherry blossoms, daffodils, and tulips in bloom, and to enjoy pleasant weather, between 15 and 25 degrees.
In Summer, Berlin bursts into life with long days, warm evenings, and many outdoor festivals and events.
Autumn sees explosions of colour in Berlin, not just on the trees, but Berlin Art Week and the Festival of Lights as well.
Berlin's Christmas Markets provide the perfect atmosphere in winter, with twinkling lights, handmade gifts, and steaming cups of Glüwein.

Suggested Season

We would recommend visiting between May - June, and September - October for milder weather, more space to yourself, and better value for money. Visiting outside of the peak season (Summer) means less of a strain on resources and is more sustainable.

Time Zone

Central European time (UTC +1)

How to Get There: Fast / Slow

By plane, arrive into the central Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER), this airport has a train station directly below the terminal for easy transfers into the city centre.
Getting to Berlin by car is also very easy, the city is well connected to various motorways and major roads.
Arriving by train is by far our preferred method for visiting Berlin. The city is a convenient hub for rail connections, with Berlin Hauptbahnhof being the largest interchange station in Europe!

Currency

Euro

Tipping Etiquette

Tipping protocol is nuanced in Germany, but as a general rule of thumb, if the service was good, you leave a tip.

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Sustainable highlights in Berlin

  • Try out survival training and environmental education at the Ökowerk

    Ökowerk, Berlin’s oldest heritage-listed waterworks, is located by Teufelssee in Grunewald. More than 30 years ago, the Naturschutzzentrum Ökowerk e.V. conservation centre started its work to preserve the biodiversity of the Grunewald forest with its numerous biotopes. You can explore the walls of the old waterworks and learn about water life, familiarise yourself with historical fruits and vegetables in pristine themed gardens and even undertake survival training outdoors. Especially for children, the Ökowerk is a unique place to learn and experience new things, a space for them to try all sorts of things out, to build and grow.
    The Ökowerk is a fascinating place that combines industrial history and a natural paradise and is therefore a place you should make sure to visit.

  • Eat healthy and do something good for the planet

    ‘Full taste, zero waste’ is the motto of the FREA restaurant on Torstrasse in Mitte. Exciting dishes made from sustainable products sourced from regional organic farmers will be conjured up for you here. It’s all vegan and delicious!
    The special thing about FREA: in addition to not using plastic, all food leftovers are composted within 24 hours and returned to the supplier farms. The process thus comes full circle.

  • Get smart about climate change

    In the current exhibition “After Nature”, the Humboldt Laboratory at the Humboldt Forum looks at how political orders affect nature and the environment. In a kind of modern cabinet of curiosities, a variety of research approaches are presented that deal with human-environment systems. How are social crises and crises of nature intertwined? How do environmental and resource issues and political systems interact? What impact does the liberal model of society, with its promise of prosperity and progress, have on nature? There are guided tours of the exhibition in English and German, as well as special family offers. You can also use the media guide tour to explore the exhibition on your own with your smartphone.

    Tip: The exhibition KLIMA_X in the Museum of Communication deals with the question of why politicians and many people do not act in a more climate-friendly way even though they know better. In addition to the facts about the climate crisis, you will also learn about initiatives in the doable section where you can take action yourself.

    When: Wednesday to Monday 10.30 – 18 h
    Where: Humboldt Forum, 1st floor, Schlosspatz, Mitte

  • Sign up for upcycling workshops at the House of Statistics

    After more than ten years of vacancy, the House of Statistics (Haus der Statistik) has now developed into an inspiring model project. Based on the community-oriented concept for the complex, a whole range of initiatives and workshops have been established that are committed to the climate-friendly use of resources. In various workshops, you too can learn how to consume sustainably, upcycle bags from packaging materials, restore vintage furniture and repair broken things yourself, from radios to bicycles. If you want to do more, you can find materials and ideas at the Zero Wate building and creative market and exchange ideas with other sustainability-minded people at the open textile workshop or at Café Essbar.

  • Shop consciously at Now & Then and Naturkaufhaus Steglitz

    The largest nature department store in Germany is located in Schloss Strasse in Steglitz. Here, over an area of some 4,000 square metres, you can buy sustainable fashion items, and sustainable and environmentally friendly products for your everyday needs, such as home textiles, natural cosmetics, bags, children’s toys of educational value and natural delicacies. So if you’re in the mood to go on an alternative and sustainable shopping trip, then head for the southwest of the capital.
    Another Berlin insider tip is the boutique NOW&THEN. Here six Berlin designers offer their collections and show how beautiful handmade, sustainable fashion can be.
    On the tours of GREEN FASHION TOURS BERLIN, you will look behind the scenes, learn more about sustainable fashion and get to know designers and shop owners personally.
    And from 10 to 12 September, the GREEN FASHION FAIR will celebrate its premiere in Berlin! The motto comes from fashion icon Vivienne “Buy less, choose well and make it last.”

  • One man’s trash is another man’s treasure at the NochMall

    Everything but new is the motto of the used department store of Berliner Stadtreinigung (BSR), which opened in August. On the 2500 square meter area you will find furniture, clothes, books, toys and many other great things that deserve a second chance. In workshops you will learn how to turn used things into something new. Events about recycling management and waste avoidance round off the offer for a clean city. Join in!
    When: Monday through Saturday 10am – 6pm, Thursday 10am – 8pm
    Where: NochMall, Auguste-Viktoria-Allee 99, Reinickendorf
    Of course, you can also go on a treasure hunt in Berlin at one of the numerous flea markets in Berlin. Here books, household goods, antiques, jewellery and second-hand fashion change hands. Flea markets are therefore an ideal place to buy those special souvenirs to remember your visit to Berlin with.

  • Visit Berlin’s green Utopia – Tempelhofer Feld

    Tempelhofer Feld, one of the world’s largest inner-city open spaces, is THE big-city playground for young and old in Berlin: the area offers a six-kilometre cycle, skating and jogging track, various barbecue areas, a four-hectare dog meadow as well as a huge picnic area. Sheep or cows graze here from time to time. The extensive meadows are a paradise for skylarks and other native animal and bird species.
    After the closure of the famous Tempelhof Airport, the huge area is now being used sustainably. Here you can walk, run, cycle, fly kites, have a picnic – simply enjoy a great time outdoors with your loved ones. At various places around the park, you can also learn about the moving history of Tempelhofer Feld.
    Tip: On the urban ecology tours of Tempelhofer Feld, you can learn more about its role as a natural space.
    The Gemeinschaftsgarten Allmende-Kontor e.V. non-profit association has established an urban gardening project here, where you can admire the garden design of the community gardeners. With a bit of luck, you can also watch one of the many spectacular sunsets there.

  • Walk on the green side at Urban Gardening Projects

    The Prinzessinnengärten at the Neuer St. Jacobi cemetery in Neukölln in 2020, and the Klunkerkranich in Neukölln are among the most famous urban gardening projects in Berlin.

     

    The team at Gleisbeet, a community permaculture project on the site of the former Wriezen train station in Berlin-Friedrichshain, regularly offers workshops on balcony planting, permaculture and environmental protection.

    The Klunkerkranich on the roof of the Neukölln-Arkaden is also worth a visit. What is most likely Berlin’s highest roof garden entices you to experience the unbeatable view, delicious herbs and rare dye plants. Access to the roof garden is free, and you can also enjoy cool drinks and tasty snacks in the alternative outdoor roof-top bar. You pay a small entrance fee for the bar, but it’s worth it every time!

  • Visit Berlin's oldest tree

    Berlin’s oldest tree stands in the northwest of the capital in Tegel Forest, a wonderful recreation area. The gnarled common oak is said to be more than 900 years old. The old tree got its name “Dicke Marie” from the brothers Wilhelm and Alexander von Humboldt because it reminded them of their cook. The writer and natural scientist are buried at Schlosspark Tegel, not far from the giant tree.

    In addition, Tegel Forest is a wonderful place for walking and cycling in the tranquillity of nature, and in hot temperatures, you can also enjoy a swim in the cool Lake Tegel.

    Please be considerate of the natural surroundings and take your rubbish back home with you here too.

  • Berlin in Buzzing - eat sweet honey from the capital

    Berlin’s ecosystem is dependent on bees. Bee colonies are kept at various locations around the city and delicious honey is produced at the same time. The beehives can be found on the roof of Berlin Cathedral, on the roof of the House of Representatives of the Federal Government and the Berliner Sparkasse bank, at Tempelhofer Feld or the Planetarium am Insulaner, among other places. Some hives are freely accessible, others are not. You can also buy the delicious honey from the Berlin bees in various shops and establishments and take it home with you.

  • Become an innovative climate protector

    Innovation and environmental protection go hand in hand in Berlin. From small repair stores and recycling centres to technology-driven startups, Berlin has a lot of projects and ideas to offer when it comes to sustainability. One example is the EIT Climate-KIC programs, which work together with TU Berlin, startups and established companies to advance sustainable solutions for climate protection across all sectors. By the way, the Climace-KIC Accelerator is located at the EUREF Campus, Berlin’s ‘reallaboratory’ for the energy transition and a nice destination with various cafés and restaurants. The counter attached to the Gasometer is a countdown and shows how much CO2 we are still allowed to emit to still be able to reach the climate target of a maximum of 1.5 degrees of warming.

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