Berlin is an exceptional destination for families with children. The museums, restaurants, hotels and the city as a whole take into account the needs of the little ones, making the daily life of families very comfortable.
Plan your trip with children to Berlin based on the time you are going to be in the German capital. Check the public holidays in Germany, take into account the documentation you will need for your trip and take note of the emergency numbers, among other practical information so that everything goes perfectly during the family vacation to Berlin.
Berlin has a continental climate, with very cold winters and very hot summers. Between December and February it is not uncommon to reach temperatures of 10 degrees below zero or lower, although the rest of the winter the thermometer usually reads around zero degrees.
In summer, however, temperatures range between 15 and 25 ºC, yes, sometimes they shoot up above 30 ºC.
The rain can surprise you in Berlin at any time, regardless of what time of year you are.
What to pack to Berlin
The umbrella or the raincoat should not be missing in your suitcase for Berlin. Do not trust yourself and count on it even if you are going to travel in summer.
For your trip with children to Berlin you will also need comfortable shoes, a small backpack to carry water and fruit, and, if you travel in summer, sunglasses and sunscreen.
The clothes will depend a lot on when you are going to travel. Check the weather forecast a few days before packing for Berlin and be proactive.
Berlin business hours
Berlin has the most liberal opening hours in all of Germany after the latest law on business hours.
In theory, any store or business can open 24 hours a day from Monday to Saturday. In addition, they have the right to open their business eight Sundays a year from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In practice, stores maintain business hours similar to those in other tourist capitals: from 10:00 to 20:00.
As for banks, the usual opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The currency of Germany
As a member of the European Union, the legal tender in Germany is the European currency: the euro (€).
The euro, which consists of 100 cents, is presented in both coins and banknotes. The euro coins are: 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 euro and 2 euros.
The tickets are: 5 euros, 10 euros, 20 euros, 50 euros, 100 euros, 200 euros and 500 euros.
If you don't want to travel with a lot of money on you, you can pay with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard…) in almost all the establishments in Berlin or you can withdraw money from ATMs as you need them. Of course, keep in mind that this option is the most expensive due to the commissions.
The official language of Germany is German. If you do not speak it, you will not be able to understand anything in this language, however, you will not have any problem being understood in English.
Both the workers who serve the public and the majority of Berliners speak English very well and will be happy to explain what you need to know.
Anyway, it never hurts to learn a few words in German to say hello, thank you or make simple requests. The Germans will appreciate it.
Plugs and electricity in Germany
The electric current in Germany is the common one for most European countries: 220 volts. With regard to the plugs, the ones used are the same as those used in Spain: two rounded pins.
Medical assistance and Police
With the European health cards your whole family will have the right to medical care in Germany.
If you are not a citizen residing in Europe, it is recommended that you travel with insurance that covers medical assistance for the whole family during the trip.
For medical emergencies you can call the European emergency telephone number 112.
To contact the Police dial 110 and for breakdowns 069 660 60.
Documentation and visas to travel to Germany
Travelers residing in the European Union only need a valid DNI to travel to Germany.
Non-EU citizens will need a valid passport. Information sheets on the legal provisions of the relevant country for stays of less than 90 days can be obtained from the respective German embassies.
Public holidays in Berlin
• New Year 1st of January.
• Good Friday: (variable date).
• Easter: (variable date).
• Easter Monday: first Monday after Easter.
• International Workers' Day: May 1.
• Ascension of Jesus Christ: May 9.
• Pentecost: May 19
• Pentecost Monday: May 20
• German Unity Day: October 3
• Christmas is on the 25th of December
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