The great news has been out for a while – travel restrictions are slowly relaxing, and we are so happy to be able to welcome tourists again! Summer is in full swing and Berlin is alive! However, things have been changing fast and most of you are probably wondering how many spots around the city are actually open and receiving guests again. We are here to help clear that up!
But before we get into the fun part of things, we want to make sure that you, our guests, visitors and most of all, friends, feel safe with us, whether you are staying with us at The Hostel or Apartments, dropping by for a coffee or a drink at The Café or just coming by to say hi! Our cleanliness standards are of the highest level, and we are keeping all the additional measurements as advised by the appropriate authorities. If you’d like to know exactly what they are, all you have to do is follow this link.
Now, as far as the rest of the city goes, you are probably as excited as we are to hear that most places that make Berlin so spectacular in summer are open again and operating more or less normally. Some restrictions apply, of course, which is why our good friends at VisitBerlin have created an excellent source of all information useful for all Berlin visitors in the upcoming days and weeks.
And since we promised a list, here comes a list! Again, all information is courtesy of VisitBerlin’s official website and all the guidelines are provided by the Robert-Koch Institute, the official Covid19 restrictions and guidelines authority.
- Tegel Airport will remain open until November, after which the brand new BER will take over as the city’s main airport. In the meantime, Schönefeld is still operating regularly
- The travel warning for tourists from Germany for 23 of the 26 other EU states has been lifted and changed to travel advice.
- Museums and galleries, parks and gardens are open again.
- Shops were officially allowed to open their doors since 9 May.
- Restaurants, bars and pubs in Berlin may open from 2 June from 6am – 11pm, subject to conditions.
- Hotels and guesthouses will be allowed to open from 25 May.
- Sightseeing tours by bus and boat are also possible again from 25 May – provided that the hygiene rules are observed.
- Open-air events such as concerts or film screenings with up to 200 participants are possible from 2 June.
- Starting on 23 May you are allowed to rummage on flea markets again.
- As of 25 May, selected outdoor swimming pools are opening (changing rooms and showers will remain closed).
- Cinemas may open from 30 June.
Please also keep in mind that certain restrictions and rules apply, more specifically:
- You can book most tourist attractions online, where you can choose a time slot.
- Social distancing is required with a minimum distance of 1.5m
- Families and members of a single household can gather, otherwise groups must maintain a minimum of 5m apart
- Face masks that cover the mouth and nose are strongly recommended and mandatory in public transportation, supermarkets, boutiques and other similar institutions. Children under the age f 6 are an exeption.
In addition to all the important information you need for enjoying Berlin in the safest way possible, VisitBerlin is taking this to the next level! In case you haven’t heard about the wonder that is BerlinWelcomeCard, now is the time to find out! Not only will you be free to roam Berlin endlessly with unlimited daily public transportation, but it opens doors to countless discounts and deals all over the city. More information can be found here.
We hope this information helps clear up what you can expect from our favorite city and enjoy another beautiful summer in Berlin while staying safe and sound! We can’t wait to see you!