The average daily temperature in August is around 18°C (about 64°F). During the hottest parts of the day, the highs get up to 23°C (about 73°F), with just a little bit of humidity. Nighttime and early morning lows can reach down to 13°C (about 55°F). Check the current local forecast here.
Your suitcase should be packed with warm-weather clothing like short-sleeve shirts, shorts, and sandals. You’ll also want to bring along a light sweater or jacket, for cooler mornings and evenings. It’s a good idea to pack an umbrella or raincoat, with a 40 percent chance of rain each day.
The official currency in Germany and Berlin is the Euro. Click here for currency conversion.
Credit cards are widely accepted in Berlin, but they are not accepted everywhere. VISA and Mastercard are the most accepted for credit card payments, but American Express Cards are often refused. Carrying some cash is recommended, especially in restaurants and smaller stores. ATMs are the easiest way to withdraw cash from your home account - ensure you inform your bank before travelling abroad, and be aware that you may be charged for cash withdrawals. It is advisable to exchange some cash before travelling to Berlin.
Electricity in Berlin is 230 Volts at 50 Hertz. The standard power sockets in Germany are Type F. If you travel with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need to bring a voltage converter with you. You may also need a plug adapter if your appliance's plug has a different shape.
The Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre
The Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial) is located between the districts of Wedding and Mitte on Bernauer Straße, consisting of the Memorial to the Victims of the Wall, a Documentation Centre and the Chapel of Reconciliation. The surviving section of the wall and watchtower enable visitors to get a real feel for the reality of the border facilities.
Checkpoint Charlie (or "Checkpoint C") was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. After the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc and the reunification of Germany, the building at Checkpoint Charlie became a tourist attraction, and is now located in the Allied Museum in the Dahlem neighborhood of Berlin.
When the decision was made to move the Federal Government to Berlin, it was time to reawaken the Reichstag building from its long years of slumber on the Mauerstreifen, the military zone between the two sides of the Wall. The building has since been completely modernized, and today's visitors to the Reichstag can look out from the building's glass dome to get a bird's eye view of the hustle and bustle in the city.
The Oberbaumbrücke (Oberbaum Bridge)
While Germany was divided, the Oberbaum bridge was a border crossing for pedestrians. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, it now connects the two halves of the district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. The bridge, with its great view, is a popular sight for taking pictures.
Without a doubt, the Brandenburg Gate is Berlin's signature attraction. Built in 1791, it is only remaining city gate that was formerly used to represent the separation between East and West Berlin. Since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, the Brandenburg Gate has now come to symbolize German unity. The decorative Pariser Platz was laid at the foot of the gate and is now home to many of the city's important buildings.
The Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most stunning squares in the city, located close to Friedrichstraße, Berlin's exclusive shopping street in the central Mitte district. Three of the most impressive examples of architecture in the capital city are to be found here: the Concert House designed by Schinkel and the German and French Cathedrals (the Deutscher Dom and the Französischer Dom).
Once the bustling heart of the city before the Second World War, then a no man's land from 1945 until the fall of the wall, the history of Potsdamer Platz has been eventful to say the least. It changed completely after the fall of the wall in 1989 and is now dominated by the presence of the Sony Center, skyscrapers and endless shops. What's more, Potsdamer Platz is the main place to be for stars and celebrities, and not only during film festivals.
Visit the Tourism Bureau website for more information on traveling to Berlin.