by Bus, U-Bahn and S-Bahn
Berlin has an excellent public transport network. Regular tickets can be purchased at ticket vending machines located at train stations, in trams, or directly from the bus driver (and on your smartphone via app). Each ticket must be validated with a stamp machine located next to ticket vending machines. For ticket prices, timetables, routes and more information, please see the BVG website.
If you are planning to extend your stay in Berlin after the Spring Campus, a bicycle can be a pleasant way to get around. There are many bike-sharing providers in Berlin, such as nextbike, Donkey Republic bikes or the e-bike-sharing system LimeBike, with stations everywhere around the city.
While Berlin is a large urban region, it is home to vast parklands such as Grunewald, Treptower Park, or the Gardens of the World, and a myriad of bridges crisscrossing the rivers and canals. These features give the city not only a feeling of spaciousness, but also of remarkable green beauty.
Tempelhof Airport was closed in 2008 and transformed into a public park, now hosting exciting acitivities and sites of interest, such as art exhibitions, collective urban gardening, and recreation. Thanks to a recent public initiative, there is an increase in traffic of bicycles and electric cars. Further information can be found in the Environmental Atlas.
If you want to get up close and personal with some of Berlin’s green and alternative movements, you can go on one of the 20 Green Walks or join a sustainable walking tour. Various companies offer these tours:
If you are looking for other things to do, Berlin’s official homepage offers an overview of goings-on in the city. Freie Universität, along with Berlin’s three other universities — Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität zu Berlin, and Universität der Künste Berlin — host thought-provoking public lectures and events. To learn more about the country in general, take a look at Facts about Germany, a reference book offering all sorts of up-to-date information about Germany.
Although Berlin is certainly a vegetarian and vegan-friendly city, finding a vegan eatery isn’t always a given. This restaurant map shows a variety of vegan restaurants in Berlin. If you have a smartphone, you can download the Berlin Vegan Guide App with information about vegan restaurants and cafés.