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Planning Your Trip

Berlin, the capital of Germany, is a history-rich city that has shed its painful past to become a chic and eclectic metropolis with something for everyone, from the underground hipster to the highbrow culture vulture. Here’s a packing guide for your trip.

Ritz Carlton Hotel image
Ritz Carlton Hotel image
What to Pack

It will be really hard to resist the eccentric wares you’ll find in Berlin’s boutiques. The locals’ fashionable way of dress may also inspire you to add a few items to your wardrobe. Bring an extra carry-on for any new acquisitions you make during your stay. 

Business Travel
  • Whereas the rest of Germany may adopt a much more conservative business dress code, Berlin is like its laid-back counterpoint, where many residents work in creative industries like art, music, design, and fashion. As a visitor, you’ll want to have a few safe and neutral outfits on hand.

  • Men ought to pack a tailored suit, a slacks-plus-button-down combo, and a pair of dress shoes.

  • Ladies should also bring tailored sheath dresses, blouses, trousers, and heels.

  • Depending on your line of work, you can swap in avant-garde pieces, like a statement necklace or vintage bow tie.
Exploring the City
  • Berlin’s top sights are spread out all over the city. From the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate on the west side to the techno clubs and indie boutiques in Friedrichshain on the east side, you’ll have a lot of ground to cover.

  • Comfortable shoes are a must! Plus, Berlin is a casual city where heels aren’t even required for the most popular nightclubs.

  • Berliners’ street style is legendary. They openly embrace the unconventional with a touch of nonchalance. If you have anything experimental sitting in the back of your closet, bring it.

  • You’ll be out and about for long stretches of time. Don’t risk a dead phone battery; bring a small, portable charger.
Winter Vacation
  • Winters in Berlin are quite cold, with temperatures averaging in the 30s Fahrenheit and snowfall that usually occurs between December and March. Since you’ll be spending a lot of time sightseeing outdoors, pack plenty of cold-weather essentials.

  • A thick winter coat or down jacket will keep you warm, along with chunky sweaters and boots.

  • In case of especially frigid days, bring along a set of thermal underwear.

  • Hats, scarves, and gloves are crucial. And winters in Berlin are not without some sunshine! Bring a pair of cool shades.
Ritz Carlton Hotel image
Ritz Carlton Hotel image
What to Reserve

In Berlin, UNESCO World Heritage sites coexist with graffiti murals, techno discos share real estate with a revered philharmonic, and the works of 20th-century greats are found steps away from those by up-and-coming avant-garde stars. There is something for everyone in this unpretentious yet culturally vibrant city — below are some suggestions for your itinerary.

Berlin Gendarmenmarkt - Konzerthaus
Berlin Gendarmenmarkt - Konzerthaus

Berlin is a modern hub for creativity and culture. As artists, entrepreneurs, and tech innovators flock to the German capital for its promise of opportunity, there is always something new for travelers to see and experience. From the world-class museums and memorials to the industrial architecture and vibrant nightlife scene, traveling to Berlin always feels like discovering a cultural renaissance. Discover the best the city has to offer with a stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin.