Stuck on a Berlin layover at the Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport (SXF) in Germany? The airport is the smaller of Berlin’s two main international airports — the other being the Tegel International Airport, whose Layover Guide can be found here. The Schönefeld airport is located 11 miles from Berlin’s city center which makes it an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Berlin layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport during your Berlin layover, you’ll find there is lots to do. Here’s an interactive map of the terminals that show you where you can find a number of airport services including shops and restaurants, VIP lounge (the Hugo Junkers lounge, tel: +49 30 6091 6036), and more.
A visitor viewing observation deck is available at the airport on the 2nd floor of Terminal A, open from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. Entrance costs 2 Euros for adults and 1 Euro for children and from here you can watch planes take off.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many options. For a comprehensive list of Berlin hotels, click here and for a list of hotels specifically near the airport, click here.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport during your layover to explore Berlin, there are a number of transportation options, including taxi, buses, and car rental. Click here for a map that will show you where these options are located. In addition, rental cars are available from these companies.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Berlin Layover:
If you have a limited time to check out the sights, might want to take a tour of the city that will pack them all in a short time frame. There are many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, night cruises, dinner theater, outdoor activities, and more.
Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz
The site where Nazi officials had meetings to organize and implement “The Final Decision” to deport and murder six million Jews, Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz is now a haunting memorial to their victims. You may also want to visit Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial. www.holocaust-mahnmal.de
The Berlin wall can still be seen in chunks throughout the city with one of the biggest parts near checkpoint Charlie and the Potsdamer Square. You can see a photo exhibition from the rise of the Nazi party to the end of WWII.
Unter den Linden
This famous street (meaning “under the linden trees”) is in Berlin’s central Mitte District and is lined with interesting attractions and historic sites. The street spans from the Schlossbrücke at the Museum Island to the Brandenburger Gate at the Pariser Platz (Paris Square).
Tired from your flight and looking for a little R&R? If so, the Liquidrom is the place to go. This urban spa is located in the Tempodrom complex and is known for the “underwater concet hall” – a darked, heated saltwater pool. Be aware that the sauna and changing rooms are mixed genders, and a no clothing policy.
Is your layover at night, and your looking for a cool place in Berlin to grab a drink? Well, look no further. The Badeschiff is a former river barge that was transformed into an alfresco night club. Very modern and a cool place to hang out – even in the winter.
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