If you’re stuck on a Berlin layover at the Berlin-Tegel International Airport (TXL), you’re in the hub for Berlin Air and a main connection point for flights. The airport is the larger of Berlin’s two main international airports — the other being the Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport (SXF), whose Layover Guide can be found here. The Tegel 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.
Inside the airport, you can find a number of services. (For all the following links, please click on the Tegel tab on the airport page for the correct contact information) shops and restaurants, exchange office, and wireless internet services (WLAN). You can also watch the planes take off and land from the airport’s visitor viewing areas.
There are also the following airport lounges:
* Air-France Salon-Lounge 5.30 am – 9.30 pm +49 30 4101 2727
* BerlinAirportClub Lounge Mon-Sat 7.00 am – 8.00 pm, Sun 9.00 am – 8.00 pm +49 30 4101 3427
* British-Airways-Terraces-Lounge Mon-Fri 6.00 am – 8.30 pm, Sat 6.00 am – 7.30 pm, Sun 6.00 am – 8.30 pm +49 30 4101 2635
* Lufthansa-Lounge Mon-Fri 5.15 am – 9.15 pm, Sat/Sun 5.15 am – 9.00 pm
For those who arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels near the airport. For a comprehensive list of Berlin hotels at varying price points, click here.
Taxis are available outside of arrivals. There are also limousine services, and you can download the Berlin train network and the airport bus stops in PDF here. You can find a map of the airport terminals here, which shows where you to get a taxi, catch a bus, parking and car rental.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Berlin Layover:
If you have a limited time to check out the sites, might want to take a tour of the city that will pack them all in a short time frame. There’s 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.