Population: 3.5 million
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +1
Exciting in any weather, Berlin has a continental climate with pleasantly warm summers and cold winters. In summer (June to August) temperatures average about 14°C (57°F) overnight and 23°C (73°F) during the day, although they can occasionally reach as high as 30°C (86°F). The summer days are long, with the month of June getting around 222 hours of sunlight, making it the perfect time for sightseeing in Berlin. While average temperatures may be between -1 and 4°C (29 and 39°F) during winter, it can be as much as 4°C (7°F) warmer than that in the centre of Berlin itself because of the warmth given off by the city’s buildings.
- Berlin is nine times bigger in size than Paris.
- Berlin is home to the largest department store in Europe, the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) that has over 60,000 square metres of floor space.
- The first set of traffic lights in Europe was erected in Potsdamer Platz, Berlin in 1924. A replica still exists in the square today.
- Berlin has a well-developed bicycle lane system covering 620 kilometres (390 miles). It is estimated that there are 710 bicycles per 1000 people in Berlin.
- Although 241 kilometres (150 miles) inland, there are a number of man-made beaches in Berlin along the banks of the river Spree.