The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport is set to open on October 31, improving access to the Brandenburg region and its slew of attractions.

Brandenburg, the region surrounding Berlin, will soon be home to Germany’s newest international airport – Berlin Brandenburg “Willy Brandt” Airport (BER), opening on October 31. The new airport will host three terminals (T1, T2 and T5) and two runways, and replace both Tegel (TXL), closing on November 8, and Schönefeld (SXF). The latter will be integrated into the Berlin Brandenburg Airport as Terminal 5, accessed via an eight-minute ride on the S-Bahn.

BER will have an initial capacity of 27 million passengers a year and streamline all flights to the Berlin area into one location. A new FEX airport express will whisk passengers to Berlin Central Station in 35 minutes, while the S9 and S45 trains will also offer direct access into the city, leaving every 20 minutes and stopping via Terminal 5.

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Twin-centre holidays to Berlin and Brandenburg

Lying to the south of Berlin, the new airport will open up new opportunities for travellers wanting to explore beyond the city and get out into the surrounding Brandenburg state.

It will offer direct connections to several destinations in the region, including hourly regional trains to Potsdam and a direct service to the Baumkronenpfad, a scenic canopy walkway in Beelitz-Heilstätten. Skating enthusiasts will be able to hop over to Fläming Skate for challenging tracks through the countryside, while those looking to get a real taste of the region can visit the historic town of Bad Belzig.

Clients more interested in getting out on the water will be able to take a 30-minute bus ride to Zeuthen and hire a houseboat to explore the surrounding rivers and lakes. Adventurous types can head out on cycle trails including the scenic Mauerweg, raft on the River Havel, or hit the slides at Tropical Islands, an indoor waterpark and spa resort.

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Nature is Brandenburg’s forte, with walking trails scattered across the region. Wide, open spaces provide plenty of opportunity for social distancing, and nature reserves make up one third of the state.

For a culture-meets-nature break, pair your stay in Brandenburg with a day out in Berlin. Go and see the Brandenburg Gate in the city, take a boating trip on the lake Scharmützelsee or shop along the city’s famous Ku’damm avenue. Then tag on a relaxing stroll around the grounds of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens, or play a round of golf on one of the region’s many courses.

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Back in Potsdam, visit the Museum Barberini to explore a new, permanent impressionist and post-impressionist exhibition, featuring 34 works by Monet, as well as pieces by Renoir and Signac; or check out the Cecilienhof Palace, which is hosting a special exhibition until October 2021 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Potsdam Conference.

There’s a lot to explore here, and the new BER airport is the gateway to it all.

For more information, visit: brandenburg-tourism.com/airport

Advertising feature in association with Tourismus-Marketing Brandenburg.

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Picture credit (top-bottom): Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH; TMB SPSG Leo Seidel; TMB-Fotoarchiv/Paul Hahn; TMB SPSG Leo Seidel.