The whole world celebrated as the Berlin Wall fell on November 9 1989 and Berliners from east and west could embrace each other freely. The German capital is a vibrant, ever-changing city that continues to be shaped by its moving story! Berlin has reinvented itself once again as a cosmopolitan city with a unique flair. With more museums than rainy days, over 4,500 restaurants, 900 bars and more doner kebab shops than Istanbul, there is something for everyone!
Berlin is Germany’s political, cultural and historical centre. It has once again become a top ten destination among world metropolises.  Berlin will treat you to a living history, art treasures from all eras, trendy shopping and an exciting nightlife.  And because the German capital sits in the heart of Europe, it’s an easy city to access – regardless of if you’re coming from Portland, Prague or Poland! Whether you’re taking a plane, train, vehicle, bus or boat, there’s always a way to get to Berlin.
Getting to Harnack Haus From the Airport

If you come by plane you may take either:

  • take a taxi (approx. 30-35 EUR) or you
  • take the airport bus no. 109 to the subway station Jakob-Kaiser-Platz -> Take subway line 7 (direction Rudow) to station Fehrbelliner Platz -> change to subway line 3 (direction Krumme Lanke) to Thielplatz -> Harnack Haus is 1 minute walking distance then.

Getting Around Berlin

Whether you are travelling by foot, private car or public transportation, Berlin is an easy city to navigate. Berlin’s public transit system will take you almost anywhere you want to go, taxis are generally easy to catch and bike rentals make it possible to tour the city. Click for more information, including schedules.

Welcome Video

Getting Around


MAX Lines

MAX has five lines, all of which run through downtown:

MAX trains run about every 15 minutes most of the day, every day. Service is less frequent in the early morning, midday and evening.

Find out how to ride the MAX here


Portland Streetcar

In 2001, Portland built the nation’s first modern-day streetcar: the sleek and modern Portland Streetcar. The original line, now known as the NS line, travels through downtown from Portland State University to the Nob Hill neighborhood via the popular shopping and dining area of the Pearl District.

Two lines, the A Loop and the B Loop, were also recently opened and provide service across the city’s newest bridge, Tilikum Crossing. The A Loop runs clockwise and connects the east and west sides of the city through the Pearl District, Broadway Bridge, Lloyd DistrictOMSI, Tilikum Crossing and Portland State University. The B Loop passes through the same locations, but moves counter-clockwise.

For fares and schedule click here

Portland By Bike

Bike RiderWhat gives Portland the right to claim the handle of Bike City, USA?

Well, it could be the 315 miles of bikeways, or the nation’s highest percentage of bike commuters (7%), or the city’s preponderance of bike-themed events.

Find out more about Portland’s bike share program here

Things to See & Do

Portland Japanese Garden

611 S.W. Kingston Ave
SW Portland

Proclaimed the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden is a 5.5-acre haven of tranquil beauty nestled in the scenic west hills of Portland. The garden is composed of five distinct garden styles – the flat garden, the strolling garden pond, the tea garden, the natural garden, and the sand and stone garden.


OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)

Open daily; admission charged.
1945 S.E. Water Ave.
Central Eastside

One of the nation’s leading science museums, OMSI is 219,000 square feet of brain-powered fun. Five enormous halls bring science to life with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. You can experience an earthquake, take part in live lab demonstrations, see a movie in The Empirical (a 4 story giant screen theater), explore the universe in a world-class planetarium and even tour a real submarine. Located on the east bank of the Willamette River along the scenic Eastbank Esplanade.


Freakybuttrue Peculiarium

2234 N.W. Thurman St.
NW Portland

An offbeat emporium that houses displays of Bigfoot and other paranormal denizens of the Northwest and beyond.  Nearly everything is for sale, from the sculptures and artwork to scoops of ice cream in the snack shop.


Powell’s City of Books

Open 9 a.m.-11 p.m., 365 days a year.
1005 W. Burnside
Pearl District

From humble storefront beginnings in 1971, Powell’s has grown into a Portland landmark and one of the world’s great bookstores. Covering an entire city block, Powell’s City of Books contains more than 1.5 million books in 3,500 different sections. Get a cup of joe at the in-store coffee shop (where you’re welcome to peruse up to three books), take a ride on the three-door elevator (one of only a handful in the country!), grab a map to navigate the nine color-coded rooms, and lose yourself in the largest used and new bookstore on Earth.


Places To Eat

Food Trucks

Portland has a proliferation of Food Carts and they seem to be growing in numbers and locations. Some might call them lunch wagons, taco trucks or even snack shacks, but whatever you call them, they are truly a phenomenon in Portland. Set up in parking lots, sidewalks, and even parks (sometimes in large groups and sometimes solo), one might nosh on a fresh tortilla Baja fish taco one day, a rib-sticking bowl of traditional goulash the next, have a coffee and pastry for an afternoon snack, and then take home a giant Indian combo box for dinner.

Salt & Straw – Northwest

Salt & Straw spotlights fresh, local ingredients in hand crafted, small batch ice cream. To call cousins, Kim and Tyler Malek’s flavors “inventive” would be an understatement. Salt & Straw changes flavors every four weeks to tell a story of what’s happening in the local artisan, farm and chef communities. These collaborations often result in unique and unbelievably good flavors like Pear with Blue Cheese, Bone Marrow & Bourbon Smoked Cherries, or Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper. Salt & Straw has three shops in Portland – NE Alberta, NW 23rd and SE Division.

Voodoo Doughnuts

Known for its unusual doughnuts, eclectic decor, and iconic pink boxes featuring the company logo and illustrations of voodoo priests.

They even have vegan doughnuts!