We put together the highlights of our Berlin trip and hope you will enjoy it as much as we did. After writing this article we want to go again and explore more, Berlin what a diverse city you are!
1. Rent a bicycle
For about €10-14 you can rent a bike. It is a lot of fun to explore the city by bike. Almost all hotels rent out bicycles for a day or longer if wished.
2. SleepSoho house Berlin, Torstraße 1, private members club with 40 bedrooms available to members & non members. Mitte district. Rooftop pool & Cowshed Relax Spa. Don’t go here for a drink when you are not a member or not staying at the hotel, they won’t let you in (they do give good recommendations of other places to go for a drink!).
Meiniger Hotel, Oranienburger Straße 67/68. They have 4 hotels in the city we stayed in the one in Mitte, which has the feeling of a youth hostel. Good bedding, clean rooms but a little cramped.
Casa Camper Berlin, Weinmeisterstraße 1, a nice boutique design hotel with 51 rooms. Mitte district.
Hotel Amano, Auguststraße 43, 163 rooms. Mitte district. Light, modern, eclectic. They have a leafy courtyard, a spacious roofterrace with a beautiful view over the city and a great lounge bar. The hotel is a great location to go for a drink or cup of tea with cheese cake in the afternoon!
3. Eat & Drink
Chipps, Jagerstrasse 35. They serve a delicious wild garlic soup. We had gnocci with lemon, fresh parmesan and green asparagus. Lamb shoulder with new potatos & beans and for dessert plum mousse & cake in a little yar.
Neu, Heckmannhöfen, II. Innenhof Oranienburger Str. 32. Situated in nice courtyard, well balanced, tasty food and fantastic service! We had some amazing fish dishes with mackerel and trout.
Grill Royal, Friedrichstraße 105b. They have a great gin & tonic cocktail with cucumber. For the meat lovers we recommend the entrecote with bearnaise sauce and french fries.
Breakfast & LunchKeyser Soze, Tucholskystraße 33. Typical Berlin bar to have breakfast in the morning and a beer together with a meatball on bread in the evening.
The Barn, Auguststrasse 58. They offer a variety of homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches. The products used come from local producers. There is no warm food served, but they have rice pudding with plums, fresh orange juice and delicious coffee!
Alpenstuck, Gartenstrasse 9. You can go to this bakery for breakfast, lunch or to buy delicious bread & pastries. We recommend the Alpen Frustuck III with coffee. Also try their amazing “Kirch Pudding Pluncher”!
KaDeWe, Kaufhaus des Westens, Tauentzienstraße 21-24. Shop till you drop. The foodcourt on the 6th floor is amazing. We had a glass of pomery champagne, blanc de blanc YUM.
Prenzlauer Berg is a very nice area to shop & cycle trough. There are countless pubs, restaurants, cafés, art galleries and little shops. The bohemian atmosphere is quite unique from the rest of Berlin.
Acne store, Münzstraße 21. Fred Perry, Neue Schönhauser Straße 10, AM3 SCHIESSER Revival Store , Münzstrasse 23. A trip down memory lane. Amazing toy store (near the exit of Hacksise hofe), Adidas store Münzstr. 13-15. Cool sneakers for the whole family!
Brandenburger tower Brandenburger Tor is one of Potsdam’s former gateways on the walled fortifications surrounding the old town. It was built in 1730s.
Television Tower, Panoramastraße 1A. From more then 200 metres high you can overlook the entire city with its large number of tourist attractions: you can see the Reichstag (Parliament building), the Brandenburg Gate and the Main Railway Station from here, as well as the Olympic Stadium, the Museum Island (Museumsinsel) and the Potsdam Square (Potsdamer Platz).
Holocaust Memorial, Bordered by Ebertstraße, Behrenstraße, Cora-Berliner-Straße and Hannah-Arendt-Straße. A memorial for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Berlin. I thought it very impressive to oversee and walk trough. It is designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. Very impressive!
Reichstag, Platz der Republik. The Reichstag Building is the seat of the German parliament.
6. See Art
Berlin has some great places to go. But where to start? At home, buy your tickets online. So you don't have to wait in the long lines :-). Don't forget to check the current exhibitions on the websites.New National Gallery, Potsdamer Straße 50. Here you find a large collection of pieces covers paintings and sculptures of modern art.
Old National Gallery, Bodestraße 1-3. Here you find mainly 19th century art and sculpture. It is located on the famous museum island.
Tanya Leighton Gallery, Kurfürstenstraße 156. Its international exhibition program reflects a variety of opinions and practices as well as Leighton’s associations with American and British experimental cinema, artist’s film and video, performance, minimal and conceptual art. Be sure to check the opening hours as we cycled 20 minutes to find out it was closed :-(
CFA Gallery, Am Kupfergraben 10. This Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery is directed by Bruno Brunnet, Nicole Hackert and Philipp Haverkampf and located opposite the Museum Island.
Bring warm clothes! We had some really cold weather -even snow- for which we were totally NOT prepared. It is a good excuse to shop though...
Check out if the shops are open if you go. E.g. easter weekend the shops are closed Easter Sunday and Monday. Museums are open most of the time, however check their website to be sure though. We also had some problems with ATM's so bring enough cash or a credit card.
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