Fast-paced, offbeat, creative.....anything but the ordinary: Berlin is constantly reinventing itself.
Berlin is a magnificent city by any standards and is now in the premier league of city-break hotspots.
As the division of Berlin following the Cold War fades into history, the German capital is growing more self confident as a great European metropolis. Fast-paced, offbeat, creative..... anything but the ordinary: Berlin is constantly reinventing itself.
While it has the exciting big-city buzz, there are also acres of parkland and miles of meandering waterways. The current in-spot for the alternative crew is Freidrichshain, located in the former East, with galleries, bars, cafes and clubs.
The city is very easy to get around with the public transport system being efficient, inexpensive and running practically round the clock.
First-time visitors will be enthralled by the city’s vitality, bustling street life, superb shopping and raucous nightlife.
Make sure you visit Potsdam where you will find the mock Tudor home of King Frederick the Great; here he also created a replica Dutch windmill, Chinese tea pavillion and Italian Romanesque villa.
Food and Drink
The local fare is, in all honesty, pretty drab so you’ll be glad to know that the amount of ethnic eateries in Berlin continues to expand.
- Vivaldi, at the Schlosshotel, Brahmsstrasse 10, Berlin 14193. This Michelin star restaurant is top of the list for Berlin’s gourmet crowd. The décor is by Karl Lagerfeld and the cuisine is regional as well as international with the main area of expertise in modern French cuisine. Bookings are essential and the dress code is smart-casual.
- Margaux, Unter den Linden 78, Eingang Wilhelmstrasse, Berlin 10117. Another Michelin star restaurant! Awarded its star after only seven months in operation, the food, service and overall ambience at Margaux combine to make a great evening out.
- Bocca di Bacco, Friedrichstrasse 167 / 168, Berlin 10117. A pleasant mix of a down-to-earth atmosphere and high quality cuisine make the Bocca di Bacco an ideal venue for an evening meal. Home made pasta dishes as well as wild game dishes are on the menu here at reasonable prices.
- Green Door, Winterfeldstrasse 50, 15 Nolledorfplatz, Berlin. Look out for a bar along Winterfeldstrasse with a green door………seriously; behind this door is an intimate cocktail bar in 70’s retro décor. Great to either start of finish a night out, but you mightn’t stay all night.
- Victoria Bar, Potsdamer Strasse 102 (Bundesstrasse 1), Tiegarten Berlin 10785. A new addition to the bar scene in Berlin, it’s a great venue to ease into a full night out.
The swanky Ku’damm area has the largest concentration of retail stores and the KaDeWe department store is well worth a visit. If you’re serious about your fashion head down to Hackesche Hofe and Alte Schonhauser Strasse where there is a host of boutiques and eccentric small shops.
If You Do One Thing
- Landmark.....Brandenburg Gate
- Museum.....Berlin Museum
- Street.....Unter den Linden, the spiritual heart of the city where you can follow the line of lime trees from the River Spree to the Brandenburg Gate. This is Berlin's most splendid thoroughfare and is now restored to its former grandeur.
- Market.....Flea Market, Strasse des 17 Juni is the biggest flea market in Berlin (weekends only).
Airport to City Information
Schonfield airport is 11 miles southeast of the city. The Airport Express train goes every 30 mins to the city centre and costs about €2.