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The insider guide to Berlin

Potsdamer Platz.
Potsdamer Platz. / VisitBerlin
  • Where to stay, what to eat and do in the iconic capital of Germany

STAY

SANA Berlin Hotel

Found in a tranquil, leafy neighbourhood in the centre of the western part of Berlin, close to metro stations, is the 4-star SANA Berlin. It’s a contemporary property, about 10 minutes’ walk to the iconic Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church, the on-trend Bikini Berlin mall with rooftop bar, as well as Berlin’s zoo and aquarium.

Accommodation options are designed for citybreak visitors, families as well as business travellers, with a choice of guest rooms, spacious suites together with 1-and 2-bedroom apartments in the Residences wing.

All have services like free Wi-Fi, and 24hr room service. The apartments are a great idea for travel during Covid-19, as you can create your own ‘bubble’ for you and your family. If you don’t want housekeeping to enter the apartment during your stay you will receive a credit for use at the hotel’s bar or with room service.

German specialities, Hotel Adlon.

German specialities, Hotel Adlon. / A. F.

Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin

Said to be Germany’s most expensive hotel, it is certainly Berlin’s most iconic property. The history of the Adlon is woven into the fabric of the city. It survived the war yet was then was almost completely burnt down in 1945 by ‘Red Army’ soldiers who were getting drunk in the hotel’s wine cellars and accidently started a catastrophic fire.

The presentday luxury hotel was rebuilt in 1997 capturing the style and spirit of the original.

Ritz Carlton Berlin

Enviable location on Potsdamer Platz, this art deco style hotel adds 5-star flair and extravagance to this newly regenerated city-centre location.

MichelBerger Hotel

A hotel that captures the creative vibe of Berlin, the MichelBerger is full of playful design and quirky details, and a programme of arts and live music.

Located close to the iconic East Side Gallery, and some of the city’s most famous clubs.

EAT

Klunkerkranich Beer Garden & Club

Summer in the city means drinking a cold beer on an open roof terrace, listening to cool DJs sets.

See their Facebook page for more information.

Heissa Holzmarkt

Riverside development, an alternative urban village and cultural centre that evolved from a few original structures created by artists and nightclub owners.

Midtown Grill

Berliners are known for their love of Buletten, the city’s take on the popular Frikadellen, flattened meat ball patties. If you’re also looking for a classic burger, and superb steaks then Midtown Grill should be your go-to steakhouse in Potsdamer Platz, popular with business clients and visitors alike.

It’s a convenient spot to break for lunch if you are visiting the nearby Sony Centre, a striking office and leisure centre, home to Sony’s flagship store.

Fragrances

Discover your signature cocktail based on how you are captivated by different fragrances - what a great idea! Check for opening times during Covid-19 restrictions.

Markthalle Neun (Market Hall Nine)

World-class food market in the lively and culturally diverse Kreuzberg district.

Huong Que Vietnamese Restaurant

Family restaurant serving homemade Vietnamese cuisine. Found in Bergmannstraße, one of the best streets in Kreuzberg for eating out.

Restaurant Quarré

The Brandenburg Gate.

The Brandenburg Gate. / A. F.

Summer al-fresco dining at the best address in town, on the sophisticated Pariser Platz, with the captivating views of the Brandenburg Gate. Lunch is relaxed, bistro style, with sharing plates, healthy salads and German specialities like tasty potato soup, veal frikadellen, and the ubiquitous Currywurst, but here at Restaurant Quarré they add a little sparkle with gold dust! The wine list is tempting, and I can recommend the house Riesling - the special ‘Edition Adlon’, from the famous winery of Robert Weil in the Rheingau.

Service is exceptional, that winning combination of friendly, natural, and informed. I have to thank our waitress Lucy for some great city insider tips for enjoying Berlin!

At weekends, the fine-dining, two Michelin stars awarded Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer opens to diners looking for something truly exceptional.

Monkey Bar

Tenth-floor bar with roof terrace overlooking Berlin Zoo’s monkey enclosure, the hip 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin has a hip urban jungle vibe.

DO

Museum Island

Berlin’s ‘Museumsinsel’ is home to some Europe’s most renowned galleries. Check online to plan your visit and confirm opening times and relevant COVID-19 restrictions.

Reichstag Dome & Roof Terrace

The huge glass dome of the remodelled German parliament building offers a unique experience.

However, tickets are limited, so try to book a few months in advance.

Berlin Music Tours

Walking and bus tours that bring to life the musical heritage of the German capital.

Berghain

This enigmatic, iconic techno club, housed in a former power station, sets the tone of Berlin’s legendary nightlife. Few tourists get entry, strengthening the allure of this uber-exclusive night spot. Yet Berghain also sells tickets to exhibitions like art and sound installations, so you might get lucky. Watergate club is more accessible for visitors.

Club der Visionäre

If you are looking for venues that have healthy outdoor spaces, consider the River Spree waterside location of Club der Visionarere.

Weekend Club Berlin

City centre roof top bar with club – perfect for summer.

Trabi Safari

Trabants have become symbolic of the GDR period. These vintage cars, inspired during the Soviet Sputnik era, changed little during their four decades of production. Restored models are available for self-drive urban safaris, immersing you in the modern history of Berlin.

Tempelhofer Feld urban park

Former city airport reclaimed as urban park with six-kilometre cycling, skating and jogging trail, as well as 2.5-hectare BBQ and picnic area.

Murdered Jews Memorial.

Murdered Jews Memorial. / A. F.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Architectural memorial by architect Peter Eisenman. Adjacent to the memorial is intended to honour the homosexual victims.

DDR Museum

Fascinating and family-friendly insight to life in former East Germany, the Democratic Republic (GDR in English or DDR in German).

Some exhibits are not interactive due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Topography of Terror

Remembrance Museum, on the site of the former the headquarters of the Gestapo, the high command and security service of the SS.