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Berlin Getaway – a weekend trip to Germany

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by Jon, Contributing Editor

After being divided into two parts, Berlin has developed itself into a global capital of art, culture and fashion ever since the German reunion is 1990. Even today you can see the long and ever changing history is the picture of today’s Berlin which is part of the understated charm of it.

The Essentials

The easiest way to get to Berlin is to check the airlines Lufthansa and airBerlin. They offer, together with their sub-airlines flights from almost every city to the German capital.

Germany’s capital offers several beautyful Boutique Hotels  such as Das Stue  (Drakestraße 1, 10787 Berlin, Germany) right next to the Berliner Philarmonie. The building used to be housing the Danish Ambessy in Germany and the hotel continues the legacy of the estate with it’s  scandinavian vibe and danish name – Stue stands for living room.

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Das Stue – Entrance Hall, Drakestraße 1, 10787 Berlin, © Das Stue

 

A very classic address is the Hotel Adlon Kempinski (Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, Germany) right next to Brandenburg Gate, a luxury hotel deeply connected to Berlin’s history. It first opened in 1907 under the name Hotel Adlon and quickly became the hotspot for the international jetset scene with guests such as Josephine Baker. Being partly destroyed in WW2 it remained a hotel until the 1970ies in East Berlin. In 1997, after years of rebuilding the old palais, Hotel Adlon Kempinski reopened and is today part of the Leading Hotels of the World.

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Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, Germany, © Hotel Adlon Kempinski

 

What to do

Berlin is famously known for attractions such as the Berlin Wall with it’s so called East Side Gallery or the Museum Island in the center of the city. When you dig a little deeper you can find an incredible variety of things to do.

We truly love the gallery Camera Work  with photography exhibitions featuring international artitsts such as Patrick & Victor Demarchelier or Louis Faurer. Another incredible Photo gallery is c/oBerlin with exhibitions of international artists and a wide range of photographies.

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© Louis Fauruer – Woman Wearing Coat with Fur – 1960

 

At Bikini Berlin, a very special mall you can find next to stores and restaurants various exhibitions and amazing Pop-up stores. The Berlin House of the 25hours Hotel with it’s famours monkey bar is also located at Bikini Berlin.

A definite must do is a stroll along Friedrichststrasse where you can find a mixture of typical Berlin craftmanship stores and international boutiques and jewelers.

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© Victor Demarchelier · Toni Garrn · 2013

 

Where to shop

Shopping in Berlin is as diverse as the people living there. From upcoming brands to calssic high end designer wear you can find everything as well as custom made tailors and pop-up stores.

The shopping center Kaufhaus des Westens  ist one of the most famous department store in West Berlin, comparable to Harrods in London, Bloomingdale’s in New York or Au Bon Marché in Paris. Known to house a distinct selection of both international and german desigerns it is known to offer it’s customers the best service and goods one could wish for. Aside from Fashion, KaDeWe is known for it’s gourmet floor where you can find selected foods from all over the world.

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Kaufhaus des Westens, Tauentzienstraße 21-24, 10789 Berlin, Germany, ©KdW

 

Between Mulackstrasse and Alt Schönhäuser Straße you will find stores of upcoming designers such as Filippa K. from Sweden and the Berlin based design house LaLa Berlin. Our favourite Concept Store is Department Store 206, which does not only offer an amazing selection of fashion, beauty products and flowers but also has it’s own bar and café.
When shopping with or for your boyfriend we suggest you to take a look at Soto Berlin.

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South of Torstrasse, Soto Store, Torstrasse 72, 10119 Berlin, ©SOUTH OF TORSTRASSE

 

If you want to find a selection of classic high end designers combined with upcoming luxury brands, you should check out for sure the Concept Store The Corner. Another definate go to store is Andreas Murkudis with it’s beautiful minimal design and amazing selection. You should take some time and stroll through the store, you will find amazing products and will go home with a list of new favourite designers.

 

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Department Store 206, Friedrichstraße 71, 10117 Berlin, Germany, ©Department Store 206

 

Where to eat in Berlin

An early start

As you all know, we love breakfast. For us it is almoust the most important meal of the day. So for us,  starting early goes along with having a nutricious breakfast.

At District Coffee you can be sure to get the best coffee for starting the day. The interiour is so warm and cozy that you would love to stay there for the whole day.

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Distrikt Coffee, Bergstraße 68, 10115 Berlin, Germany, ©Distrikt Coffee

Lunching

After hours of sightseeing, shooping and meeting friends we have not seen in a long time we like to take a little break over lunch and just enjoy our friends.
A definate highlight for us is the Monkey Bar situated in the top flor of the 25hours Hotel. The view above the city is spectacular and the food is amazing. All of you who have tried out Neni’s either in Vienna or Berlin knows what we are talking about.

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Monkey Bar, Budapester Str. 40, 10787 Berlin, © Monkey Bar

Dinner with a view

While it is nice to look above the german capital by daylight the view is even more beaufiful during the evening, when the sun starts to set and you can relax from the day and plan the later evening. When it comes to dinner we have a long list of places we simply love.
If you are in Berlin for the first time, the rotating restaurant in the TV tower is definately worth a try. You will have an incredible view above the city while dining right above the center.

Another definate must-do is the restaurant Katz Orange, which is one of the contemporary food labs. The Pan Roadted Spreewald Lamb is the best I have ever tasted

For an elegant dinner we suggest the rooftop terasse of the Hotel de Rome. It is also great if you just want to go there for the drinks, you have to try the Sicilian Negroni.

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Hotel de Rome, Behrenstraße 37, 10117 Berlin, © Hotel de Rome

The Drinks

It feels like that every day there is a new club or bar opening in Berlin which is the newest place to be. We wanted to list you a selection of bars which are timeless and contemporary and where you will definately feel the modern Berlin spirit

Grace Bar at the Hotel Zoo 

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Grace Bar, Kurfürstendamm 25, 10719 Berlin,  © Grace Bar

Bonbon Bar Berlin

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BONBONBAR, Torstrasse 133, 10119 Berlin, ©Bonbon Bar

Cecconi’s Berlin

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Cecconi’s Berlin, Torstrasse 1, 10119 Berlin, ©Cecconi’s Belrin

 

What else?

During summer you should definately take a short stop at Anna Durkes where you can find the best ice cream in town. If you have time we suggest you to sit down and have it along with a cup of coffee.

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Anna Durkes, Graefestraße 80, 10967 Berlin, © Anna Durkes

Aside from the urban vibe you find in Berlin you should not forget to take a stroll threw one of it’s beautiful gardens. It is unbeliveable how many of them you can find there. We truly loved the garden of Charlottenburg Palace even more than the palace itself.

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Garden of Charlottenburg Palace, Spandauer Damm 20-24, 14059 Berlin, Germany

Berlin is truly an amazing city and we can only advice those of you who have not been there to consider your next city trip with destination Berlin. If you live in Berlin or have visited it, let us know what your favourite places in town are.

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