Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Berlin, Germany

When I first went to Berlin in 2006, I couldn't relate to it. My impression has changed dramatically when I took time to look around and to feel the spirit of it. Especially the historic relics make it to a very storytelling spot to go. 
After the German reunification Berlin presents itself as booming capital. Historic spots, new clubs, fashion week, politics, bohemian streets, ... - you will find your place, that's for sure.

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  • Propeller Island City Lodge: Artistic accommodation for all who want to discover the funky and wild life of Berlin
  • Hotel de Rome: Luxury hotel in which some international movies are filmed and where consequently film stars hang out
  • Hotel Q!: Design Hotel next to the Kurfuerstendamm - this is Berlin's centre!
  • Arte Luise Kunsthotel: Young artists transitioned the property from a dilapidated art studio into a boutique hotel. I like!
  • Sian Berlin: If you ever desired to explore the taste of Viatnamese dishes, you will find it as traditional meals are served here. Check out the tea room as well
  • Rodeo Ressort : Being in Germany means having German food - but in an extraordinary atmosphere please. This is why you go to Rodeo Ressort (and maybe because their terrace finds little competition in Berlin)
  • Borchardt: You might plan a party in the German capital, you will need a catering service for sure
  • Grill Royal: High quality steak house, recommended by top restaurant critics
  • Mädchenitaliener, Alte Schönhauser Str.12: Small and personal atmosphere it the Italian restaurant - their speciality: pasta with figs.
  • Schneeweiss: Berlin is an international melting pot that meets in this design restaurant to enjoy Alpine meals
  • Bandol  sur Mer, Torstr. 167: Tiny restaurant in Berlin-Mitte offering fresh ingredients in their French cuisine
  • Lekkerurlaub: A guesthose and bistro in one of the most popular districts of Berlin: Kreuzberg! Small local place with unique food.
Bars & Nightlife
  • Clärchens Ballhaus : If you really want to dance or just have a fun night out, the Ballhaus is the perfect place for different music styles 
  • Cookies: Until 6 AM the doors are open for you - step in and discover how Berlin goes crazy at night 
  • Berghain Panorama Bar : Probably worldwide known by all house and drum'n'bass fans, the Berghain in Friedrichhain is a must for all fans of electronic music 
  • Week-End: Rooftop of Berlin is their statement: Enjoy the view from their terrace or party in the 12th floor only minutes away from Alexanderplatz
  • Picknick: 2 minutes away from Brandenburg Gate, Picknick is a hot spot at night
  • The broken hearts club: Expect an outrageous combination of decadence and clientele, a raucous fairytale mix of all music
  • Rodeo Club : A mix between theatre and club this place is the place to be for all party animals 
  • Milchhalle: The name is predestined to offer milk in every imaginable way - but also lactose intolerant people are considered of course
  • Kaffeehaus Sowohlalsauch : Nothing is better than a tasty piece of cake in the afternoon, accompanied by a coffee
  • Annamaria, Husemannstr.14: Yummy! Extraordinary sorts of ice cream for every taste
  • Café Schönbrunn: In summer their "Biergarten" is full of people who have a sundowner with friends and family
  • Barcomi's: Cynthia Barcomi has written a lot of cooking books, so the hidden court where her nice deli is, I cannot hold it back from you. 
  • Andreas Murkurdis : Between shopping and art: The store exhibits fashion and goods by small labels presented in an artistic manner
  • Jack’s Beauty Department: Some women need make-up daily, others only for special events. In any case all essential items and products can be purchased here
  • The Corner : two stores in Berlin present women's and men's high quality but affordable labels 
  • Marlies Dekkers : The Dutch designer is famous for her feminine underwear
  • Starstyling: An exquisite boutique in Friedrichshain with few high quality labels
  • Lala Berlin: The most famous label from Berlin that presents its new creations at Berlin fashion week each season
  • Mulackstrasse: Mulackstrasse remains indie and heaves with homegrown fashion, lifestyle and more. No more to say.
  • Drykorn-Store: The German label purchases their fabrics in Italy or France, stands for high quality and meets the ravages of fashion time
  • 14 oz Berlin: 14 oz. offers its customers a one-of-a-kind brand portfolio combined with an overall shopping experience and evokes an atmosphere of comfort and appreciation
  • Boxi Flohmarkt: A flea market in the hip district of Friedrichshain to forage for valuable treasures
  • Prenzlauer Berg & Kreuzberg: Strolling through Kreuzbergstraße (Kreuzberg) or Kollwitzstraße (Prenzlauer Berg) and enjoy the lively neighbourhoods since they became a centre bohemian Berlin youth in 1990
  • Pariser Platz: Hardly to miss, the Pariser Platz is one of Berlin's main points 
  • Nikolaiviertel: Founded about 1200, the Nikolai Quarter is the reconstructed historical heart of Berlin
  • Reichstag: Although the long queue might frighten you to visit the building of the  parliament, the view from the top and the architecture of the dome are worthwhile to be patient
  • Hackesche Höfe: Once they were the secret tip for Berlin, they are now a typical tourist spot. However a walk through them is highly recommended!
  • The Olympic Stadium: Built in 1936, the stadium is easy accessible from the town
  • Tempelhof Airport: The closed airport field was transformed to an open park. On the landing strip where once Americans brought food for West-Berlin you can now skate
Special recommandation
  • Berlin snacks: The curry wurst is THE dish to taste in Berlin - either "mit Darm" or "ohne Darm", the sausage is worth a try. And do you know that the "Döner" (or Kebap) was invented in Berlin by Turkish immigrants? Well, have one! 
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Personal data
  • Visiting dates: 2006, 29th December 2012 - 1st January 2013
  • Accommodation: Holiday Inn in Badstrasse (hotel was fine but area is not to recommend), private (Nollendorfplatz)
  • Highlight: Tucholskystraße

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