Take a stroll via Checkpoint Charlie, the famous Cold War border crossing between East and West Berlin, to Museum Island. The island’s imposing ensemble of 5 neoclassical museums spans Ancient Egyptian artefacts and Byzantine treasures to 19th-century paintings. Afterwards, continue to the East German-era TV Tower for spectacular city views from the top of this retro-futuristic Berlin icon.
Just 2km from our hotel, the Brandenburg Gate Museum uncovers more than 300 years of European history at the site of one of Berlin’s most famous landmarks. Through an immersive multimedia experience combining sight and sound, you’ll relive the 1848 German Revolution, the Roaring Twenties, two World Wars, the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. It’s a memorable time-travel adventure.
Berlin serves some of the finest Turkish and Middle Eastern food you’ll taste. In the buzzing Neukölln neighbourhood, no-nonsense eateries dishing up Turkish, Lebanese and Syrian cooking line Sonnenallee, known as “hummus boulevard”. A short walk from our hotel, you’ll find Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap, a cult street-food stall offering vegetarian and meat kebabs that are reputed to be Berlin’s best.
For a unique perspective, hop on a boat tour along Berlin’s waterways. Cruises on the River Spree wind through the city centre past iconic sights such as the Reichstag, Museum Island and Berlin Cathedral. Longer trips also include the Landwehr Canal, which snakes through Tiergarten park and under numerous bridges. An evening cruise with colleagues is a great way to round off a fulfilling day.
The Reichstag parliament building bears witness to Berlin’s troubled past. Burnt out in 1933, severely damaged in World War II and neglected during the Cold War, it became the seat of parliament again in 1999. You can look down into the main chamber from Norman Foster’s glass cupola. For inventive German cuisine and city views, book a table at the building’s Käfer Dachgarten rooftop restaurant.
The Brandenburg Gate formerly used to represent the separation of the city between East and West Berlin, since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 the Brandenburg Gate has now come to symbolize German unity. In addition, this gate made of sandstone is one of the finest examples of German classicism. The Gate was designed by Carl Gotthard Langhans from 1788 to 1791 and is modeled on the Propylaeum of Athens’ Acropolis and forms the western end of Unter den Linden at the Pariser Platz.
The Martin-Gropius-Bau, originally designed as a museum of applied arts, is Berlin's main exhibition hall and is one of the world’s leading exhibition sites. The building was erected between 1877 and 1881 by the architects Martin Gropius (a great uncle of Walter Gropius) and Heino Schmieden in the style of an Italian Renaissance building. Today, the Martin-Gropius-Bau serves as a venue for temporary exhibitions of international standing.
The site known since 1987 as the "Topography of Terror" was the central location of national-socialist terror. The focus of the permanent exhibition is the central institutions of the SS and police in the “Third Reich” as well as the crimes they perpetrated throughout Europe.
During the war, Potsdamer Platz was almost completely destroyed and it spent more than 40 years as the city’s wasteland located between East and West. Today it is one of the most exciting and diverse places in the capital. With its unique blend of art, entertainment, shopping, cosmopolitan flair, and not least history, it represent the "New Berlin".
Checkpoint Charlie was the best known border-crossing of Cold War days. It was designated as the single crossing point for foreigners and members of the Allied forces. The Museum, known as Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, contains the best documentation available on the many escape attempts from East to West.
Berlin’s Museum Island is a unique ensemble of five museums, built at the small island in Berlin’s Spree River. In 1999, the museum complex was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. At the southern part of the island, the Old Museum can be found. In the northern part, there is the New Museum as well as the Alte Nationalgalerie. On the Kupfergraben side of the island can be found the Pergamon Museum. And last but not least there is the Bode Museum.
Alexanderplatz is one of the most famous squares in Berlin; Berliners often call it simply “Alex”. It is named after the Russian Czar Alexander I. Alexanderplatz took on its present form in the 1960’s after it had been largely destroyed in World War II. Established in 1969 the "Fountain of Friendship between peoples" and the "world clock" are certainly the most famous attractions of the place.
With its over 26,000 sqm of floor space the German Museum of Technology offers a comprehensive insight into technical cultural history in Germany. With its permanent exhibition Exhibitions on aviation and shipping, one of the largest collections of railway vehicles in original size in historic roundhouses and a large park with a brewery and windmills.
Located in Tiergarten is one of the most famous symbols of Berlin: the victory column with the goddess of victory. "Golden Lizzie," as it is known in Berlin slang, was built between 1864 and 1873 as a symbol of Prussian military victory in the 1864.The Victory Column originally stood in front of the Reichstag in the former Königsplatz and today’s Platz der Republik. In 1939, the Nazis relocated the column to its present site at the Großer Stern.
The Jewish Museum Berlin an architectural masterpiece by Daniel Libeskind, opened to the public in 2001. The spectacular structure has firmly established itself as one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks. It exhibits the social, political and cultural history of the Jews in Germany from the 4th century to the present.
The impressive glass building designed by Mies van der Rohe (built 1968) provides a worthy setting for the 20th century art collection of Berlin's State Museums. The museum holds an high-class selection of modern art. The central points of the collection are works by exponents of Cubism, Expressionism, Bauhaus, Group Zero surrealism and American color-field painting, as well as artists such as Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Max Beckmann and Otto Dix.
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The Tempodrom is the quick-change artist amongst the capital's event venues. Located directly beside Potsdamer Platz, thanks to its extraordinary and spectacular architecture and the multifaceted, individual space concepts, this venue is the perfect setting for events of every kind. In 2001, the presentation of the European Film Awards was the inaugural event at the Tempodrom. Up to 4,000 guests can enjoy unforgettable moments beneath its spectacular, 35 m high roof.