A Weekend in Berlin
Berlin is the cool, cultural epicentre of Germany, filled with art, music, architecture, and a great deal of history. It’s been quite a few years since the wall fell, and apparently a lot had changed between then and now so it’s definitely worth a visit if you haven’t been since – or at all for that matter!
Hotel Adlon Kempinski is the place to stay – a luxurious, legendary 5 star hotel where diplomats and celebrities alike have been, including Charlie Chaplin, Herbert Hoover and Marlene Dietrich. This hotel is located in Unter den Linden, which is ideal for sightseeing as the Brandenburg Gate and government buildings are all nearby.
Please note: If you’d like to visit the government buildings such as the Reichstag, you need to book a spot online at least several days in advance.
Even if you’re not that keen on sight-seeing, the one must-see stop on your visit would have to be the Checkpoint Charlie Museum which highlights the extent of hardship and what people went through to cross the border during the time of the Berlin Wall.
If you want to take a break from touring the city, stop in the Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers am Gendarmenmarkt for some hot chocolate, and pick up a pack of chocolate covered coffee beans for a little caffeine kick to munch on as needed.
For a casual meal, I recommend Turkish cuisine, which is excellent in Germany thanks to the Turkish immigrant population. Kebaphaus Ilayda uses fresh ingredients, and the service is friendly. Order less than you think you can eat as they have generous portions of meat here.
For a special night out, check out Fischers Fritz a two Michelin star restaurant just up the road from Hotel Adlon. Some of the dishes are excellent – such as the palate cleansers between courses, but the cod is less impressive.
As always, have a great trip!
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