Art, architecture, nature or food - Berlin's renowned for all of them (yes, even the food). It's an easy city to navigate whether on foot, using the uber-efficient public transport or by bicycle (rental outlets are plentiful and riding a bike in the city is made both safe and pleasurable...more
Yet another reason why the German capital has become such an exciting centre for contemporary art. The building - the last surviving above-the-ground bunker in Berlin - has a dark history having variously been built by the Nazis using forced labour, subsequently where the Red Army incarcerated...more
This is what Berlin is really about: occupying a 1930s mansion which was formerly the Danish embassy and perched on the edge of the beautiful Tiergarten park, this has location, architectural merit and is very comfortable too. The austere staircases straddling either side of the main hallway set...more
A Berliner institution. Austrian owner Michel Würthle's Charlottenburg bistro is to Berlin what London's Langan's Brasserie or L'Escargot were back in their heyday. Musicians, artists and journalists all flock here as much for a decent plate of steak frites as to rubber...more
The last word in private clubdom for the world's media and film hipsters now has an outpost in the German capital, with some rather nice rooms attached - open, subject to availability to non-members too. It's difficult to escape the darker moments in Berlin's history wherever you...more
One of the leading collections of surrealist art with works by Dalí, Magritte, Max Ernst and Dubuffet as well as earlier work which influenced the movement. There are also good examples French and German Symbolism of the late 19th century.
High Prussian architectural braggadacios in the heart of Berlin. This was where Polish troops hoisted their national colours signifying the end of the Battle of Berlin in 1945. The Kaisers would doubtless be turning in their imperial graves given some of the more contemporary uses of the column in...more