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Royal Charlottenburg

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Royal Charlottenburg

Not far in distance but seemingly world’s away from the Berlin's trendy bars, design boutiques and bohemian vibe of the Mitte area, stately and graceful Charlottenburg is a reminder of the glories of the German Empire. The area was named after Sophia Charlotte of Hannover, a Prussian Queen Consort. Her Baroque Palace is not only the area’s landmark but also the only surviving Royal Palace in Berlin. The palace is surrounded by a lavish park - a superb place to wander around or have a picnic lunch. But there are plenty of other highbrow attractions in Charlottenburg; the neighbourhood was once a pleasure ground of the city’s elite, (followed by the decadent, cabaret crowd of the ‘Golden Twenties’) and many of their stately mansions have become museums. The Palace  (the Schloss Charlottenburg) is a destination within itself, with each separate building holding a unique collection (separate admission prices apply). Altes Schloss, Spandauer Damm, 9am-5pm Tue-Sun The oldest part of the Charlottenburg palace is a riot of stucco, rococo, brocade, gilt and the sort of excess European Royalty is renowned for. Don’t miss the 2,600-piece sterling silver dinner service, which has never been used. Neuer Flügel, Spandauer Damm, 9am-5pm Tue-Sun (11am-5pm Nov-Mar) The ‘new wing’ of the palace hosts its ...

Why I would return to Berlin by Jette Winkler

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Why I would return to Berlin by Jette Winkler

Because no matter what you are looking for in a holiday, Berlin has it all. Shopping, culture including street art, museums, theatre and opera, nightlife in cafes and clubs, leisure in parks and on beaches – there is nothing you won’t find, and this variety makes Berlin my dream destination every year. My favourites: Berlin Kreuzberg has been a no-go area for many years but has developed into the best hub for artists and youth culture, offering countless bars and trendy shops, especially on Orienburger Straße. But before you hit them, you should eat the best Currywurst you’ll find in Germany at Konnopke Imbiss in Schönhauser Allee a food stall that has existed since 1901. Mitte area in East Berlin offers dozens of museums and galleries and is slated as the future centre of town. A highlight is the Museumsinsel (Island of Museums) and in particular the Pergamon Museum, the most visited museum in Germany. Don’t miss sitting on the stairs of the Pergamon Altar or walking through the Ishtar Gate, a relic from the ancient city of Babylon. It always make me feel like I have left the modern world and been transported back centuries. The TV Tower on Alexanderplatz ...

Best German food in Mitte, Berlin

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Best German food in Mitte, Berlin

In the Mitte district of Berlin, there are always places to eat and drink at all times of the day and night, set to a backdrop of Berlin’s greatest historical sights and more contemporary iconic buildings and monuments. Typical places that serve German food are Tacheles, Obst and Gemuese, Café Silberstein, and Café Orange, which has a stunning interior décor complemented by high ceilings and opulent chandeliers. Together with the best of German food there is also a choice of Italian dishes. Mitte, Berlin, is considered by many Berliners as the real centre of the city and along very trendy bars in Berlin, there are many restaurants and eateries that offer the very best in German food, such as: • Café Restaurant Berlin, in Gleimstrasse 24, which presents a traditional German breakfast and a variety of German regional dishes throughout the day and evening; • Schinkel-Klause is located at Unter den Linden, 5, and is a German restaurant within the Opera House. Typical dishes on the menu include Berliner Weisse and Berliner Eisbein, with the quantity of food on the plate is eye-wateringly big; • Brecht Keller is at Chausseestrasse, 125, and is a renowned basement restaurant in the former home of the famous ...

Berlin’s Beer Festival

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Berlin’s Beer Festival

This year, 2009, was the thirteenth Berlin Beer Festival and it ran from the 7th until the 9th of August. Themes for the beer festival vary and in 2008 the theme was a thousand years of Czech beer brewing culture. In 2009, the theme was all about the great beer brewing country, Belgium. Of course, at the Berlin Beer Festival there are fine examples of beers from every brewing country, especially Germany, but in 2009, twelve Belgian breweries including Brouwerij Housebrouck and Ingelmunster were at the festival promoting their beers. Another of the Belgian breweries attending the beer festival was St. Louis Kriek, which was nominated as one of the two festival beers. The beer is renowned for its fresh cherries and distinctive flavour which includes the taste of almonds thanks to the cherry stones being part of the brewing process. The other nominated festival beer of 2009 was Grimbergen Dubbel which is produced by Alken-Maes and is a beer that is full-bodied and dark due to the double fermentation during the brewing process. It is a beer that is brewed by Cistercian monks who drink it from goblets. It tastes good however it is drunk! Other beers that marked out the 2009 ...

Hip Bars in Berlin Schoneberg

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Hip Bars in Berlin Schoneberg

Schoneberg is Berlin’s gay district and has been an exciting part of Berlin since the 1920s and 1930s. Christopher Isherwood wrote his play, ‘I am a camera’ based on life in Schoenberg during the 1930s. Later, the play became the musical, ‘Cabaret’ where the spirit of Schoenberg was so well encapsulated. Today, the district of Schoneberg in Berlin is even more popular and every night people flood into its many bars and clubs to see and be seen and to party into the small hours. Beguine is a friendly bar where women meet to chat or to attend talks, dances, concerts and book launches. The bar is near Goltzstraße and Nollendorfplatz and the food and atmosphere are both excellent. Although it is predominantly for lesbians, there is no bar on men enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. Cafe Berio is a bar that is mostly frequented by gay men. The bar is situated in Nollendorfplatz, and is a popular place to meet and chat during the day. In the evening, the bar rapidly fills with men enjoying a few drinks before going on to one of the clubs in the area. Tom's Bar, is on the corner of Eisenacher Strasse and is one of the longest established ...

Getting to Berlin from the Airports

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Getting to Berlin from the Airports

To help you better plan your Berlin holiday, here is some useful information about the two international airports that serve Berlin, Berlin Tegel and Berlin-Schönefeld. BERLIN TEGEL AIRPORT Berlin Tegel Airport is the closest to Berlin and is the airport used by major international carriers including the German companies, Lufthansa and Air Berlin. To get to Berlin from Tegel Airport is not a problem as the airport is almost within the city boundary. There are local trains and express trains that pass through Tegel Station but do not go to the actual airport itself. However, the JetExpress TXL bus connects Tegel Airport to Beusselstraße S-Bahn station in only ten minutes and connects to the main railway station in Berlin, Berlin Hauptbahnhof station, in about twenty minutes.The X9 is a bus route that connects Tegel Airport to the heart of Berlin and bus 109 goes from Tegel Airport to Jakob-Kaiser Platz U-Bahn station in little more than five minutes. The 109 also goes from Tegel Airport to Charlottenburg S-Bahn and the Regional Express station, in just under twenty-five minutes; and the 109 takes a little over half an hour to get from Tefel Airport to the Zoologischer Garten U-Bahn/S-Bahn/Regional Express station. Tickets for ...

Charlottenburg on Video

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Charlottenburg on Video

There are many areas of Berlin that are considered to be important sights to visit. One of these is Charlottenburg. The centre of West Berlin when city was still divided, Charlottenburg has been a haven for artists and other such innovators since the 1920’s. There are many very charming and beautiful cafes and restaurants in this area that provide great resting points for people watching. Then of course there is the Charlottenburg castle - one of the finest example of royal Prussian architecture in Berlin. Have a look at some incredible 360 panaromas or view the video below to get a better idea of what awaits you:

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