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The gondola rises 150 meters into the sky of Berlin, attached to one of the biggest helium balloons in the world. A steel cable provides security – magnificent views guaranteed!
Opening hours: Daily 10.00-22.00 (Apr-Oct), 11.00-18.00 o`clock (Nov-Mar)
Address: Wilhelmstraße (at Checkpoint Charlie)
Fees: 19 Euro
Getting there: Subway (U2, 6): Stadtmitte
An inconspicuous green door is the entry into Berlin’s underworld. Interested in discover labyrinthine corridors, gloomy bunker, dark shafts and ghost stations? Then you are right at “Berliner Unterwelten”.
Opening hours: Call for tours
Address: Brunnenstr. 108a(meeting point)
Getting there: Subway (U8): Bernauer Straße
There is nothing better than German Tapas at the location “Schnitzelei”! The otherwise typical small Spanish portions are served here in 18 variations – From Königsberger Klopse over Savoy roulade to plums wrapped in bacon.
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 16.00-24.00, Sat-Sun 12.00-24.00 o`clock
Address: Röntgenstraße 7
Getting there: Subway (U7): Richard-Wagner Platz
Thousands of confectioneries and delicacies are piling up in the little shop. Besides Veilchensenf, milk-grappa and jelly of seaweed, especially the handmade chocolates with different flavours are cultish.
Opening hours: closed Thu
Address: Goethestraße 4 (Berlin Charlottenburg)
Getting there: Subway (U2): Ernst-Reuter-Platz
The Hackesche Höfe are Germany’s largest enclosed courtyard area and one of the main attractions of Berlin. The original concept consisted of mixed use by art, culture, living, trade and catering. The shops provide an offer on a high level, thereby avoiding the mainstream. The gastronomy there offers a sophisticated entertainment for any occasion. The offices are used by many creative sectors,such as architects, public relations agencies or web designers. The living in the Hackesche Höfe is very urban, but with high quality, for instance due to the central location and the simultaneously calm atmosphere, provided by the nightly closure of the residential area.
Opening hours: –
Address:Rosenthalerstraße 40/41 & Sophienstraße 6
Getting there: City-train (S1-6, 13, 15, 53): Hackescher Markt
Hotels in a different way
Looking for a special room? The oddest of its kind is the Propeller Island City Lodge (Albrecht-Achilles-Str. 58 | http://www.propellerisland.de), where you sleep in green padded cells, mirror rooms and flying beds. All 45 rooms have been designed by different artists. In Berlin-Center, there is an art gallery for overnight stay: The Arte Luise, in which each room has its own artistic painting show, there are regular exhibitions in the attached art gallery (Luisenstr. 19 | http://www.luis-berlin.com). A real insider tip: On the campus of the GLS language school (Kastanienallee 82 | http://www.gls-berlin.com/hotel), there are chic studios waiting for language students and other Berlin-visitors in a renovated villa in the centre of Prenzlberg.
The KaDeWe is the biggest department store in continental Europe. The KaDeWe offers a vast variety of products and is also setting new standards in service. KaDeWe caters for a wide range of needs with luxurious beauty rooms and lounges, a wedding and gift service, a hotel and home service, tailor, hairdressers, buggy rental and a bureau de change. In its world-famous gourmet department on the sixth floor, Berlin’s premium department store even plays host to exclusive parties high above the roofs of the city.
Opening hours:Mon-Thu 10.00-20.00, Fr 10.00-21.00, Sat 9.30-20.00 o`clock
Address: Tauentzienstraße 21-24
Getting there: City-train (S5, 7, 9, 75): Zoologischer Garten
Lunch under chestnut trees
Don`t miss the fashionable avenue of chestnut trees, which is not for nothing called Casting-Alley: Go there for lunch, for instance in the Bar 103.
Opening hours: Daily from 09.00 o`clock
Address: Kastanienallee 49
Getting there: Subway (U2): Senefelder Platz
Here, a dream comes through – driving a motorboat without a license. At the romantic Müggelsee, a ride for everyone is possible at boat rentals “Spreepoint”
Opening hours: Daily from 09.00 o`clock until sunset
Address: Müggelseedamm 70
Phone: 6411291 or 0171/7140816
Fees: about 25 Euro per hour
Getting there: City-train (S3): Friedrichshagen
Largest antiquarian record-shop, with about 200,000 singles. You find everything from folk to hard rock, that will delight a collector’s heart.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10:07-17:53, Sat 10.00-13.11 o`clock
Address: Tegeler Weg 102 (Berlin-Charlottenburg)
Getting there: Subway (U7): Mierendorffplatz
Shopping around the corner
At Berlin’s coolest concept store “The Corner”, you get designer-fashion and music. Also taking a drink is possible – at the bar.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10.30-19.30, Sat 10.00-19.00 o`clock
Address: Französische Straße 40
Getting there: Subway (U6): Französische Straße
Do you think, a Döner Kebab without meat can`t be tasty? Mustafa proves the contrary. Fresh roasted vegetables, feta cheese, different sauces, and secret ingredients, prepared with love and heart.
Opening hours: –
Getting there: Subway (U6, 7): Mehringdamm