Berlin – Capital of freedom

Berlin is the capital city, cultural centre and stepping stone between East and West alike. After the reunion the city has transformed very quickly into a metropolis which changes every single day. The city’s new international vibe is a result of an ever increasing number of economic, media and political representatives. Berlin is not only the starting point for tours through Germany and Europe, but is also a tourist attraction itself: Berlin offers something for everyone.

Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and the remains of the Berlin Wall are of course sights that you should not miss when staying in Berlin. But the capital has so much more to offer – more than 170 museum, including the famous museums on Museum Island (e.g. Pergamon Museum) can be visited. Or enjoy a concert of the famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The famous Kurfürstendamm, the area around Friedrichstrasse, just around the corner of the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt Square, or the more trendy area around Hackescher Markt offer endless shopping opportunities. If time allows, an excursion to the spectacular palaces in Postdam, especially Sanssouci and the beautiful surrounding gardens should be included. Or just feel the atmosphere of this modern, vibrant and ever-changing city when enjoying a cup of coffee at one of the numerous beautifully decorated cafés.

Michael’s recommendations

Berlin was my home town for some years during my childhood. At that time the wall was still there and even as a child I recognized how strange a divided city was. Every time we visited relatives and friends in Western Germany we had to cross borders 2x and had to queue at the border control. I was so happy when the wall came down and was fortunate enough to spend so much time since then in this crazy city. I have seen the Prenzlauer Berg coming alive, turning into a hip area and then becoming a family friendly area with all the hipsters getting into families. The Kudamm, part of my childhood live, turned from a chic & rich shopping area in a boring street but then after a while came back.

I guess I could write lots of pages about Berlin, the streets, the clubs, the hotels and restaurants – but at the same time it would be outdated already as this “thing” changes every week, every day. Therefore I leave this to my colleagues in our Berlin office, who have the ultimate pleasure to live here and spend their days exploring the new things in this great city.

Nevertheless, I would like to draw your attention to the former prison in Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen. The East German Ministry of State Security (MfS) established here its central remand prison. In the 1950s, upwards of 11,000 people regarded as obstructive to the communist dictatorship were incarcerated here. The entire property is impressive but most of all the meeting with former inmates has touched me. Talking to these eyewitnesses was a very special moment I will never forget.

Restaurant Recommendations

The FACIL

The restaurant (2 Michelin stars), located in the heart of Berlin, has been serving elegantly light fare accented by purist luxury and modern avant-garde since July 2001. The FACIL is the perfect place for unconventional gourmets seeking a culinary experience.

Reinstoff

Reinstoff is a modern gourmet restaurant, awarded with two Michelin stars and 18 Gault Millau points. The restaurant is located in the historic Edison courtyards in Berlin-Mitte, where Germanys first light bulbs were manufactured a few decades ago.  In this unique surrounding, chef Daniel Achilles and business economist Sabine Demel offer a gourmet restaurant, which is truly authentic for Berlin.

Kaefer

Kaefer Rooftop restaurant  has a truly unique location: On top of the historic Reichstag building in the very heart of Berlin. It is the world’ s only public restaurant in a building of parliament.  You can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Berlin while enjoying modern German cuisine.

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