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City West is the heart of former West Berlin and even after reunification it represents the main retail center of Berlin — all the best and most expensive shops are located here. The area also includes some landmarks of great historical and cultural interest, as well as a large number of accommodation and entertainment options.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, generally also known as "Gedächtniskirche"

Understand

The Ku'damm (short for Kurfürstendamm) is the center of the area, it consists of the main shopping streets and the Tauentzienstraße and Fasanenstraße, which are adjacent to the Ku'Damm. City West is composed of four boroughs: Charlottenburg, Wilmersdorf, Schöneberg and Tiergarten.

Charlottenburg used to be the heart of West Berlin and stretches between the Ku'Damm, jointly shared with Wilmersdorf, and the Charlottenburg Palace in the north. The southern part of the district is one of the wealthier areas of Berlin with posh villas and apartments. The northern part is a nice living area. Charlottenburg was the center of the former West Berlin and was well built-up after the war. Today it's mostly an upmarket shopping and living area for city slickers. After the WW I Charlottenburg had a large, wealthy Russian scene, due to the refugees from St Petersburg after the Russian revolution which had given rise to the area's nickname - "Charlottograd".

Wilmersdorf has always been a middle and upper class inner city villa and apartment house area. It is quieter but has nice restaurants and cafes. About 80% of Berlin's Jewish population (estimated 25,000 people) — now mostly of Russian descent — live in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.

Schöneberg is the traditional centre of the gay scene in Berlin. Today the borough is gentrified and very popular with young families and middle-aged singles. Renovated old apartments with stucco are pretty common. You can start to walk from U-Nollendorfplatz and head directly to the Winterfeldmarkt (lovely market, open Saturday from morning until early afternoon, all year, on Wednesday there is a smaller market). It is not the main center but the district townhall was the main townhall for West Berlin during the Cold War. The freedom bell (a present from the American people) and several memorials from that time, can be found here. On 9th November 1989, Helmut Kohl (Bundeskanzler from 1983-1998) and Willy Brandt (former Bundeskanzler) cheered from the main balcony as they saw the end of the Berlin Wall. The townhall is an emotional place for most people in Berlin (especially West Berlin).

Tiergarten is, beside a borough, a large park separating the district from Mitte. In the south is the Kulturforum with collection of cultural buildings (Philharmonie, Chamber Music Hall and many Museums).

Get in

By U-, S-Bahn and Regional-Express

  • Bahnhof Zoo ("Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten") RE1, RE2, RE7, RB14, S5, S7, S75, U2, U9, Bus 100, 200
  • Wittenbergplatz U1, U2, U3
  • Savignyplatz S5, S7, S75
  • Kurfürstendamm U1, U9 - (not Kurfürstenstraße on the same line. These are two totally different areas!)
  • Adenauerplatz U7

A lot of buslines drive all the way down the Ku'Damm. Especially when it rains (or snows in winter) or to get a first impression, it's very convenient to use the buses.

U-Bahn lines U7 (Eisenacher Str.). U1, U2, U3, and U4 (Nollendorfplatz) cross the borough on the north and the south.

Get around

Charlottenburg is considered the heart of former West Berlin and stretches from the ICC convention center in the west to Ku'Damm (Kurfürstendamm) in the east. Public transport or a bike are often ideal modes of transportation in this area since parking spots are scarce and parking garages expensive. The city bus system (BVG) covers Wilmersdorf extensively, with its the northern-most parts being served by the S- and U-stations Heidelberger Platz or Fehrbelliner Platz.

U-Bahn

U-Bahn U3 station: Heidelberger Platz
  • To arrive at the central bus station, get off at the U-and S-Bahnstation Kaiserdamm (U2) / Messe ZOB ICC (S41, S42, S46) and follow the signs.
  • If you want to ride a bus the entire length of Ku'Damm, you can get off at U-Bahn Wittenbergplatz (U1 - U3) or S-Bahn Halensee (S41, S42, S46) (east to west or vice versa).
  • To get to Schloss Charlottenburg (palace), exit U-Bahn station Sophie-Charlotte Platz (U2) or Richard-Wagner-Platz (U7).
  • Exit U-and S-Bahn station Zoologischer Garten (U2, U9, S5, S7, S75) for the city zoo, the Gedächtniskirche, the Tauentzienstraße (main shopping street) and/or a short walk to Ku'Damm. Friends of the Berlin partner city, Los Angeles, can walk right to the Los Angeles friendship place.
  • The rest of Ku'damm can be easily reached via U-Bahn station Kurfürstendamm (U1, U9), Ulandstraße (U1) or Adenauerplatz (U7).

S-Bahn

  • To reach the former center of West Berlin, get off at S-Bahn station "Zoologischer Garten."
  • A good place to start exploring Charlottenburg is at S-Bahn station "Savignyplatz." This area includes many popular cafes, bars, restaurants (including fast food), bookshops and boutiques.

Walking south from the Schöneberg centrally located Winterfeldplatz you´ll find Goltzstr with lots of small bars and cafes. Restaurants provide all sorts of food and prices are low, especially compared with other locations in the "touristy" center of Berlin. Around Eisenacher Str (extension of Goltzstr.) you´ll find even more bars and cafes situated in the basement of nice old houses. During WW II this part of Berlin was not destroyed by bombs as much as other parts of Berlin, so you can get an impression of what 19th century Berlin's architecture looked like. If you walk along Grunewaldstrasse to the west, you´ll reach "Bayrischer Platz" and around it the "Bayerisches Viertel" (with many streets named after Bavarian cities), which was destroyed a lot more during WW II (about 60%). Somewhere around there Albert Einstein lived once. You´ll find several memorial signs providing information about the Nazi-regime's rules against gays and Jews.

See

Reichstag-building in Berlin-Tiergarten

Landmarks

Tiergarten:

  • Reichstag Building (Reichstagsgebäude) – The Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Bundeskanzleramt (Chancellor's Office)
  • Bellevue Palace (Schloss Belevue) – official residence of the President of Germany since 1994
  • Siegessäule (Tiergarten) (Victory Column). Want to feel like one of the angels in Wim Wenders' classic film Der Himmel über Berlin (a.k.a. Wings of Desire)? Climb to the top of Gold-Else, as the statue of Victory on the top of the Victory Column is known. Just don't jump off if you're not actually an angel. Else was moved to her present location by the Nazis, but was originally built to commemorate Prussian military prowess in the wars against Denmark (1864), Austria (1866) and France (1870-71). Five roads run into a traffic circle called Großer Stern, in the center of which is the Siegessäule. Else is visible from much of the city district known as Tiergarten. At the base of the statue are reliefs of war scenes representing the conflicts which this monument memorializes. The Allies forced Germany to take those panels down in 1945, but they were remounted in 1984 and 1987. Currently closed for renovations.
Chamber Music Hall, behind Sony-Center

Kulturforum:

  • Philharmonie – concert hall, home to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, designed by Hans Scharoun.
  • Kammermusiksaal (Chamber Music Hall)
  • Neue Staatsbibiothek (Berlin State Library House Potsdamer Straße) designed by Hans Scharoun

Charlottenburg:

  • Schloss Charlottenburg [1] [2]— Charlottenburg palace. One of the oldest buildings in Charlottenburg and actually the reason for the whole city to be built.
    • Belvedere
    • Mausoleum
    • New Pavilion
  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtnis-Kirche) [3]. This church in Breitscheidplatz is a memorial to Kaiser Wilhelm, and one of Berlin's most famous landmarks. Thick walls and plain decor mark it as neo-Romanesque, but with what's left of the Gedächtniskirche, it's tough to distinguish it as any one style. Allied bombing left only one tower standing on November 22, 1943, but a new location for worship designed by Egon Eiermann was completed in December 1961 (it's the octagonal structure with blue stained glass windows). There is a small memorial museum beneath the tower filled with artifacts from the original church, which was built from 1891-95 to architect Franz Schwechten's specifications.
Controversy arose after the war over the various options presented by the half-ruined cathedral - should it be torn down completely and rebuilt? Or should the destroyed sections be left standing as a memorial, like the infamous Frauenkirche in Dresden? (Firebombed with the rest of Dresden by the Allies, only now is the Frauenkirche finally undergoing reconstruction). The four major sections of the Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedachtnis-Kirche (central space, foyer, new tower and chapel) surround the ruined tower of the old church bridge and show the time gap between old and new. Mosaics and other remnants from the old church serve as a monument against war.

Westend:

Funkturm (Radio Tower Berlin)
  • Berliner Funkturm (Radio Tower Berlin)
  • Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium). [4] Built by Hitler for the 1936 Olympic Games, it is one of the better examples of Nazi-era neoclassical architecture and is still used for sporting events. The Olympic Stadium is where African-American athlete Jesse Owens won four gold medals. It is the home of the most successful soccer/football team of Berlin, Hertha BSC, and between 2000 and 2004 was renovated for the FIFA World Cup in 2006. A visit to a Bundesliga football match can be safely recommended, as football is a main ingredient of German public life. (Matches start Saturday 3:30PM or Sunday 5:00PM; be there at least half an hour earlier.)
The neoclassical architecture is supposed to remind the viewer of the splendors of Greece or Rome and of the universally-acclaimed great civilizations; it was thus intended as another part of Nazi propaganda. By reusing time-tested architectural components, such as columns, instead of pushing forward with a genuinely modern twentieth-century, entirely new architectural concept, did they think their designs would garner more positive attention? To the west of the Stadium itself is the Maifeld with the Langemarck hall and the Olympic Stadium Bell Tower - Glockenturm [5], (with an exhibition by the German Historical Museum and an observation deck) both of which can be visited. There is an amphitheatre as well, but mostly closed to visitors.
Combined ticket to the stadium and Glockenturm costs 7 EUR (5 reduced).
For a glimpse at the Olympiastadion in its original state, rent Leni Riefenstahl's movie Olympia. Riefenstahl has been accused of purposefully producing propaganda for the Nazis, though in her autobiography she denies it. There is no argument, however, that she is an excellent filmmaker. Though the Nazis may have helped fund some of her productions, Riefenstahl's artistic vision is undeniable.
  • Unité d'Habitation by Le Corbusier from 1957 stands close to the Stadium. It is one of the manifestations of an architectural icon of 20th century. You can see a building that influenced the way of designing modern residential blocks all over the world.[6]

Wilmersdorf:

  • Russian Orthodox cathedral of the Resurrection of Jesus, 1938

Grunewald:

  • Grunewaldturm (Grunewald Tower) — Historic observation tower in the forest near the big Havel River.

Museums and Galleries

Tiergarten

  • Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart [7] Invalidenstraße 50-51. Museum for Contemporary Art located in former Hamburger Bahnhof train station. Big halls filled with artworks made since 1960s. In 2004 Rieckhallen, former Lehrter Bahnhof, was opened and now provides exhibition space for the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection. Open: 10am-6pm, Mo closed. Tickets 12 EUR, 6 reduced. Free public guided tours (in English): Sa and Su at 12.
  • Haus der Kulturen der Welt [8] John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10. Centre for contemporary non-European art: events and exhibitions, nice small bookshop and quite cheap cafeteria in an iconic building (former Kongresshalle with curving roof, gift from United States for 1957 Interbau exhibition) in Tiergarten.

Kulturforum:

  • The Gemäldegalerie (Old Master Paintings) [9] Matthäikirchplatz (Stauffenbergstraße 40), The Gemäldegalerie contains an astounding array of paintings, including works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Goya, Velasquez and Watteau. The collection contains works from the old Bodemuseum on Museumsinsel in the East, now closed, and the former Gemäldegalerie in Dahlem. Its strong points are German paintings of the 13-16th centuries, Netherlandish painting of the 15th and 16th centuries, Flemish paintings of the 17th century, and miniature paintings of the 16th-19th centuries. In the newer section of the museum, designed by architects Heinz Hilmer and Christoph Sattler, there is enough space to display 1,150 masterpieces in the main gallery and 350 in the studio gallery - of the almost 2,900 pieces in the European painting collections. Established in 1830, the newly built gallery from 1998 has about 7,000 sq m of exhibition space (a complete tour of the 72 rooms covers almost 2 km). tel 030-2662101, fax 030-2662103, open Tu- Su 10AM-6PM, Th 10AM-8PM (Mo closed).
  • Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) [10], Tiergartenstraße 6. The oldest museum of its kind in Germany which, despite great losses during the World War II, still possesses one of the world's primary collections of European applied art. There are two sections to the collection: one located at the Kulturforum in Tiergarten, the other at Köpenick Palace (re-opened 27th May 2004). ☎ +49 20 266 2902 (kgm@smb.spk-berlin.de, fax: +49 20 266 2947). Tu-Fr 10AM-6PM, Sa & Su 11AM-6PM (Mo closed).
  • Kupferstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) [11], Matthäikirchplatz. The largest collection of graphic art in Germany. Tu-Fr 10AM-6PM, Sa & Su 11AM-6PM (Mo closed).
  • Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery) [12] Potsdamer Straße 50, Spectacular building by Mies van der Rohe contains its own collection and temporary exhibitions. Tu-Fr 10AM-6PM, Th 10AM-10PM, Sa & Su 11AM-6PM (Mo closed)
  • Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung [13] Klingelhöferstraße 14. Building designed by Walter Gropius. Inside a museum, library, cafe and shop. Open 10am - 5pm, Tu closed. Sa, Su, Mo 7€/4€; We, Th, Fr 6€/3€.

Charlottenburg

  • Schloss CharlottenburgCharlottenburg Palace, Belvedere with Porcelain Manufactory (KPM), Mausoleum and New Pavilion.
  • Museum Berggruen [14] Schloßstraße 1. Near Charlottenburg Palace. Also known as "Picasso und sein Zeit", this not so large, but precious museum hosts a very good collection of paintings and sculptures signed by Picasso, Klee, Matisse, Giacometti, and others from the first decades of the 20th century. The museum is temporarily closed (09-2012).
  • Bröhan Museum [15] Schloßstraße 1a. A small but interesting collection of decorative arts from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods
  • Museum Scharf-Gerstenberg[16] Schloßstraße 70. A museum dedicated to surrealist art.
  • Kolbe Museum [17] Sensburger Allee 25. A museum dedicated to the Berliner sculptor.
  • Käthe Kollwitz Museum [18] Fasanenstraße 24. Käthe Kollwitz's reputation as a social activist who used art as a means to express her support of pacifism was hard-won. Her son was killed in the World War I, after which her art took a turn for the morose. When her grandson was killed in World War II, her art became even darker and more brooding as she contemplated the huge loss of life Germany had suffered. Both her own personal losses and those of the nation affected her art. After the war, ever-present artistic themes for Kollwitz - death, violence, war, misery, guilt and suffering - took shape as the drawings, prints, sculptures, original posters and woodcuts housed in this museum.
  • The Story of Berlin [19] Kurfurstendamm 207-208. A multimedia museum documenting Berlin's history. You can also visit an underground bunker with room for 3000+ people.

Other attractions

Schöneberg

  • Winterfeldmarkt— The markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays are popular with locals at Winterfeldplatz. Buy a coffee and browse amongst the stalls; this is a place to unearth hidden gems. Breakfast is served usually until 2-3PM. - U1, U2, U3, U4 „Nollendorfplatz“
  • Viktoria Luise Platz— Features stately old houses and a good night time hot spot. - U4 „Viktoria Luise Platz“
  • Akazien-/Goltzstraße— Restaurants abound here, with cuisines ranging from Afghan to Nepalese and Thai. - U1, U2, U3, U4 „Nollendorfplatz“
  • Goya— Historic building opposite Nollendorfplatz. Originally a theater but now revamped as a club for 30+ generation.

Do

  • Lie in the grass and unwind at Lake Lietzensee, especially if you are with children - most of Charlottenburg children know and love the playground there.
  • Linger over a coffee at Savignyplatz and watch people passing by.
  • Do a boat tour on the Spree River or the Landwehrkanal - many of them start or end at Charlottenburg.
  • Visit the zoo. Ask for the price of a one-year pass; it will save you money if you visit more than twice.
  • Plötzensee Memorial Center (Gedenkstätte Plötzensee), Hüttigpfad, 13627 Berlin-Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (Beusselstrasse S-Bahn station, then take a 10-min walk or the bus 123 to Gedenkstätte Plötzensee), 030-3443226, [20]. 9-4pm daily. An eerie memorial to victims of the Nazi regime built on the place of a former execution room, where nearly 2900 people where put to death between 1933 and 1945. No admission fee.

Buy

  • For luxury goods visit Ku'Damm (Kurfürstendamm) and Fasanenstraße. Kurfürstendamm is especially a must visit, between Adenauerplatz and Joachimsthaler Platz (nearly two kilometres), as it boasts a whole range of luxury stores (and hotels and restaurants.)
  • For flagship stores and all the big stores head to the extension of Ku'Damm, the Tauentzienstraße.
  • The main pedestrian area of the district (and even Berlin) is Wilmersdorfer Straße. Start at Bismarckstraße, walk down the pedestrian zone, cross Kantstraße, walk underneath the railroad, and enter the Bio Company store on the right hand side of the road - it was the first supermarket-style "bio" product store in Berlin whose owner once upset the idealists at Kreuzberg by admitting that she wanted to make money with the store.
  • Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) [21], Tauentzienstraße 21-24, tel 030 2121 0, fax 030 2121 2620 - the largest department store on the European Continent at Wittenbergplatz has it all. Be sure to check out the food department at the sixth floor, where you can find anything from a baked chicken to a champagne brand bar. Be aware that on the weekends, this place can get quite crowded.

Eat

The City West is a very good place for quality and is bursting with a big variety of styles and cuisines.

Breakfast

  • Café Sur, Akazienstraße 7, tel 030-782 04 39. Deli that serves a delicous Mediteranean breakfast.
  • Cafe Bilderbuch Akazienstraße 28, tel 030-78 70 60 57. Cafe that is stocked with hundreds of books to rest and relax. Good cakes and sometimes on Sunday "Tanztee" (nipping tea and dancing) occurs.
  • Miss Honeypenny Winterfeldstrasse next to Winterfeldplatz. Offers excellent a la carte breakfast
  • Potemkin Viktoria Luise Platz, Russian restaurant that offers good breakfast varieties and a Sunday buffet. Also a popular coffee/cake break.
  • Montevideo Viktoria Luise Platz, offers breakfast sets from around the world and also good lunch offers that attract the local residents

Budget

  • Tulum, a big variety of (Tex-) Mexican food (good bargain) and nice cocktails are served in this restaurant in Wilmersdorf (Am Volkspark 85). Mainly younger crowd.
  • Tiergartenquelle, Bachstr., S-Bahnbogen 482, Mon-Fri 17:00-01:00, Sa-Sun 12:00-01.00, tel. 030-3927615, [22], Real German dishes, properly prepared and big. Also some local beers available. €4 - 12.

Mid-range

Kurfürstendamm

  • Vapiano, Augsburger Str. 43 (On the Joachimsthaler Str. right next to Karstadt on the Kudamm), [23]. 10am-1am. International chain with Italian food (pizza, pasta & salads) with an interesting approach of self-service. They prepare the meal in front of your eyes. The menu is also available in English and the entire staff speaks English. 6-10€ for a meal.
  • Schweighofer's Weimarer Str 12 [24] tel: +49 0303130127. Excellent Austrian restaurant with a great atmosphere. It is decorated as Austrian living rooms. Very generous portions, but you are welcome to share a course between more people as a starter or desserts. Mains are around 15 Euro. Try the brettljause or tafelspitz, which come highly recommended.
  • Lusiada- Portuguese restaurant famous for its mussels, Ku'damm 132a (5min walk from S-Bahnstation Halensee), 10711 Berlin, tel 030-891 58 69.
  • Good Friends- Original Chinese food in Berlin, Kantstr. 30 (cnr. Schlüterstr) tel 030-312 24 88 Beware that it's real Chinese style, which may differ from the European "Chinese taste"
  • Block House - [25] a number of restaurants in Berlin, where you can taste wonderful steaks.
  • El Dorado, Kurfürstendamm 203-205, 030 88 92 65 82 (fax: 030 88 92 65 83), [26]. This restaurant is a great steak house, serving sublime Spanish cuisine. Seating is available outside. €13-19.
  • Bellucci, Brandenburgische Str. 135, 030 28 03 22 33, [27]. Great Pizzas and professional service. Not a family restaurant, but kids are welcome and well cared for.
  • Dreigut - Creative German Cuisine, Uhlandstr. 171, 10719 (On Kurfürstendamm after the Subway stop Uhlandstrasse head into Uhlandstrasse - after about 100 metres you will find the Restaurant to your left.), [28]. 11:30am-12:00pm. New and innovative German restaurant serving traditional German recipes with a modern twist in a stylish, yet very comfortable atmosphere. Focusses on high quality ingredients from local suppliers and a seasonal menu. Outside seating and free WiFi available. English speaking staff and menu. 7-18€ for a meal.

Schöneberg

Maaßenstraße between U-Bahn Nollendorfplatz and Winterfeldplatz
  • Buddha house Akazienstr. 27, tel 030-70 50 99 59. Mixture of Nepalese and Thai food/ You can reserve traditional tables (sitting on cushions, not on chairs).
  • Gottlob Akazienstr. 16, tel 030-78 70 80 95. Italian inspired kitchen with excellent weekend buffet or a la carte breakfast.
  • Papaya Hauptstr. 159, tel. 030-814 94 254. Good Thai restaurant with original dishes from Isaan and consistent to that interior
  • Ypsilon Hauptstrasse 163, tel 030-782 45 39. Serving tasty Greek dishes with a good wine selection to match. Has a big biergarten for the balmy summer nights and plays live Greek music on Friday and Saturday.
  • Shayan, Goltzstrasse 23, 2-15-15-47. This is a family run Iranian restaurant with excellent Persian cuisine. Marinated lamb kebabs and the vegetarian khoreshteh esphinaj (stew) are recommended. Don't forget to order the delicious tea at the end of your meal! Lunch €7-10.
  • Schöneberger Weltlaterne, Motzstr. 61 near VL-Platz, Very traditional Bavarian kitchen & beers
  • Wiesenstein, Viktoria-Luise-Platz 12a, +49-30-219 12 405 Excellent Schwäbisches Food with good Schwaben wines in nice surrounding and neat garden

Splurge

  • Mar y Sol- Tapas and Spanish food, Savignyplatz 5, 10623 Berlin, tel 030-313 25 93.
  • Eiffel- Good French restaurant with good value business lunch sets and interesting dinner variations, Ku'damm 105 (3min walk from S-Bahnstation Halensee), 10711 Berlin, tel 030-891 13 05.
  • 12 Apostel- Excellent Italian food and one of the best pizzas in town, Bleibtreustr. 49 (oppsite S-Bahnstation Savignyplatz), 10623 Berlin (in Charlottenburg, tel 030-312 14 33) and Hohenzollerndamm 33 in Wilmersdorf. Branches in Steglitz and Mitte.
  • Kuchi Kantstr. 30, 10623 Berlin, +49 30 31507815. One of the best sushi restaurants in Berlin. Also serves good pan Asian dishes.
  • Moustache- Excellent cuisine franchise next to the river, for the expatriate French in Berlin, Galvanistr. 12, tel 030-342 30 94 (closed on Sundays).
  • Sankt Moritz, [29], Regensburger Str. 7, Member of "Chaine des Rotisseurs" with outstanding wine card and excellent cuisine in rooms made by German painter. Named "Maitre of the year 2008"

Drink

  • Café am Neuen See A must-do during the day if the weather is nice. This cafe is more like an outdoor beergarden. Even though it's right in the middle of West Berlin, the "Café am Neuen See" is located in the middle of the Tiergarten next to a small lake. Beers are between 4-5€, giant Pizzas are 8-9€. If you are a (romantic) couple, make sure to rent one of the rowboats and enjoy the silent and romantic scenery.

As nicer the weather, the more packed this place gets. Don't even dream of a place to sit if it's one of the rare, warm Sundays. [30]

  • The LuisenBrau next to Schloss Charlottenburg has excellent brewed beer. You can have either a helles (light) or a dunkles (dark). Although the beer is quite excellent, the atmosphere is quite touristy, and clearly not as antique as it strives to be.
  • Coma, Detmolder Str. 61, near U-/S-Bahn station Bundesplatz. Made up with sand on the floor and two pool tables. XL Cocktails will kick you faster than you would think.
  • Zur U-Bahn corner of Eisenacher Str/Grunewald St. One of the last old time Berlin bars in the area, and a great place to sit, drink and meet the locals.
  • Train Hauptstrasse 159 SB, (00 49 30) 787 5033. As its name suggests, this bar is actually in an old S-Bahn car. Flashy and famous for inspired cocktails served by friendly bar tenders.
  • Green Door, Winterfeldstraße 50, tel 030.2152515. One of the best cocktail bars in Berlin with excellent selection of spirits and a stylish decor to match.
  • Salut!, Goltzstr next to Grunewaldstr, tel +49 30 746 98 504. Cafe/bar that offers an impressive cocktail list. Cocktails are mixed with fresh juices and matched with quality spirits. [31]

Clubs

The club scene of West Berlin is mainly located in Charlottenburg and Kreuzberg. The alternative crowd heads to Kreuzberg, while the mainstream youth of West Berlin go to the Charlottenburg clubs and discos.

  • Q-dorf named after the Ku'Damm, this big disco attracts a very young (and drunken) crowd. Rather cheap and usually very crowded with all the stuff you need (or don't want): R'n'B straight from the charts, Eurotrash party music, Mallorca ambiance, beach parties, go-go dancers and so on. Joachimstaler Str.15, near Gedächtniskirche.
  • Maxxim, located right next to the Ku'Dorf. A bit more luxurious for the more mature crowd. Mainly R'n'B and house.
  • Cascade, similar to the Maxxim, but less r'n'b music, for the wealthy people of Charlottenburg. Nice interior, plays house and 70s/80s. Fasanenstraße 81.
  • Havanna, Hauptstraße 30 [32]. Largest Latin music club in town. Dance to the beat when it's open on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Sleep

Budget

  • Tentstation Berlin, Seydlitzstraße 6, +49 30 39404650 (), [33]. Tiergarten district, two ha (125 tent places) camping five minutes from Berlin's Central Train Station Hauptbahnhof. Located on the grounds of outdoor swimming pool, has funny atmosphere (empty pools, high-diving towers etc.) movies, barbecues and lively bar at night. Open May - September. €11 per person, kids less.
  • Amstel House Berlin, Waldenserstr. 31, +49 30 395 4072 (), [34]. A newly refurbished guest house in an Art Nouveau style building. Four-bedded dorms from €11/person/night. Single and twin rooms en-suite also available. 7 minutes away from the central station, 15 min from Tegel airport, 2 stops with the U-Bahn from the zoo station Tiergarten.
  • Gasteiner Hof, Gasteiner Str. 8, tel +49 30 8620 170 [35]. Rooms from €30, breakfast included. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the breakfast is good. Some rooms have shared bathrooms, which can be quite cold at night.
  • Jet Pak City[36], Pariserstr. 58 (U-Bahn: Spichernstrasse), tel +49 30 784 43 60 city@jetpak.de. Award-winning popular hostel. Double rooms start at €30 per person, sleeping hall starts at €18 per person.
  • Jugendgästehaus Berlin International, Kluckstr. 3, +49 30 261 1097 (), [37]. Four-bed rooms start at 21 € (depending on age), ten-person-dormitories start at €15, all overnights including breakfast and bedsheets. Central location near Potsdam Square with quiet surroundings. HI-Hostel-membership required, international guests may also pay €3.10 extra for an overnight membership.

Midrange

  • AMERON Hotel Abion Spreebogen Berlin, Alt-Moabit 99, 030/399200 (), [38]. 4-star business hotel located next to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Spree river.
  • Aparotel, Osnabrükerstrasse 7 (U-bahn Mierendorffsplatz), ''+49'' 30 364078800 (, fax: ''+49'' 30 364078820), [39]. Free WiFi and a kitchenettes in the rooms. Has a cozy restaurant that turns into a lively bar at night. €70.
  • Hotel Berlin Berlin [40] Luetzowplatz 17 - Located in the heart of the city and just a few minutes from Kurfürstendamm and Potsdamer Platz area. Hotel Berlin Berlin is one of the best business hotels in Berlin, with ample conference rooms and discounts for large parties and conventions.
  • NH Berlin City West, Bundesallee 36/37, tel +49 30 86 00 40 [41]. Good location in the City West, has lots of rooms.
  • Pestana Berlin Tiergarten Hotel [42] located next to the Tiergaten, in the heart of the diplomatic quarter. Within walking distance to the unique KadeWe shopping and to the Bradenburg Gate. email:info.berlin@pestana.com
  • Ramada Plaza Berlin, Prager Strasse 12, tel. +49 30 236 2500 [43]. Located in inner city living area with own boarding house.
  • Grand City Hotel Berlin Kudamm (Ex Hotel Imperial) Lietzenburger Straße 79-81, tel +49 30 - 88 00 50, [44]. Ideally situated with quick connections to Potsdamer Platz or the Hackescher Markt area – all destinations are easy to reach. The nearest U-Bahn station, 'Uhlandstrasse', is a three minute walk from the hotel.
  • Best Western Hotel President +4930219030 [45] is a four star 182 hotel. Free wireless internet, sauna, steam bath, fitness room, coffee, tea, hot chocolate & more.
  • Hotel Pension Enzian Hortensienstr. 28, 12203 Berlin, tel +49 30 - 832 50 75, [46]. A friendly, family run hotel with large double bed rooms. Small hotel with a personal atmosphere. Within 1 minute foot distance is a S-Bahn station, a supermarket and a Spanish restaurant. serves breakfast, wireless is €4 per day.
  • Hotel Pension Rotdorn Heerstr. 36, 14055 Berlin, tel +49 30 - 30 09 92 92 [47]. Ideal for visitors of the fairground. Small and reasonably priced hotel with large garden and wonderful ambiance.
  • Hotel Pension Am Park Sophie-Charlotten-Str. 57-58, 14057 Berlin, tel +49 30 - 3213485 [48]. fairground in walking distance. Small house, personal, individual atmosphere.
  • Hotel Pension Bismarck Bismarckstraße 70, 10627 Berlin, tel +49 30 - 3127582 [49]. Small, familiar run house with personal ambiance.
  • Hotel Domicil, Kantstr. 111a, ''+49'' 30 - 329 030, [50]. Fairground directly connected. Kudamm, Savigny place in walking distance. view over the city. private Hotel with best care and perfect public transport connection. Famous Charlottenburg shopping sites around.
  • Hotel Alexander, Pariser Str. 37, +49 (0)30-88 71 65-0 (), [51]. Very clean and friendly hotel in a nice neighborhood Doubles $80.
  • Ku 'Damm, Kurfurstendamm 101, 49-30-52 00 55-0 (, fax: 49-30-52 00 55-555). checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Three star hotel for business travelers with a sense of lifestyle and design. Wi-fi available for a small fee (€1.90 per hour, €3 for two hours, etc) or free internet from two free terminals in the lobby.

Splurge

  • Abion Villa Berlin, Alt-Moabit 99, 030 399203-99, [52]. Wonderful view over the Spree landscape.
  • Grand Hyatt Berlin, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 2 (Potsdamer Platz), +49 (0)30 2553 1234 (), [53]. One of the best business hotels in town. During the Berlinale film festival, this is the primary hotel to stay because most major attractions are within walking distance.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, Potsdamer Platz 3, [54]. An unforgettable 5-star hotel.
  • The Mandala Hotel, Potsdamer Straße 3, [55]. Hotel on Potsdamer Platz, Kulturforum, Neue Nationalgalerie and the Philharmony.
  • Berlin Marriott, Inge-Beisheim-Platz 1, [56]. Classical Marriott style in an elegant building.
  • Swissotel [57]. Brand new and stylish design hotel direct at the Ku'Damm. Just a step away from anything in the City West and offers good weekend rates. One of the best hotel restaurants in town.
  • Steigenberger [58]. Los-Angeles-Platz 1. Located at a quiet square near Kurfürstendamm.
  • Hotel Q [59]. Outstanding new design hotel in a side street of the Ku'Damm. Famous for the architecture and design. Very popular.
  • Louisa´s Place, [60]. Small but luxurious hotel directly at Kurfürstendamm.
  • Brandenburger Hof [61]. Located in a quiet corner of City West, this cozy hotel features a very good restaurant.
  • Schlosshotel im Grunewald [62]. May be the luxury hotel with the greenest surroundings in Berlin, a step away from the hectic part of the city. Was home to the German football team during the World Cup 2006.
  • Excelsior Hotel Berlin [63] is located in one of the city west in walking distance to the famous Kurfuerstendamm and KaDeWe, commercial areas and the Zoological Garden.
  • Mövenpick Berlin [64]. Uniquely designed hotel, located in the former Siemens building on Schöneberger Straße.

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