Historically contentious, iconic, the home of cabaret, cool, creative, tech-y: just some of the words to describe the German capital. Berlin has for over 26 years since the abolition of the Wall been a hot spot for young artists and creatives looking to start new lives and create a new start for this city so muddled by its history, today it is renowned for its culture and diverse tourism options. Those looking to explore Berlin’s history can make the most of its many museums and historical points linked to wartime, whilst those interested in arts and alternative culture will find Berlin is also home to a number of galleries and exhibition spaces. Berlin attracts an international audience and as such it is today also the base for a number of tech startups and new businesses. With Soho House and Design Hotels both firmly present, this chic location makes a good weekend city break in both summer and winter.
The Berlin Wall and East Side Gallery
What is the largest section of the wall that still stands in the area of Mühlenstrasse, you cannot visit Berlin without seeing this symbol of so many years of trouble and what is now an open air art space.
Mühlenstraße, 10243 Berlin
Reichstag and The German Bundestag
A symbol of democracy and a change of direction in German politics, the glass dome of Norman Foster’s restored Reichstag is the one that works best despite its murky past. With views out to the Brandenburg Gate and down in the direction of the debating chamber.
German Bundestag, Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin
It is hard to summarise a place so associated with evil and Berlin is not shy to display its notoriously shameful past. The scene of many of Hilter’s campaigns, marriage and eventual suicide all took place in this strange setting. Worth visiting, if anything, to remind us how evil can never and will never prevail.
In den Ministergärten, 10117 Berlin
The museum’s many exhibitions illustrate the strength and unity of this once much divided nation. Here Berlin’s flourishing Jewish community is celebrated.
Oranienburger Str. 28-30, 10117 Berlin
Celebrating the works of some of the world’s greats, here you will see works by artists including Rembrandt, Botticelli and German artists including Durer.
Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz, Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin
This mishmash museum might be tricky to navigate but it is well worth the effort in order to appreciate the lengths taken by those trying to escape Communist East Germany.
Friedrichstrasse 43-44, 10969 Berlin
Hotel de Rome
Located in the heart of Berlin’s East side since 2006, this restored former bank building was not destroyed during the war and therefore allows one of the very few authentic and traditional experiences in this historic city. Boutique in style, this 145 room hotel offers a collection of stylishly individual rooms.
The rooms and suites feature large marble bathrooms with separate shower and bath tub and heated floors. Many of them have private balconies and terraces. A Rocco Forte Hotel, guests may also make the most of the hotel’s selection of bars and Italian inspired restaurants.
Behrenstraße 37, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Exclusively for Total Management clients
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Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
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September 5th 2016