49 Berlin tips: sights, hotels and food


Who knows the best places and insider tips? Local people! Anneli blogs at Annalisa's Hotelworld and has been living in the capital for many years. In this guest post she will tell you her Berlin tips for the most beautiful hotels, sights, excursions, restaurants, cafes and rooftop bars - whether for summer, winter or rain. Everything for your Berlin weekend or a longer city break!

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The best Berlin tips of a local

I have been leading my series of insider tips for some time, including this post.

The Berlin Anneli I met at a blogger meeting. To Berlin, you will immediately notice the classic sights such as the Berlin TV Tower, the Brandenburg Gate or the Museum Island.

But you want to discover the capital on your own off the beaten track ? Then you can find Annelis Berlin tips here.

Anneli, what has been keeping you in Berlin for many years?

I am originally from a small town in East Westphalia and moved to Berlin in 1986. In the eighties West Berlin - and especially Kreuzberg - was the center for punk, new wave, avant-garde, shrill fashion and wild, unconventional life. At that time I also heard about the punk and new wave scene and wanted to study fashion design.

And I have never regretted to have come here. Because here I was able to completely implement and live out everything that I imagined.

What keeps me in Berlin after 30 years, I often ask myself. Because this city can be exhausting if you live and work here. But I also feel very rooted and have developed an incredible sense of home.

What is your blog about?

The focus of my blog Annalisa's Hotelworld are hotels . My dream job has always been a hotel tester and my blog is a wonderful excuse to stay in hotels all the time.

In my blog I write only about hotels that I like. I want to inspire, inform and help the readers to really nice hotel stays.

To round off the hotel theme a bit, I also write about the places where my selected hotels are located. And about literature and films related to it.

Berlin Tips Weather: When is the best time to travel for a short break?

Of course you can come to Berlin in any season. But it is most pleasant between May and October .

In winter it can be quite gray and nasty. However, I always have the impression that the tourists here are so in Berlin intoxication that they do not bother so much. The Berliners are always moaning about the winter tristesse.

Travel time: Is a Berlin weekend sufficient?

Hard to say. Berlin is very big and the question is, how deep will someone dive into the city the first time? I would say: no less than 3 whole days .

Your insider tips for beautiful Berlin hotels?

For several years, new hotels in all price ranges have mushroomed in Berlin and many are really good. In my opinion, there are the best hotels around the Kurfürstendamm.

My favorite is the Hotel Zoo (5 stars, Kurfürstendamm 25) - a time-honored house in which many famous film actors spent the night in the 20s and 50s of the last century.

Years ago, American designer Dayna Lee redesigned the whole house. The result is incredibly glamorous, cosmopolitan and stylish, yet totally casual and relaxed.

Very special is also the 25hours Hotel in the Bikini-Haus (Budapester Str. 40). There you can choose between "Urban" and "Jungle" rooms. The former go out to the Memorial Church, the "Jungle" room to the zoo.

You are lying in hammocks on panoramic windows and looking over the monkey enclosure and the trees of the Tiergarten. When the zoo animals start to yell at their morning feed, they no longer have the feeling that they are in the middle of Berlin, but they think they are somewhere in the jungle. That is absolutely unique!

. But if it should be something very luxurious: Unter den Linden - more precisely at the Bebelplatz, right next to the State Opera, near the Berlin Cathedral - is the Hotel de Rome (5 stars, Behrenstraße 37) .

In the building was before the Second World War, the Dresden Bank and later the State Bank of the GDR. The spa area is located in the former safe rooms.

The hotel has a very glamorous appearance, but unfortunately very expensive. There are suites that cost 20,000 euros per night.

If you are lucky, but you get a "Classic" room from 249 euros. You have to look for it on the relevant booking portals. And keep in mind that the cheapest night in general is from Sunday to Monday.

Quite different is the The Circus Hotel in Mitte (3 stars, Rosenthaler Str. 1). There it goes far under 100 euros going on.

The concept of the house is to welcome the guests like old friends and to introduce them to the "real Berlin". I think that works very well there as well. Special events and guided tours are organized regularly.

And from the location you are in the middle of the very hip part of the city. From the organization it is sometimes but also very Berlin. Accordingly, you need a bit of patience and tolerance as a guest.

In the meantime the Ecohotels are also a big topic, which strive for sustainability in all areas. An incredibly attractive specimen from this sector is the still quite new Lulu Guldsmeden on Potsdamer Straße in Schöneberg.

Hotels of the Danish Guldsmeden-chain are not only sustainable, but also extremely hip, very comfortable and on top of that offer a lot of winking fun factors, such as: B. room with swing. (4 stars, Potsdamer Str. 67)

But you also have to mention the Motel One Upper West at the Gedächtniskirche. This 18-storey Berlin flagship of the Motel One chain has a really great design, rooms with a view and an absolutely phenomenal price-performance ratio for this location. (3 stars, Kantstr. 163 - 165)

Berlin Tips: Where can I have good breakfast and eat in Berlin?

In Berlin, the gastronomic scene is constantly changing. I find it difficult to give tips that last.

If you want to eat well and cheaply, you should either go to Kreuzberg, get off at the underground station Görlitzer Bahnhof and then walk up Oranienstraße . There you will find restaurants of all kinds in large numbers.

Or to Prenzlauer Berg, U-Bhf. Get off at Eberswalder Str. And then walk down Kastanienallee and Oderberger Straße . Since the selection is at least as large.

Two tips for unusual cafes :

  1. Mrs. Behrens pies in the Wilmersdorfer Str. 96 in Charlottenburg (subway station Adenauerplatz)
  2. Or the extremely stylish headquarters of Café Einstein at Kurfürstenstraße 58. It is housed in an old mansion where silent film diva Henny Porten lived during her great time.

Cult is now the Benedict , which is located in a side street of Kudamm. It is open 24 hours and offers 24 hours for breakfast only. However, these are incredibly delicious breakfasts from all over the world that you choose from the most comprehensive breakfast menu I have ever encountered. (Uhlandstr. 49)

At the moment Korean restaurants are especially popular. There is even here in the pure vegan version , such as. Feel Seoul Good at Kollwitzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg. (Husemannstr.2) Anyone who prefers Korean meat is in the right place at the BABIKYU in Kreuzberg. (Bergmannstrasse 1)

Be sure to mention but also the BRLO Brwhouse . This is a brewery where Craft Beer is made. This also includes beer garden, bar and restaurant. There is very modern kitchen, which is known for its experimental vegetable dishes. (Schöneberger Str. 16)

Your Berlin insider tips for things to do and trips in the summer?

In the warm season is definitely worth a trip to the peacock island . This landscape park is quite far out, but it is very romantic. And on this occasion you can also take a look at the Wannsee .

Also quite far out in the east of the city, in the district of Marzahn, are the gardens of the world . There are theme gardens from all parts of the world that are really beautiful. (Main entrance Blumberger dam)

The Berliners always like to swim in their numerous lakes, eg. B. Wannsee, Schlachtensee, Teufelssee - just to name a few.

A real hipster place to swim is the Badeschiff , which is anchored in the Spree in Alt-Treptow.

By the way, you can explore Berlin very well by boat . There are many different boat tours across the lakes and the Havel, but also through the city center - in summer a great thing!

There are plenty of rooftop bars here. If it is to be luxurious, the rooftop bar of the already mentioned "Hotel de Rome" would be a good address, but the "Hotel Zoo" also has one.

Those who prefer a bit cooler and slimmer can go to the Klunkerkranich in Neukölln (Karl-Marx-Straße 66). The bar is located on the roof of the shopping center "Neukölln Arcaden", is also open in winter and has been very popular for several years. (Underground station Rathaus Neukölln)

Meanwhile, the rooftop bar of the Amano-Hotel in Mitte is also very popular. This bar has even made it to the cover of Merianheftes Berlin. (Auguststr. 43)

In terms of flea markets , I would recommend the, which takes place every weekend in Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg. Although this is not to be classified as an insider tip, you should nevertheless have seen it.

In the summer, outdoor karaoke takes place in the Mauerpark on most weekends, an absolute cult event.

Incidentally, there is a great deal of unusual street art to discover in Berlin, especially in the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg . The East Side Gallery probably knows everyone and definitely belongs to the tourist program. But you should also walk with open eyes through the streets of these neighborhoods and see what else there is.

In Mitte - next to the main entrance to the Hackesche Höfe - is the Street Art Alley , which belongs to the house Schwarzenberg. It looks as original as in the wild reunification years of Berlin and there is also a pub called Eschschloraque Rümschrümp , where you can have a Berlin experience in the style of this time. (Rosenthaler Str. 39)

Your Berlin tips for the winter, for example for the Christmas market?

Berlin in winter is generally cold, gray and uncomfortable. Therefore, logically, everything that takes place indoors is logical.

If it should be Christmas: There are plenty of Christmas markets . Although they do not take place indoors, I personally am not a big fan of it. But if so, then these markets should at least take place in historical settings and not in front of any shopping centers.

There are several markets in Berlin that meet this criterion. Here I recommend two times: The most famous is the Christmas market on the historic Gendarmenmarkt , you can see it on most Berlin Christmas photos. The offered things are a bit higher quality than other Christmas markets. And the stalls and tents look more beautiful.

In my opinion, the Christmas market at Schloss Charlottenburg is even more attractive - the castle ambience is hard to top.

And if that's not enough: On all four Advent weekends, there will be a Christmas market in the domain Dahlem , a former manor and current open-air museum for agriculture and forestry. There are goods from all cultures in the world offered and this market has a lot of fans here - the way out to Dahlem could be worthwhile.

On the RAW site in Friedrichshain, on which there are also many well-known clubs, a historical Christmas market with medieval charm takes place on some days. (Revaler Str. 99)

And last but not least: A very special atmosphere can also be enjoyed at the Lucia Christmas Market on the premises of the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg, which is dedicated to the Nordic countries in terms of style and offerings. The site of the Kulturbrauerei has several entrances and exits: Knaackstr. 97, Sredtskistr. 1 and Schönhauser Allee 36 - 39.

Berlin Tips for activities in the rain?

When it rains, there are two things to do: museum and / or shopping .

There are plenty of museums here. Since I am personally very interested in photography, I particularly like the C / O Berlin in Hardenbergstraße 22 - 24 and the Museum of Photography in Jebensstraße 2.

An absolute whiz among the museums is the Futurium , a museum for future designs. It only opened in 2019 and has since recorded ever new visitor records. (Alexander Shore 2)

Otherwise, you have to look, of course, what is currently going on at exhibitions - our city magazines "Tip" and "Zitty", available at every Berlin kiosk, provide detailed information.

Theme Shopping: Lots of shopping malls have sprung up here lately. In case of rain, of course, ideal because you can walk there dry for hours from one shop to another.

Unfortunately, in most malls there are more or less the same shops. Therefore, it is actually enough if you have seen one or two.

I recommend the LP12 Mall of Berlin near Potsdamer Platz (Leipziger Pl. 12), which is the nicest mall. And then the Alexa on Alexanderplatz, that's the ugliest mall we have, at least from the outside. The supply of shops is gigantic in both.

A marvelous Mall, which is out of the frame visually, as well as the offer, is the Bikini-house , which you should not miss (Budapester str. 38 - 50, U-Bhf Zoologischer Garten or Kurfürstendamm).

When it comes to department stores, of course, the KaDeWe is the classic (Tauentzienstraße 21 - 24, U-Bahnhof Wittenbergplatz).

Personally, I like the Galeries Lafayette on Friedrichstraße (Französische Straße 23) much better. The department store is the Berlin branch of the eponymous house in Paris and has a lot of French charm.

And last but not least, my favorite shop: the Dussmann department store on Friedrichstraße 90. There you will find a gigantic selection of books, films, games and music on various large floors - an incredible source of inspiration and an absolute paradise for bookworms like me.

Incidentally, the shop is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 to 24 o'clock ... If all other shops already have, you can continue to hunt for several hours unrestrained.

Your Berlin tips for going out, clubs and cinema?

If you want to go dancing, check out Clärchens Ballhaus at Auguststraße 24 in Berlin-Mitte. There since 1913 live music in the Hall of Mirrors stylish geschwooft. And fed. S-Bahn Oranienburger Strasse or U-Bahn station Weinmeisterstraße.

ie liegen mit ihrem Programm immer wieder genau auf meiner Wellenlänge. My favorite place for shows and concerts is the Admiralspalast on Friedrichstraße 101. T hey are always right on my wavelength with their program. S-Bhf Friedrichstraße.

And if it's supposed to be cinema: Kino International on Karl-Marx-Allee 33 was built in the 60s as a prestigious DDR premiere cinema . It still reflects today's Zeitgeist very well.

Today there are more demanding films. Before and after you can enjoy the atmosphere in the Honecker Lounge or in the Panoramabar Café.

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After more than 20 years of film, television and photography work, Anneli Tuttas has decided to devote more time to her passion for hotels and travel. She reports on everything from the sector on her blog, Annalisa's Hotelworld , which she finds particularly remarkable.

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  • reply
    November 21st, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Dear Anja!
    My tip for Berlin in summer: the Volkspark Jungfernheide in Siemnsstadt!
    Outdoor pool, climbing park, children's playgrounds, large lawn, small petting zoo (social institution) here you will find many opportunities for recreation. If you still feel like walking through the UNESCO World Heritage settlement around the Jungfernheideweg and Goebelstraße. On display boards everything worth knowing about the settlement.
    Access by U7 to Siemensdamm, exit Jungfernheideweg. Then walk about 10 minutes to the park.
    Oh yes, we also have an S-Bahn line that has been lying fallow for years and offers great photo opportunities.
    Love greeting Susanne

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      Anja Beckmann
      November 22, 2017 at 12:27

      Hello Susanne,

      that sounds great. Thanks for the tips!

      best regards

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