WHEN IN: BERLIN
WHAT TO EXPECT
Arguably the unofficial creative capital of Europe, Berlin had us bursting at the seams with excitement as we bustled our way to the departures gate at Heathrow.
Once landed and hotel-bound, our Lithuanian taxi driver (and new best friend) Sergey pointed out the remains of the Berlin Wall as we sped past. Much of which is now decorated with colourful street art in a fitting representation of a city as culturally rich as it is historically.
Our evening ventures reaffirmed the unrivalled nightlife that Berlin-goers boast about. With an unwavering casual-is-cool vibe, the clubs are full of effortlessly trendy creatives who seem to have escaped the responsibilities of reality with enough ease to make you sure you can do it too.
We spent three days there and it was nowhere near enough - Berlin is still high on our hit-list. Whether you’re there for a similar whirlwind weekend or longer, here is what we’d recommend…
WHERE TO STAY
Splash out - 25 Hours Hotel Bikini
Opening just over a year ago, this hotel captures the progressive vibe of western Berlin and places it in the east, offering a welcome contrast to that part of the city. With 149 rooms and 4.5 stars, the decor and atmosphere is an experience in itself and the venue is well worth a visit - even if it's just for a drink at the Monkey Bar (see our pick for where to eat below).
Budapester Strasse 40, 10787 Berlin. Book Here
Go wild - Michelberger Hotel
Situated on the west side of the city right near Friedrichshain's iconic nightlife and near the longest stretch of the Berlin Wall, Michelberger Hotel attracts the city's most creative visitors with its edgy decor and ideal location. Surprisingly affordable, we'd highly recommend staying here if you want an inspired, buzzing base during your visit.
Warschaeur Strausse 39/40, 10243 Berlin. Book Here
This decent-sized apartment boasts as brilliant a location as the name implies. Great for couples or adventuring teams of two, host Maksim is always eager to guide your stay and will happily provide a fantastic list of must-hit bars and restaurants in the area. It is the perfect place to pretend you are a Berlin resident, if only for a few days.
Berlin, Germany. https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1484853?s=xMT1
WHERE TO EAT
Our pick - Monkey Bar
Perched on top of the achingly cool 25 Hours Hotel Bikini the Monkey Bar has a great view of the Berlin Zoo and west side of the city. Decked out with cushions and progressive-style interiors, it is the perfect place to end a culture-filled day in the city. We recommend splitting a bottle of wine (or two) and enjoying the tapas-style nibbles; the mini hot-dogs and sweet potato fries won't disappoint.
WHERE TO PLAY
- Explore the Berlin Wall while enjoying a currywurst
- Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate)
- Museums Island
- Reichstag Building
- Ride a bike through the 'Tiergarten'