Hip And Trendy Berlin

Berlin, often called “the most hip city in Europe” is also one of the world’s great cultural centers. It’s eclectic neighborhoods are filled with trendy cafés for foodies, it’s bars and legendary clubs attract a young group for all night parties and there are art galleries and vintage boutiques for the artistic and creative crowd. In Berlin’s historic district of Mitte, you’ll find luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants, exclusive high end shops, beautiful parks, endless museums, theaters, and cultural events that attract a chic European crowd, all of which makes Berlin one of the most talked about, vibrant and fascinating cities in Europe today.

Brandenburg Gate, One Of Berlin’s Most Important Monuments

As many times that my husband and I have visited Germany, Berlin was never on our radar as it was further north and east from where we usually travel. When our travel plans to Prague had to be altered because of Hurricane Irma, Berlin ended up becoming the first stop on this year’s trip to Europe.

The legendary Adlon Kempinski Hotel, on the famous Unter den Linden  boulevard, and just steps away from the famous Brandenburg Gate, became our home for four nights. We loved its central location in the heart of the historic district of Berlin. We could easily walk to many of the city’s main cultural and historical sites such as the Reichstag and the Museum Island, which is a collection of five truly outstanding  museums that would take days, if not weeks, to throughly explore.

We had a wonderful junior suite located just a couple of doors down from the hotel’s famous Presidential suite. After two days of traveling to get to Berlin, this very spacious and beautifully decorated room was one we didn’t want to leave. That was until we opened the balcony door and saw Berlin’s famous landmarks all around us .

Normally I do a lot of research before we visit a city and know all the sights and restaurants that I want to visit. Since Berlin was an unplanned stop, I relied on the  team at the Adlon’s concierge desk for help and they were terrific. Since this was our first time in Berlin, they recommended we take a hop on, hop off bus tour to get a feel of the city.

We did take the bus tour for our introduction to this famous capital and I would definitely suggest it to any first time visitor to Berlin.

Berlin has 175 museums and during our stay we visited three. The Deutsches Historisches Museum is incredibly interesting, covering 2,000 years of German history. Upstairs covers a period from the 1st century to the end of WWI while the bottom floor covers the 20th century all the way through to the German reunification. The Neues Museum has outstanding pieces from the Egyptian Museum, the showpiece being the famous bust of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.

The third museum we visited was the Pergamon Museum which happens to be Berlin’s most popular museum. Because of long waits at the Pergamon Museum, the concierge at the Adlon highly recommended booking time slot tickets. That enabled us to skip the ticket lines and believe me, the lines were very long.

We saw the famous Ishtar Gate of Babylon with tiles painted in brilliant blues with reliefs of dragons and lions.

Ishtar Gate of Babylon At The Pergamon Museum

There is also the impressive Roman Market Gate of Miletus.

Roman Gate At Pergamon Museum

The museum also has a huge stone Mschatta Façade from one of the Jordanian desert castles as well as an interesting collection in the Museum of Islamic Art. Each room is filled with long buried treasures 2000 years old or more  gathered from Iran, Asia Minor, Egypt and the Caucasus.

We had wonderful meals during our short stay in Berlin. The Adlon has three different restaurants in the hotel. The Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer which has a two star Michelin rating was fully booked during our stay. The Sra Bua, a modern Pan Asian restaurant was closed during our stay but has since reopened. Their more casual restaurant is the Quarré and we had an early dinner there one  evening at a table looking out at the boulevard and the Brandenburg Gate. On our other two evenings, we left the hotel and enjoyed two very different restaurants that the concierge recommended.  Il Punto, which is within walking distance of the hotel, is  an excellent Italian restaurant and Heimlich Treu, a fairly new restaurant, is a true hidden gem. I’ll be writing about it in my next post, I think you will enjoy learning about the restaurant.

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The Brandenburg Gate At Night

Berlin was a fascinating city to visit and if it hadn’t been for Hurricane Irma, it is a city  we probably wouldn’t have visited. I do hope you get a chance to visit Berlin some day. It really is one of Europe’s most interesting capitols and yes, I would agree with all that call it “the most hip city in Europe” as well as being one of the world’s cultural centers.

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151 Responses to Hip And Trendy Berlin

  1. Great tour, Karen! Like you, I’ve visited Germany but never been to Berlin, so this is all new to me.

  2. I’ve never been to Berlin but have often thought I should as everyone I know who has visited the city comes back loving it. You’ve inspired me to think of it again. Meanwhile enjoy the rest of your European holiday.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kay, You are just like me, everyone that goes to Berlin says how fantastic it is…I hope you get a chance to visit it. If it wasn’t for Hurricane Irma, we would have missed this fascinating city.

  3. lifeincharente says:

    Fabulous post and info. No we have not been to Berlin either. Those hop on hop off busses are the only way we get a round cities now as Nigel has a foot problem and can only walk short distances. Have a fab day Diane

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Diane, for your lovely compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I’m with you about the hop on, hop off buses…they are a great introduction to a city and certainly do help save your feet.

  4. Penny says:

    Fascinating post Karen and great photos. Makes me want to visit Berlin. Anxious to hear about the restaurant.

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your nice compliment Penny, I’m happy that you enjoyed the photos and post about our visit to Berlin. I’m be sharing the restaurant tomorrow if all goes well with my computer.

  5. Loved visiting Berlin several years ago

  6. Lovely photos Karen. Thank you. I have a piece of the Berlin Wall, a gift from a German suitor way back when. Perhaps that is as close as I will ever get to that grand city. Diane

  7. Excellent post and so informative.

  8. Mad Dog says:

    Great pictures – that’s a fantastic view from your suite and impressive bathroom, not to mention all the sights and museums. I’m looking forward to reading about Heimlich Treu.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment Mad Dog, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the photos. I couldn’t believe the views we had from our suite, we could see most all the famous landmarks. I should have the post for Heimlich Treu up tomorrow. I definitely could see you and your friends going there…I think it is your kind of spot.

  9. Darlene says:

    Berlin does look and sound amazing. It is on my list. Thanks for sharing your view of this dynamic city. Sometimes these change of plans can be the best thing!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Darlene, Who would have thought our last minute changes would turn out so well…we loved Berlin. I do hope you get a chance to visit the city.

  10. Very informative and helpful post, Karen.

  11. Gerlinde says:

    I have been going to Berlin since I was 16. Karen, you should have seen the Mitte before the wall came down. For years it was a huge construction zone. The Museum Island is spectacular and I often take the train from my village for a day trip to see a new exhibition . I enjoyed reading this post and I wil check out Il Punto and Heimlich Treu when I am in Berlin the next time.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Gerlinde, I’m sure you have seen many changes in Berlin since your first visit. I know you would enjoy both of the restaurants, we really liked them. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  12. What a scrumptious post! As a child I visited Berlin, it was a very different city then. You’re fascinating photos have given me the travel bug!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Deb for your lovely compliment. I do hope you get a chance to revisit Berlin, such changes from when you were there. We loved the city…fascinating.

  13. Peter/Outlaw says:

    What a fascinating city. Thank you for the fabulous information and delicious images. It’s such a pleasure to travel with you.

  14. Sissi says:

    These beautiful photographs are such a nice introduction to Berlin!
    I was once only in Berlin for a very short business trip, but I enjoyed it a lot and intend to go back. Had no idea such a bus existed, so thank you for the tip!

    • Karen says:

      I appreciate your nice compliment Sissi, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I do hope you get a chance to return so that you can see much more of what Berlin has to offer, it is an amazing city.

  15. kitchenriffs says:

    I love Berlin! I’ve only been there once, but thoroughly enjoyed our (way too brief) stay. Terrific culture and food. Fun read — thanks.

  16. Gorgeous photos, Karen! You have me wanting to hop a flight to Berlin immediately!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment on the photos Marissa, it is much appreciated. I do hope you get to visit Berlin some day, I know you would enjoy it.

  17. I visited with a group of friends probably almost 20 years ago and loved it…time to revisit I think!

  18. pamela511 says:

    Great post, Karen! We lived in Germany for a long while, but did not visit Berlin for whatever reason, so I really enjoyed reading this. The Brandenburg Gate looks quite impressive and the Roman Market Gate. Very nice, thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your compliment Pam, I’m glad you enjoyed my post. I had no idea how beautiful the Brandenburg Gate was until I saw it in person. Isn’t the Roman market gate just wonderful, you feel like you have stepped back in time.

  19. I haven’t been to Berlin, but it looks amazing, Karen! Always enjoy your travel posts.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Liz, I’m alway happy to know when my readers enjoy my travel posts. I’m so happy that Berlin ended up being included in this years trip. I hope you will get a chance to visit the city someday. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  20. Monique says:

    We have a few German friends and they have spoken so often to us about Berlin..

    looks like you had a GREAT time..

    I have to confess..we don’t travel the same way:)

    Everything is so luxurious where you stay!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Monique, We certainly did have a great time in Berlin…especially since it was a last minute addition in order to get out of Florida before the hurricane hit. I must admit that I felt like a princess staying at the Adlon, it was a wonderful hotel.

  21. It looks like you really enjoyed every minute of this unplanned stop! We hope to make our first trip to Germany on one of our next trips to Europe. )

    • Karen says:

      Hi Liz, We had know idea that we were going to enjoy Berlin as much as we did since I had no time to research the city before we left. I know you will enjoy Germany and let me know if I can give any advise if you do plan a trip there.

  22. Eha says:

    Thanks a million for condensing your experiences in such an exciting way. My childhood Berlin was a very different city and tho’ I lived in more than one place in Germany as a pre-teen I have not visited the city as an adult. I’d go just for the Pergamon and the classical concerts od course . . . the rest would be a great bonus . . .

    • Karen says:

      I’m happy to know that you found my post on Berlin interesting Eha, thank you very much. Yes, you would certainly be amazed at how the city has changed. It is such a cultural city with so much to offer, we loved what we saw in the short time we were there.

  23. Great overview and thanks for all the must try and see things to do. It looks like you had really mild weather and look at the beautiful blue sky! Stunning!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your compliment Bobbie. All those sunny photos taken outside were on our first full day in Berlin. After that, it was grey and drizzly but we still had a great time.

  24. nancyc says:

    Berlin sounds like a wonderful place to see–thanks for sharing your photos!

  25. 2sistersrecipes says:

    Great post Karen and beautiful photos! Makes me want to go to Berlin too! Thanks for taking us on tour with you! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Anna and Liz, I’m happy that you enjoyed the post and photos of Berlin. I do hope you get a chance to visit this interesting city someday.

  26. I love hitching a ride on all your travels. Might be the closest I get to seeing some of the wonderful places you visit.
    Have a super day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  27. Glad that your change of plans and itenerary paid off. It looks like you made the most of a bad situation.
    We are hoping to head for Germany in the spring, so maybe this time we can visit this interesting and beautiful city.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Fatima, For what started out as a real problem, we couldn’t have been happier with our chance encounter to visit Berlin. I think you will enjoy your spring visit to Germany, it is one of our favorite countries to visit.

  28. So much culture and things to do… Enjoy Europe!

  29. adina says:

    How nice, you have visited Berlin. I haven’t been there for more than 10 years, but we are planning to do that soon again. I visited some of the sights and museums you mentioned too, I vividly remember seeing Nefertiti’s bust as well. 🙂

  30. Larry says:

    Looks like the trip is going well.

  31. For the Love of Cooking says:

    Nice visit to Berlin… it’s on my bucket list.

  32. I always enjoy your beautiful photos. I think it’s great that you relied on the locals to point you in directions you might not have seen if you pre-planned your daily excursions!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your nice compliment Sandra about the photos. We certainly did get good advice from the locals…they really did make our stay in Berlin memorable.

  33. sugarlovespices says:

    You know what? Being from Rome I’ve visited almost all the European cities, but I’ve never been to Berlin! When we go (I’d like to take my husband on a European tour) I’ll make sure I’ll use your beautiful guide and photos. Thank you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Nicoletta, I’m happy that you enjoyed the post about Berlin and think it would be useful when planning a trip there…thank you! I’m sure that Loreto would certainly enjoy a European tour that you put together.

  34. Amy says:

    Beautiful photos, Karen! So much to enjoy in Berlin. The Pergamon Museum is remarkable, say the least. 🙂

  35. Mél@nie says:

    @”I do hope you get a chance to visit Berlin some day.” – we spent a weekend in Berlin last February, and in spite of the cold and rainy weather, we did enjoy it… with one exception:“THE Wall of shame” – devastating symbol of the communist régime and dictatorship, which split Berlin in 2 – THE same country, same people, same language, same culture – same everything… around 160 km, the Berlin Wall Trail traces the course of the former GDR(German “Democratic” Republic) border fortifications, encircling West Berlin.

    • Karen says:

      H Mél@nie, I’m happy to know that you got a chance to visit Berlin, it really is a great city to visit. We had one day of sun then it was drizzly like your visit…still nice though.

  36. doreen@foxdenrd says:

    A hundred and seventy five museums is a tremendous amount of museums even for a large European city! I’ve never been to Germany but I enjoy heard wonderful things about it and your post has sparked my interest.

    xxx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Doreen, Not only are there 175 museums but Museum Island is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site and says “the Berlin Museumsinsel is one of the significant and most impressive ensembles in the world”. I think you would love visiting Germany. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post, thank you.

  37. Jane says:

    Serendipity!! You discovered Berlin! The museums sound amazing…all the history, culture, art and architecture, an incredible experience, I’m sure. Your hotel concierge was super nice, I like when they give great tips, such as suggesting you get a time slot for the more popular museum.

    Looking forward to hearing about the restaurants and cuisine.

    Jane

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jane, If it wasn’t for the hurricane I don’t know if we would have gone to Berlin…we loved all that the city had to offer. I just posted about one of Berlin’s very trendy restaurants. 🙂

  38. Cathy says:

    Something good always comes out of something bad…. that is what I was told as a child anyway and in this case it seems hurricane Irma did you a favour! I haven’t been to Berlin for years and am sure it has changed, but I did visit that museum, now called the Pergamom. I also visited the Egyptian museum which I believe has also moved or been renovated since then. Glad you enjoyed your stay there Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cathy, If it wasn’t for the hurricane we would never have changed our plans to include Berlin…so glad we did. There is so much restoration going on in the city, I’m sure it has changed a lot since your last visit.

  39. Gallivanta says:

    The weather in Berlin seems to have been perfect for you, too.

  40. Absolutely stunning photos! I’ve always wanted to visit Berlin. I also really like Kempinski hotels too! 😀

    • Karen says:

      Thank you for your compliment on the photos, Lorraine. With all the traveling you’ve done, I’m surprised that you haven’t been to Berlin. You would love it. I’m totally with you about the Kempinski hotels, they are some of the best we’ve stayed in…love the one in Munich as well.

  41. Tricia Buice says:

    Germany is still on my list of must visit places so I was thrilled to read about your adventure. It looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  42. David says:

    I haven’t been to Berlin since 1973! Your post definitely makes me want to return next time we are in Germany!

  43. Hi Karen! Loved hearing and seeing about your amazing visit to Berlin. Have never been to Berlin – apparently it is fascinating. I am so glad you were able to get the technology piece figured out so we could see these fantastic pictures. So glad you and your husband were able to visit, esp. unplanned!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Allie, I’m waiting for my appointment for my computer but have found a way to get the photos in my post…it just takes a long time doing it. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post on Berlin, it really is a fantastic city to visit. Thank you for your sweet comment.

  44. Monica says:

    Great look into Berlin. I love learning a bit about cities I’ve never been to. Your photos are sensational.

  45. marcie@flavorthemoments says:

    I’ve heard so many great things about Berlin and seeing your incredible photos makes me want to go there even more!

  46. Kitty says:

    I always love when you take me along on your trips, Karen! What a wonderful adventure!

  47. What a post! I haven’t been to Berlin since the 80s when it was still a divided city. I wish I’d seen more of the place, but I have to admit rather than take an on and off bus tour, I zoomed around going in and out of bars! Thanks for showing me what I missed. GREG

    • Karen says:

      You will have to return to Berlin Greg, so much has changed since your visit. There is still lots of nightlife but also so much to see and do during the day. 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  48. What a great post on Berlin! We were there in 2013 and I found it to be a fascinating city!

  49. Eva Taylor says:

    A dear friend visited Berlin in August and she loved it. Your hotel sounds wonderful; we strive to eat our meals (except breakfast) outside of the hotel we stay in, just to get a better feel for the town. It looks like you had a really good time.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, Your friend is right about Berlin. It is such an interesting city…loved everything about it. We did enjoy the restaurants, there are so many good ones to choose from.

  50. petra08 says:

    It looks amazing! I have only been once and that was for a conference. I managed to sneak out for a few hours but it wasn’t enough. Your trip sounds great 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Petra, Thank you for your visit and your comment. I hope you get a chance to return to Berlin so you can get a better feel of the city…we thought it was great.

  51. I enjoyed your pictures and comments about Berlin since I have never been there before. Glad you had lots of fun and found good places to stay and great places to eat 🙂

  52. cheri says:

    Berlin sounds like a very interesting place to visit, beautiful buildings and so much food, can’t wait to hear about the food, it’s funny how fate works sometime.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Cheri, Fate ended up being kind to us this time and we did enjoy Berlin. It really is a happening city to visit. I’ve got a post up now on a great Berlin restaurant.

  53. Looks like a lovely trip and time! I’d love to visit Berlin, well, all of Germany actually!

    • Karen says:

      I hope you get a chance to visit Germany Amy, we keep going back year after year and love it. We were very happy that we ended up adding Berlin to this year’s trip.

  54. Helen says:

    The Quarre Restautant looks like a place I would enjoy eating at!

  55. What a terrific experience for an unplanned visit! Your suite looks so comfortable and I think they would have to drag me out of the Permagon Museum because I would love it there! Those are some amazing and fascinating ancient artifacts, I can only imagine what else you saw. I hope to have the chance to see them in person one day. Thank you for sharing your incredible photos, Karen 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Marcelle, We did end up having a wonderful time in Berlin even though it was a last minute addition to our trip. I took hundreds of photos in the museums, they were fascinating. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, thank you.

  56. Liz says:

    I have always wanted to go to Berlin. Thanks for sharing photos. Such beautiful scenery.

  57. Wow Karen! I can see why you were tempted to stay in at your gorgeous hotel!! And the sights through the city are so impressive!! We lived in Spain for several years and traveled to/through Germany a few summers– but like you Berlin always seemed a little out of reach. But you’ve make me put it on our travel wish list!! Fun post!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rhonda, I’m happy you enjoyed my post on Berlin. Wasn’t the room at the Adlon just gorgeous and with that incredible view. 🙂 I’m so glad we finally made it to Berlin even if it was by happenstance. Hope you get there too someday.

      • Karen– your whole trip sounded awesome! We have dear friends whose daughter is getting married in Prague next summer– I’m hoping hoping we can make the trip and extend it a bit beyond. Where would you recommend for one or two other places to visit?? xox

      • Karen says:

        We went to Prague for the first time on this trip and I will be writing about it in the next couple of days. We flew to Berlin, flew to Prague and then flew to Vienna before flying to Munich where we rented a car for the rest of our trip. Depending on how much time you will have the first three cities could make for a nice trip for you. We were gone for 5 weeks so I have lots of wonderful places to share over the coming weeks.

      • What a dream trip Karen!! We’ve been to Vienna, but never Berlin nor Munich. I’m gathering info– thanks! And waiting to read your next installments! xo

  58. A city I’ve yet to visit. Super images, I think that view from the restaurant is special ..

    • Karen says:

      I hope you make it to Berlin someday Julie and get to enjoy that view from the Quarre restaurant at the Adlon…they have a nice terrace too for when the weather is nice.

  59. I have not been to Berlin, but my brother has, many times. He says it’s one of the best places in the world to eat! My trips to Germany have always taken me elsewhere, but it seems I’m going to have to ammend that, and soon!

    • Karen says:

      We were like you Jeff, for all our travels to Germany we had never been to Berlin. I’m so glad we made it and I hope you will as well. BTW, your brother is right about the restaurants. 🙂 I just posted about one of our best experiences at one of them.

  60. how absolutely fascinating this looks karen. I would love to go to Berlin some day. so much history and fab architecture for a start. your photos are wonderful too. cheers sherry

    • Karen says:

      Hi Sherry, Berlin really does have everything going for it. It was a fantastic experience in every way. Thank you for your nice compliment, I’m glad you enjoyed the post and photos.

  61. ladyfi says:

    Wonderful shots of this hip city!

  62. Julie Yates says:

    Great photos – and looks like a great trip!

  63. grace says:

    you’ve definitely sold me on berlin, karen! adding it to my bucket list for sure!

  64. Sartenada says:

    Thank You for this post. I enjoyed Your photos very much. It has passed, I think about 20 years, when we visited there. 🙂

  65. My husband would love to see Germany. Thanks for the very informative post and lovely photos!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan, I know you would love visiting Germany, it keeps drawing us back year after year. Thank you for your nice compliment about the post and photos, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  66. megtraveling says:

    I’ve thought Berlin would be interesting to visit and it looks like you had a great visit there! It would be an ambitious goal to see lots of museums there too… 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meg, Berlin was way better than we expected…we loved it. I think it would take months just to make a dent in seeing the museums. UNESCO declared the Museum Island “one of the significant and most impressive ensembles in the world” and that is just five of them. 🙂

  67. So we got the chance to travel through Germany this past summer, but like you pointed out, Berlin was too far north and east for our itinerary. But after seeing this post, I definitely need to put Berlin straight onto the list of places to visit! I’m a huge fan of Roman history, and the chance to see the Gate of Miletus is enough for me. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Karen!!

    • Karen says:

      David, you would love the museums in Berlin…they were incredible. The city is far north and east from the parts of Germany we usually travel to but since we were flying to Prague, it was possible to add it to the trip and I’m happy we did.

  68. Amazing how a disaster somewhere can lead to an adventure somewhere else. We have not been to Berlin but I shall keep this post in mind if we ever get there.

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  70. Karen says:

    Hi Tandy, If it hadn’t been that we had to escape the hurricane early, we wouldn’t have made it to Berlin. It ended up working out and we loved Berlin, I think you would as well.

  71. Interesting to see how things have changed since President Reagan gave his speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in 1987, asking Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” Lots of history there!

  72. I’ve always wanted to go to Berlin. Your pics show what a gorgeous city it is and looks like you had a fantastic time. Thank you hurricane Irma!! Lucky you for eating Ibérico pork too! First time I had that was in Spain and it’s been my favorite since. BTW, when you guys eventually travel to Prague, can I come along? lol! 🙂

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