Our Berlin recommendations: Attractions, hotels and restaurants
Why not visit Berlin before or after your Prague to Vienna Bike Tour?
Here are our Top Attraction, Hotel & Restaurant Recommendations in Berlin.
Adlon Kempinski Hotel
Adlon Kempinski Hotel 5* is our favourite luxury hotel in Berlin, only one-minute walk from the Reichstag and close to the Mall; the hotel also sports a spa service and is wiling to welcome you in its two stylish bars or in its three refined restaurants. The “Suite Breakfast” is highly recommended.
From the moment you pull up at this neo-Classical hotel building on the edge of Tiergarten park, you could tell you have arrived somewhere remarkable. You are assured that your second floor room has a "very special view" - and they deliver; floor to ceiling windows look out over Berlin Zoo, with antelope and zebra grazing, almost up to your window. Staff are attentive to your every need, from the delicious snack of cured meats on arrival and helpful tips on the local area, to the porter who runs after you with complementary umbrellas because it will rain later. The atmosphere is friendly, yet discreet and your room is luxurious. Apple desktops are provided in each room, another example of the thought that has been put into every detail at Das Stue.
The Ellington Hotel
A stylish bolthole in the heart of the city, this grand building immediately grabs your attention between the busy, modern shops that surround it. A converted 1931 hotel, striking stone and brick facade once housed the Berliner Theatre, graced by such illustrious stars as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. This musical tradition is honoured today with a radio station broadcasting directly from its stylish bar and lounge. After a swift and easy check-in you can enjoy a delicious cocktail in their summer garden, where they also serve delicious French cuisine, the perfect way to start a night out on the town, just a short journey from Berlin's many evening attractions. Minimalist decor throughout keeps the place simple and tasteful, although serious design fans may find some attention in detail lacking. The rooms are stylish and functional. All in all, a perfect base from which to explore the city.
Adina Apartment Hotel 4*
The Adina Apartment Hotel is a really good value for money deal that offers a combination between hotel services and the comfort of an apartment. Fully specc’d with the latest entertainment technology, a fitness park, a dining room and safe parking, the Adina aims to make you feel at home. Furthermore, situated in the city centre, this excellent 4 star property is perfectly located to visit some of Berlin’s main landmarks as the TV Tower, Checkpoint Charlie & Museum or even the famous Reichstag (around 2.5 miles from the hotel).
Casa Camper Hotel 3*
Also located in the city centre, we recommend this great 3 star hotel, which offers all the comforts you need to have a delightful night in Berlin. All the 51 rooms are modern, freshly designed and ready to give you a quality experience. The hotel also offers a snacks and drinks service open 24/7.
This is one of our most highly recommended restaurants! The Unsicht promises an amazing blind dining experience. The main menu is basically composed of seafood, beef, chicken or vegetarian food. Cell phones are forbidden, and without any light around, you will have all your senses awakened to enjoy the taste of their delicious creations.
Located in the city centre, Facil is, perhaps, Berlin’s most refined. The restaurant knows perfectly how to combine elegance, charm and luxury. The Chef Kempf only uses fresh and mostly local products to produce an incomparable flavour in all his meals. The restaurant continues to collect prestigious awards such as “Best Refined Restaurant” on Trip Advisor and “Pâtissier of the year 2016” for Thomas Yoshida.
This is another excellent restaurant that we recommend during your adventure in Germany. The Bieberbau Restaurant, awarded a Michelin star in 2015, offers 3 luscious menus made with high quality fresh products (one is vegetarian). The Bieberbau uses its personal gardens (located in Barnim Nature Park) to cultivate the majority of its greens. The stunning modern decor and the delicate pleasant atmosphere will ensure a fabulous dining experience.
Located on “Platz der Republik” (Republic Place) in the centre of Berlin, the Reichstag is a German icon. The monument was built between 1884 and 1894 by Paul Wallot and was opened to house the Reichstag (Reich Assembly). The motto “Dem Deutschen Volke” (the German people) was written in 1916 during the first World War as a sign of resistance and a call to battle.
It would be impossible to visit Berlin without taking a look at the giant Berlin wall (155kms). Officially, the wall was built in 1961 to “protect” the Germans against a potential new fascism rising. In reality, it was built to prohibit the people from the East (RDA) to join the West (RFA). Finally, the weakening of the Russian system and the determination of the Eastern block to join the West led to the Wall’s destruction in 1989. Today, the wall’s remains attracts thousands of tourists every year.
Located in the western part of the city centre of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is one of the most famous German landmarks. A historical site for important events, the Brandenburg Gate is today considered a peace symbol of European unity. This 18th century monument, built in a neoclassical style has survived through the first and second World Wars and despite its location in the middle of the Berlin Wall escaped any significant damage when the Wall felt in 1989.
After the collapse of the 3rd Reich, Berlin was divided between the RFA (western: US, France, UK) and RDA (eastern: Soviet Union). These two sides were separated by the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie (Checkpoint “C”) was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known crossing point in the Wall between the West Berlin and the East Berlin during the Cold War. The museum tells many different stories of daring escapes and documents “the best border security system in the world” despite the many breaches from East to West; the place still gives chills today.