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The Perfect Weekend

Take a closer look behind the glimmering city skyline, and you’ll discover the infectious duality of old-world charm paired with modern amenities. While the vastness of the sprawling metropolis can seem daunting, the city is bike-friendly, so the scenic route is always your best option. With more parks and museums than any city in Europe, you'll want to plan ahead to see everything on your list. 

Day

1

MORNING
  • Pedal Pusher.

    Start your day by cycling through Berlin’s most popular park, Tiergarten. With 600 acres of ground to cover, it’s an efficient — and fun — way to tour this urban greenscape. Visit the Queen Louise statue and then park your bike to climb the 220-foot-tall Victory Column for a great view of the city. Art lovers should stop by the House of World Cultures, while animal lovers can pay a visit to the Berlin Zoological Garden. 

MIDDAY
  • Lunch alfresco.

    Take a break and get a refreshment at Café am Neuen See, a picturesque beer garden and restaurant tucked away in Tiergarten Park. On a nice day, sip and snack outside on the patio overlooking the lake — a perfect place for a reprieve before continuing on with your day. 

  • See the Masterpieces.

    Step inside one of the world’s most impressive collections of European paintings. As you walk through this huge museum, you’ll quickly realize why Gemäldegalerie is also known as the Old Masters Museum — its walls are covered with work from the greats, like Botticelli, Dürer, Rubens and Titian. Fans of Rembrandt will especially enjoy the room solely dedicated to his paintings. 

AFTERNOON
  • Just a Schnitzel.

    For lunch, make your way to Café Wintergarten, a tranquil garden café tucked away from Berlin’s busy city streets. After you dine on its seasonal fare, explore the adjacent bookstore and literary salon that hosts regular readings and events.

  • Tour Charlottenburg.

    Spend the afternoon exploring Charlottenburg, one of Berlin’s nicest and most beautiful neighborhoods. Visit the Charlottenburg Palace and walk through its expansive royal garden. Then head over to the legendary shopping avenue, Kurfürstendamm, and stop in at such shops as Hermès, Chanel, Valentino and the city’s elite department store, KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens).

EVENING
  • A Meal to Remember.

    Reinstoff is in the historic Edison Höfe, where Germany’s first lightbulbs were manufactured. This heritage of inventiveness and ingenuity carries through to Chef Daniel Achilles’ creative dishes. When you sit down, you’ll be asked to choose from two menus: the more classic ganznah (nearby) or the weiterdraußen (faraway). You can’t go wrong with either. 

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Day

2

MORNING
  • Markthalle Neun.

    This marketplace in the Kreuzberg district is a cultural landmark that represents the unrelenting spirit of the people of Berlin. Opened in 1891, it has withstood wars and commercial takeovers to remain an independent collective of local food vendors and artisans. Come by to have a little taste of something (or everything). 

MIDDAY
  • Take a Walk on the Eastside.

    What was once the Berlin Wall is now the Eastside Gallery. When the Wall came down in 1989, 118 artists from 21 countries were invited to paint on the east side of the wall as a way to express and celebrate freedom after so many years of oppression. At 4,318 feet long, it’s the biggest open-air art gallery in the world.

AFTERNOON
  • Neighborhood Charms.

    Berlin’s most recognized neighborhood is home to Museum Island, Brandenburg Gate and Alexander Platz — all within walkable distance from each other. But don’t forget to explore the old-city charm of Mitte. Walk along its cobblestone street and dip into its cafés, art galleries and stores at your strolling pleasure. 

  • Museum Sammlung Hoffmann.

    Every Saturday Erika Hoffmann, who, with her husband, spent 40 years collecting art, opens her personal live-work space to the public. With a focus on contemporary art, you’ll see paintings by Basquiat, photographs by Nan Goldin and works by Mike Kelley. Schedule ahead of time to reserve your spot. 

EVENING
  • To the Top.

    Catch the sunset at Kollhoff Tower by riding the fastest elevator in Europe. Once you get zoomed up to the 24th floor, you’ll be able to see all of Berlin’s best sights from a bird’s-eye view. If weather permits, sit on the terrace for a pre-dinner respite from a day of exploring. 

  • Putting on the Rutz.

    Rutz’s specialness comes from its honest cooking. Chef Marco Müller’s creations always start with a focus on local, high-quality ingredients. The menu changes seasonally, but whether it’s a carrot cooked to perfection or an indulgent piece of Wagyu beef, each dish will satiate your hunger and heighten your senses. 

  • Curtain Call.

    Cocktail lovers will delight in the offerings at The Curtain Club, a place for connoisseurs, located at The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin: expressive flavors, fine ingredients and precious essences. Settle into a plush leather armchair and enjoy a creative selection of fragrant cocktail creations, along with the genteel ambiance of Berlin’s most vibrant room.