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).
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 most extensive open-air art gallery in the world.
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.
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 sophisticated ambiance of Berlin’s most vibrant room.