This bar is located on the 17th floor of a seventies apartment complex in Berlin. To get there you need to take a glass elevator which is on the outside of the building! At the top is a classy bar with panoramic views across this city. They take their music seriously and regularly host top international DJs. They also make the best martinis ever, a few of those should give you the courage to take the elevator back down again.
Set back from the main road, at night if you look hard enough you will spot a orange glowing thing mysteriously sliding to the sky - Solar - a bar/restaurant with fantastic views with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. Relaxed atmosphere, but a bit pricey (don't buy spirits/mixers, stick to beer if you're on a budget, though cocktails are good). Choice of comfy leather seating in various layouts so good for large or small groups, and there's a swing large enough for multiple people!
On the 14th floor of a recently built hotel, you can drink and eat, and gaze at two thirds of Berlin. Favoured seats are along the west facing windows for sunset. Stunning!
Aim for a dry day to Potsdam which is on an easy S-bahn ride from Berlin. Follow the signs to the bike renting place upon leaving the station - it's only five minutes walk on the way to Potsdam centre. The 17km (11 miles) bike ride takes you through beautiful Potsdam, UNESCO Heritage site, to Sanssouci, baroque palace of Friedrich the Great, rococo OTT New Palace and myriad of other architectural curiosities in Sanssouci's opulent landscaped grounds. The trail continues through the stunning New Gardens with lakes and more palaces before crossing the Glienicke bridge immortalised in cold war films. Babelsbeg Park with its German film heritage is the oasis of tranquillity before the full circle is completed. Beautiful!
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This is a lakeside suburb in Eastern Berlin which still retains a village atmosphere. It's a great centre from which to explore the less familiar lakes and woods that were once the main recreational area for the 'capital of the DDR'. As in West Berlin, you can take boat trips, or walk up to the Muggelberg, the highest point in Greater Berlin. The town itself escaped much of the world war two bombing, and is full of restored 18th century houses and plenty of places to eat and drink. Schloss Kopenick, on its island, has also recently been restored properly, and now contains a Museum of Applied Art.
Kopenick S-bahn station is a short walk from the town centre, and is a 20-minute journey from central Berlin.
A 365m high space age tower. A zooming lift takes you to a viewing platform with fabulous vistas all over Berlin. For a meal or snack pop up to the revolving Tele-cafe, and watch Berlin spin slowly by whilst you enjoy a cake or, if it is warm, even an ice cream!
From Molly Quinlan (age 9).
U Bahn Alexanderplatz. More info at: www.berlinerfernsehturm.de
A fantastic park that is home to more palaces than you can shake a stick at, plus a Chinese teahouse thrown in for good measure.
If you're lucky enough and it snows, the park looks like a scene out of the Chronicles of Narnia.
Take the S-Bahn to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof and walk the short distance to the park entrance.
Travel the length of this bus's route. It's a cheap fare and passes through most of the tourist sights.
The KaDaWe chocolate department is also WELL worth a visit.
The bus starts at the Zoo station and terminates at the Alexanderplatz
Several S-Bahn (a suburban rail network complementing the U-Bahn) routes run parallel throught the city centre. It's a cheap way of sightseeing and a good way of getting a feel for the city and the lie of the land.
A suggested route could be from Warschauer Strasse in the East to Zoologischer Garten in the West. This takes in some of Berlin's most famous addresses, including Alexanderplatz, Friedrichstrasse and Hackescher Markt. There are also 'panoramic' S-Bahn trips in specially adapted trains giving even better views (www.s-bahn-berlin.de).
S-Bahn routes S5, S7/S75 and S9 all run along the above route.
In a city which has mirrored the history of the 20th century very closely, the Reichstag is one of the most poignant symbols of the mix of politics, history and architecture in Berlin.
It was badly damaged in the war and the Berlin Wall ran along the back of it. The new cupola, designed by Norman Foster, offers fantastic views over the city, but get there early - there are always long queues.
Right in the centre, just north of the Brandenburg gate. Bus 100 (which is a good route for sightseeing) passes by it; the nearest S-bahn station is Unter den Linden
The Victory Column is an enormous tower in old West Berlin. From the top you can see right down the StraBe des 17 Juni towards the Brandenburg Gate, Berliner Dom and the TV tower. Be prepared for a long walk up the many steps though!
In the middle of the Tiergarten and situated to the west of Brandenburg Gate. The nearest S-bahn station is Tiergarten
A beautiful Italian restaurant, with a very scenic view (the restaurant lies directly next to a bridge which spans the picturesque Landwehrkanal - very romantic in the evenings!!).
It is a busy, but nevertheless charming restaurant which tends to attract younger people who like to enjoy genuine Italian cuisine. The menu is simple (antipasti, pasta, pizza, dolci), but everything (and I mean everything: we went up and down the menu) is of extraordinary quality and taste. Try the desserts and don't forget to make a reservation!
Il Casolare (Trattoria-Pizzeria)
Grimmstraße 30, Ecke Planufer
U-Bahn: Kottbusser Tor (U8+U15)
Tel.: 030-69 50 66 10
Ride the Stadtbahn (express local trains - not the U-Bahn) from Zoologischer Garten to Berlin Ostbahnhof station for a rooftop view of the many different characters of the city. Start in the heart of the old west and travel via the Tiergarten, new Berlin central station, government district, Freidrichstrasse, Museum Island and Alexanderplatz, ending up in the old East Berlin. Cheap, very frequent and clean. A good alternative is BVG Bus route 100, which links most of the same major sites and sights.
Zoologischer Garten station, just off Kurfurstendamm/Tauentzienstrasse or any S-Bahn station en route, see www.bvg.de for details of Berlin public transport
The TV Tower (Fernsehturm) was built in the late 1960s and features a spherical revolving restaurant and viewing gallery at the top. The period decor and fittings were still intact when I visited in 2001, and hopefully this is still the case! The food is good too. Ideal for Saturday lunch before a walk around the city.
Adjacent to Alexanderplatz.
To add to Luke Harding's tip about avoiding the queue, you can also book at the restaurant on the roof and go in the disabled entrance. The food is good and the view (especially if you get into the glassed-over section) is wonderful.
One euro, 200 stairs, and the city appears in miniature on the horizon while all around you are the lakes and woods for which Berlin ought to be more famous.
Havelchaussee 61; Get there on the 218 bus; Tel: 030-30 007 30; www.grunewaldturm.de
Germany’s parliament building, topped by Sir Norman Foster’s fabulous glass dome, offers a panoramic view across the whole of Berlin for free. My kids love running up and down it. If you go with young children, you can jump the one-hour queues and use the disabled entrance.
Platz der Republik 1; nearest S-Bahn: Unter den Linden; www.reichstag.de
Located in the centre of Berlin, Panorama Point houses the fastest lift in Europe. For between 3 and 5 euros you can travel 300 feet (100 metres) to the top of the building and get a superb view over east and west Berlin.
Potsdamer Platz 1;
tel: 030 25 29 43 72;
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