What? Berlin’s very own Television Tower
Why? While Berlin is renowned for its history, this monumental landmark has hurled the city headfirst into the future. Known to locals as the ‘tele-asparagus’, this 368-metre high structure was built in 1969 by the German Democratic Republic, and has since become a prominent symbol of the city, broadcasting over 100 radio and TV channels and attracting more than one million visitors each year. Located in the city centre at the large public square Alexanderplatz, the view from the tower’s top floor observatory deck is widely regarded as the best in town and, with a revolving bar and restaurant serving chic cocktails and fine food, it offers a dining experience of the highest order.
Where? AMANO Grand Central Hotel
What? A modern hotel opposite Berlin’s main train station
Why? Any hotel greeting guests with a life-size portrait of Tom Hardy in the lobby gets our vote – but add to that a rooftop garden, buzzing bistro and a candle-lit bar, and we’re already on the plane. Grand Central is the largest of the five AMANO hotels in Berlin, and is renowned for its style and elegance, evidenced by the slick lobby where (along with Tom) there are plush sofas, polished black-tiled floors and a log burning fire mounted inside the wall. This design-savvy hotel is not only conveniently placed for guests arriving by rail, but with 250 spacious rooms, a swanky ground-floor bistro serving casual European dishes and a rooftop bar, it’s a sterling choice for anyone looking for a luxury weekend break.
Where? Distrikt Coffee
What? An industrial-style café in Berlin’s central district.
Why? In the past few years, a swell of chic coffee houses have transformed Berlin into a third-wave coffee Mecca, and Distrikt Coffee, tucked away on a leafy crescent in the cosy neighbourhood of Mitte, is heading up this caffeine craze. This quirky gem is a sweet spot to fuel up before heading out to explore, serving up brunch classics and freshly-baked fodder, like avocado-smothered sourdough and their signature Kouign-amann (a circular croissant-cum-muffin), while raw brick walls and vintage leather sofas help to create a laid-back vibe.