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72 hours in Berlin:

72 hours in Berlin:

January 17th 2020
Arrive in Berlin/hotel at 1pm.
Our address:
NH Collection Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie
Leipziger Str,
106-111
Berlin
10117

Airport express from Flughaten Berlin-Schoenefeld station (10 min walk from terminal and runs every 30 mins) catch the RE7 or the RB14. Get off at Friedrichstrasse and it’s a 15-20 min walk to the hotel, or change at Friedrichstrasse or Alexanderplatz and get off at U Stadtmitte and it’s a 4 min walk to the hotel.

Transport tickets are 7.50 Euros per day and we need ABC to include the airport. Tickets can be purchased from one of the machines in Terminal A, the railway station or on the platform. Please remember to validate your ticket before travelling. Please note that tickets cannot be purchased on the train. VBB tickets are not valid for long-distance travel.

U-Bahn stations near us:
U Stadtmitte
U Kochstraße Checkpoint Charlie
U Mohrenstr
U Hausvogteiplatz

Friday 17th January 2020

East Side Gallery

Afternoon in East Berlin:
Drop off our luggage at the hotel

U-Bahn to U Görlitzer Bahnhof, 10997 Berlin
Walk 6 mins to Marheineke Neun  (market) Eisenbahnstraße 42/43, 10997

Walk 21 mins to East Side gallery Mühlenstraße 3-100, 10243
(If we have time) Walk 16 mins to Urban Spree Art Gallery Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin

U-Bahn S+U Warschauer Str. 10243 Berlin back to hotel

6:30pm
Dinner at Nobelhart and Scmitzig 8 min walk
Friedrichstrasse 218
10969 Berlin – Kreuzberg

8:30pm
Bars close by if we fancy it:
– Gendarmenmarkt area (7 mins walk north from hotel/12 mins from restaurant)
– Lavida Wine Club Weinbar & Weinhandel Taubenstraße 20, 10117 (9 mins from hotel/15 mins from restaurant)
– Newton Bar (more expensive) Charlottenstraße 57, 10117 (7 mins from hotel/12 mins from restaurant)

 

Berlin Cathederal

Saturday 18th 2020
11am
Free Alternative Walking Tour
23 min walk north east via Gendarmenmarkt
Meet at the huge granite bowl in Lustgarten, the park in front of Altes Museum and the Berliner Dom, ends at Kunsthaus Bethanien I think.

2pm
Walk 14 mins to Mano Café – also a bar

3:30pm
Visit DDR museum
Walk 3 mins toU-Bahn Görlitzer Bahnhof 10997 to U-Bahn Alexandraplatz

5:30pm
Walk 23 mins back to the hotel via Berlin Cathederal

7pm
Meet Josh and Nel


Gropius Bau

Sunday 19th January 2020
Stay local:
DDR Museum 23 min walk north east (if we didn’t manage it yesterday)
Topography of Terror* 7 min walk south
Gropius Bau* 10 min walk south west
Further afield:
Templehof Museum (closed Saturdays)
U-Bahn to U Alt-Mariendorf 12107 Berlin, Germany (21 mins each way)

2:30pm
Head back to the hotel
Uber to airport will be around £45

Museums:
DDR Museum 23 min walk north east
Topography of Terror* 7 min walk south
Teufelsberg (out of town)
The Reichstag – houses of parliament 21 min walk north
House of Small Wonder, Johannisstraße 20, 10117 Berlin, Germany 23 mins walk north
Templehof Museum – closed Saturdays* 44 min walk south

Art:
Photography Museum* 55 min walk west
Gropius Bau* 10 min walk south west

Bars:
Madame Claude – old brothel bar 51 min walk south east
John Muir – hipster bar like Brooklyn 47 min walk south east
ORA – old apothecary bar 31 min walk south east
Rooftop bar at Klunkerkranich* 1h walk south
Monkey bar 45 min walk west
V Tower roof bar 30 min walk north east
Tausend concept bar 20 mins walk north
Hops & Barley microbrewery 1h 21 mins walk east
Clarchens Ballhaus – bar from Inglorious Basterds 30 mins walk north

Cafes:
Bonanza Coffee 35 mins walk east
Café Luzia – also a bar 32 mins walk east

Mitte district:
Kim Bar 40 mins walk north
KIM Bar is where members of Mitte’s art community go for a drink, strolling over from the gallery strip on Brunnenstraße to attend or host a party. People come here to debate exhibitions, share projects or dance the night away to electro music. Consequently, KIM itself looks like an art space, complete with stark concrete floors and minimalist wooden furniture. Anyone curious about Berlin’s art scene ought to find themselves at home here.
Café Cinema 30 mins walk north
Off a graffiti-filled alleyway beside the iconic Hackescher Markt is one of Mitte’s most beloved, if unpolished, bars. Café Cinema is an atmospheric spot for a beer or three, with dim lighting provided by wax candles – even in the middle of summer – and vintage trinkets adorning the interior. The crowd is arty, with a healthy number of tourists adding an international vibe, while the atmosphere is unpretentious and fun. No craft beers or special cocktails are on the menu, just basic Bavarian brews – and it is strictly cash only.
Bar Saint Jean 35 mins walk north
Bar Saint Jean is among Berlin’s best LGBTQ-friendly bars, inclusive and welcoming to everyone who steps through its door. The bar itself is striking – a minimalist wooden art piece where chic patrons stand to order classic and innovative cocktails. It’s not big, but Bar Saint Jean’s charm is in its Gallic vibe. Low lighting, electro music and an elegant crowd make it comparable to a bar in Paris’s posh Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood. If you’re sensitive to cigarette smoke, visit any night it’s open except for Fridays when the bar allows smoking.
Bar Tausend 20 mins walk north
Beneath the arches of Berlin’s Friedrichstraße railway station is an unmarked door, and if you knock on it, you may get to enter Bar Tausend – the bouncer ultimately decides. A stylish Roaring Twenties-style speakeasy, the bar features a large dance floor that shakes whenever a train runs overhead – a unique experience while flexing your moves – and the bar offers a creative menu that takes inspiration from neighbourhoods from around the world. The bar is popular with theatregoers and makes for a unique and elegant experience that will have you returning to visit its restaurant, Cantina Tausend, and listen to live DJ sets.
Bar 3 40 mins walk north east
Known as a key meeting place for Mitte’s arty crowd, Bar 3 is somewhere between a friendly dive bar and a trendy lounge. Fittingly for this clientele, the space looks like an art venue from the outside; inside, the horseshoe-shaped bar dominates the sparsely decorated room, which offers bar-stool seating. The drinks menu features wine, whiskey, cognac, or Kölsch beer from Cologne, which comes in a tiny glass, per tradition.