Berlin, Germany's capital, is a city of contrasts, of glamour and less glamour, with a palpable history and pioneering architecture. This city, whose inhabitants lived separated by the Berlin Wall for 30 years, has a cosmopolitan vibe and tolerant atmosphere. Discover club, café and food culture and get lost in 12 neighbourhoods, each with its own identity. Follow in the footsteps of David Bowie, cycle past the city's highlights and stroll through the charming shopping streets. And, who knows, you might end your visit with the words 'Ich bin ein Berliner', just like J.F. Kennedy in 1963.
DAY 1: FIRST INTRODUCTION TO THE CITY
You will stay in a former women's prison, cum courthouse, which has been transformed into a beautiful design hotel. The hotel is an oasis of calm in the Charlottenburg district, with elegant pre-war buildings, museums, and with the famous Kurfürstendamm dotted with stores. This district is also home to Charlottenburg Castle, the city's largest castle, with beautifully landscaped gardens inspired by those at Versailles. Around Savignyplatz, which before WWII was a hotspot for literature and performing arts, you will find many Asian restaurants.
DAY 2: HIGHLIGHTS BY BIKE
A guide will take you along the famous highlights of the city. While cycling in a small group, you will discover the Brandenburg Gate, the famous city gate symbolising German reunification. You will cross the government district with the Reichstag, the parliament building with its glass dome and roof terrace. Nearby is the Tiergarten district, a huge 210-acre park with the zoo and the winged statue Siegessaüle. The guide will show you the remains of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the remnants of 40 years of the GDR. Afterwards you will be guided to the famous Gendarmenmarkt, with its two similar-looking churches, and to the Museuminsel, which includes the famous Pergamon Museum, a must for art lovers.
DAY 3: FOOD TOUR OR 'BOWIE IN BERLIN' TOUR
Food lovers can discover Berlin specialties on a guided food tour in small groups. You will experience the unique street food culture, beer halls and local and historical eateries. You will stroll through hidden streets and through the Barn District, a bohemian neighbourhood with street art, while tasting traditional German food as well as international cuisine. David Bowie fans can opt for a guided walk in small groups while stepping in the footsteps of their idol. Bowie came to live in Berlin in 1976. He lived a simple and clean life there, away from the spotlights of Los Angeles and drugs. In Berlin he found peace and creativity and made the albums "Low," "Heroes" and "Lodger," also called the "Berlin Trilogy". You will pass by the legendary Hansa Studios, where the albums were recorded and by the flat he shared with Iggy Pop in the Schöneberg neighbourhood. Of course, you will also get to know the clubs where the duo partied, including the Neues Ufer café.
DAY 4: Topographie des Terrors - Fernsehturm - Bikini Berlin
If desired, you can visit the Topographie des Terrors, the documentation centre on Nazi crimes. The centre is located on the same spot as the vanished Gestapo Quarter. An impressive and interesting experience. Those who want to keep things a bit more joyful can go to the top of the Fernsehturm with 360° views over the city. Shoppers will love Bikini Berlin, a monumental industrial building with both trendy pop-up stores as well known stores, cafes, restaurants and a rooftop terrace.
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