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Wir sind Berliners! It’s a big city with a wonderful, relaxed vibe and a million things to do. Where to find the city’s best hidden gems? Sit back, relax and let us do the scouting. Even though we all have to stay home right now, there’s always ways to get inspired and support our local communities. Here a few tips that we hope make your day a little brighter

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Summer in the City

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TIERGARTEN

Spring is finally happening. Leave your winter jacket at home and head out to Tiergarten—the city’s most imposing park. You can easily loose yourself in feeling like a princess in person while walking through that beautiful green park. It is in the heart of the city and you can take our bikes to soak up the blooming trees. Don’t forget to stop by Café am neuen See for a glass of rosé by the lake.

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KLUNKERKRANICH

The Klunkerkranich is not only an oasis above the roofs of the city, but also invites you to dance to good beats and sounds in the sunset. The Klunkerkranich is a hidden spot on the top floor of a parking lot of a shopping mall. The way is uncommun but at least there is no code for entering. Here you can enjoy the 360° view over the city while having a good drink and dive into another world. If you enter before 17h, you can save the entrance fee.

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BRLO BRWHOUSE

In the middle of Gleisdreieck Park, you can drink and relax in the spacious beer garden with home-brewed beer. Next to the beergarden there are 38 overseas containers, which have been built into a pretty cool location & restaurant. The beer is brewed right in front of you and the selection of beer is impressive. But not only the beer is excellent also the good food – full plates with high quality vegetables & suitably marinated meat. Everyone will get happy! While you watch the others doing sports in the park, you’d rather enjoy the evening sun in a Berlin Biergarten.

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Home Edition

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DALUMA

Treat yourself while staying in with a rejuvenating face mask from the local Berlin brand Daluma. Daluma commits to the highest quality natural ingredients across all their nutritional products and delivers contactless to your doorstep.

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Caligari

This cosy Italian restaurant brings the warmth of their kitchen to your home. They’ve prepared a special take-away menu that consists of fresh vegetable dishes and homemade pasta inspired by southern and northern Italian cuisine. An absolute go-to for those comfort food cravings.

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Tim Raue

TIM RAUE is Berlin’s award-winning restaurant concept with Asian-inspired soul food is available for takeaway! Pretend you’re having a nice dinner out in the comfort of your own pyjamas.

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United We Stream Berlin

Berlin’s nightlife now lives online. From live streaming DJ sets and music performances to discussion rounds and films, this platform addresses all themes concerning the Berlin club culture. Become a sponsor starting at €10 a month and receive your virtual club ticket.

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Bauhaus Archive

Immerse yourself in the extensive multimedia databases of Bauhaus Archive. Discover more about the history of the 20th century’s most influential school of architecture, design and art. Get creative with beautifully designed worksheets and video tutorials for everyone at home.

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C/O Berlin

CO / Gallery is an exhibition center for photography and visual media. You will find the perfect mix of works by internationally renowned artists and emerging talent. Follow a photography course with them online or keep up with more art through their newspaper and on Instagram.

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ARTS & CULTURE

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BAUHAUS ARCHIVE

When in Berlin, make sure to check out “Original Bauhaus”, the centenary exhibition of Bauhaus Archive, located just a couple of minutes from our hotel. It’s a unique opportunity to discover more about the history of the 20th century’s most influential school of architecture, design and art.

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NATURKUNDEMUSEUM

The Natural History Museum is not only interesting for kids—we promise! It’s a fascinating look into the history of our planet. Definitely go when you’re in Vienna.

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BERLINSCHE GALERIE

The Berlinische Galerie is one-of-a-kind: they collect, preserve, display and investigate modern and contemporary art made in Berlin. It is an interdisciplinary collection that includes painting and sculpture, prints and drawings, photography and architecture, all dating from 1870 until the present day. The Berlinische Galerie is a museum for everyone in the city, locals and visitors alike.

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PERGAMONMUSEUM

This majestic archeology museum is one of the most visited in Berlin and for a good reason. This huge building houses some awe-inspiring, impressive collections. You can even sit on the stairs of an ancient Roman structure inside the museum.

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CO / GALLERY

CO / Gallery is an exhibition center for photography and visual media. You will find the perfect mix of works by internationally renowned artists and emerging talent.

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MARTIN GROPIUS BAU

The Gropius Bau is one of Europe’s most-important exhibition venues. With its acclaimed contemporary and archaeological exhibitions, it has consistently opened up new realms of experience and reconfirmed its international reputation. We recommend that you stay up-to-date with the changing exhibitions.

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HELMUT NEWTON FOUNDATION

Named after the prolific Berlin-born photographer, this photography gallery hosts work by the world’s greatest photographers, both past and present. The foundation was established by Newton himself for the promotion, preservation and presentation of his and his wife’s work. It’s close Max Brown Ku’Damm, so it’s a nice post-breakfast spot.

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HAMBURGER BAHNHOF

If you’re a sucker for old buildings with a modern twist, Hamburger Bahnhof is a must-see. This former railway station, built in 1946 by Freudrich Neuhaus, now houses modern art from the ‘60s to present day.

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DDR MUSEUM

Finally, a museum that encourages you to touch everything! But it’s for an important history lesson. Step into history at this interactive museum and feel what life was like in former East Berlin under the Stasi’s hawk eyes. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the city’s not-so-distant past.

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BERLIN ON A DIME

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MARKTHALLE NEUN

Every Thursday evening from 17:00–22:00, this Kreuzberg market hall gathers street food vendors from all over the world. Sample Thai dumplings, Brazilian tapioca, Mexican tacos, German cheese Spätzle, Peruvian ceviche, Nigerian FuFu, American barbecue, Korean buns and so much more. Missed it? During daytime, the market hall is home to the best fresh ingredients in town and is still worth a stroll through. And while you’re in the neighbourhood, check out Bonanza for the best specialty coffee in town.

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MODERNE ZEIT

This antique shop isn’t your regular antique shop filled with old, dusty stuff. A little stuck in time, this shop on Goltzstraße will make you time travel to your great-grandma’s place. You’ll find the fanciest silverware, the most extravagant jewellery and the brightest gold coins. And yes, you’re allowed to touch them. After stepping out of this time machine, grab a glass of wine or some food in one of the bars and restaurants on the same street.

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CALIGARI

Mamma mia! This cosy Italian restaurant will make your heart sing. The daily changing menu composed of fresh vegetable dishes and homemade pasta is inspired by southern and northern Italian cuisine. The staff is super knowledgeable and will help you pick the best wine to go with your dish. An absolute go-to for those comfort food cravings.

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PAOLO PINKEL

Three kitchens, one bar and a 100% Berlin experience in the Neukolln area. Their three separate kitchens serve Northern Chinese, Cypriot and Peruvian food, and their drinks always hit the spot. (And if you’re wondering about the name, Paolo Pinkel was the pseudonym of a famous Jewish politician who got caught up in a scandal.)

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SON KITCHEN

A cute neighbourhood streetfood gem on Kantstraße, only a short walk away from the hotel. The small snack bar in the middle of Kantstraße sells a wide range of Korean cuisine to go, from Korean tacos and burgers to the traditional Bibimbab.

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KONAK IZMIR KÖFTECISI

One Köfte sandwich to rule them all. Konak in Berlin Kreuzberg is the place to eat grilled Köfte and to experience a piece of Turkish culture. In our humble opinion, it’s simply one of the best fast food joints in the city.

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LON-MEN’S NOODLE HOUSE

Looking for some no-nonsense, cheap and delicious food? Go to Lon-Men’s. This Taiwanese noodle house is a local favorite, and you can’t go wrong here. It’s also close to Max Brown Ku’Damm, so after you eat, you can just roll back to your room.

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PICNIC ON TEMPELHOFER FELD

This isn’t just any field. It used to be an airport! Now people gather here to relax and picnic. The great atmosphere will keep you there until the sun sets. Truly basic at its best.

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THAI PARK

We cannot fully express our love for this market. It originated over 20 years ago when Berlin’s Thai community would come together in the tiny Preußenpark on the weekends to enjoy Thai cuisine and celebrate their culture. Today it’s an extremely popular weekend food market where you can find a delicious, authentic Thai meal for cheap.

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BERLIN’S INDULGENCES

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SPREEPARK BERLIN

Ever fantasized about breaking into a creepy, abandoned property? Well, here you can actually do that. The amusement park Spreepark has been abandoned for 10 years now, and the moss on the already weird rides and fallen dinosaur statues gives this place an eerie vibe. You can get a tour of the park for €5.

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W PIZZA

By far the best Napoli style pizza in town. W Pizza is a no-nonsense pizza place, just like in Napoli. You can eat in or take your pizza to-go. Since it’s often very busy, people eat their pizza across the street.

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JONES ICE CREAM

With its handmade cones and insta-worthy scoop technique, Jones ice cream tastes as it looks: delicious. Next to some straightforward flavors, be prepared to find some very intriguing options on their menu. Cucumber & tonic sorbet, anyone?

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BENEDICT

Ever feel like having breakfast for dinner? Us, too. At Benedict the door is always open for breakfast, and by always, we mean always. The restaurant serves pancakes, omelettes, french toast and everything else you can dream of 24/7. And even better, it’s attached to Max Brown.

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BRAMMIBAL’S DONUTS

For breakfast? Donuts that happen to be vegan. If you’re a sweet tooth and don’t mind the occasional sugar bomb in the morning, Brammibal’s will rock your world. They have two locations in Berlin, which doubles your chance on being close to one.

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LIQUIDROM

Imagine yourself floating peacefully in salty water with nothing on your mind except… the underwater techno-music playing. If you’re up for a sneak peek into the future of spas, this former WWII train station will take you there. Make sure to check the schedule to see which DJ is playing.

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CONSCIOUS BERLIN

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VEG’D

At the new restaurant VEG’D in Frierichshain, you can find the tasty (and vegan) Burghain Burger as well as Asian bowls. The DJ and label founder Andre Crom decided to launch a new kitchen with a hand-picked menu. The Beyond Meat Burger is a very special one and it’s definitely worth a try.

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FOLKDAYS

Folkdays is a store and online shop with fair fashion, interiors and accessories that aren’t just good for our environment but also really unique. After you find the perfect birthday present for your loved one, you’ll find somethign perfect for yourself. With their shop, the owners want to make fair fashion hip and trendy.

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DALUMA

At Daluma, you’ll start your day healthier than ever before. Go for juices, salads, bowls and smoothies packed with superfoods.

Tribeca Vegan Ice Cream Bar

One of the new plant based hotspots of Berlin offers superfood-charged ice-cream, located in one of the most picturesque hoods of Berlin. How about a trip to Prenzlauer Berg for a scoop or three?

TEUFELSBERG

Get a unique, budget-friendly tour through history. This 80-meter-tall hill was made from the rubble of Berlin’s destroyed buildings during World War II. After the war, the US set up a spy-station there, and for a good reason—it has an incredible view of the city. The station has been abandoned for years, and for a small fee you can tour the creepy facilities.

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+84 VIETNAMESE VEGAN KITCHEN

This vegan restaurant took our love for Vietnamese cuisine to a new level. +84 has two locations right next to each other, and one is vegan and one is not. If you accidentally go to the non-vegan one, we won’t tell anyone.

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FANCY BERLIN

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TRÖDEL- UND KUNSTMARKT STRAßE DES 17. JUNI

This fleamarket is a very special one (and not that far from Max Brown Ku’damm). You can buy really unique vintage and retro crafts, art and clothes from special dealers that come from villages outside of Berlin. There you can find extravagant giveaways and presents for your friends and family.

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OSMANS TÖCHTER

This team first opened a restaurant in the north of Berlin and finally brought their tasty Israelian and Mediterrean mezze to our neighbourhood in Charlottenburg. It is a perfect place for a family-style dinner where you can taste from all your friend’s mezze. Be sure to make a reservation in advance as it’s always pretty busy.

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EISSTADION NEUKÖLLN

If you’re longing for a ice skating session, you’re in luck. Twenty minutes away from our hotel, you’ll find this huge ice rink. Be sure to check the opening hours before going as they change seasonally.

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PARIS BAR

Step into Paris Bar and travel back in time to Paris in the 1960s. Here you’ll have a non-pretentious, classic French dining experience. Everything from the escargots to ambiance—c’est manifique!

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RYOTEI 893

Hidden behind a graffitied storefront on Kanstraße, you’ll find the best Japanese food and some of the tastiest cocktails in town. The contrast between the incredible food and the graffitied windows makes dining here an unforgettable experience.

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NEWTON BAR

If you feel like being part of Helmet Newton’s entourage for one night, get a drink at Newton Bar. As you can tell by the name, the bar is a homage to the famous photographer, with life-size prints of Newton’s naked models, heavy and red leather seats and an ever so impressive crowd.

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