Top Architecture Find

Brandenburg Gate

Berlin’s most instantly recognizable landmark, this handsome neoclassical arch crowned by a copper chariot has been used as a symbolic gathering point throughout the city’s turbulent history. Pariser Platz.

Best Family Activity
Legoland Discovery Center
At Legoland, kids can build a Lego masterpiece with tips from Master Model Builders, view a Miniland of Lego landmarks and watch a Lego-inspired movie in 3D. Potsdamer Platz 4. (49-30) 301-0400;
Best Restaurant for a Celebration
Pauly Saal
A former Jewish Girls School has been turned into a new arts and dining hub; Pauly Saal features Landküche, a traditional cuisine that reminds Germans of their mothers’ home cooking. Auguststrasse 11–13. (49-30) 3300-6070;
Best View
Fernsehturm (TV Tower)
Have a coffee in the revolving Telecafé at the top of this 1,207-foot-high tower and enjoy a spectacular panorama of Berlin from all directions. Alexanderplatz.
Three Top Sights
Brandenburger Tor, Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche and the Reichstag
The Brandenburg Gate has been a symbolic gathering point in times of crisis and celebration; the bombed-out Kaiser Wilhelm Church is a symbol of the horrors of war; and the Reichstag is symbolic of reunified Germany. (Pariser Platz; Kurfürstendamm at Breitscheidplatz; Platz der Republik, (49-30) 273-2131.
Best Cocktail with a View
SOLAR Berlin
Innovative cocktails and groovy electronic music make the urban views from this glass-walled lounge-bar, located on the 17th floor near Potsdamer Platz, all the more appealing. Stresemannstrasse 76; (49-163) 765-2700;
Best Family Activity
Bike Tour of Berlin
Alex Rent a Bike offers an easy way to explore Berlin’s unique mix of old and new: bike past historic places, architectural gems, street art, lively neighborhoods and surprisingly abundant parks. Alte Schönhauser Strasse 31; (49-176) 6709-2856;
Best Activity/Excursion
Winterfeldt Market
For a real Berlin experience, spend a Wednesday or Saturday morning browsing the giant outdoor market held at Winterfeldtplatz in Schönefeld, then have a coffee at one of the cafés lining the square. Winterfeldtplatz.


Hotel Palace Berlin

Berlin, Germany

As Berlin continues to modernize itself, the Hotel Palace remains true to its original modus operandi: personalities prefer personal hotels. The city's sole privately owned luxury hotel, the Palace specializes in the kind of attentive service that transforms guests, who have included Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin and Tony Blair, into loyal return clients. The understated interiors and elegant décor further enhance the tranquil ambience. Many nonguests seek out Michelin-starred restaurant First Floor, known for cutting-edge culinary innovation. Chef Matthias Diether serves contemporary light cuisine with an individual twist based on the principles of French haute cuisine, while the head sommelier, Gunnar Tietz, guides guests through one of Germany's best wine cellars.

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Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Berlin, Germany

Founded by Lorenz Adlon in 1907, the legendary Hotel Adlon has always inspired and fascinated guests from near and far. Throughout the world, the name Adlon has become synonymous with graceful elegance and regal hospitality. Ideally located in the heart of the vibrant Berlin, this iconic property with stunning rooms and suites exudes the ultimate in opulence, style and sophistication. The Adlon’s true hallmark, however, is its unique and unsurpassable aura of tradition and modernity. The hotel provides business and leisure travelers unmatched levels of comfort and service. Four outstanding restaurants – two of which provide views of Brandenburg Gate - offer divine dining experiences. The Adlon pool and gym along with the Adlon Day Spa epitomize the height of indulgence.

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Rocco Forte Hotel de Rome

Berlin, Germany

Hotel de Rome is set in a 19th-century bank building in Berlin’s Mitte neighborhood, and it offers a whimsical take on these historic surroundings: its spa is located in what used to be the vault, and the Opera Suite, the former office of the financial institution's founder, features the original oak paneling. It's not all old-world history, though. The rooms, with their high ceilings, saturated color scheme and high-tech amenities, are the perfect merging of old and new, while the restaurant features a thoroughly modern take on time-honored Mediterranean. Children receive a special welcome: complimentary food and drink for the under-six set, designated swim time, and a personal invitation to bake cookies in the hotel's kitchen.

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