New York City has long been known as “the city that never sleeps,” but we’d wager that Berlin could give the Big Apple a solid run for its money. Not so long ago, travelers would have had a tough time visiting both the east and west sides of Berlin during the same trip, but in the past 30 years, the city has come a long way. Now, it’s one of the best locations in Germany to experience food, music, art, and a bustling nightlife. Here’s a look at where to stay, where to eat, and what to do when visiting Berlin.
Where To Stay
Hotel am Steinplatz, Autograph Collection
There are plenty of excellent hotels to choose from in Berlin, but the Hotel am Steinplatz is our pick. It’s part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, so it has the backing of one of the world’s largest hotel chains, but it has a quaint, boutique feel that you’ll appreciate. The building itself is more than 100 years old, but the hotel itself was renovated and reopened just a few years ago. You’ll find both contemporary details and historic decorations in the design of the hotel. The rooms boast high ceilings and tall windows, so you’ll get plenty of natural light. Since it’s a historic building, no two rooms are exactly alike—a nice little feature if you’re looking for something more boutique-y. The top floor is dedicated to the in-house spa, which is absolutely fantastic.
Where To Eat
Home to the best Austrian food in Berlin, Horváth has a couple of Michelin stars on the wall, thanks to its modern cuisine with some pretty amazing flourishes. The food is mostly vegetable-focused, but you don’t have to be a vegetarian to appreciate how delicious it is. You won’t find any à la carte options on the menu, so you’ll have to decide if you want a five, seven, or nine-course meal when you walk in. Whatever you decide on, make sure you save room for dessert, because it’s awesome.
What To Do
Many would argue that Berlin’s Reichstag Building is Germany’s most iconic landmark. It has a heck of history, having been demolished, burned, and then rebuilt. Since 1999, the building has housed Germany’s parliament. It represents the unification of the country, but if the history isn’t enough to entice a visit, the views certainly will. You’ll need a reservation, but once you have one you can walk up a ramp that’s 755 feet long and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views in all of Berlin. It’s really an amazing experience and is one of the most historically significant spots in Europe. And the best part? It’s free!