These days, the German capital a vibrant city, packed with artists, and an intellectually bracing destination for a quick fix of culture and modern history
In November, it will be a quarter of a century since the Berlin Wall fell.
These days, it’s a vibrant city, packed with artists, and an intellectually bracing destination for a quick fix of culture and modern history.
But at a bar beside the Spree river, or even at one of Berlin’s outdoor beaches in summer, it’s delightfully laid back and relaxing too.
25Hours Bikini Berlin
Sandwiched between the Kufu?rstendamm shopping area and Tiergarten Park, this is a trendy, groovy hotel with 149 rooms and suites packed with art, attitude and hammocks.
It’s designed around a ‘playful urban jungle’ theme, and some rooms have huge windows looking straight into the monkey enclosure at Berlin zoo.
Food choices included an Airstream trailer serving up burgers and a bakery with a wood-burning stove.
Best of all, the rooftop Monkey Bar and Neni restaurant offer 360 ? views over the city and the zoo.
The deal: Rooms from £86 a night 25hours-hotels.com
A Bauhaus building in the Mitte district, this outpost of the London members club has a rooftop pool and 65 rooms that channel urban cool.
You don’t have to be a member – but weekday stays are more affordable. Rates rocket in a capitalist way at weekends.
The deal: From £108 a night sohohouseberlin.com
Huettenpalast’s owners call this hotel an ‘urban campground’.
You stay in vintage caravans and cabins in an old factory, surrounded by birch trees and picnic tables. Showers are shared.
But there are more conventional hotel rooms available too.
The deal: From £41 a night. huettenpalast.de
My Plus One
A one-room apartment in Neukoelln made entirely from recycled materials – so Berlin 2014!
You’ll even find a drawer with ping- pong bats and a frisbee so you’ll fit in with the locals.
Oh, and they’ll hook you up with one to give guided tours, if needed.
The deal: From £100 a night. myplusone.net