Berlin Gendarmenmarkt – Capital city flair
“Enjoy the magical side of winter and try a bit of curling at the Café am Neuen See. Music, fresh mulled wine and decorative lights ensure a unique atmosphere. For more winter fun, go ice skating on the rink at the Neptune Fountain, ice swimming in Orankesee lake or cross-country skiing in the Britzer Garden.”
Berlin has reinvented itself since the fall of the Wall and is considered the trendiest city in Europe. The contrasts between the modern day and nostalgia for the former East Germany are deliberately maintained. The Hapimag holiday apartments on Gendarmenmarkt are in the centre of Berlin, surrounded by magnificent buildings, in the vicinity of the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and the Museum Island.
Holidays in Berlin are a mix of the past and the future. The German capital sets trends - with great shopping streets, fashion boutiques, restaurants and nightclubs. Also the range of cultural attractions is as diverse as the city itself. Historic buildings and museums bear witness to Berlin as a stage of world history. The cultural centrepiece is the Museum Island, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Just a few minutes' walk away is the resort on Berlin Gendarmenmarkt, which is ideally situated, in the east of Berlin near the Brandenburg Gate, to explore the city. It is also not far from the old western sector and the tourist boulevard Kurfürstendamm. Build up strength for your shopping expedition in the famous delicatessen department of "KaDeWe" – the largest department store in Germany. A visit to the legendary Reichstag parliament building is a must. All the way up in the dome, high above the chamber of the German parliament, the Käfer restaurant not only offers excellent food but also a unique view over the city all the way to the 147-metre high Funkturm (radio tower). We recommend booking in advance. For children, Berlin Zoo– in addition to the radio tower – is the superlative experience. It has been drawing all generations since 1844. Also climb the 285 steps to the viewing platform on the Victory Column and enjoy the view out over the zoo and urban sprawl. Countless galleries, museums and theatres await you with their varied attractions, including lesser-known establishments such as the Newton Museum with its unique collection of photographs or the Käthe Kollwitz Museum. History follows the holiday visitor all around, on the magnificent boulevard Unter den Linden and along the remains of the Berlin Wall to Checkpoint Charlie, the former allied border crossing point on Friedrichstrasse. This is Berlin, Europe's metropolis, which has reinvented itself since 1989 and promises unforgettable holidays.