Sightseeing, Restaurants, Cafés and Bars
With its green spaces and public parks, history and architecture, countless
restaurants, cafés and bars as well as small unusual shops, Potsdamer
By 2011 the semi-developed area known as 'Gleisdreieck' will be transformed into Berlin’s largest inner-city Park. There’s already much to explore in the green space. The 'Beach61' park between Buelowstrasse and Yorkstrasse for example, offers 25 beach volleyball courts as well as a chilled out bar.
The Koenigskolonnaden (King’s colonnades), built in 1780, are an architectural gem of the post-baroque era. Together with the adjacent Kleistpark, the colonnades were part of the Botanical Garden which were originally created as a stately court garden.
In the late 1970s, at the time that this block of flats was erected on the site of Berlin’s previously demolished 'Sportpalast', the building - designed by architect Juergen Sawade - was considered a paradigm of modern living. This mighty block straddles Pallasstrasse as well as a WWII-era overground Bunker.
Kurfuerstenstrasse is home to many internationally recognised galleries, among others, the Tanya Leighton gallery at Kurfuerstenstrasse 156, as well as the Giti Nourbakhsch gallery and Sommer & Kohl gallery in the courtyard at Kurfuerstenstrasse 12 and 13.
Consisting of about 800 square metres under 13 arches beneath the
U-bahn viaduct that arches over Pohlstrasse, Pohl 11 comprises one of
the largest continuous art and culture locations in the area. Since
2001, and after considerable restoration and modernisation, artists,
craftsmen and a youth club have taken up residence there.
As the name might suggest, expect Swabian cooking in the Maultaschen Manufaktur. For those uninitiated to Swabian cuisine, 'Maultaschen' are large ravioli-like pasta pockets filled with various vegetarian and non-vegetarian fillings, which can be fried, dressed in butter or simmered and served in broth. Aside from a variety of Maultaschen dishes – prepared freshly and in-house - there’s also southern-German cheese 'spaetzle' on the menu of this small cosy restaurant.
The name, as well as the welcoming interior of the Josef-Roth-Diele recall the Austrian writer and journalist who lived in the next-door house in the 1920s. The lounge and reading area with its long trestle tables are at their fullest at lunch times when hearty meat and vegetarian dishes are served.
Munch’s Hus is Germany’s first Norwegian restaurant – named after the Norwegian artist Edward Munch who lived in Berlin at the end of the 19th century. Here one can enjoy Norwegian specialities in a stylish ambiance.
The Hotel Alt-Berlin’s restaurant offers traditional Old-Berlin-style cooking based on original recipes. The dining hall seats 60 guests, while in the summer more can be accommodated in the hotel’s archetypal inner courtyard.
Café Einstein – one of the most internationally recognised Vienna coffeehouses, and a Berlin institution – has, as its flagship, the Henny-Porten Villa on Kurfuerstenstrasse. Traditional coffeehouse culture is well tended here: alongside classic Austrian culinary delights, and coffee from the in-house roaster, there are also discussion and literary evenings. Meanwhile the fruit-tree lined courtyard invites you to linger.
For many years now, evenings have seen a mixed crowd at the Victoria bar, but one that is united in its appreciation of smart bar culture - sometimes lingering to appreciate it long into the night. More than 100 drinks are listed on a drinks-menu which focuses on classic Cocktails.
The Kumpelnest is a classic amongst the more unusual nightspots in Berlin and tends to get properly full when other bars and discos have closed. Revellers and birds of paradise and other party animals who don’t wish to cross their own thresholds until dawn burn up the dancefloor.