Off course, there was also another aspect, next to sightseeing, which was very important for us on this trip: entertainment. Here’s an overview of the best restaurants, good shopping facilities and other nice things to do in Berlin. And last but not least: where and how I spent New Year’s Eve.
Right next to Hackesche Höfe, in Schönhauser Straße 9, there is a nice Café, Caras, where you can get delicious snacks, pastries and drinks in a very comfortable surrounding. We have been to this place more than once.
Anna Blume, Café and flower shop in one place, is an excellent place for having breakfast. It is situated in Prenzlauer Berg (Kollwitzstraße 83), a district with many other nice restaurants, bars and shops, for which we unfortunately didn’t have enough time.
There’s also a great snack bar in this district, Falafel Daye, where we had very much and tasty dinner for a very low price. Tea is for free. Danzigerstraße 24.
You can have a good “Currywurst”, a typical Berlin dish, in Bier’s Kudamm 125, on Kurfürstendamm 125. The prices are moderate too.
Unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to go to each of the many shopping facilities that exist in Berlin. We haven’t been to Friedrichstraße, on of THE hotspots at all. But we discovered other places:
There are many nice, little shops in the streets near to Hackesche Höfe. Next to this, you can visit a big shopping centre, the Alexa, on Alexanderplatz.
The classical mall, and nearly a sight by itself, is the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) in Tauentzienstraße 21-24. This is also great to start a shopping tour on Kurfürstendamm, another big shopping street. Very nice, but too crowded: the Café on the top floor of the department store.
Other things to do
I definitely recommend visiting Potsdamer Platz and the observation deck, Panoramapunkt. The fastest elevator of Europe takes you to a two-storey deck from which you have a wonderful view across Berlin. Next to this , there is the Sony Center, a building with interesting architecture, restaurants and a cinema in it. Also a must for Berlin tourists: the wall. Some parts of it still exist and are shown for example on Checkpoint Carlie.
New Year’s Eve
I think that it is really worth spending this night in Berlin, but you need some insider information to get to a nice place and not into the crowded area round Brandenburger Tor. We raised our glasses at midnight on “Teufelsberg”, a hill in Berlin, and saw the whole city sparkling because of the fireworks. After this, we celebrated at a party in the centre. Unforgettable!