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Postdamer Platz - Art, Culture and Architecture
Designed by star architect Helmut Jahn, the futuristic building complex with its spectacular roof construction on Potsdamer Platz has become an internationally known landmark in Berlin. The Sony Center consists of seven buildings, where international companies, restaurants and shops, as well as film and entertainment facilities, such as the Filmhaus or Legoland, are located. In the evening, you can admire the colorful roof illumination by the light artist Yann Kersalé.
Potsdamer Strasse: Galleries & Dining
This is an exciting street with an exciting history. At the end of the 18th century, Potsdamer Strasse was originally developed as a country road between Berlin and Potsdam, where the summer residence of King Friedrich Wilhelm II was located. During industrialization and the Roaring Twenties, this street and Potsdamer Platz developed into some of the busiest traffic hubs in Europe and featured Berlin’s first traffic light, which can still be seen in its original spot. Today, you can find emerging galleries, expensive designer shops, hidden concept stores in backyards and gastronomic gems along Postdamer Strasse.
At 101 meters, the Kollhoff Tower is the tallest building on Potsdamer Platz and is named after its architect Hans Kolhoff. With the help of the fastest express lift in Europe, you can reach the viewing platform on the 24th and 25th floor to see a fabulous 360 ° view of almost all of Berlin's sights. This striking tower is within walking distance of Grand Hyatt Berlin.
Mall of Berlin
The city's second-largest shopping mall is now located on the former site of the Wertheim department store, which was the largest department store in Europe in the 19th century. Its location on Leipziger Platz forms an architectural connection between the shopping and entertainment district of Potsdamer Platz and the premium boutiques along Friedrichstrasse. There is diverse shopping, with approximately 300 shops ranging from international fashion chains to luxury designer brands, restaurants and technology stores.
Green Berlin - Relaxation in the middle of the city
Close to Grand Hyatt Berlin, you will find The Tiergarten, a 210-square-meter park area that is often referred to as the city's green lung. It is the perfect place for running in a country setting to clear your head. The park also offers many walking paths, water points and sights, which can also be admired on bike rides. The many meadows invite you to picnic and laze around.
This green oasis is a magical place that appeals to all the senses and invites you to relax on the lakeshore and stroll along picturesque paths. The botanical garden is one of the largest in the world. The large tropical house is considered an architectural masterpiece of Art Nouveau. Marvel at a variety of 20,000 plant species.
Relaxation above the roofs of Berlin
At Club Olympus Spa & Fitness, you will experience pure relaxation on more than 800 square meters with a breathtaking view overlooking the rooftops of Berlin. A wide range of cosmetic treatments, massages and Far Eastern relaxation rituals allow you to experience wellness in Berlin in a completely new way. Your spa experience will be complete with access to an indoor pool, large outdoor terrace, whirlpool, sauna, steam bath and solarium.
Berlin on two wheels - Go Green
Move through the city like a typical Berliner by bike or e-scooter. With these environmentally conscious options, not only can you spend a lot of time in the fresh air, but you can also explore many sights in comfort. We recommend the Mauerradweg tour, a circular route through the historical and beautiful parts of Berlin. The tour starts at Postdamer Platz, where you can rent e-scooters. Bicycles are also available from our reception for € 20 a day.
Berlin Shopping Tips
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The Hackesche Höfe courtyards are a must-see, not only because of their architecture but because of their history. In and around the courtyards, old Berlin flair meets hip fashion labels, trendy shops and charming boutiques, selling one-of-a-kind unique items. A little further north around Schönhauser Allee / Kastanienallee, vintage and interior lovers will get their money's worth. There, you can browse inside impressive old buildings and unusual concept stores and boutiques.
Everything under one roof: Mall of Berlin and Bikini Berlin
The Mall of Berlin, with the second-largest retail space in the city, is within walking distance of Grand Hyatt Berlin. Within approximately 300 shops, you can find international fashion chains, luxury designer brands, beauty and jewelry shops, technology stores as well as restaurants and drugstores. The concept store mall Bikini Berlin is located opposite the Gedächtniskirche at Bahnhof Zoo, an urban oasis in the middle of the city with select products, pop-up stores and a freely accessible, green roof terrace.
Deluxe Shopping at KaDeWe & Galeries Lafayette
The traditional department store KaDeWe is located on the lively Kurfürstendamm and offers an attractive mix of upscale and international luxury products. Also legendary is the delicatessen department with international delicacies, cafés and Berlin classics on the sixth floor. The Parisian department store Galleries Lafayette is located on the car-free Friedrichstrasse shopping street. The unique assortment here ranges from French brands and delicacies to international products. You can get a voucher for a 10% discount from our concierge.
Bergmannstraße and Market Hall
One of the most colorful streets of the capital, in the center of the Kreuzberg district, offers a mixture of cafés, boutiques and second-hand shops. The long-established market hall at the Marheinekeplatz features organic food, delicacies and other local products.
Berlin Classics - Must see
Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate)
The emblem of Berlins is the city’s only preserved city gate. During the Cold War, this triumphal arch was an iconic symbol of the divided city.
Reichstag and government district
This is one of the most important landmarks of the capital, where history is made. From the famous glass dome, you have a fabulous view overlooking the rooftops of Berlin. With advance notice, you can not only visit the dome including the café but also take part in a plenary session or a guided tour.
This is one of the most beautiful places in Berlin, and it is within walking distance. This is the location of Karl Friedrich Schindel's former playhouse, which is now used as a concert hall, as well as the twin buildings of the German and French Cathedral.
The building complex, consisting of five museums, is located in the northern part of the Spree Island and is one of the most important sights in Berlin. The impressive museum complex has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the 1990s. Here, you will find one of the most important European collections comprising works from prehistory and antiquity to the 19th century.
Explore Berlin and the surrounding area
Park Gleisdreieck and waterfall in Viktoriapark
You don't have to go far to escape the urban jungle. The public green and recreational area Park am Gleisdreieck, featuring a large meadow, groups of trees, woods, sports and play areas and a café, is within walking distance of the hotel. A little further is the Viktoriapark with its 24-meter-high waterfall, national monument and beer garden with a roof terrace.
Stroll through Berlin Mitte
You can take a wonderful stroll through Mitte, away from the hustle and bustle of tourists, and discover a piece of the old Berlin lifestyle. In hidden backyards, you can find small escapes, such as in the Heckmann-Höfe, which is a little reminiscent of Italy with its creative shops and culinary insider tips. On the side streets, it is worth looking into the shop windows of the many galleries or stopping by Berlin's oldest bakery Balzer on the way to Monbijoupark.
Café am Neuen See im Tiergarten
In the middle of the Tiergarten is the Café am Neuen See. During the summer, it is a beer garden and during the winter, it is an urban country house with plenty of space and large glass fronts that provide a view of the adjacent lake. Here, you can eat and drink from morning to night. The beer garden is open all year round.
Visit the Zeiss-Grossplanetarium, one of the largest and most modern star theaters in Europe, and immerse yourself in other worlds and alien galaxies. Enjoy scientific knowledge shown in an artistic and entertaining way. A lasting experience for all age groups, rest and relaxation is guaranteed.
An autumn walk on this wonderful oasis with a romantic castle, free-roaming peacocks and an English garden, makes fairy-tale dreams come true. The enchanted paths and colorful leaves invite you to stroll on the island, especially in autumn. This UNESCO World Heritage site can be reached by ferry.
Gärten der Welt
In the Gärten der Welt, you can go around the globe in just one day. This is a place full of discoveries for young and old with different themed gardens, exotic plants, art and culture from other countries, a maze and playgrounds. Those who prefer to see the world from above should not miss a ride across the site in a cable car.
Potsdam is a worthwhile destination with many sights. The Sanssouci Palace and Park are among the most famous travel destinations in Germany. In 1747, King Friedrich II had his summer palace built as a place of retreat. "Sans Souci" means a "place without worries," and today it is still enchanting and a part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. Also worth seeing is the Holländerviertel, which is unique in Europe and features 134 red houses in typical Dutch style. There is also the Babelsberg Film Park for those craving a look behind the scenes of the film world and an overview of the history of the Babelsberg studio.
Grunewald and Grunewaldturm
This 3,000-hectare recreational area is crisscrossed by lakes and is a popular day trip destination for walkers and cyclists. In the middle of the forest, you can be completely by yourself and enjoy the peace and quiet. The banks of the Grunewaldsee around the hunting lodge are a popular meeting place for dog lovers. From the Grunewald Tower, you have a fabulous view over the Havel, Wannsee and the Grunewald.