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Do you love Christmas markets? Then we have a very special surprise for you! With our cozy pop-up restaurant, we provide culinary highlights at the WeihnachtsZauber at Gendarmenmarkt. Enjoy high-quality German cuisine, which is traditional yet innovative. The unique atmosphere at the most beautiful Christmas market in Berlin will inspire you!
At Christmas time, Potsdamer Platz is transformed into an enchanting winter world which you can discover just a few steps from the hotel. Admire the huge Christmas tree in front of the Stage Theater or warm up with a hot mulled wine at one of the countless Christmas stands in front of Potsdamer Platz Arkarden. The 12 m high (39 ft) toboggan run or the small ice skating rink at the Winter World Christmas Market at Potsdamer Platz provide plenty of fun. The Christmas market is particularly impressive because of its Austrian village atmosphere, the alpine design and the traditional tree decorations from the Erzgebirge.
Explore Berlin as a border crosser
What to See: Visit the Watchtower at Potsdamer Platz
The Berlin Wall is probably the most famous historical landmark in the city. But at Potsdamer Platz, you will not only find this part of history. Here also stands the last remaining watchtower of its kind, a declared historical monument, from where the border between East and West Berlin was secured.
What to Know: Berlin’s first traffic light
Potsdamer Platz is not only about architectural masterpieces. Here you can also find Berlin’s first traffic light, which was built in 1924. In the Roaring Twenties, Potsdamer Platz was one of the busiest traffic knots in Europe. The first traffic light can still be seen at its original spot and is the secret landmark of this special place.
Where to Eat: Berlin’s Currywurst
Currywurst belongs to Berlin like the Eiffel Tower belongs to Paris. Opinions continue to differ on where you can get the best Currywurst in the city. As Potsdamer Platz unites East and West Berlin, you can maybe find the best Curry-compromise in the city at Jamborre Bar, T: +49 30 2553 1572.
What to Bring Home: A part of Berlin’s history
If you would prefer something different to the standard souvenirs like t-shirts or coffee cups, then a hand-crafted single-copy of the Berlin Wall might be a perfect alternative for you. The best part is that you can even paint the bricks by yourself, to provide a very personalized memory of Berlin.
Berlin Fashion & Style
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.
On weekends, the city’s nearly 50 flea markets feature second-hand articles, art and antiques. Highlights include the flea markets at the Mauerpark, the Arkonaplatz and Nowkoelln, as well as the antiques and books market at the Bodemuseum and the first flea market in Berlin on Straße des 17. Juni.
Discover the famous Parisian store’s only international location with its unique assortment of French and international brands and products, or its indulgent gourmet department of French delicacies. Ask the concierge for our 10 % off voucher!
The area around the Hackesche Höfe (courtyard), featuring designer shops, boutiques and international fashion chains, is a trendy hotspot among fashion lovers. In addition to being suitable for shopping and relaxing in its cafés, the Hackesche Markt also offers an ideal starting point for Berlin’s nightlife.
Classic Arts & Culture
Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall
Experience one of the philharmonic’s renowned concerts. As an official partner hotel, we can organise tickets for concerts that are nearly sold-out.
Berlin between East and West
The city’s eventful history can be experienced first-hand at many locations, including the famous Checkpoint Charlie border crossing point, the interactive GDR museum, the Berlin Wall memorial or the Asisi-Panorama, all of which provide a fascinating look back at the Cold War.
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.
The private museum "Dalí – The Exhibition at Potsdamer Platz" shows more than 450 original exhibits by Salvador Dalí in almost all art techniques. An extensive insight into the oeuvre of the genius artist is given right in Berlin’s lively center.
Berlin's Unique Outdoor Scene
Berlin on the water
For relaxed sightseeing instead of a long walk, sail on the Spree or Landwehrkanal beside historic and modern buildings while enjoying the city’s incomparable bridges, unusual shorelines and beautiful cityscape. Our special tip: a historical sightseeing cruise with Stern und Kreisschiffahrt, starting from the Nikolai district.
If you want to discover the city by bike, we provide bikes via our concierge for a fee of € 20 per day.
Fernsehturm (TV Tower)
At 368 m (1,207 ft) tall, the highest building in Germany offers amazing views and the Telecafé, which rotates around its own axis every half hour.
Zoological Garden Berlin
With 1,552 species, this zoo has one of the highest species counts in the world and is home to about 14,000 animals. Founded in 1844, it is Germany’s first animal park.
Where To Dine & Drink
This German-Austrian kitchen awaits you at Gendarmenmarkt in the historical Viennese Café Aigner. In the summer, you can also enjoy the delicacies on the terrace.
This colonial-style Spanish bar not only creates excellent cocktails but also tapas of the highest order.
Bocca di Bacco
Fresh produce and a lot of passion fuel this modern Italian kitchen. They also offer a business lunch menu from midday.
A classic among restaurants. An integral part of Berlin’s culinary scene since 1895, this kitchen creates homemade classics with a German-French touch.
Memorable Music Moments
Blue Man Group
Experience a show mixing rock concert atmosphere, first-class comedy and fascinating technical effects.
Whether you prefer salsa parties, disco evenings, Argentinian tango or standard dance – here you will find the opportunity to dance every day.
Throughout the year, Berlin’s most-visited stage presents grand shows, guest shows and shows for children.
Experience the imperfect charm of Berlin with a mix of funk, soul, electro and jazz jams.