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Top tips for a ladies-only trip to Berlin

The city of Berlin is a melting pot of different cultures all blending to give it a vibrant yet serene atmosphere. It is a vast city, made up mainly of large parks and many waterways. Berlin is one of the most important historical cities of Europe and even though 60% of the city was destroyed after WW2, you will feel drawn to search for any mention or memory of those dark times. Choosing the hotel I choose the Monbijou Hotel mainly because of its central location and I was not disappointed. A few steps from the Spree river and close to the Hackescher Market. This area is full of life and energy at any time of day or night, so you can walk out of the hotel and be right in the middle of a maze of unusual shops and quirky cafes. Explore the hidden courtyards filled with exclusive Berlin stores, art galleries and flea markets. Drop in to Katje’s Cafe’ for a break and a real girly afternoon tea. See a museum Berlin is full of important and interesting museums, but if you are there for a short while you will have to make a choice. We chose to see the Pergamon Museum and were very impressed. The museum is on Museum Island amongst many other museums and while it is being restored at the moment, many artifacts are still on show. The impressive and majestic Ishtar Gate from Babylon and the Roman market from Turkey are quite mesmerizing. Berlin nightlife Berlin is famous for it’s nightlife so it is mandatory to try out one of it’s famous bars. We chose the Catwalk which is known as one of the most stylish bars in Berlin in the Potsdamer Platz. After an illuminative walk from the hotel and among the bustling night scene and lights, we reached this modern and chic venue. Decorated in gold and black and offering different seating options. A great place to pass a different evening , sipping delicious cocktails while having a light meal. Shopping This vast city has a large number of shopping centers, including a rather unusual one with an unusual name; Bikini. This is an alternative shopping mall, be it for it’s unique architecture, alternative shopping experience or unusual view over the Berlin zoo. The mall is an assemblage of carefully chosen boutiques and unconventional food stalls. The pop-up boxes which line the center isle are used as temporary stores to launch new products and change continuously. Medieval charm We stumbled upon one of the oldest suburbs of Berlin by chance and were pleasantly surprised. The Nikolaiviertel lies beneath the giant Television Tower and along the Spree River. This historic area has been completely reconstructed after being destroyed at the end of WW2. It is quite difficult to believe that all these medieval-looking streets and houses are actually replicas. St. Nicholas’s Church, with its striking double spire, is the heart of the quarter and behind the square you will find a quirky cafe and shop to relax. The Kaffeehaus offers a large variety of cakes in a rather unusual setting. tables and chairs are located amidst unusual objects as well as Christmas decorations which are all on sale. Berlin is a city with many things to do and see. It is not over-crowded and as most people travel by bike, even the traffic is not as hectic as in other European capitols. Definitely a city to be visited. Anna Moggia is Owner of Boutique Hotel Zenana. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

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  1. Thank you for these great tips. I like the sound of the Catwalk – can you tell me more about those chairs? What’s the significance of the names Linda, Tatjana, etc.?

    Can definitely vouch for Bikini – it’s a great place to shop! :-)

    1. The bar is inspired by the world of fashion, so the chairs are dedicated to important people in the fashion industry

  2. I agree, Anna! Berlin is such a great city with so much recent history. I would heartily recommend a cruise along the River Spree – it’s a great way to take in some of Berlin’s top sites and attractions from the river. The one we went on was really informative and even included a two-course lunch!

  3. I’ve always thought of Berlin as a more masculine destination, not sure why. This article has definitely made me think of it in a different light. I don’t get much opportunity for ladies trips but I would love to get away here with some friends and more sister after reading about it. We all enjoy museums and food and shopping, so it sounds like this would be ideal. Now to get searching for some flights.

  4. How lovely, I’ve wanted to go to Berlin because of the huge vegan scene – the food looks incredible! The history is obviously a factor, as it is for many. I love the safety of central hotels, they really put my mind at ease! Museums are one of my favourite things to do on a city break, my girl friends probably wouldn’t agree though lol!

  5. Berlin is such an interesting city, with so many quirky and cool places to visit. Katje’s Cafe looks like a cute place to go for coffee or afternoon tea. Shopping is also pretty good in Berlin with all the unique independent shops to explore. There are also a lot of museums I didn’t get to visit when I last went so will have to check them out.

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