Author Archive for Penelope Hassmann

Top 10 architectural sites in Berlin

Top 10 architectural sites in Berlin

Berlin has been a UNESCO city of design since 2006 and walking the streets of Berlin it’s easy to see why. Whether product design, fashion, graphic or corporate design, Berlin has more than 2,400 companies working in these fields. Berlin’s relationship with design is not just reflected in the industry here, but also in the […]

The best of Berlin's Christmas markets

The best of Berlin’s Christmas markets

Christmas in Berlin is a beautiful time of year. The boulevards are lit with thousands of fairy lights, on every street corner you are greeted with the smell of roasting chestnuts and you have the perfect excuse to wear fur lined boots. All over the city Christmas markets appear like glowing visions of mystical villages […]

Top travel tips for visiting Berlin

Top travel tips for visiting Berlin

Whenever you’re planning a trip to a new destination, it’s useful to have a few tips on local culture and the practical basics of getting around. And while Berlin is not exactly the back of beyond, it’s still useful to have some information up your sleeve to make your preparation and arrival a little smoother. […]

10 reasons your next trip abroad should include Berlin

10 reasons your next trip abroad should include Berlin

For many years Berlin was not thought of as a worthwhile luxury destination. Who wanted to visit a city with a big ugly wall through it and an unstable political and military situation? But in the last 23 years Berlin has gone through a radical and remarkable transformation. I constantly hear from people visiting Berlin […]

Berlin's top 'lesser known' art galleries

Berlin’s top ‘lesser known’ art galleries

As the gorgeous European summer fades into memory and the leaves begin turning orange and gold here in the Tiergarten, it’s worth having a look at more indoor-oriented activities which are suited to a rainy day in Berlin during Autumn or Winter. In fact, much of Berlin’s cultural scene only comes to life after the […]

Top 5 cocktail bars in Berlin

Top 5 cocktail bars in Berlin

What better way to top off a day’s sightseeing and exploring in Berlin than with a perfectly mixed cocktail? With a plethora of bars on almost every street corner it can be hard to know where to start and how to find a good cocktail can be overwhelming. So whether you like a simple G&T, […]

Top 10 luxury five star hotels in Berlin

Top 10 luxury five star hotels in Berlin

Berlin’s tourism has been expanding rapidly and when it comes to luxury there are a plethora of options available to the discerning traveller. The hotels listed below are certainly not an exhaustive list, but are designed to give a range of options, from old and trusted establishments to the newest hotels on the Berlin scene […]

The best high-end vegetarian restaurants in Berlin

The best high-end vegetarian restaurants in Berlin

Germany – admittedly – is a big meat eating culture. Traditional German cuisine is heavy on the Fleisch (German for meat), especially pork. If you don’t eat meat (or want an easy version of eating kosher while traveling) it can sometimes be hard to find good restaurants. Many travelers tired of the token veggie pasta […]

Top 10 historical must-sees of Berlin

Top 10 historical must-sees of Berlin

Some of the biggest events of 20th Century European history have played themselves out on the streets of Berlin. If you’re a history enthusiast then there is no better place to visit. From WWI through the roaring twenties to WWII and then becoming the front line of the Cold War Berlin is packed to the […]

Top 10 luxury restaurants in Berlin

Top 10 luxury restaurants in Berlin

With no shortage of 5 star hotels, fabulous new design stores, and some of the most important historical sites of the 20th Century, it’s no wonder Berlin has fast become one of the most exciting new luxury destinations in Europe. With so much history you are bound to do a lot of walking Berlin’s streets, […]