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The Weekly Getaway: Ich bin ein Berliner

Leonardo Meletopoulos | November 9, 2016
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Christopher Isherwood’s Berlin stories, Hans Fallada’s Alone in Berlin, Philip Kerr’s crime novels, Good Buy Lenin and The Lives of Others was what it took to fall in love with this city wounded by Nazism and Soviet occupation.

This contemporary noir metropolis, a true Gotham city, is flirting with everyone while you, already bewitched, will visit once again just for a glimpse of decadent sensuality and raw cynicism.

…and then you arrive at Gorki apartments in Mitte to find out that this room is waiting for you and you then realize that you are not only in love with Berlin… You are in an actual relationship.

Pit stop at the house of small wonder for the best sandwiches in town

Berlin’s Soho-House opened in 2010 at 1 Torestrasse in Mitte district

Designed in the Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) style, this Grade II-listed building at 1 Torestrasse began it’s life in the late 1920s as Jonass & Co., a seven-storey department store with a rooftop restaurant. The National Socialist Party came to power in January 1933 and the department store’s Jewish owners were pushed out by shareholders. The vacant building was sold to the Reich Youth Leadership, and served as the organization’s headquarters during the Second World War.

In 1945, the Allies handed control of East Berlin to the Soviet Union and 1 Torstrasse became the seat of the Communist Party’s Central Committee.

With the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the descendants of the original Jewish owners succeeded in having the building returned to them under the reparations act. 


All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words ‘Ich bin ein Berliner!’ – John F. Kennedy


The Jewish Museum’s café in the glass enclosed courtyard

The Jewish Museum Berlin, which opened to the public in 2001, exhibits the social, political and cultural history of the Jews in Germany from the fourth century to the present, explicitly presenting and integrating the repercussions of the Holocaust. Daniel Libeskind’s design was based on three insights:  it is impossible to understand the history of Berlin without understanding the enormous contributions made by its Jewish citizens; the meaning of the Holocaust must be integrated into the consciousness and memory of the city of Berlin; and, finally, for its future, the City of Berlin and the country of Germany must acknowledge the erasure of Jewish life in its history.


The Stair of Continuity emphasizing the continuum of history. Climbing eighty-two steps, visitors reach the entrance to the permanent exhibition two stories up.


Uber cool shopping experience at Andreas Murkudis store

Berlin – the city of cranes

Postdamer Platz

The Fernsehturm – Berlin’s television tower

The 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin is as diverse as the big city itself. It is located in the City West and is as wild as a jungle. Located in the listed Bikini-Haus building between the Berlin Zoo and Breitscheidplatz, the hotel is popular not only among its own guests, thanks to the restaurant and bar on the top floor with a 360° rooftop terrace and first-class views of the city and the Berlin Zoo.

The top floor Monkey Bar with panoramic views to the city

The hotel interiors

Don’t miss the Sabich – Speciality from Frishman Street, Tel Aviv. A hodge podge of fried eggplant, humus, soft boiled egg & amba. 

The NENI Berlin is a culinary mosaic of Persian, Russian, Arabic, Moroccan, Isreali, Turkish, Spanish, German and Austrian influences. In the 10th Floor you can enjoy the panoramic views of Berlin and the Tiergarten.




Zebras at the Berlin Zoo


Berlin. I used to love this old city. But that was before it had caught sight of its own reflection and taken to wearing corsets laced so tight that it could hardly breathe. I loved the easy, carefree philosophies, the cheap jazz, the vulgar cabarets and all of the other cultural excesses that characterized the Weimar years and made Berlin seem like one of the most exciting cities in the world – Philip Kerr, March Violets


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