Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

What are the Top 10 Cutting Edge/Newest things to see in Berlin?

What are the Top 10 Cutting Edge/Newest things to see in Berlin?

Old Dec 17th, 2007, 06:29 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 109
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
What are the Top 10 Cutting Edge/Newest things to see in Berlin?

We are a 30-something couple going to Berlin in March. We love architecture and design and we hear Berlin is full of funky/edgy style. We are staying at the nutty Propeller Island City Lodge (!!!)
http://www.propeller-island.de/rooms...l/11/index.php
and are looking for must-see things. For example, there's a relatively new Frank Gehry bank building there, and we'll also see the Bauhaus, of course. What else should be on our 3-day tour? Potsdammer Platz, Reichstag, what else? Thanks!!
poodle13905 is offline  
Old Dec 17th, 2007, 07:29 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 500
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Wow! I checked out the hotel's web site. How unusual! I can't wait to hear how it was when you return!
kkukura is offline  
Old Dec 17th, 2007, 07:46 PM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 109
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I became totally obsessed with the Propeller Island City Lodge's website because, when you book a room, you have to choose 3 rooms and rank them in order of preference. Believe me, when you have to rank those crazy rooms, you really have to look closely to figure out which ones won't give you nightmares (I'm not kidding!)

We are staying in "Therapy"
http://www.propeller-island.de/rooms...l/18/index.php
for 2 nights and then moving to Mirror Room http://www.propeller-island.de/rooms...l/15/index.php for the last night- wish us luck!!
poodle13905 is offline  
Old Dec 18th, 2007, 05:56 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 17,549
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
You know in all honesty I think you need to insert a little of the non-edgy stuff too or you won't have seen all of Berlin.

Unless you absolutely cannot STAND it, a trip out to Potsdam might be interesting for either Sans Souci or the New Palace.

You might also enjoy puttering around the area of the Zoo Station, go to the KDW department store, etc.

Dukey is offline  
Old Dec 18th, 2007, 05:57 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 17,549
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Oh and definitely the CheckPoint Charlie Museum..puts a lot of the stuff into perspective.
Dukey is offline  
Old Dec 18th, 2007, 06:13 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 785
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
The Jewish Museum.
NanBug is offline  
Old Dec 18th, 2007, 06:32 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 6,282
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Here's a link to my trip report, in case it's of help - http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34614269.

My top tip is the Sammlung Hoffmann.
caroline_edinburgh is offline  
Old Dec 18th, 2007, 06:57 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 6,282
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
P.S. You'll see we also admired the Gehry bank - make sure to go inside.

We've been twice without feeling the need to go to either Potsdam or Checkpoint Charlie.
caroline_edinburgh is offline  
Old Dec 18th, 2007, 08:10 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 6,047
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi, look here for my personal top ten:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/GoListDet...of_Berlin.html
traveller1959 is offline  
Old Dec 18th, 2007, 06:59 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 2,472
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
art/shop/eat Berlin, put out by Blue Guide was for us, hands-down, the best guide book we had (and we bought several). It was wonderful for all three of its focus area: we found it indispensable for the art museums, and it put us onto some wonderful little shops.

Its arranged by section of the city and includes little maps and information about museum, galleries, other major sites, eating/drinking, and shopping in that area. It is pocket sized and we carried it around with us every day.

Through this guide book we found a wonderful design/architecture shop in Prenzlauerberg. I don't have the book handy at the moment, but I'll try to dig up the shop name and address. We spent a ton of time there just poking around the cool books. We also followed its tips for restaurants.
noe847 is offline  
Old Dec 19th, 2007, 12:01 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 6,282
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Ooh yes, we had the guidebook too (plus the Time Out guide) - it is good, isn't it ? I got one when we went to Madrid too.
caroline_edinburgh is offline  
Old Dec 19th, 2007, 02:20 PM
  #12  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 8,247
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
In addition to everything already said:

The Holocaust Memorial near Brandenburg Gate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoria...Jews_of_Europe

The new Central Station - in case you have to change S-Bahn trains there.

Friedrichstrasse with its shopping centers Galeries Layafette, Quartier 206+205 (underground passage links all three)

Karl-Marx-Allee (Boulevard) from Strausberger Platz to Alexanderplatz. Fine example of Stalinist Empire style of the 50s.

The Eastern suburbs of Marzahn or Hohenschönhausen - if you want to know what modern living meant in East Germany before 1989.

Bit off the beaten paths:
Tempelhof Airport, the 3rd largest building of the world and an example of what most of Berlin would look like if the Nazis were still in power

And probably one of the oddest "buildings" which not even many Berliners know of:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schwerb...ngsk%C3%B6rper


For night time entertainment, I would ask your hotel when you get there. Finding an "in" place in a guide book is a good sign that it is already "out" - especially in Berlin.

Some more "classic" locations could be clubs as for example:

KitKat/Sage
http://www.kitkatclub.org/Home/Club/Index.en.html
not for the faint of heart - there are few things which are really illegal in Berlin ;-)

Tresor
http://www.tresorberlin.de/
not for people who think that music should be listened to and not felt with your tummy ;-)

90 (90 degrees)
somewhat fashionable with celebrities, but pure luck if you spot someone

Kaffee Burger
Russian immigrants meet Berlin Mitte party crowds

Solar
this one is actually quite new, top floors of an almost 20 story high rise near the ex wall, then also used by the CIA in Berlin, still a "cool place" - no clue if it will last till March
http://www.solarberlin.com/


Cowboy1968 is offline  
Old Dec 20th, 2007, 04:12 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 760
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Walking through the new Holocaust Memorial on a cool November day was one of the most thought-provoking, moving experiences that we've ever had on our travels. Reactions are varied--we saw people who are just looked puzzled or befuddled; others earnestly discussing what it might all mean (e.g., railroad boxcars/coffins/the rise and fall of Naziism/etc.); sober contemplation; all the way to people who broke down crying.
Jake1 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Mucky
Europe
12
Feb 28th, 2011 04:03 AM
miss_spy
Europe
4
Jul 7th, 2004 11:52 AM
boa
Europe
9
Jun 6th, 2004 10:11 AM
MsAudie
Europe
5
Jan 8th, 2004 01:41 PM
AllyPally
Europe
13
Jul 21st, 2003 02:17 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -