Sir Savigny Hotel in Berlin, Germany

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Updated: February 9, 2020

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Sir Savigny Hotel in Berlin Review

Sir Savigny – An urban crash pad elevated by plush furnishings and excellent service.

Dutch hotel brand Sir chooses the most interesting cities for its hotels: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Ibiza Town, Hamburg, and Berlin. And, as one would expect from a Design Hotels member, it does the best with the space available (which is often limited in these European hotspots). So, while Sir Savigny’s forty-four rooms are not big, and there is no space for some of the luxury hotel extras (there’s no pool or gym), its exquisite interiors do the thing that a good hotel should do – make you feel at home while making you feel special. Whether it’s the friendly staff taking time to sit with you in The Library to plan your day, sitting with your feet up in the courtyard beside the fire pit and the enormous “Drift Away” mural, or pressing the “dial-a-burger” button on the antique phone in your room while making yourself a cocktail from your minibar in an old writing desk, your experience at Sir Savigny will be anything but basic.

Sir Savigny – Location

  • Address: Kantstrasse 144, Berlin.
  • Nearest Metro/Subway: Savignyplatz S-Bahn station is a 2-minute walk (150m) from the hotel. The overground lines from there go directly into the center.
  • Area: The hotel is in the upmarket former West Berlin “literary quarter” Charlottenburg. Kantstrasse is a major thoroughfare and Savignyplatz (70m, 1-minute walk) is one of the prettiest squares around. Nearby is the chicest end of the famous Kurfürstendamm boulevard (known as Ku’damm), where you’ll find all the international luxury brands as well as plenty of independent stores and galleries on side streets. It’s not the best area for nightlife (for that you’ll need to head east), but it’s very pleasant, with lots of good shopping, food, and attractions, and there are excellent public transport options, should you want to go elsewhere.
  • How To Get There: From Berlin Central Station, it’s 10 minutes on the S-Bahn. From Tegel Airport, it’s 30 minutes (4 miles) by bus or 20 minutes by taxi. From Schönefeld Airport, it’s 30-40 minutes (15 miles) by taxi or 1 hour by public transport.
  • Handy To: Kurfürstendamm, Schloss Charlottenburg.

Sir Savigny – The Basics

  • Ages: While the hotel is not adults only, most guests tend to be couples and travelers on a city break. Families can be accommodated.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis.
  • Laundry: Same-day/next-day laundry services available (additional charge).
  • Parking: The hotel does not have parking. There is a nearby public garage at design megastore Stilwerk (€15/day, 0.2 mile, 1-minute drive).
  • Extras: Peaceful courtyard, bikes for hire, firepit, pillow menu, in-room dial-a-burger button.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • When To Book: There is often limited last-minute availability, but best to book at least 1-2 months ahead to get the room you prefer (the hotel is busiest in September and October).
  • Phone: +49 30 2178 2638
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: sirhotels.com

Sir Savigny – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: No fitness center.
  • For Disabled Guests: There is an elevator but there are no barrier-free rooms. Also, the rooms are too small for wheelchair users.
  • For Families: The rooms are on the compact side, with no room for extra beds or cribs. Under-12s stay free.
  • Activities: Sir hotels offer their own tours and activities with passionate locals, e.g. craft beer tours/culture tours/yoga. Check the ‘Sir Explore’ section of the website for current partnerships. Activities must be booked well in advance.

Sir Savigny – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant/Bar: The Butcher is the Sir hotel group’s mini-chain. This branch has a street entrance leading to an industrial-style open kitchen with a bar and stainless steel booths as well as plenty of seating in the cozier Library/lounge areas on the hotel’s ground floor and courtyard. It focuses on what it calls the “four B’s” – burgers, booze, beer, and breakfast – featuring high-quality ingredients and gourmet burgers (presumably to mop up the effects of excellent cocktails). It’s open daily from 7am until midnight (Sunday-Thursday)/2am (Friday-Saturday). $-$$.
  • Breakfast: There’s a cold buffet breakfast (€12, 7-10:30am/11am on weekends), or guests can order from The Butcher, which offers pancakes, smoothies, eggs, granola, etc. $.
  • Room Service: Room service is available during The Butcher’s open hours, offering the same menu (plus service charge).

Sir Savigny – Rooms

  • Room Types: Petit ● Boutique ● Deluxe ● Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Rooms at Sir Savigny are 100% smoke-free but smoking is permitted in the courtyard.
  • Best Room: In addition to the features that all rooms share (Nespresso machines, tea setup, rain showers, Sir bedding collection, pillow menu, air conditioning, Marshall bluetooth speakers, extravagant minibars, hairdryers, dial-a-burger button, books and custom art, bespoke furniture), the Sir Suite is larger (minimum 290 sqft) and features a king-sized bed, free-standing bathtub, and complimentary mineral water.
  • Family Rooms: There are interconnecting rooms but no family rooms per se.

Sir Savigny – Local Transport

  • Walking: The southwestern edge of the Tiergarten, next to the Bikini Berlin mall, is an 18-minute walk (1 mile) from the hotel (it takes 1 hour to walk the 3 miles from the hotel right through the enormous Tiergarten to the Brandenburg Gate). It’s a 35-minute walk (2 miles) to Schloss Charlottenburg.
  • Tram/Bus: Both buses that stop in Savignyplatz go east to the Tiergarten, from where the #100 bus route can be caught (which passes just about every major tourist attraction). From Ernst-Reuter-Platz (0.5 mile, 10-minute walk), there’s a bus directly to Schloss Charlottenburg.
  • Subway: Savignyplatz S-Bahn station is a 2-minute walk (150m) away, from where you can catch the S3, S5, S7, and S9 lines.
  • Taxis, Uber, Lyft: All taxis charge the same amount in Berlin, even Uber, but the company’s growth has been limited by local taxi firms, which have rallied to compete with apps of their own: TaxiApp and taxi.eu app represent a large number of local companies, including Taxi Berlin (+49 30 202020) and FunkTaxi Berlin (+49 30 261026).

Sir Savigny – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Insider Tour – This company offers a wide range of extremely well-reviewed tours (including Jewish Berlin, Third Reich Berlin, Cold War Berlin, and more) and their meeting point in East Berlin is conveniently outside the Zoologischer Garten Train Station, an 11-minute walk (0.5 mile) from the hotel.
  • Trabi Safari – One of the quirkier options and a must for any motorheads is to drive around the city in a Trabant, the car of the Soviet Union. You’ll see the multicolored little vehicles around and about, and navigating Berlin’s streets in one will give you more of a sense of real life in the GDR than just about anything else. Tour starts from Zimmerstrasse (opposite the Topographie des Terrors), 30 minutes via public transport.

Best Nearby Restaurants

    Many German restaurants are still cash only, so don’t expect to be able to pay by card.

  • 12 Apostoli – Relaxed pizzeria in the railway arches around the corner. $. 1-minute walk 100m).
  • Kuchi – From the same team as Funky Fisch, this place does a huge variety of sushi, sashimi, and Japenese curries. $-$$. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Funky Fisch – Simply one of the best fish restaurants in the city, where you go up to the counter to choose your fish. $$. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Buddha Republic – Well-presented Indian cuisine in a lantern-laden dining room. $$. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Ottenthal – Michelin-recommended Austrian cuisine with plate-sized Wiener schnitzels. $$-$$$. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • La Tia Rica – Typical Chilean: think empanadas. Well-seasoned seafood or meat with rice or quinoa, and sides of corn, avocados, and homemade bread. And, of course, great wine. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • La Caleta – Casual and authentic Spanish restaurant that’s consistently rated as one of the best in the city. Specializes in paella and seafood. Reservations recommended. $$-$$$. 11-minute walk (0.6 mile).

Best Nearby Bars & Cafes

  • Der Kuchenladen – This place gets backed with people clamoring for its massive selection of delectable cakes. The perfect afternoon stop after sightseeing. 2-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Diener Tattersall – An old-school tavern, named after the 1950s boxer Franz Diener, and an old stable (Tattersall), which stood on this spot in the 1800s, this oddity now calls itself the “artist pub” thanks to the number of German celebrities who have graced its bar stools over the years. Basic but good German food and a wonderfully atmospheric watering hole. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Schwarzes Cafe – 24-hour genteel cafe-bar with a punk soul (Iggy Pop and David Bowie used to come here in the 1970s). Serves inventive Italian-inspired meals that change weekly and all-day (and night) breakfasts, as well as the full gamut of bar drinks and cocktails. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Coffee Drink Your Monkey – Funky, quirky cafe on Savignyplatz focusing on dozens of drink options (hot drinks, fresh juices, smoothies, milkshakes…) and simple muesli and sandwich options to eat. 1-minute walk (100m). Same owners run the nearby What do you Fancy Love? 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Bar am Steinplatz – Classy 1920s style hotel bar that has won awards for its avant-garde mixology. It currently only serves clear concoctions. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Philomenis – Homey Greek cafe with delicious homemade deli lunch options like quiches, pastas, and great cakes. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Giro Coffee Bar – Hipster coffee joint that serves up some of the best coffees and cakes in Charlottenburg. 7-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Monkey Bar – Located on the 10th floor of the 25hours Hotel, this hip bar has one of (if not the) best views in the city, overlooking the Tiergarten and (yes) the Zoo. Open daily noon-late. 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Kurfürstendamm – For luxury stores and international chains, head straight to “Ku’damm,” the biggest shopping street in the city, where you can hit all the world’s major brands at once. Don’t miss the side streets, which have several quirky and cute independent stores and art galleries, and if you’re a fan of Christmas (or pure kitsch), visit the year-round festive paradise Käthe Wohlfahrt. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Bikini Berlin – A modern concept mall featuring a mix of cult and independent brands, with some artisan stalls in the middle and a great food hall. If nothing else, go for the great view of the monkeys at play in the zoo next door. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).
  • In Mitte – Head for Alexanderplatz (20-minutes via public transport) for big department stores like GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof, international fast food outlets, and a huge C&A and Primark (cheap fashion). In Scheunenviertel, the Hackescher Markt refers to the shopping area encompassing the eponymous S-Bahn station (16 minutes via public transport), Dircksenstraße in the south, Torstrasse in the north (25 minutes by public transport), Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in the east, and Oranienburger Strasse in the west. It’s most famous for its concentration of independent stores scattered in various courtyards, or Höfe, especially the Hackesche Höfe, which has a warren of yards set amid vine-covered buildings and Jugendstil architecture (17 minutes by public transport from the hotel).
  • In Prenzlauer Berg – Try Prenzlauer Strasse, Kastanienallee, Rykestrasse, Oderberger Strasse, and Kollwitzplatz. All are great streets to wander down, packed with cute stores, restaurants, and cafes. Kastanienallee is a particularly trendy place to see and be seen, and to achieve that full Berlin look. The Mauerpark Flohmarkt (flea market, 35 minutes by public transport), from 8am onward on Sundays, is a favorite Berlin pastime. Especially fun is the afternoon outdoor karaoke in the amphitheater.

Nearby Attractions

  • Schloss Charlottenburg – There are many sights worthy of a trip outside central Berlin, but Charlottenburg Palace might be one of the best. It was the plush Prussian dream of Queen Sophie Charlotte, whose golden Rococo ballroom and Porcelain Cabinet are jaw-droppingly lavish. It has beautiful gardens for strolling or picnicking, and opposite are 3 excellent museums, the Bröhan-Museum (arts and crafts), Museum Berggruen (a modern art collection featuring Picasso, Klee, Braque, Cézanne, and Giacometti, among others), and the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg (French Impressionists, the complete print works of Toulouse Lautrec, Dalí, Magritte, Ernst, and Klee, among others). 20 minutes via public transport.
  • Tiergarten & Unter den Linden: The Tiergarten is central Berlin’s lung, with the Spree running through it, along with the Zoologischer Garten (Berlin Zoo), manicured gardens and woodlands, and massive monuments like the dramatic Siegessäule (Victory Monument). It stretches all the way to the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) and the Bundestag (aka Reichstag aka parliament; free to visit but book well ahead or risk hours in line) in the east. Once you cross through the Brandenburg Gate, which used to mark the crossing point into East Germany, you get to the massive Unter den Linden, a grand boulevard with some of the city’s major sights along it, including the Staatsoper, Humboldt University, the soon-to-be-opened Humboldt Forum, the Deutsches Historisches Museum, and Museumsinsel (see below). The #100 bus from the Zoo (0.5 mile, 11-minute walk from the hotel), goes past all of the above sights and more.
  • Museums – There can be few cities as great for museum-goers as Berlin, mostly because they’re all packed into a compact area, the so-called Museumsinsel, 30 minutes by public transport from the hotel. The island in the Spree features some of the nation’s finest museums: the Alte Nationalgalerie (19th-century art), the Altes Museum (Greeks, Etruscans, Romans), the Bode-Museum (sculpture, coins, medals, and Byzantine art), the Neues Museum (Ancient Egyptians and prehistory), and the Pergamonmuseum (Islamic and Roman architectural set pieces). There are far too many treasures to note, but needless to say, you should plan your time (or go with a guided tour) and buy tickets in advance, especially for the world-famous Pergamon. General opening hours are 10am-6pm (Thursdays until 8pm) and several of the museums are closed on Monday. Also on the island are the Berliner Dom (cathedral) and the Humboldt Forum (opening in 2020), which is being built in the former Berlin Palace. Just off the island are the wonderful Deutsches Historisches Museum, which traces German history from the Middle Ages to the fall of the Wall, and the wacky and interactive DDR Museum (see below under Cold War).
  • Nazi and WWII history – A good place to start is the Topographie des Terrors (Topography of Terror, 25-30 minutes via public transport), a center dedicated to understanding how the Nazis came to cause such destruction, and built on the former site of the Gestapo, SS, and security headquarters. There are 2 worthwhile memorials to visit that warn of the horrors of war: the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, 14-minute walk, 0.7 mile) has been purposefully left in its bombed state, while Käthe Kollwitz’s devastating ‘Mother with her Dead Son’ sculpture at the Neue Wache (New Guardshouse, opposite the Staatsoper, 25 minutes by public transport) is a national monument for all the victims of war and dictatorship. During the air raids that destroyed some 80% of the city center, much of Berlin’s life happened underground. Two ways to get insight into this are: visit the site of the Führerbunker (25 minutes via public transport), where information boards explain what cannot be seen below – Hitler’s series of underground rooms and tunnels where he spent his final days, or visit Berliner Unterwelten (27 minutes via public transport), whose tours allow you to explore air raid shelters, and the Myth of Germania exhibition which examines Hitler’s extensive plans for a modernized, Aryan Berlin (and how it would be achieved with widespread forced labor).
  • Jewish Berlin – Wandering through the large uneven slabs of the Holocaust Memorial (25 minutes via public transport), just south of the Brandenburg Gate, is a deeply moving experience, as is the Jewish Museum (in Kreuzberg, also 30 minutes via public transport), which dives deep into German-Jewish history and culture. The Neue Synagoge in Scheunenviertel (19 minutes via public transport) provides tangible evidence of just how important the pre-war Jewish population was to Berlin’s growth and industry in the second half of the 19th century. It now features a permanent exhibition about Berlin Jewry.
  • Cold War – As you walk around the city, look out for the double row of cobblestones, laid as a reminder of the enormous footprint of the Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall). There are several segments of the original wall that have been preserved: a section at the Topographie des Terrors (see above); the famous painted section, the East Side Gallery (in Friedrichshain, 37 minutes via public transport); and the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial, 25 minutes via public transport), which spans a few blocks of Bernauer Strasse, between the Nordbahnhof and Mauerpark. It’s an outdoor museum telling the story of the wall and its repercussions, with a full-scale reproduction of the double-walled barrier the Soviets created (viewing platform at the corner with Ackerstrasse). The reconstructed Checkpoint Charlie (in Mitte, a block from the Topographie des Terrors), a gateway between the East and West from the American Sector, is an evocative tourist favorite, while the Stasi Museum and Archives (in Friedrichshain, 40 minutes via public transport), housed in the real Stasi headquarters, show the depths the secret police of the German Democratic Republic went to for spying on its citizens. For a social history perspective, the DDR Museum (21 minutes by public transport) is a wonderfully interactive glimpse into what life was like behind the iron curtain in the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, or German Democratic Republic (GDR).
  • Alexanderplatz, Fernsehturm, & Karl Marx Allee – Alexanderplatz is the busiest place in Berlin and a great landmark to help orientate yourself to the eastern parts of the city. Don’t miss the retrofuturistic World Clock, often surrounded by street performers, and make sure to walk east up the bombastic Karl Marx Allee, a perfect example of large-scale Soviet architecture. Another unmissable example of Soviet pretension towers over Alexanderplatz: the Fernsehturm (TV Tower), which was designed to show off the might of the new regime to the West. Now you can ascend for food or drink, or just to look around. It’s open most days until midnight. All can be reached within 20 minutes on public transport.
  • Other sights – The oldest part of the city can be seen in Nikolaiviertel (25 minutes by public transport), whose tiny alleys and reconstructed medieval church seem a million miles away from the big city, and the heavy-handed GDR-era restoration gives the whole area a sense of Berlin’s layered history. Worth a visit, especially for the open air concerts in summer and the Christmas markets in winter, is the Gendarmenmarkt (20 minutes by public transport), a square often dubbed the most beautiful in Berlin thanks to its perfectly symmetrical neoclassical buildings. The heavily regenerated Potsdamer Platz (20 minutes by public transport) now has much to recommend it, including a walk of stars leading to the Sony Center (0.3 mile, 6-minute walk from Potsdamer Platz station), and just past that, the Kulturforum (0.3 mile/6-minute walk). Designed in the 1960s to show those in the East what they were missing out on in the cultured West, the Kulturforum’s large plaza features the glimmering Philharmonie concert hall, the Gemäldegalerie (13th to 18th-century European paintings), and the soon-to-be-reopened Neue Nationalgalerie (20th-century art), among other cultural hotspots.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

Sir Savigny – The Hotel

The hotel is located on busy Kantstrasse.

The hotel is on one of Charlottenburg’s main thoroughfares, Kantstrasse. When looking at the hotel, Savignyplatz is just to your left and there are several of asian restaurants to your right (west). The hotel’s bar-restaurant, The Butcher, is to the left of the hotel entrance.

The lobby is called The Library.

The lobby, with its discrete little reception desk, is known as The Library. The hotel welcomes guests to hang out and use the space as their own.

The Butcher can be access through The Library.

One end of The Library leads into The Butcher.

The Butcher's staff is very friendly and chatty.

The Butcher is all stainless steel slickness, but the staff is friendly and happy to chat with people sitting at the bar as they prepare drinks and burgers.

It features an enormous stuffed cow hanging in the window.

The enormous stuffed cow hanging in the hotel window is an eye-catching quirk advertising The Butcher.

The Lounge features a fireplace and private courtyard.

The Lounge has a designer fireplace and opens into a pleasant private courtyard…

The Lounge has an amazing mural.

…with this amazing mural. It’s the perfect place to zone out after a long day of hitting Berlin’s streets.

The hotel offers bikes on hire.

There are Dutch-style bikes for hire and a firepit.

Corridors feature mirrored ceilings and bare bulbs.

The corridors are striking with their mirrored ceilings and bare bulbs.

Petit rooms feature unique artwork.

Sir’s Petit rooms might be small, but they are really stylish and sumptuous. Each has a different artwork in it and mirrors add a sense of light and space.

Petit rooms feature plush easy chairs.

Even the Petit rooms have space for easy chairs, where you can enjoy the plush furnishings, put your feet up, and dial-a-burger.

The mini-bars in each room are exquisite.

Sir’s minibars really are a thing of beauty, with select liquors, crystal glasses, and Nespresso machines.

Most rooms feature shower and toilet cubicles.

Most of the rooms feature shower and toilet cubicles with in-room sinks, rather than separate bathrooms.

Some rooms feature full-length windows.

Depending which floor of the hotel you’re on, you may get one of the rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows which flood it with light, like this Deluxe room.

The Deluxe rooms are more spacious than the Petits.

Similarly styled to the Petit, the Deluxe rooms have more of a sense of space. The bespoke furniture is complemented by antiques, like this rug.

The lovely Savignyplatz is around the corner.

Turn right as you come out of the hotel and within seconds, you’ll be in Savignyplatz, one of Charlottenburg’s loveliest plazas.

Denn's Biomarkt sells only organic items.

On the square, you’ll find this little organic market.

Coffee Drink Your Monkey is a cute cafe on the square.

The cutest cafe on the square is Coffee Drink Your Monkey. In this photo, the station entrance is on the right hand side down a small alleyway.

XII Apostoli sells great pizzas.

Here, the entrance to the station can be seen opposite delicious pizza restaurant 12 Apostoli. This spot is just a minute’s walk from the hotel.

The neighborhood has great Asian restaurants.

The hotel’s street, Kantstrasse, is full of great restaurants; it’s especially good for Asian food.

Kuchi is a great Japanese restaurant nearby.

One of the best is Kuchi, a reliably great lunch and dinner Japanese restaurant, just a 3-minute walk from the hotel.

Funky Fisch allows patrons to choose their fish at the counter.

Across the road is Funky Fisch, where you choose your fish from the counter.

Der Kuchenladen serves great freshly-baked cakes.

Der Kuchenladen is a nice cafe on Kantstrasse – they have some 30 freshly-baked cakes to choose from on any given day.

Schwarzes serves great food 24/7.

Schwarzes might not look like much, but its food is great and it’s an anomaly in Charlottenburg. It’s open 24/7.

Stilwerk is a designer department store with secure parking.

One block east of Savignyplatz is the designer department store Stllwerk, a mecca for anyone into interiors. Its garage is the nearest secure parking space to the hotel. 5-minute walk.

Buddha Republic is one of the best cafes on Knesebeckstrasse.

One of the best streets coming off Savignyplatz that will really give you a feel for the neighborhood is Knesebeckstrasse, which has dozens of restaurants and cafes. Buddha Republic is one of the best and certainly one of the most atmospheric, just a 4-minute walk from the hotel.

La Tia Rica serves authentic Latin American fare.

One minute away on the same street, La Tia Rica does authentic Latin American home cooking.

Bar am Steinplatz nearby serves award-winning cocktails.

A couple of blocks away is the fabulous Bar am Steinplatz at the Hotel am Steinplatz, whose mixologists have won awards for their conceptual cocktails (the hotel’s restaurant is excellent too). 7-minute walk from Sir Savigny.

Schloss Charlottenburg is Berlin's most beautiful palace.

From the Steinplatz, it’s a 10-minute bus ride to Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin’s most beautiful palace. Go on a sunny day to enjoy the enormous grounds.

3 excellent art galleries are located opposite the palace.

Opposite the palace are 3 excellent art galleries: the Bröhan, the Berggruen, and the Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection (pictured right, with the palace in the background).

Diener Tattersall has a unique atmosphere.

Back at Savignyplatz, there’s plenty to explore if you go south. Head under the arches down Grolmanstrasse to find Diener Tattersall, whose walls are plastered with hundreds of photos of German celebrities who have enjoyed the bar’s unique atmosphere. It’s a 3-minute walk from the hotel.

This cafe with a funky name serves great juices and smoothies.

It takes 6 minutes to walk to the famous Kurfürstendamm shopping street from the hotel; simply head down Knesebeckstrasse from Savignyplatz. On your way, you’ll pass this unforgettably named cafe, which does great juices and smoothies among other cafe standards.

Old-fashioned glass boxes advertise store wares on Kurfürstendamm.

On Kurfürstendamm, one of the first things you’ll notice are these old-fashioned glass boxes in the middle of the sidewalk advertising the wares of nearby stores.

La Caleta serves excellent Spanish fare.

Walk a couple blocks west on Ku’damm and La Caleta is off one of the side roads to your left. It does really high quality Spanish food.

Käthe Wohlfahrt sells amazing Christmas decorations and ornaments.

Head east up Ku’damm and you’ll notice a shift in tone as the luxury brands give way to international mega chains. Avoid these and head for Käthe Wohlfahrt, a paradise for anyone who likes Christmas decorations and ornaments. 13-minute walk.

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a short walk from the hotel.

The terrifying yet beautiful Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was left in its bombed-out state, right where Kurfürstendamm meets the Tiergarten, as a reminder of the horrors of war. There are year-round cutesy food stalls in the plaza outside, and the new church (the modern building on the left of this photo) with its hundreds of square stained glass windows is breathtaking from inside. It’s a 14-minute walk from the hotel, or jump on any bus east on Kantstrasse to save your legs.

Bikini Berlin is a fantastic modern mall overlooking the Zoo.

Opposite the church and just by the Zoo, Bikini Berlin is a fabulous modern mall that riffs on Berlin’s hipster aesthetic. One of its huge windows overlooks the monkeys at the Zoo and, speaking of monkeys, don’t miss the Monkey Bar at the hotel next to the mall; its 10th-floor city views are spectacular.

The huge Tiergarten offers views of the Brandenburg Gate and the TV Tower.

The Tiergarten is one of Germany’s most beloved parks and it is truly massive. It takes a good 45 minutes to walk from one end to the other, but it’s fun to explore and you’re rewarded with this view of the Brandenburg Gate and the TV Tower at the other end.

Experiencing the dome at the Bundestag is a must.

In the northeast corner of the park is the Bundestag, the German parliament. It’s most famous feature is its glass dome, which allows visitors to look down on the politicians as they work. It takes 22 minutes from the hotel via public transport.

Philharmonie is a 20-minute bus-ride from the hotel.

The glorious Philharmonie is part of the Kulturforum: a 1960s public plaza dedicated to the arts a few minutes’ walk from Potsdamer Platz. The #200 bus from the Zoologischer Garten goes all the way, taking just over 20 minutes from the hotel.

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