“Berlin is past, present and future rolled into one. Berlin is colourful. You can see the personality of this city in the places where different periods and cultures meet,” Thomas Munko, Chief Concierge at The Ritz Carlton, Berlin explains. Here are twelve of his inside tips for a perfect summer in Berlin.
Summer events – Concerts and events in Berlin and the surrounding area
Classic Open Air – 2nd – 6th July 2015, the Gendarmenmarkt, one of the most beautiful squares in the city, will transform into an open-air opera house with popular classical and modern melodies and impressive light and firework displays.
Berlin Fashion Week – 6th – 10th July 2015, all of Berlin will be under fashion’s spell as national and international designers invite the entire city to Berlin Fashion Week. For five days, restaurants and clubs will be transformed into real runways and the city will encapsulate an energy beyond compare.
Botanical Night – The Botanical Garden Berlin invites guests to this year’s Botanical Night on 18th July 2015. It will be a magical event with music, theatre and dancing. Visitors will be able to enjoy the plants in the garden, its mythical creatures and a major fireworks display until 2am.
Sightseeing – The city’s classic
Brandenburg Gate – With its famous quadriga, the very symbol of Berlin links the east of the city with the west once again – and it is only a five-minute walk from The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin.
Berlin Wall Memorial – The Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse is the main memorial site to the division of Germany. Visitors can still see segments of the original Berlin Wall and the former death strip.
The Reichstag – Looking out from the modern glass dome designed by star architect Sir Norman Foster, visitors can see into the assembly hall or take in a breath-taking view of the city.
Kid’s Corner – Berlin for families
Discovering the German Historical Museum with its Exploration Kit – Kids can experience the permanent exhibition on their own with a magnifying glass, binoculars and a compass: children aged eight and above can independently explore either historical exhibits from the 18th century or the period of Germany’s division.
Baby Concerts at the Deutsche Oper – Chamber music for the very youngest: baby concerts allow children up to two years old to experience classical music with all their senses, hear familiar and new sounds, and move to the rhythm of the music.
Söhnel Werft – With its playground, jetty, restaurant, water deck, ice cream production, coffee roasting, farm shop, beach bar and docking area, this adventure dockyard right on Lake Griebnitzsee in Kohlhasenbrück has a wide range of activities on offer for guests of all ages.
Shopping – A very personal piece of Berlin to take home
Hackescher Markt – The Hackescher Markt is filled with alternative boutiques and shops. With their many nooks and crannies amply supplied with craftwork, the Rosenhöfe and Sophienhöfe are particularly worth looking into. The deeper you go into Berlin’s new centre, the more inventive the shops you will find.
Flea Market & Antiques at Street – Try your luck any Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 5pm.
Mall of Berlin – With four floors and around 270 shops, the new district at the old Wertheim area offers a wide range of shopping. The Mall of Berlin is just two minutes from The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin.
For guests who would like to get to know Berlin better, The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin offers the ‘Treat You’ package: four nights in a junior suite, including breakfast, for the price of three nights, starting at € 885. Internet access and parking facilities are included. Additional information is available at www.ritzcarlton.com.