Our Concierge’s Favourite Things to do in Berlin
If you ever need to know what to do in a city, ask the concierge. And ours, at the Hotel de Rome, is one of the best in the business. This is an indispensable list of our favourite places in Berlin, from the trendiest boutiques to fascinating museums and iconic national landmarks.
THE CORNER BERLIN
An exclusive fashion, art and lifestyle concept store, The Corner has three outlets across the city. Browse the books and magazine section before exploring the excellent range of contemporary men’s and womenswear, accessories and luxury beauty products from the likes of Céline, Gucci, Aesop and more.
THE BERLIN WALL MEMORIAL
Stretching for 1.4 kilometres along Bernauer Strasse, The Berlin Wall Memorial commemorates the fortification that divided the city along this street between 1961 and 1989. Both poignant and informative, the installation remembers the harsh regime of communist-ruled East Berlin and those who died trying to escape to the West.
The grand auditorium of the Berlin State Opera House, with its cream and gilt walls and decadent ruby upholstery, is one of the city’s most exquisite interiors. Visit for an evening of opera or a performance from one of the oldest orchestraa in the world, the Staatskapelle Berlin.
This complex of 1950s heritage-listed buildings includes Bikinihaus – the country’s first concept shopping centre – a cinema, an international food market and a hotel. The 200 metre-long Bikinihaus is the main event, featuring a gallery space, and boutiques and eateries from the most exciting names in fashion, design and gastronomy.
HAUS DER KULTURENDER WELT
Housed in one of the city’s most striking modern buildings, Berlin’s House of World Cultures is a forum for contemporary art and political, scientific and creative debate. The vibrant centre facilitates everything from exhibitions, concerts and film screenings to symposia and research projects.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM LABYRINTH
A charming interactive museum encouraging learning through play, the Children’s Museum Labyrinth is a must-visit for families. The former factory offers craft workshops, story corners, dress-up and plenty of slides. Exhibitions rotate every year or so and are themed by global cultures.
URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Newly opened in September 2017, this revolutionary gallery space is entirely dedicated to celebrating contemporary urban art. The interior resembles a street – complete with tarmac floors – and is filled with works from all the biggest names in street art, including Banksy and Blek le Rat.
This underground museum illuminates Berlin’s rich subterranean history. Take tours of WWII bunkers, discover the tunnels and canals used for Cold War escape routes, and visit the eerie Geisterbahnhöfe (or “ghost train stations”). There are also four floors of fascinating exhibitions to explore.