The Best of Europe - Summer Experiences in Berlin
The German capital is perhaps best known for its slew of hip clubs and art galleries, but it is also home to world-leading opera houses, Michelin-starred restaurants and sparkling crystal-clear lakes. While staying at the Hotel de Rome, a refurbished nineteenth-century neoclassical bank located on the historic Bebelplatz square, guests can explore the city’s many cultural and historical sights or venture out to Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg, a city of gardens, palaces and lakes. Jam-packed with sites and things to do, Berlin is a fascinating destination and we have the perfect itinerary for you.
THE BERLIN STATE OPERA EXPERIENCE
One of the world’s leading opera houses, the Berlin State Opera (Staatsoper Unter den Linden) is located just a few steps away from the Hotel de Rome. Head to this historic neo-classical theatre — designed by architect Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff and completed in 1743 — after indulging in our opera menu at La Banca restaurant. The Staatsoper Unter den Linden’s programme ranges from Baroque to classic, romantic and modern operas to premieres by contemporary composers. After enjoying the show, savour a cocktail at the hotel’s bar and spend the night in one of our luxurious rooms.
DAY TRIP TO POTSDAM
Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg, is a city of gardens, palaces and lakes just a 40-minute drive away from Berlin. It was the former residence of the Prussian rulers and clinched UNESCO World Heritage status in 1990. One of the most fascinating palaces to see here is the Sanssouci Palace, which was built in 1745 and served as the summer retreat of Frederick the Great. Set amid verdant vineyards, it is considered the principle work of German rococo architecture. Its opulent rooms are still furnished and exhibit masterpieces by Watteau, Panini and Pesne. After this fairytale escape, why not treat yourself to a delicious meal back at the hotel.
BERLIN’S CULINARY HOTSPOTS
Berlin’s culinary landscape is brimming with Michelin-starred restaurants and small, innovative bistros: Bieberbau, established in 1894, is known for its modern seasonal dishes featuring herbs and spices cultivated in its own garden in Barnim Nature Park; Frühsammers Restaurant serves modern aromatic dishes and is run by Berlin’s most celebrated female chef; and GO by Steffen Henssler at Hotel de Rome has sushi and sashimi specialities as well as other intriguing signature dishes. For a more informal setting and a colourful tasting menu, head to Tim Raue, a tiny restaurant where you could be offered combinations such as wagyu beef, Australian winter truffle and tofu.
Berlin has plenty of pristine, crystal-clear lakes, such as Wannsee and Pfaueninsel, perfect for sunbathing and outdoor swimming, and one of the best spots is Schlachtensee. Located in a forest in southwest Berlin, it has boat rental and dining options as well as a seven-kilometre boardwalk surrounding it for walking or jogging. Nearby, you’ll find Krumme Lanke, which is named for its curved shape and is surrounded by postcard-perfect lawns and willow trees. Idyllic Nymphensee, to the West of Berlin, has exceptionally clear water as well as surfboards and deck chairs to rent. Meanwhile Tegeler see, in the north-west part of Berlin, is comprised of seven islands and offers sailing trips and steamboat rides.