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Berlin, Germany
Hotel: Hotel Hackescher Markt

Große Präsidentenstraße 8

10178 Berlin

Phone: (030) 280030
MMF Staff: Ursula Soyez, Program Officer (Cell: +49 (0)160-479-3523)

Melanie Whittaker, Senior Administrative Assistant (Cell: +49 (0)163-437-3929)

GMF Berlin Office Phone: +49 (0)30 28 88 13-0

German Marshall Fund of the United States

Oranienburger Str. 13/14

10178 Berlin

Tel.: +49 302 888 130

Fax: +49 302 888 1310
Emergency Contacts:

Police Department: 110

Fire Department: 112

Taxi “Würfelfunk: +49 (0) 30 21 01 01

Taxi “Taxifunk”: +49 (0) 30 44 33 22

Taxi “Funk Taxi”: +49 (0) 30 26 10 26

About Germany
In brief…The trauma of post-war division is now firmly in the past but over a decade and a half on from the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Germany has yet to come up with the economic key to coping with its aftermath.

Full name: Federal Republic of Germany

Population: 82.6 million (UN, 2007)

Capital: Berlin

Area: 357,027 sq km (137,849 sq miles)

Major language: German

Major religion: Christianity

Monetary unit: 1 euro = 100 cents

Main exports: Motor vehicles, electrical machinery, metals

GNI per capita: U.S. $ 36,620 (World Bank, 2006)

Internet domain: .de

International dialing code: +49
Regarded in the 1980s as the economic giant of Europe, the country faced enormous challenges with reunification.

In the 1950s Germany was one of the six founding

nations in the original European Economic Community from which the European Union was eventually to develop and in which Germany is a key player. Franco-German cooperation was central to European economic integration in the 1980s and 90s. Germany's international profile has been growing in other areas, too. The country sent peacekeepers to the Balkans and its forces have been involved in operations in Afghanistan and the DR Congo as well as on the Horn of Africa. The former chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, was a vociferous critic of the launch of U.S.-led operations in Iraq.
Political Structure… Germany is a democratic parliamentary federal republic, made up of 16 states (Länder), each with its own constitution, parliament and government. The chancellor heads the executive branch of the federal government while the duties of the president are largely ceremonial; the chancellor exercises executive power. The legislative branch consists of the Federal Assembly (Bundestag, 614 seats) which is elected by popular vote under a system combining direct and proportional representation and the Federal Council (Bundesrat, 69 votes) in which state governments are directly represented by votes.

Head of state: Horst Köhler

Chancellor: Angela Merkel

Foreign minister: Franz-Walter Steinmeier
Angela Merkel, leader of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), was sworn in as Germany's first female chancellor in late November 2005. General elections two months earlier produced a very close result. After lengthy talks, agreement was reached that Ms Merkel would be chancellor in a “grand coalition” involving the Christian Democratic Union and the Social Democratic Party. Her government has cast its eye towards a more ambitious foreign policy. Ms Merkel's domestic efforts, however, have been hampered by Germany's federal structure and bickering within the grand coalition.
Policy Issues… Reduction of unemployment, tax reform, and protection of the environment are some of the important domestic issues in Germany. In the context of the federal government’s efforts to consolidate the German household and to remain within the criteria of the EU’s Stability and Growth Act, the Value Added Tax was increased from 16 to 19 percent in January 2007. As of April 2007, the coalition introduced a massive reform of the German health care system in response to a budget shortfall due to a financing structure that no longer works in light of rising costs, low birth rates and high unemployment. A business tax reform was introduced and came into force on 1 January, 2008. The reform reduces the tax burden on corporate enterprises, hoping to make Germany more attractive for investors and create new jobs. In recent years, Germany has finally had some success in fighting unemployment: After a record high of 4,8 million (13 percent) in 2005, the number of unemployed has been gradually reduced to 4,4 (12 percent) in 2006 and 3,7million (10,1 percent) in 2007.
Foreign Relations…. Germany is a strong supporter of the UN and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe as well as of NATO, working for the development of a more active and important role for Germany in these organizations. Germany’s main foreign policy goals are maintaining freedom as well as fostering human rights, development and democracy throughout the world.

As one of six founding members of the European Union and its largest net contributor, Germany held the EU presidency in the first half of 2007. In a so-called “double presidency”, it also had the G8 presidency and organized the 2007 G8 summit in Heiligendamm.

Economy… Germany is the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. With the highest GDP and the largest number of inhabitants in the EU, Germany is Europe’s most important market. Gross Domestic Product comes to $2.632 trillion (2006, in PPP), GNP per capita is US $ 36,620 (2006).
Taxation… The federal corporation tax rate is 25 percent, with local business taxes further adding up to 17 percent. The top income tax rate is 45 percent. The VAT was raised to 19 percent as of January, 2007.
Foreign Trade… As the world’s top exporter, Germany conducts more than 70 percent of its foreign trade with European countries, more than 60 percent of which with EU member states. Germany’s most important trade partner is France, followed by the United States. While it has positive trade balances with most of its EU partners and the United States, it runs trade deficits with China and Japan.
Culture and Society… The country has famous beer brewing traditions. Beer purity laws dating back to 1516 limit the fermentation ingredients to malted grain, hops, yeast and water. As the birthplace of Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms, among others, Germany's gift to European classical music is colossal while Goethe, Nietzsche, Kant and Brecht are giants in the world of letters and philosophy.

The most popular sport in Germany is soccer: with 6.3 million members, the German Football Federation (DFB) is by far the largest sports organization in Germany. Germany is as rich in culture as it is in history, with 400 theaters, 140 professional orchestras and 600 art museums. German film is on the march: “Nowhere in Africa”, directed by Caroline Link, won an Oscar in 2002, as did “Life of Others” in 2007. The tragic comedy “Goodbye, Lenin” (2003) that broaches the issue of the failure of socialism was a success in almost 70 countries. This year (2008), the 58th Berlinale, one of the world’s most important film festivals, will be held in February.

German society is a modern, open-minded and well-educated society. Yet, it is faced with the challenge of solving important problems such as population trends – the ageing of society as well as immigration, which is increasingly varied in terms of ethnic and religious backgrounds. And there is one thing the Germans still have to overcome: the effects of the 45 years during which the country was divided.
German-U.S. Relations… German-American political, economic and security relationships are based on close consultation and coordination at the most senior levels, and the United States and Germany cooperate actively in international forums. Deep and mutually beneficial trade and investment relations between American and German firms are vital for both countries’ economies. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States and Germany have cooperated to combat international terrorism, such as in the areas of judicial cooperation, intelligence sharing and freezing the financial assets of suspected terrorists. Germany participated in Operation Enduring Freedom launched in October 2001 against the Taliban regime and Al Qaida strongholds in Afghanistan, but was an outspoken critic of the U.S. military operation in Iraq in March-April 2003. Despite the resulting strain in US-German relations, both countries are now looking ahead in their relationship, not least due to the election of the conservative chancellor Angela Merkel in 2005.
Excerpts are taken from BBC news, US Department of State, The Economist, Deutsche Welle, Auswärtiges Amt & German Embassy Washington, D.C.

Capital City and one of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany, Berlin is situated in the northeast of the country. With a population of roughly 3, 4 million inhabitants, Berlin is Germany’s largest city.
Berlin’s modern history began in the 13th century when the trading posts of Berlin and Cölln were founded, which then merged in 1307. In the 1440s, the Hohenzollern dynasty was established, which lasted until Kaiser Wilhelm II’s escape from Potsdam in 1918. In the mid-17th century, the city became home to Jewish and Huguenot refugees seeking asylum and benevolent rule under the Prussian “Great Elector” Friedrich Wilhelm. In the 19th century, Berlin faced French occupation from 1806-13, and in 1848; a democratic revolution set in motion by the Enlightenment was suppressed. In 1871 Bismarck, the Prussian Prime Minister, united Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm I and Berlin became capital of the “Deutsches Reich”. Before World War I, Berlin had become an industrial giant, but the war and its aftermath led to revolt throughout Germany. On 9 November 1918, the Social Democrat Philipp Scheidemann proclaimed the German Republic from a balcony of the Reichstag and, hours later, Communist leader Karl Liebknecht proclaimed a free Socialist republic from a balcony of the City Palace.

Once the center of the “Golden Twenties”, Hitler and his chief architect Albert Speer planned for the city to become the “World’s capital Germania”, with massive buildings such as the Olympic Stadium and a three-mile axis running through the Tiergarten representing the grandeur of the German nation. Only a fraction of the plans were carried out, however, before World War II stopped their megalomaniac endeavors. The city was heavily bombed by the Allies and finally devastated in 1945. In August 1945, at the Potsdam Conference, the four Allied powers divided Germany into four zones of occupation and Berlin into four sectors, with each country taking control of its own zone. As a reaction to the introduction of the D-Mark in the western zones, the USSR blockaded West Berlin in 1948. Americans and British supplied the three West sectors via airlift (“Luftbrücke”). The construction of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 stopped the drain of skilled labor to the West. On 9 November 1989 the Berlin Wall opened and its dismantling began soon thereafter. The Unification Treaty between the two Germanys designated Berlin the official capital of Germany, and in June 1991 the Bundestag voted to move the seat of government from Bonn to Berlin over the next decade. The bulk of the government departments then moved to Berlin in 1999.

Recently, the city hosted the final of the FIFA World Cup 2006 in the Olympic Stadium.

Excerpts are taken from Lonely Planet & Berlin Tourism.

Wednesday, June 18
MMFs arrive at airport Berlin Tegel (GMF staff will pick you up, look for a sign MMF 2008)

Transfer to hotel
4:00 pm Meet in the Hotel Lobby – general briefing
4:30 pm Briefing by Mr. Thorsten Schilling, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education), on the German Political System

6:00 pm Free Evening

Thursday, June 19
8:00 am Meet in the Hotel Lobby
08:30 am- Visit Carl-Von-Ossietzky-Oberschule in Berlin-Kreuzberg (TBC)

10:30 Discussion with 12th grade students and teachers on “Migration and Integration in



Blücherstr. 46/47

10961 Berlin
10:30 am Transfer to Mitte
11:00 am Meeting with Ephraim Gothe, EMMF 2003 (TBC)

Berlin City Council, in charge of Urban Planning

Discussion of Berlin’s Urban Development Objectives
12:30 pm Lunch
(Take cabs or public transportation to next appointment)
3:00 pm Professional Appointments

7:30 pm Homestays – Dinner in the Homes of German Marshall Memorial Fellowship Alumni

Friday, June 20
8:00 am Meet up at hotel lobby, cab ride to German Foreign Office.
8:30 am Meeting with Christoph Eichhorn, Head of Division for USA and Canada Affairs, at the Federal Foreign Office, on “Germany’s Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Relations” (TBC)
Location: German Foreign Office

Werderscher Markt 1

10117 Berlin-Mitte
10:30 am Meeting With Karl-Heinz Schlaiss, Senior Manager International Relations, Daimler


Discussion on the State of the Transatlantic Economy
1:00 pm Lunch on own
2:30 pm Meet at Reichstag
Visit and Guided Tour of the German Reichstag, Seat of the German Parliament
3:30 pm Free Afternoon (tbc)

Guided Tours you may want to join
All day Option I: “Boat Tour of Berlin” – Guided Tour

(starting every 30 min until 7:00 pm)

Meeting Point: At the waterfront opposite to the Palace of the Republic

Sites: Nicolaiviertel, Museum Island, Berliner Dome, Friedrichstraße, Reichsstag, Chancellery, House of World Cultures

Cost: 9 € p.p.

Registration optional, phone: 030 536360-25,

On request Optional II: Berlin’s Underground Tour (on request)

Since 1997, the Berliner Unterwelten e.V. has offered regular organised tours of Berlin's underground installations. Discover bunkers of WWII and the Cold War, usually never accessible to the public. For tours in English a minimum of five people is necessary! Available tours: The atomic protection shelter tour, The bunker tour, The classic tour, The Humboldthain extreme, From the Neuereichskanzlei to the Führerbunker. For more information visit:

On request Optional III: City Tour of Jewish Berlin (on request)

Before the war, the Jewish population was estimated at 172,000 members and is now after the end of the Cold War the fastest growing community (2004 – 12,000 members) due to Jewish immigration from the territories of the former Soviet Union. Discover on the Milk and Honey Berlin tour sights of both contemporary and historical importance – as well as the other major sights of the city. Every tour is organized individually!

7:00 pm Dinner Discussion with German Journalists on Domestic and Foreign Policy Issues
Location : TBC

Saturday, June 21
Free Morning, Lunch on your own
12:00 pm Meet in Hotel Lobby, Transfer to Hohenschönhausen
1:00-3:00 pm Guided Tour
The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial complex. The site of the main remand prison for people detained by the former East German Ministry of State Security (MfS), or 'Stasi', has been a Memorial since 1994 and, from 2000 on, has been an independent Foundation under public law. The Berlin state government has assigned the Foundation, without charge. The Foundation's work is supported by an annual contribution from the Federal Government and the Berlin state government. The Memorial's charter specifically entrusts it with the task of researching the history of the Hohenschönhausen prison between 1945 and 1989, supplying information via exhibitions, events and publications, and encouraging a critical awareness of the methods and consequences of political persecution and suppression in the communist dictatorship. The former Stasi remand prison is also intended to provide an insight into the workings of the GDR's political justice system.
Since the vast majority of the buildings, equipment and furniture and fittings have survived intact, the Memorial provides a very authentic picture of prison conditions in the GDR. The Memorial's location in Germany's capital city makes it the key site in Germany for victims of communist tyranny.
4:00 pm Discussion with Heike Marquardt on life in the former German

Democratic Republic (GDR), Commissioner for Foreigners, Council of the Berlin District Lichtenberg – Location tBD
6:30 pm Debriefing on MMF Program
Location: TBD
7:30 pm “Get together” dinner with German MMF and other GMF Program Alumni
Location : Clärchens Ballhaus.

Ballhaus Mitte

Auguststr. 24, 10117 Berlin

Sunday, June 22

Individual Departures

Sight-seeing Suggestions Berlin

Museumsinsel (Museum Island)

Unter den Linden, Berlin-Mitte

Bus 100, 200 Lustgarten

The “Museumsinsel” (Museum Island), since 1999 a "World Cultural Heritage" site, represents 100 years of museum architecture in the middle of Berlin. The island is home to five museums: the “Altes Museum” (Old Museum) currently exhibiting the famous statute of Nefertiti, the “Alte Nationalgalerie” (Old National Gallery), the “Neues Museum” (New Museum), the Bode-Museum and - with 850,000 visitors a year, Berlin's prime museum - the Pergamon Museum, host to the world famous Great Pergamon Altar and the Ishtar Gate, which was the eighth gate to the inner city of Babylon.

Bauhaus Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung

Klingelhöferstrasse 14, Berlin-Tiergarten

Subway U 3, U 4, U 12 Nollendorfplatz

Bus 100, 187, 106, M 29 Lützowplatz

The Bauhaus began with an utopian definition: "The building of the future was to combine all the arts in ideal unity”. The Bauhaus Archive/Museum of Design is devoted to the members of the Bauhaus School. Founded in Weimar by Berlin architect Walter Gropius, it aimed to unite art with everyday functionality, from doorknobs and radiators to the layout of entire districts and apartment blocks.

Helmut Newton Foundation

Jebensstrasse. 2, Berlin-Charlottenburg

Subway U 9, U 12 Zoologischer Garten

S-Bahn S 5, S 7, S 9, S 75 all Zoo. Garten

Bus 100, 109, 110, 200, 204 all Zoo. Garten

The Helmut Newton Foundation was established by Helmut Newton himself. Since October 2003, the Foundation uses the former military casino (Landwehrkasino) for its permanent residence.

Current exhibitions: yellow press and Helmut Newton’s private property.

Berliner Zoo & Aquarium

Hardenberg Platz 8, Berlin-Tiergarten

Subway U 9, U 12 Zoologischer Garten

S-Bahn S 5, S 7, S 9, S 75 all Zoo. Garten

Bus 100, 109, 110, 200, 204 all Zoo. Garten

The Zoologischer Garten is Germany's oldest zoo. It is located in Tiergarten, Berlin's green lung, which began life as a hunting ground for the Great Elector, Friedrich Wilhelm (who ruled from 1640-88) and was turned into a park in the 18th century. Around 19,000 animals representing 1500 species roam the grounds.

Gemäldegalerie (Old Master Paintings)

Matthäikirchplatz 8, Berlin-Tiergarten

Subway U 2 Potsdamer Platz

S-Bahn S 1, S 2, S 25 Potsdamer Platz

Bus 200, 347 Philharmonie

The Gemäldegalerie, as part of the “Kulturforum” museums, possesses one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 13th to 18th century. Current Exhibition: Rembrandt. Quest of a Genius. On the occasion of the 400th birthday of Rembrandt, the Gemäldegalerie presents a spectacular selection of his paintings.

Hamburger Bahnhof (Contemporary Art Gallery)

Invalidenstraße 50-51, Berlin-Mitte

S-Bahn S 5, S 7, S9, S75 Hauptbahnhof

The Hamburger Bahnhof exhibits the most important collection of contemporary art in Berlin, with works by Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys and many other innovative contemporary artists. Current exhibitions: Beyond Cinema: The Art of Projection Films. Videos and Installations from 1963 to 2005.

Deutsches Technikmuseum

(German Museum of Technology)

Trebbiner Strasse 9, Berlin-Kreuzberg

Subway U2, U12 Gleisdreieck

U7, U12 Möckernbrücke

S- Bahn S 1, S 2, S 25 Anhalter Bhf.

It's easy to spend an entire day at the giant Deutsches Technikmuseum. The museum's 14 departments examine technology throughout the ages - from printing and transport to computers - with demonstrations of historical machines and models throughout the museum. The spacious museum park with rare flora and fauna invites you to a fascinating discovery tour.

Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand free!

(Memorial of German Resistance)

Stauffenbergstraße 13-14, Berlin-Mitte

Subway U 2 Potsdamer Platz

S-Bahn S 1, S 2, S 25 Potsdamer Platz

Bus M29 Gedenkstätte Deutscher


In Memory of Nazi Resistance The German Resistance Memorial Centre is located in the so-called "Bendler Block" (part of the Ministry of Defence). The heart of the Memorial Centre is the courtyard, in which the resistance fighters of July 20, 1944 were executed. On the second floor, a permanent exhibition documents the history of German resistance to the Nazis.

Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum)

Lindenstrasse 9-14, Berlin-Kreuzberg

Subway U12, U6 Hallesches Tor

Bus 248 Jüdisches Museum

Berlin's Jüdisches Museum, the largest Jewish Museum in Europe, celebrates the achievements of German Jews and their contribution to culture, art, science and other fields. An architectural work of art, the building and its contents are a major destination in Berlin.

Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche (Memorial Church)

Breitscheidplatz, Berlin-Charlottenburg free!

Subway U 9, U 12 Zoologischer Garten

S-Bahn S 5, S 7, S 9, S 75 all Zoo. Garten

Bus 100, 109, 110, 200, 204 all Zoo. Garten

Berliners call the blasted remains of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche the 'hollow tooth'. It's a poignant reminder of the devastation wrought upon the city by World War II. The church was bombed by the British in late 1943 in a fierce raid that left only the broken west tower standing.

Gedenkstätte Normannenstrasse

(Former „STASI“ Headquarter)

Ruschestr. 103, Berlin-Lichtenberg

Subway U5 Magdalenenstrasse

The Stasi, GDR’s (German Democratic Republic) infamous state security/intelligence agency, was one of the biggest intelligence agencies in the world. Due to volunteerism of former Stasi victims, you can visit the offices of former MfS-boss (MfS = Ministry for State Security) Erich Mielke as well as learning more about its extensive observation and espionage techniques.

DDR Museum (GDR Museum)

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, Berlin-Mitte

Bus 100, 200 Lustgarten

The GDR (German Democratic Republic) ceased to exist 17 years ago. Since then, there have been many exhibitions about the Berlin wall, the internal border between East and West Germany and about the government's surveillance agency (known as Stasi), but this private owned museum shows everyday life in the former GDR.

East Side Gallery free!

Mühlenstrasse, Berlin-Friedrichshain

Subway U 12 Warschauer Str.

S-Bahn S 3, S 5, S 7, S 75, S 9 Ostbahnhof

or Warschauer Str.

The East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. It is a 1.3km long section of the Berlin Wall located near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstraße (Berlin-Friedrichshain). The gallery consists of approximately 106 paintings by artists from all over the world, painted on the east side of the Berlin Wall. It is possibly the largest and everlasting open air gallery in the world.


City Tour Of Jewish Berlin (English Speaking Tour)

Milk and Honey Company;

Wilhelmshöher Straße 2, Berlin-Tempelhof/Schöneberg

Phone: +49 (0) 30 6162 5761 (you can talk to them in English)

Subway U 9 Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz

Berlin has always had the largest Jewish community in Germany. Before the war, the Jewish population was estimated at 172,000 members and is now after the end of the Cold War the fastest growing community (2004 – 12,000 members) due to Jewish immigration from the territories of the former Soviet Union. Discover on the Milk and Honey Berlin tour sights of both contemporary and historical importance – as well as the other major sights of the city. Every tour is organized individually!

City Tour By Boat

Depature close to railway station Friedrichstrasse, Berlin-Mitte

Departures: 11:40, 13:15, 14:45

Tickets can be bought directly on the boat

Subway U 6 Friedrichsstraße

S-Bahn S 1, S 2, S 5, S 7, Friedrichsstraße

S 9, S 75

Starting at the shore of the Spree close to S-Bahn/U-Bahn station Friedrichstraße (Reichstagufer) an one-hour City-Tour along the Spree across the historical and modern Berlin. Check out Schloss Bellevue (Palace of Bellevue), Rotes Rathaus (Red City Hall), Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) and the famous Museumsinsel (Museum Island), as well as the Government district with the Bundekanzleramt (Federal Chancellor's Office) the Reichstag (Parliament Building), the new main railsway station Lehrter Hauptbahnhof and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of the Cultures of the World).

Fat Tire Bike Tours (English Speaking Guides Only)

Meeting point in front of the TV-Tower, Berlin-Mitte

Departures: 11am on Saturday

Phone: +49 (0) 30 24 04 79 91

Subway U 2, U 5, U 8 Alexanderplatz

S-Bahn S 2, S 5, S 7, S9, S75 Alexanderplatz

Bus 100, 200, TXL

The bike tours were designed with the English-speaking traveler in mind (they are American-owned and -operated). After years of conducting bike tours in Berlin, Fat Tire Bike Tours has become one of the largest bike tour companies in Europe. You pay at the end, only if you're satisfied. Their native English-speaking guides are masters of group chemistry, well-traveled, personable, and of course very knowledgeable about Berlin. Meeting point in front of the giant TV-Tower at Alexanderplatz, between the railwaystation and the TV-Tower. No reservations needed, just show up at 11am!!

Public Bus On Inner City Routes free!

Bus 100, 200

Standard sightseeing tours start from Ku'damm or Alexanderplatz. There are tours of different lengths and prices; but there is a cheap alternative to the standard guided tours. Take the Bus 100 or 200 and discover Berlin’s major attractions on your own from the double decker bus. It runs from Zoo Station through the inner city to the Prenzlauer Berg district.

Please note: You have a map in your Welcome Folder “Discovering Berlin by train and bus” showing both routes and all sights on their way. Including information in English!

Berliner Unterwelten e.V. (Society for Exploration and Documentation of Berlin’s Subterranean Architecture)

Phone: +49 (0) 30 4991 0517

Subway U 8 Gesundbrunnen

S-Bahn S 1, S 2, S 25, Gesundbrunnen

S 41, S 42

Experience Berlin's history from an unusual perspective. Since 1997 the Berliner Unterwelten e.V. has offered regular organised tours of Berlin's underground installations. Though predominantly in the spaces below Berlin's Gesundbrunnen station, tours are also offered in several other subterranean complexes usually never accessible to the public. Available tours in English: “Subways, Bunkers and the Cold War”, Saturday at 1pm (90min). Group tours can be arranged on request for Friday/Saturday.


Fernsehturm (TV Tower)

Panoramastr. 1A, Alexanderplatz, Berlin-Mitte

Subway U 2, U 5, U 8 Alexanderplatz

S-Bahn S 2, S 5, S 7, S9, S75 Alexanderplatz

Bus 100, 200, TXL

Located on Alexanderplatz in the heart of eastern Berlin, this 1960s structure towers over the whole city. Built by communist authorities at the height of the Cold War, West Berliners cheekily christened the TV Tower 'the Pope's revenge' because of the sparkling cross which appears on the pinnacle of the tower when the sun shines on it. Although regarded by many as an eyesore, the views from the top are hard to beat. The revolving Telecafe at 207m is a pleasant spot to stop for a coffee and a sedate gaze over the city.

Dorotheenstädtischer und Französischer Friedhof (Cemeteries) free!

Chausseestraße 126, Berlin-Mitte

Subway U 6 Zinnowitzer Straße

Final Resting Place of Poets and Philosophers: Established in 1762, the Dorotheenstädtischer and Französischer Cemetery contains the graves of countless famous Berliners. This is, among others, the last resting place of Brecht, Fichte, Hegel, Schinkel and Rau, the Germany’s former President.

Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral)

Am Lustgarten 1, Berlin-Mitte

Bus 100, 200 Lustgarten

The German Emperor Wilhelm II ordered in 1894 to demolish the former court cathedral of Prussia’s royal family, the Hohenzollern, and to bulit a bigger chathedral. The Berliner Dom was considered as a Protestant counterweight to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. During World War II, the building was bombed by the Allies and severely damaged. It reopened 1993, but during reconstruction, the original design was modified into a more simple form. Visitors can climb to the dome's outer balcony and will enjoy an amazing view over Berlin’s cultural city centre in the near neighbourhood.

Checkpoint Charlie

Friedrichstraße, Berlin-Kreuzberg

Subway U 2 Stadtmitte

U 6 Kochstraße

From 1961 to 1990, Checkpoint Charlie on Friedrichstraße was the only border crossing point for Allies, foreigners, employees of the Permanent Representation and officials of the GDR. Today, the checkpoint is commemorated by a border sign and a soldier's post. The museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie (Mauermuseum) tells the history of the Wall.

Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium)

Olympischer Platz 3, Berlin-Charlottenburg

Subway U 2 Olympiastadion

S-Bahn S 5 Olympiastadion

The Berlin Olympic Stadium was constructed for the Olympic Summer Games of 1936 under the general architectural direction of architect Werner March, as the central building of the Reich sports field for the 1936 Olympic Games. After the reconstruction was completed in summer 2004, Germany’s biggest stadium once again is ready for events of any kind. In July 2006, the Olympic Stadium hosted the final match of the soccer world cup. English audio guide available.

Neue Synagoge Berlin Centrum Judaicum

Oranienburger Straße 28/30, Berlin-Mitte

S-Bahn S 1, S 2, S 25 Oranienburger Straße

Bus 240 Tucholskystraße

The permanent exhibition of the New Synagogue Berlin shows traces of the building’s history and the lives connected with it. Even though very little has survived that could tell us something about the building, some architectural fragments and remnants of the interior furnishings were recovered from the ruins of the historical building prior to its restoration. It is one of the most important locations for Jewish life in Berlin.

Schloss und Park Charlottenburg free!

(Charlottenburg Palace and Park)

Spandauer Damm 20-24, Berlin-Charlottenburg

Subway U 7 Richard-Wagner-Platz

Bus 309 Schloss Charlottenburg

Charlottenburg Palace today is the largest residence of the Hohenzollern in Berlin. The splendiferous palace with its superbly decorated halls and its high-class art collection was built from 1695 to 1699 as a summer residence for Queen Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Elector Frederick III. Taking a walk through the beautiful baroque park is a cultural experience of its own. Here you can find for example the impressive mausoleum of Queen Luise as well as the former tea house Belvedere, which houses exquisite porcelain objects.


Berliner Bonbonmacherei

Oranienburger Strasse 32, Heckmann-Höfe, Berlin-Mitte

S-Bahn S 1, S 2, S 25 Oranienburger Straße

Bus 240 Tucholskystraße

Tram M 1 Oranienburger Straße

The lost art of handmade sweets has been lovingly revived in this little basement store with its integrated show kitchen. Watch master candy-makers Katja and Hjalmar using antique equipment and traditional recipes to produce such tasty delights as tangy sour drops or green leaf-shaped (drops), a local speciality.

Hours: Wed-Sat 12:00 PM-8:00 PM.

Galeries Lafayette

Friedrichstrasse 76, Berlin-Mitte

Subway U 6 Französische Straße

U 2 Stadtmitte

This beautiful Berlin branch of the exquisite French chain is worth a visit if only to admire its dramatic central light cone shimmering in a rainbow of colours. Designer wear upstairs and a great food court in the basement.

Lafayette’s new concept to introduce Berlin’s young fashion desigerns is called labo mode and is so successful that the French headquarter decided to exhibit some of the emerging German fashion designers at the Prêt-à-Porter show in Paris this fall. Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 PM-8:00 PM.

KaDeWe (Famous Department Store)

Tauentzienstrasse 21, Berlin-Charlottenburg

Subway U 1, U 3 U 12 Wittenbergplatz

'If we don't have it, it probably doesn't exist' is the motto of this famous consumer temple. Short for “Department Store of the West”, it is truly one of Europe's grand stores. In general, prices are competitive, if not low. The food hall on the 6th floor is legendary. Hrs: Mon-Fri 10:00 AM-8:00 PM, Sat 9:30 AM-8:00 PM.

Potsdamer Platz Arkaden (Shopping Mall)

Alte Potsdamer Strasse, Berlin-Tiergarten

Subway U 2 Potsdamer Platz

S-Bahn S 1, S 2, S 25 Potsdamer Platz

This pleasant multi-level, American-style indoor mall brims with chains like H&M, Mango, Esprit (all clothing), Hugendubel (books) and Saturn (electronics and music). There are several food options too.

Quartier 206 (Exclusive Shopping Mall)

Friedrichstrasse 67, Berlin-Mitte

Subway U 6 Französische Straße

U 2 Stadtmitte

In the centre of Berlin, located on the famous Friedrichstraße between Gendarmenmarkt and the Brandenburger Gate, you will find one of the most beautiful and exclusive shopping destinations in Europe. The Quartier 2006, with its cosmopolitan architecture and art deco flair, presents the international fashion elite in dense concentration.

Recreational Facilities

Elexia – Gym
Behrenstraße 48 (corner Friedrichstraße), Berlin-Mitte

Phone: +49 (0) 30 - 2200 2700

Subway U 6 Französische Straße

U 2 Stadtmitte

ELIXIA offers a broad range of health and fitness services to its members including resistance training, cardiovascular training, free weight and abdominal training, group aerobic activities, cycling classes, tai chi, aqua aerobics, yoga and much more. In addition, the high quality facilities offer sauna, solarium and many courses within a relaxing surrounding.

Temple of Wellness

Artist Riverside Hotel & Spa
Friedrichstrasse 106, Berlin-Mitte

Phone: +49 (0) 30 – 28 49 00

Subway U 6 Oranienburger Tor

The Temple of Wellness (Day Spa), Bali Style, offers a multitude of beauty, massage and spa treatments from all over the world. The romantic private spa suites featuring the “Golden Shell” bathtub, which takes you away to another dimension of wellness for all senses. Hours: Mon-SUN 12:00 AM-10:00 PM.

Public Running Routes
Straße des 17. Juni, Berlin-Tiergarten

With numerous parks, promenades and riversides, Berlin is a paradise for runners of all ages. Especially Tiergarten is popular among them. There is hardly any other town of this dimension offering as many green places within the urban area as Berlin. The Tiergarten is located next to the Governments district and the Brandburg Gate. Ask your receptionist for directions.

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