Start your stopover at Distrikt Coffee. A relaxed atmosphere and industrial feel, with exposed brick walls and natural oak wood tables, this is the perfect place to fuel up for the rest of your day. With everything from toasted brioche with berries and crème fraiche, to poached eggs and smoked salmon on toast – there is something to satisfy everyone’s breakfast cravings.
Hop on the underground for 15 minutes and you will reach one of the most famous landmarks in Berlin, the East Side Gallery, the longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall. This breathtakingly beautiful landmark sits right on the river Spree, stretching 1.3 kilometres, filled with displays by over 100 artists, from 21 different countries. It is one of the longest open-air galleries in the world, and was given protected memorial status in 1991. Each artists work is intriguing and unique, making the gallery a must see during your visit.
A piece of history and art combined together create ‘The Wall’, a 360 degrees panoramic experience of 1980’s Berlin. Artist Yadegar Asisi creates a reflection on the atmosphere and day-to-day life of 1980’s Berlin in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, where division had become a normal and accepted part of living in the city. Music and quotes from various politicians of the time play in the background, whilst you take in this immersive art experience.
Place to work
A short 13 minutes’ taxi ride from ‘The Wall’ is St. Oberholz – the perfect, modern coworking space for when you need to get some work done on your short trip. You can get hourly tickets for €4 and day tickets at €15, both include fast free WiFi and free printing services, everything you need for a productive afternoon. The workspace is open 8am – 6pm on weekdays, 10am – 6pm on weekends and is complete with a café, so you can get your caffeine fix whilst you work.
If your stopover is in the evening you’re in for a treat, travel 203 metres up the Berliner Fernsehturm, otherwise known as the Berlin Television Tower, for an experience like no other. Not one for those with a fear of heights, but the unbelievable view of the city below lit up at night, is a moment you will never forget. Built in the 1960’s by the German Democratic Republic, intended to be a symbol of Communist power, now a symbol of reunified Germany. Standard adult tickets start from €16.50, you can visit the Observation Deck and enjoy a drink at Bar 203, or even experience sky-high dining in the revolving Sphere Restaurant, located 207 metres from the ground.
Not far from the television tower is Grill Royal, the ultimate spot for indulgent fine dining. Situated riverside along the Spree, this steak and seafood eatery serves up the finest cuts of meat from around the globe. Steaks at this highly acclaimed restaurant start from €29, and go all the way up to €128, so if you fancy treating yourself at the end of your stopover, this is the place to go. Reserving a table in advance would be highly recommended, as this popular restaurant quickly becomes fully booked.