German TV personality Tanja Bülter has lived in Berlin for 18 years. Almost every day she discovers new cafés, exhibitions and trendy locations. Here are her tips for the West of the city.
Admittedly, in Berlin, some things take longer (and I don’t mean the construction of the new airport)! With a diameter of 45 kilometers, the city is simply big. For this reason, you should know exactly what you want to see, especially when here on business without much free time.
Berliners are known for being moody, but above all, they are proud of the capital. “And that’s a good thing, too” (freely adapted from former Mayor Wowereit). I have lived in this metropolis of almost 4 million inhabitants, which is in a constant metamorphosis, for 18 years. To be more precise, on the legendary Kurfürstendamm.
Let’s start with accommodation. There are two hotels that I can recommend in which you are well located to start a day’s tour of West Berlin! Last year, one of Berlin’s hippest hotels opened near me: Provocateur, an exclusive design hotel! The Ellington Hotel, a listed building from the Golden Twenties with an elegant atmosphere, is in good hands for those who like it a bit more sophisticated and larger.
Just to get a feeling for Berlin, I recommend an hourly booking with Irideyourway Luxury Chauffeur Car Service to see the most beautiful corners. My driver and I start at my front door, passing the famous Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which is framed by “lipstick with powder box”. That’s what the Berliner calls the two new buildings around it.
Behind it appears probably the coolest shopping mall of the city: Bikini Berlin. There are plenty of pop-up stores, tasty, trendy food and designer stores. A few kilometres further on, the huge Kaufhaus des Westens department store (KaDeWe). Almost everything can be bought here: ideal to buy a souvenir or to indulge in the shopping frenzy. And how perfect it is that thanks to my Irideyourway Luxury Chauffeur Car Service-driver I don’t have to worry about a parking space.