Ber­lin

GO HERE TO Take a walk­ing tour in a city with a tu­mul­tuous his­tory

Time Out (Melbourne) - - TRAVEL SPECIAL -

PENELOPE HASSMANN, AN Aus­tralian ex­pa­tri­ate who’s been liv­ing here for over ten years and who owns Ber­lin

Pri­vate Tours, hosts walk­ing tours of both for­mer West and East Ber­lin dis­tricts. Her knowl­edge of the city and its land­marks is ex­cep­tional and her be­spoke tours can last from a few hours to a whole day. On the Great­est Sto­ries tour, visit Un­ter den Lin­den, Be­belplatz, Gen­dar­men­markt, Check­point Char­lie and the Wall and the old Nazi gov­ern­ment district, as well as the Jew­ish Me­mo­rial, Bran­den­burg Gate and the Re­ich­stag. Along the way she’ll show you vin­tage pho­to­graphs from be­fore and dur­ing the War to get a sense of what life was like in Ber­lin then, and how far it has come. +49 1577 386 9956. www.berlin­pri­vate­tours.com. Chef Marco Müller’s eatery

Rutz has a two-miche­lin starred restau­rant atop and a 750-la­bel wine bar be­low. Score a ta­ble and go for Müller’s ten-course in­spi­ra­tions menu or pull up a stool down­stairs and let som­me­lier

Alexan­der Seiser choose the right ries­ling and some food to match. Chausseestraße 8, Ber­lin, Ger­many. +49 30 2462 8760. rutz-restau­rant.

de. With a speakeasy theme and pro­hi­bi­tion-style cock­tails to match, Mitte’s Rein­gold is un­der the watch­ful eye of bar­keep David Wiede­mann, a lead­ing bar tzar in this town whose ob­ses­sion is ev­ery­thing clas­sic. On balmy nights, en­joy drinks on the ter­race out back, while the Ger­man snacks are washed down well with a kick­ing Ne­groni, served by bar staff decked out in braces and bow ties. No­valis­straße 11, Ber­lin, Ger­many.+49 30 2838 7676. www.rein­gold.de. On pop­u­lar Char­lot­ten­straße, New­ton Bar is not just a place to stop by for a con­sis­tently good Vodka Mar­tini; hang­ing on the walls are strik­ing im­ages snapped by the great Ber­lin-born Aus­tralian fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Hel­mut New­ton. Char­lot­ten­straße 57, Ber­lin, Ger­many.+49 30 2029 5421. www.new­ton-bar.de.

Aus­tralian-owned Ad­ina ho­tels have been pop­ping up in Ber­lin in re­cent years, of­fer­ing over­sized rooms with kitch­enettes and com­fort­able beds. Our choice is Ad­ina Apart­ment Ho­tel Ber­lin Hack­escher Markt, thanks to its vi­brant lo­ca­tion in the heart of Mitte and close to Un­ter den Lin­den and Alexan­der­platz. Time Out’s pick of the rooms are the one-bed­room apart­ments, which of­fer an ideal amount of space for a week in Ber­lin. An der Span­dauer Brücke 11, Ber­lin, Ger­many. +49 30 209 6980. www.ad­ina.eu.

Get there: Bri­tish Air­ways flies daily to Ber­lin via Lon­don on mod­ern Boe­ing 777-300ER air­craft fea­tur­ing First, Club World (Busi­ness), World Trav­eller Plus (Pre­mium Econ­omy) and World Trav­eller (Econ­omy) cab­ins. In Club World you can ex­pect flatbed seats, restau­rant-cal­i­bre cui­sine, French and Aus­tralian wines, hun­dreds of hours of en­ter­tain­ment on de­mand and great Bri­tish ser­vice from check-in to dis­em­bark­ing. www.ba.com.

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