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