Sun­day Fun­day

It’s tra­di­tion­ally sup­posed to be the day of rest, and ac­cord­ingly, most shops in the city stay closed. But do you re­ally want to spend your Sun­days in Ber­lin do­ing noth­ing? Hilda Hoy plot­ted out a full itin­er­ary for the best con­clu­sion to your week­end.

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS - BY HILDA HOY

Sun­days are for en­joy­ing life. Here's how we do it in Ber­lin.

SWEET, SWEET SLEEP

One thing is uni­ver­sal: Sun­days are for sleep­ing in. Start your Sun­day the best pos­si­ble way and laze in bed a lit­tle longer.

FOOD, GLO­RI­OUS FOOD

Brunch was made for Sun­day. By many Ber­lin­ers’ stan­dards this is still early for brunch, but you’ve got a full day ahead, so up and at ‘em. Visit Char­lot­ten­burg’s

Café Win­ter­garten im Lit­er­aturhaus

(Fasa­nen­str. 23, www.lit­er­aturhaus-ber­lin. de) for an el­e­gant break­fast sur­rounded by lit­er­ary grandeur, or try Pren­zlauer Berg’s

Paster­nak (Knaack­str. 22–24, www.restau­rant-paster­nak.de) for a lav­ish Rus­sian-in­spired buf­fet.

RETRO EX­PLO­RATIONS

Dig­ging around in flea mar­kets is a popular week­end ac­tiv­ity. If you’ve brunched at the Café Win­ter­garten im Lit­er­aturhaus, head to the weekly an­tique bazaar on Straße des 17. Juni (open 10am-5pm, op­po­site S Tier­garten). If your belly is full of Paster­nak’s blini pancakes, stroll over to the two flea mar­kets in the area at Mauer­park (open 9am-6pm) and

Arkonaplatz

(10am-4pm).

CUL­TURE HOUR

With more than 170 mu­se­ums across the city, tak­ing in a lit­tle art and cul­ture is a beloved Sun­day pas­time, es­pe­cially when the weather makes stay­ing in­doors a ne­ces­sity. The five mu­se­ums on Mu­seum Is­land are all worth a visit, though

the Gemälde­ga­lerie mu­seum of clas­sic paint­ing is usu­ally less crowded. If the lack of shop­ping on Sun­day is mak­ing your wal­let feel too heavy, you can also in­dulge in a lit­tle con­sumerism at mu­seum gift shops, which are a great place to browse for sou­venirs and beau­ti­ful books, like at the three-room gift shop in the Martin-Gropius

Bau. Most mu­se­ums also have their own on-site café for a post-visit cup of cof­fee and slice of cake. The Sarah Wiener café at the

Ham­burger Bahn­hof mod­ern art mu­seum is one of the nicest. (Most mu­se­ums close at 6pm on Sun­days, www.smb.mu­seum)

TIME TO UN­WIND

Re­lax with an aro­matic sauna at Liq­uidrom (Möck­ern­str. 10, www.liq­uidrom-ber­lin.de), which fea­tures a hip, mod­ern vibe and fre­quent ap­pear­ances by DJs to pro­vide a trippy sound­track. If you’re dreaming of an ex­otic get­away, the Va­bali sauna com­plex (Sey­dl­itzstr. 6, www.va­bali.de) takes its in­spi­ra­tion from the lush spas of the Far East. Both are open un­til mid­night.

If you re­ally need some sup­plies on Sun­day, the train sta­tions at Haupt­bahn­hof, Friedrich­straße, Zoo, or Ost­bahn­hof are home to su­per­mar­kets and phar­ma­cies that are

open on Sun­days.

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