My Perfect Day
The Israeli ambassador to Germany knows where to find the best hummus in town.
Many people draw parallels between Berlin and Tel Aviv. Do you think this is true?
Although the differences between the two cities are quite obvious – the population, the weather, Berlin’s lack of a real beach – there are also similarities. Tel Aviv and Berlin are both very open, liberal, and tolerant. All sorts of people with different backgrounds find a place to create and express themselves openly in the fields of culture, science, and tech.
Why are so many Israelis moving to Berlin?
Because it gives them a variety of opportunities. A lot of them come to study, to create, or simply to enjoy life. Another reason is the role Berlin played in Jewish history and the way in which Germany has confronted its horrific past.
What surprised you most about Berlin when you moved here?
The energy and openness of Berlin surprised me, as well as the changes since I first visited in 1985. I was also surprised by the big role the past and especially Jewish life still play today and how they shape the identity of the city.
What is your favorite place in the city to experience culture, whether art, music, or otherwise?
My favorite places are Berlin's museums, especially those on Museum Island. I love going to the Olympiastadion to watch soccer games, and last but not least, I like going to concerts, whether it be at the Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus, O2 World, or the Waldbühne.
Where do you take friends when they come to visit?
Everywhere! I try to cover all the historical sites, as there is a lot to see – sites related to the Nazi time or the division of the city, for instance. There are also other interesting sites such as the Reichstag as an architectural landmark. And I try to show them a glimpse of all the cultural events Berlin has to offer, including the gourmet aspect.
Berlin is one of Europe's food capitals. What are your favorite gourmet indulgences here?
I agree, Berlin is a culinary capital for sure. There is something for everybody, with a variety of good food. My favorite picks are Sababa in Prenzlauer Berg for Israeli hummus (Kastanienallee 50), NU for Asian food (Schlüterstr. 55), and NENI (in the 25hours Hotel). But it is a difficult choice.
Do you have any specific suggestions for history lovers visiting Berlin?
Berlin is so full of history – everybody can find something that will suit his or her interests.
What do you like to do in Berlin when you are not working?
I love strolling through the streets, looking at shops and markets, and riding my bike if the weather permits.
Sabich at NENI
The beach in Tel Aviv
The Reichstag at night