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The international insider’s magazine par excellence has opened a compelling shop with a collection of “new, forgotten, anonymous,... Read More

This bar’s name is a reference to the 40-second elevator ride that clubgoers must take to reach its 8th floor location. Once the elevator doors... Read More

Pick up a bottle of cherry or plum eau-de-vie at the Alfred Schladerer distillery, run by fifth-generation vintner Heiner Ulmann. Read More

Located 15 minutes northeast of the city center, the Allianz Arena is home to Munich’s two major soccer teams, FC Bayern and TSV 1860. Host of the... Read More

One of Berlin’s most important art museums, the Alte Nationalgalerie, or Old National Gallery, is one of five museums located on the city’s... Read More

Situated in the Kunstareal (art quarter), the Alte Pinakothek museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Old Master paintings,... Read More

Just north of Kampen, this beach is less crowded than Buhne 16 (it also requires clothing). Read More

The Academy’s villa is located in the near-distant suburb of Wannsee, across the lake from the House of the Wannsee Conference, where the Final... Read More

This bar boat moored by the Turkish market, is afloat with hipsters, punk rockers, and the occasional aging French tourist couple who have steered way... Read More

Fashionistas browse for Jil Sander, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana pieces while expats pick up English-language magazines. Read More

The big open space atop the long Lufthansa check-in desk is home to an in-house art gallery, which features a changing cast of Munich-based artists. The... Read More

The biggest event of the year is the November art fair. Read More

This shop brims with funky, feminine togs by designer Fenja Ludwig. Read More

Lucky Lufthansa passengers with first-class tickets or rewards program ID can take advantage of one of the biggest and highest-tech lounges on the... Read More

A serious car fan can while away hours kicking tires and smelling the leather at Audi’s big showroom above Terminal 1. The showroom’s... Read More

Located on Kohlfurter Strasse, the Barbara Weiss Gallery was established in 1992 and showcases the pieces of German and international artists. The... Read More

Walter Gropius’s 1919 Bauhaus Manifesto championed the synergy of art and craftsmanship in design—and the sleek, beautifully made... Read More

Tucked in the cavernous basement of the Bavarian National Museum are scores of crèches amassed by a local collector. Read More

Housed in two adjoining buildings in the Allstadt district, this contemporary art gallery is one of the largest in Germany. Originally established in... Read More

A biennial festival celebrating contemporary art, the Berlin Biennale was established in 1996 under the guidance of Klaus Biesenbach, the founding... Read More

Europe's largest rail station also doubles as a shopping mall. Whatever you crave - organic Chinese food, a Swarovski pendant necklace, Dr. Hauschka... Read More

Ranked one of the best orchestras in the world, the Berlin Philharmonic calls the Philharmonie home. Celebrated for its acoustics and architecture, the... Read More

Berlinomat sells mostly Berlin-sourced stuff: books, clothes, a cookie cutter shaped like the Fernsehturm (Berlin’s famous TV tower). Read More

Bite Club, an evening street-food party, combines all that's hot about Brooklyn-style food fairs. Founded by expats Tommy Tannock and Miranda Zahediah,... Read More

Why It’s Cool: Modernism is a trend that shows no sign of ebbing—what else are those ubiquitous glass-walled apartments but takes on Philip... Read More

A car-delivery center accessorized with restaurants and shops. The swooping glass-and-steel leviathan, designed by Austrian firm Coop Himmelb(l)au,... Read More

A car-delivery center accessorized with restaurants and shops. The swooping glass-and-steel leviathan, designed by Austrian firm Coop Himmelb(l)au,... Read More

One of the five museums on Berlin’s Museum Island, the Bode Museum opened in 1904. The museum is renowned for its Museum of Byzantine Art, as well... Read More

Polish-born advertising entrepreneur Christian Boros and his wife, Karen, began collecting the work of international artists in the 1990's and their... Read More

Germany’s big name in international fashion, known for its sober, clean-lined business and leisure wear, has multiple boutiques in the airport... Read More

Being stuck between continents and time zones is the perfect time to indulge in that old-school male tradition: a true barbershop shave. Brants offers... Read More

The most famous of Sylt's nude beaches, where Germans of every stripe let it all hang out as they lounge in wicker basket chairs. Read More

C/O Berlin is a top international photography museum, with exhibitions from the likes of like Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin, Martin Parr and Peter... Read More

This café and bookshop in the old Jewish quarter has become a meeting place for artists. Read More

The Call a Bike hotline connects you to a bike rental ride at any of a number of pick-up points near train stations or in the city center. Read More

This eponymous gallery of one of the New Leipzig School’s founders shows the work of emerging artists. Read More

What to Expect: On the Friday before Advent, the golden Christmas Angel appears on the high gallery of the medieval Frauenkirche to recite the opening... Read More

Also known as Asamkirche, the church at Christmas is a Baroque jewel redolent of pine boughs and frankincense. Little about the façade of the... Read More

Don't miss Mitte's high-end art space with three stories of huge rooms and high ceilings and space for oversize sculptures and canvases by the likes of... Read More

Notorious Berlin club entrepreneur Heinz “Cookie” Gindullis has been a household word for Berlin’s revelers since he opened the first... Read More

Facing the lovely Gendarmenmarkt square, this vast, pillared space created by Berlin architects Pierre Jorge Gonzalez and Judith Haase is Berlin’s... Read More

The airport-as-spa-day theme finds its apotheosis here. Facials, body treatments (including 30- and 60-minute massages), and what the Institute calls ... Read More

Tasty plates of cured meats and cheeses and an extensive, fairly priced wine selection. Read More

Located in Friedrichstraße 71, Departmentstore Quartier 206 was founded by Anne Maria Jagdfeld in 1997 and has become one of Berlin’s... Read More

The German History Museum is the country's official national history museum. Originally founded by the former Federal Republic of Germany in 1987,... Read More

The museum has the world's largest collection, at around 75,000 objects of modern and contemporary design. Among its soaring galleries is one of the... Read More

One of only a handful of standing sections of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery is by far the longest and certainly the most interesting. Winding... Read More

A must-see for any Potsdam itinerary, visit Erich Mendelsohn's 1921 masterpiece. Read More

In addition to annual trips to her native Germany, Elisabeth Landry travels extensively to other European countries each year, allowing her to offer... Read More

This festival includes fire-eaters and live medieval music as a backdrop to costumed craftsmen creating leather apparel, calligraphy, silver jewelry,... Read More

If you're planning to ride Bavarian's famous Romantic Road past rolling farmland and half-timbered villages plucked from an illustration of Grimm's... Read More

Brace Yourself: Always tops in any list of the best coasters in the world, including Internet Coaster Poll, which polls fans from around the globe,... Read More

This bike shop, located in Westerland's main train station, has a terrific rental selection, and the staff will happily suggest a route along Sylt's 136... Read More

Tables are cleared at 11 p.m. to make room for an epic dance floor between two-story-tall lighted pillars. Read More

In addition to its 17-meter pool and glass-and-stainless-steel fitness room with Künzler equipment (known for its “standing movement”... Read More

Herzog & de Meuron's complex offers a new spin on the 19th-century shopping arcade, its passageways and interior quadrangles distinguished by... Read More

Adler's focus is strictly contemporary, with exhibitions of local and international talent working in all media, from video to plastic. Read More

Located on a 250-acre space in Marzahn, an eastern suburb of Berlin, the Gardens of the World might be off the beaten path, but it's certainly worth the... Read More

Located in Tiergarten, the Gemäldegalerie is one of the most highly regarded museums in Germany. The museum’s collection, founded in 1830,... Read More

Founded in 1987, the German Historical Museum is located in two buildings. The first, the historic Zeughaus, was built between 1695 and 1730 and houses... Read More

The Gleis 17 Memorial was constructed to commemorate the deportation of Jews via the German railway system during the Nazi regime. The site of the... Read More

Glyptothek, a Neoclassical temple built in the 19th century houses a collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. The best known of these is the Barberini... Read More

Classes can be tailored to individual students' needs and time constraints. Activities include city tours, day trips, and cultural evnets. The program... Read More

Founded by Heinz Gindullis, the man behind popular Berlin nightclub, Cookies, Greenwich is an upscale bar for Berliners and tourists in-the-know. The... Read More

Steinmetz is another of the valley’s young stars. Though he’s 31 now, he bottled his first vintage at 20. His father had a heart attack... Read More

The hat shop in the trendy Schwabing district, sells haute headgear. Read More

The Nationalgalerie's Hamburger Bahnhof location is widely considered one of the largest and most important public collections of contemporary art in... Read More

It's a well known fact that Berlin's young pleasure-seekers are notorious for their hedonistic and party-going ways. The Haubentaucher, an urban outdoor... Read More

The 12th-century casle, once a thick-walled tower now stands torn in half, the remnants of centuries of warfare. Read More

Internationally renowned jeweler that also makes objects in iron and rock crystal. Read More

A bustling boîte in the fashionable Glockenbach neighborhood where a herd of wall-mounted plastic animals is the primary décor. Read More

This famous beer hall has traditionally-dressed servers touting large steins of beer — even with breakfast. Hofbräuhaus' roots date back... Read More

After your de rigueur visit to the postcard-perfect Cinderella castle of Neuschwanstein, resplendently perched atop its mountain, take the time to tour... Read More

Stop for coffee and cake on the 11th-century castle’s terrace, with a view of the red-roofed village below. Read More

This kitchenware empire stocks an enviable collection of tinted glassware. Read More

The second-floor space showcases international art. Read More

The Jewish Museum Berlin is among Europe's largest Jewish museums. Housed in three adjacent buildings, two of which were constructed by architect Daniel... Read More

Part church and part memorial, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church serves as a reminder of the destructiveness of war and the human will to survive. The... Read More

Pioneering nightclub King Ka (as regulars call it) was first on the block and is still going strong— it's even spawned an outpost on Majorca. Read More

The vodka martinis are excellent, and the bar’s architecture alone is worth the visit—this former GDR cosmetics studio is an open... Read More

This former margarine factory displays work from fifty international artists. Read More

More gallery and “art lab” than museum, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art was established in the 1990’s to foster creative... Read More

Liquidrom epitomizes the modern sauna experience. Located on Möckernstraße not far from central Potsdamer Platz, Liquidrom offers outdoor thermal baths,... Read More

This event consists of tidy stalls overseen by massive sets of twinkling angel wings under the floodlit facades of the baroque main square.... Read More

A branch of the well-known German housewares and lifestyle retailer Manufactum, Brot & Butter is housed inside the seven-story Hardenburg at Ernst... Read More

Housed inside an 1881 building designed by its namesake, Martin-Gropius-Bau hosts a variety of exhibitions related to art and culture. Exhibits at the... Read More

A stone’s throw from Luxembourg; pear brandy and grappa are their other great sips. Read More

Take the tram to the Mauerpark flea market in Prenzlauer Berg, near the site of the crumbling Wall. Stop into one of the café stalls alongside... Read More

Over the past few decades, Galerie Max Hetzler has established itself as one of Berlin’s most important and successful art galleries. The gallery,... Read More

New York architect Peter Eisenman's haunting field of concrete pillars. Read More

Low-stakes gambling (slot machines and video card games) are legal in Germany, but in typical German fashion, the airport location of this casino chain... Read More

Stay in the fashionable Mitte ("middle") district, since it's convenient to major sites including the Reichstag and Potsdamer Platz. Browse the area's... Read More

The name means “healthy impulse,” but passengers may find the massages—done in four chairs in the concourse area—as sybaritic as... Read More

The gallery, located within the Kreishaus' passageway, displays the work of Iranian sculptor and cartoonist S. A. Mojavari. Read More

In Kreuzberg, the Monarch bar, on the second floor of a hilariously dreary housing project, beckons the 40-year-old hipster who wishes to turn the clock... Read More

What to Expect: Crafts stalls surround a glittering 100-foot Christmas tree on the Marienplatz, which is filled with Muncheners munching on sausages and... Read More

Located 30 minutes northeast of downtown, Munich International is among the busiest airports in Europe and serves as a major hub for Lufthansa and Star... Read More

Just behind Potsdamer Platz—and anchoring the jagged golden twins that are the Philharmonic and the city library—sits the starkly modern... Read More

British architect David Chipperfield’s nimble rebuilding of the Neues Museum was such a feat of renovation and reconstruction that the city... Read More

Within the Schloss Sanssouci, spend some time exploring Neues Palais, an 18th-century palace commissioned by Frederick the Great. Read More

After your de rigueur visit to the postcard-perfect Cinderella castle of Neuschwanstein, resplendently perched atop its mountain, take the time to tour... Read More

Inspired by the risqué glamour of Berlin-born photographer Helmut Newton—his mural-size black-and-white nudes adorn the entire back wall... Read More

The Kempinski Hotel is built right into the airport, and this cocktail lounge feels like a private version of the terminal’s soaring, canopied... Read More

The classic porcelain manufacturer has enlisted artists like Ted Muehling to create modernist vases and chic caviar spoons. Read More

Olympic Pedigree: 1972 Games’ home to track and field, boxing, weight lifting, archery, modern pentathlon, swimming, wrestling, cycling, fencing,... Read More

Arguably one of the world’s finest archaeological museums, the Pergamon sits proudly in the center of the city’s famed Museumsinsel (Museum... Read More

Lebanese-born Perla Zayek's namesake boutique showcases her silk evening dresses. Read More

Four billion dollars and five years were sunk into the building of this supposed future-scape just so that one of its main squares—Marlene... Read More

Berlin's oldest beer garden. In the hipster neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg. The interior is as bare as can be, with wooden benches and simple chairs,... Read More

Located near Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, Pro QM is arguably one of the most unique and influential bookstores in Berlin. The store houses an inventory of... Read More

The Reichstag, with its transparent Norman Foster dome and top-notch collection of contemporary art (cue Gerhard Richter’s stunning interpretation... Read More

For years, the German label with the French name had a slogan—“Unfortunately expensive”—that defined its niche perhaps too... Read More

The retro-casual hat collection is made by hand in a range of materials (cotton; raffia; Panama straw). Read More

If you're planning to ride Bavarian's famous Romantic Road past rolling farmland and half-timbered villages plucked from an illustration of Grimm's... Read More

Enjoy a breakfast at nearby Barcomi's before visiting the Erika and Rolf Hoffman contemporary art collection. In the late 1960's, the couple began... Read More

Tastes great, extra filling? Beer inspires ice cream makers all over the world, it seems, from random beer gardens in Europe to craft-beer... Read More

The most famous attraction in the Brandenburg capital city of Potsdam (an easy day trip from Berlin) is the elaborate, Rococo-style Sanssouci castle... Read More

Located in Friedrichschain, Schoene Schreibwaren is a specialty art supply store catering to writers, artists, and doodlers alike. The store carries a... Read More

A futuristic shrine to the cocoa bean; for a sweet treat, dip a waffle into a giant fountain filled with 440 pounds of milk chocolate Read More

A traditional German biergarten, Schrörs am Müggelsee is situated along a lake in the Köpenick area of the city. Customers sit at... Read More

Dine at this lively pub, filled with mismatched furniture. Try the Schweinschnitzel or ravioli-like Maultaschen with a Rothaus beer. Read More

Boutique estate-grown Riesling producer. Read More

The club hosts an energetic bingo night in addition to bills of see-them-now bands. Read More

This Belgian Quarter arts venue is the latest of Cologne's cultural spaces, with art galleries, designer showrooms and restaurants. Read More

From the top of this Baroque-style church's tower, you get amazing city views. Read More

A world-class dance company, the Berlin State Ballet is the result of a merger between the city's three, separate opera houses in 2004, at a time when... Read More

Markthalle IX was established in 2011 as part of a community-wide initiative to bring locals and food producers together under one, exuberant roof.... Read More

What to Expect: Nothing says Christmas like a four-ton fruitcake. At least, that's the fervent opinion of the citizens of Dresden, who parade their... Read More

The club is the home of the World Championship for Chess Boxing, where the contenders play chess for four minutes and then beat each other up. At other... Read More

Once per decade since 1634, the Bavarian village of Oberammergau has put on the Passion Play—a performance that recounts the life of Jesus. The... Read More

Tempelhof Airport was originally built in the 1920's and during the Berlin Wall-era served as a lifeline for residents walled-off in former West Berlin.... Read More

Start the morning in the 543-acre park in the city's center. Walk along the shaded paths to wind up at the Brandenburg Gate. Read More

Founded by Michael Oehler and Angela Spieth in 1992, Trippen is committed to producing and selling sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and functional... Read More

The market stretches along the Maybachufer bank of the canal. Sample a smorgasbord of fat navel oranges, hot spinach böreks that flake to... Read More

Oranienstrasse in Kreuzberg, the former center of radical West Berlin, is now one big sidewalk café spiced with kebab shops and leading-edge,... Read More

Vabali Spa brings Balinese spa tradition to Berlin, in a unique wellness space that spans 20,000 square-meters. With numerous pools, lounge areas,... Read More

Childhood memories of Legos and Playmobil toys (formerly hand-painted, now machine-made) come alive at Vedes, which features a northern European fantasy... Read More

Located near Potsdamer Platz, the retro-inspired Victoria Bar has become a favorite haunt for locals looking to escape the harried city life. Inside the... Read More

The seventh-story, glassed-in observation deck offers a nearly bird’s-eye view of the busy runway. For stranded travelers, the terrace is good for... Read More

A one-stop shop for photography junkies. Read More

The massive, 315-year-old market, set amid the city's gabled houses hung with fir branches and angels, sprawls across several historic center squares... Read More

When he’s not working at Selbach-Oster, twentysomething Stefan Jakoby, along with his brother, Peter, run this precocious young winery. Read More

Embedded into a wooded hillside, and notable for its Pinot Noir Read More

A kiosk, really—no chairs, just an open-air wine-bar-in-the-round, and in its center, a young man and woman pouring wine. Read More

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