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Affordable Berlin

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Photo: FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS / Christian Kruppa

Berlin has cold-war mystique, ambitious contemporary architecture, and booming gallery and restaurant scenes. With its cosmopolitan, east-meets-west edginess, it’s no wonder the city has become the cultural capital of central Europe; a destination that continues to attract creative types and in-the-know travelers.

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Destinations: Berlin · Potsdam · Mitte

Inspired by: 13 Affordable Trips to Europe — by Reid Bramblett, Published Apr. 2008

Hotels (3)

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    NH Voltaire

    The Baroque façade disguises a modern interior.

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    Schoenhouse Apartments

    This newly expanded hotel is set around a secluded courtyard and has a modern café to match its 50 studios and apartments.

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    Lux 11

    In the heart of the buzzing Mitte neighborhood, Lux 11 is the latest creation from a dynamic minimalist duo, Claudio Silvestrin and his wife, Giuli

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Restaurants (4)

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    Ristorante Villa Kellermann

    Splurge on truffled pasta at this Potsdam restaurant housed in a waterfront mansion.

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    Grill Royal

    Open since the spring of 2007, this terrific Spree-riverfront steak house is still one of the city’s see-and-be-seen hot spots. (No surprise, given

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    Clärchens Ballhaus

    For a bite to eat, stop into this pizza restaurant popular with couples who come for the ballroom dancing.

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    Leo Bettini

    For lunch, order the signature Knödel (German dumplings).

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Activities (11)

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    Einstein Tower

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

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    Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art

    This former margarine factory displays work from fifty international artists.

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    Potsdamer Platz

    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-Dietrich

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    Reichstag

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

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    Neues Palais

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

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    Schloss Sanssouci

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

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    Alte Nationalgalerie

    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 famed M

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    Pergamon Museum

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

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    Tiergarten

    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.

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    Schwarzwaldstuben

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

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    Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

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

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    Berlin, Mitte, Friedrichshain

    Berlin has become an electrifying international cultural scene, with a 21st-century brand of unpolished, after-hours glamour thriving under the weight of 20th-century history.

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    A six-day jaunt that takes in the design masterworks in Paris, Luxembourg, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Berlin.

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    Milwaukee + Lake Michigan Area, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Spring Green, Toledo, Downtown Minneapolis

    It's no secret anymore: The Midwest is home to some of the most innovative contemporary architecture in America. Our five day self-guided tour includes stops in Toledo, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and

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  • Berlin's Culture-Rich Neighborhoods

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    Two neighborhoods once split by the wall—the fashionably gentrified Mitte and the gritty, bohemian Kreuzberg—are brimming with creative energy, a thriving arts scene, and stylish hotels.

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