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21st Century Berlin

Micha Richter Inside Norman Foster's glass-and-steel Reichstag dome.

Photo: Micha Richter

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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Destinations: Berlin · Mitte · Friedrichshain

Inspired by: Adventures in the New Berlin — by Gary Shteyngart, Published Jul. 2008

Hotels (4)

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    Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin

    Semicircular property with 301 rooms (some classic and outfitted with English and Continental antiques, others modern) and a leafy inner courtyard.

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    Art’Otel

    A unique blend of travel and art, the Art’otel Berlin City Center West is inspired by the works of famed artist Andy Warhol and displays original w

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    Hotel Adlon Kempinski

    Sitting in the shadow of the Brandenburg Gate, the Hotel Adlon Kempinski is one of Berlin’s most historic and luxurious hotels. Originally built in

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    Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

    The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin is housed inside a soaring Art Deco-inspired skyscraper near the Potsdamer Platz. The hotel has 303 guest rooms, including

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Restaurants (4)

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    Lebensmittel in Mitte

    A grocery store in the front, and a deligthfully boisterous neighborhood restaurant in the back. Highlights include the occasional appetizer of hom

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    Henne

    Henne offers the moistest, crispiest milk-roasted bird to be found in Mitteleuropa, along with a décor that’s a celebration of Berlin as a working-

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    Facil

    Facil, on the top floor of the Mandala Hotel at Potsdamer Platz, is reminiscent of the clean lines of the Neue Nationalgalerie down the street, and

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    Defne Restaurant

    Though nominally Turkish, the restaurant also smartly plays with the flavors of the Mediterranean. In other words, the greasy döner kebab that feed

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Activities (13)

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    Tape

    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 o

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    Monarch, Berlin

    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

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    KMA 36

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

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    Berghain

    This hip favorite is housed in a muscular former power station in a nether zone between West Kreuzberg and the gentrifying Friedrichshain area of t

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    Ankerklause

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

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    Turkish Market

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

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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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    Berliner Philharmonie

    The concert hall, by architect Hans Scharoun, is widely considered one of the best in the world and still the greatest artistic joy the city has to

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    Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

    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.

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    Haunch of Venison Berlin

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    This branch of a London gallery put on a stunning display of Zhang Huan’s 13-foot-tall Berlin Buddha, which was made entire

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    Gleis 17 Memorial

    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

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    American Academy in Berlin

    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 Sol

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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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