Soon you will here the battle-cry all over Germany again: „Berlin, Berlin, wir fahren nach Berlin!“ (Berlin, Berlin, we go to Berlin). On the 19th of May Berlin will again host the annual German football cup, DFB-Pokalfinale. The annual German football cup is organized by the German Football Association Cup (in German: Deutschen Fußball-Bund, DFB) and is the second-most important title in national club football after the German football championship.
Before and after the DFB-Pokalfinale in Berlin
If you are traveling to Berlin why not spend another day discovering the German capital. As you might be in Berlin only a weekend, you could be wondering: How to spend the perfect weekend – besides the DFB-Pokalfinale – in Berlin? If you only have a weekend, here's one walk through the city.
One day in Berlin in May
In the Reichstag there is a sunny rooftop restaurant where you can have a lovely breakfast before or after the DFB-Pokalfinale. It is in a government building, so there will be a security check at the entrance and you need a photo ID. Restaurant reservation required. If you just want to see the Reichstag, you can also book art and architecture tours. Tours take place on Saturdays, Sundays and certain public holidays at 11:30. Following the tour, you will have an opportunity to visit the dome. You can book this tour or others online: www.bundestag.de.
Located close to the Reichstag Berlin’s you can pass by the Bundeskanzleramt, a modern and elegant Federal Chancellery, with its open architecture, is a symbol of transparency. Next to the Reichstag is the Brandenburg Gate. It is an 18th-century neoclassical triumphal arch, and one of the best-known landmarks in Germany. A little further is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial. On a sunny day you could visit the park Tiergarten. It is Berlin’s most popular inner-city park. It is a great place to go for a walk or relax by the river and lakes. In the Tiergarten you will find the Café am Neuen See. It is a restaurant and beer garden and offers cold beer, grilled pizza and more. After lunch you can rent a boat and paddle on the lake next to the restaurant.
H&M, Lululemon, and Louis Vuitton, you can find a variety of big brands on Kurfürstendamm. The further west you go, the more exclusive the shops. You can also browse through the concept mall Bikini located at Budapester Straße or the KaDeWe, a historic department store with luxury items from around the world. On this way – besides shopping – you will also see the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The original church on-site was built in the 1890s. It was badly damaged during a bomb raid in 1943. The damaged spire of the old church has been preserved and the ground floor has been made into a memorial hall.
If you don’t feel like shopping, you could also visit the exhibition venue for photography and visual media C/O Berlin. It shows works by renowned artists and promotes emerging talent. Check the website for exhibition tours.
The Monkey Bar with its panoramic view is the perfect spot for a sundowner. You can have dinner in the bar or in Neni, the restaurant. This restaurant is very popular, so remember to reserve a table. To avoid the typically long queue at Monkey Bar, reserve a table and enjoy a meal at Neni, and then hop over to the bar for an after-dinner cocktail.
Berta Luise Heide is the publisher of the travel guide BertaBerlin, a travel blogger and marketer, and most notably a born resident of the German capital city. In her travel guides, inconspicuously entitled BertaBerlin, she discovers city walks all over Berlin and writes about the hidden gems of the city on her blog. There are currently five BertaBerlin maps, one for Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Mitte, QueerBerlin and now BeautyBerlin, with a new yoga map and a map about Charlottenburg planned for spring 2018.
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