City district in the west
The Kurfürstendamm is an absolute must for any visitor to Berlin. From Breitscheidplatz, site of the Memorial Church, to Rathenauplatz with its concrete Cadillacs, this is the buzzing heart of a district that has plenty more to offer: Grunewald forest is a popular choice with Berliners for a day out, and the good life can be enjoyed in the exclusive 'villa districts' of Westend and Grunewald, middle-class residential areas such as Schmargendorf, the Rheingauer Viertel around Rüdesheimer Platz or Eichkamp, as well as in modern residential areas such as Siemensstadt.
From the sandy banks of the Havel to the Technical University, from the Olympic stadium to the Teufelsberg, from Charlottenburg Palace to Jungfernheide park, from the German Opera House to the Schaubühne theatre, and from the exhibition centre with Berlin's television tower to the many shopping streets and tranquil squares, the district has something for everyone.
The museums and collections around Charlottenburg Palace offer a cultural diversity that is second to none within a very small area. In addition to the museums in the palace itself, these include the acclaimed Berggruen Museum, Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection, Bröhan Museum, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Museum at Villa Oppenheim, Replica Workshop and Ceramics Museum. Situated behind the palace is one of the largest and most beautiful original baroque gardens, which is an ideal place to relax. The parkland on the shores of Lake Lietzensee is also great for a stroll. And for those wishing to get up close to nature, the Ökowerk nature conservation centre on Lake Teufelssee has a wealth of fascinating things to see.
Olympic stadium + Waldbühne
Next to the Olympic stadium, the Waldbühne outdoor stage provides a marvellous backdrop for open-air concerts, including for many years the legendary season finale by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Between Ernst-Reuter-Platz and Charlottenburg Gate a giant campus has sprung up that comprises the Technical University, the University of the Arts and a number of other scientific institutions.
Going Local: Vive la France in Berlin's Schloßstraße
Order the broschure "Going Local".
Going out, cultural scene
From the Theater des Westens to the German Opera House, and from the Schaubühne and Renaissance theatres to the Vaganten, Wühlmäuse and Stachelschweine cabaret theatres - Berlin caters for all tastes. The Bar jeder Vernunft also offers top-notch cabaret shows. And so many clubs, bars and restaurants turn night into day – especially around Savignyplatz, Ludwigkirchplatz and Stuttgarter Platz. Thousands of concerts, most of them free, are organised every year by the Music Academy, and you can hear all different types of live music at various venues from jazz club to big concert hall.
You can enjoy a wide range of sports in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, around the Olympic stadium, for instance, the Horst-Dohm ice-skating rink in Wilmersdorf or Mommsen stadium next to the exhibition centre. Alternatively, you can go sailing on the River Havel, horse riding in Grunewald forest, hang-gliding off Teufelsberg hill, rowing on the River Spree or swimming in the Hundekehlesee lake. If you prefer walking, you can choose between the city, its many parks or nature at its best in Grunewald forest.
Kurfürstendamm and Tauentzien are a true shopper's paradise. There's everything from elegant boutiques to discounted designer stores, from specialist bookshops to electronics outlets. The pedestrian precinct on Wilmersdorfer Strasse becomes more and more attractive every year. If you are looking for something really special, you simply must explore one of the many shopping streets with their unique products and personal service.
Festival of Nations
Usually in July before the summer holidays on Prager Platz.
The world's largest trade fair for nutrition, farming and horticulture, every January at the exhibition centre.
ITB International Tourism Fair
The leading trade fair for the international travel industry, every March at the exhibition centre.
Brixplatz, just off Reichsstrasse in Westend, is one of Berlin's most attractive smaller parks and comes with a waterfall, little ravines, and a wild section of garden.
Renowned among jazz fans as one of Berlin's top venues.
Bleibtreustr. 1, 10623 Berlin
The Amerika-Haus near the station Zoologischer Garten was built in 1957 as a culture- and information centre about the United States. Since 2010 the regional management of the City West moved in the monument and provides information about the economic and architectural development of the area around Kurfürstendamm.
This Gothic-style brick town hall, built in 1902, also houses one of Berlin's most popular registry offices where many famous names have married.
Berkaer Platz 1, 14199 Berlin
Located between the squares at Stuttgarter Platz and Amtsgerichtsplatz, this street has a great collection of independent shops and eateries.
Das verborgene Museum
The museum, founded in 1986, is dedicated to women artists who had already taken the first steps towards exhibiting publicly but were driven into exile or pushed back into private life under the Nazi regime.
Schlüterstr. 70, 10625 Berlin
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