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Hotel Lulu Guldsmeden at Potsdamer Platz

Explore museums, galleries and cocktail bars on a boutique Berlin city break

In this little corner between Potsdamer Platz, Potsdamer Straße and Nollendorfplatz, tradition and modernity exist cheek by jowl. The Lulu Guldsmeden hotel, situated in a classic Berlin building dating from 1850, offers a haven of boutique comfort, peace and tranquillity – as well as Scandinavian-style sustainability – in the heart of this vibrant city. Add a touch of Bali-inspired flair and you’ve got a Berlin city break destination with a difference.

Enjoy a sustainable Berlin city break at the Lulu Guldsmeden hotel

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15-Min-Stadt-Hotel Lulu Guldsmeden room visitBerlin, Foto: Mo Wüstenhagen

In an area that’s constantly changing, the Lulu Guldsmeden hotel – located in a beautiful old building dating from 1850 – is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Situated on Potsdamer Straße, just a short walk from Potsdamer Platz in Berlin’s Tiergarten district, the 81-room hotel offers classic retro Berlin flair in its eco-friendly boutique surroundings. Featuring plenty of natural materials and natural light in its spacious rooms with their four-metre-high ceilings, this hotel is all about sustainability – combining a Scandinavian stripped-back feel with the relaxed vibe of a holiday in Bali. It’s the perfect blend for a relaxed Berlin city break. If you don’t believe us, check out the suites – which feature four-poster beds, and even a swing.

Lulu Guldsmeden is the perfect base to explore – but once you’ve made it inside this cosy and convivial hotel, you might never want to leave. Grab a drink and meet the other guests in the leafy inner courtyard. If you’re ready to leave the hotel building behind, there are lots of pleasant places to stroll outside: check out the popular Park am Gleisdreieck in Kreuzberg, just a few minutes’ walk away, or quirky Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg, with its buzzing nightlife.

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Discover local culture around the Lulu Guldsmeden hotel

At Lulu Guldsmeden, culture is right on your doorstep. Simply cross the street to check out a performance at the traditional Wintergarten Varieté, a venue that’s played host to all kinds of captivating stage shows since the 1880s. Opposite the theatre, around the former Tagesspiegel building, there is also a cluster of small art galleries. For something on a slightly grander scale, the Kulturforum with the Berlin Philharmonic, Neue Nationalgalerie and Gemäldegalerie at Potsdamer Platz is just a short stroll away. If you like things a little more contemporary, the Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art awaits at Nollendorfplatz, while the German Museum of Technology at the top of the Park am Gleisdreieck offers a tantalising glimpse of the future.

If you find yourself fascinated by fabulous architecture, check out the listed Shell-Haus building near the hotel, built in 1932. And if fashion is your passion, Potsdamer Straße is known for its variety of exciting shops and boutiques, including outlets stocking clothes by Paul Smith and hats by Fiona Bennett.

Cosmopolitan drinks and dining near the hotel

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15-Min-Stadt-Hotel Lulu Guldsmeden exterior view visitBerlin, Foto: Mo Wüstenhagen

In recent years, Potsdamer Straße has become a popular spot to see and be seen. As well as having plenty to offer to culture vultures, it’s got all kinds of delicious dinner and drinks options for foodies looking for the best Berlin has to offer. Just a short walk from the hotel, you can enjoy fine German cuisine in sophisticated surroundings at Oh, Panama – but there’s plenty on offer when it comes to international cuisine, too.

Visitors looking to make a night of it can enjoy a cosy cocktail evening at POSH Bar near Potsdamer Platz or Victoria Bar, a lavishly decorated little spot for drinks near the hotel. If you prefer to go al fresco, there are plenty of great food and drink options at the Park am Gleisdreieck, too: sip a cool craft beer made in Berlin at BRLO Brwhouse or tuck into a slice of cake at Café Eule to round off a sunny day of strolling and relaxing.

Discover Berlin history and the thrill of the future on Potsdamer Straße and Potsdamer Platz

Beer garden BRLO Brwhouse at Parc Gleisdreieck in Berlin
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BRLO Brwhouse

Katharina, Christian and Michael have created a name for themselves in Berlin with their BRLO craft beer brand. So whether you order a Helles, Pale Ale, or Weisse, the beers are all brewed artisanally in small quantities. Now, the three founders have opened their first beer garden: the Brwhouse in the Park am Gleisdreieck. Incidentally, the name BRLO is the old Slavic word that gave Berlin its name. You can thank us by having a beer for us and sharing that little tidbit of information with your friends and acquaintances.

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URBAN NATION MUSEUM FOR URBAN CONTEMPORARY ART

On building walls and lamp posts, in U-Bahn stations and building sites – urban contemporary art greets the attentive observer at every turn in Berlin. And Bülowstraße particularly catches the eye: the passer-by quickly becomes a gallery visitor. The sprayed and glued artworks can be seen so densely in this lively part of Schöneberg that you hardly believe you are standing in the middle of an exhibition in the open air.

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Laufgruppe im Park
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Laufstrecke - Sightseeing durch die City Ost

This route begins in the heart of the city at Potsdamer Platz and then follows the course of the former Berlin Wall. Past sights such as the former border crossing point Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin’s most beautiful square, the Gendarmenmarkt, as well as the Nicolaiviertel. And then past Alex, the Tränenpalast up to Unter den Linden, the Brandenburg Gate and the Tiergarten. You can also experience many of Berlin’s highlights on this course.

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A short stroll north along Potsdamer Straße leads to Potsdamer Platz – an iconic Berlin spot recognisable for miles around thanks to its stunning architecture. A century ago, this was one of downtown Berlin’s best-known areas – featuring the first ever set of traffic lights in continental Europe. Following the Second World War and the division of the city, however, Potsdamer Platz sadly became deserted.

It took until the early 1990s for Potsdamer Platz to come to life again – rebuilt from scratch thanks to the DaimlerChrysler Quartier and the Sony Center. The square is now a magnet for art buffs seeking their thrills amid contemporary architecture: the Kulturforum offers an open-air cinema in summer, and is surrounded by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Neue Nationalgalerie and the Gemäldegalerie art gallery – one of the city’s cultural highlights. Original sections of the Berlin Wall with designs by Thierry Noir on neighbouring Leipziger Platz recall the area’s eventful history.

Potsdamer Straße itself has a fascinating story that reaches further back in time. Laid in the late 18th century to make it easier for King Frederick William II to reach his residence in Potsdam, the street became a popular hotspot in the 1920s and still draws throngs to its many shops, restaurants and businesses to this day.

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