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Seminaris CampusHotel in Berlin-Dahlem

Walking and hiking in Berlin’s leafy hidden gem

In one of the city‘s leafiest corners, you’ll find this Berlin hidden gem: the Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin in Dahlem. Berlin history meets vibrant student life, prestigious embassies and large villas mingle with incredible museums, friendly cafés and inviting parks. Get on your bike or pull on your walking shoes and head off in search of all kinds of discoveries – you’re sure to fall head over heels for this charming part of the city.

The campus experience: Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin

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In the heart of the city, surrounded by nature – Dahlem is a place of wonderful contrasts. As is the Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin at Takustraße 39. Here, you’ll spend the night surrounded by Berlin culture and leafy nature – in the heart of the Berlin Free University campus. Each of its 186 well-equipped rooms makes a wonderful retreat after a thrilling day exploring the city. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the surrounding landscapes that are sure to rejuvenate you, readying you for the next day’s discoveries. The hotel’s friendly staff will do all they can to make your stay a pleasant and relaxing one.

A home away from home – at the Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin

The Campus Hotel Berlin is designed for guests to feel good and focus on what matters to them. Its talented kitchen team is on hand to serve up fresh and creative dishes with the inimitable signature of the capital city. The hotel’s own Restaurant Papillon serves up an array of dishes to delight and surprise for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a thought-provoking and inspiring atmosphere. When the weather is nice, you can take it all outside, too, and enjoy fresh air on the terrace.

The hotel is also a wonderful spot to spend an evening among friends and colleagues its Bar Faculty Club is ideal for toasting to a great idea or celebrating the end of a long day. The team here major in delicious cocktails, fine wines and classic spirit blends in a chilled and refined atmosphere.

If you prefer to find other ways to relax body and mind, head to the spa for sports, relaxation and detox options. You can start the day off on the cross-trainer or round it off with a visit to the sauna. Would you rather exercise in the great outdoors? The leafy surroundings of the Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin are perfect for strolling, cycling or going for a run and exploring the neighbourhood. There’s so much to see, whichever route you take.


 From Oxford to Little America

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Dahlem has always been one of the most sought-after spots in Berlin – and home to many embassies. The villas and parkland around the Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin continue to bear witness to this history and its past dreams. At the turn of the 20th century, plans were afoot to turn it into a research hub, the ‘German Oxford’. Parts of the university, research institutes, museums and other educational institutions were set to move to the site. And it’s true that many of the world’s scientific innovations have come from Dahlem, from nuclear fission to modern genetics. It’s also home to the notable Max-Planck-Gesellschaft research campus and part of the Freie Universität.

Of course, the Second World War brought plans for a science hub on the site south-west of Berlin crashing to the ground. It wasn’t until the city was divided and the foundation of the Free University that the idea came back around – resulting in unique buildings from Norman Foster and the striking Henry Ford Building, whose name is a nod to the more recent history of the area occasionally known as ‘Little America’.

The Dreipfuhl estate built for American officers after the war still recalls a 1950s US suburb, while the Outpost cinema embodies the spirit of American culture on Clayallee in Berlin. That’s where you’ll find the Allied Museum, with its powerful permanent exhibition on 50 years of the Allies in Berlin. Right opposite the hotel, meanwhile, you’ll find the Museum of European Cultures, a Berlin hidden gem celebrating the diversity of life in Europe.

A world tour on your doorstep: Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin

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Luise Dahlem

The Luise Dahlem has been popular for years, and not just with the students at nearby FU Berlin. The rustic ambience of the restaurant and its large beer garden are perfect for waxing on philosophically whilst enjoying a freshly-tapped beer and homemade regional specialities or a stone-oven pizza.

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A visit to the Botanic Garden greenhouses is worth your while at any time of year. Here, you can discover the majestic world of tropical and subtropical plants. Continue your round-the-world tour in the listed Großer Tropenhaus, from Africa and Asia to Australia and the American rainforests. Looking for local produce instead? Head to the Domäne Dahlem – the only organic farm in Germany with its own U-Bahn station. Agriculture has been practised on this site for a whopping 80 years. The farm café serves up the finest of its own produce, too. 

Nightlife near the Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin 

Although Dahlem and the district of Steglitz-Zehlendorf aren’t renowned for their nightlife, that doesn’t mean people here are stuck at home after dark. The Schlosspark Theatre has a vibrant programme of everything from cabaret to musicals while former Art Nouveau cinema the Capitol is must for movie buffs. Foodies and revellers will love Schlossstraße and its side streets, while the area around the hotel offers up Im Alten Krug, a leafy beer garden where students and locals gather for a beer just around the corner from the hotel. All in all, the Seminaris CampusHotel Berlin is the perfect starting point for your Berlin city break, day or night.