Our Lively Cities: Beautiful Berlin
Our World | On 26, May 2011
After reading Chris’s review of the Adlon Hotel in Berlin last week, I thought I would add my comments about the city that I recently had the pleasure of visiting.
So, after 20 years of unification, just what does Berlin have to offer?
Definitely not its local snack of curry sausage, ketchup and chips (although I’m sure many would disagree with me on that!). No, Berlin is beautiful and surprisingly green with its many parks, tree-lined streets and over 60 lakes. It’s both historic and modern, and relentlessly cultural with more than 170 museums.
The Mitte District is the bridge between Berlin’s origins and its’ future, with the historical roots of Germany’s capital lying here. Today, it’s lively, vibrant and full of energy. From the shops at Hackerscher Markt to the relaxing gardens at Tiergarten (and a lazy stroll along the River Spree), to the amazing art collections on the world-renowned Museum Island and the unmistakeable feeling of freedom and joy at Brandenburg Gate.
Famous international architects have given Berlin a completely new face, including such works as the Government HQ, the glass dome of the Reichstag, the new Hauptbahnhof railway station and Potsdamer Platz, where an entire district has developed from nothing over the last five years.
There are seemingly dozens of pockets of bars, dining outlets and social life not least within the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg districts. Believe me the facts and figures are mind-blowing! Clock this… 4,650 restaurants, around 900 bars, 190 clubs/discotheques, more than 50 theatres and around 300 cinemas.
Not only is there a plethora of great institutional buildings for some truly creative events, but surprisingly they can be sought at competitive prices. There are some excellent hotels in great locations:
- The Grand Hyatt, an innovative and streamlined design has superb meeting space
- Kempinski’s Adlon, oozes a distinguished, rich heritage
- Rocco Forte’s Hotel De Rome, exudes exclusivity
Overall, it has to be said, that the staff representing these hotels, on EVERY level, are without exception delightfully professional and a joy to work with.
Finally, the overriding impression has to be one of a relatively gentle atmosphere. The reason being that with only 3.4 million residents there are only 1.2 million registered vehicles. Berliners are fit! They walk, they cycle, and they use either the bus or the underground, thanks to an enviable transport system. Not many European capital cities are in control of their traffic conditions, and it certainly helps an event organiser with programme scheduling.
My overriding impression of Berlin was an attractive city, appropriate for event delivery of all sizes and an enviable place to live in or visit.
Susan Sexton, Events Team