A Local’s Guide to Berlin’s Center
Away from the bright lights of TV tower, the largest building in Berlin, visible from afar, there is much to explore in this vibrant city. Many mention sleepless city and New York in one breath. But today, this title is Berlin’s. Whether you want to indulge in the wonderfully unique culture of a city once separated and now united through diversity by discovering the nightlife or wander around museum’s, there is something for you to do. The scene around underground station Weinmeisterstrasse lets you indulge in the high-class international cuisine, ranging from French hors d’oeuvre, traditional Vietnamese kitchen to Japanese ramen.
Your shopping needs get satisfied with a large range of boutiques, local’s galleries, handmade gifts, the wonderful Hackesche Höfe, which appeal through their wonderful architecture and the maze of yards leading you from one wonderful boutique to the next. A quick stroll to Linienstrasse leads you right to the Museum of Silence, a wonderfully special modern art museum. It was first opened in 1994, at a time of big change in Berlin. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, the entry is free!
Old National Gallery
Around the corner is the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, a modern Art gallery with a constantly changing exhibition, currently showing 120 pieces of the Columbian artist Beatriz González, the first exhibition of her art in Germany.
No museum day is complete without the exceptional museum island, located south of Hackescher Market. The museum island is on the UNESCO world heritage list and is home to five museums, including the newly renovated Pergamon Museum, housing Roman and Greek art collections. Stroll over Friedrichs Bridge to have a grand view over the Old National Gallery, a wonderful spot to capture memories of Berlin, and when you walk over the bridge, turn around. You can still spot the TV tower in the back. Now you can take a photo without sharing the view!
A night of entertainment is safe with a show at the Maxim Gorki Theatre, it shows contemporary plays and imaginary re-interpretations of classical plays. The theatre presents itself as the most beautiful, authentic and inclusive public space in Berlin. Founded in 1952, it became a municipal theatre for East Berlin. The contemporary architecture makes it a unique place to see plays featuring young and experienced ensembles.