Monograms provides traveler's access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Berlin and Germany. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host about Berlin and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Berlin, Germany insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Meet a Local Host® in Berlin
Born and bred in Berlin, Vivienne is the daughter of Local Guides Christabel and Bernd. She works with her parents and shares their passion for Berlin with its unique history. She has lived through so many changes that the city has undergone. Vivienne looks forward to welcoming Monograms guests and sharing amazing Berlin with you. There simply is never a dull moment in this exciting city.
Unter den Linden, Nikolai Quarter, Gendarmenmarkt
Stroll along the famed Unter den Linden avenue to the old town, known as Nikolai Quarter, then continue to the Gendarmenmarkt, considered Berlin's most beautiful square. Ask your Local Host about this and other walking routes around town.
Originally built in 1695 as the summer residence of Sophie Charlotte, the first queen of Prussia, it is one of the landmarks of Berlin. Subsequent generations of the royal family expanded and remodeled the palace according to the taste of their time. As a result, the palace contains interior decoration reflecting several architectural styles: the old palace, with its magnificent baroque state rooms and the famous porcelain cabinet, and the new wing built by Frederick the Great in 1742.
Reichstag (Parliament) Roof Terrace & Dome
In 1894, after ten years of construction, the Reichstag was completed and its dome towered above the City Castle. The Parliament building has reflected the turbulence of German history since that time. The dome and the roof terrace are only open for registered visitors (Pre-registration is required). Your Local Host will have details.
Close to the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin, find the Holocaust Memorial. It is a stele-field which can be walked through from all sides, serving as a central place for remembering and reminding people of the Holocaust.
Gemäldegalerie (Picture Gallery)
You'll be hard-pressed to find a better painting collection than the offerings in the Gemäldegalerie (Picture Gallery) by such luminaries as Van Dyk, Hals, Rubens, and Rembrandt. Designed by Munich architects Hilmer & Sattler, the building is a work of art in its own right. And if you love modern art, the New National Gallery is a must.
Ask your Local Host about Berlin's amazing collections. Museum Island includes the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Altes, Neues and Bode Museums. Visit the German History Museum on Unter den Linden Avenue. At Checkpoint Charlie see the Assisi Panorama of the Divided City, and Museum. To learn more about Berlin during the Third Reich, visit the Stasi Exhibition or the Topography of Terror. The Story of Berlin Interactive Museum is equipped with multimedia technology for experiencing everyday life during different eras.
Travel out of town to Potsdam where the Prussian Kings spent their summers and see the beautiful palaces Sanssouci, New Palais and Cecilienhof, and stunning villas.
Shopping and Markets
Take advantage of great shopping and fine restaurants on the Kurfurstendamm, or stroll along the Tauentziennstrasse. You might find just what you're looking for at the Europa Center or at the Kadewe, Europe's largest department store. Drop in on the Türkenmarkt overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked breads, and culinary wonders.
Built for the 1936 Summer Olympics, the stadium now hosts football matches including the German Cup final and other sports events.
Prater Beer Garden
Prater is Berlin’s oldest beer garden. Relax with a beer or wine; enjoy home-made Berliner cuisine and seasonal specialties.
Riesling wine, Beer, Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Sauerbraten, Dumplings
Try some or all the above German specialties! The Berliner Weisse beer is brewed locally and typically offered with raspberry (red) or woodruff herb (green) flavoring.
Stroll the Oranienburger Strasse, an “in-place” at night and an artists meeting point with plentiful cafes and restaurants. Or take in a show, your Local Host will have suggestions to pass the time while in Berlin.
Relax and enjoy the scenery on a peaceful boat ride through the city. Your Local Host has more information.