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24 hours in Berlin

The center of Germany’s bustling capital is only a 30-minute bus ride from Tegel Airport (TXL). Berlin is a hub for arts and culture, and offers an abundance of historical sights, bars, restaurants and clubs. So don’t waste that precious layover. Hop on the bus!

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Morning in Mitte

Start your day with a strong cup of coffee and some delicious buttermilk pancakes at Distrikt Coffee, one of Berlin’s best breakfast spots. Its menu boasts homemade favorites such as granola and freshly baked banana bread. The industrial interior design – raw brick walls, simple wooden and steel tables and a beautiful tile floor – creates a cozyatmosphere where you can just chill or get some work done. WiFi is free and fast

Distrikt Coffee

Bergstrasse 68, Mitte

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Reminders of the past

The city’s Mitte district, home to famous landmarks such as Brandenburg Tor, Pariser Platz and Museum Island, is perfect for a morning stroll and sightseeing. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, consists of2,711 somber concrete blocks.

Holocaust Memorial

Cora-Berliner-Strasse 1, Berlin

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Street art wonderland

A great way to experience the city’s creative vibe is to bike around the artsy East Berlin neighborhood of Friedrichs-hain. Be sure to check out the murals of the East Side Gallery, the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. When the Wall was torn downin 1989, this graffiti-covered 1.3km stretch was preserved as an open-air street artgallery and monument to freedom.

East Side Gallery

3-100 Mühlenstrasse, Bezirk Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin

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A place to indulge

If you’d rather relax after a long flight, check in at the luxurious Liquidrom spa near Potsdamer Platz. Liquid-rom’s circus tent-inspired architecture is worth the visit in itself. With various saunas, an outdoor thermal pool and a saltwater floating pool, Liquidrom offers ultimate relaxation.

Liquidrom spa

Möckernstrasse 10, Berlin

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The taste of Berlin

Berlin’s burgeoning foodie scene offers all kinds of excellent restaurants and eateries. But if you’re looking for something truly unique, Nobelhart & Schmutzig will give you a culinary experience out of the ordinary. The concept of this acclaimed restaurant is simple – everything on the menu is seasonal and locally produced. That means no pepper, lemon, chocolate or other foreign treats.

Nobelhart and Schmutzig

Friedrichstrasse 218, Berlin-Kreuzberg

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Drinks and dessert

In Berlin you can party until the sun comes up, and then some. But if you want to skipthe gritty club scene, wrap up the night with a drink and dessert. Coda is a fine-dining dessert bar. Its unique concept of marvelous desserts paired with perfectly harmonized cocktails has earned it a Michelin star.

Coda

Friedelstrasse 47, Berlin

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