Berlin is rich in colour, pattern, interiors and architectural inspiration, as well art, culture and innovative retail concepts. Here are some of our favourite spots from a recent trip.
The Boros Collection is a private collection of contemporary art, located in a converted bunker. This is worth a visit for the building alone, which was used as an air raid shelter in the war, a banana warehouse in the 50s and a fetish club in the 90s. It is now owned by private collectors Christian and Karen Boros, who live in a penthouse on the top of the building.
Only accessible by booking a guided tour, they have a no photo policy – it’s a must see. Book well in advance.
Also Mitte The Clärchens Ballhaus is a ballroom founded in 1913 by husband and wife Fritz and Clara Bühler. The interior the building has remained mostly unchanged since it opened as a dance venue over a hundred years ago. The rise of the Nazi Party enforced dancing bans and it closed its doors in 1942 and the front part of the building and part of the mirrored upper ballroom were destroyed by an Allied bombing raid.
In 2005, Christian Schulz and David Regehr took on the dance hall’s management, restoring it to its current popularity. “It was totally lifeless,” Schulz says. The duo who have a background in theatre recognised something special in the building and its history. “We see it as backdrop for life. For eating, drinking, dancing, falling in love, celebrating, listening to music — all of the beautiful things in life.”
SUPER concept space offers interiors, fashion and cuisine all under one stylish roof. Located in Bikini Berlin, right in the heart of Berlin City West, this urban design space offer a unique and and good selection of high-quality brands and great food. Good for lunch or dinner.
The Jüdishe Mädchenschule built in Mitte in 1835, was Berlin’s first school for jewish girls. It was closed by Hitler in 1942 when it was used as a military hospital. These days, to honour the past, the refurbished building is open to the public.
The Holocaust Memorial is a tribute to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman.
Culturally diverse and the home of many young creatives, the predominately Turkish area of Neukölln is full of re-imagined green spaces and easy-going cafes and restaurants. This open minded neighbourhood is so far undiscovered by big brands and is great for exploring small independent boutiques and vintage stores.
Or hang out with the locals at Tempelhofer Feld – a huge old airfield which is now a park.
USP: Visit Berlin for culture, creativity and visual inspiration.