Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Berlin

1001 & 1 Seife
Everyone likes to smell nice and there are a thousand and one different flavours and scents to treat yourself to in this pungent store.
Ackselhaus & Blue Home
Comfort with individuality comes at standard at this charming hotel.
art’otel berlin mitte
Tasteful and modern this hotel combines contemporary art with rococo flourishes.
Arte Luise Kunsthotel
More akin to a gallery where you spend the night this is an art lovers paradise.
B Flat
Live jazz and acoustic music in a funky setting.
Badeschiff
Berlin's swimming pools are a great example of Berlin's uniqueness - where else would you find a heated pool suspended in a river (that serves cocktails) regular nude bathing evenings and kilometres of sandy beach? 50 laps has never been as much fun.
Beach Mitte
They might not look like beach bunnies but Berliners take beach volleyball very very seriously. Some 3000 tons of sand are deposited annually making the city a serious contender in the seaside sport.
Café Engels
Poised on a quiet street corner near the entrance of Tempelhof Park, Café Engel epitomizes the new Neukölln cool.
City Beach Berlin
It might seem an unlikely location but Berlin is a premier spot for beach volleyball. The German Open is one of the biggest on the circuit and Berlin played host to the World Championships in 2005.
East Side Gallery
Not a gallery as such but a remaining section of the Berlin Wall stretching along Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain. International artists were invited to decorate sections and today it exists as a poignant work of art.
Freak Out
Berlin has one of the best club scenes in the world so take home a record or two to remind yourself just how much fun you had here.
Hackbarth’s
A former GDR bakery this charming pub is popular with an artsy creative crowd.
Hamburger Bahnhof
The converted Hamburger Bahnhof presents some striking collections of modern art.
Helmut Newton Museum
An exhibition of photographs and personal items from one of Berlin's artistic heroes.
I Due Forni
Easily the coolest pizza joint in town I Due Forni serves up anarchy in a deep pan.
Judisches Museum
A piece of architectural genius this is one of Berlin's most famous cultural attractions.
Maxim Gorki Theatre
Another key venue for lovers of experimental productions.
Monsieur Vuong
Essentially a fast food joint, Monsieur Vuong's is perennially popular.
Neue Nationalgalerie
Fans of cubism, expressionism, Bauhaus and surrealism will be at home here.
Propeller City Island Hotel
With 50 unique rooms the Propellor City Island hotel is Berlin at its most eccentric.
Sammlung Hoffman
A hidden private collection of contemporary art.
Sasaya
Chic modern decor and fantastic sushi.
Schaubuhne am Lehniner Platz
The experimental productions here are popular with a young cutting edge crowd.
Sommerbad Kreuzberg
The Princes' Pool out doors with multiple pools and even a nudist area for those who want to hang loose in the summer sun. Expect it to get busy on hot days.
Story of Berlin
A refreshing multimedia approach to the history of the city.
Ungeheuer
Located in Neukölln, that nexus of Berlin cool, the café attracts a young and studiously hip clientele with its gallery of oversized paintings by local artists and other striking decorative elements.
Vopo Records
Sometimes you need music that bucks trends, fights the system and makes you feel like getting a Mohawk. Vopo will have what you need.
White Trash
Crap has never been so cool - White Trash remains an institution on the Berlin scene.
Wohnzimmer
An eclectic living-room style bar typical of East Berlin.

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