An #innsiders guide to Berlin

Germany’s capital city is rich with history and has long-been seen as an uber-cool muse for artists and musicians. If you are heading to Berlin, take some of our #Innsider advice and look at the city from a different angle.


Berlin on film

Forget Hollywood, loads of blockbusters have included scenes shot in Berlin and you can find guides online to make your own tours of relevant locations. For example, Checkpoint Charlie featured in classic 1980s Bond film, Octopussy, and in more recent years, Matt Damon filmed various scenes for the Bourne Supremacy in the hub bub of Alexanderplatz. Our very own Park Inn By Radisson, Alexanderplatz is also featured heavily in some aerial shots close to the TV Tower (Fernsehturm). How about watching the films before you visit to get you in the mood?

For more information about Berlin for film-lovers, visit:  http://www.visitberlin.de/en/experience/berlin-for-film-fans/film-locations?tid=4923


Bowie and Iggy’s Berlin

If you are more into vinyl than film, you can walk in the shoes of David Bowie and visit some of the places and sights that inspired the iconic musician. Paris Bar on Kantstrasse is a restaurant famed for being a haunt of a host of celebrities and where David Bowie used to celebrate his birthdays.  Stop by for a bite to eat and check out the art on the walls. For a more lively experience, head to SO36 in Oranienstraße – in the 1970s it was an epicentre of the Berlin Punk scene and was frequented by Bowie and his then-flatmate, Iggy Pop. Now it hosts all sort of electronic and Techno nights with other arts and cultural events too.

If this isn’t enough, you can also take a special music tour which grants access to Hansa Studios where Bowie famously wrote “Heroes” (they are not normally open to the public) as well as other places of note http://www.musictours-berlin.com/index.htm


Berlin Beaches?  

Think that Berlin is all about industrial-chic? Think again! Berlin has truly mastered the art of the urban beach, so after a day of seeing the sights, head to one of the beach bars. Across the city the beach bars have different activities and different vibes. For the energetic try BeachMitte, with 49 beach volleyball courts to hire as well as salsa and zumba classes. For a more chilled out experience, head to Rummelsburg where you can hire everything you could possibly need – from sun loungers to barbecues (just remember to bring your own wurst). For more information about Berlins sandy shores, see: http://www.visitberlin.de/en/keyword/beach-bars


Where to stay?

Our Alexanderplatz hotel is next to the iconic Fernsehturm and is in the centre of all the action. With over 1,000 comfortable rooms, three on-site restaurants, a bar and a fitness centre there is something for everyone. Most impressive is the unobstructed panoramic view of the city from our roof terrace. We think there is no better view in all Berlin. Find out more