What to see and do in Berlin
The Waldorf Astoria Berlin occupies the Zoofenster Building in the heart of the former ‘West-Berlin’, near the world-famous Kaiser-Wilhelm-Memorial Church and just a stone’s throw from the fascinating Kurfürstendamm. It is ideally located for easy access to the city’s top shopping, tourism and commercial areas.
Berlin is known for its architectural and cultural diversity, and its intriguing history. There are 300 cinemas, 4,650 restaurants, around 900 bars and 190 clubs and discotheques, and shops galore. There are 3.4 million people living in Berlin, and many more visitors each year, so there is something for everyone.
Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche)
A short walk from the hotel, with its stunning frescos and poignant memorial hall, the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Memorial Church is a 1890s Romanesque-style church dedicated to Kaiser William I by his grandson Kaiser William II.
The buildings, architecture and gardens of the Prussian Charlottenberg Palace are of stunning scale and beauty, and a must-see for anyone visiting Berlin.
The Brandenburg Gate represents both the separation and reunification of Berlin. Comprising 12 Doric columns, the gate is perhaps the cornerstone of the city’s architectural classicism.
In the heart of West Berlin, Zoologischer Garten is Germany’s oldest zoo, and boasts the largest number of species in the world. It includes an impressive aquarium, and is a great day out for education and entertainment.
As you enter the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s auditorium, it’s hard not to be overwhelmed by its beauty and grandeur. The opera house’s acoustic quality and top productions are renowned worldwide.
The Berlin Wall
Once 100 miles long, there is now less than half a mile left of what used to separate East from West. The Museum and Documentation Centre on Bernauer Strasse is a great way to find out more about the iconic wall.
This long, wide, tree-lined boulevard is often called ‘the Champs-Élysées of Berlin’. It is full of shops, including many top designer boutiques and car showrooms, plus plenty of fine restaurants and bars.
Hamburger Bahnhof is a former railway station in the Moabit district, opposite the Charité hospital. Today it’s home to the Museum für Gegenwart, with world-renowned modern and contemporary art on display.
Theater des Westens
A lively downtown West Berlin venue for more than 100 years, this magnificent Wilhelmine-era building was opened in 1896 and has since been a regular host to stars like Enrico Caruso, Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker and Maria Callas.