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1 City 5 Ways: Berlin - History Buff

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Where to Stay // Adlon Kempinski
Even Kaiser Wilhelm II envied the polish of the marble at this historic hotel, just beside Brandenburg Gate. Though the original Adlon was razed after World War II, the hotel was rebuilt and reopened in 1997.
Morning // Cold War Bike Tour
This four-hour ride takes you along Karl-Marx-Allee past the Eastside Gallery, a part of the Berlin Wall famous for its graffiti.
Lunch // Dachgarten
Reichstag’s rooftop restaurant gives you access to the Norman Foster-designed glass-and-steel dome, with 360-degree views and a peek into the parliamentary chamber.
Afternoon // DDR Museum

From jars of Spreewald pickles to the tiny Trabi car, this hands-on museum depicts what everyday life was like in East Germany before the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Photo courtesy of DDR Museum, Berlin

Dinner // Zur Letzten Instanz
Reputedly Berlin’s oldest restaurant, the rustic interior here is matched by traditional German fare, such as Eisbein (pork knuckle) and stuffed cabbage leaves.

From the past to the present, this city is steeped in history.—Tanvi Chheda


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