I've visited Berlin twice now and both times were a blitz (for lack of a better word). My first trip to Berlin was just before the Neues Museum reopened, so I was determined not to miss it on my most recent visit (despite some pretty strong sabotage by a visit to Berghain).
The Neues Museum, completed in 1855 and designed by Friedrich August Stüler, was so heavily bombed during World War II that the museum didn't reopen until 2009. David Chipperfield oversaw the rebuild, imparting his beautiful minimalist aesthetic to some incredible neoclassical bones.
As has become somewhat of a Chipperfield signature, terrazzo abounds (no complaints here), and the floors are given particular attention (so obviously I took about a million photos of the floor). A restrained palette of materials and clean lines means the restoration feels contemporary but sympathetic, striking the perfect balance between the old and the new.
For archinerds and Chipperfield fans, a visit to the Neues Museum is a must when visiting Berlin, whilst the collection of historical artefacts will keep your companions interested.
Since I haven't spent enough time in Berlin (a revisit is a must) my hitlist is very light on, so I'd love to hear your favourites! L x
Other than the Neues Museum, on my Berlin hitlist:
Peter Einsenman's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe strikes the right chord for a memorial of this kind. The tone is sombre, imposing, and uncomfortable.
If you've read my Barcelona post, you'll know I archifangirl over Mies van der Rohe. I last visited the Neue Nationalgalerie in 2008, but I loved it. It's currently undergoing renovation, with the works being overseen by David Chipperfield. I am excited to say the least!
I love sampling local delicacies and whilst the flavours may not be exactly native to Germany, you can't leave Berlin without eating a döner kebab and a currywurst.
Finding a good Aussie/Kiwi coffee or brunch in a foreign city is almost a hobby for me (you may ask why I travel, if I love Australia and NZ so much, but the truth is we just do coffee and brunch food really well)! Father Carpenter was a revelation; their avocado toast is the best I've had outside of Aus (and was very much needed after a larger than planned night out).
Which brings me to Berghain... admittedly, it wasn't my idea to queue up in the wee hours of the morning, to try our luck with the Berghain bouncers and their rather exclusive but by appearances, illogical, door policy. Somehow, we managed to gain entry and whilst the techno club is not exactly my scene, it was certainly an experience!