You will most probably find your way to Berlin at some point if you do international meetings. Counting just association meetings, the German capital hosted 178 international conventions and meetings last year. As an ex-Berliner and regular visitor for both work and pleasure, I love Berlin. Plan some time at the end of your meeting and mix it up with some of the following:
- If you haven’t been before, the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag (parliament building) are must-sees. Just get them out of the way! Located beside Berlin’s largest park, you get three sights in one hit. Book a table for breakfast or lunch at the restaurant in the Reichstag and avoid the queues.
- It is 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. If you really want to learn about the Wall, forget Checkpoint Charlie and head to the memorial at Bernauer Strasse.
- Be part of Berlin’s current food revolution. Check out Markthalle IX in the multi-cultural district of Kreuzberg. This redbrick building built in 1891 was given a new lease of life a few years ago and has become quite the food hub. Think variety, think organic, think atmosphere.
- C/O Berlin is an internationally renowed art venue for photography located just a few steps from the famous Berlin Zoo station. Housed inside Amerika Haus, formerly a US culture and information centre, the venue itself is steeped in Berlin’s post-War history.
- Shop at Bikini Berlin. All you need is your credit card. I urge caution - you will want it all. This 1950s building apparently got its nickname as it had an open-sided storey in the middle when it was first built, giving the impression that it was split in two… reminding the locals of a bikini.