Comfort Hotel Auberge
Bayreuther Strasse 10
Phone: (49) 30 2350020
Fax: (49) 30 23500299
Located next to Zoo Station in the heart of the western city center, Zoologischer Garten Berlin is home to Skippy the kangaroo, Pretty Woman the gorilla and Kiri the elephant, to name just a few. Other attractions are the nocturnal animals and a pair of Chinese panda bears, although Yan-Yan's lack of sexual interest in her partner Bao-Bao has been talk of the town for years! Founded in 1844 by Prussian King William IV, the Zoologischer Garten is Germany's oldest zoo. With 13,000 animals and 1,400 different species, the zoo is also one of the world's most populous. The nearby Aquarium was opened in the 1930s.
Neuer See is the most popular lake in the Berlin neighborhood of Tiergarten, situated in the Tiergarten Park. The blue-green water is surrounded by thick foliage, and is usually filled with colorful boats. It is a much-loved destination with kids and adults alike for rowing and as a picnic spot. Amid the cacophony of picknickers, one can catch the shrill voices of singing birds. Visitors can rent boats from the adjacent beer garden Café am Neuen See, which is well worth a visit for its excellent menu and views. Other on-site attractions include a memorial dedicated to the German socialist Karl Liebknecht, who was murdered at this spot.
Kiiwii Berlin Restaurant and Indoorspielplatz has won critical acclaim as one of the most family-friendly restaurants in Berlin. The highlight of this place is the kids' indoor playground, replete with a Tarzan rope, mazes, tunnels, elevators, stairs and crossings. Kids can also play with colorful balls and have fun on slides. Children have their own restaurant within the complex while the parents can be seated separately. Their menu offers healthy, vitamin-enriched variations of classic recipes. Guests can savor Mediterranean salami and ham with two varieties of cheese, or Butter Croissant with honey or jam for breakfast. Do not miss the Rice pudding, garnished with cinnamon, for dessert. A separate room is reserved for kid's birthday parties, and the restaurant offers facilities such as special table decoration, goodie bags and a water ice bar during birthday celebrations.
Children aged between 6-12 are especially welcome at Verkehrsschule Wilmersdorf (Wilmsersdorf driving school) where they can learn about traffic signs and the rules of the road. Bicycles and go-carts can be hired for free. Adults are also offered cycling proficiency courses and courses teaching how to deal with breakdowns.
A long, narrow ribbon of green between the built-up districts of Schöneberg and Wilmersdorf, Volkspark Schöneberg is a haven for sun-lovers in the summer, and for sledgers and ice skaters who flock to the frozen-up ponds and lakes in the winter months. A large children's play area is located in the north-western corner of the park near the Rundfunkhaus.
Named for the German composer, Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, this U-Bahn station will get you there, where ever "there" is. This melodic station is located in between the Gleisdreieck and Potsdamer Platz stations on the U2.
Located in the heart of multi-culti, anti-establishment Kreuzberg, Viktoriapark is a magnet for the local community in the warm summer months—guitar-wielding, dope-smoking hippies jam under the trees, groups of young Turks kick a ball about on the lawn, sporty forty-somethings jog past a gaggle of young mothers nattering intently as they propel their prams along the path...this is one of the best places in Berlin for a spot of people-watching. Rising in the middle of the park is a steep hill, crowned on top by a neo-classical Cross designed by Schinkel to commemorate the Napoleonic Wars. And it is from this cross that Kreuzberg (literally, "Cross Hill") gets its name. Views from the top are awesome on a clear day, as too is the 60 metre waterfall which gushes tumultuously down the hill. The park is also home to one of the city's most popular beer gardens - Golgatha - which is always packed during the summer and transforms into a disco at night.
Stadtbad Wilmersdorf is a simple but pleasant swimming pool. The complex includes a standard 25 meters (82 feet) pool with six lanes (one of which is reserved for sports swimmers), spring boards, a pool for non-swimmers, a tanning studio and a sauna. There is also a bistro offering typical Berlin refreshments such as beer and currywurst sausage to replace all the calories you've just burned.
Built in the years 1936-1941, Tempelhofer Freiheit was originally called Tempelhofer Flughafen when it was an airport. Although it was just an airport it played an important role in history. The airport saw forced labor during WWII and it was here that American cargo planes landed with food for starving West Berliners in the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49. During the Cold War, it was an important US airforce base and remained Berlin's main airport until the opening of Tegel Airport in 1975. Nowadays, the airport has closed and it has been transformed into a park so people can still visit it to tour this important landmark.
Brachvogel serves as a one-stop destination for dining and outdoor activities for the entire family. This restaurant is nestled in a quaint golden cottage surrounded by the Summer Garden with lush green trees and pink blossoms. The entire complex is made up of diverse spaces like the beer garden, which seats 350 guests, a kids' playground with a wooden climbing castle, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. The restaurant offers a number of prix-fixe menus for business lunch, brunch as well as a special children's menu. Breakfast options include French, Turkish, Full English and Salmon breakfast. One can savor dishes such as Beef Carpaccio, Mini Herb Potatoes or Mozzarella Caprese for lunch. If you are looking for a rustic venue with a plethora of entertainment options to host your party or corporate function, this is the perfect venue.
This English-style park was originally a large private estate with extensive gardens near the center of Berlin. Over the years pieces were donated to the city, gradually increasing the size of the public garden. Today it is a popular spot to catch a breath of fresh air or check out a concert under the stars. You can find a range of concerts and festivals that take place here during the warm summer months.
After World War II bombs destroyed the previous Neues Museum, plans were made to build a bigger and better site to house a range of exhibits. Finally in 1997, work began on the design for the building, with an emphasis towards a so-called "gentle reconstruction" of the original structure. Reopened in 2009, some of the exhibits include Queen Nefertiti from the Egyptian Museum and pieces from the Museum of Pre and Early History. With all the time and effort that has gone into its construction, the museum is a spectacular addition to the area.