Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Berlin

Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:46am EST
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By Sarah Marsh

BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to spare in Berlin, an eclectic city which proudly bares the scars of the turbulent 20th century history it overcame to become a political and creative powerhouse, bang in the center of Europe.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a visit to the city celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.


6 p.m. Berlin has always been a hub for art and culture so spend your first evening in the historic Jewish quarter of Berlin, home to a countless galleries, boutiques and bars.

Start on Oranienburgerstrasse with a visit to Kunsthaus Tacheles -- a ruined department store that is now an artists' squat. Huge, colorful graffiti-style murals cover the outside, while art is exhibited inside.

Further down the street, take a moment to admire the golden dome of the Moorish-style New Synagogue, before cutting through a courtyard to reach Auguststrasse, famed for its art galleries and array of international cuisine.

8 p.m. Have dinner either at Kasbah, a Moroccan restaurant with Oriental decor; or Baccanali, serving homemade Tuscan specialties in a simple but convivial atmosphere.

10 p.m. Then head to Claerchens Ballhaus, a timeless institution dating back to 1913. People of all ages come to the ballroom seven days a week to dance under a massive disco ball.   Continued...

<p>Cars drive past the illuminated victory column during the Festival of Lights in Berlin, October 14, 2009. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (</p>