I’ve packed my hand luggage and i’m shooting off to Berlin for a long weekend. I love Berlin – it’s a city that’s peaceful enough to relax, yet there’s enough to do to keep your thoughts from trailing off into that holiday coma mode you get after a couple of days lying around on a beach.
Here’s my Weekend Berlin Hit List:
1. I’m going to catch the Helmut Newton Polaroids exhibition at the Museum of Photography where there’ll be over 300 original polaroids of his work on display. To celebrate Newton’s ’70s sultry glamour i’ll be wearing my silk number from Halston Heritage. The exhibition runs until Sunday 20th November 2011, Jebenstrasse 2, 10623 Berlin. Silk shirt dress (pictured) by Halston Heritage, £270.
2. Even though I’ve been a million times, my favourite space in Berlin is the Soviet War Memorial (Sowjetisches Ehrenmal) in Treptower Park. It’s vast, eery and awe inspiring. The memorial is large in scale and in meaning, commemorating the 80 000 soldiers that died at the Battle of Berlin. The centrepiece is a 12m tall statue of a Soviet soldier holding a child, a sword and crushing a swastika under his boot. Buried underneath the imposing statues and garden are 5000 of the soldiers killed in May 1945.
3. The city is full of history; but rather than taking home a bit of faux Berlin Wall I’m going to opt for a strip of pictures from the vintage photo booth situated at Alte Schönhauser Str. 60. This particular booth is a piece of classic design from 1962. I’ll be wearing my Linda Farrow Luxe sunglasses and an Aquascutum Mac.
4. The best place for picking up a bargain is on Bermannstrasse (U-Bahn, Mehringdamm). Last time I was there I indulged my penchant for weird Hawaiian shirts and found an Astrakan coat for about twenty euros. The genius of it all is that the second hand shops often sell the clothes by weight which is great if you’re buying anything made of silk. I’m going to fill up my Anya Hindmarch purse and head down to the best of the bunch; Colours Kleidermarkt (Bergmanstrasse 102, 10961 Berlin) where it’s 14,99 EUR for a kilo of clothes. Afterwards i’ll hit one of the cafes or bars that line the street for a well deserved rest.
5. Berlin is a small city, and although there are various modes of transport and an excellent taxi service the best way to absorb the atmosphere is by travelling on foot. If you’re planning a trip, don’t go without a pair of Converse trainers.