For sure, Berlin is cool. But it is elegant, too.
Berlin is cool. Berlin is cutting-edge. Berlin is booming. It is fair to say that Berlin is currently the most popular city in Europe. Be it theatre productions, music festivals, art events, design awards, film festivals or media happenings, the creative capital on the Spree river with its 3.5 million inhabitants is where it’s at. Young start-ups flock to Berlin from all corners of the globe; there are 12 million visitors to the multifaceted city each year; more than 175 museums attract art lovers from all over – and that is not all: in the global foodie scene, too, Berlin is near the top of the list. With over 4,600 restaurants and some 900 bars, the city can satisfy any craving, any time.
The range spans from Michelin-starred cuisine with a regional touch by up-and-coming chefs to street food stalls for small budgets, not to forget next door’s Arab-Asian fusion culture – all over Berlin, culinary wizards are stirring up some magic. And the gastro entrepreneurs and chefs keep getting younger and more creative. Boredom is rarely served. For sure, Berlin is cool. But it is elegant, too. Not so much the young and tantalising Berlin fashion, but the histor-ical architecture. Berlin is also a place of intellect, with 165,000 students doing their part. Berlin is scandalous, its nightclubs are legendary. And Berlin is pretty, too, though maybe not at first glance. Yet a trip to the top of the 368-metre-high television tower leaves no doubt: Berlin is pretty. Pretty exciting!
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Conductor and violinist Hattori is wowing Vienna with his new rendering of Japanese fusion cuisine.
Join us for a stroll through the Old Town lanes of this historic northern German city and along Weser Promenade. ¦ SWISS Magazine October 2018