What makes you love traveling to foreign places? For me, it’s the different gaze that I adapt: everything becomes new, even the mundane. An advantage of living in a big city like Berlin is that you don’t have to travel far away to get into this peculiar mode of being. All it takes is leave your neighborhood for a little bit and open your eyes up wide.

As I’d wanted to explore Charlottenburg and the West Side of the city a little bit, it made sense to plan a 24h Charlottenburg staycation. I stayed the night at the  Sofitel Kudamm, who were kind enough to let me test their hotel for free.

On my way to the Kurfürstendamm, I made a little detour through the Tiergarten and the Hansaviertel.

Riding through Tiergarten to Kudamm
Riding past the Siegessäule
… and Schloss Bellevue
… through Hansaviertel …
Hansaviertel
Hansaviertel
I love the modernist architecture of this quarter

Sofitel Kudamm

After arriving at the Sofitel on Kudamm, I checked into my room and looked out at the wonderful view over Berlins West Side. I have to admit that I am not a big fan of the typical chain hotels, but the Sofitel manages to bridge the gap between business and leisure very well. It’s a great stay if you’ve got family or business contacts visiting, and even better if your guests like to be close to the shopping districts.

At Sofitel Kudamm
Complimentary from the patisserie
View from Sofitel Kudamm
Sofitel Kudamm
Sofitel Kudamm

Kantstraße

As much as I like ordering room service and watching TV, I was eager to explore my new neighborhoods. I took a walk over Kudamm to Kantstraße and back, discovering a few things here and there I hadn’t noticed before.

Kantstraße is well known for its lively Asian food scene, with plenty of Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and Thai restaurants to choose from. Whenever I get the chance, I grab a snack from Lo-Men’s Noodle House, a Taiwanese hole-in-the-wall that is quite popular among Berliners.

Lo-Mens Noodle House
New fine dining restaurant Ryotei before its opening
New fine dining restaurant Ryotei before its opening
Lots of “ethnic” stores and shops on Kantstraße
Berlins oldest garage, now landmark protected and to be re-constructed in the upcoming years
More ethnic shops from all over the world

Savignyplatz

In the evening, I returned to Kantstraße to indulge in some proper German “Hausmannskost” at Dicke Wirtin. The area around Savignyplatz is beautiful, especially in the passage between the S-Bahn station and the little park. There’s not much to do here, unfortunately, so I come back to the only place I know: Schwarzes Café. Open 24hours and an icon of the West since before the Wall came down.

Savignyplatz
Savignyplatz
Dicke Wirtin restaurant
Dicke Wirtin restaurant
Gulasch & Klöße at Dicke Wirtin
Gulasch & Klöße at Dicke Wirtin

Schwarzes Café Berlin
Schwarzes Café

Schloss Charlottenburg

I dedicated the next day to an extensive personal educational program. Finally I had no more excuse not to visit the Schloss Charlottenburg. Alas, I was too cheap to pay the 20 Euro entrance fee and decided to spend the money on snacks from the famous Russian supermarket (it appears every now and then in documentary programs about Berlins Russian influences). This supermarket is open 24/7 and offers everything from caviar to candies.

Schloss Charlottenburg
Schloss Charlottenburg
Walking through Charlottenburg
Spaziergang Charlottenburg
Spaziergang Charlottenburg
Spaziergang Charlottenburg
Spaziergang Charlottenburg
Back near the Kudamm
Russian Supermarket Berlin
Caviar Berlin Supermarket
Caviar!

7 thoughts on “ [Staycation] Charlottenburg ”

  1. First of all great work! But please do not cover anymore about WestBerlin Kiezes. We don´t want all the hip, trendy “New Berlin” people to run around here. We would love to keep it as it is :-) Please help saving old Berlin Kiezes! THX a lot.

    Cheers,
    H

  2. Hey high5.

    I think you can trust me that people won’t re-migrate into the West just to have some coffee.

    Peace,
    Sara

  3. Oh that shouldn’t be a problem. Just buy an an article.. I meant pay for a hotel room that’s not in Charlottenburg and they’ll cover that Kiez.

  4. Dear concerned user,

    I am unsure of whether your language is hiding sarcasm or your sarcasm is hiding language. The good news is: nobody paid for anything!

    Peace,
    Sara

  5. Great wrap-up of C-burg and beautiful pics! I’m a Lon-Men veggie dumpling fan myself. In Schöne­berg there’s Mister Hu for delicious cocktails, Chay Village for amazing veggie Vietnamese (#24!!), and of course Double Eye for what is arguably Berlin’s best Kaffee. :)

  6. Wheee, thank you so much for all those tipps, Sophia! Really happy to try these out next time!

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