Whether you’re travelling this summer or looking for some inspiration in your own country, let the Merci Maman team inspire you with our series of guides to the cities we call home.
With the teams in London, Paris and Berlin, we like to think we’ve got your summer city-breaks covered! We’re are bursting with fun-filled ideas for visitors and have lots of inspiration to share for things to see and do, places to eat and even little escapes to the country!
Radar station Teufelsberg: Extraordinary, Historical, Artistic.
Berlin is incredibly versatile, so there is something to do for everyone. One of the most unusual places I have found here is the former radar station on the Teufelsberg. Here, history meets street art, surrounded by the beautiful Grunewald. Unfortunately, the dome-shaped viewing platforms are currently closed, but it is still worth a visit.
Best Restaurant to eat at lunch time or summer night: Schleusenkrug. Close to the zoo with refreshments.
Vietnamese, Peruvian or traditional food? Lovers of good cuisine could probably go out to eat every day in Berlin and still wouldn’t have tried everything. At the moment, however, we take full advantage of the temperatures and love to be outside. That is where the many Berlin beer gardens come in handy – particularly the Schleusenkrug in Charlottenburg. The food here is quite typical for beer gardens: pretzels, schnitzel, cool beers and delicious rhubarb spritzers. After a day in the Zoological Garden next door, where young (and grown up) animal fans can spend hours exploring the Zoo, a visit to the Schleusenkrug is the perfect ending to a busy day.
Favourite bar at night: Monkeybar.
Hip, great view, sunset. Fancy a little nightcap? In the Monkey Bar of the 25hours Hotel Berlin you have a wonderful view of Berlin while enjoying a delicious beverage. The hotel is adjacent to the Berlin Zoo and guests can look into the monkey enclosure – which also explains the name of the bar. Before you visit the bar, it is worth checking when the sun goes down so you don’t miss the wonderful sunset over Berlin.
My favourite neighbourhood: Prenzlauer Berg
Child-friendly, nice shops, central. I can’t really decide on a favourite district in Berlin because so many neighborhoods have its special features. In the former working district of Prenzlauer Berg, however, there is a good blend of things to see: small boutiques meet great restaurants, green parks meet large playgrounds. This is a nice place to spend the whole day – first an extended brunch, then a walk across Kollwitzplatz. In the various boutiques you can snag a cool piece for Mom and Mini and then join the little group at the playground for a cup of coffee – enjoy! .
Where would you go to get out of the city: Spreewald.
Green, exceptional, for the whole family. You’re tempted to go out to the countryside? After an intensive tour of Berlin, a short trip to Brandenburg is well worth it. About an hour away from Berlin, you will find the Spreewald – the green Venice of Germany. The biosphere reserve is laced with canals, dense forests and rare animal and plant species. The best way to explore the Spreewald is by bike and on the numerous boat trips, where you can learn more about the Spreewald, the culture of the Sorbs living there and this region’s special history. Don’t forget: Here you will find the original Spreewald gherkins in many different varieties, as well as freshly pressed linseed oil – a very particular speciality of the region.
Unterbacher See (Lake)
Fun, Beach, Nature. A real highlight for the whole family is a day trip to Unterbacher Lake, also affectionately called U-Lake! It offers numerous activities such as pedal boat trips, swimming and mini golf. If you prefer to relax, you can watch the picturesque sunset on a jetty leading into the water in the Café am Seeufer, while the children play on the adjacent playground. The lido is popular is fun for everyone and after a relaxing day you can end the evening together at one of the barbecue areas.
Picturesque, great walks, picnics. If you are not drawn to the lively Unterbacher Lake, you can alternatively enjoy a great day out in Kaiserswerth. You can take an extensive walk along the Rhine promenade over the Rhine bridge towards Langskirst and then take the historic ferry back to Kaiserswerth. A secret tip are the small beach bays, where you can picnic wonderfully. This is also a great excursion for the four-legged friends, where they can run around and paly to their heart’s content – just like their little two-legged friends.
If you don’t want to picnic, you will find a picturesque spot in the Burghof with its old trees (which are simply impressive!) and the unique view of the Rhine, which is certainly one of the most beautiful in Düsseldorf.
Culture, art, exceptional gastronomy. Whether in the old town, in the direction of Oberkassel or on the Rhine – in Düsseldorf you will always find a place to enjoy art and not just that! The K21 offers unique works, as well as the Pardo’s Bar in which great cocktails and extraordinary food from all over the world are served in a fancy lighting concept personally designed by the artist Pardo!
Königsallee & Old Town.
Shopping, cafés, daytime activities. Anyone visiting Düsseldorf should definitely plan a stroll on the Kö – luxury boutiques and famous designers as well as great furniture shops and commercial fashion houses offer everything a shopping heart desires. And you can’t miss a stop at one of the many Kö Cafés.
Also don’t forget to visit the heart of Düsseldorf – you shouldn’t miss the old town, where you can not only shop but also enjoy a sundowner in one of the quaint pubs or at the Kasematten with a view of the Rhine.
Where would you go to get out of the city: Mettmann
Full of history, Relaxed, for the whole family.
An excursion into the past – Mettmann is known for the Neanderthal and especially for the Neanderthal Museum, which offers an insight into the evolution of mankind. Especially for children this is a great alternative to the classical museums, as it offers a separate and interactive presentation of human history for children. During the subsequent visit to the historic Mettmann upper town, you can stroll through small alleys and enjoy one of the coffee specialities and typical Italian dolci at Silvio’s Café dal Pastore – an insider tip for young and old non-coffee drinkers: the hot white chocolate, it tastes like liquid vanilla pudding!