the best of 2012, part V: Berlin
Part V in a series, Roo recaps his favorite travel adventures from the past year.
Check out Part I: Mexico
Check out Part II: Dublin
Check out Part III: The Danube
Check out Part IV: Las Vegas
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Berlin’s dark past collides with a new generation that acknowledges the atrocities of two world wars while simultaneously reinventing itself as a destination of culture, nightlife, and creative expression. Plan on sleeping on your return flight because it won’t happen here. Nightlife gets kicking around 1 a.m.
This five-star property recently underwent a renovation and offers a serene escape from the nearby bustle of Galeries Lafayette and historical landmarks including Checkpoint Charlie and Gendarmenmarkt.
Two historical German houses of Chocolate, Fassbender (founded in 1863) and Rausch (founded in 1890) joined forces in 1999 to establish Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers. Family-run for four generations, the company now produces more than 300 varieties of confectionery delights.
Not for the faint of heart, this dance club offers messy drag queens, smoke-filled back rooms, and thumping beats until the wee hours of the morning.