Magazine article Management Today

MT Business Travel: Frequent Flyer Rahmyn Kress' Guide to Berlin

Magazine article Management Today

MT Business Travel: Frequent Flyer Rahmyn Kress' Guide to Berlin

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HOW TO GET THERE: I fly with British Airways to Tegel, Berlin's main airport. It takes about one and a half hours. Air Berlin flies from Stansted. Flying from Luton with easyJet is too inconvenient, as it only goes to Schoenefeld, which is further from the city than Tegel.

AIRPORT TO TOWN: There are plenty of cabs at Tegel and it takes no more than 20 minutes to get to the Kurfurstendamm - one of Berlin's major boulevards. It costs around EUR20. You can also take the express train direct to the central station, Bahnhof Zoo, for EUR3. From there, you can use the very reliable and well-connected underground services.

BEST HOTELS: My favourite is the Grand Hyatt 1 (Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 2, +49 30 2553 1234, www.berlin.grand.hyatt.com). It has a fantastically elegant and fresh feel. The best feature is the rooftop spa, which offers breathtaking views over the Philharmonic building and the Tiergarten - the park that stretches through the city centre. The Hyatt has a great restaurant, the Vox, and its piano bar has one of the largest whisky selections I have come across. I've also used the Hotel Adlon Kempinski 2 (Unter den Linden 77, 30 2261-0, www.hotel-adlon.de), a historic luxury hotel that's a bit more stuffy than the Hyatt.

BEST BUSINESS RESTAURANTS: There's a hell of a lot to do, food-wise. Berlin is very multicultural and prices are reasonable for what you get. My favourite restaurant is Borchardt 3 (Franzosische Strabeta e 47, 30 20 38 71 10), an airy French place close to the Gendarmen Markt. You're likely to rub shoulders with celebrities there. The Einstein 4 (Unter den Linden 42, 30 204 36 32, www.cafeeinstein.com) is more mid-range. It has the most phenomenal Wiener schnitzel, and its garden is particularly nice during the summer.

BEST CAFES AND BARS: Sale e Tabacci 5 (Kochstrabeta e 18, 252 11 55), close to the old Checkpoint Charlie, serves very good Italian food. …

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