Visitors to Berlin can trace the footsteps of the stars and great movies all year round. At the Deutsche Kinemathek Museum for Film and Television you can dip into the history of the great German productions and learn more about screen legends such as Marlene Dietrich and Heinz Rühmann. You can take perfect selfies with your favourite films stars at the famous Madame Tussauds, and at the German Spy Museum you can put yourself in the place of silver screen secret agents like James Bond. Experience the Hollywood feeling at the Berlinale in February, when stars and starlets grace the red carpet. And in Berlin there’s always a pleasant café nearby, where you might even find a celebrity sitting at the next table.
Experience Charlottenburg at the Berlinale
The City-West used to be the beating heart of the film festival, which will be attracting the big names in the business for the 69th time in 2019. The Zoo-Palast cinema is a listed building, and after a comprehensive refurbishment it is again hosting glamorous events at the Berlinale – get your tickets early, because they’re highly in demand. One reason for this is because along with the film festival, there’s so much in the metropolis for visitors to discover nearby, for example the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. At the stylish Bikini shopping mall, you can enjoy a coffee at the Woodfire Bakery on the roof terrace with a fantastic view of the zoo. Berlinale visitors can also choose from all the cafés on the famous Ku’damm nearby. You can combine souvenir shopping with a delicious coffee or tea at the Ampelmann Café, or watch the crowds go by on the boulevard from the famous old Café Kranzler. This venerable Berlin landmark is now run by the chain The Barn, but its red and white canopies are still there. And best of all, the Berlin CityTourCard gets you 10% off the hand-brewed specialities with beans roasted in Berlin.
But perhaps the best chance to meet a celebrity from the film industry is at the nearby Wintergarten café and restaurant in the Literaturhaus Berlin, a 19th century villa with an atmosphere that has always attracted connoisseurs of the arts.
Around Potsdamer Platz and Friedrichstraße
Many European and even world premières are held at the Theater am Potsdamer Platz for the Berlinale. Just as always, the 2019 festival takes place in February, so it can sometimes get a bit cold while you wait at the red carpet – all the more reason to warm up with a hot cappuccino or a latte macchiato. There are plenty of cafés near the Berlinale here in Mitte. Directly in the Sony Center, for example, you can make a stylish entry to the Kaisersaal Café. Naturally, if you have a favourite coffee chain, you will also find branches of Balzac Coffee, Einstein Coffee and Starbucks. If you’ve bought a ticket for a film at the Friedrichstadt-Palast, you can get a special deal on coffee with your Berlin CityTourCard at the McCafé branch on Friedrichstraße, one of the eight McDonalds restaurants that grant a 35% discount.
But of course this boulevard also has fancier places to go – for example the stylishly minimalistic Westberlin coffee bar, where you can browse through international art magazines while you enjoy your coffee in peace.
The Berlinale with your Berlin CityTourCard
Chasing from one event to the next, hunting autographs across the city, stopping off to sample the various coffee houses and then going to a trendy party in the evening – you can do it all inexpensively with Berlin’s best-value tourist ticket, because it gives you unlimited free travel by bus, tram, underground and S-Bahn. Besides this, you can not only enjoy big discounts of up to 35% on various attractions, but also on food and drinks at various restaurants and cafés near the Berlinale venues. Get your Berlin CityTourCard now for the best value for money when you experience Hollywood up close in Germany’s capital city.
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