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By Chris | July 3 2007
Don’t miss out on Berlin’s wealth of attractions and adventures
During its hundred year history, the Adlon has weathered some pretty major storms and has always emerged with its dignity intact.
Kaiser Wilhelm II was the hotel’s first guest, and since then a pantheon of well-known heads has rested on its pillows. Queen Elizabeth II, Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin are just some of the names in the guest book, and it was from an Adlon balcony that Michael Jackson famously displayed his baby to the world. The hotel’s phoenixlike revival in the last decade has garnered all kinds of praise, and it remains the grande dame of Berlin refinement.
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Unter den Linden 77
Perch in a chic VIP box for the final showdown of Germany’s top teams.
Each year, 80,000 football fans fill Berlin’s Olympic Stadium for one of the biggest matches in the European game. The winner will qualify for the UEFA Europa League and for a nation of football enthusiasts, that’s a big deal. The setting alone is phenomenal—constructed for the 1936 Olympics, the famous stadium was revamped for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and tourists swarm to the hallowed turf even when the pitch is empty.
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Olympic Stadium, Olympischer Platz 3
The largest department store in mainland Europe, it takes a seasoned shopper to take on Kaufhaus des Westens (Department Store of the West).
Its eight floors brim with exclusive goods, and you could spend a lifetime plumbing its every nook and cranny. Known affectionately as ‘KaDeWe’ (pronounced kah-day-vay), the store opened in 1907 but was destroyed in World War II when a US fighter plane crashed through the atrium. To boost Berliners’ morale, reconstruction began almost immediately, and the 1950 reopening was a major coup for the crippled city. Today you’ll find a temple of consumption like no other, and a foray through its halls is a rare treat indeed.