Glamorous in the Roaring Twenties, destroyed during World War II and divided afterwards, rebuilt in the 1950s, and now reunited, Berlin is a city of vibrant contrasts where diverse cultures form a multihued urban fabric. Derelict former Communist neighborhoods have been reincarnated as haunts for artists and designers while elsewhere the city's old traditions are also still very much alive. Places Angelika Taschen recommends you stay while visiting Berlin include everything from classic hotels like Regent Schlosshotel, bed and breakfast-style pensions such as Nurnberger Eck and Askanischer Hof in Charlottenburg, or the serviced apartments Lux 11 in Berlin-Mitte. And of course, none of the hotel books would be complete without a copious helping of hotspots to visit and places at which to eat and drink during your stay. Favorite recommendations for Berlin include: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's New National Gallery, the Helmut Newton Foundation, a curry wurst stand in Prenzlauerberg where Berlin's signature dish was invented and the sausages are out of this world, a ballroom nearly a century old, and the most exceptional swimming pool in Europe. Angelika Taschen's "Hotel" series books are much more than simple hotel guides. They are meant to be taken along on your trip, as they not only feature the best and most interesting places to stay - from low budget to luxury - but also list hotspots for each hotel's neighborhood. Once you're installed in the hotel of your choice, you can peruse our suggestions for restaurants, bars, boutiques, specialty shops, and more, with the knowledge that these spots have been hand-selected by travel and style expert Angelika Taschen for a well-rounded and pleasing experience of the city you're visiting. As an added service to our readers, a dedicated website for our travel books has been set up to allow you to browse all of our hotel selections online or make your booking directly.
Angelika Taschen studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986. Working for TASCHEN since 1987, she has published numerous titles on the themes of architecture, photography, design, contemporary art, interiors, and travel. Berlin-based photographer Thorsten Klapsch has published his works in various magazines, among them wallpaper*.