Above: Neue Kammern (New Chambers) at Sanssouci

14 Favorite Moments in Berlin

A visit to Berlin is always memorable. The city is constantly in flux, in contrast with more settled metropolises such as Paris, Rome, Vienna and Madrid. Here are a few favorite moments from my trip:

1) Swimming in the pool at Hotel de Rome. Set in a former bank vault, the pool is punctuated by solid granite columns and overlooked by a wall of glittering gold mosaic tile. Imitation gold bars serve as doorstops.

2) Entering La Soupe Populaire. I knew this hot spot by Michelin-starred chef Tim Raue had an unorthodox setting, but I wasn’t quite prepared to be confronted by a semi-abandoned brick brewery and a sculpture of a crashed bus.

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