EAT: SACHIKO SUSHI
Dining out in Germany can be a heavy affair, but Sachiko Sushi offers light-as-air Japanese cuisine spanning traditional sushi, sashimi and maki. Located in the West Berlin neighbourhood of Charlottenburg, the restaurant’s sleek design injects some modern energy into its bourgeois surroundings. The adventurous should be sure to try the flambéd sushi; it’s delicious and completely different.
Sachiko Sushi, Grolmanstrasse 47, 10623 Berlin, +49 (0)30 313 2282
SEE: BOTANISCHER GARTEN
The 126-acre Botanischer Garten is a plant paradise featuring blooms that run the gamut from woody and herbaceous to tropical. The Great Palm House, which forms part of a sprawling greenhouse complex, is among the largest in the world and boasts clusters of giant Victoria water lilies. There’s also a smell-and-touch garden for visitors with visual impairments.
Botanischer Garten, Konigin-Luise-Strasse 6-8, 14195 Berlin, +49 (0)30 8385 0186
DO: SCHLOSS CHARLOTTENBURG
Built by Elector Frederick III as a summer residence for his wife Sophie Charlotte in 1699, Schloss Charlottenburg is a truly regal residence, decorated with frieze panels, mirrors and noteworthy paintings. Through the imposing, cast-iron gates lies a palace filled with stately sculptures and porcelain that encapsulate Germany’s rich cultural history. The salons are impressive, but it’s the surrounding garden that visitors fall in love with.
Schloss Charlottenburg, Spandauer Damm 10-22, 14059 Berlin, +49 (0)30 320911