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Ackselhaus & Blue Home

Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany

Activities

  • Explore leafy Prenzlauer Berg, one of the city’s most vibrant districts. It abuts the Berlin Wall, with pavement cafés, independent boutiques and galleries aplenty
  • Head to the Kulturbrauerei, a former brewery still recognizable in its red-brick buildings and chimneys, which houses a cinema, bars, restaurants and a furniture shop
  • Visit the Jewish cemetery on Schönhauser Allee. Enclosed by graffiti-sprayed walls, it’s an atmospheric place to recall the tragic events of WW2
  • Hop on the U-bahn to Alexanderplatz, the centre of government of the former GDR, whose tall TV tower (nicknamed Alex) dominates this undeveloped yet fascinating area
  • Stroll down Unter den Linden, the wide boulevard which connects Alexanderplatz and the iconic Brandenburg Gate. It’s the heart of historic Berlin and lined with famous buildings, including the Berliner Dom (cathedral), the Zeughaus Berlin (an old armoury, now the History Museum), the Cathedral of St. Hedwig at Bebelplatz, the Berlin State Opera, Humboldt University and the Russian Embassy
  • Museum Island, just north of Unter den Linden, brings together a wealth of historical art collections: the Pergamon (Near and Middle Eastern art and architecture), the Bode (sculptures, Byzantine art, coins), the Alte Nationalgalerie (Classical-Romantic paintings) and the Altes and Neues Museums (antiques and pre-history)
  • Marvel at the Reichstag Dome, a stunning glass-and-mirror construction by Norman Foster, with a double helix walkway up to one of the best viewpoints in the city (free to enter but you must reserve a time in advance)
  • Take the U-bahn to the Gendarmenmarkt, an open square dominated by the twin domes of the French and German churches. It’s a great place to stop for a light lunch or coffee, and in winter it hosts one of Berlin’s many Christmas markets
  • Visit Potsdamer Platz, destroyed in WW2, forgotten for 50 years in the no-man’s-land of the Berlin Wall, then radically redeveloped in the 1990s. Landmarks include the Debis tower, the Sony Centre and the 93m-high observation deck of the brown-brick Kohlhof building

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Food and wine
  • Historical sites
  • Museums/galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping/markets
  • Theatre
  • Music
Save to favouritesPrintMailAckselhaus & Blue HomeThese twin hotels, one ochre, the other sky-blue, are just doors apart on a leafy road in the middle of upmarket Prenzlauer Berg. At first glance they look like typical Gründerzeit tenement blocks, but step inside and you enter the eclectic, exotic world of Ulf Acksel - entrepreneur, globetrotter and self-confessed Freigeist ('freethinker'). Many of the [r:BE004:rooms and mini-apartments] in Ackselhaus look like film sets, packed with photos, paintings and furniture to evoke China, Rome or Egypt - mesmerising stuff. Others take you to the seaside with wood-clad walls, model boats and hurricane lanterns, while out back is a decked courtyard where you can snooze under a curtained pergola. The maritime theme continues in Blue Home, which has airy accommodation, a grand entrance lobby filled with teak furniture and colourful paintings of fish, an orangery, and another beautiful garden. Land-locked Berlin disappears as you enter an elaborate wooden portal, take in the pink-walled patio with its palm trees, ponds and flower-filled urns, and peek through tropical fish tanks, as if underwater, into the neighbouring [eating:BE004:breakfast] café, Club del Mar. You could be on a vintage yacht or in a colonial abode. It feels far away and wonderfully homely at the same time.

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