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Entertainment: Museums, Performances, Bars, Night Clubs, Other; Landmarks are: the Berliner Dome, the Brandenburger Tor, the Siegessaeule and the Gedaechtniskirche

(66) 925; Entertainment: Bar; New and smart with an impressive view on the illuminated Gendarmenmarkt and its classical buildings, dominating colours are red, black and the 925 silver, hungry visitors can dine in the trendy Trenta Sei restaurant next door (same owner); Tel: +49-30-20452630; Fax: +49-30-20452631; Markgrafenstr. 36 am Gendarmenmarkt; 10117 Berlin-Mitte; Open: daily 5pm-4am; Subway: Hausvogteiplatz; website: no website available yet

(67) Bar am Luetzowplatz; Entertainment: Bar; The supposedly longest bar in Berlin is one of the great traditional Berlin Bar favourites in West Berlin, very popular happy hour; Tel: +49-30-2626807; Luetzowplatz 7; 10785 Berlin; Open: daily 3pm-4am; Subway: Nollendorfplatz; website: www.baramluetzowplatz.de Bar am Luetzowplatz (c) Elegant-Lifestyle

(68) Bar jeder Vernunft; Entertainment: Performances; One of the very few still existing grand Art-Deco Circus tents, ideal for an amusing evening with Cabaret, the entertainment program is varied, snacks and drinks are served at the table; Tel: +49-30-8831582; Schaperstrasse 24; 10719 Berlin-Wilmersdorf; Open: Ticket Box: Mon-Sun noon-7pm; website: www.bar-jeder-vernunft.de

(69) Berlin Wall (East Side Gallery); Entertainment: Museum; 107.3 kilometres of cement wall, watchtowers and tank obstacles have been reduced for the most part to rubble or went to collectors around the world, the largest remaining stretch of wall is the East Side Gallery (largest open-air gallery in the worl; Muehlenstrasse; ; Subway: Warschauer Strasse; website: www.berliner-mauer.de

Berliner Dom (c) Elegant-Lifestyle (70) Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral); Entertainment: Museum; This pompous Lutheran church in Neo-Renaissance style was completed in 1905 under Emperor Wilhelm II by the architect Julius Carl Rauschendorff, crypt houses Hohenzollern dynasty members, excellent concerts next to a regular church service; Tel: +49-30-202690; Am Lustgarten; 10178 Berlin-Mitte; Open: Mon-Sat 9am-7.30pm, Sun 11.30am-7.30pm, service Mon-Fri noon & 6pm, Sun 10am & 6pm; Subway: Friedrichstrasse; website: www.berlinerdom.de

(71) Blu; Entertainment: Nightclub; Situated at the Potsdamer Platz this new High-Tech-Disco extends over three floors, Berlin's Nouveau Crowd dances to Berlin's largest computerized light show, the entrance is guarded by four fierce-looking and Russian-speaking doormen; Tel: +49-30-25593030; Fax: +49-30-25593040; Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 4; 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten; Open: Wed-Sat from 10pm; e-mail: info@blu-berlin.de; website: www.blu-berlin.de

(72) Blue Note Bar; Entertainment: Nightclub; After midnight often impossible to squeeze through the mass of fun-seeking born-in-the-Sixties crowd, the dance floor is a techno-free jazz club atmosphere with a serious flirt-factor.; Tel: +49-30-2187248; CoubiŠrestrasse 13; 10787 Berlin-Schoeneberg; Open: Thu-Sat 10pm-4am, Sun 9pm-4am; Subway: Wittenbergplatz; website: no website available yet

(73) Checkpoint Charlie Museum; Entertainment: Museum; Relic of the old border patrol, where visitors used to cross over from the Western into the Eastern sector, the exhibition includes vivid examples of attempts to escape from East Germany, entrance fee 10 DM; Tel: +49-30-2537250; Friedrichstrasse 43-45; 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg; Open: daily 9am-11pm; Subway: Kochstrasse; e-mail: info@mauer-museum.com; website: www.mauer-museum.com Checkpoint Charly (c) Elegant-Lifestyle

Deutsche Staatsoper (c) Elegant-Lifestyle (74) Deutsche Staatsoper; Entertainment: Performances; The grandest of Berlin's three opera houses, founded as Prussia's Royal Court Opera for Frederick the Great in 1742 and designed in neo-classical Greek temple style, daniel Barenboim is the musical director of the Staatsoper, tickets 12-200 DM; Tel: +49-30-2035-4555; Unter den Linden 5-7; 10109 Berlin-Mitte; Open: Ticket Box: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-6pm; Subway: Franzoesische Strasse; website: www.staatsoper-berlin.org

(75) Deutsches Theater & Kammerspiele; Entertainment: Performances; Originally built between 1849-1850 to house the Friedrich-Wilhelm Theatre, it reopened after reconstruction in 1883 with Friedrich Schiller's 'Intrigue and love', it was here that Max Reinhardt and Bertold Brecht began their careers, tickets 9-60 DM; Tel: +49-30-28441225; Schumannstrasse 13; 10117 Berlin-Mitte; Subway: Friedrichstrasse; e-mail: service@deutsches-theater.de; website: www.deutsches-theater.de

(76) Dietrich's; Entertainment: Bar; Situated at the Potsdamer Platz just next to the Grand Hyatt and the Musical Theatre, smart atmosphere, nice-looking guests and friendly, polite and fast service; Tel: +49-30-25531768; Fax: +49-30-25531235; Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 2; 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten; Open: daily 11am-1am; Subway: Potsdamer Platz; website: www.berlin.hyatt.com

(77) Egyptian Museum; Entertainment: Museum; Highlight is the bust of Queen Nefertiti, arguably the most beautiful woman in the world, which dates from 1350 BC and remained buried for 3000 years before being discovered by German archaeologists; Tel: +49-30-32091261; Schlossstr. 70; 14059 Berlin-Charlottenburg; or: Bodemuseum, Museumsinsel, Bodestrasse 1-3, 10178 Berlin-Mitte; Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm; Subway: Sophie-Charlotte Platz or Richard Wagner Platz; website: www.smb.spk-berlin.de/amp/e/s.html

(78) Filmpark Babelsberg; Entertainment: Other; The entertaining film park is situated on the site of the film studios where Germany's first films were produced in 1912, expect to see sets from old films, special effects at work and stuntmen in action, calculate a 4-6 hours visit, entrance 29 DM; Tel: +49-331-7212717; Fax: +49-331-7212733; Grossbeerenstrasse; 14482 Potsdam; Open: daily 10am-6pm; Subway: Potsdam-Babelsberg; e-mail: info@filmpark.de; website: www.filmpark.de

(79) Friedrichstadtpalast; Entertainment: Performances; Berlin's largest audience magnet, the only revue theatre in Germany and the largest in Europe, each production is unique and produced exclusively for the location, telephone reservations are possible, tickets 25-99 DM; Tel: +49-30-23262326; Fax: +49-30-23262323; Friedrichstrasse 107; 10117 Berlin-Mitte; Open: Ticket Box: Sun-Mon 10am-6pm, Tue-Sat 10am-8pm; Subway: Oranienburger Tor / Friedrichstrasse; e-mail: info@friedrichstadtpalast.de; website: www.friedrichstadtpalast.de

(80) Gemaeldegalerie (Picture Gallery); Entertainment: Museum; Part of the new Kulturforum complex completed in 1988, collection of European Art including masterpieces from German, Dutch, Flemish and Spanish masters from Botticelli onwards, significant collection of Rembrand canvases, entrance 5 DM; Tel: +49-30-20905555; Matthaikirchplatz 8; 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten; Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Thu 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm; Subway: Richard Wagner Platz; website: www.smb.spk-berlin.de/gg

(81) Hamburger Bahnhof; Entertainment: Museum; The Museum-in-former-railway-station displays an exhibition including works by Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys (including a video archive) and Amselm Kiefer, splendid exterior light installation by Dan Flavin. Excellent art bookshop, entrance fee 12 DM; Tel: +49-30-2090-5555; Invalidenstrasse 50-51; 10557 Berlin; Open: Tue-Sun 10am-5pm; Subway: Lehrter Stadtbahnhof; website: www.smb.spk-berlin.de/hbf

Harry's New York Bar (c) Elegant-Lifestyle (82) Harry's New York Bar; Entertainment: Bar; Situated in the Grand Hotel Esplanade, ideal for the last drink of the evening, world business travellers and city hoppers enjoy the Bauhaus flair and soothing piano music; Tel: +49-30-254788633; Luetzowufer 15; 10785 Berlin; Open: daily from 11am; Subway: Nollendorfplatz; website: www.esplanade.de

(83) Komische Oper; Entertainment: Performances; Dominated by its artistic director, Harry Kupfer and his young Russian-American musical director, Yakov Kreizberg, Kupfer is known for his radical but incisive interpretations (all sung in German), tickets 15-108 DM; Tel: +49-30-202600; Behrenstrasse 55-57; 10117 Berlin-Mitte; Open: Ticket Box: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 1pm-4.30 pm; Subway: Franzoesische Strasse; website: www.komische-oper-berlin.de

Schauspielhaus (c) Elegant-Lifestyle (84) Konzerthaus; Entertainment: Performances; Formerly the Schauspielhaus, the Konzerthaus is an 1821 architectural gem by Friedrich Schinkel, after being destroyed in the war and lovingly restored, it was reopened in 1984, fine orchestras, chamber music and organ recitals, tickets 25-75 DM; Tel: +49-30-2030-92101; Gendarmenmarkt; 10117 Berlin-Mitte; Open: Ticket Box: Mon-Sat noon-8pm, Sun noon-4pm; Subway: Franzoesische Strasse; website: www.konzerthaus.de

(85) Kurvenstar; Entertainment: Nightclub; Usual tip from hotel porters and PR ladies, leather lounge and Pop-Art museum on a street-car corner, flashy colours, off-beat types, on the dance floor Black Music dominates, wakes up after 10pm, main course 12-30 DM; Tel: +49-30-28599710; Kleine Praesidentenstrasse 3; 10178 Berlin-Mitte; Open: Tue-Fri from 8pm, Sat-Sun from 2pm; Subway: Hackescher Markt; website: www.kurvenstar.de

Neue Nationalgalerie (c) Elegant-Lifestyle (86) Neue Nationalgalerie; Entertainment: Museum; Mies van der Rohe's 1960s steel and glass construction has friends and foes, however, world-class modern art exhibitions are often displayed here; Tel: +49-30-2662662; Potsdamer Strasse 50; 10785 Berlin Tiergarten; Open: Tue-Thu, Sun 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm; Subway: Potsdamer Platz; website: www.smb.spk-berlin.de/nng

(87) Neunzig Grad; Entertainment: Nightclub; After a successful relaunch, this nightclub epitomizes Berlin Nightlife, popular also for its Wednesdays after-work-parties (from 8pm), sometimes difficult to get past the doorman; Tel: +49-172-9165869; Dennewitzstr. 37; 10785 Berlin-Schoeneberg; Open: Wed 8pm-6am, Thu-Sat 11pm-6am; Subway: Gleisdreieck; website: no website available yet

Newton Bar (c) Elegant-Lifestyle (88) Newton Bar; Entertainment: Bar; The bar's spectacular eye catchers is the huge black & white photograph of naked 'Walking Women' made by its name patron - Berlin-born star photographer, Helmut Newton. Cigar smokers appreciate the hmidor on the first floor; Tel: +49-30-20612990; Charlottenstrasse 57; 10117 Berlin-Mitte; Open: daily 6pm-4am; Subway: Stadtmitte; website: no website available yet

(89) Pergamon Museum & Altes Museum; Entertainment: Museum; Famous for the superbly preserved Gate of Ishtar, the white carved marble Hellenistic Pergamon Altar (180-160 BC) and other architectural and artistic wonders of the ancient Greek, Roman and Babylonian worlds, entrance fee 4 DM; Tel: +49-30-2090-5555; Am Kupfergraben; 10178 Berlin-Mitte; Open: Tue-Sun 9am-5pm; website: www.smb.spk-berlin.de/ant

Philharmonie (c) Elegant-Lifestyle (90) Philharmonie; Entertainment: Performances; Home to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with its current director Claudio Abbado, daring modern architecture, tickets 12-154 DM; Tel: +49-30-2548-8132; Matthaikirchstrasse 1; 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten; Open: Ticket Box: Mon-Fri 3.30pm-6pm, Sat-Sun 11am-2pm; Subway: Kurfuerstenstrasse; website: www.berlin-philharmonic.de

(91) Potsdam Palaces and Gardens; Entertainment: Museum; The summer palace of Sanssouci gives its name to a beautiful park and a royal complex with highlights including the grand 18th century New Palais and the Gemaeldegalerie; Tel: +49-331-9694202; Fax: +49-331-9694107; Schopenhauerstrasse / Zur historischen Muehle; 14469 Potsdam; website: www.spsg.de

Reichstag (c) Elegant-Lifestyle (92) Reichstag; Entertainment: Museum; Completed in 1894, the massive Neo-Renaissance building was restored in 1970, British architect Lord Norman Foster redesigned it in 1999 with a glass dome, a viewing gallery and a restaurant, book a table here to jump the queue through the backdoor; Tel: +49-30-2262990 (Restaurant); Platz der Republik; 10557 Berlin; Open: daily 8am-12pm; Subway: Under den Linden; website: www.bundestag.de

(93) Reingold; Entertainment: Bar; Ring the doorbell to enter this cozy modern bar and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in gold and red, depending on the weather, there is a barbecue on Fridays on the terrace; Tel: +49-30-28387676; Novalisstr. 11; 10115 Berlin-Mitte; Open: daily 6pm-4am; Subway: Friedrichstrasse; website: www.reingold.de

(94) Rive Gauche; Entertainment: Nightclub; After opening in September 2000, the Rive Gauche is Berlin's smartest Nightclub, excellent Design, large dance floor and good Sandwich Bar, Saturdays the fun starts after 1am, after work club every Thursday from 6pm, entrance 20 DM; Tel: +49-30-28099055; Fax: +49-30-28099052; Friedrichstrasse 105; 10117 Berlin-Mitte; Open: Thu from 6pm, Fri-Sat from 11pm; Subway: Oranienburger Tor / Friedrichstrasse; e-mail: info@rive-gauche.de; website: www.rive-gauche.de

(95) Sage Club; Entertainment: Nightclub; Berlin's trendiest club with three dance areas & VIP-area with pool, Fridays & Saturdays the pool area is reserved for the privileged, newcomers might have to wait a bit, however, a smart turn-out or unusual outfit could facilitate entrance; Tel: +49-30-2789830; Koepenicker Str. 76; 10179 Berlin-Mitte; Subway: Heinrich-Heine Strasse; website: www.sage-club.de

Schaubuehne am Lehniner Platz (c) Elegant-Lifestyle (96) Schaubuehne am Lehniner Platz; Entertainment: Theatre; Many premieres of famous contemporary theatre playwrights such as Botho Strauss, more on the modern side but also heavy on Anton Chechow; Tel: +49-30-890023; Kurfuerstendamm 153; 10709 Berlin-Charlottenburg; Open: Ticket Box: Mon-Sat 11am-6.30pm, Sun 3-6.30pm; Subway: Adenauerplatz; website: www.schaubuehne.de

(97) Schloss Charlottenburg; Entertainment: Museum; Frederick III built this palace 1695-1699 for his wife, Sophie Charlotte. Highlights include the Porcelain Cabinet, Golden Gallery and the Baroque garden, today it is the only palace which bears the marks of almost all Prussian Kings, entrance 8 DM; Tel: +49-30-320911; Schlossstrasse/Spandauer Damm; 14059 Berlin-Charlottenburg; Open: Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm; website: www.smb.spk-berlin.de/e/loc/c.html

(98) Sony Center Music Box; Entertainment: Other; This is the first entertainment centre in the world with interactive attractions, shows and rides dedicated to all types of music. Play a water harp or conduct the Berlin Philharmonic - virtually ! Entrance 15 DM; Tel: +49-30-55137137; Fax: +49-30-25755797; Sony Center, Kemperplatz 1; 10785 Berlin Potsdamer Platz; Open: Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm; Subway: Potsdamer Platz; e-mail: feedback@music-box.de; website: www.music-box.de

(99) Theater des Westens; Entertainment: Theatre; The former Staedtische Oper Berlin with its magnificent facade is the place to go for Berlin musicals, some of them from the roaring '20s, sometimes staring Ute Lemper or Helen Schneider as well as other German musical or cabaret stars; Tel: +49-30-8842 08510; Kantstrasse 12; 10623 Berlin-Tiergarten; Open: Box office: Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-2pm; Subway: Zoologischer Garten; website: www.theater-des-westens.de

Berlin Zoo (c) Elegant-Lifestyle (100) Zoological Garden; Entertainment: Other; The oldest zoo in Germany harbours 14,000 animals representing 1400 different specie and it is located in the centre of Berlin with a large park, the newly built Hippo house can be hired for events, entrance fee 14 DM; Tel: +49-30-254010; Fax: +49-30-25401255; Hardenbergplatz 8; 10787 Berlin; Open: Mon-Sun 9am-6pm; Subway: Zoologischer Garten; e-mail: info@zoo-berlin.de; website: www.zoo-berlin.de
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