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4. BERLIN

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BERLIN

In 2014, Berlin marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s a momentous occasion, full of symbolism and emotion for those who had lived with the gruesome concrete barrier that kept Berlin—and, symbolically, all of Germany—divided for more than 40 years. In the quarter-century since the Wall came tumbling down, Berlin has re-established itself as Germany’s capital and gone through an urban and social transformation that has made it, once again, one of the most exciting cities in Europe (many would say, the most exciting). Superlative museums, grand (and grandiose) monuments, a nightlife that’s both glamorous and gritty, a performing arts scene that has no equal in Germany, fascinating neighborhoods to explore, fabulous parks and green spaces to enjoy, cafes, beer gardens, shopping, elegant restaurants and on-the-go street food—Berlin truly does have something for everyone. And although Berlin is a fast-paced, forward-looking city, it is also a city full of memorials and reminders of its haunted and harrowing Nazi and Communist past. Berlin has seen it all and lived to tell the tale—a tale that makes this city perpetually fascinating and endlessly exciting as it reinvents itself again and again.

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2. The Best Special-Interest Tours: Something Brewing, Kinder Surprise, Art Uncovered, Roaring Twenties, The Other Side of the Wall

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Berlin is no exception in this beer-loving country. An outing to the capital’s lively beer gardens and brewpubs is a great way to slip under Berlin’s skin and enjoy homebrews and banter with the locals. So, brace yourself for an intoxicating tour of the top drinking holes: from quaffing under the fruit trees in Kreuzberg to sipping pilsner in the Nikolaiviertel. START: S-Bahn to Tiergarten.   Café am Neuen See. Quench your thirst on warm weekends at Berlin’s biggest beer garden, seating 1,000. Join beer-guzzling locals on the benches beside this tranquil lake for cool lagers and giant pretzels. A sandpit, table tennis, and rowing boats (5€ for 30 min.) will keep kids amused. Lichtensteinallee 2. 030-254-49-30. Daily 9 or 10am to 10pm. S-Bahn: Tiergarten. Schleusenkrug. Enjoy a leisurely saunter along the Landwehrkanal (Go to Page, ) to this canal-front beer garden. The name is a fusion of Schleuse (lock) and Krug (beer mug). The attractive garden, with its willow and creeping roses, provides respite from the city’s bustle. The grill rustles up a selection of tasty snacks from 4pm. Müller-Breslau-Strasse, Tiergarten. 030-313-99-09. May–Sept daily 10am–1am; Oct–Apr Mon–Fri 11am–7pm, Sat–Sun 10am–7pm. S-Bahn: Tiergarten. See All Chapters
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7 THE BEST NIGHTLIFE

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A flaming cocktail at the Driftwood Room.

Portland Nightlife

Nightlife Best Bets

Best View

★ Departure Lounge, 525 SW Morrison St. (p 115); and ★ Portland City Grill, 111 SW 5th Ave. #3000 (p 116)

Best Live Jazz

★★★ Jimmy Mak’s, 221 NW 10th Ave. (p 119)

Best Place to Catch the Game

★ Spirit of ’77, 500 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (p 120)

Best Dance Club Experience

★★ The Escape Nightclub, 333 SW Park Ave. (p 118)

Best Sake Selection

★★ Zilla Sake House, 1806 NE Alberta St. (p 116)

Best Martini

★ Olive or Twist, 925 NW 11th Ave. (p 119)

Best Draft Beer Selection

★★ Bailey’s Taproom, 213 SW Broadway (p 115)

Best Classy Watering Hole

★★ The Palm Court, 309 SW Broadway. (p 116)

Best for Romantic Snuggling

★★ Sapphire Hotel, 5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd. (p 116)

Best Drag Show

★★ Darcelle XV Showplace, 208 NW 3rd Ave. (p 118)

Best Gaming Experience

★★ Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, 511 NW Couch St. (p 119)

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6 THE BEST DINING

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The namesake dish at Le Pigeon: grilled breast of pigeon.

Dining Best Bets

Menu shopping outside Ava Gene’s.

Best New Fine-Dining Restaurant

★★★ Muselet $$$ 3730 SW Bond Ave. (p 105)

Best for Festive Celebrations

★★★ Andina $$$ 1314 NW Glisan St. (p 100)

Best for Romance

★ Chameleon $$$ 2000 NE 40th Ave. (p 102)

Best for Sophisticated Dining

★★★ Blue Hour $$$ 250 NW 13th Ave. (p 101)

Best Dinner Entertainment

★ Marrakesh $$ 1201 NW 21st Ave. (p 105)

Best for Gourmet Carnivores

★★ Beast $$$ 5425 NE 30th Ave. (p 101)

Best for Vegetarians

★ Prasad $ 925 NW Davis St. (p 107)

Best Italian

★★ Caffè Mingo $$ 807 NW 21st Ave. (p 102)

Best Pan Asian

★★ Pok Pok $$ 3226 SE Division St. (p 107)

Best Tapas

★★★ Toro Bravo $$ 120 NE Russell St. (p 109)

Best Burger

★★ Yakuza Lounge $$ 5411 NE 30th Ave. (p 110)

Best Pizza

★ Apizza Scholls $$ 4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd. (p 100); and ★ Ken’s Artisan Pizza $$ 304 SE 28th Ave. (p 105)

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7. ON & OFF THE ROMANTIC ROAD

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ON & OFF THE ROMANTIC ROAD

For many travelers, Germany hits its high notes along the so-called Romantische Strasse, or Romantic Road, a scenic route that rambles through much of Bavaria. The 350km (220 miles) of specially marked lanes and secondary roads wind from the vineyard-clad hills surrounding Würzburg south through an unfolding panorama of beautiful landscapes interspersed with small medieval cities. To the south, the road rises through foothills covered with verdant pastures, lake-splashed countryside, and groves of evergreens to the dramatic heights of the Alps that divide Germany and western Austria. As if all this scenery weren’t enough, these final stretches of the road lead to Linderhof and Neuschwanstein, two of the fantasy castles built by the legendary King Ludwig II in the second half of the 19th century.

Officially, the scenic route the German government drew up after World War II takes in 28 towns and villages. We take a few liberties and veer off the Romantic Road to also include some fascinating nearby places that are too good to miss—among them Nürnberg, a city that all in one swoop encompasses medieval and Renaissance splendor, the horrors of World War II, and the successes of Germany’s postwar rebuilding. We also detour east to Regensburg, a little city that was untouched by the war and as result comprises one of Europe’s largest swaths of medieval architecture. In the south, we wander off the Romantic Road to take in a section of the Bavarian Alps around Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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