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1. The Best of Berlin in One, Two or Three Days

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This whirlwind tour takes in Berlin’s trophy sights from the glass dome crowning the Reichstag to a classic saunter down the Unter den Linden boulevard. After a brief detour to Ancient Greece at the Pergamon Museum, you can catch a memorable sunset by the River Spree and toast your first day with a glass of Berliner Kindl beer in Zum Nussbaum. START: U-Bahn to Bundestag.   Reichstag. Start your day with a visit to the Reichstag (Germany’s parliament) for a captivating view over the city. An elevator takes you up to architect Norman Foster’s striking glass cupola. There’s nothing like the moment you step inside the kaleidoscopic shell and come face-to-face with the 360° panorama of Berlin. Check the website for details on guided tours and book in advance. 20–90 min. Platz der Republik 1. 030-227-0. www.bundestag.de. Free admission. Tours daily 10:30am, 1:30, 5:30 & 6:30pm when parliament is not sitting; advance booking essential. U-Bahn: Bundestag. See All Chapters
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2 THE BEST SPECIAL-INTEREST TOURS: Portland with Kids, Offbeat Portland, Rainy Day Portland

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The Lan Su Chinese Garden on a rainy day.Portland with KidsPortland repeatedly gets voted one of the best cities in the country to raise kids. Certain neighborhoods, especially on the east side, are full of couples with children, and there are days when it seems that strollers and baby backpacks are almost as ubiquitous as bikes in the city’s parks and on its sidewalks. Kids love Portland’s wealth of bridges, trails, and rivers, and there are plenty of activities right in town to keep them busy, including the sites adjacent to each other in Washington Park. START: MAX to Washington Park. Bus 63 on weekdays.❶ World Forestry Center Discovery Museum. At this paean to all things arboreal, two floors of interactive displays give kids (and their attendant grown-ups) some real insight into the importance of the Northwest’s majestic stands of forest. Kids especially love the virtual smokejumper and river-rafting exhibits—and after a visit here they’ll be ready to dive into the real forests of Washington Park right outside the museum’s doors. See p 22, bullet ❸.

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9. The Best Lodging

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Lodging Best Bets

 

Best for Wild Bedrooms

Arte Luise Kunsthotel Luisenstrasse 19 (Go to Page)

Best 1920s Flashback

Askanischer Hof Kurfürstendamm 53 (Go to Page)

Best Hotel on Water

Eastern Comfort Mühlenstrasse 73–77 (Go to Page)

Best Eco-Conscious Hotel

Circus Hotel Rosenthaler Strasse 1 (Go to Page)

Best Design Hotel

Casa Camper Weinmeisterstrasse 1 (Go to Page)

Best for Art Nouveau Style

Hotel Art Nouveau Leibnizstrasse 59 (Go to Page)

Best on a Budget

EastSeven Hostel Schwedter Strasse 7 (Go to Page)

Best for a Romantic Weekend

Honigmond Garden Hotel Invalidenstrasse 122 (Go to Page)

Best Gay but Hetero-Friendly Hotel

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4. The Best Shopping

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Shopping Best Bets

 

Best for Vintage Fashion

Waahnsinn, Rosenthaler Strasse 17 (Go to Page)

Best Flea Market Finds

Flea Market, Strasse des 17 Juni (Go to Page)

Best for CD Bargains

Space Hall, Zossener Strasse 33 (Go to Page)

Best for Diva Bling

Gallery Schrill, Bleibtreustrasse 48 (Go to Page)

Best for Designer Dogwear

Koko von Knebel, Uhlandstrasse 181 (Go to Page)

Best for Fair-Trade Toys

Barefoot Berlin, Kreuzbergstrasse 75 (Go to Page)

Best Urban Streetwear

EASTBERLIN, Alte Schönhauser Strasse 33–34 (Go to Page)

Best for Unique Truffles

Confiserie Mélanie, Goethestrasse 4 (Go to Page)

Best Department Store

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16 FAVORITE MOMENTS

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Downtime on Cannon Beach.

16 Favorite Moments

Sometimes Portland seems almost too good to be true. Just try to get locals to stop rhapsodizing about the cuisine, the liveability and bike-ability, the great neighborhoods, the nearby mountains and ocean, the beer and wine and coffee and—see what I mean? Once a gritty younger sibling to Seattle, the City of Roses has roared into its own in recent years, becoming a nationwide magnet for creative, outdoorsy folks young, old, and in-between—anyone who wants a vibrant, forward-thinking city that’s also manageable. Now Portland swings far above its weight class in everything from coffee roasting to sustainability. Here are just a few of the highlights.

❶ Browse Powell’s City of Books. The world’s top independent bookstore fills an entire city block (and that’s just this branch) with over 1.5 million new and used books. It’s pure bibliophile nirvana. See p 77.

Cycling across the Hawthorne Bridge.

❷ Bike over the Hawthorne Bridge. Bikes are a way of life in Portland, and there’s no better way to join the rolling masses than to take a spin across the Hawthorne Bridge over the Willamette River, especially in the evening. See p 93.

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