A visit to Berlin is a musical journey

Berlin was the final destination of the international Lollapalooza festival, an annual 2-day event packed with music and fun that took place over the weekend of 7-8 September. During the summer, it had already travelled through the United States, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, France and Germany.

Among the international singers and groups performing at the event were this year’s young revelation Billie Eilish and the Grammy-winning duo, Twenty One Pilots.

With one of the festival’s two European events being held in Paris, it is no coincidence that the Lollapalooza organizers decided to stage the second in Berlin. While the German capital’s history has ensured it is well-known around the globe, it is also a major political, artistic, cultural and leisure hub that hosts one of the most important cinema festivals in the world, the Berlinale, which makes it an unmissable tour destination for international music stars.

It is precisely this, great music, that plays an essential role in Berlin: my time there was underscored with rhythm, not only thanks to the great performances at the festival held in the Olympic Stadium, but because the city itself IS music. It is impossible to wander the city streets without coming across an artist singing or playing an instrument, or watching improvised performances by small street dance groups.

However, I also came across great music beyond the festival and the streets as it was easy to find at Gat Point Charlie: eating breakfast while I listened to smooth jazz, sipping a drink after dinner while I watched projections of concert recordings on the wall, or even the background music in the hotel’s common areas.

The fact that great music follows you around all day in Berlin makes the city an even more fantastic place to be.

Mar Jiménez
Hotel Gat Point Charlie guest.

Discover Lisbon in a weekend

Welcome to our 2-day guide for discovering our favourite spots in Lisbon. If you are lucky enough to have more than a weekend in the city, make sure you take a look at our travel blog: https://whereis.gatrooms.com/

Day 1

Our adventure begins as we leave the Gat Rossio hotel in Baixa to discover the neighbourhood’s emblematic squares: Praça dos Restauradores, Praça do Rossio and Praça do Comércio. Make sure you get an early start to avoid queues at the Elevador de Santa Justa (Santa Justa lift).

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Move on to Chiado and take a stroll down Rua Garett before making a pitstop at the famous A Brasileira café for their speciality: a delicious cup of “bica”, a Portuguese espresso.

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Make time to browse the shelves at Bertrand, which they say is the oldest bookstore in the world.

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Are you a brunch lover? If so, Topo Bar is the place for enjoying good food and great views.

Later, delve into Portugal’s fascinating history in Bairro Alto. Visit the Museu da Farmácia (Pharmacy Museum), the MUHNAC (National Natural History and Science Museum) or the Museu de São Roque and its sacred art.

Admire the ruins of the Nossa Senhora do Vencimento do Monte do Carmo Church.

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End your afternoon wandering through Rua do Norte and Rua da Rosa. Have a drink at the Park bar before enjoying a night of authentic fado music in Tasca do Chico.

Day 2

Your Sunday morning is for the Alfama neighbourhood. Take a walk through Castelo de São Jorge (Saint George’s Castle) and relish the fabulous views from the Santa Lucía and Jardim do Recolhimento lookout points.

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As you make your way down Rua de São Miguel, you will come across some well-guarded secrets, such as the Miradouro das Portas do Sol lookout. Make sure you also visit the legendary Lisbon Cathedral–Sé–or the Renaissance palace, Casa dos Bicos.

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Finish your whistlestop tour of the city in Mouraria, which is making a comeback thanks to its narrow streets, alternative bars and restaurants and its vast number of fado music houses.

Discover Berlin in a weekend

We have challenged ourselves to create an exclusive 2-day Berlin itinerary for avid adventurers and culture seekers. Check out our suggestions for a fun-filled weekend that packs in the best sights and experiences the German capital has to offer.

Day 1

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Start your Saturday under ground at the Berliner Unterwelten museum in the Mitte district as you explore a maze of bunkers and secret passageways that form part of the city’s rich history.


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Keep your energy up for the busy day ahead by making a pit stop at Waffly for one of the best waffles in the area!


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Head towards Prenzlauer Berg and visit the organic market on Kollwitzplatz. Make sure you pop into Kulturbraurei, Berlin’s “Culture Brewery”–their latest list of shows or screenings is bound to catch your eye.


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Before leaving this district, which is one of the most bohemian parts of the city, we recommend a refreshing pre-lunch beer at the renowned Berliner Prater Garten.


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Curry 36 is perhaps the best place in Berlin for trying one of the city’s famous Currywurst sausage. Wander freely around the Friedichshain-Kreuzberg area in between visits to the Berlinische Galerie (Museum of Modern Art) and the Jüdisches (Jewish) Museum, or take a leisurely stroll around the Friedrichshain Volkspark public park.


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Make sure you time your adventures to allow you to watch the sun set over the double-deck Oberbaumbrücke bridge.

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Enjoy dinner at the Café am Neuen See in the Tiergarten before an evening of old-school dancing at Ballhaus Berlin.


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If you are a jazz lover, make time to take in a jam session at A-Trane Jazz Club, held every Saturday starting at midnight.

Day 2


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Spend your morning exploring art galleries, enchanting bookstores or unusual bars in Berlin’s micro-neighbourhoods with an alternative vibe: Graefekiez, Rixdorf and Schillerkiez.


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In the afternoon, discover the delights of the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district. Begin at the uber-elegant Schloss Charlottenburg palace before making your way to the spectacular Deutsche Oper Berlin opera house


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The cherry on top of your trip lies in a visit to Teufelsberg, a former U.S. listening station set on a man-made hill. Get your camera ready!


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To round off your whirlwind weekend of discovery, raise a glass in farewell to the city at the magnificent Klunkerkranich bar.