Where do celebrities sleep, eat and party in Berlin
, Germany's capital of cool? Check out this list with favorite hangouts of international stars; from clubs and restaurants, to hotels, and festivals, here is where you can spot some celebrities if you are star-struck in Berlin.
Every February, the German capital rolls out the red carpet to host the Berlin International Film Festival
, one of the most important film events in the world - star-studded parties included. Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Colin Firth, George Clooney - you can get your daily dose of Hollywood celebrity on the red carpet just outside the Berlinale Palast (Marlene-Dietrich Platz 2) at Potsdamer Platz. Another way to see your favorite actor is to take in a cup of coffee at the Hotel Hyatt, just opposite of the Berlinale Palast, where the festival hosts many of its VIPs.
When Madonna comes to town, this is the place for her to stay: The private members-only club Soho House Berlin in Mitte. Spread over 8 floors in a restored Bauhaus building, the ubercool Soho House is home to a boutique hotel, a 30-seat cinema, a library filled with art and design books, a spa and gym and restaurants. The rooftop is adorned with a glowing green-tiled pool and offers fantastic views of Berlin. (Rooms of the Soho House hotel can also be booked by non-members).
Another hotel that stars love is Hotel Adlon
; located opposite of the Brandenburg Gate, it is not only the grand dame of Berlin’s luxury hotels, but also an iconic landmark of the German capital; presidents and celebrities from all over the world stay in its elegant, old-world charm rooms. The 5-star Hotel Adlon offers lavish spa and gym facilities, a Michelin-starred restaurant with French cuisine, and unparalleled service. Other Berlin hotels with high celebrity factor are The Regent and Hotel de Rome.
Supermodels, designers, and paparazzi flock to Berlin during the Mercedes Benz Berlin Fashion Week, which takes place twice a year and promises many A - list sightings. Fashion shows, parties, and receptions turn the city into a catwalk, proving that the German capital can hold its own among international fashion cities like Milan, Paris, or New York. Along with big-name designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, and Calvin Klein, the Berlin Fashion Week is especially famous for its young up-and-coming designers and the stars of tomorrow.
An institution in Berlin’s nightlife scene and by many celebrated as one of the world’s best clubs, Berghain’s throbbing techno beats and hedonistic vibe draws thousands of locals every weekend to party until sun comes up again. Celebs like to party here too - Lady Gaga was spotted recently - although the club is anything but glamorous; located in a former power plant, Berghain has a minimalist design with lots of concrete and steel. The club’s selective door policy is legendary and there is a very strict rule about no photos and filming inside the club.
Another magnet for international stars and politicians is Restaurant Borchardt at the beautiful square Gendarmenmarkt; Barack Obama, Jeff Bridges, Cameron Diaz, and Woody Allen all enjoyed the German-French fare at this classic bistro; opened in 1853, the signature dish here is the golden-fried Wiener Schnitzel with potatoes salad.
, just around the corner from the Brandenburg Gate, is one of Berlin’s premier gourmet restaurants, and it is popular among politicians, musicians, and actors – star conductor Gustavo Dudamel just dined at here. Margaux has an elegant and intimate atmosphere, with black marble floors, antique mirrors, and warm glowing Onyx counters and columns. The multilingual staff has an air of professionalism you rarely find in German restaurants