There’s always something going on in Berlin – or you could say ‘anything goes’, and 24 hours a day at that.
But anything also includes a cultivated day of leisure, so we’ve selected our top 5 tips for a relaxed, unplanned Sunday.
The number one spot goes to the Vabali Spa in Moabit.
This Bali-inspired first-class wellness temple is less than 10 minutes away from the ELLINGTON hotel via taxi. With a porch lined with rustling bamboo stalks, visitors are lulled into a sense of deep relaxation from the moment they walk through the entrance. The spa is characterised by the scent of wood and other natural aromas, with no mobile ringtones or other distractions to offend the senses. These spacious facilities are spread across a 20,000 m2 plot and are distinguished by a sophisticated, extravagant and masterfully created touch of the exotic. The Vabali Spa features 11 saunas and steam baths, including an organic sauna, garden sauna, women’s sauna and herbal sauna, as well as a traditional banya. The panorama sauna gives guests a meditative view of the garden, which resembles a park. From here you can see the outdoor pool and sauna, Buddha statues and daybeds with baldachins, as well as the restaurant and bar. The spa also offers beauty and wellness treatments. The Vabali is open from 9 am until midnight. You should plan at least four hours for your visit in order to allow yourself to ease into the flow.
Our number two spot is one of the most beautiful locations in Berlin: Café am Neuen See in the Tiergarten park which can be perfectly combined with a 20-minute walk from the ELLINGTON. The terrace of the restaurant offers a magnificent view of the Neuer See with its rowboat and beach chair rental, as well as a beer garden surrounded by old trees. In rainy weather you can sit comfortably inside by the fireplace at retro wooden tables and enjoy a menu that has something for everyone. Everything is homemade and regional, the pizza paper thin and the cake to die for. After all, enjoying cake is one of the Germans’ favourite Sunday activities – which brings us to our …
Number three spot. „Frau Behrens Torten“ is a small café off Ku’damm that is nothing less than the ultimate Sunday hotspot. Time seems to stand still in this Biedermeier-style café with its dainty furnishings. The beautiful, antique counter and half-open bakery give way to a true cake paradise, lovingly displayed, homemade according to traditional recipes, in outstanding quality and with an incredible assortment. Frau Behrens is the home of Berlin’s sweet tooth.
Our number four: Meanwhile, fans of exotic cuisine get their money’s worth at the „Thai Park“ in Wilmersdorf, whose official name is Hohenzollernpark. Two kilometres from the ELLINGTON, the city’s Thai community meets here every sunny Sunday from April to October. In streetfood style, amateur cooks prepare Asian specialities on hot plates and grills that guests can eat and enjoy by hand. Small chicken skewers with chilli and lemongrass, fiery prawns, exotic fruit salads, delicious cocktails – along with laid-back, relaxing get-togethers on the grass. Bring your picnic blanket!
The number five: For Mary Poppins and the Banks children, we would rather recommend a walk through the Charlottenburg Palace Gardens. This magical destination measures 55 hectares and is Berlin’s oldest park – well-maintained, a showpiece of historical garden architecture, both delightfully wild and ideal for picnicking. The park is dotted with small benches that offer wandering glimpses of the palace, the adjacent canal or across the fields and the lake. At 3 km in circumference, the park is also the ideal setting for a morning jog.
Meet the Hood is a source of information from Gil Eilin Jung for the ELLINGTON blog which lets guests find out all about what is currently brewing and cooking in the hotel circle.