Theaters, museums, fine dining, posh shopping - that’s what Charlottenburg does best. Known as City West for being the center of what was once West Berlin, the area west of Mitte and the Tiergarten has an altogether different vibe. It’s a shopper’s paradise along Tauentzienstrasse and Kurfürstendamm – aka the KuDamm – which is home to KaDeWe, Berlin's most exclusive department store. The delicatessen there is one of the world’s biggest department store food sections and the seventh-floor restaurant boasts impressive views over Berlin.
There’s plenty of imposing Cold War architecture, but don’t miss the pre-war Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche – a beautiful church which survived destruction. Then there’s Charlottenburg Palace, once-upon-a-time the summer residence of Sophie Charlotte, the first queen of Prussia. There’s a big cultural scene here, too, with several theaters and music venues. The many museums include the U-Bahn Museum, which looks at Berlin’s subway system. It’s a lot more interesting than it sounds!