If you appreciate women-centered
art, then a visit to the Kathe Kollwitz Museum (located in a lovely old
villa) is a must-see experience. Kollwitz deals with the poignant subject of mother
and child and how this relationship is affected by war. Look carefully for the
way she illustrates the enormous power of a caress or an embrace. (Fasanenstrasse
Than, take the time to seek
out a very special Kollwitz statue called "Mutterliebe" (Mother's Love)
that stands on a space at the end of Kollwitzstrasse. It marks the spot where
the artist lived before a wartime bomb destroyed her apartment. Well worth the
Want to see where the films
starring the very famous Marlene Dietrich were produced? For a fun day
tour, make your way to DEFA film studios in the town of Babelsberg where you can
tour the lot and check out the props and costumes. Kind of a German-Hollywood
experience. (August-Bebel-Strasse 26-53)
Looking for all-female accommodation
in Berlin? Overlooking the rooftops of Berlin is Das Frauenhotel artemisia,
a women-only hotel and the first of its kind in Europe when it opened in 1989.
Located on the 4th and 5th floors of an old building, its sunny roof terrace offers
a brilliant view over Berlin. Each room is dedicated to a famous woman in Berlin's
history while changing exhibits of contemporary female artists contribute to the
unique atmosphere of the place. A breakfast buffet served on the roof terrace
during the summer months is included in all moderate room prices. Good news for
mothers--children under eight stay free. Contact: Das Frauenhotel artemisia, Brandenburgischestr,
18, D-10707 Berlin, Fax: 030-861 8653.
According to the guidebook "Berlinwalks",
there's a weekly fun event for the older adventuress at #25 Augustrasse. Clarchens
Ballhaus is an honest-to-goodness neighbourhood dance hall (one of the many
that flourished in Berlin before and after World War One) with a fifty-something
clientele and featuring fifty-something music with a sentimental twist. Wednesday
night is "Ladies Choice" so... go for it!
Yes! There's a woman's bookstore
in Berlin and yes, it does carry some English books. It's called Lilith,
it's at Knesebeck 86 and closest transportation is the U-Bahn Ernst Reuter Platz.
Seems like a great stop if you're looking for women-centered information.
Want the experience of a women's
only steambath? You've got it at Berlin's Hamam located in the Schoko Fabrik
Center at Marianenstrasse 7. Once you've relaxed your body and cleansed those
pores, look out for the Schoko Cafe in the same complex.
If Birkenstock sandals
are your absolute favorite, then stop into just about any shoe shop in Berlin.
After all, Germany is the country where this famous footwear was born!
Ah-h-h to be female and courted
by royalty in Germany! Charlottenburg Palace was built in 1790 for the
future queen, Sophie-Charlotte by her suitor King Fredrich 1st. There's formal
gardens for meandering, there's exploring the Galerie der Romantik with paintings
by German Romantic masters as well as three other museums across the road if you
get bored. Closest bus stop? Number 145.
Typical German food is heavy
food especially if you're sampling Berlin's selection of delicious sausages. So,
when your body begins to scream for something lighter, try the interesting salads
served by the Movenpick chain. They're moderately priced and at some locations
you can even lunch outdoors while watching the world go by. For the best veggie
specialties and the number one apple strudel in town, try Cafe Oren situated
right next door to the synagogue at Oranienburger Strasse 28.
Finally, you must visit KaDeWe,
the mother of all department stores, housing the largest food department in Europe.
Think 30,000 edible items including 400 different kinds of bread and 1,300 different
kinds of cheese. The assortment is almost unbelievable and the food displays a
work of art. Don't feel like eating in a restaurant? Make your way to the sixth
floor, browse the aisles and pick out a picnic (wine included) to be eaten in
your hotel room . And, don't worry about dining solo. You'll have the German version
of MASH on TV to keep you company! Back to