Best places and Shopping Guide For Your Wedding & Honeymoon
BERLIN continued from page 523 Where to Stay
For action addicts, an East Berlin address is mandatory. The Four Seasons Hotel Berlin provides both access to and escape from the city thrum. Step outside the door and Berlin is at your feet. (The Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, and Museum Island are all within walking distance.) Step inside and serenity is yours in the form of a gilded marble lobby, an airy lemon or sage guest room (ask for a view of Gendarmenmarkt Square), and service that blends heartfelt hospitality with that famous German efficiency. Doubles from $215, year-round; 800-819-5053 orfourseasons.com.
If East Berlin has the buzz, West Berlin’s got the love. Among the area’s forests and historic villas lies the utterly romantic Ritz-Carlton Schlosshotel, Berlin. Built in 1914 as a private mansion, it was recently restored by designer Karl Lagerfeld. Known for his avant-garde antics, Lagerfeld stayed true to the empire-era charm of the place in all but one suite: the Grunewald, where a mammoth pink velour bed and luxe gold wallpaper allow old-fashioned newlyweds to go mod. Doubles from $304, year-round; 800-241-3333 or ritzcarlton.com. Where to Eat
Want to watch the city go by? Brave the crowds at Cafe Einstein, on Unter den Linden, where you can nosh on everything from salads to sandwiches. (If it’s warm, grab an outside table.) Try the apfelstrudel with warm vanilla sauce yum. Entrees from $13; 011-49-30-204-3632.