48 Hours In Berlin: Last-minute City-Guide

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When it comes to city breaks, it seems we're becoming increasingly last-minute in our booking habits. Research from booking.com has found that nearly 50% of its reservations are booked on mobile phones within just 48 hours of the stay. Esquire used the new Booking Now app to arrange a very last-minute trip to the German capital to work out the best way to spend 48 hours in Europe's party capital:

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The Weinmeister makes the perfect base for a short trip given its brilliant central location in the heart of Mitte. With friendly staff, slickly designed rooms and an atmosphere that manages to be cool and buzzy without overdoing it, it's also a bargain at less than £100 a night. The Weinmeister, Weinmeisterstraße 2, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Head East to Berlin’s Shoreditch equivalent Friedrichshain, where the Sunday flea market at Boxhagener Platz provides the perfect excuse for some aimless mooching, interrupted by countless bars and cafés for when you need a sit down. Macondo has some comfy armchairs and is well-placed for excellent some people-watching. And a beer, of course. Macondo, Gärtnerstraße 14, 10245 Berlin, Germany

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For lunch, read brunch, where sleepy Prenzlauer Berg in North Berlin has become a real draw for a lazy and possibly (probably) hungover weekend grazing scene. Popular for its terrace and barbecue buffet is Pasternak which is named after the Dr Zhivago author and also offers a mix of Russian and Germany dishes. Knaackstraße 22/24, 10405 Berlin

The recently opened Topographie de Terroirs is an eerily stark indoor and outdoor museum housed on the site of the former SS and Gestapo HQ. As you can imagine, it’s a particularly powerful place in which to take in the full horror and impact of the decisions made in this particular corner of central Berlin. Topographie Of Terrors, Niederkirchnerstraße 8, 10963 Berlin

Despite its size, Berlin is more bike-friendly than most other European capitals with wide streets and plenty of bike-only lanes. Get your hotel to sort a day’s hire and then pootle around the main sights of Mitte before heading through the Brandenberg gate and into the Tiergarten park. A far better option than Berlin's bus tours which can be long and quite dull - trust us on this one.

This busy and buzzy Japanese in North Mitte makes a great lunch spot thanks to an atmospheric courtyard and excellent sushi and teriyaki sharing platters. Wash it down with a cold German beer on an outdoor table at the relaxed Café Altes Europe just down the street. Kuchi Mitte, Gipsstraße, 10119 Berlin

If there's one area where Berlin is spoilt for choice it's in its clubs, where mighty techno institution Berghain still looms large in reputation but is notoriously hard to get into because of it. Try Watergate instead, still popular and influential, but a bit more accessible and with the added bonus of a riverside location that offers great views of the city as the sun comes up. Watergate, Falckensteinstraße 49, 10997 Berlin

What better way to recover from Berlin's nightlife than a morning trip to Liquidrom, Berlin's modernist thermal baths, which also uses light effects and soundscapes to add to the mood. Just remember to leave your towel in the changing room – this Germany after all. Liquidrom, Möckernstraße 10, 10963 Berlin

The Booking Now app from Booking.com is free to download on iOS and Android and has over 700,000 hotels available globally


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