Sarina Gallati has been working for SWISS since July 2016. The flight attendant was taken by Berlin on her very first layover. "You can experience so much here, even if you're only staying a short time!" Which is why Sarina has put together an outline of her perfect day in Berlin for us.
It seems as though you can easily do a thousand things all at once in Germany's capital city. Sarina rose to this challenge and packed food, culture and even sport into just the one day.
SWISS operates daily flights to Berlin from Zurich (ZRH). The city centre is a simple tram and underground ride away from Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL).08:30
Sarina's day kicks off in the crew hotel, getting her strength up with a substantial breakfast of bread, muesli, fruit and eggs.
Those who prefer to skip the hotel breakfast can drop into Der Kuchenladen in Charlottenburg. "This cosy cake shop sells a remarkable selection of cakes," explains Sarina. "There's bound to be something that takes your fancy!"
Sarina's morning revolves around sport. Her jogging route also takes in Berlin's most well-known attractions...
...starting with the Zoological Garden.
The route then carries on to Potsdamer Platz, which, besides being a major traffic junction, is also the commercial heart of the German capital.
Leaving the Potsdamer Platz behind her and heading through the Tiergarten park, she reaches Berlin's most well-known site: the Brandenburger Tor.
This is just a stone's throw away from the Holocaust memorial, which is built out of 2711 concrete blocks.
The grand boulevard Unter den Linden takes Sarina to the end of her jogging itinerary, at Checkpoint Charlie.
Of course, all interesting sights can also be reached using the underground, or even by bike! ;-)
Time for food! And even that is trendy in Berlin! "There's vegan food everywhere," says Sarina, excitedly. Berlin has it all – from vegan street food festivals to vegan ice cream! Sarina's favourite is BagYard on Budapester Strasse. "This is a great place to try vegan food at reasonable prices."
Batteries recharged, it's now time to see what remains of the Berlin Wall. The free East Side Gallery exhibition in Friedrichshain is a mixture of history and art: "The sheer amount of paintings and graffiti is overwhelming!"
The Urban Spree is testimony to just how good life can be in Berlin. Sarina can "relax here and escape the commotion of the city". This arts venue is dedicated to urban culture and hosts concerts, exhibitions and workshops. "It's also a pleasant experience to stroll along the banks of the Spree when the sun comes out."
The Neukölln district is home to the cultural rooftop garden, the Klunkerkranich. This is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down, or enjoy a relaxing aperitif, listening to the sounds of the DJ.
The hugely popular restaurant NENI serves up a wide range of delicious oriental food to keep hunger pangs at bay. "It's highly recommended to reserve a table here," advises Sarina.
Our last tip of the day, the Monkey Bar, is located directly opposite, on the 10th floor of the 25hours Hotel. The bar gets its funky name from the fact that it overlooks the monkey cage in the zoo. "The view from here at night over the Berlin skyline is absolutely fabulous!"