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B E R LI N B ES T O F WHERE TO PLAY


Berlin city breaks are as popular as ever – Sarah Woods reveals what the city offers and where to tee off nearby


With a golfing tradition dating back more than a century, Berlin is home to some of Germany’s most prestigious golf clubs. Below we list three of the best that are open to non-members too.


Faldo Course Berlin (A-ROSA Resorts & Hideaways) Why go: It's a tough course providing a good challenge Distance from Berlin: 45 mins by car. Green fee: £75-£90. a-rosa-golf.de


Once reunification glued Berlin back together, the city seemed to double in energy overnight. Communities redefined themselves, businesses boomed, and Berliners dazzled the rest of Europe with their bright, bold outlook and decadent zeal. Everything was new and hip (or Cold War cool and kooky) unless it was the fine architecture of Baroque palaces, cathedral spires and cobblestoned backstreets. Today, the city enjoys a confidence


expressed in its nightclubs, cuting-edge arts world and creative hubs that breed the fresh new daring start-ups launching in the city. Success is celebrated and shared here between a scene of designers, photographers, media types, performance artists and creatives that transcends decades of partition. Its neighbourhoods of distinctly different


character — stylish Schoneberg, oh-so-trendy Mite, grity Friedrichshain and charming Kreuzberg — are, in part, overshadowed by the vast sprawling leafy gardens of the city park, Tiergarten. Berliners gravitate to this magnificent 10 hectares of former noble hunting grounds, now the city's largest and most popular green space, to stroll the shrub-trimmed paths, grab a breath of fresh


air in the French-inspired gardens, enjoy picnics, cycle or jog, or even fire up a weekend barbecue. Children scramble over climbing frames in summer or ice skate on small frozen lakes in winter where once Elector of Brandenburg Friedrich Wilhelm conquered wild game. The city has almost 200 museums,


innumerable historic monuments, riverside promenades, lakeside cafes, beer gardens and many of Germany’s finest restaurants (4,700 and counting... not to mention more Turkish doner kebab shops than Istanbul). Today, as the political home of Germany's Federal Government and the seat of German power, as well as the nation’s intellectual and educational centre, Berlin is a formidable metropolis. In 2014, it marked 25 years since the fall of the Wall by pledging to continue its urban and social reinvention thus securing its status as one of Europe’s most fast-paced and forward-thinking cities. Its past, present and future continue


to wow its visitors. Berlin is packed with atractions before you reach the fairways — from wine tastings, river cruises and visits to the many bullet-batered WWII buildings to gastronomic tours, spas, orchestral shows and seasonal markets.


Golfanlagen Gross-Kienitz Why go: A good course for beginners. Distance from Berlin: 40 mins by car. Green fee: £13 (12- hole par-3 course). grosskienitz.de


Golf Resort Berlin Pankow Why go: Most convenient for a quick round from the city. Distance from Berlin: 15 mins by car. Green fee: £38-£50. golf-pankow.de


ESSENTIALS


WHEN TO GO: May to September. FLIGHT TIME: 1h45m. CONTACT: visitberlin.de germany.travel


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