Occupying a 1930s building that originally was Berlin’s Royal Danish Embassy, Das Stue‘s unique heritage is reflected in its name, the Danish term for “living room.” The hotel incorporates the prominence of its classicist facade and the natural beauty of its leafy Tiergarten address, formerly the city’s royal hunting grounds. The owners have created a sophisticated urban retreat with personalized comforts – much like the living room of someone who is well connected in Berlin and has immediate access to the city’s countless attractions.
The grand lobby features eye-popping artworks and a gorgeous restored staircase, and leads through to the hotel’s lounge, bar, restaurants and garden terrace.
Patricia Urquiola, the acclaimed Spanish architect and designer, brings her signature sleek and elegant touch to the hotel’s interiors, which range from the funky mix of colourful sofas and animal sculptures in the lounge to the more neutral, distinguished tones of the Casual Restaurant, and a cosy outdoor dining terrace that rather cutely abuts the Ostrich enclosure of the neighbouring Zoo.
Michelin-starred Catalan chef Paco Pérez helms Das Stue’s own Michelin-starred eatery, serving avant-garde Mediterranean cuisine combined with local accents.
Most of the 78 guestrooms at this grand boutique hotel in Berlin have views of either the animals in the neighboring Berlin Zoo or the leafy Tiergarten. Thanks to its former life as the Danish embassy, the rooms and suites in the old part of this hotel benefit from the high ceilings and generous space. The large rooms in the hotel’s new building are equally charming thanks to floor-to-ceiling views of the zoo and their elegant design. Fourteen rooms feature terraces and balconies. Das Stue has also incorporated eco-friendly heating amenities, furthering the hotel’s concept of bringing together the historic, the modern, and the contemporary in a remarkable and replenishing symbiosis.
wellness & spa
Relax, let go, and enjoy: Rituals of nurturing and pampering are combined with the ancient knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine to create a holistic entity in the Susanne Kaufmann™ Boutique SPA. Wholesome products are used, containing no chemical additives or colourants. Facial and body treatments are centred on anti-aging and active regeneration – awakening new life energies and bringing vitality into the daily routine.
Paco Perez’s celebrated Cinco restaurant is an impressive match of warm contemporary design and high end food. Having already earned four Michelin stars with his two restaurants in Spain, his Meditteranean flair has earned him one more here. Perez offers a more modest (but still delicious) menu in the The Casual Restaurant, which also doubles as the breakfast room, and his influence can even be felt in some of the classic 1920s and 1930s cocktails served up in the bar.
Exclusive Zoo Entrance
When staying at Das Stue, you’ll benefit from the exclusive access to the adjacent Berlin Zoo through the bar’s terrace. The spectacular views of the zoo’s antelope and ostrich enclosure are no longer just a feast for the eyes. Guests can enjoy a seamless ‘urban safari-like’ experience in the very heart of the city without having to queue at the official entrance, thereby saving precious holiday time.
With its private zoo access, Das Stue family has taken over the sponsorship of the newborn red giant kangaroo that was born on March 2, 2016. The little girl called “Stuy” welcomes you when stepping into the zoo and if you are lucky hops along with you upon your first steps.
JOHANN EMIL SCHAUDT, AXTHELM ARCHITEKTEN
Originally built in the 1930s, Das Stue’s diplomatic legacy is evident in the heritage building’s stately architecture and modernist façade, designed by German architect Johann Emil Schaudt (1871-1957) and inspired by Danish classicism. Located in Berlin’s diplomatic quarter, Das Stue was renovated to invoke a calming ambiance, with open spaces and contemporary minimalist design.
The Potsdam-based firm Axthelm Architekten added a new wing on the building’s former back courtyard, which is clad in a floral-patterned concrete surface acting as an elegant counterbalance to the rough dressed stone of the main building.
PATRICIA URQUIOLA & LVG ARQUITECTURA S.L.P.
Quality, heritage, and contemporary design converge at Das Stue. Star designer Patricia Urquiola oversaw the artistic direction of the property’s public spaces, creating a striking yet cozy mélange of places where guests can lounge, including the muted couches and chairs in shades of yellow, rust, and grey in the hotel’s library.
Based on Urquiola’s concept, LVG Arquitectura S.L.P. outfitted the hotel’s 78 guestrooms in subdued modern decor that emphasizes polished surfaces and rich fabrics. The rooms are designed to recall the open spaces of villa environments, complemented by high ceilings, hardwood floors and views of the adjacent Tiergarten.
Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪
Berlin’s combo of glamour and grit is bound to mesmerise anyone keen to explore its vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food, intense parties and tangible history.
High on History
Bismarck and Marx, Einstein and Hitler, JFK and Bowie, they’ve all shaped – and been shaped by – Berlin, whose richly textured history stares you in the face at every turn. This is a city that staged a revolution, was headquartered by Nazis, bombed to bits, divided in two and finally reunited – and that was just in the 20th century! Walk along remnants of the Berlin Wall, marvel at the splendour of a Prussian palace, visit Checkpoint Charlie or stand in the very room where the Holocaust was planned. Berlin is like an endlessly fascinating 3D textbook where the past is very much present wherever you go.
Forget about New York – Berlin is the city that truly never sleeps. Sometimes it seems as though Berliners are the lotus eaters of Germany, people who love nothing more than a good time. The city’s vast party spectrum caters for every taste, budget and age group. From tiny basement clubs to industrial techno temples, chestnut-canopied beer gardens to fancy cocktail caverns, saucy cabarets to ear-pleasing symphonies – Berlin delivers hot-stepping odysseys, and not just after dark and on weekends but pretty much 24/7. Pack your stamina!
When it comes to creativity, the sky’s the limit in Berlin, Europe’s newest start-up capital. In the last 20 years, the city has become a giant lab of cultural experimentation thanks to an abundance of space, cheap rent and a free-wheeling spirit that nurtures and encourages new ideas. Top international performers grace its theatre, concert and opera stages; international art-world stars like Olafur Eliasson and Jonathan Meese make their home here; and Clooney and Hanks shoot blockbusters in the German capital. High-brow, low-brow and everything in between – there’s plenty of room for the full arc of cultural expression.
Berlin is a big multicultural metropolis but deep down it maintains the unpretentious charm of an international village. Locals follow the credo ‘live and let live’ and put greater emphasis on personal freedom and a creative lifestyle than on material wealth and status symbols. Cafes are jammed at all hours, drinking is a religious rite and clubs keep going until the wee hours or beyond. Size-wise, Berlin is pretty big but its key areas are wonderfully compact and easily navigated on foot, by bike or by using public transport.
Prepare for a roller coaster of feasts, treats and temptations as you take in Germany’s soul-stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, big-city beauties, romantic palaces and half-timbered towns.
There’s something undeniably artistic in the way Germany’s scenery unfolds – the corrugated, dune-fringed coasts of the north; the moody forests, romantic river valleys and vast vineyards of the centre, and the off-the-charts splendour of the Alps, carved into rugged glory by glaciers and the elements. All are integral parts of a magical natural matrix that’s bound to give your camera batteries a workout. Get off the highway and into the great outdoors to soak up the epic landscapes that makes each delicious, slow, winding mile so precious.
Pleasures of Civilisation
You’ll encounter history in towns where streets were laid out long before Columbus set sail, and in castles that loom above prim, half-timbered villages where flower boxes billow with crimson geraniums. The great cities – Berlin, Munich and Hamburg among them – come in more flavours than a jar of jelly beans but will all wow you with a cultural kaleidoscope that spans the arc from art museums and high-brow opera to naughty cabaret and underground clubs. And wherever you go, Romanesque, Gothic and baroque classics rub rafters with architectural creations from modern masters such as Daniel Libeskind, David Chipperfield and Frank Gehry.
Experiencing Germany through its food and drink will add a rich layer to your memories (and possibly your belly!). You’ll quickly discover that the local food is so much more than sausages and pretzels, schnitzel and roast pork accompanied by big mugs of foamy beer. Beyond the clichés awaits a cornucopia of regional and seasonal palate-teasers. Share the German people’s obsession with white asparagus in springtime, chanterelle mushrooms in summer and game in autumn. Sample not only the famous beer but also world-class wines, most notably the noble Riesling.
High on History
Few countries have had as much impact on the world as Germany, which has given us the Hanseatic League, the Reformation and yes, Hitler and the Holocaust, but also the printing press, the automobile, aspirin and MP3 technology. It is the birthplace of Martin Luther, Albert Einstein and Karl Marx, of Goethe, Beethoven, the Brothers Grimm and other heavyweights who, each in their own way, have left their mark on human history. You can stand in a Roman amphitheatre, sleep in a medieval castle and walk along remnants of the Berlin Wall – in Germany the past is very much present wherever you go.