Join the Susan Llewellyn Academy for a design tour of historic Berlin from October 10-14, 2012.
Accommodation will be in one of the finest Small Luxury Hotels of The World, the 5 star contemporary Brandenburger Hof Hotel (www.brandenburger-hof.com). Classical meets modern design to striking effect in this hotel located in a quiet tree lined street in the heart of the city, renowned for elegant, beautifully lit public rooms, the green oasis of the Japanese Courtyard and Michelin Star Die Quadriga Restaurant.
"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to lead you across Berlin. The city was the leader in design for modernism pre-World War 2 and has influenced design throughout the world ever since. Berlin is now experiencing its own 21st Century renaissance and continues to inspire future trends and styles. Known for its rich collection of Museums, Galleries, Historical and Architectural attractions, Design Institutes and experts in the world of Interior Design & Decoration, we have developed a comprehensive yet unique itinerary with visits to Berlin's best known locations and some hidden gems!" -Susan Llewellyn
Wednesday 10 October
Independent arrival of guests at Brandenburger Hof Hotel, 15 minutes from Tegel Airport.
15:00 Private Guided Sightseeing Tour through Berlin
16:30 Private Visit to the Jan Kath Showroom Situated in an old factory, Jan Kath has created a new perspective on carpets. Said to be a couturier for floors, she has combined the classic elements of Oriental carpets with contemporary minimalist design.
18:30 Auguststrasse Experience one of the most vibrant areas of Berlin. In the wake of the Berlin Wall the Auguststrasse became a cultural hub for artists, filled with impromptu exhibition spaces it is a hive of galleries showing an eclectic mix of visual and photographic arts.
19:15 Guided Tour MeCollectors Room Located at the heart of Berlin’s contemporary scene, engage and interact with the rotating exhibitions, displaying works from the 16th century up to today.
20:30 Dinner in the Quadriga Lounge
Thursday 11 October
08:00 Brandenburger Hof à la carte breakfast taken each morning from 8:00am
10:00 Jewish Museum Guided Architectural Tour The controversial choice to found a Jewish museum in Germany, reflects the change in the perception of Jewish history against the backdrop of the Holocaust. The long narrow galleries with slanting floors and zig-zag rooms are designed to provoke a feeling of loss and disorientation. One of the most spectacular architectural buildings in Berlin.
11:00 Checkpoint Charlie It was the best-known crossing point of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. A symbol of the division of East and West Berlin. Set in ‘no man’s land’ under the watchful glare of armed towers until its fall in 1989.
14:30 - 18:00 Free time
18:30 Aperitif and finger-food at Welter Manufaktur für Wandunikate A private viewing of the stylish, diverse and authentic collection of Welter wallpapers.
20:00 Dinner at restaurant ‘Volt’ (Kreuzberg) Chef Matthias Gleis has interpreted traditional German dishes and added a flare of Mediterranean accents in this renovated power station.
Friday 12 October
10:30 Highlights of Kolonnadenhof Museumsinsel Guided tour of the museum taking in the breathtaking painted bust of Nefertiti.
12:30 Highlights of the Pergamon Museum Nestled on Museum Island, renowned for its archaeological highlights including the Pergamon Alter, enchanting sculpture of goddess Athena, a panelled room from a merchant’s house in Syria and a beautiful palace reconstructed with interiors from ancient Assyria.
13:30 Replica Workshop close to Schloss Charlottenburg Private viewing of the unique ‘musee imaginaire’ part of the cultural & architectural history of Berlin’s museums.
14:30 Guided Architectural Tour Tempelhof Airport This iconic airport sits on a warren of underground tunnels. It was here airplane parts were assembled during World War 2.
17:00 – 20:00 Free time
20:30 Dinner at restaurant Pauly Saal Located in a former Jewish Girls School and inspired by Berlin’s roaring 20’s & 30’s.
Saturday 13 October
10:00 Guided Tour Neue Palais Friedrich-Wohnung and Unteres Fürstenquartier Guide by the Education Officer through the palace. 11:30 Tour of the Alte Meierei A visit to the craft brewery and restaurant overlooking Potsdam’s scenic waters.
12:00 Exclusive Private Boarding of the Royal Luise Kings’ Sailing Ship Includes light lunch on board once we have set sail on the recreation of the ‘floating landmark’ of Prussia.
14:45 - 18:00 Free time
18:00 Reichstag at Sundown A visit to the Cupola at the top of the Reichstag, to take in the views across the city. From this advantageous point you can clearly see the marriage between Prussian and contemporary Berlin.
19:45 Brandenburger Tor Memorial The Neo-Classical structure modelled on the gateway of the Acropolis, depicts scenes from Greek mythology. Situated at the end of grand boulevard Unter den Linden, the 18th century gate built as a symbol of peace became a symbol of a divided city during the Cold War.
21:15 Dinner at restaurant Die Quadriga Michelin star cuisine and award winning wine cellar.
Sunday 14 October
10:30 Private Tour Bauhaus Museum of Design The Bauhaus Museum is an archive devoted to the research, influence and history of the Bauhaus, the 20 Century’s most important school of design, art and architecture.
12:30 Farewell at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Built in the 1890’s in neo-romanesque style, this Protestant Church was badly damaged by the British during an air raid in World War 2, rebuilt in the early 60‘s, constructed of concrete, steel and glass is nicknamed “Lippenstift und Puderdose” - the lipstick and powder box.
14:00 Check out
For more information and booking visit:
The Susan Llewellyn Academy of Interior Design
The Draycott Education Centre
90-100 Sydney Street | London SW3 6NJ
Telephone +44 (0)7803 070204