There's no two ways about it. Berlin is a looooonnnggg way from home.
But for Australians there's no better time to travel to the German capital than now.
With our strong exchange rate and cut-price airfares, the arctic chill can turn on a magical winter wonderland at this time of year.
And there's no better place to make your travel base than the Brandenburger Hof Hotel in Berlin's ritzy Charlottenburg just off the famous Kurfurstendamm shopping precinct and near Europe's largest department store the Kaufhaus des Westens. (KaDeWe)
I could easily pull up sticks here for a few weeks...
I wanted to ship this bed back home with me
after a long chilly day of sight-seeing, there'splenty of room to put up your feet.....
Nougat, marshmallows and iced gingerbread to keep the energy up
Through the lobby is one of the coolest lounge bars
And some interesting pieces of art collected and curated by the hotel's owner
The service is impeccable. And yes we did feel like royalty for the day.
Third row from the front at the intimate Admiralpalast Theatre.
My Only Love.
You have got to come here.