As summer draws to an end and trees transform to golden hues, autumn is around the corner offering a chance for new adventure in Germany’s most-loved cities. The three German Rocco Forte hotels - The Charles in Munich, Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt and Hotel de Rome in Berlin - with their central locations, are ideal bases to explore the cities and their environs, be it with a loved one or the whole family. With a catalogue of cultural experiences reigniting cities, there is much to discover in the three popular metropolises...
VILLA KENNEDY – FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Dinner or Skylight Tour on the Main River
Guests of Villa Kennedy stroll for about 20 minutes along the beautiful museum bank to the departure point of the Primus Line. Particularly in the evening, the 50-minute trip - upstream towards the Gerbermühle and downstream towards the Griesheim lock - is a great way to see the city. If you want to enjoy the view of the illuminated skyline with a delicious four-course meal and a glass of champagne, opt for the monthly Riversight Dinner cruise. In any case, the perfect end to an eventful day.https://www.primus-linie.de/en/
Call me Rembrandt
From 6 October 2021 to 30 January 2022, the Städel Museum, together with the National Gallery of Canada, will for the first time focus on Rembrandt's rise to international fame during his years in Amsterdam. Works by Rembrandt from the Städel Museum's collection will be combined with loans from international collections such as the National Gallery in London, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin. Villa Kennedy has created a special overnight package for art lovers, which includes overnight accommodation, breakfast included, a complimentary upgrade to the next room category as well as the ticket to the nearby Städel Museum, which is only a 10-minute walk from the hotel. The offer can be booked from 300 euros per double room pernight. https://www.staedelmuseum.de/en/rembrandt-in-amsterdam
Wine Harvest in the Rheingau - A Mecca for Lovers
Villa Kennedy is the perfect starting point to explore one of the many vineyards around the Main metropolis. With the "Lohrberger Hang", you will even find a piece of the famous Rheingau wine-growing region within Frankfurt's city limits. The Villa Kennedy concierge team will be happy to draw up an individual programme to take you on a discovery and tasting tour. Afterwards, for example, you can enjoy a delicious lunch at Burg Schwarzenstein, with a unique view of the vineyards.
If you want to help out and follow the grapes’ journey from the vine to the cellar, there are also numerous opportunities, such as during the grape harvest at Schloss Vollrads.
Family Time - A city trip full of exciting experiences
Frankfurt, the city nicknamed "Mainhattan", offers a variety of experiences for the whole family. For the best overview, visit the Maintower, the city's tallest building with a 360-degree visitor platform. Botanists should not miss the Palmengarten, one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Germany. Visitors to the Senckenberg Museum can follow in the footsteps of the dinosaurs with breathtaking excavations of the primeval giants and other highlights.
HOTEL DE ROME – BERLIN
Berlin's new cultural centre
The Humboldt Forum is the new centre for art, culture and science in the heart of the historic Mitte, opposite the Museum Island and within walking distance of the Hotel de Rome. A special feature is the architecture: the façade is a partial reconstruction of the former baroque palace. 36,000 square metres worth of exhibits from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania as well as objects on the history of Berlin are on display. From 22 September 2021, the world-famous collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art will be presented, including highlights such as a walk-in teahouse from Japan or the famous boats from Oceania. https://www.visitberlin.de/en/humboldt-forum
The new "U-Bahn Line 5" runs right through Berlin's historic centre. Three new, ultra-modern underground stations have been built between Alexanderplatz and Brandenburg Gate: Rotes Rathaus, Unter den Linden and Museumsinsel, vaulted with a radiant starry sky. https://www.visitberlin.de/en/u5-berlins-new-metro-line
Reopening of the "Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin".
In autumn, a world-famous museum will welcome its guests again after years of renovation: the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin. The famous steel and glass building designed by the famous architect Mies van der Rohe in 1968 shows exciting temporary exhibitions alongside masterpieces of the 20th century. https://www.visitberlin.de/en/event/neue-nationalgalerie
“The Cool and the Cold” at the Gropius Bau -24 September 2021 until 9 January 2022
Outstanding pieces from the collection of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne will be on display in Berlin: The couple Peter and Irene Ludwig were among the first art collectors in Europe to buy both American art and art from the Soviet Union during the Cold War. In Berlin, an exciting group exhibition has now been conceived in which works of art from the different political camps in East and West are juxtaposed. The works on display include those of Andy Warhol, Erik Bulatov, Jackson Pollock and Viktor Pivorarov. The Cool and the Cold. Malerei aus den USA und der UdSSR 1960-1990/ Painting in the USA and the USSR
Discover Berlin with family and kids
ANOHA - new children's museum
After the complete redesign of the Jewish Museum Berlin in 2020, the new ANOHA children's museum, the Jewish Museum's children's world, welcomes all Berlin guests of primary school and nursery age. The focus is on Noah's Ark, a large wooden round ship, circled and flown around by around 150 animals: artistic sculptures made of sustainable materials there to be explored, understood and accompanied. https://www.visitberlin.de/en/anoha
The world's most diverse zoo
Whether young or old - in the world's most species-rich zoo, Berlin Zoo, with over 20,000 animals, there are always exciting things to discover from the world of animals. On a joint family outing to Berlin Zoo, around 10,000 native and exotic animals can be discovered at close quarters. https://www.visitberlin.de/en/zoo-berlin#/
Tunnel walks in the underworld for teens
Berlin has its very own underground secrets. So the walks through the old bunkers and shafts of Germany's capital city offer an exciting insight into Berlin's past. The tours are suitable for older children aged 13 and over .https://www.visitberlin.de/en/berlins-unterwelten-museum
THE CHARLES HOTEL – MUNICH
The Munich Dult is cult
The Auer Dult is one of the most popular events in Munich and is considered one of the largest porcelain and ceramics markets in Europe. But also for friends of art and antiques there are exciting things to discover at the numerous stalls. If you want to experience market life with the market criers, you have to walk through Neuheitengasse. In addition to numerous fairground stalls, there is also plenty for children to discover, from pony rides to chain carousels. The autumn Kirchweihdult takes place from 16 to 24 October 2021 and is always worth a trip with the whole family.
Multimedia art spectacle: Van Gogh Alive
Until 1 November 2021, visitors to Utopia will experience Van Gogh's artworks in a new, special and spectacular way: "Van Gogh Alive" is a digital art exhibition that allows visitors to interact with art. Sounds, colours, lights and scents offer a multi-sensory experience in which Van Gogh's works come alive and become tangible with all the senses. https://www.vangogh-alive.de/en/
Under the Open Sky: On the Road with Kandinsky and Münter
Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter were the defining figures of the Blaue Reiter. But what many art fans do not know: The two were already working together before the emergence of the new avant-garde movement. It is precisely this period, from 1902 to 1908, that the exhibition at the Lenbachhaus, just a five-minute walk from The Charles Hotel, is dedicated to. Münter draws Kandinsky and vice versa "in the open air" - which allows very intimate insights into the private lives of the two exceptional artists until 30 January 2022.
Munich Highlights - Munich's Number 1 Art Fair
Since 2010, the HIGHLIGHTS International Art Fair Munich has stood as a boutique fair for an exquisite trade fair event for collectors and professionals and impresses with a select, sophisticated and manageable range of art and antiques. In a personal salon-like atmosphere, yet close to the hustle and bustle of the experts, art-loving visitors will be able to look back over 3000 years of art history at selected exhibitors from 21 to 24 October 2021. The diverse and exquisite range of exhibits covers a broad spectrum from antiquities and Renaissance Kunstkammer objects to Baroque arts and crafts and 19th century paintings.
Richard Hambleton - The Forgotten Shadow Man
Richard Hambleton was one of the first street artists in America and is regarded worldwide as the "Godfather of Street Art". As a young artist, he shocked the public with chalk drawings on pavements, the kind you usually find of murder victims at a crime scene. Also famous are the distorted shadows he immortalised in the dark New York backyards in the 1980s. His works can be seen as a special exhibition at the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art (MUCA) until December 2021. https://www.muca.eu/en/
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Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a collection of 15 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas. Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Hotel de la Ville and Rocco Forte House, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Rocco Forte Villas and Villa Igiea, Sicily; Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels and Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg . www.roccofortehotels.com
Future openings: The Westbund Hotel, Shanghai, The Carlton Milano