West of Tiergarten Park, Charlottenburg is connected to the center of Berlin via a main road that runs right through the Brandenburg Gate. In the former West German part of Berlin, it remains one of the city's most glamorous and well-off neighborhoods. Most famous for containing Charlottenburg Palace, the largest palace in Germany, the district has chi-chi homes, glitzy shopping, and deluxe Charlottenburg MICE venues. It also contains more than its fair share of museums, a nod to its history as the place to be for the city's intellectuals and artists. It also is home to the Berlin Zoo. Adjacent Wilmersdorf is generally included in any mention of Charlottenburg.
Berlin Tegel "Otto Lilienthal" Airport (TXL) is the main international entry point for the city, that is until the new Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER) opens. Tegel is five miles northwest of the city center. Flights arrive from all over the world.
Actually in Charlottenburg is Europe's largest congress center, the International Congress Center Berlin, which has 80 rooms seating between 20 and 9,100 persons. Berlin's main convention center is the Berlin ExpoCenter City, which has 1.6 million square feet of exhibition space in 26 exhibit halls, as well as 54 meeting rooms and a 100,000-square-foot Summer Garden.
Charlottenburg MICE hotels include the 316-room Wyndham Berlin Excelsior, which has nine meeting rooms, the largest able to host up to 120 persons; the 278-room Hotel Palace Berlin, which has 17 meeting rooms and banquet space for up to 1,000 persons; the 69-room Hecker's Hotel Kurfuerstendamm, which has a meeting room for 30 persons; and Louisa's Place, a traditional yet boutique property with 47 suites and two meeting rooms.
Special MICE venues in Charlottenburg include a fine museum called The Story of Berlin, where groups also can get access to see the nuclear air-raid shelter that sits beneath. The museum itself chronicles the complex history of the city, and rentable spaces include The Time Tunnel for 200 persons, The Divided City for up to 120, and the Nuclear Shelter itself for up to 450 (it looks far less welcoming when on show for "effect" rather than "event"). Other choices include the Museum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Villa Oppenheim, which is a beautiful villa with a library, cafe, and gallery space, among other areas; the permanent Tipi am Kanzleramt marquee, which has banquet space for 500 persons and reception space for 800; Eventlocation Wasserwerk, which is in the city's former water pumping station, is cool, and has space for up to 800 persons; and the Kommunale Galerie Berlin, a gallery space that exhibits modern art and photography.
There are sufficient restaurants in this well-kept part of town for your group. Choose from the Marjellchen, which serves traditional German cuisine; the beautiful cafe in the beautiful Literaturhaus Berlin, which has a winter garden, a garden full of art, and a bookstore downstairs; Ottenthal, a fine-dining spot serving Austrian cuisine; the superb Restaurant Weinrot in the Hotel Savoy; and the low-key, group-friendly, German-cuisine Dicke Wirtin.