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Fall of the Wall 25: On the scene in Berlin

Fall of the Wall 25: On the scene in Berlin

Twenty-five years ago on the night of November 9, 1989, Berlin witnessed the Fall of the Wall, an iconic moment for the whole world. This weekend the city was aglow with lights spread out along 15km of the wall’s former path. It was a spectacular sight to behold across Berlin, and the city held several events » Read more

Berlin: Where to watch the World Cup final

Berlin: Where to watch the World Cup final

This Sunday marks the end of the FIFA World Cup run for 2014, and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Germany qualified for this year’s final with their stunning defeat of Brazil’s national team 7-1 Tuesday. (If you have been living under a rock, you can catch the highlights here.) They’ll » Read more

Berlin cheap eats: Döner, currywurst, and outdoor dining

Berlin cheap eats: Döner, currywurst, and outdoor dining

Cheapos traveling throughout Europe delight upon arriving to Berlin—after weeks of spending mad cash on “cheap” eats, from $7.50 falafels in France to $10 hot dogs in Scandinavia, Berlin offers budget travelers’ pocketbooks a reprieve. Throughout the city you’ll have no problem finding delicious meal deals, like a döner kebap piled with fresh toppings for » Read more

A Walking Tour of former East Berlin: Hanging out in Friedrichshain

A Walking Tour of former East Berlin: Hanging out in Friedrichshain

There are many corners of East Berlin that have undergone significant transitions since the GDR era. On this 4 km self-guided walk through Friedrichshain, you can sample some of this district’s finer and rougher edges, with city highlights for both day and night. These sights will be more crowded on the weekend, but for good » Read more

10 ways to explore the history of the Berlin Wall

10 ways to explore the history of the Berlin Wall

This November, the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Berlin has spent a quarter of a century reconnecting, rebuilding and redefining itself around this painful historical scar. While Berliners long sought to forget this period, thankfully numerous museums, exhibitions and tours have developed to help younger Germans and foreign » Read more

Germany’s discount bus craze: How I scored a €1 bus trip from Berlin to Bremen

Germany’s discount bus craze: How I scored a €1 bus trip from Berlin to Bremen

Berlin’s ZOB bus station is a hub that can take you to other German cities and beyond for a very economical price. But just how cheap? I recently traveled from Berlin to Bremen and back again for just €1 each way. That’s not a misprint: €1 for about a five-hour journey. Within Berlin’s public transportation network, » Read more

The €2 urban oasis: Enjoy blooms year-round in Berlin’s Britzer Garten

The €2 urban oasis: Enjoy blooms year-round in Berlin’s Britzer Garten

When the pavement and bustle of Berlin starts to get to you, just hop on any southbound M44 bus from S-Hermannstrasse and be transported into another world. It’s only a 10-minute ride away, but it feels like an eternity once you find yourself wandering this scenic public space. Located in Berlin’s Neukölln district, this is » Read more

Berlin in 2014: Book your ticket for these 5 can’t-miss events

Berlin in 2014: Book your ticket for these 5 can’t-miss events

There are always plenty of reasons to pack your bags and head to the German capital for a hip and very affordable European adventure. But in case you haven’t made your travel plans yet, we have come up with five special events to get you motivated. From blockbuster art shows to the 25th birthday of » Read more

Berlin public transit tickets: Getting the most for your money

Berlin public transit tickets: Getting the most for your money

In a previous post, we described the conditions, rules, and customs of public transportation in Berlin. This time, we’ll focus on the best ways for travelers to save using the day and tourist tickets on offer, and help break down each option, so you can save your Euros for an extra bier or two. Tips » Read more

Berlin’s Turkish Hamams: Where to get a good scrubdown

Berlin’s Turkish Hamams: Where to get a good scrubdown

The German capital, known for its large Turkish immigrant community, has heaps of Turkish culture on offer. Supermarkets, outdoor markets, shops, restaurants, and bakeries across the city cater to this population, their language, and their specific needs and preferences. Those of us who can’t afford a warm winter getaway to the Black Sea coast know » Read more

‘Tis the season for these 5 Christmas markets in Berlin

‘Tis the season for these 5 Christmas markets in Berlin

As the end of November rolls around, busy little elves begin constructing mini-villages of wooden huts across the entirety of Berlin, and city natives begin to get restless for a taste of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. By December, new residents have moved in, brightly displaying their wares and opening their cottages for business—the Christmas » Read more

Berlin: Transportation tickets explained (and why you should never go ticketless)

Berlin: Transportation tickets explained (and why you should never go ticketless)

Visitors to Berlin quickly realize that the city offers a wide range of efficient and reliable public transportation options. The system works well, and with just a bit of preparation, is quite easy to use. In this, the first of two articles covering Berlin’s public transportation, we’ll be looking at ticket options. Which ticket type? » Read more

How to save on Berlin’s boat tours and river cruises

How to save on Berlin’s boat tours and river cruises

There is something incomparable about seeing a city from the water. Though no city may ever top Amsterdam in this respect, Berlin’s regular cruises – traveling along the Spree and its canals throughout the city – provide visitors with an unparalleled view of many central sights. City Tour There are numerous boat companies plying the » Read more

Site of Remembrance: Germany’s Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Site of Remembrance: Germany’s Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Although its official title is the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe”, the massive field of gray stelae located a short walk from the Brandenburg Gate or Potsdamer Platz is commonly known as the “Holocaust memorial”. Architect Peter Eisenman’s 2,711 concrete pillars were installed over a period of two years, and the memorial opened » Read more

Berlin’s Long Nights are Worth Staying Up For

Berlin’s Long Nights are Worth Staying Up For

It all began in 1997 with the very first Lange Nacht (long night) for Berlin‘s museums. The idea is a simple one: nearly 100 museums, archives, memorials and the like team up with one communal ticket for one night, throwing the doors open until the wee hours of the morning and offering visitors the opportunity » Read more

Dodging summer construction in Berlin

Dodging summer construction in Berlin

You may have heard it said before: in northern climes, there are two seasons – winter and construction. Unfortunately for summertime visitors to Germany’s capital city, Berlin is no different. Streets, tram, and even train lines are repeatedly slimmed down or rerouted completely as crews take advantage of the warmer weather and decreased traffic to » Read more

Notable Architecture and Design in Berlin’s S- and U-Bahn Stations

Notable Architecture and Design in Berlin’s S- and U-Bahn Stations

Berlin’s two local rail networks (respectively called the S-Bahn and U-Bahn) are more than merely functional ways of getting around the city. They are destinations in their own right and — as Baedeker might have put it — certainly worth a detour. From art nouveau to art deco Swedish architect Alfred Grenander designed the showpiece » Read more

Swimming in Berlin: Our Favorite Pools and Beaches

Swimming in Berlin: Our Favorite Pools and Beaches

As there are just a handful of days every summer when Berlin’s temperatures surpass the 30° C / 85° F mark, air conditioning is virtually non-existent. If you’re not content to sweat it out like the locals, you have two options: dark and cool (movies and museum visits), or sunny and wet. Thankfully, a large » Read more

Berlin’s Picasso-rich Museum Berggruen reopens, luring art lovers to Charlottenburg

Berlin’s Picasso-rich Museum Berggruen reopens, luring art lovers to Charlottenburg

Picasso may have been from Spain and spent most of his life in France, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find some of his best works in Germany. With the recently renovated and expanded Museum Berggruen reopening, there are a number of great modernist museums in the Charlottenburg neighborhood of Berlin. Thanks to these collections, there » Read more

Berlin: Which museum pass makes the most sense for your trip?

Berlin: Which museum pass makes the most sense for your trip?

Berlin is a museum-lover’s dream—it even has its own island dedicated to these institutions of art, history and culture. But while museum-hopping makes for a fun and educational itinerary while in the city, steep admission prices can make it a costly one as well.  Luckily there are ways you can save on admission and keep » Read more

The scoop on Berlin’s best ice cream

The scoop on Berlin’s best ice cream

It may be just starting to warm up, but that doesn’t stop Berliners from regularly indulging in a few scoops of German gelato. Italian ice creams followed Germany’s first guest workers from their homes in Italy and today “gelaterias” exist in even the smallest towns across the country. While they may never meet the selection » Read more

Finding What You Need in Germany’s Discount Drugstores

Finding What You Need in Germany’s Discount Drugstores

Toothpaste or body lotion confiscated at airport security? Blisters the size of quarters from hiking around town in new sandals? Forgot to pack sunscreen or feminine hygiene products? No worries—Germany’s discount drugstore chains have this and much more covered. Ask for the nearest “Rossmann” or “dm” (day-em) store. In Germany, there’s one in practically every » Read more

Berlin: Secret lunch spot with a view at Potsdamer Platz

Berlin: Secret lunch spot with a view at Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz is one of my favorite central locations in Berlin. How can you go wrong with the Philharmonie and Neue Nationalgalerie, cinemas like CineStar and CinemaXX that screen blockbusters in English and host the Berlinale film festival each spring, living history lessons on the Berlin Wall, and a comfortable grassy knoll on which to » Read more

Aldi and Lidl, oh my! A guide to Germany’s discount grocery stores

Aldi and Lidl, oh my! A guide to Germany’s discount grocery stores

Not all grocery stores in Berlin (and Germany, for that matter) are equal. Germans are well-known for their thrifty nature, which combined with the country’s market power has resulted in some of the lowest food prices on the continent. Germany is well-acquainted with discount grocery stores, and is in fact the birthplace of the Aldi » Read more

What’s your Poison? In Berlin, try a Weisse mit Schuss

What’s your Poison? In Berlin, try a Weisse mit Schuss

When in Venice, it’s a Spritz. In Dijon, Kir’s the thing. And in Berlin? Ask for a “Weisse mit Schuss.” You probably won’t be surprised to discover that Berlin’s unique potent potable is 99% beer – a local brew called Berliner Weisse. So what’s the Schuss? It’s up to you. There are two options: raspberry » Read more

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