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‘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: Gay nightlife on the cheap

Berlin: Gay nightlife on the cheap

By C H Kwak in Berlin— In 2001, a relatively obscure local politician named Klaus Wowereit proudly declared: “I’m gay, and it’s a good thing.” Berliners wasted no time electing him mayor, and he has been in office ever since. San Francisco may have boys with flowers in their hair, but Berlin is arguably the » Read more

Berlin: Where to snag remaining tickets to the Berlinale film festival

Berlin: Where to snag remaining tickets to the Berlinale film festival

Bring out the red carpet--it's February in Berlin. Unlike other film festivals, the Berlinale is truly a people's celebration with a wide open door. Here's how a regular Joe can attend an international film premiere.

How to find affordable opera tickets in Berlin

How to find affordable opera tickets in Berlin

When Berlin was divided, each side fostered its own set of performing arts venues. As a result, Berlin has not one, not two, but three state-sponsored operas today. Here’s a guide to divas, deception and drama—all so unglamorously affordable.

Berlin: 6 Cheapo Nightlife Hotspots in “Kreuzkölln”

Berlin: 6 Cheapo Nightlife Hotspots in “Kreuzkölln”

By C.H. Kwak in Berlin— Once synonymous with juvenile delinquency, the immigrant and working-class district of Neukölln has become the hottest neighborhood in Berlin. The past three years have seen especially the northern edge of Neukölln transform at a furious speed. A junk shop turns into a designer boutique overnight, a wholesaler into a tapas » Read more

Berlin: Bearpit Karaoke at the Mauerpark Flea Market

Berlin: Bearpit Karaoke at the Mauerpark Flea Market

Feeling musically inspired by Berlin’s vibrant arts and entertainment scene? Cheapos, step right up to Bearpit Karaoke! In February 2009, Irish expat Joe Hatchiban plugged in a karaoke set at Berlin’s Mauerpark Flea Market in Prenzlauer Berg. A bicycle courier by day, Hatchiban toted the necessary equipment on his vehicle: a laptop with karaoke mp3s, a microphone, » Read more

Berlin: The top venues for free (and cheap) summer concerts

Berlin: The top venues for free (and cheap) summer concerts

Nothing says summer like a great concert. Good thing Berlin has plenty of acts—both in-door and out—to offer when the weather gets hot in July and August. Big shows with hefty price tags, including Patti Smith, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire and more, will hit the capital’s dozens of stages this season. But there are » Read more

4 great (and cheap) movie theaters in Berlin

4 great (and cheap) movie theaters in Berlin

New York, Los Angeles and Paris aren’t the world’s only cinematic cities. Filmmakers love to set their films against Berlin’s exciting cityscape (which also hosts the annual Berlinale film festival). “Inglorious Basterds,” “The Bourne Supremacy” and “A Good German” are just a few of the films that have been enhanced by the city’s historic and » Read more

Berlin Festivals: A Cheapo guide to Berlin’s best events

Berlin Festivals: A Cheapo guide to Berlin’s best events

Keep pouring the champagne (or, even better, the Sekt), because we’re in a celebratory mood. The festivities surrounding the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall were such a blast, that we’re already looking forward to the city’s next mega-event. Though Germany’s capital no longer hosts the bacchanalian, techno-obsessed Love Parade, Berlin still reigns as » Read more

Berlin: Berlinale Film Festival, Feb 5-15, 2009

Berlin: Berlinale Film Festival, Feb 5-15, 2009

The 2009 Berlin International Film Festival, the “Berlinale,” will take place February 5-15. The event celebrates its 59th year in 2009 and boasts an impressive lineup, with some 350 film screenings on deck (most of which are making their debut). The festival is both an international industry event and a great chance for film enthusiasts » Read more

Berlin: Playing With Toytowners

Berlin’s expat community is diverse and far-flung. Because the city is so spread out, it can be difficult to find one central point for English speakers. But this is changing with the appearance of the Toytown Germany online community. A longtime expat fixture in Munich, the Toytown site has expanded over the last year to » Read more

Berlin: Cute Knut Update

It seems that Knut, Berlin’s über-cute polar bear cub, is alive and well—and despite the opinion of some animal-rights activists that he should have been killed rather than humanized. Three-month-old Knut made his public debut at the Berlin Zoo last weekend to the adulation of large crowds of children and an international media feeding frenzy. » Read more

Berlin: Party for the People

Berlin: Party for the People

Berlin will host a huge European Union birthday bash this weekend as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome with a mixture of politics and a bonanza of Cheapo entertainment. While European leaders sign the Berlin Declaration on European Values, museum lovers can attend the “Night of Beauty” on March 24. One » Read more

Berlin: Grandpa Mistaken for Beetle

When it comes to strange European news, Berlin is hot this week. The latest episode? Berliners looked on as a 91-year-old man got stuck to his roof while recoating it with bitumen. After the nonagenarian slipped, neighbors called the fire department. At first, observing youngsters assumed that, due to the man’s age, he was trying » Read more

Berlin: Taking Two to Tango

Berlin: Taking Two to Tango

Who says Germans can’t dance? Hordes of tango enthusiasts in Berlin do, with a dramatic snap of the head and a turn to the right. Berlin is widely known as Europe’s tango capital. On any given night, you can tango to your heart’s content, as singles or in pairs, at close to 30 different venues. » Read more

Berlin on Screen: The Lives of Others

The films nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar feature locales spanning the globe. They include India (where the playwright debuts his latest work—is prominently featured. Scattered throughout are shots of the gray buildings of Karl-Marx-Allee and, much later, shops along Ku’damm. The stark Soviet War Memorial (Schönholzer Heide) in Pankow sees a pivotal » Read more

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