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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

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’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

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

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

Top Photography Exhibitions in Berlin

Top Photography Exhibitions in Berlin

Berlin has a wealth of museums. Fans of photography will not leave the city disappointed – especially this month. Until November 25, many museums, galleries, and public buildings are displaying photographic exhibitions within the framework of the European Month of Photography, now in its fifth year in Berlin. When sorting through the multitude of offerings, » Read more

Berlin’s International Short Film Festival: November 13-18, 2012

Berlin’s International Short Film Festival: November 13-18, 2012

In its 28th year, Berlin’s International Short Film Festival will take place from November 13-18, 2012. Films will be shown in six locations around the city. And with ticket prices as low as €3, the film festival offers some top-notch entertainment à la Cheapo. A few gems hidden outside the competition program include: • Sigur Rós » Read more

Berlin: Festival of Lights shines October 10-21, 2012

Berlin: Festival of Lights shines October 10-21, 2012

In this northern European capital, the days are getting noticeably shorter, the nights are tinged with chill. But before winter sets in for good, Berlin wraps itself in a special glow – this year’s Berlin Festival of Lights runs from October 10-21, 2012. Even locals embrace the opportunity to see their city’s beloved sights in » Read more

Berlin’s Turning 775 – and You’re Invited!

Berlin’s Turning 775 – and You’re Invited!

On October 28, 1237, Berlin’s historic center, then known as Cölln, received its first mention in recorded history, and from this birth certificate of specious origin, Berlin has adopted this date as its official birthday. The “poor but sexy” city therefore turns 775 this year, and has decided to make a show of it! You » Read more

Visiting Berlin’s Reichstag: The new rules

Visiting Berlin’s Reichstag: The new rules

Things have changed a bit since our last post on visiting Berlin’s Reichstag. Here’s an update: What hasn’t changed: The building is as historically and culturally significant as ever. It still affords some of the best free views of the city. You will have to queue and go through security to get inside. The dome » Read more

Update on Berlin’s Bearpit Karaoke: The show goes on!

Update on Berlin’s Bearpit Karaoke: The show goes on!

Don’t let it be said that the people have no voice. After numerous press reports (including our own from May 22nd) on the negative developments for the popular Sunday open-air Bearpit Karaoke event in Berlin’s Mauerpark, Pankow’s elected officials took note and changed their tune. Karaoke fans and stars will now be guaranteed their Sunday » Read more

Berlin: Memorializing the Wall

Berlin: Memorializing the Wall

Ask many visitors what drew them to Berlin this summer and the chances are that they will mention “the Wall.” Odd, is it not, that one of the major attractions of the German capital is a wall that is no longer there? Dark tourism Berlin is a standard stop-off point on Europe’s dark tourism circuit, » Read more

Our favorite “high points” in Berlin, London and Paris

Our favorite “high points” in Berlin, London and Paris

On my first trip to Europe I was young, full of energy and not yet “churched out” (if you’ve visited Europe a few times, I’m certain you understand this phenomena). I’d approach each house of worship with the same gusto, taking in the stained glass, altar and vaulted ceilings before promptly paying my nominal fee to climb the » Read more

Berlin: Mauerpark Sunday Karaoke fights to keep on singing

Berlin: Mauerpark Sunday Karaoke fights to keep on singing

Sunday Karaoke in Berlin’s Mauerpark has become somewhat of a weekend institution. Major newspapers worldwide have written articles about the “Bearpit Karaoke” phenomenon. Tourists have given it their TripAdvisor seal of approval. YouTube explodes with Bearpit Karaoke videos. Even Flickr groups have been created, all dedicated to spreading the word, sound, and image of something » Read more

Berlin: 5 popular sights that can be tourist traps

Berlin: 5 popular sights that can be tourist traps

By Molly Hannon in Berlin— “A tourist trap is an establishment, or group of establishments, that has been created with the aim of attracting tourists and their money.” Wikipedia’s definition nails it on the head. Indeed, tourist traps aim to attract tourists—or to be exact, their wallets. Although Berlin is renowned for its diversity, creativity, and rich » Read more

Berlin: Three hidden spots “on the beaten path”

Berlin: Three hidden spots “on the beaten path”

By C H Kwak in Berlin— I love Berlin for all its obscure corners and strange places. And some of the best “hidden” spots are actually out in the open, right on the beaten path. As my time in Berlin comes to a close, allow me to share some of my favorite urban oases. 1. » Read more

Berlin: 5 quirky—and mostly free—museums

Berlin: 5 quirky—and mostly free—museums

By C.H. Kwak in Berlin— You’ve deciphered the Pergamon’s ancient Greek paintings, gazed at the Neue Galerie’s Expressionist works, and even rode a Trabi at the kitschy DDR Museum. Now what? According to the city’s official website, Berlin boasts a whopping 175 museums—one for every taste. For those of you who want to go off » Read more

Berlin: Remembering the Berlin Wall

Berlin: Remembering the Berlin Wall

Amid Europe’s frenzied political turmoil of 20 years ago, there were all manner of landmark dates that were stepping stones en route to a new order. And August 31, 1990 was one of the most significant. For it was 20 years ago today that representatives of the governments of East Germany and West Germany met » Read more

Favorite Place in Berlin: Prenzlauer Berg

Favorite Place in Berlin: Prenzlauer Berg

Too-too or too perfect? Either way, Prenzlauer Berg is the Berlin hood I can’t live without. Prenzlauer Berg isn’t packed with sights, but the atmosphere in this shabby-chic eastern Berlin neighborhood—especially the so-called Kollwitzkiez—is irresistible. A network of leafy lanes and avenues perched on a barely perceptible hill (“berg”) just northeast of the center, this » Read more