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Berlin: Weird but memorable restaurant options

Berlin: Weird but memorable restaurant options

Though Berlin has now collected more Michelin stars than any other German city, its most special dining experiences may not lie within the hallowed, star-covered kitchens of the capital, but rather its unique and sometimes kitschy offerings. Here a selection of Berlin’s weird but memorable food options. Sauvage Neukölln (Reuterkiez, U8-Hermannplatz) Dinner only, closed Mondays. » Read more

Berlin Brief: US visits up in 2012; airberlin adds new Chicago flight

Berlin Brief: US visits up in 2012; airberlin adds new Chicago flight

The American love affair with Berlin seems to be growing stronger, as US travelers continue to visit the German capital in record numbers. Despite a sluggish global economy and a strong euro, Berlin is thriving as a tourist destination, attracting big crowds in 2011 and 2012. Last year the city attracted nearly 10 million visitors » 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

Where to Get your Brunch on in Berlin

Where to Get your Brunch on in Berlin

Though Paris and Vienna may have Berlin beat for cafe culture, there is one thing this Teutonic neighbor does better – and that is Sunday brunch! After a late night out in Berlin’s club scene, the city sleeps in, then rises around 11 or noon and settles in at a favorite restaurant with a large » Read more

Berlin Cheap Eats: Eat and drink with locals along Akazienstrasse

Berlin Cheap Eats: Eat and drink with locals along Akazienstrasse

There are numerous addresses in Berlin where hotel desk clerks and even local friends may send you to find dinner – streets littered on both sides with any number of restaurants and bars to please the whims of nearly any crowd seeking chow. Here you’ll find yourself in good company with hundreds of other hungry » 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

Berlin: Cheapest getaways by bus and train

Berlin: Cheapest getaways by bus and train

When you’ve had enough of the German capital and just need a day on the beach of the Baltic coast, a visit to neighboring Poland, or perhaps a visit to another historical city, we’ve got your back! Below you’ll find a list of the cheapest and easiest regularly available and publicly offered day trips and » 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

Bier Bitte! Three favorite biergartens in Berlin

Bier Bitte! Three favorite biergartens in Berlin

By Molly Hannon in Berlin— Although Germany’s southern region of Bavaria tends to rule the roost when it comes to beer, Berlin manages to deliver some good pours. With summer on the horizon, a biergarten visit is a necessity. Here is a list of three of our favorites from Berlin’s eclectic cast of biergartens—both on » Read more

Bad news for BERlin: Airport Edition

Bad news for BERlin: Airport Edition

While meeting an arriving friend at Berlin’s Tegel Airport last week, we both heaved an internal sigh over what would be our last trip to that airport. Tegel’s no more special than any other airport really (although its design *is* unique, if entirely impracticable in the current airport security climate), unless you count all the » Read more

Berlin: Our 3 favorite bakeries for your daily bread

Berlin: Our 3 favorite bakeries for your daily bread

By Molly Hannon in Berlin— It is no exaggeration to say that bread is the staff of life in Germany, and although the recent organic health-food renaissance may make whole-grain bread seem like a recent phenomenon, it clearly is not. This wholesome, dense bread dates back to the time of the Gauls and Visigoths and has » Read more

Berlin: 5 cocktail bars for a (shaken, not stirred) night out

Berlin: 5 cocktail bars for a (shaken, not stirred) night out

By Molly Hannon in Berlin— The cocktail renaissance is no gastro-fetish, but has become a lasting and lovable trend in cities around the world. Berlin is no exception and now the gritty capital, renowned for its vibrant nightlife, adds new verve to the art of mixology. With warmer weather in the forecast, spiked punch is » 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: 5 delicious cheap eats in Neukölln

Berlin: 5 delicious cheap eats in Neukölln

By Molly Hannon in Berlin— The predominantly Turkish district of Neukölln in Berlin is no longer a no man’s land of imbisses and döner kebab stands. Although the Turkish influence still looms large, there are some new kids in town, the majority of whom are artists, designers and chefs, all drawn to the neighborhood’s affordable rents. » Read more

Berlin: Cheapo events calendar for February – June 2012

Berlin: Cheapo events calendar for February – June 2012

We’re always ready to head to Berlin. However, a number of Cheapo-friendly events taking place over the next several months has us ready to jam, dance, put on a wig and check out some art. (In other words, we’re ready for Berlin.) Here’s a quick run-down of free or cheapish events to attend in Berlin » 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: 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 in the Summer: Five ways to cool down

Berlin in the Summer: Five ways to cool down

By C H Kwak— Summer in Berlin is glorious, but the heat can really get to you. Air conditioning is virtually unheard of (including in hotels in Berlin), and the subways and buses start feeling more like saunas. When the thermometer starts rising, try these popular ways to cool down, local style. 1. Bathing: Au » Read more

Berlin: Cheap eats along Kreuzberg’s Falckensteinstrasse

Berlin: Cheap eats along Kreuzberg’s Falckensteinstrasse

By C H Kwak in Berlin— Some streets in Berlin are so jam-packed with cheapo establishments that they deserve their own blog post. Falckensteinstrasse, in the fast gentrifying Wrangelkiez, is one of them. This Kreuzberg street, which intersects with the hoppin’ Schlesische Strasse, has a number of budget eateries worth checking out. Here are my » Read more

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