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Berlin: The city’s best beer gardens

Berlin: The city’s best beer gardens

By C H Kwak in Berlin— ‘Tis the time–to take a seat outside and enjoy a beer (or two) with friends. Going to a beer garden (biergarten in German) is a quintessential Berlin summer activity and should be on the list for any visitor during the warmer months. Among the many beer garden options the » Read more

Berlin: Vegetarian and vegan food on the cheap

Berlin: Vegetarian and vegan food on the cheap

By C H Kwak in Berlin— I stopped being a vegetarian when I came to Germany as an exchange student in a provincial town—otherwise I might have lived on salad for a whole semester. Things are a little different in Berlin. Many restaurants offer vegetarian options, and there are plenty of joints that are completely » Read more

Berlin Bookstores: English booksellers in Berlin

Berlin Bookstores: English booksellers in Berlin

By C H Kwak in Berlin— In a bustling, art and club-filled city like Berlin, there are always reasons to go out at night. Sometimes, however, you just want to curl up with a book. Here are four places I frequent to pick up English books, new and used. 1. Another Country (Bookshop) Riemannstraße 7, » Read more

Berlin Winter Survival: Cafes and bars with fireplaces

Berlin Winter Survival: Cafes and bars with fireplaces

I totally dig the screensavers that show burning logs on loop, but they’re not going to warm me up. Luckily, there are some bars and cafés around Berlin that still have real, functioning fireplaces.

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: 5 delicious lunch deals for under €5

Berlin: 5 delicious lunch deals for under €5

By C H Kwak in Berlin— Döner kebap, currywurst, burgers and fries… There’s no shortage of options when it comes to fast food in Berlin. But why compromise when you can sit down and have a square midday meal for the price of a latte? Here are five weekday lunch deals that won’t set you » Read more

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: 7 Christmas Markets You Shouldn’t Miss

Berlin: 7 Christmas Markets You Shouldn’t Miss

By C.H. Kwak in Berlin— ‘Tis the season… to shop and drink mulled wine, that is. Christmas markets in Berlin have been spreading faster than bedbugs in New York. Today there are over 60 markets in Berlin. You really don’t need me to tell you where to go, since you will stumble onto one at » Read more

Berlin: 5 Tearooms to Keep You Warm in the Winter

Berlin: 5 Tearooms to Keep You Warm in the Winter

By C H Kwak in Berlin— “Abwarten und Tee trinken,” or wait and drink tea, is a German idiom that means being patient. Good things come to those who wait, and we Berliners have been patient long enough. Today, there’s a number of cozy tea places in Berlin to help us weather the long winter. » Read more

Berlin: The best Currywurst in town

Berlin: The best Currywurst in town

By C.H. Kwak in Berlin— Currywurst, grilled or fried sausage served with ketchup and curry powder, is a signature Berlin dish. Inspired by American soldiers eating steaks with ketchup, a certain Frau Herta Heuwer invented it in 1949 from her sausage stand at Kantstrasse 101 (where a memorial to her legacy shares the address with » Read more

Berlin Transportation: See the sights by public train, ferry or bus

Berlin Transportation: See the sights by public train, ferry or bus

By C H Kwak in Berlin— Why shell out €12 for a “self-guided” bus tour of Berlin, when you can see the same historic sights (and more) on public transportation—and for a fraction of the cost? BVG, Berlin’s public transit authority, runs an efficient network of trains, buses, trams and ferries all over town. Use » 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: 5 great bakeries for coffee and cake

Berlin: 5 great bakeries for coffee and cake

You know Germans take their baked goods seriously when the recipe for the famed Black Forrest Cake is strictly regulated by the state. Fittingly, one of the most venerable traditions in Germany is Kaffee und Kuchen, or coffee and cake eaten after an afternoon stroll. Finding affordable Kaffee und Kuchen is… well, a piece of » 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

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: How to rent a bike, Cheapo-style

Berlin: How to rent a bike, Cheapo-style

Raeder (bikes) and Berlin go together like sausage and beer. Surveys reveal there are more than 400 bikes per 1,000 Berlin residents, meaning that almost half of the city’s residents own a bike. Luckily, visitors don’t have to feel left out of the biking fun: Bike rentals are cheap and easy to find. And tooling » 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

Shopping doesn’t (have to) break the bank in Berlin

Shopping doesn’t (have to) break the bank in Berlin

Unlike other European capitals, Berlin offers more for stylish Cheapos than second-hand and vintage clothing stores (of which there are plenty). You can easily get that “so-chic-without-trying” Berlin look for less than the cost of lunch by prowling a smattering of cheap and chic boutiques that appeal with low prices and hip styles. Stick to » 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

Mayday Reflections: In Berlin and beyond

Mayday Reflections: In Berlin and beyond

May 1, the day when comrades used to march in solidarity in Europe’s streets, has come and gone. And in many European cities this past weekend, visitors were possibly surprised to find just how seriously local folk still take their demonstrations. From Paris to Athens, from Moscow to Milan, the streets were thronged with protesters » 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

Parks, bars, and more along Berlin’s waterways

Parks, bars, and more along Berlin’s waterways

Berlin’s boating season has officially begun, but you don’t have to shell out 10+ euros for a boat ride to enjoy the cooling effects of the city’s canals. Erected in the 19th Century to connect the Spree and Havel rivers to points eastward, Berlin’s extensive network of navigable waterways now forms an atmospheric backdrop to » Read more

Berlin: Four great parks for sunny weather

Berlin: Four great parks for sunny weather

Berlin doesn’t warm up until May, but the first signs of spring are finally bringing a rosy blush to the snow-weary city. Now that winter is officially over, Berlin’s residents are flocking to the city’s 2,500 parks and green spaces to soak up some much-needed Vitamin D. Take part in spring fever, Cheapo-style, at one » Read more

Berlin: Memorials on and off the beaten path

Berlin: Memorials on and off the beaten path

Between World War II and the Cold War, Berlin has a lot to remember. No wonder dozens of memorials and monuments grace the city. You could spend days tracking down every one of these free-to-see reminders dedicated to bygone events. (The city’s official list of “Denkmäler,” which include buildings, cemeteries, and other locations of historic note, is » Read more