There are some fantastic, wildly unusual and overwhelmingly creative spaces and places in Berlin. Whether it’s a restaurant or a secret hideout for a romantic picknick, we love strolling around our little Metropolis to find fresh places with an exciting story.
Maps are a travelers most treasured home decoration. Although the generic ones are far from pretty, they’re still worth another look, time and time again. Even more so when the maps have been obviously used and scribbled on. I love seeing where people went on vacation, which sights they marked and what kind of stuff they drew
Rooms have a particular effect on us. They guide our eyes and ears, thus leading our movement through built space. I am obsessed with spatial impacts and have a soft spot for the discovery of spatial pecularities and oddities. It occurred to me a while ago that a particularly peculiar spatial impact emanates from predator compounds.
I know it’s not allowed to take pictures during take off and landing, thank you very much. But sometimes I just can’t resist, even if I get verbally beaten up by the stewards for it. Especially when returning to Berlin, landing in Tegel is always exciting. If your seat is right, you might just get a glimpse over
Tempelhof was once the most advanced airport of Europe. The roaring 20ies in Berlin — the 3rd largest city in the world — made it happen. Aviation at its finest. In the darker times that followed, the building was extended into a monumental craft of insanity by the Nazis. Facist architecture — that imposing neoclassicism, the sheer dimensions of the
While getting back to work without the distraction of swimming pools and Späti-Hangouts might be a bit of a bummer, this fall has been beautiful so far. For the next two or three weeks, the streets will hopefully be covered in golden and brown and green and red and orange and yellow colors of the falling leaves,
Remember Saddam Hussein? The Iraqi dictator was a pretty big fan of the GDR and loved to support the communist regime. Good times came to an end when the wall fell and the Gulf War was over. By 1991, the Iraqi embassy of the GDR was abandoned. After the reunification of Germany and a brand new established
It happened to me when I moved to Berlin six years ago, that I wanted to go to a lake on an extremely hot summer day. So I decided to go for a swim in one of Berlin’s lakes, I did a quick search on google and before you knew it I was on my way to Grunewald lake with another new Berliner. We packed a bag, took some towels, a bikini and our bikes. It was only when we
Kreuzberg has everything, especially affordable but high quality street & fast food options. I think you could travel around the world through your tastebuds here. And yet Kreuzberg lacks. There’s no proper Korean food to be found anywhere (edit: someone in the comments pointed out that there’s Kimchi Princess and Angry Chicken; but I don’t consider Kimchi
After our short detour that took us to an extraordinary traditional Arabic breakfast experience, we’re back to the East Asian kitchen. Japanese food is commonly known exclusively as “Sushi”, allegedly healthy raw fish with sticky rice drowned in soy sauce. Guess what? There’s more to the Japanese kitchen than Sushi, and even if it were only
How many abandoned hospital will you find in and around Berlin, you might ask? Apparently deserted health resorts and sanitariums make for better deserted locations. Well, every urban explorer is thankful for the opportunity. As for the Beelitz Heilstätten, they’re not far away from Berlin. Beelitz, the little town, is famous for its asparagus during
I could understand if Al-Paschas breakfast menu wasn’t for everyone. It’s hearty and heavy, but delightful and so tasty. So if you’re ever up for a perfect Msabaha or Fatteh like you’d get it in Beirut or Damascus, you should definitely stop by someday. After all, the culinary experience makes for a great entrance into new cultures.
Everybody knows the Berlin Wall and the East Side Gallery, one of the last existing parts of this cruel construction. Since it’s forbidden by the authorities to spray the other site of the wall with legal graffiti it’s quite uninteresting to take a look at the “West Side Gallery”. But since July this place transformed into an