What we see, what we do and who we meet: it usually happens right in our neighborhood. These little randoms make up most of our lives here in Berlin. With every little piece of the puzzle we hope to get closer to portraying an authentic picture of the city.
There is no Christmas without an evergreen fir tree. The tradition of putting a Christmas tree in your home dates back many moons and I won’t bore you now with historic details (except for pointing out this exhibition at the “Museum of European Cultures”, which showcases Christmas pyramids, the Christmas decoration found in German homes before
The New York Times have recently published an article about Berlin describing the experiences of a temporary expat in the city. As always, whenever Berlin gains international attention, Berliners feel somewhat flattered. It’s nice that New Yorkers might think our city is interesting enough to publish words on it. But the article in question does not
I think Marcus still hasn't been to the Kreuzberg. Not the district, but the actual hill. He's been living in Berlin for a hundred and two years and we once promised to take him there. Judging by Stefans pictures, it seems like the weather conditions are perfect for a serene view from above. The park is a 12,8 hectar area on the Kreuzberg. The Kreuzberg - translation "cross mountain" - is the highest natural peak of Berlins city center. Yes, the highest. Which means Berlin is as flat as an iron board. The Kreuzberg - the actual Kreuzberg hill - is the pimple in Berlins face. But it's a really nice pimple. The green park and slopes which you can picknick on are very inviting to spend a whole afternoon on top of the city.
I’ll be honest: there is literally nothing attractive about Potsdamer Platz and I’ll rarely ever pass by. It’s boring and disconcerting, pretty much the typical go-to tourist hot spot with a mix of fancy restaurants and posh office buildings. You can expect some stuff to see, but a colorless lack of human interaction. The only time you’ll
(Jan Herdlicka is a constant contributor to our site. We love his analog black and white approach and embrace this quiet but powerful series he took in the Grunewald. Read his thoughts about it and like his page!) Although the photographs were taken in immediate nearness to big cities, they seemingly show impalpable places. The eye seeks
Neon lights shine brine by night. Where Karl Marx Straße lacks in charm and aesthetics by daylight, this street knows how to be flashy as soon as the sun goes down and the neon shop– and headlights go on. The patch between Rathaus Neukölln and Karl-Marx-Str. U-Bahn station seems especially magnetic to peculiar situations. The shops,
In case you've missed it: Yesterday's dense fog didn't leave any doubts that autumn has finally arrived. Upon coming home to Kreuzberg I was amazed about the city being densely covered with thick mist – enjoy for yourself how beautiful and eery the Oberbaumbrücke sat enthroned over the Spree yesterday.
Remember the Zoo Palast? The one next to the Bahnhof Zoo? Some of those who’ve been here a while know that this used to be a swell cinema with a story reaching back to the 1920s. Although it was destroyed in WWII, today the facade and the cinema halls on ground & first floor are under monument protection.
With some places it’s just a feeling. The Bahnhof Zoo has always been an icon for Berlin, the former center of the West. Nowadays I hardly ever get as far as Charlottenburg, and I try to avoid crowded places and shopping destinations (I tend to like my life stress-free. Plenty of tourists and the typical pre-Christmas craze are
Advent calendars seem to be a big thing in Germany. I wouldn’t know about it. I come from a culture where chocolate is a staple, something as big a tease as advent calendars does not fit the concept of my lifestyle. But I’ve always loved the idea of opening up presents consecutively for a month, Christian or not. So it’s no long
As a part of a major urban development plan, that dates back to the late 20th century, the typical courtyards of Berlin were once conceived to ensure heterogenous, thus vivid social compositions. Believe it or not. We strive to endeavour new specimens that leave us both surprised and excited.
When we told our friends that we decided to go to “Südgelände” nobody knew what we were talking about. It doesnt matter how long you live in this city, your knowledge and your interest will likely go as far as the Ring and rarely beyond. And as a matter of fact Südgelände is located a few meters