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Last Chance in 2014.

For the new year, I have, of course, only the best intentions. For example: experience more of the cultural life in this city where there is so much to see and not miss something important. There are a few

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Art in a Crematorium.

It's a warm day in late summer and the sun is shining as I turn into Plantagenstraße in Berlin-Wedding. My destination, however, I imagine to be anything but warm and sunny: an abandoned crematorium which has

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The Animal Anatomy Theatre .

Blog series Berlin´s special lecture halls - part 2: Trichinae are four-millimetre long worms that as parasites can have a rather unpleasant effect in the human body. So when someone tells me that this place

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New blog series: Berlin Lecture Halls worth Visiting .

Lecture theatres... in my experience, they were always about as entertaining as the professors. Some were grey and boring, others old and funny, especially when the plaster was literally peeling away from the

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Top 11 attractions in Berlin.

“What are Berlin´s top attractions?” is a question visitors frequently ask us. Followed by “And what is your personal favourite?” Now both questions are hard to answer because 1st there are many highlights out

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The Fruits of the Earth in the Heart of the City.

"Just throw it anywhere", says the girl in green overalls and yellow wellies, putting a fistful of earthy, marble-sized balls from her wheelbarrow into a little bag she puts into my hand. A little perplexed, I

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"A ticket to Berlin, please!" .

...do you know how long I had been looking forward to being able to say this sentence at the ticket counter in our village station for the first time? I can’t remember anymore. But I'll never forget the

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Berliner Pfannkuchen: A lovely Easter surprise .

Easter is incredibly close but you have never been farer away from a good present to surprise your loved ones? Don´t worry! Just follow our lead and turn your Berlin passion into something really sweet.

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Say „cheeeese“, Berlin! .

Some days are one of those days. Days when you slip and fall or cruel car drivers ruin your outfit with mud. This is when I lose it - my patience, my optimism and worst of all: my smile. But you know what?

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Singles only.

Chocolates, flowers, promises of love: Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Going by the shop window decorations, this is the most important event of the year after Christmas and Easter. Happy couples

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Action! For Berlinale Film Festival lovers .

What would Berlin be without the Berlinale? And what would the Berlinale be without its fans? A film without viewers, obviously. The Berlinale sinks or swims with its visitors, movie buffs, film makers, and

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Berlin winter - you drink it hot.

Oh no! As I look out of my window into the grey rainy clouds of a Berlin January, there's only one thing to do: Turn up the volume of my sound system and sing along loudly. What's more, I would be the perfect

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My Coffee Conclusion .

Coffee is a beverage that deserves to be drunk straight and unadulterated, which is possible once you've discovered the perfect method of preparation. As a previously devout adherent to the riches of frothy

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The Pure Passion of Coffee .

Today I'd like to try another variant of manual coffee preparation: the AeroPress. It's supposed to work like my French press at home. That's why I'm looking forward to seeing if I really can survive The Barn

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Off to Westberlin .

For my next coffee I am drawn to Westberlin. Just four weeks ago, architect Kai Bröer and April Melnick, who learned her barista trade in Portland, opened a coffee bar two blocks south of Checkpoint Charlie.

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Back to the beans: Slow Coffee Week in Berlin.

What gets you moving in the morning? For me, it's not my morning shower or even jogging laps around Friedrichshain Volkspark under grey November skies – I am instead one of those who only gets moving with my

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Welcome @ Tech-Town .

10,000 IT aficionados – and I am in the middle of them. Tempelhof Airport was THE meeting point for the technology and entertainment community from 21 to 26 August 2012. Berlin is not only the start-up

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If there is a fire, please remain seated!.

Plastic chairs instead of sofa, artificial light instead of sunset, fasting instead of supper – my visit to film studio G in Berlin-Adlershof requires minor sacrifices. But that’s no problem for me, because I

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Time to show one’s colours.

Ten, nine, eight…3,000 people count down together. On the stage the DJ sets the beat with humming basses. Three, two, one, go! Colours all over the place: neon green, sunny yellow, shining pink! A huge

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“Come in, look out” .

9.00am: The fair-haired woman with the bike basket full of plants comes closer with an inquisitive look. “What are you doing here?” She points to our red-white summer mobile in front of which the visitBerlin

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Here you can really kick off your shoes!.

A lot goes on in Berlin. Millions of feet. Every day. On their way to work, heading to a café or on a sightseeing tour. The right footwear is of course a must-have for all that. Whether sporty or elegant,

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Germany’s Green City .

Berlin is a metropolis. It is also known as the German capital to most people. But that’s not all: Berlin is also a Green City! With the awakening of spring, it can no longer be ignored – everything is

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No night just like any other.

Friday evening in Berlin. My dancing leg is already twitching … at last I will go out, celebrate, turn night into day! According to the Berlin clock it is still too early – just 9pm. Nonetheless I hit the road

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The only risk is that you want to stay..

ITB Berlin 2012 is where men wear the sea in their hair and women have a desert in the hair-dries. This is at least what the current poster campaign of the world’s largest travel trade show suggests. I am

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Why I spent hours at an airport....

The elderly gentleman hurries over to the boarding desk. Even before he gets to it, he’s waving his boarding pass. Just as he reaches the desk, an aircraft passes the window on the runway. The lady at the desk

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Nothing is impossible in Berlin.

Palermo, Buenos Aires I press my nose against a shop window and cannot believe what I see: fish eats foot! Tourists are sitting there, hold their feet in a tank and let little fish nibble at their feet. This

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32 marble groups of figures & a concrete Louise.

Queen Louise of Prussia looks a bit sad. Standing there, her husband Fredrick William III in the back and Old Fritz to her right, she already seems to have a suspicion. Maybe a forthcoming farewell. Because

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Berlin’s wild side .

Do you sometimes have the feeling that someone is watching you? Do you feel eyes boring a hole in your back but when you turn around, there’s nobody there? Take it from me, there is someone there. He’s just

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What’s the point of piranhas when there’s Berlin?.

Our dear colleague and enthusiastic Berlin blogger, Karin Willms, is currently travelling around South America. There she’s piranha fishing, freezing to death in four pairs of socks, camping on the third

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Moscow vs. Berlin .

I recently left Berlin for a weekend trip to Moscow. When I arrived there, my thoughts often went back to the city on the river Spree: when I admired sights I wished to have them in Berlin. When the local

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The Givebox principle.

Everyone knows about them; everyone has them at home: the countless things that you suddenly no longer like and which you haven’t used for months, or even longer. And yet, for some reason, you still keep them

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Underground ride with a Dog.

When Phantano rides on the Underground, he is equipped in accordance with the rules. He has a one metre long leash so that the passengers feel safe and wears a muzzle so that they feel even safer. In most

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Blondes Preferred.

Wearing a bikini on the beach … or rather more serious? Full body or close up shot? Naturally or rather “photoshopped”? The choice of a profile picture requires a lot of consideration. Has this always been

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A visit to Adlershof Jekyll and Adlershof Hyde.

More than a year ago I regularly took the bus to Berlin-Adlershof once a week. My destination was the University gym on Rudower Strasse. I hardened my laughing muscles during the whole-body workout “Kick Fit

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Ice-cream therapy.

It’s just not fair: It’s torture. And it’s also an unreasonable imposition for people unable to make decisions: white chocolate with orange and ginger, premium Madagascan vanilla, prosecco-mint, sesame with

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Fiftieth anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall: Behind the steel barrier.

When I was a child, a trip to Friedrichstrasse railway station always ended before a vast steel barrier. I often waited there for hours with my parents – for my great aunt Hilde, who frequently paid us a visit

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“Swing like Tarzan from here” .

I can’t really picture it. I mean, a high ropes course – okay. But a forest high ropes course…in Berlin? I’d seen that sort of thing once while on holiday on a Mediterranean island. There were plenty of

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Brotzeit in the Prussian Electors Hunting Area with the Queen's Blessing.

The little East German kid in me cannot deny that there are still corners of the city that are unfamiliar even to me. The English Garden is in the middle of the Tiergarten, next door to Schloss Bellevue. A

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What Google doesn't know.

In the age of Google Maps and Street View, which enable me in theory to dive into my neighbour's paddling pool on my laptop screen, it shouldn't be a problem to accurately locate a lake in Berlin. So I thought.

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„Staatsoper für alle“ – classical music free of charge.

What a weekend – typical Berlin! Starting on Saturday with the Christopher Street Day, followed by “Staatsoper für alle”, and then, on Sunday, the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup…this weekend in

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Art "based in Berlin" .

Two oversized copper fingertips point the way - through the lush green of Monbijou Park to a rundown studio. Behind its non-descript facade is currently a collection of that which has earned Berlin the title

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In the beginning was the Word.

What is likely to be growing in a Christian garden? As I approach the Garden of the World in Marzahn-Hellersdorf the question is playing on my mind.

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Berlin on a plastic fork.

Above the awning of the legendary Curry 36, a huge curry sausage made of fluorescent tubes sits resplendent in its throne. Beneath it, in the red glow, there is always a group of people. Anyone who joins the

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Are you fit enough?.

A gentle stroll through the desirable “Gräfe Kiez” an area of Kreuzberg may not seem at first glance to have much to do with sport.

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In Love in Berlin.

Spring has come to the German capital: couples in love have butterflies in their tummy and would like to embrace the whole world – like Sabrina and Andy, Nina and Urs or Angela and Tobias. They love each other

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From A to Zierfische.

Usually illuminated, sometimes illuminating but always ubiquitous–Advertisements. More precisely: written signs and luminous advertising. They have a Corporate Identity, reflect the zeitgeist and they are

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Mighty midgets.

The grey facade is hidden behind scaffolding. No signpost, no bell – nothing points to the treasures hidden in the house at the back. The door is ajar. If you walk through the courtyard, you reach the entrance

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Classics, cinema and coffee.

Well hidden in a backyard on Glogauer Strasse 19 in Kreuzberg, there is a gem of … well, actually what?... the Berlin café scene, neighbourhood bookshops or cinematography video stores? Anyway: if you feel

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This is not a pop-up restaurant, it’s a dining experience.

The slogan definitely hits the nail on the head. The - sadly just temporary - restaurant „Pret a Diner“ www.pret-a-diner.com in the former Berlin coin mint is not just about food, but also about experience.

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Berlin Design at a bargain.

The bad news first: The Berlinomat closes its flagship store on Frankfurter Allee in Friedrichshain on 15 January 2011. And now the good news for all bargain hunters: fashion and design “Made in Berlin” will

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Berlin's art is on the ground.

Whatever covers garbage does not look like garbage in most cases. Whatever closes holes can have holes itself. Whatever is artistic is not always perceived as such. Confusing statements? Possibly, but I ask

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"Waiter, ball please!".

Playing and eating makes people happy… playing, eating and saving money makes them even happier… Until the end of March 2011 the Spanish restaurant Tauro offers game lovers from Sunday to Thursday the

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Black light against autumn blues.

Rainy autumn days? The colourful underworlds of Berlin's first black light indoor miniature golf course in the cellar of the family café Isa Mitz in Görlitzer Park guarantees fun for young and old! The café

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A handbag stool for breakfast.

How is breakfast in a five-star hotel? Presumably very good. And how is breakfast in a five-star hotel which has just been presented with the award for the restaurant with the best breakfast service in Berlin

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Black is an achromatic colour.

It all depends on your point of view. A glass that is half empty can be seen as half full. In the same way, you can see light at the end of the tunnel. But how can you see light in complete blackness?

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To star gaze, simply look down.

Some people behave strangely. They stand still without warning, stare fixedly at the ground. Suddenly they lift their heads and a knowing blink of the eyes, combined with a delightful smile, adorns their faces

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Hunters, gatherers and an earless mammoth.

Look at the picture on the left. Take a close look. What could that be? An animal? Perhaps. A sheep? Possibly. Definitely modern art! Wrong.

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The new Neukölln.

Whereas the local residents of long standing are still struggling to grasp what is happening all around them, the next shops are being refurbished somewhere in the triangle between Maybachufer, Kottbusser Damm

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Find, haggle, enjoy.

Still relatively small but already ever so cool. The new “Flowmarkt” in “Nowkoelln”. Between Nansen- and Liberdastraße on Maybachufer, it has picked a really nice spot. Sometimes still slightly bleary-eyed

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The organ sounds out for football….

A babble of voices fills the holy hall of Emmaus Church in Kreuzberg. People are drinking beer, catching up and laughing in the house of God. It is time for “silent move” football.

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For beginners.

With no big theatre or impressive atrium, the bat studiotheater of the Ernst Busch Drama School is located in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg. For the students who are gaining their first experiences in direction

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Turning the statistics on their head.

In April, a natural Icelandic spectacle with the beautiful yet unpronounceable name Eyjafjallajökull grounded air traffic throughout Europe. Stranded tourists and cancelled trips were the result.

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Turning the statistics on their head.

In April, a natural Icelandic spectacle with the beautiful yet unpronounceable name Eyjafjallajökull grounded air traffic throughout Europe. Stranded tourists and cancelled trips were the result.

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Cider conquers the capital.

The Berliner Weisse is as much a part of life in the German capital as the ubiquitous curry wurst. However, some say that more recently the Hessian ‘Äppler’ cider is gradually becoming a more popular choice in

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In the mood for Africa?.

During the World Cup, the eyes of the whole world will be on Africa – and many of those at home will experience wanderlust! Fortunately, Berlin can take you on a culinary journey. And you only have to go as

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Berlin already puts on a convincing performance at first glance. Party fans can look forward to freedom from closing times, cultural buffs to an island full of museums and cosmopolitan nature lovers to the gardens of the world. But does a second glance confirm what the first promised? We are sure it does and that’s why we’re taking a closer look. Whether it’s culture, nightlife, sport or the trendy scene, our blog highlights the unknown in the known, the newest in the new and the special in the run-of-the-mill. We are out and about in Berlin – mornings, afternoons, evenings and, of course, at night. Curious? Then read on.