Berlin - City of Literature

Berlin - City of Literature

Berlin is evolving. All the time – as is confirmed by columnist Joseph Roth who wrote about Berlin: "Its changeability is unchanging. Its impatience is forbearing. Its inconsistency is persistent." Numerous classics and also many new literary publications on the market explore the complex relationship between the old and new Berlin. A colourful cocktail of literature that you'll find hard to put down.

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“Whoever says A, does not have to say B. He can also recognise that A was wrong” – the dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht was one of the most important German...
It has been around for more than ten years now. And justifiably so! After all, every Thursday 300 to 400 spectators come to visit the "Chaussee der Enthusiasten" – and...
Christa Wolf was one of the GDR’s most important writers. And simultaneously she has also always been a successful author throughout the whole of Germany due to her...
Manchen Lesern mag es vielleicht so erscheinen, als habe Berlin zwischen Kleist und Fontane keinen Schriftsteller von Rang besessen. Dem ist aber nicht so. Zu den...
Damals, tief in den 80er Jahren, als Berlin noch „Berlin (West)“ für die einen, und „Hauptstadt der DDR“ für die anderen hieß, da galt die westliche Stadthälfte als...
The award of the prize was a sensation: in autumn 2009 Herta Müller received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Thus the author was honoured for her books in which she...
These were insights into the feelings of people who did not really have any existential problems but who were somehow suffering nevertheless: from a burning feeling of...
You can read everywhere, but what about being able to listen? In order to do so, specific rooms and literary locations are still needed. One of the nicest locations to...
While the life of the city buzzes by outside, listeners sit comfortably behind large windows. Readings in the Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus (“Literature Forum in the...
This villa has been through a lot. Built in 1889, it was a residential house before becoming a military hospital during the First World War. After that, it went through...
God lives in Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg, at Choriner Strasse 61 to be precise. And because Ahne lives just around the corner, the two meet regularly for a chat. There's...
Theodor Fontane liked to wander, but not just through the Brandenburg Marches as many people think. Although the writer was born in Neuruppin in 1819, he lived and...
The ticket only cost 96 roubles. And you didn’t need a visa then either. That Wladimir Kaminer came to Berlin in 1990 was probably something of an accident. That he is...
Franz Biberkopf, die berühmte Romanfigur aus Döblins „Alexanderplatz“, war nicht immer so beliebt wie heute. Warum, ist klar. Er sah die Stadt so, wie sie damals war –...

Located directly on the water, this romantic, relaxed and comfortable restaurant is decorated with wooden furniture, old lamps and ornate picture frames. Simply put, Freischwimmer is a cool location in Kreuzberg’s Flutgraben area. The restaurant is in a very old building that was once used for renting and repairing boats. The entrance is directly next to Berlin’s oldest gas station. You can sit outdoors during the summer and indoors during the winter.