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Viewpoint on the Berlin Cathedral visitBerlin, Foto: Mo Wüstenhagen

Berlin Unboxed: The visitBerlin Podcast

New perspectives on the city

With Berlin Unboxed we unpack Berlin history and stories for you. Each episode introduces you to a new topic, an exciting place or a great person from our city who is currently doing something special.

Listen in and be curious! In each episode of Berlin Unboxed you will find out what happens behind the doors that are usually closed to visitors. Our host Michael and various guest hosts from visitBerlin will take you with them! We talk to makers, thinkers and creatives. Berlin Unboxed takes you behind the scenes of Berlin's big and small attractions and takes you to places that are otherwise not easily accessible. 

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Episode 11: Berlin Unboxed - It's Showtime

Episode 10: Berlin Unboxed - Timetravel by Bike

Episode 9: Berlin Unboxed - Industrial architecture

Episode 8: Berlin Unboxed - Changing exhibition culture

Episode 7: Berlin Unboxed - The Sound of Freedom

Episode 6: Berlin Unboxed - AONHA and how we can make the world a little better

Episode 5: Berlin Unboxed - Film City Berlin & Berlinale

Episode 4: Berlin Unboxed - Hohenzollerngruft

Episode 3: Berlin Unboxed - Classical Music in Berlin

Episode 2: Berlin Unboxed - Utopia Kulturforum

Epiosde 1: Berlin Unboxed - Dinosaur research at the Museum for Natural History in Berlin

Episode 0: Street Art Berlin

Berlin Unboxed takes you behind the scenes

Audiotour am Brandenburger Tor
Junge Frau hört einen Podcast am Brandenburger Tor. Getty Images, Foto: Bojan89

In the first episodes you will accompany us to the research laboratory of the Museum of Natural History, you will climb the tower of St. Matthew's Church with Pastor Hannes Langbein with a view of the utopia Kulturforum. In the Hohenzollern crypt in Berlin Cathedral, you will join us on a search for the lost queen. You will learn how Berlin became the techno capital and accompany music critic Frederik Hanssen into Berlin's classical music world. 

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All Episodes of Berlin Unboxed (in German language)

Episode 11: Berlin Unboxed - It's Showtime

Glitter, sequins and stories: In this episode of Berlin Unboxed we take a look behind the scenes at the Theater des Westens. Here, where the musical Ku'Damm 56 is currently playing, stars like Marlene Dietrich, Hildegard Knef and Josephine Baker have performed. We visit the archives in the Theater des Westens, marvel at costumes and posters, climb high above the stage boards and drop by Friedrich Hollaender's Tingel-Tangel-Theater. Come along on a journey to the 1920s, hear the gossip of the theatre scene of yesteryear - and find out who Trude Hesterberg had perform on her Wilder Bühne. Stage technician and archivist Thimo Butzmann opens (almost) all doors for us with his large bunch of keys. He has been working here at the theatre for 30 years - and is also known internally as the Phantom.

Berlin Unboxed - It's Showtime

Episode 10: Berlin Unboxed - Timetravel by bike

Out into the countryside, along the Wall Cycle Path or exploring the city. Berlin not only has a well-developed network of cycle paths to get from A to B, from home to work, to the shops, to kindergarten and back again on a cargo bike... You can also discover and experience a whole lot here by bike. In no other city are there so many themed tours to exciting locations, to film and series filming sites, to architectural highlights and, if you like, even back into the past. For this episode of Berlin Unboxed we take you on a bike tour with Arne Krasting from Zeitreisen and visitBerlin bike expert and press officer Christian Tänzler.

Berlin Unboxed

Episode 9: Berlin Unboxed - Industrial architecture

The period of industrialisation with its new technologies and challenges has changed and shaped Berlin like no other city in Europe. It made Berlin a city of modernity - with innovative advances in transport, electricity, electrical engineering, architecture, culture and lifestyle. Much of this can still be felt and experienced today. In former factory halls, cold stores and transformer stations, in short, where work used to be done, we now find art, music, fashion, theatre - or individual living space, generous open spaces and spacious parks that are the envy of many people in the world. Come with us from Anhalter Bahnhof to the Museum of Technology, enjoy the view from the platform under the famous Raisin Bomber and discover with Joseph Hoppe, director of the Berlin Centre for Industrial Culture, where industrialisation has left its mark everywhere in Berlin and made room for something new.

Berlin Unboxed

Episode 8: Berlin Unboxed - The transformation of exhibition culture

Sculptures, urban art, street artists. There is something to see and experience on every corner in Berlin. At the same time, museums and exhibition halls are increasingly becoming immersive experience spaces. Dance events in the Neue Nationalgalerie, critical discussions on ethnological finds, performances and art exhibitions in clubs and abandoned building complexes. The exhibition culture in Berlin is changing.

What unusual art worlds you can discover here in Berlin is the subject of this episode of Berlin Unboxed. Our journey takes us from Dark Matter's expansive light installations in a former factory in Lichtenberg - to Schloßplatz in Berlin Mitte, to the Humboldt Forum. Here we talk to head conservator Toralf Gabsch about how the change in exhibition culture also affects the presentation of millennia-old works of art. Curator Clara Sauer and light artist Christopher Bauder give us insights into experimental forms of Berlin exhibition culture.

Episode 7: Berlin Unboxed - The Sound of Freedom with Mark Reeder

Mark Reeder
Mark Reeder Doris Klaas

From the music scene and club culture of the 1980s in Berlin to punk rock in the GDR, which only existed because he smuggled the recorded music cassettes across the border, to current productions by the British musician and producer: In this episode, Mark Reeder is our guest, a Berliner by choice who has shaped the capital's music scene like no other. We talk to him about the legendary B-Movie, about music and club culture, about East and West Berlin, about the 80s and today - and of course about why Berlin's music scene stands for the sound of freedom like no other. Welcome to the seventh episode of Berlin Berlin Unboxed, the podcast by visitBerlin.

Berlin Unboxed: Sound of Freedom

Episode 6: Berlin Unboxed - AONHA and how we can make the world a little better

ANOHA Berlin Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Foto: Yves Sucksdorff

Open-hearted, lovable, for the most part open to new ideas and a good example of cosmopolitanism and diversity. This is how one could describe our city and the people of Berlin with a clear conscience. And yet living together is not always easy. Even the youngest of us are taught how to succeed in a very special place. At a place that interprets the story of Noah's Ark and also makes it possible to experience how living together can work in a multicultural city like Berlin. We are talking about ANOHA, the children's world of the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In this episode, we visit this place together with Dr. Ane Kleine-Engel, the director of the museum. Enjoy listening and welcome to a new episode of Berlin Unboxed, the podcast by visitBerlin.

Berlin Unboxed: ANOHA

Episode 5: Berlin Unboxed - Film City Berlin & Berlinale

Cinema auditorium in Zoopalast with red lighting
Cinema Zoopalast visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Leo Di Caprio and Matt Damon. But also Andy Lau and Shah Rukh Khan. The stars of the film world also appreciate Berlin's fascination. It's clear that they come to Berlin not only to shoot, but also to attend the world's most important event in the film industry: the Berlinale. These days, the film world is looking to our city for the 72nd time, and thus to the largest public festival in the world. Fittingly, in this episode we talk to Benjamin Kohzer. He is the operator of Kinokompendium, Berlin's independent cinema guide and also a passionate moviegoer and Berlinale visitor. He shares with us his magical moments he associates with the Berlinale and gives us his recommendations on the best, most beautiful or even most intimate cinema addresses in Berlin. Have fun listening!

Berlin Unboxed: Film City Berlin & Berlinale

Episode 4: Berlin Unboxed - Hohenzollerngruft

Berlin Cathedral, Crypt
Berlin Cathedral, Crypt visitBerlin, Foto: Mo Wüstenhagen

To understand and experience history, you have to go where it actually happened. The Hohenzollern Crypt under Berlin Cathedral is such a dignified place and the most important dynastic burial ground in Germany. In this episode, we take you on a journey back in time - and on a quest to find Queen Elisabeth Christine, wife of Frederick the Great. What mysteries surround the queen? What do state funeral ceremonies of today have to do with the stately burials of the kings of yesteryear? And what awaits visitors to the new exhibition, which is scheduled to open in 2023? We talk about this with Birgit Walter, curator of the Hohenzollern Crypt exhibition.

Berlin Unboxed - Hohenzollern Crypt

Episode 3: Berlin Unboxed - City of Classical Music

Berliner Philharmoniker
Berliner Philharmoniker rbb, Foto: StephanRabold

Berlin is cosmopolitan and colourful, even as a city of classical music. Why? It's simple: Berlin makes classical music accessible to everyone. There is no dress code at the Philharmonie, tickets are cheaper than in many other cities and perhaps also because no one here pretends to be elitist, although the world's musical elite can be experienced on the concert stages. In this episode we meet Frederik Hanssen, who has been reporting on classical music for decades as an editor in the arts section of the Tagesspiegel. And Maja Avramovic, who has played in the Philharmonic's first violin section since 1994, takes us into the voice room, behind the scenes at the Philharmonie. Why don't you join with us?

Berlin Unboxed - City of Classical Music

Episode 2: Berlin Unboxed - Utopia Kulturforum

Kulturforum Berlin with Neue Nationalgalerie, St. Matthäus Church, Philharmonie, Kunstgewerbemuseumr infront of Potsdamer Platzes
Kulturforum near Potsdamer Platz visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

We visit Pastor Hannes Langbein at St. Matthew's Church (St. Matthäus-Kirche), the oldest building at the Kulturforum. Why the Kulturforum is also called the Museum Island of the West - and how it is to develop in the future? This are just a few points we will discuss in this episode. What has already been realised? What visions are there, what does the utopia Kulturforum mean for Berlin and what role plays the Church? Come along, listen to the premiere of a modern organ work and climb the church tower with us for a view with new perspectives on the city.

Berlin Unboxed - Utopia Kulturforum

Epiosde 1: Museum of Natural History in Berlin

T-REX Skellet im Museum für Naturkunde
T-Rex Tristan Otto im Museum für Naturkunde Berlin visitBerlin, Foto:Wolfgang Scholvien

We will visit the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin with you: by the way, not only one of the largest natural history museums in Germany, but also one of the five largest research museums in the world. Among other things, it is home to one of the world's most renowned dinosaur research stations. Dr Daniela Schwarz, palaeontologist and curator at the Natural History Museum, who has been intensively studying dinosaurs for twenty years, takes us behind the scenes into the museum's archive rooms and research laboratories.

Berlin Unboxed - Museum of Natural History

Episode 0: Street Art Berlin

Street Art: Wall designed by artist Jim Avignons in the courtyard of the Tagesspiegel
Street Art: Wall designed by artist Jim Avignons in the courtyard of the Tagesspiegel Jim Avignon: Mural im Hof des Tagesspiegelgebäudes in Berlin, Foto: Jana Noritsch

From the East Side Gallery at the former Berlin Wall to the Teufelsberg: Discover the Street Art Mecca Berlin with us. Find out where you can find the most beautiful murals and how the street art scene has developed from its beginnings to the present day. Jan Sauerwald, director of the URBAN NATION Museum for Contemporary Art and curator gives insights into his work and Kimo, co-founder of the artist and street art collective "Dixons" takes us back to the time when it all began. Definitely our most colourful episode!

visitBerlin Podcast Street Art Berlin