Let’s be honest: it’s not easy to get out of bed on cold Winter mornings. But luckily December 1st is around the corner! Advent calendar presents will make us jump out of the sheets in excitement for our daily presents in the run up to christmas.
You don’t have a calendar yet? Well be quick and get yourself one of those twenty four day surprises! We chose some unique advent calendars for you, two from Berlin and one from Hamburg. Enjoy our selection after the jump.
It’s that time of the year again! After we’ve already had some little snowflakes, the first official Christmas weekend lays ahead of us. And instead of wondering where the time and year has gone so quickly, we’re so looking forward to some Glühwein, Plätzchen and proper Christmas shopping. Because the best places to find unique gifts and delicious Christmas treats are of course the numerous Christmas and design markets around town.
And because the cold Christmas season is not only about us, but about neighborly love and solidarity; we added some nice charity markets to our selection, so you can not only enjoy for yourself, but also give back something. So here are the best tips to fully embrace one of our favorite German Christmas Tradition: The Christmas Market!
photo: Petteri Sulonen
Oh, the bliss. Your parents are in town, visiting you, worrying about your hygiene at home and the number of emptied out wine bottles in the hallway. Since you don’t want them to also see your questionable choice of clothes it’s time to get them out of your place into the world.
But what to do?
Your usual hangouts are not exactly what you want them to see, probably. Although the Späti around the corner has a very nice owner, and KitKat Club has really good drinks – it’s not really SFP (safe for parents). There must be other things to do with your parents that both parties – you and them – will enjoy. Luckily, we picked 10 things to do with your parents! Here are 10 spots and places to experience beyond Brandenburger Tor and Siegessäule that close the generation gap.
We arranged them in parts – daytime, evening and nightlife, so you have experiences for pretty much every part of the day. Get some inspiration after the jump.
photos: Erdal Inci
In these agitated times it’s important to stay open, united and tear down walls. This is exactly what Turkish new media artist Erdal Inci did. The Berlin wall and its remains are an important piece of the collective memory of the capital which is why Inci took an attempt to visualize the Berlin wall in another way than usual. While maybe you can think of its length, you can’t imagine the whole extent. There were multiple versions of the Berlin wall in the time of the GDR and from 1975 to 1980 the fourth generation wall was finalized. About 45.000 sections of concrete, shaped in a L-form were used to form “Grenzmauer 75″. To grasp its whole size, Inci created a computer-generated 3D model where he put all wall segments into one big segment, letting them fall to the ground.
Watch the bricks go down after the jump.
photo: Alexander Rentsch
Every year around the same time – yes, let’s say, every year in November – the darkness is creeping up on us. Sometimes slow, sometimes fast, sometimes without us even realizing – until it’s to late. First the time goes away, almost unnoticed: only one little hour, one hour of light, one hour of Summer. When the Summer sun leaves us and the November nights become longer, never-ending – you slowly take our breath away. Your grey covers are like a thick blanket, ready to tuck us in and push us down. You are ready to rest, but are we ready yet?
photo: Konzerthaus Berlin
The weekend awaits you – fun parties, dancing to cool beats, a glass in your hand. We’re always looking forward to some exciting hours to get away from the daily working. But what about after the weekend starting the week with some gentle sounds and a small alternative program?
After a while we’re really in the mood to listen to some classical sounds and now we have the pleasure to share with you some great evenings at Konzerthaus Berlin. On the occasion of the Bach Marathon, taking place on November 28th, you have the chance to enjoy a warm-up with series of small pop- up concerts which take place from the 24th – November 27th. This is a beautiful and very special alternative to everything our city offers us in the field of all kinds of music. Get to know what is so special about it after the jump.
photos: Eylül Aslan
Berlin. As we’ve all noticed by now the city is not only a heartbreaker, psycho but still hopeful: Berlin is also a pool of fairy tales gone wrong. Cosmopolitan life often leaves you shattered to a reality that is far from anything romantic. Now you could argue, that this indeed is just life and life is happening anywhere. True, but in a fast pace city like Berlin that communicates in matches the mass of mishaps is too damn high. Which of course also leaves you with the best stories to tell. Whenever I encounter a dating disaster, for a short moment, I leave my body and watch myself from the upper right corner of the room, thinking: ‚fantastic story to tell your future grandchildren.‘
And then I have to laugh. Of course, if too many of these stories happen, there never will be grandchildren to tell them to. Sort of a catch-22. But who cares, this is life, this is the capital and these are some of the most entertaining dating fails. These are real stories of dysfunctional dating. One of them is mine, the other ones friends experienced. Somehow only men being the bad guys here. But of course we know it’s not only them. It’s also us. If you recognize yourself in one of these: you have my full support. Read for yourself and hopefully laugh after the jump.
Music is a huge topic in Berlin: Wherever you go, each district has its own special vibe and unique sound. In some areas it’s just street noises, screaming babies, sometimes it’s the distant bass of a club – or actually musicians playing on the street. Especially in summer a lot of musicians try their luck and spread their musical love at busy places like Schlesisches Tor or Warschauer Straße. Thousands of people pushing and rushing by, only catching glimpses. But sometimes the talent catches our attention and just for a moment in time, everything stops and we take in the sound, the love and passion.
One of those special and crazy street musicians is Strawberryman, who travels the world with his music, living his dream and the goal to inspire others to live their dreams too. But Strawberryman does not only have an unheard name, he also plays an instrument that is one-of-a-kind. See for yourself after the jump…
When I walked into the Boulangerie François last night to try the delicious French bread and vodka-infused jam I had no idea that the cute vintage bakery was only a front for a secret bar. This was a really great surprise! I entered through a secret door covered as an oven into a chic bar full of beautiful things and beautiful people. And of course there were amazing cocktails, as this was an event by luxurious vodka label Grey Goose.
For only 4 nights this stunning looking bar will be here in Berlin hosting a string of exclusive events. It’s unfortunately not public, only the bakery is open for everyone where you can get the bread and infused jams. But for Friday we have 3×2 tickets for the closing party and I definitely recommend you to try your luck here. To take part in the raffle go over to our previous post, we have extended the deadline until Thursday evening. For some impressions of the secret bar have a look after the jump.
Even though recent media stories suggest otherwise, Instagram is far more than conceited selfies, outfits of the day and food porn. It is also a platform for young and talented creative people that express themselves through photography, catching unique, unusual moments and details that are easily overlooked. In a sense, they bring you a different perspective of your daily life or even the city you live in. Berlin, as we know it, is a dream spot to bring out hidden aesthetics and aspects through photography and many photo artists capture the capital’s beauty on a daily basis for Instagram.
We wanted to find a way to get more people to see this amazing side of Instagram and promote the most talented users of the popular photo app – and what better way is there than making an exhibition with them! We sat down with Ferdinand Prinz, the founder of Post Collective, the world’s first platform for fine art prints of Instagram photos, as he really knows his way around the scene. With him and his team we curated the most outstanding and interesting pictures taken in and around the city and the result is going to be our upcoming exhibition #berlin that will be open to the public from November 29, 2015 for one week at Blogfabrik. More information and a preview after the jump.