The Berliner’s unbreakable Do-It-Yourself Spirit

The Crew of Jonny Knüppel.

More action and fewer words: This has always been the Berlin-way! More than any other city mother Berlin had to deal with the circumstances thrown at her. Wars, tyranny, division, misery, she has seen it all. Possibly, it is for that reason Berlin is this unique place where people get together and decide to do something, no matter what! Especially in a lawless, post-wall vacuum, there was freedom to just take space and create. A pioneer spirit that made the millennial Berlin thrive and the global place-to-be.

In over 20 years since the German reunification, Berlin has put on an ever-changing coat. The Wedding might still be “im kommen”, yet, Prenzlberg has become yuppie town, and Neukölln five years ago is far from what you will encounter nowadays. Still, in all these transitions, Berlin won’t put down its DIY spirit. A place where funky ideas become lived reality. Where a group of friends opens a community garden in the middle of the hippest neighborhood, or a bunch of party kids build their own club at the Spree. We collected a few of our favorite sucess stories.

Andy by
on January 15th, 2018
in People

Inside Neukölln’s New Nightclub Arkaoda

A week ago the Berlin club map welcomed its latest edition. Arkaoda opened its doors at Karl-Marx Platz 16. The opening party had a stunningly long-line up including Acido Records and Dynamo Dreesen. Arkaoda is a familiar name for many Turkish expats living in Berlin, the venue shares its name with a cult club in Istanbul, which opened in 1999. Instead of believing the hype, iHeartBerlin took a trip down the U7 to see for ourselves what this bowling alley turned nightclub has to offer.

Andy by
on January 12th, 2018
in Clubs, Neukölln, Party

The BVG Teams up with Adidas for Iconic Subway Sneaker

Like many Berlin fans I really love the pattern of the old subway seats from the BVG. It’s one of those things so iconic about Berlin, even though its such a simple design. I was quite excited when I saw the BVG has teamed up with Adidas to release its first own limited edition sneaker in celebration of its 90th birthday. How cool is that? And the shoe looks really amazing, too! I can’t wait to see it live.

The sneaker will come out on January 16 at the Adidas flagship store in Mitte and at Overkill in Kreuzberg in a limited edition of only 500. You can expect there to be quite the long line because the shoe also functions as year-long BVG ticket (valid in all BVG buses, trams, ferries and subways – not in the S-Bahn though!). With only 180 EUR this is quite the bargain!

Frank by
on January 10th, 2018
in Fashion, Products

An Urban Road Trip around the Southwest of Berlin

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Sometimes when we follow our everyday life in our little neighborhoods traveling between a maximum of three districts from work, to the girlfriend, and back home, we completely forget how big Berlin actually is and how much there is to discover beyond our usual comfort zone. And as we need to soak up as much daylight as possible in the darker and colder season of the year we have all the more reason to go out and explore the city beyond the S-Bahn ring.

Thanks to the multiple comfortable car sharing services we have here in Berlin the ride to our next adventure is literally just around the corner. For our brand new tour we have teamed up with one of those services: DriveNow which has one of the biggest fleets of cars – you will find their BMW and MINI all over the city. You can either use the car for a short practical ride from A to B and pay by minute, or you can book the car for a package of 3, 6, 9 or 24 hours to make little trips to further places.

Frank by
on January 5th, 2018
in Dahlem, Museums, Wannsee, Zehlendorf

4 Green Berlin Startups that Change the World

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Berliners love it green, not only when they go shopping, but also at the workplace! So it was time for us to have a look around for the most innovative, green ideas in the capital. For this we teamed up with GASAG Berlin who are amidst their new campaign for their climate-neutral “Strom Fix” electricity produced with 100% renewable energies. Just like us they like the idea of Berlin getting greener and greener each year thanks to all the pioneers of sustainability out there.

But now let us introduce you to four young start-ups and projects that are not only eco-conscious and fair-trade, but are also fun and look good!

Andy by
on January 3rd, 2018
in People

The Ultimate New Year’s Eve Guide for Berlin

photo: Marcel Berkmann / CC

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The end is near – of the year 2017 – and isn’t it a special place to celebrate it, our beloved Berlin? This city offers so many opportunities to spend New Year’s Eve and make the best of it. The pressure is high to have the best possible time in this night, so you don’t want to make any mistakes. With our ultimate New Year’s Eve guide for Berlin we want to give you a bit of guidance how to do it right.

As for most of you NYE is pretty much an affair that can’t be had without a bit of alcohol we have teamed up with our long-term partner Absolut. We already spend Midsommar and the Lollapalooza with them this year, so why not also New Year’s? They recently revealed the new limited edition bottle Absolut Uncover that comes in a special blue wrap that needs to be peeled off. I’m sure there will be a lot of peeling off during New Year’s Eve.

For our guide we want to help you cover all aspects of this special night: how to decorate your place, what to drink, what to eat, what music to play, what entertainment to offer, where to see the fireworks, and where to party in Berlin’s clubs. You can discover all seven parts of our guide by clicking in the menu below. Enjoy! And “Guten Rutsch!” as we say in German.

Frank by
on December 28th, 2017
in Clubs, Design, Food, Music, Party

Is Berlin for Dreamers or Settlers?

For many, Berlin equals that nice kid on the playground you could always turn to without getting picked on. A big toy box where, magically, all squares, balls and triangles fit into the same hole. A safe space to announce becoming a lawyer on Monday and a modern artist on Thursday – basically a place where individualism bites conformity in the butt.

During my first internship I met heaps of creative people who just moved to Berlin and I couldn’t help but wonder: What is the fascination this place seems to hold? And most of all, can those who joined us here imagine to stay or just call this a phase and leave us behind? We know that Berlin is a stimulating place for people of every industry. Some people come uninspired only to find something they become passionate about, some come with a plan and see where it takes them, some got pulled in by a job offer only to apply for something else a few months later and some moved here for love, only to stay for something completely different.

Franziska by
on December 27th, 2017
in People, Stories

Edition Noël: Designer Christmas Tree Ornaments Made in Berlin

For many families, decorating the christmas tree together belongs to one of many long cherished traditions, that one is looking forward to every christmas. Grandmas old ornaments are retrieved from the cellar, freed from dust and checked for cracks before they end up back on the christmas tree. Prior to this everyone needs to decide on the colour and in the end, like every year, eyeing the crumbling decoration, you notice once more: we should really get new ornaments for next year.

Those who want to revive old traditions and add some new unique pieces to your christmas ornament collection, will be happy to have found Edition Noël. Behind this label, seven ambitious and talented designers joined forces to create something special next to their daily work: handmade christmas ornaments. Their collection includes 300 Sets with 6 delicate, individual ornaments each. In the process, every designer let their individual creative focus flow into each ornament they made. The designers have backgrounds in illustration-, fashion-, jewelry-, textile- and product design, giving the ornaments a different style, one by one.

Franziska by
on December 22nd, 2017
in Design, Products

The Art of Intuitive Archery in Berlin Kreuzberg

Both my parents studied German Philosophy at University.  The hallway of our home was an entire library filled with old books showcasing the Stars of this particular scene. From Kant to Nietzsche, we had them all year around us and our lives. One day I discovered one particular book that was called “Zen and the Art of Archery”. Little did I know as a teenager that this book was a tremendous bestseller back in the days when German philosophy was really hip and cool. It’s about a German professor going to Japan to learn more about Zen. On top of getting philosophy lessons the old Japanese master also teaches him archery.

Now, nearly 15 years after discovering this book I am going to my first intuitive archery lesson here in Berlin. On Kottbusser Damm I am looking for a Dojo called BerlinAikido where I am meeting my teacher Latifa Rothacker.

Claudio by
on December 21st, 2017
in Stories

A Dating Fairytale: Hansel & Gretel in Berlin

photos: Felix Russell-Saw

Sometimes I wonder if our generation is more obsessed with fairy tales than previous ones. Faced with a reality of the gig-economy, serial dating and an all too uncertain future, who can really blame us? And honestly, nothing prepares you for life in Berlin quite like a steady diet of stories about abandonment, witches and cute animals. The revelation that fairy tales are not real (for better or worse) is one of the milder let-downs of adult life. As grown-ups, we just have to conjure up our own magic. The good thing about this is that we can be whoever we want to be. Siding with the witch, especially if she is beautiful and satisfyingly revengeful might be the best choice in the end.

I have met a lot of people in Berlin and despite an excellent memory I surely don’t remember all of them. Few people became part of my personal lore and some just vanished. And there is one that managed to do both: I call him Hansel.

by
on December 19th, 2017
in Stories