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Night Falls on the Berlin of the Roaring 20s

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illustrations: Robert Nippoldt

Berlin in the time of the Weimar Republic is one of the city’s most thrilling periods and no wonder many have tried to revive this time – for instance with this Second Life animation. There’s a new illustration book coming out now that will take you on a joyride through that enchanted section of the city’s past – we tell you what you can expect inside.

The German illustrator Robert Nippoldt has been following a brilliant concept while creating his subsequent books. ”Night falls on the Berlin of the Roaring 20s” is already his third work, after ”Hollywood in the 30s” and ”Jazz. New York in the Roaring 20s” that takes the readers on a time travel. Nippoldt’s illustrations are accompanied by stories and anecdotes gradually unraveling the secrets of a particular era.

Michalina by Michalina
on December 8th, 2017
in Art, Books

Spooning Cookie Dough: Prenzlauer Berg’s Sweet New Dessert

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Berlin is a city of vices and few of them are as innocent as sweet tooth. But the Berlinerin Diana Hildenbrand has elevated her habit of scooping on raw dough into a yummy business idea. Those of you looking for a candy haven where you definitely won’t have to add extra sugar – read on!

Her store in Prenzlauer Berg looks like it was taken out of a Wes Anderson movie – and the fairytale aesthetic is a perfect setting to experience the luscious snack. Raw cookie dough is not yet a very popular concept in Germany, but it has many followers in the US – and that’s how Diana first came across it when during her pregnancy she was googling cake dough recipes that didn’t contain eggs.

She organized a few tastings with friends and after their positive response, she quit her job and devoted herself solely to her two kids and the cookie dough business. Now, you can choose your favorite from a sweet variety of cookie dough sorts jazzed up with delicious extras like hazelnut and chocolate spread, roasted almonds, marshmallows just to mention a few, along several different toppings.

If you like your desserts extra sweet, you just have to check out this place!

Michalina by Michalina
on December 7th, 2017
in Cafés, Prenzlauer Berg

Our First Interactive Game: The Flat Roulette

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Hello stranger! So you really want to live in Berlin? Getting a room here is such an uphill struggle with high rent, mould, and German bureaucracy that finding the right flatmate is usually left to the workings of fate. Our Flat Roulette game – being a simplified version of this real life scenario – introduces you to some of the most characteristic Berlin personalities and gives you a sneak peak into what you sharing a roof with them will really mean.

The game is a collaboration with illustrator Sophia Halamoda that many of you will know from the Berghain, Real Berliner and Bürgeramt comics. It’s part of our upcoming book “Like A Berliner” that comes out in 2018. Stay tuned for more games!

Click here to play the game!

Michalina by Michalina
on November 28th, 2017
in Misc.

Berlin Foodie Guide: Food Experiences that match your Mood

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Last year, our most attentive readers must have already spotted the collaboration with Priceless Berlin – the platform for unique experiences by Mastercard – that we did in the form of culinary, crafty, and adventurous Berlin Guides. This year we’ve come together with Priceless Berlin again, namely for the brand new Berlin Foodie Guide – a new platform devoted to culinary experiences in Berlin. The result of our work stands out amongst other similar ventures – in contrast to any typical guide, the Berlin Foodie Guide is designed to cater to our reader’s various moods and occasions with carefully curated stories.

Michalina by Michalina
on November 21st, 2017
in Food

How to Spend 7 Days in Berlin

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Our team is made up of full time Berlin lovers that are dedicated to the cause – over the years, we have sacrificed both our sleep and social life to keep tirelessly exploring our urban jungle and provide you with tips on the most diverse aspects of the city’s lifestyle. Following our desire to get fully immersed in the Berlin state of mind, we’ve bravely entered some strange territories, like Berghain or even Zehlendorf, therefore compiling a pretty comprehensive guide for the city insiders. But if you’re not ready to commit just yet and only have a limited number of days to spend here – we’ve created this ultimate, one of a kind guide to a 7 day adventure featuring all the essential spots to make your Berlin fling into a lasting memory.

Click here for our 7 Days in Berlin Guide!

Michalina by Michalina
on November 20th, 2017
in City Guide

5 Hot Activities for Cold Berlin Nights

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Probably the most dreaded characteristic of Berlin is its continental climate – especially the ruthless winters. It feels like many expats would happily switch from a full-time residency to summer guest appearances – but as avowed Berliners, we have a bunch of strategies to cope with the cold and make sure you enjoy our beautiful Hauptstadt all year round. Read on to find out what keeps us warm and entertained!

Michalina by Michalina
on November 16th, 2017
in Bars, Clubs, Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg, Wedding, Wellness

10 Amazing Galleries & Museums for Contemporary Art in Berlin

Kindl exhibition view photo Marco Funke

artwork: Haegue Yang, photo Marco Funke

We’re always keeping you up to date on the coolest contemporary art exhibitions in town – highlighting every art week and pointing you right to the hottest galleries whenever we suggest a route for a particular hood. The Berlin crowd is famous for channeling their creativity in the most unusual ways so no wonder you always enjoy these tips! That’s why we thought we might just go ahead and present you a guide of the 10 most important contemporary art places in the city.

Michalina by Michalina
on November 14th, 2017
in Art, Galleries, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Museums, Neukölln, Schöneberg, Tiergarten

Crossmodalism: Mysterious Events that will take you by Surprise

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photo: Javier Blanco Chiocchio

So many things happening in Berlin and yet you’re scrolling through your event app with nothing that quite strikes up for fancy? You can escape the same old scenarios of the usual entertainment like I did a few weeks ago. I left my house with no idea as to what would await me – I ended up blindfolded in a candlelit basement with a bunch of strangers and loved every minute of it. Crossmodalism is a relatively fresh movement redefining our ideas of concepts like classical music, theatre, cooking, or even science – with their sensory-stimulating events. Read on to find out more!

The group originated in London in 2013, bringing together a concert pianist who studied at one of the ‘best’ schools of music in the world, a cook with some of the world’s most ‘prestigious’ restaurants on their resume; an Experience Designer, a PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, and a perfumer trained in chemistry. Their name stems from a term popularised by Professor Charles Spence at the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at the University of Oxford.

Michalina by Michalina
on November 9th, 2017
in Events

What Techno Can Teach You

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photo: Alexander Popov

Techno is obviously not a new subject on this blog. After all, whether you like it or not, it’s one of Berlin’s most defining characteristics, the basics of which have already been discussed by Andy, the club culture expert we’re blessed to have on board. But, this time we look at techno from a little different angle.

Like with any social phenomenon that gained cult following, the subject is quite controversial. Although techno in general probably has more advocates in Berlin than it has opponents, there are still people willing (or less willing, but nevertheless reckoning) that they just don’t get it and regard the term ‘’club culture’’ as a modern-day example of an oxymoron at best.

This piece goes out to all of you. As baffling as the notion of gyrating on a crowded sweaty dance floor – only beaten in monotony by the two-hour queue preceding it might be, there are particular things thoroughly positive about it. I really didn’t think so either. But a funny turn of events steered by my own curiosity and the goodwill of some wonderful friends proved me wrong. And here are my takeaways:

Michalina by Michalina
on October 27th, 2017
in Music, Party, Stories

Humans of the U8 – A Berlin Subway Portrait Series

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photos: Leon Kopplow

It will not come across as any revelation that the U8 is my favorite U-Bahn line. And I’m not alone in this claim: your response to the profile of U8 we featured in our article What Does Your Ubahn Line Say About You? proves that you too have a high appreciation for this crazy train that can take you all across Wedding, Mitte and Kreuzkölln. And this sentiment is strongly dependent on all the passengers of the U8 – each of them has a unique story, often reflected in their bold outfits. Just who are they exactly?

The photo series by Leon Kopplow, previously covered on Notes of Berlin, is a simple yet quite wonderful homage to the great many colorful people that take the U8 every day. For whatever reason – whether to get to work, uni, party, or a tinder date. As you’re scrolling through the pics, you might be wondering about their various purposes, but one thing remains clear – they all constitute a beautiful in its diversity image of Berlin.

Michalina by Michalina
on October 19th, 2017
in People