I’m sure we’ve all experienced some bizarre sightings on Tempelhofer Feld – but still, the pictures that you’ll about to see in this post will most definitely surprise you. Wild animals running free along the same stretches of land that are usually frequented by skaters? Read on to see some fantastic impressions of wildlife captured in one of the most iconic urban locations of Berlin and find out what it’s all about.
illustrations: Berk Karaoglu.
We decided to rethink the concept of a conventional bucket list and came up with scenarios that shamelessly embrace Berlin’s potential as the backdrop of some memorable experiences. And ‘’memorable’’ is actually somewhat of an understatement here – some of these shenanigans are simply unforgettable, even if some parties involved may indeed wish otherwise. While we are by no means condoning every single one of these actions, let alone encourage anyone to draw any kind of inspiration for real-life pranks, it would literally just be ‘’so Berlin’’ if you were ever to…
When people come to visit Berlin they don’t necessarily want to tick off the major sights of the city. Many visitors want something different: that edgy Berlin feeling and way of life the city has become famous for. This real side of Berlin is best experienced by mingling with the local people who live and breathe the city’s heart and soul.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, we have combed through Airbnb’s extensive catalog of experiences to identify some of Berlin’s best female hosts. So whether you’re about to host friends and want to surprise them with an unusual alternative to sightseeing, or feel like trying something new yourself – read on and check out these awesome experiences!
Berlin can boast some impressive murals, and it’s no surprise that the newest addition to the bunch has drawn immediate attention. The huge version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is impossible to miss. She occupies the side wall of the East Side Hotel in Friedrichshain and presents an interesting contrast to the often abstract artworks from the East Side Gallery, which is just on the opposite side of the street.
The Berlin art collective Die Dixons has previously been involved in noteworthy contributions to the city’s murals with the famous Meat Mural or the huge street art project The Haus. This time, they joined forces with the artists Tank, Weisse Seite, and FIX77. The graffiti they created together is apparently the world’s biggest Mona Lisa reproduction.
Very Ugly Plates have taken the local internet by storm. In less than 4 months since the mysterious author sparked the first piece with their comedic genius, the plates earned a feature in Exberliner and even got their very own exhibition. But how do you turn a piece of china into a piece of art that resonates with the Zeitgeist of modern day Berlin and beyond? We’ve got an answer straight from the horse’s mouth (yeah, the one that welcomes you back from rehab).
The artist behind the fragile creations wishes to remain anonymous but was generous enough to let us in on some secrets of the trade. The concept of contrasting a traditional wall plate with a blunt phrase is not particularly new, but Very Ugly Plates introduced a style of their own. It’s about recognizing specific situations depicted on the plates, which often involves speculating as to the inner turmoil of the painted characters, and coming up with a Very Ugly remark to sum it all up.
We all know the glossy Instagram accounts that almost make you think Berlin is a permanently sunny resort where all you see are fit yogis running around with their cute puppies and the occasional elderly couple sitting on a bench in Tiergarten. Well, one look out of the window will suffice to realize that the reality is not all that ideal. But we love that about Berlin – its unpredictable weather, extraordinary characters, and the fact that some corners can get a bit rough. We found three Instagrammers that celebrate those characteristics of our beloved city – and provide a much-needed antidote to the pointless strive for perfection.
illustrations: Berk Karaoglu.
Even before my attempts at vegetarianism, I never really got the German hype about the Wurst. While national pride is usually a concept that I wouldn’t necessarily embrace, the sausage debate is the one instance where I could almost argue for the Polish supremacy. But in Germany, at least in the linguistic sense – you just cannot do without the Wurst. As we continue our iHeartBerlin mission of trying to provide some guidance while you navigate the maze that is the German language, the time has come for the most ridiculous set of idioms. Click through to enrich both your vocabulary and imagination!
After one particular night of slow dancing that ultimately resulted in me exploring the contents of somebody’s nightstand the next morning, a book was lent to me. Although this incident happened well over a year ago, I just somehow never got past the cover. Last month I thought that the Christmas break would be as good a time as any to give those pages a go.
The book, The World of Yesterday: Memoirs of a European by Stefan Zweig, is most definitely an excellent piece of literature, delineating, among other things, the concept of a European identity and its crisis during both of the world wars. Which makes it a very important work, especially relevant in the turbulent times of growing right-wing extremism and Brexit.
photo: Katja Stückrath.
Everyday life in Berlin is often compared to a very forgiving journey into the uncharted depths of your own identity and Berliners aren’t exactly known for keeping their promises. That might be one reason why New Year’s resolutions tend to fall into the same category as the signs prohibiting alcohol consumption on the U-Bahn – we are aware of them. To a varying extent.
But New Year’s resolutions don’t actually have to be these dreamed-up, unrealistic visions. We came up with 5 examples of positive change and some practical advice on how you could try implementing them into your Berlin life.
Community integration is a goal we are all working towards in Berlin. The fact that our city is home to individuals from many different backgrounds is something we should cherish and never take for granted, especially given the current trends in politics. We have already written about the actions you can take against the xenophobic far right – be it taking part in demonstrations or supporting particular initiatives. Today, we want to look at things from a more positive angle and focus on the amazing ventures which have truly enriched the city and which were started by people who came to Berlin as refugees. One organization that provides an environment which genuinely fosters such projects is Give Something Back to Berlin – we spoke to them and created this list featuring five success stories.