Photo: Labyrinth Kindermuseum
Although we usually share with articles tips and recommendations on places and events of a slightly different nature, here comes one for those among our readers who have kids as well as for all these occasions when your little cousin comes to visit and you have simply no idea where to take them if you don’t want to cause a lasting damage to their mentality. Ranging from popular tourist attractions to some little-known coffee places that are aimed at welcoming kids, we’ve come up with a list including spots for all age groups.
Photo: Michael Mayer/ cc
The infamous Berlin club Berghain that has established itself as the number one mecca for enthusiasts of any kind of techno-infused celebrations is said to be opening a new floor called Säule (the German word for pillar). The feature that will distinguish the new area from the existing venues like Panorama Bar and the main floor will be the focus on darker, more experimental electronic sounds. Find out more about the new techno haven’s exact location and the announcement about its opening night after the jump.
You’ve seen us posting guides on clean eating and vegan lifestyle alternatives. In truth, there’s plenty of these options in Berlin and although we’re happy to embrace the gastronomical diversity, the time has come that we give some more love to those of you who are declared carnivores, ranging from my beloved Angry Chicken to super fancy Katz Orange. Enjoy our guide for all the meat lovers out there and make sure to add your top spots in the comments!
Before we all buckle up for this little joyride, let me start with a disclaimer: the selection of places below is a very subjective one, intending to highlight the wide range of leisure options available around Warschauer Strasse, but even more so to convey some of its unique spirit and direct your attention at a few lesser-known spots. Therefore, I am going to include some of the more or less immediate vicinity, fully aware of the fact that Schlesi is in Kreuzberg, and leave off some distinguished venues like Berghain, since they’re doing a great job speaking (raving?) for themselves.
Photo: Thomas von Wittich
We all know that Berlin is a beautiful, but at the same time dangerous city that truly inspires one to break the rules. It’s hard to find a more fitting example of this phenomenon than Berlin Kids, the daring graffiti creators who audaciously climb buildings in areas that we’re used to experience only from below.
We’re usually only left with the various sprayer works placed around town to account for their bold ventures, but on February the 8th, the Berlin-based filmmaker and author Good Guy Boris is going to shed some light on the circumstances under which those urban creations are being produced. Watch the trailer for the film and see some stills from the movie after the jump.
photo: Ingolf / cc
Ever since I could apply some of my German understanding into practice, I’ve been impressed with the BVG’s marketing strategy. Their hilarious billboards really embrace the city’s spirit that comprises lots of contrasts, like comely goth girls surrounding an elderly gentleman in an U-Bahn. Images like that are so successful with the public because we all can relate to this distinct image of an underground Berlin train: eerily empty on a Wednesday night, on Friday evening overcrowded to the extent that makes you think of the London Tube, often stinky, always about to become a venue for some busker’s performance. This is where the life happens. Or rather, this is where the life stops – just for the amount of time you need for your commute you can catch a little moment of thought before you’re back on the busy street, heading on to your destination.
After having amused myself with curiously observing the coincidental company I’d see come and go on my U-Bahn rides as well as having absorbed a good deal of the Berlin urban clichees, I’ve come up with this handy little guide to some of our favorite lines and their direct impact on our personalities.
photo: Stefan Schilling
The upcoming exhibition TACHELES 27 at the Klassenfeind Gallery in Mitte depicts a story of a monumental building that’s slowly but surely falling into decrepitude now, but used to be a vibrant center for creatives just a few years ago.
When I first started to wander around Berlin, some districts seemed to just merge together and I needed to put some effort into finding their distinguishing characteristics. Charlottenburg, on the other hand, has definitely always been a very distinctive part with a little nostalgic streets, fancy antique boutiques, and elegantly dressed people. And no wonder that’s the impression I got – up until 1920 Charlottenburg was an independent city to the west of Berlin.
photo via Romy Haag
Have you ever heard about Romy Haag? If not, and you’re reading iHeartBerlin right now, which makes me dare to assume you cannot be completely indifferent to Berlin’s distinctive aura, you truly owe it to your sparkling self (and general culture awareness) to continue with this article.
And although I’m well aware that writers are prone to mythologizing ordinary life, I really feel like in this case I could not possibly overdo it. When I’m trying to summon up all the various reasons for why Berlin feels just like a natural habitat for all that’s unnatural, there doesn’t seem to be a single one that Romy Haag wouldn’t have something to do with.
A great way to express your identity to the outside world is definitely clothing. Berlin’s community is extraordinarily supportive of people sporting clothes that are anything but appropriate, genuinely individual and often mocking the standards of what’s considered trendy. That’s why the capital is all excited for the Berlin Fashion Week starting on the 17th of January. Before you set out on what may become a crazy marathon between different shows and sales, get a little heads-up on where to shop the real Berlin Designers in our latest guide.
Apart from the permanent shops in our list we also recommend the Projekt Galerie designer sample sale that happens only during this special week and features a lot of local design treasures.