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The Mysterious New Street Art Characters in Berlin

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Have you noticed anything new on the city’s walls recently? While strolling around Berlin, we keep bumping into these mysterious, eyeless ladies and gentlemen, giving us the sense of being spied on and maybe judged at the same time, for not looking as cool as them.

We couldn’t help but wonder who scatters these stylish figures around different corners of the city. Doing our little research, we found the art duo who spreads the acrylic love around, Kam and Laurene, who live between Paris and Berlin. Other than their street art, the duo paints on canvas and takes part in  exhibitions with their work, as well as collaborations with brands like the Pioc and Akasha. For more of these pretty figures, follow their work through their Instagram account.

Stella by Stella
on August 14th, 2017
in Art

The Best Coffee Places in Kreuzberg

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photo: Auste Skrupskyte

Setting out to discover the best places one can enjoy their cup of specialty coffee, always-busy Kreuzberg was a stop we enjoyed making, full of cute little cafes, offering coffee that blew us away. Once you find yourself around there, make sure you don’t miss out on these places.

Stella by Stella
on August 7th, 2017
in Cafés, Kreuzberg

The Captivating Street Art Murals of Teufelsberg

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Teufelsberg was one of the first places I discovered upon arriving in Berlin, because I used to live really close (yes, I lived in Heerstrasse. Yes, people live in Heerstrasse). It is a green, beautiful hill one can choose to go hiking, cycling, and if you’re a lazy potato like me, just to chill on top and enjoy the amazing view. Getting its name from the lake nearby, Teufelssee, Teufelsberg is a man-made hill, created out of the rubble and debris the WWII left behind. It also covers the never completed Nazi military technical college, which after the War, was easier to bury than demolish (literally, the devil’s mountain). Its fascinating history doesn’t stop there, since during the Cold War  it was used by Americans as a Listening Station to spy over the DDR.

Stella by Stella
on August 1st, 2017
in Art, Photos

Has Berlin become too Touristy?

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photo: Christian Schirrmacher / CC

Since the early 90s, after the Wall in Berlin fell, the city has seen slow growth in tourism, still not compared to that of London or Paris, but which in the last few years rocketed to the sky. And that of course hasn’t left the ready-to-complain Berliners without something to say about it: Locals nag about the city having become too busy, too noisy, and of course overpriced. The Berliners’ sentiment for foreigners has gone so far that there are even anti-tourists movements who hold real protests, against the city’s enemy: you. But how serious are Berliners in their detest of visitors?

Stella by Stella
on July 31st, 2017
in Stories

Dealing (or not Dealing) with Berlin’s Crappy Weather

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photo: Maximilian Streich

My infatuation with Berlin knows no boundaries. If all else fails, I plan to become like one of these viral stories ladies who marry Eiffel Tower or something, and be officially Mrs. Berlin. Its unpretentious coolness, its chilled vibe and inclusive, tolerant attitude, makes it #citycrusheveryday. There’s only one instance when Berlin poops right inside my soul: those grey, rainy days when Berlin experiences an identity crisis, raining cats and dogs for hours at a time, forgetting completely what season it’s supposed to be.

First of all, this is not even a season. I mean in winter you look out the window, grey, wet: you process this information and dress accordingly. With this mess of a weather you don’t know what to wear anymore, because even if it’s pouring it’s 25 degrees, so you’re both cold and sweating, ending up in a fur coat flip flops and an umbrella, looking like a pimp in the middle of Kotti. Setting aside the constant headache from the humidity,  this weather also messes with your general will to exist: suddenly the outside of your house feels so hostile, the slightest relocation is certain to have you drenched, so there goes your motivation to go to work, to the supermarket, to your friend, anywhere.

Stella by Stella
on July 24th, 2017
in Stories

9 Cool Alternatives to Typical Berlin Tourist Sights

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You know the drill: Someone is coming to Berlin for the first time, and you, with them, have to visit the same typical, commonplace “Berlin musts” for the thousandth time, along with flocks of tourists who push you in order to make their 13th shot of the same angle of the Berliner Dome. To save us all the distress of touring around what everyone is expected to see in the city, we gathered their alternatives one can visit instead, through which the real Berlin is revealed. (disclaimer: maybe your mom will not enjoy it).

Stella by Stella
on July 21st, 2017
in Stories

10 Fun Ways to Insult Someone in German

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illustrations: Berk Karaoglu

It’s the first thing someone wants to know when finding out about a new language: before learning how to say hi, or or how to introduce yourself, you want to learn how to curse. I’m sure there is a sociological angle to it, but science aside, swearwords are just amusing. Looking into the magnificent world of German swearwords, one isn’t at all surprised with the creativity levels the country of Goethe and Schiller has. We’ve collected some of the most noteworthy examples, that will have you regret every time you’ve called someone an idiot instead of an ass violin.

Stella by Stella
on July 19th, 2017
in Stories

5 Charming Cafes & Restaurants in Berlin by the Water

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Wondering how to spend the weekend if the weather does you a favor and is nice ever again in the future? Look no further as we’ve gathered for you some of our favorite cafes and restaurants by the water; because, what’s a better summer setting than this? Whether a lake or a riverside, these places are absolutely perfect for summer strolls, and God knows how we miss those. So next chance the weather gives you, grab your friend, your boo, your mom, and be where life is nice! You will find us there sipping on our beer, letting our toes catch some vitamin D.

Stella by Stella
on July 19th, 2017
in Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Tiergarten

Dangerous Photography: Higher than Ever

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photos: Cpt Olf

Following the first two features of our series about ‘Dangerous Photography’ that brought us to prohibited places such as the underground subway tunnels or the closed-off rooftops of Berlin, we are continuing our series today with something that can only be described as the superlative of the previous editions. Instagrammer Cpt Olf seems to be the king of them all, climbing higher than anyone we’ve seen so far. His photos are amazing slash panic inducing slash does his mother know he’s up there?

Among other places such as Belgium, Bulgaria, Vienna, Bangkok, Olf shoots stunning pictures from the highest points of Berlin, that we never thought one would be able climb to climb. I mean he climbed onto the rotating Berliner Verlag sign on top of the Berliner Verlag building at Alexanderplatz! Sometimes with company, sometimes without, Olf never fails to amaze us with his shots. While following what we assume is his passion for climbing on the craziest places, he doesn’t destroy anything while making his shoots. Check out some of his photos and be mesmerized and make sure to follow him on Instagram! (For people with a fear of heights like me they are absolutely distressing, but their magnificence can’t be denied!)

Stella by Stella
on July 19th, 2017
in Photos

The Beautiful Classic Cars of Berlin

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photos: Alejandro Arretureta

On a typical stroll around Berlin, lots of things are meant to catch your eye: the beautiful architecture, the interesting people, and of course Berlin’s cars. Lots of Berliners don’t just drive to simply get to their destination, they’re making a statement with it. Classic cars in the city, perfectly maintained, become Alex’s subject who scouts and presents them to us. He usually gets lucky in finding his beauties during the weekend, when there’s less traffic and Berliners choose to take their oldtimers to commute.

Alex is so passionate about cars that he has a whole project dedicated to the finest of them: Carphiles is an online magazine and Instagram account based in Berlin. It aspires to photograph and tell the story behind every classic car and its owner, whether in Berlin or not (he has also featured cars in Bangkok, Kulala Lumpur, Paris, and more). With his project Carphiles, he wants to inspire, inform and fuel the interest in cars that many already have. Always aiming at the highest quality result his photos achieve a high aesthetic, very sleek look, presenting the cars combined with architecture and other urban elements.

Together with Alex, we picked out 10 of the loveliest shots of beautiful classic cars in Berlin for you.

Stella by Stella
on July 19th, 2017
in Photos