The holiday season is upon us, and the atmosphere in Berlin couldn’t be more unique and lively this time of year, thanks to the gorgeous Christmas markets sprawled across the city. These markets give our city a distinctive spirit during the holidays, and there’s a lot more to them than Glühwein (not to understate Glühwein though; we seriously wait all year for that stuff). Whether you’re in search of the perfect gift or just want to be a part of the festivities, it goes without saying that Christmas markets are a fundamental part of the German holiday tradition. From one end of Berlin to the other, you will find a profusion of markets in various sizes with varying products. So how do you choose the ones worth visiting? If you’re lucky enough to be in Berlin this time of year, market hopping is a must, so we’re giving you a run down of the top Christmas markets to check out; some classics, some exciting new concepts. Find our selection of Christmas markets and special events after the jump.
photo: Maxime Ballesteros
With our beloved Mayor Klaus Wowereit leaving his post it also seems that his once so popular slogan “Berlin is poor but sexy” seems no longer suitable. Berlin is still not exactly rich, but with the developement of the past 5 years you can’t simply label it as poor – “It’s complicated” would describe it more appropriatly. But one thing is sure: Berlin is still damn sexy. And that’s not just because of all the rediculously hot bearded guys and cute girls in town. It’s because Berlin is still one of the most sexually liberal, expressive and diverse cities you will come across on this planet. It’s ruthlessness, mysteriousness and unexpectedness is what draws so many people here and gives them the pleasure of a lifetime.
To celebrate Berlin’s sexyness we compiled a contemporary guide to the erotic side of Berlin featuring all the sexy places in town including shops, parties, galleries and activites. And for the new Mayor we have a suggestions for Berlin’s next slogan: “Cool and sexy”.
Please also check the Friendly Berlin App for our special Sexy Berlin route that features also some more places such as sexy bars and restaurants. Enjoy!
If there is one thing certain about the Urban Spree gallery in Friedrichshain it’s that they will always deliver about their exhibition. Few galleries manage to be so consistant about their style while still being always full of fun and surprises.
The new group exhibition opening tonight curated by the artist duo behind the collective Peachbeach is one more example for Urban Spree’s genious choices of arists. They got all their favorite fellow artists together to create a spectacular show and of course yet another huge mural that is going to cover the outside of the gallery. Apart from Vidam and Look from Peachbeach there will also be the work of DXTR,BASE23, Mike Friedrich, Martin Krusche, Deedee Kid, John Reaktor and Zipper die Rakete. After the jump you will see a preview of the show, but make sure to come by the vernissage tonight as there is going to be quite the party going on.
photo: Silke Bauer
The monster of gentrification is eating Berlin’s free spirits and creative culture. Maybe this way of thinking is rather extreme, but what will happen to the so-called “cool neighbourhoods” when all people who are currently living there will not be able to afford it anymore. And much more important: what will happen to our city when the income will strictly determine where you can live. Not so much of a multi-cultural free society in the end. A horrible faith that happened already in so many cities before and that must be stopped in Berlin.
People have been protesting the rapidly rising rents for years at Kottbusser Tor in Kreuzberg. The theater collective copy &waste created an audio walk that guides right into a conflict zone for living space, money and love. Through the headphones you’ll hear just what it sounds like – the dividing of the loot. The audio walk is called “Nasty Peace” and it is in German, English and Turkish and is created with the participation of the Turkish community living in the neighborhood.
For Nasty Peace, copy&waste returned packing a great deal of research material: conversations with residents, observations of everyday life, sociological, scientific and philosophical texts about property and privatization play as significant a role as Berlin Circle, a piece by Charles Mee inspired by the same source as The Caucasian Chalk Circle and fantasy material such as Game of Thrones and Masters of the Universe. All the dates and the trailer after the jump.
Photo: Markus Studtmann
Berlins rough and urban architecture is not always appreciated as it should be. Sometimes you need a photographer and photoshop artist to refocus your perspective on the visual highlights Berlins facades have to offer. Markus Studtmann creates magical hypnotic photographies that reminds artwork from M.C.Escher. Watching the spiraling staircases, waving windows and infinite houses too long can cause a bit of a headache. Still you should enjoy this little photoshop masterpieces rethinking the boundaries of space and creating new architectural dimensions. More pictures after the jump.
After three editions of advent calendars the team of the KreuzbergKalender thought of something entirely new for this year’s edition. Instead of little presents the 2014 edition contains little riddles you are asked to solve. The 24 questions from the categories gossip, sports, culture and politics call odd, extraordinary and important events from 2014 to mind.
Instead of using many words the girls let images speak this year and created a cute little film explaining how the KreuzbergKalender 2014 works and how you can participate. Watch it after the jump.
If you ever went skiing in the Alps, for instance in Kitzbühel, you know that there is nothing better after a full day of skiing than a warm lunch on the top of a white mountain inside a cosy hut. You don’t need a master in geography to notice that the Alps are not really nearby. Luckily to appreciate some mountain flavors you don’t have to leave Berlin since this city has some really nice restaurants serving savory Alpine cuisine.
To recreate a little Alpine feeling we put on our Ultra Light Down jackets from Uniqlo (previously featured here) and went on a little culinary excursion. Filling our bellies with Schnitzel, Kaiserschmarn and Käsespätzle we had some nice evenings around town. Check out the resulting list of our Top 5 Alpine restaurants in Berlin after the jump.
One of the things that’s awesome about Berlin is the fact that it has something for every taste. This applies not just to the art galleries that range from big snobby ones to small playful ones, or the theater culture that has big name actors on huge stages on the one side and experimental pieces in improvised settings on the other. It is also something that you will notice in terms of nightlife. There is basically a party for every type of crowd and for every taste in music. The same goes for the bars and this is something I want to explore today.
What bar type are you? You like the classic ones with the best cocktails in the city? Or are you all about friendly and cosy atmosphere? Or do you like to have an awesome view over the city while sipping on your long drink? In our new comprehensive Bar Guide for Berlin we tried to split up the bar scene of Berlin by different types and give you some recommendation for every taste and occasion.
To save you from having to study the drinks menu for 10 minutes in every bar before you know what to order we consulted the cocktail archive of theBar.com and selected a few suitable drinks for each of our bar types. This website comes in handy when you are looking the right cocktail for you as you can search by occasion, spirit or ingredient and also have a look at the recipes that range from cocktail classics to new trendy drinks. Very practical! But now enjoy our bar and cocktail guide after the jump!
photo: David von Becker
Tonight, Thursday October 30th, starting at 19h is the grand opening of the C/O Berlin in their new venue Amerika Haus. We got a sneak peek yesterday and say: It’s definitely worth a visit. All information about the opening exhibitions and the new venue after the jump.
From vintage to design, edgy brands to accessories or even records to food, Neukölln has become a multifaceted shopping district. We’ve checked out a bunch of them lately to create a little guide to Neukölln for you guys because we hardly ever feature this youthful and blooming district of Berlin that especially the foreigners and expats love so much. So have a look at our selection of places in our Neukölln Guide after the jump. If you are looking for even more recommendations in Neukölln we recently published The Vintage Path Neukölln tour on our Friendly Berlin App with a great itinerary to spend a day in this beloved district in the name of vintage.