Explore the Virtual Worlds of the Fantastischen Vier with Magenta VR

Explore the Virtual Worlds of the Fantastischen Vier with Magenta VR

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In recent years, virtual reality has ceased to be an abstract concept and turned into a more and more accessible technology that is changing our everyday life. One of the big players in the field is Deutsche Telekom. Their Magenta VR app is proof that virtual reality is not only a great tool for entertainment and education, but also it can actually foster human connection. 

The visitors at Berlin’s IFA exhibition in September were the first to see Fantaventura – a groundbreaking VR experience featuring the German cult music group, Die Fantastischen Vier. This unique project, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band, gives a brand new life to their popular song “Tag am Meer” and is exclusively available in a 360°-version in the Magenta VR App. From what we saw, the VR experience aesthetically resembles the classic music video for that song, so if you’ve ever enjoyed watching it, now you’ll have the chance to actually step inside it along with the musicians! 

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How it Feels to Run Your First Marathon in Berlin

How it Feels to Run Your First Marathon in Berlin

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After running his first marathon our guest writer Laurent sat down to share his experience at the run with us, as well as the program that Nike hosted in their Home of Running where he lead a panel talk with the founders of some of Berlin’s biggest running communities.

“Are you running the Berlin marathon?” This is probably the question I have been asked the most in the last 3 months. When you are a runner, running a marathon is already one big thing. Living in Berlin and running the Berlin Marathon is THE thing! 

This is not just another race. It is the race! It is incredible to see how the city changes from the week prior to this big event. Runners from all countries are invading the city and bring it to life in a different way! Streets, parks, cafés, runners are everywhere, getting their last kilometers before the big day! The atmosphere and enthusiasm around running have been growing so much in the past years. And Berlin has definitely played an enormous role in shaping the running culture. 

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Berlin is Dreamland in the new Pet Shop Boys and Years & Years Video

Berlin is Dreamland in the new Pet Shop Boys and Years & Years Video

The Pet Shop Boys joined forces with Years & Years and released a new catchy song, that sounds vintage, familiar and thus nostalgic at the same time. It’s called “Dreamland” and happens to be a duet between Neil Tenant and Olly Alexander. 

The star of the lyric video to the song? Berlin! The video guides you through an underground station with turquoise tiles on the wall that clearly remind you of Alexanderplatz. Instead of any signs and directions, you would usually find down there to guide you out or to the next train, it is the lyrics that are cleverly gracing the subway walls. It almost seems like a nightly lonesome stroll in the depth of the empty subway stations – just like we all know it very well, returning home from a long night out. Also, the lyrics seem to carry that late-night Berlin nostalgia between its lines…

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Quiz: How well do you know Berlin’s Subway Stations?

Quiz: How well do you know Berlin’s Subway Stations?

Berlin’s subway system is not only known and loved for their cute yellow trains, but also for the iconic designs of its subway stations. All the different lines sport different styles and colors from different time eras that go through several decades of Berlin history. We traveled through the city one day and tried to capture some details of some of the stations to create this little quiz for you. How well do you know the subway system to be able to guess all of these stations? You can use the colors and tile shapes as clues for where this might be. Good luck!

How to play? Just click on one of the three possible answers underneath the picture and you will immediatly know if you were wrong or right. After that you can click on “Continue” below the answers to get to the next photo. In the end you will see your results below the final answer. Refresh the page to reset the game.

photos: Liz Ketcham

Which subway station is this?

Fierce Makeup Looks Inspired by Berlins most Iconic Clubs

Fierce Makeup Looks Inspired by Berlins most Iconic Clubs

I know that Berliners don’t like to try hard when it comes to their party attire. It is sort of Berlin-cool to not care much! But for me, it is a lot of fun to create a special alter ego at night.

When I first started to explore Berlin’s nightlife, I used to cluelessly ask around “What makeup do people wear at Berghain?” or “Is there a dress code at Kater Blau?”. I had absolutely no idea and felt a bit lost. So, inspired by what I have seen in Berlin’s club scene, this little guide hopes to inspire you in terms of what your makeup could look like when heading out to different clubs in Berlin.

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Wrap Your Presents in the Art of Zebu at Bikini Berlin

Wrap Your Presents in the Art of Zebu at Bikini Berlin

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The Bikini Berlin is never short of a lovely surprise when it comes to using their amazing space for beautiful creative projects. Just like last year they have teamed up with an artist duo to transform the center of the concept shopping mall into a wonderland for the senses. Combining a fun photo wall, a greeting card station, a present wrapping service and a cute little winter punch booth the colorful illustrations of the lovely guys from Zebu magically materialized as a little playground full of curious animals and creatures.

The heart of the installation is the free Christmas wrapping service in the middle where you can bring all your Christmas presents to be masterfully wrapped in the exclusive paper designed by Zebu for Bikini Berlin. Or if you are crafty you can also swing the scissors and ribbons yourself at the big self-service tables. The paper comes with three artworks that represent different aspects of Christmas and embody the style of the two artists perfectly. The fact that they love to work with animals makes so much sense given you are looking straight into the monkey house of the Zoo right next to the mall through its big panorama window. In fact the sheets look so cool that you could as well frame them and hang them in your house as art prints.

The postcard station offers your the possibility to either send Christmas greetings to your loved ones (Bikini Berlin will cover the postage) or cut out and fold the animals to start your own little zoo. It’s all too cute!

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Our First Interactive Game: The Flat Roulette

Our First Interactive Game: The Flat Roulette

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!

Exclusive Video-Premiere of MissinCat’s new video

Exclusive Video-Premiere of MissinCat’s new video

In Berlin, people often seem to be in search of something, never wanting to rest or settle down, as if something was pushing them from inside. Sometimes, it is only when we leave a city or someone behind, that we begin to understand it and furthermore notice how precious life was with it. In fact, one of our guest authors just wrote a text about it. If a person doesn’t leave voluntarily, but has to, it changes the whole perspective of course. MissinCat‘s, aka Caterina Barbieri’s, first song „Made Of Stone” of her new album „Forces” captures that harsh feeling. Read on…

Konditorei Damaskus – a Syrian pastry shop on Sonnenallee

Konditorei Damaskus – a Syrian pastry shop on Sonnenallee

Photo: Ellen Munro / cc

You know us at iHeartBerlin – we love discovering all kinds of delicious food in Berlin and then sharing the locations with you in our guides. The only thing we enjoy more than that is sharing our common vision of Berlin as a safe space for everyone, regardless of their religious beliefs, skin colour, or gender. So we couldn’t be more stoked to present you the story of yet another shop selling delicious sweets and at the same time run by Syrian refugees.

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City of Singles – Portraits of Tinder Exhibition

City of Singles – Portraits of Tinder Exhibition

The new exhibition of the painter Jiyeon Kim that will have its vernissage on the 25th of February is probably one of the most interesting art events I’ve seen around. The concept is simple but quite ingenious at the same time. The artist invites us to actually take a closer look at the images that all of us have been dealing with a lot at some time in our lives – the Tinder profile pictures! Find out more and see a preview of the paintings after the jump.

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