Getting yourself an actual, material calendar is surely a bold move in times of ubiquitous digitalization. Going analog can bring structure to your hectic life without any of the screen addiction that productivity apps can cause. Buying an actual calendar is also an important gesture of showing support and appreciation to the artist behind it. And obviously, it’s an appropriate gift for almost anyone – and especially useful in Berlin, the city where people need the occasional reminder of conventional concepts of time.
Although Berliners are known to hate the wintertime, December brings one special treat that somehow alleviates the pain. Even those hardened freelancers who don’t need to show up for work and seriously consider hibernating with takeout as a viable survival solution are likely to leave the comfort of their home office when they hear two magic words: Christmas markets. And seriously, what’s not to love? Berlin’s Christmas markets reflect the spirit of the town itself and many of them have little to do with the cheesy vibe of dumb consumerism. On the contrary – they present a chance to discover and support local creators, get to know locations that remain relevant all year round, and last but not least, have a glass of the classic Glühwein. Read on to discover the coolest Christmas markets and special sales going on this year!
If you had the chance to see the iHeartBerlin group exhibition Uncensored Berlin last year, you know that we love supporting bold photographers, unafraid of making a statement. The same thing could be said about Benjamin Wolbergs, who is currently preparing to publish a unique book that presents contemporary LGBTIQ photography, featuring many of the artists that took part in our exhibition.
Get ready for something really exciting. For years now we have been quietly cooking up a very special project together with the talented illustrator Sophia Halamoda, whose amazing work we’ve been featuring on the blog for a few years now. You might remember her iconic Berghain comic, the hacks on how to become a “Real Berliner”, the Winter guide and the Flatmate Roulette. All of these beloved illustrated stories have just been the foreplay for something bigger: Our brand new big book “Like A Berliner” is coming out in just a few weeks! It is most likely the cheekiest Berlin guidebook you’ve ever seen – and we’re throwing a party to celebrate its launch in collaboration with Bikini Berlin – the innovative concept mall in the West of Berlin.
You might remember the works of Alex Soloviev from previous features on iHeartBerlin, including his video titled ”Everyday Berlin” and another one called ”Berlin – the inner layer”. This time, the filmmaker and traveler featured Berlin in a short film that’s a part of a project offering breathtaking insights into cities across the globe.
After including places such as Florence, Stockholm, and Moscow in his recent project, Alex Soloviev has posted a short film with the title ”BERLIN moves”. Indeed, the title is a bit self-explanatory – the video takes you on a dynamic journey across the city. From strolling pedestrians to various modes of transportation, the new film captures Berlin’s diversity in constant motion. You’ll probably recognize plenty of familiar corners and classic Hauptstadt settings. The masterful shifting of perspective will give you the impression of truly observing the metropolis and its inhabitants.
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!
Turns out that despite our extensive city exploring, there is still one particular green area we’ve never written about. And that is Berliner Wiese – not a meadow in the literal sense, but surely a portal into a more plant-based lifestyle. Keep on reading to find out more about this Berlin-based grower, manufacturer, and distributor of CBD and hemp products.
Berliner Wiese was founded by two Dennis and Julien – two Ur-Berliners who pride themselves on growing their business locally in an environmentally friendly way. As they explain: ‘’We feel sustainability and regionality are both very important. Almost all our products come from the vicinity of Berlin and are grown on organic farms.’’
It’s been a while since we shared a new selection of Berlin bars. But especially for the cold months, being aware of some cozy place that serves nice cocktails and drinks is especially practical. So check out the list below, including recommendations from Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte, and of course Kreuzkölln.
Thanks to FridaysForFuture initiated by the young Greta Thunberg, the climate crisis has entered the common consciousness as an issue that concerns everyone. The Berlin edition of the upcoming Global Climate Strike is a chance for all of us to show our resistance against the fossil fuel industry.
Especially during Pride, it’s important that we take the time to appreciate great initiatives that contribute to empowering Berlin’s queer community. In this article, you’ll find a list of 7 such projects. We’re featuring diverse projects, including festivals, online platforms, and even an app – read on to find out all about them.