Berlin’s Most Iconic Snacks

Berlin’s Most Iconic Snacks

illustrations: Berk Karaoglu

Here on iHeartBerlin, we like to get real. So all fancy dining guides aside, we know the drill – it’s 3 am, you’re somewhere unterwegs with very little to no money left, but the only thing you’re still able to feel is hunger, so you think you might just as well get that greasy snack. Berlin’s got you covered – read on to see our ultimate top selection of iconic Berlin bites that you should introduce your visiting friends to, thus completely ruining their diet plan.

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10 Years of iHeartBerlin – Thank You & Photos

10 Years of iHeartBerlin – Thank You & Photos

I am still quite overwhelmed with feelings of joy, especially now going through all the fun photos of our special night (if you have more photos send them to us!). 10 years is a very special number, but I’m glad that we could do this big number justice. Teaming up with the Olympus Perspective Playground was an amazing opportunity that I am so proud of and thankful for. Being surrounded by the amazing artworks of this immersive exhibition and the stunning venue of Kraftwerk was just much better than I imagined it to be. And by the amount of euphoric faces that I saw during the night I am confident to say I was not the only one.

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Celebrate 10 Years of iHeartBerlin with us!

Celebrate 10 Years of iHeartBerlin with us!

This coming Saturday on September 2, 2017 we will be celebrating 10 Years of iHeartBerlin at the Olympus Perspective Playground Berlin 2017 at the stunning Kraftwerk Berlin. We invite all of you to join the event!

iHeartBerlin that started out in the summer of 2007 as a fun party chronicle and is now one of the most influential online magazines about Berlin, covering all aspects of your Hauptstadt life – keeping you all company whether you’re singing Karaoke at Mauerpark, feasting on delicious burgers at Schlesi, or dance the night away at Berghain. It’s not only a celebration of 10 years’ worth of blogging, but most importantly – a celebration of the Berlin community spirit that just keeps us driven every day!

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10 Unique German Words of Happiness

10 Unique German Words of Happiness

illustrations: Berk Karaoglu

The iHeartBerlin team has always been an international cluster of fellows, so we do relate a lot to any struggles you might be having with the German language. I for one can still clearly recall the time that everything I attempted to say in this glorious language was met with a very confused and sometimes almost apologetic ”Wie bitte?”. But still – your Berlin experience gets even more holistic once you’ve mastered German, so we’re trying to encourage you as best as we can. After we’ve explained some of the most common examples of ”casual” German and enabled you to make lots of new friends with some exquisite German insults, the time has come now to present you with 10 words relating to the feeling of happiness that have no ample equivalents in English.

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5 Types of Lost Berliners That Need to Get It Together

5 Types of Lost Berliners That Need to Get It Together

illustrations: Berk Karaoglu

There are certain typical Berlin problems that we have seen too many times; too many fresh starts that just ended in a year of doing nothing, too many conversations about amazing, innovative, entrepreneurial projects that were never realized. We’ve heard too many stories about dating neuroses and complaints about being single, the weather, tourists, gentrification or life in general. Even if there’s NOTHING to complain about! Yes, Berlin is the destination for procrastination but it’s 2017 y’all! Let’s make it the year we all start to get it together! Especially, if you relate to one or more of the following 5 shortcomings.

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10 Fun Ways to Insult Someone in German

10 Fun Ways to Insult Someone in German

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.

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The Berlin Club ABC

The Berlin Club ABC

Berlin is famous for many things but undeniably, these days Berlin’s most infamous reputation is due to its incredible nightlife. And, no nightlife without club spaces and dance floors to make us shake our booty into the early hours of Sunday… or even Monday… or in Berlin actually, just pick a day. However, before you can go out and get your fantasy decisions need to be made. The versatility of this city is both a curse and a blessing. It’s not as easy as the bar down the street with that cute bartender and a decent Spotify playlist. That’s like sitting in front of a box of delicious candy and only eating one thing. So, to get you started or to keep you on track, we tried to bring the hedonistic chaos of Berlin’s club life in (alphabetical) order accompanied by some informative, slightly subjective comments. Everything from bars with a dance floor to multiroom clubs made it into the list and, if not further noted (of course) Electronic Music will be played in Techno capital. Enjoy our little selection.

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Dating in Berlin: Lost in Translation

Dating in Berlin: Lost in Translation

illustrations: Berk Karaoglu

Prior to moving to Berlin I never thought about how important language was when attempting to get to know someone better, particularly while dating. I always dated guys whose native language was English, American English at that. As if dating wasn’t confusing enough, try dating someone who doesn’t dream in the same damn language as you. It wasn’t until I started dating guys from around the world did I begin to understand how uncomfortable it felt not to be able to fully express myself. But, was this necessarily a bad thing?

Sure, when you speak the same language, you understand one another on a molecular level. You share the same phrases to describe mundane situations. You can even talk about your feelings (yuck!) until the cows come home…UM, WHAT?  That was all fine and good, but I still wasn’t convinced that the benefits of speaking the same mother tongue outweighed the surmounting disadvantages.

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The Pleasures and Pains of Juggling Multiple Jobs in Berlin

The Pleasures and Pains of Juggling Multiple Jobs in Berlin

One of my few Facebook statuses that actually got a decent amount of likes read that the hardest kind of threesome to be arranged in Berlin is when you’re struggling to get both the person who’s selling whatever heavyweight furniture you want and the guy that has a van to transport it to meet you at a time that you happen to be free. And I’ve been standing by this belief for quite a time, when Berlin decided to once again mercilessly prove to me that I haven’t seen nothing yet.

I still don’t regard organizing a threeway as a particular challenge in a city where your trusted dress code for some clubs is either kinky or naked. What kind of feels like one, though, is scheduling your week with different part time jobs.

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