The brass rabbits of Karla Sachse’s Kaninchenfeld (Rabbit Field) add a touch of colour and some much needed shine to an otherwise unremarkable stretch of the Chausseestraße in Berlin. The Kaninchenfeld is one of seven artworks selected from a host ...
Getting Caught Without a Valid Ticket on Berlin Public Transport and Paying My First S-Bahn / BVG Fine
There are some Berlin rites of passage to be relished – opening a beer bottle with a lighter for the first time, for instance – and some not so rewarding experiences – like paying your first S-Bahn or BVG fine. ...
It’s not every day you get to climb an abandoned DDR-era watchtower in Berlin and unlike the tower on Erna-Berger-Strasse that it resembles, the one I climbed in Weißensee recently has not been restored. When I first stumbled across the ...
I’m guessing that just reading the words Currywurst Energy Drink has brought on some mixed feelings – probably 90% ‘I think I’m going to throw up’ and 10% ‘I wonder if it really tastes of Currywurst’ – or is that ...
Like just about everybody else in this city I’m constantly on the lookout for Berlin’s Best Burger. Every time I think I have my list finalised a new place opens or someone recommends somewhere I haven’t heard of and I ...
It looks like self-proclaimed gypsy brewers Fuerst Wiacek (a partnership between Georg Fuerst and Lukasz Wiacek – see what they did there!) are looking for a more permanent base in Berlin. They posted an appeal on Facebook and Instagram on Sunday for leads on an 800m2 production space. This is exciting news for New England IPA […]
Yet again demonstrating his determination to bring the best and freshest beer to Berlin, owner Cihan Caglar will unveil his new Crowler – a machine for sealing cans filled with the foamy goodness of draught beer – on Friday at Biererei Bar & Vintage Cellar. Craft beer fans in Berlin will be familiar with growlers, […]
BRLO posted a teaser on their Facebook page this week for a new beer brewed in collaboration with Zagovor Brewery that is due for release during Berlin Beer Week 2018. The post from BRLO gives a few hints about what to expect: When we invited our friends from Zagovor Brewery to our BRWFEST, it made […]
I’m a big fan of beer and of all the beers on offer free beer is my favourite beer. Imagine my excitement when I heard that the Scottish craft beer brewer, BrewDog, is giving away 100,000 bottles of their flagship beer, Punk IPA. James Watt and Martin Dickie founded BrewDog in Fraserburgh, Scotland in 2007. […]
Gaming Beyond the Iron Curtain: East Germany is a short documentary about the personal computer and arcade video game industry in the GDR during the Cold War. As the narrator, Super Bunnyhop, summarises at the end of the video: If you ever need an example of the complicated intersection between politics and entertainment, look no […]
The Awful German Language is an essay by the American author Mark Twain in which he humorously outlines the complexity of the language and the difficulties he encountered while learning it. It is a must-read book for students of the often baffling German language. Twain, most famous for his Huckleberry Finn stories, travelled extensively through […]
Berlin – Symphony of a Great City, released in 1927, is a classic of the golden age of silent film and a compelling document of life in Berlin in the interwar years. The film is presented as a day in the life of Berlin but Walter Ruttmann edited together footage recorded over the course of […]
One of the major arse-aches of train travel anywhere in the world is the inability of some people to grasp the basics of train etiquette. Almost every train journey involves some form of idiocy, lack of common sense or plain rudeness. I have lots of bugbears when it comes to train etiquette – feet on […]
If you’ve spent time wandering around Berlin you may have occasionally noticed a small green metal hut that looks a little like a summer house but did you stop to wonder what it was? The structure you noticed, known locally as a Café Achteck (Octagonal Café), is actually a toilet. I saw my first Café […]
Berliner Trance is a 1993 documentary that charts the rising popularity of trance music and the MFS record label from its origins in post-wall Berlin. Trance music is a kind of dance music which thousands of young people across Germany and throughout Europe are quite passionate about. It’s a musical movement which is gaining strength. […]