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 ...
Refill Berlin is a non-profit scheme aiming to make free tap water available throughout the city to anyone with a refillable water bottle. The Refill movement started in Bristol, England in 2015 when Natalie Fee set out to create “an easily accessible, free network of shops, cafes and restaurants providing free water refills.” The scheme […]
Germans have a reputation for being efficient and serious but the zig zag cycle path that appeared on a street in Berlin Zehlendorf suggests that the stereotype doesn’t apply to everyone. A photo of the cycle path captioned ‘Tetris Radweg’ was the first thing I saw when I opened Facebook on Wednesday last week and […]
One of the things that most surprised me about Berlin when I moved here is that shops, as a general rule, remain closed on Sundays and public holidays. In addition to exceptions for a few supermarkets at the city’s busiest train stations there are though up to 10 days when Sunday opening is allowed each […]
With its grand villas, alpine chalet-style houses, waterside views, and cobbled streets, Klein Glienicke is a charming village, popular with day-trippers. But for 28 years this idyllic settlement on the Potsdam border was an East German enclave separated from West Berlin by the Berlin Wall and only accessible with special permission. The quirks of Klein […]
A mixture of documentary and loosely scripted drama, the black and white film, People on Sunday was a surprise hit when it was released in February 1930 in Berlin. Described in the titles as Film Studio 1929’s ‘first experiment…a film without actors’, the main action in People on Sunday revolves around a day trip to […]
Berlin summers can be as stiflingly hot as its winters are brutally cold so a map of the Berlin drinking fountains, where water is available for free, could come in very handy. I’m a big fan of a Wegbier to quench my thirst while exploring Berlin and beer in Berlin is generally cheaper than water […]
Germany is famous for its beer gardens but did you know that every summer there is a wine garden in Berlin – the Rheingauer Weinbrunnen on Rüdesheimer Platz? Well, you do now. There are officially 350 seats at the Rheingauer Weinbrunnen but on warm summer evenings the crowd swells to maybe 600 or 700 people. […]
If you have lived in or even visited Berlin, the chances are that you’re very familiar with the S- and U-Bahn but did you know that the German capital also once had an M-Bahn? The Berlin M-Bahn (short for Magnet-Bahn) was a Maglev, or magnetic levitation) train system, which is described in detail in this […]
There are several people and events that get cited as contributing to the fall of the Berlin wall and the Bruce Springsteen East Berlin Concert in 1988 comes up often. The Boss was at the height of his fame, a rock ’n’ roll demigod, who embodied an all-American spirit due to the associations with his […]
Rüyam Gemüse Kebab (or Rüya as it was called until 2017) has been serving up the kind of chicken Döner Kebabs that dreams are made of at Hauptstraße 133 in Berlin Schöneberg since 2012. Rüyam is literally my dream, and I mean literally – it is the Turkish translation, hence their tagline ‘traumhaft lecker’. All […]