In yesterday’s post I reflected on my personal experiences in Berlin in the last year but today I would also like to draw your attention to some of my other favourites moments – my Berlin highlights from other people’s perspectives.
A number of Berlin blog posts have helped me discover Berlin or ‘just’ entertained me in the last 12 months.
As I mentioned in my post yesterday, James and Zoë were the first people to retweet me and champion my content and that’s why I was so happy to see their post, What I Know About Germans, go viral. I would watch the FB likes and comments increase & think ‘good things do happen to good people’.
This post by guest blogger, Liv Hambrett of A Big Life, was generally well received by fellow outsiders and Germans alike. The genius of the writing is the obvious respect shown for the characteristics the author originally appears to poke fun at.
The more recent You know you’re a Berliner when… – again a guest post, this time by Adam Fletcher, also deserves an honourable mention.
Slow Travel Berlin
This Berlin sunset image taken by Slow Travel Berlin founder Paul Sullivan took my breath away and is my Berlin photo of the year.
Amongst the many entertaining and educational articles on the site On the Stasi Trail by Tam Eastley (one half of Mädels With A Microphone) stands out.
Also mentioned yesterday, Georg of Digital Cosmonaut has produced some stunning images and some essential reading. His post about Sanatorium E, which we explored together, is a real peach. If you see beauty in abandonment and dereliction and have an interest in the history of such buildings you’ll love this post.
A Year in Berlin
For me, reading Ian’s post about Beelitz-Heilstätten on A Year In Berlin was a double-edged sword. His beautifully written description of his visit and carefully researched and well presented history of this abandoned tuberculosis and military hospital makes me long to visit. On the other hand, it also fills me with dread at the prospect of writing my own post.
Continuing the theme of playgrounds for the Urban Explorer, Abandoned Berlin is a treasure trove of information about the not-so-obvious tourist attractions in and around Berlin.
The Irish Berliner’s tales of his adventures are carefully crafted and as entertaining as they are descriptive. Reading his post about the lost city of Vogelsang, I felt like I was there exploring with him, something I got to do at Papierfabrik Wolfswinkel recently.
Mädels With A Microphone
I found Jen and Tam’s mini-mädel (a short podcast) about The Bone Church in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora near Prague, which Jen describes as ‘macabre, disturbing, oddly beautiful’, fascinating.
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There have also been some magic moments on film.
In A Berlin Minute
From night to day, through moody skies and back to night again, I love this time-lapse video of the Berlin skyline, with the Fernsehturm prominent of course. Keep an eye out for the Die Welt balloon bouncing up and down to the Fernsehturm’s right.
Little Big Berlin
The Little Big Berlin video by pilpop is a masterpiece of the tilt-shift technique that makes real scenes look like miniature model creations.
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Hitler’s Hidden City
I was delighted to discover this National Geographic documentary on YouTube a few days ago. Hitler’s Hidden City follows Berliner Unterwelten as they discover what lies below the surface of Berlin.
Showing the artist at work, Verminbus Process, gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of ad-busting art on the streets of Berlin.
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Berlin Spricht Für Sich
The third incarnation of a series by Emus Primus x East Cross Projects combining two of my passions Street Art and music, Berlin Spricht Für Sich has been all over my social media channels in the last week. Witty and catchy, I dare you not to like it.
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And completing my round-up some more music.
Michael Kiwanuka – Tell Me A Tale
I was delighted to recognise Berlin’s streets and U-Bahn tracks in the video from the BBC Sound of 2012 winner: Michael Kiwanuka.
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Depeche Mode – Everything Counts
I originally came across the video to Depeche Mode – Everything Counts, set in Berlin, on the wonderful Kreuzberg’d but GEMA has now blocked the video included in that post so I’ve had to find an alternative link.
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Me & My Drummer – You’re A Runner
A recent discovery, I love this song from a Berlin-based band: Me & My Drummer.