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 ...
Having caused quite a stir back in April 2016 when a Berghain / Panorama Bar drinks menu appeared for sale on eBay, the seller 7oxymoron is back and this time he’s offering to sell a letter from the police threatening legal action over the theft of that menu…
Salt n Bone in Prenzlauer Berg serves what is for me the ultimate combination in comfort food – Sunday roasts and craft beer – a rarity in Berlin. Run by Dubliners, Andrew Costello and Rebecca Lynch the emphasis on the menu at Salt n Bone is on high quality pub food made with locally sourced […]
It’s hard to imagine it now travelling through the brightly lit and shiny tiled S-Bahn station at Potsdamer Platz but during the Cold War this was one of Berlin’s infamous ghost stations. When the Berlin wall went up in August 1961 it followed the arbitrary borders drawn up by the Allied Powers and the Soviets […]
People who are unused to medical treatment in Germany are often shocked when the doctor prescribes nothing stronger than tea for a cold or even asthma but just imagine you were told to drink the Berlin Wall homeopathic remedy. There are practitioners of homeopathic medicine who believe that drinking a solution made with the crushed […]
Walking around the area to the South East of the S-Bahn station Lichterfelde- Süd in Berlin today, there is very little to indicate its former life as the US military training ground Parks Range and Doughboy City. The rough pentagon of land, two sides of which were formed by the border between West Berlin and […]
Following a successful trial at U-Bhf Osloer Straße last year, the BVG, Berlin’s main public transport provider, is set to roll out free Wi-Fi at several Berlin underground stations. Given its reputation as a start-up hub it is perhaps surprising to know that Berlin lags way behind when it comes to providing fast and reliable internet […]
On a building site between Oderstraße and the Teltow canal, just over the Berlin border into Brandenburg, weeds and trees grow around a collection of wall sections, like some kind of Berlin wall graveyard. In 1991, the NVA (Nationale Volksarmee) the National People’s Army of East Germany was tasked with dismantling and disposing of the […]
Looming over a small park on the Platz der Luftbrücke in Tempelhof, the Berlin Airlift Memorial (Luftbrückendenkmal) is dedicated to those who gave their lives to save the people of West Berlin during the Berlin Blockade. On 24 June 1948, Stalin closed off all road and rail routes to Berlin in an attempt to starve […]
On hot and sticky Berlin summer days and nights I have three top tips for cooling down – eat ice cream, jump in a lake or head to a beer garden – and if you go for option three, I recommend Birgit & Bier. If someone says Biergarten to you, I’m guessing you conjure up […]
Berliners love their ice cream and with so many ice cream shops in the city to choose from I though I’d point you towards some of my favourites with my 6 of the Best Berlin Ice Cream Shops list. Eis Saison (ice cream season) is a big deal in Berlin. Around the end of February […]