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Tiny Town – Berlin in Miniature

Tiny Town is a clever tilt-shift video filmed in Berlin by Sammy Metwalli a German director, editor and compositing artist who also directed the documentary Ostblut. Tilt-shift is a photography or filming effect that makes real life scenes look like miniature models.  The effect is achieved by creating a narrow point of focus and popping the […]

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LEGO Architecture Berlin Cityscape

LEGO released a new range of skyline models in its Architecture range in 2016 and one of the three new products is the LEGO Architecture Berlin Cityscape*. In addition to Berlin, the new Cityscapes collection features New York* and Venice*.  An updated model of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai*, the world’s tallest building, is also due […]

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WaWa Berlin Korean Restaurant

Opened in June 2014, WaWa Berlin is a charming little Korean restaurant on Grunewaldstrasse in Schöneberg. It has a clean and modern décor with some clever design touches – backlit green bottles on the bar, attractive bowl-like cups and pretty decorative trays for the tea. There are nods to Korea without it being kitschy and […]

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Checkpoint Alpha: The ABC of Berlin Checkpoints

To West Germans it was Kontrollpunkt Helmstedt, to East Germans, Grenzübergangsstelle Marienborn, but outside Germany, the inner German border crossing point was most commonly referred to by the name given to it by the Allied powers, Checkpoint Alpha. Note: While Checkpoint Alpha was only officially the name of the West German checkpoint at Helmstedt, for […]

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Berlin Christmas Markets Map

The clever folks at An Amazing Earth magazine have updated their Berlin Christmas Markets Map for 2015, a festive take on the classic BVG network map. The city is awash with Christmas markets and remembering exactly where they all are can be a bit tricky.   An Amazing Earth have taken some of the best […]

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Christmas Market Berlin by Matthias Makarinus

In his short film, Christmas Market Berlin, Matthias Makarinus has captured the essence of Berlin’s yuletide wonderlands. The film takes us on a tour of several markets for ice skating, fairground rides, sausages and Glühwein.  I’m pretty sure I saw: Berliner Weihnachtzeit am Roten Rathaus; Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais, Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Alexanderplatz; Wintertraum am […]

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Bierpinsel – Berlin’s Beer Brush

The Bierpinsel, a 47-metre tall brutalist tower, dominates the skyline on the Schloßstraße in Berlin Steglitz, the city’s second busiest shopping street. The Bierpinsel was built between 1972 and 1976 to plans by the architects Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte, who also designed the ICC Berlin.  The building, whose distinctive form was inspired by the […]

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