It’s that time of year again…whether you call it Christmas, Xmas or (please not) “the holidays”, that time in December is rapidly approaching. This is also the time for Christmas markets, a phenomenon most often associated with Germany but which has now spread to many other countries. It’s also time for our annual series of [...]
Does anyone else find this kind of creepy? This fun fair has only been closed since 2001 but has already been reclaimed by nature. Not quite sure what happened to that dinosaur on the right though…if you’re wondering, it’s fenced off so this was as close as I could get.
View from the former eastern side of the river – note the memorial crosses to people killed trying to get from one side to the other.
Ah, summer in Berlin. After the biting winds and bitter cold of the winter and the short but welcome spring, the city is transformed and it’s time to get out and take advantage of the warm weather. There’s plenty of open spaces. Don’t they bang on about it being the greenest capital city in the [...]
Ostalgie? What’s that, some kind of infection? Not exactly. In the words of Wikipedia, Ostalgie is a German term referring to nostalgia for aspects of life in East Germany. It is derived from the German words Ost (east) and Nostalgie (nostalgia). Oh right. ‘Good Bye Lenin’, Trabants and pining for the good old days of [...]
Having lived and worked in Berlin for a couple of years right after the fall of the Wall and visited several times in the years since, I’ve had the chance to witness huge changes to the city which is now the German capital. It wasn’t when I lived there, and there was massive opposition to [...]
Say you’re a town planner. You need to build lots of apartments but in your prime area of choice there’s an enormous, above-ground WWII air-raid bunker which cannot be destroyed. What do you do? Well, if you’re a certain Berliner, you just build right over it. Mind-boggling…
Every visitor to the German capital should take the walk around the amazing dome of the Reichstag. You can skip the queues by booking a table at the rooftop restaurant