Things to do, Berlin
Its like a colony of artists, some arists have been awarded to have a studio display and work space in these buildings through the National and International Studio Program. Its like a residency program that helps international artists fulfill project ideas, one can apply all year long. At certain times these artists wing is opened to the public, and one can see some of the up and coming stars of tomorrow, plus the works of former residents.
What is also unique about this absolutely beautifully renovated buildings is one can rent the buildings for events or celebrations and have catering as well. To do that use this contact: email@example.com
tel. 030. 243459-51
The building itself is also a work of art, lovingly renovated. Its main building is from the 18th century. It was a butter factory, it was in complete collapse, but these people who love art of all kinds were determine to make it into a haven for those who shared their views.
We went to view work that had been recommended by a friend. I thought I would be bored, but the place really makes you feel peaceful, its very beautiful, and has the cafe inside, hotel space, exhibitions. It´s a secret jewel a lot of people miss when visiting Berlin if they don´t specifically know this place is here.
KUNST-WERKE BERLIN e.V., Institute for Contemporary art
tel. 030.24 34 59 0
fax 030.24 34 59 99
opening hours: tue - sun noon - 6pm.
admission: adults 4 Euro, concessions 2.50 Euro. Children under 12 free.
Treptow Crematorium has become an object of study for enthusiastic friends and students of contemporary architecture from all over the world.
We went there one day on our shorttrip and I must say it really worths a visit although it takes some time to go there by train and bus.
But you can combine it with a visit at Treptower Park, the sculpture "Molecule Man" at the river Spree and a coffee stop at the Flutgraben (Restaurant "Freischwimmer" and the "Club der Visionäre").
Bus, Tube, Tram: S 6, S 8, S 9, S 10, S 45, S 46 Baumschulenweg; Bus 166
Hours of opening: Mon-Fri 9.00-15.00
Of Berlin in the late 1970s, Bowie said, "This town is the culturally most extravagant what one can introduce himself at the moment. A town of full bars for sad, disappointed people. I love this.
Most people know that David Bowie had a fascination with the city of Berlin, and lived here from time to time and still visits, and when he came in concert last year it was huge! Some people say he when he lived and worked in Berlin he stayed in Schöneberg, other sources says Kreuzburg, another Neukoeln . I had heard Prenzlaur Berg! The official source says he lived at "155 Hauptstrasse, Schöneberg, West Germany. (October 1976 - February 1978)." That is correct, people still come by to see it, and its mentioned on a walking tour as well.
They said he went to see museums in the day, to the wildest clubs at night, and as he said, he was a "try-sexual"...he would try anything, when he wasn´t recording with a collaborator, Brian Eno or Iggy Pop. Bowie is still one of the greatest musicians and performers of all time, reinventing himself for different generations from the Ziggy Stardust days til now.
In an interview for French radio Bowie said "Berlin has the strange ability to make you write only the important things. Anything else you don't mention and in the end you produce Low."
For a biography of his life, click Here 4 Bowie!
Check out the song, HEROES or HELDEN is one of David Bowie's most creative and inspirational masterpieces. It´s Sasha and I´s theme song too! ;-) Check out the places Bowie went around Berlin, many places hang the famous photo of him in their shop windows. "Bowie was here!"
Yoga houses are popping up all over Berlin as there is a great movement among 20 and 30 somethings and others also, to study esoteric, spiritualist, and new age ways of life in order to achieve greater harmony.
The house I was introduced into is the Deutsch Akademie fur Traditionelles Yoga at Wartburgstr. 6, 10823 Berlin. The type of yoga offered is Tantra Yoga. Also at this location there are often seminars specializing in self-improvement, women's issues, and relationships. Other types offered are Hatha-Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Bhakti-Yoga, Ayurveda and Kasmir Sivaismus.
This particular house is a combination of living space, meditational rooms for exercise classes, kitchen and bathroom facilities and a storefront. There are regular instructor/leaders who live at the property all the time as well as those members who spend one week of every month living at the house. It's communal living at its spiritual finest. Everyone is very friendly and loving as they strive towards spiritual enlightenment. Just walk in anytime if you are passing by in the neighborhood and get a flyer to know what times they meet.
Just across the street of the Haubtbahnhoff the centrall train station in the Centre of Berlin is a river and across the river there a lot of beachbars.
In summer is very relaxing to have a beer there and eat someyhing after a long day of walking trough Berlin.
So just go across the street of the Central Train station, go over the bridge and you will find it easy.
this site tries to collect and display information of various "hidden places" all over Berlin.
It is a city guide for hidden art and points of natural beauty, unusual places of entertainment, secret corners of contemplation and selected shopping tips.
Discover as many as you can by district or theme/interest !
Berlin is full of lakes.
My favorite one is Flughafensee (Airport lake). It's very close to Tegel Airport and you can see airplanes landing and taking off while you're relaxing on the shore of a great lake, or while taking a swim there.
The lake is inside a forest and is absolutely beautiful and not very toured. During the week you'll be here alone more or less.
How to get there? Take U6 to Otisstraße, from which it is a short walk (you go down the station, turn left, cross the big street and you are inside the forest, a short walk and you reach the lake).
The Philharmonic Hall in Berlin's Kulturforum is one of the most famous concert halls in the world and the house of famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. The building with its distinctive architecture was opened in 1963 with a concert by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under famous Herbert von Karajan.
There were the two halls: the Gro?er Saal (Great Hall) and the Kammermusiksaal (Chamber Music Hall), both known for their excellent acoustic.
Guided tours of both the Main Auditorium and the Chamber Music Hall were offered daily at 1 pm free of charge (in German). Meeting point: Artist's entrance (Doorman of the Philharmonic Hall) Access across the parking lot. Hmm... I was too late. Maybe next time.
There are numerous concerts played there. Just in case... tickets costed approx. 50 - 110 ? (depends on a seat) for the top class concert of Beethoven music in the Great Hall when I was there and all tickets were sold out.
Follow the link below, check the concert calendar, ticket availability, price and buy your tickets online or call the number below (ticket hotline).
in this are of Berlin there were all the embassies after the First World War,and was one of the most luxurious of the city. but during the Second they were at most destroyed and most of them left to Bonn. After the unit of Germany with the Wall’s fall, the embassies were rebuild( and very important architects were called ) ,and some of them take the original position of the Start of XX century.
so, this one of the best path i’ ve ever done in my life. Starting from Grossern Stern , in the heart of Tiegarten, in which there is la Siegessaule( Victory’s column ), you have to go straight on Hofjagerallee and see the first of the Nordic counties’ embassy, in blue. I suggest to visit it in late day, so you can see it a crystal, thanks to the faboulous lights’ playing. It ’s really suggestive. Next , exactly near this embassy ,you will find the Mexican embassy, even wonderful, with two thin colomn on the both sides of the glass entrance. Turn left on Von der Heydt strasse ( at the corner you will seen the CDU house- one of the most important party of Germany, it seems as big boat) and then turn again left to Hiroshimastrasse , when there is of course the Japanese embassy and the Italian ones (it’s PINK!!) ,both with features of Nazism’s architecture.
At the end of Hiroshimastrasse, turn right to Tiegartenstrasse and check the Southern Africa embassy, the Austrian( one of the best )and the Egyptian( with some pictures from ancient Egypt) .
Then reach easily the Kulturforum or go to the near Potsdamer Platz.
The main school of the Kwan Um School of Zen (a korean tradition buddhism) is situated in Berlin - Wedding.
The temple is a peaceful and friendly place to discover the wacky world of Zen! Sign up for a medition introduction course or learn about the wonderful stories of buddhism. An unforgetable experience for those who has always been fasinated by this tolerant religion.
Tuesdays 7pm - 10pm
Fridays 7pm Introduction
Fridays 7:30pm - 9pm
Last weekend every month:
Saturdays 8pm - 2am Night Practise
Sundays 10am - 2pm Simple Vegetarian Lunch included
on the cold cold winter nights it's nice to spend a ladie's day bathing in the hamam in Kreuzberg. The steambath is my favorite, with small bowls of hot water and fountains and splashing. Hot delicious tea and fruits and chocolates can be consumed in the tea room, while you dry off your feet in the thick rugs and chat and gossip. It's in the basement of a women's collective and one of the nicest ways to spend winter evenings with your lady friends.
Look, I don't know about you, but generally I am not too excited about using public toilets. However, Berlin has the cleanest, coolest designed public toilets I have ever seen.
For .50 cent euro, you watch the automated room come to life and provide a sterile environment for you to do your thing - and is wheelchair accessible. It flushes itself, it cleans itself. You can even take a shower inside if you want, the door will stay closed for 20 minutes.
Even if you don't have to go, just drop by one of these just for the experience. Consider it like a cheap amusement park ride.
The complex of modern buildings located south of Potsdamerstra?e bordering Potsdamer Platz is cultural, entertainment, commerial and first of all shopping center of newly built Berlin.
What was there?
- Potsdamer Platz Arkaden (Alte Potsdamer Stra?e 7, 10117 Berlin), Berlin's flagship shopping mall: over 120 shops, cafes, and restaurants under high glass ceilings; open 9.30 am - 8 pm Mon-Fri; 9.00 am - 4.00 pm Sat; restaurants open until midnight,
- Stella Musical Theater,
- Casino (Spielcasino),
- movie theaters (19 halls including 3D I-Max cinema),
- hotels: Madison Apartment Hotel and Grand Hyatt Hotel (on the left on my pic),
- banks, Daimler Benz company headquarters, other companies.
I was too tired to spend there... a few hours, I suppose. I can only say that the architecture of the area was really impressive.
I enjoyed the architecture of The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) both outside and inside. The building opened in 1978 at Potsdamer Straße was designed by architect Hans Scharoun. There were impressive architectural landscapes with a total of 910 workstations in the General and Special Reading Rooms.
I bought a day ticket for 0.50 € at ticket machine by the entrance (on my picture). This ticket entitled me to enter the reading rooms and view items of the reference libraries. There were numerous computer workstations with access to internet (= VT pages :-) in General Reading Room.
Potsdamer Straße 33, 10785 Berlin (Tiergarten)
General Reading Room:
Mon - Fri: 9.00 am - 9.00 pm,
Sat: 9.00 am - 7.00 pm,
Sun - closed.
The Mauerpark Flea Market is located in Prenzlauer Berg.
Vendors vary from artists selling paintings and prints to antique dealers to people selling random junk. This large outdoor Flea Market is only open on Sundays. I would recommend at least 2 hours to visit the different vendors, grab a beer and currywurst and maybe listen to some music in the park.
I wish we had spent more time here. I'm not a big shopper, but I enjoyed looking at the varied booths (we bought a couple of photography prints, t-shirts, and an old coffee grinder that my husband just had to have).