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Let’s talk about Berlin

The German capital has been a regular haunt of Euroleague before but not in the new format. With Alba Berlin amongst the better known names on the continent, you’d think going big would be easy unless you actually paid attention, writes Emmet Ryan Wednesday night in Berlin and inside the final 20 seconds. Below the rim Rokas Giedraitis is fighting for and juggling the ball all at once before finally getting enough control to put it in. Alba win, 79-75, take the series 2-1, and are 4 wins away f...
Tags: Europe, London, Germany, Berlin, US, Sport, Features, Paris, Madrid, Hertha Berlin, Málaga, Alba, Union Berlin, Warschauer Strasse, East Side Gallery, Friedrichshain


Berlin’s Very Own Mona Lisa

Berlin can boast some impressive murals, and it’s no surprise that the newest addition to the bunch has drawn immediate attention. The huge version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is impossible to miss. She occupies the side wall of the East Side Hotel in Friedrichshain and presents an interesting contrast to the often abstract artworks from the East Side Gallery, which is just on the opposite side of the street. The Berlin art collective Die Dixons has previously been involved in noteworthy co...
Tags: Art, Europe, Fashion, Berlin, Graffiti, Mona Lisa, Mural, Streetart, Leonardo da Vinci, Dixons, East Side Gallery, Friedrichshain, Warschauer Straße, Alejandro Arretureta, Die Dixons, East Side Hotel


My Top 11 Hostels in Berlin in 2019

Posted: 1/9/2019 | January 9th, 2019 Berlin is a gigantic city. It stretches over 883 square kilometers and is home to over 3.6 million people. I hated the city when I first visited it. I just couldn’t vibe with the city. But the more I came back, the more I grew to love it. Berlin is cheap (always a plus for me), it’s home to some of the best art, culture, music, festivals, and tech companies on the continent. The food scene has also really blown up in recent years and you’ll find some of th...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Berlin, Hostelworld, Kreuzberg, Don, Brandenburg Gate, Tiergarten, Mitte, East Side Gallery, St Christopher, Sachsenhausen, Prenzlauer Berg, Alexanderplatz, Neukölln, Friedrichshain


My Top 11 Hostels in Berlin

Posted: 12/24/2018 | December 24th, 2018 Berlin is a gigantic city. It stretches over 883 square kilometers and is home to over 3.6 million people. I hated the city when I first visited it. I just couldn’t vibe with the city. But the more I came back, the more I grew to love it. Berlin is cheap (always a plus for me), it’s home to some of the best art, culture, music, festivals, and tech companies on the continent. The food scene has also really blown up in recent years and you’ll find some o...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Berlin, Wombats, Hostelworld, Kreuzberg, Don, Tiergarten, Mitte, East Side Gallery, St Christopher, Sachsenhausen, Prenzlauer Berg, Alexanderplatz, Neukölln, Friedrichshain


Berlin Wall art now preserved

Although the Berlin Wall was once a symbol of division and strife, it now serves as a testament to unity and artistic expression. When the wall fell in 1989, artists were encouraged to create beautiful murals on the wall’s remains. The East Side Gallery, in particular, has become a potent symbol of unity, with one of its most famous murals depicting Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev and East German leader Erich Honecker locked in a passionate kiss. Recent development projects, however, have thre...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Berlin Wall, Berlin, Street Art, All, East Berlin, East Side Gallery, Leonid Brezhnev, Erich Honecker, Berlin Wall Foundation


Best cities for street art

Every city has some form of graffiti. More often than not, it’s a handful of crude doodles or expletives, but most bigger metropolises around the world display graffiti that truly lives up to the classification of street art. Jaw-dropping, thought-provoking imagery brightens up neighborhoods from Melbourne to Reykjavik, showcasing serious talent, technique, and flair. These nine cities do urban art better than anyone else and attract visitors from far and wide to see what masterpieces their o...
Tags: Travel, Art, Australia, Berlin Wall, Berlin, United States, Poland, Philadelphia, Banksy, Melbourne, Kardashian, Street Art, Montreal, Reykjavik, Lisbon, Harlem


European capitals ranked by cost

Europe used to be cheap. Like dirt cheap. Ask your parents about their 1960s backpacking adventures across post-World War II Europe and they’ll tell stories of 10-cent hostels, five-cent beers, and the best pizza you ever had for a quarter. Like a lot of your parents’ stories, they’re highly exaggerated, but they’re also a far cry from the $7 pints and $200-a-night hotels you find in big Euro capitals now. That’s not to say the entire continent is a bank-breaker, though. Look hard enough and ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, Travel Planning, France, Germany, Berlin, America, Georgia, Eu, Cyprus, Rome, Danube, Prague, Vienna, Budapest


Top 8 Museums and Historical Sights in Berlin that You Should Not Miss

Berlin has been through quite a bit of history from the devastation of the Second World War to almost 40 years of divided East and West Berlin by the construction of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. Although it has been about 30 years since the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany, Deutsche Demokratische Republik, or DDR) and reunification of West and East Germany, you can still visit historical landmarks associated with the Berlin Wall era. Besides these historical sight...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Germany, Berlin Wall, Berlin, Singapore, US, Museum, West, Stasi, Babylon, East Germany, East, East Berlin, Charlie, Museum Island


How to Conquer the City of Berlin: A Visitor’s Guide

Updated: 07/17/18 | July 17th, 2018 Berlin is a gigantic city. I knew it was big, but until I decided to explore it by foot, I never knew just how big. I came here for five days with the idea that I’d see all the major sights, some of the not-so-major sights, and get a feel for the city. I didn’t get a chance to see much of Germany’s capital the first time I was here, and I was hoping this visit would correct that. But despite my intentions, I barely accomplished anything in five days. Berlin i...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Germany, Berlin Wall, Berlin, Munich, Things To Do, Nazi, East, East Berlin, Christopher, Linden, West Berlin, Mitte, East Side Gallery, Itineraries


Berlin "Something there is that doesn't love a wall..." Robert Frost

One of my earliest political memories is of the construction of the Berlin Wall and the news of people being shot to death who tried to cross over it. So our trip today to the East Side Gallery to see the artworks on a remaining segment of the Wall was p
Tags: Travel, Berlin Wall, Berlin, Robert Frost, East Side Gallery


How Berliners Fight Against Right-Wing Populism

Berlin was up in arms as the AfD announced their demonstration “Zukunft Deutschland” for this coming Sunday, May 27th. In moments like these, you as a reader do not know whether to laugh in shock or break out in tears. Apparently the right-wing populist party expects 10,000 participants to its event, but we’ll see about that. Berlin reacts quickly, cleverly and with its typical cheeky grin: 13 counter-demonstrations have been registered for this Sunday, whose estimated number of participants al...
Tags: Fashion, Politics, Germany, Nazis, Berlin, Stories, Merkel, Demonstration, Mitte, East Side Gallery, Weinberg, Berlin Mitte, Volkspark, Brandenburg Tor, Breitscheidplatz, Björn Höcke


The Forgotten Remains of the Original Berlin Wall Rediscovered

Just opposite the railroad tracks of the far out S-Bahn station Schönholz, obviously visible to its passers-by, though half disappearing into a thin, sparse forrest – the newly discovered 80 remaining meters of the original Berlin Wall. Just when we thought, now slowly, after 28 years and 3 months after the Mauerfall, there is nothing new to be said about the German division and its physical leftovers. But a few days ago we found out that – flipping hell – colorful remains of the historical ...
Tags: Fashion, London, Berlin Wall, Berlin, History, Stories, East Side Gallery, Abandoned Places, Christian Bormann, Paris Copenhagen, Memorial Department


Berlin’s surprising and fascinating street art

Part of the open-air free-form art gallery inside the Haus Schwarzenberg Alley. Tucked into an alley next to the Café Cinema, just off the Hackesher Markt in Mitte. Photo by Marla Jo Fisher, Orange County Register. Sept. 2017. Haus Schwarzenberg Alley is a tiny fantasyland of graffiti, sculptures and art installations all tolerated by Haus Schwarzenberg, a non-profit arts group in the adjacent building. In addition to pieces by the famous like El Bocho and Stinkfish clinging to and even hangin...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Germany, Berlin Wall, Berlin, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New Zealand, Belgium, Copenhagen, World Travel, Anne Frank, Kreuzberg, Berlin Germany, Orange County Register


The Best Coffee Places in Friedrichshain

photo: Aunt Benny One of Berlin’s hottest neighborhoods, home to the longest surviving part of the Berlin Wall turned into the East Side Gallery, as well as some of the best clubs and bars, Friedrichshain couldn’t be missing from our coffee guide: little spots, great coffee. Some very dedicated coffee enthusiasts make sure each coffee experience we have in this neighborhood is an amazing one. Make sure you try these places out when you find yourself around this part of the city. Happy Bari...
Tags: Coffee, Fashion, Berlin Wall, Berlin, Cafes, Athens, Misc, Benny, East Side Gallery, Friedrichshain, Silo, Berlin Friedrichshain, Karl Marx Allee, Yiannis, Aunt Benny, Coffee Profilers


A Beginner’s Guide to Berlin – The Ultimate Berlin Bucket List of Things to Do

By Adam Groffman SPONSORED — A mecca of artists, bohemians and Europe’s creative class, Berlin is an old, historic city made new again thanks to a torn-down wall, a reunified country, and an influx of young, trendsetting individuals from around the world. Whether for world-class nightlife, new tech start-ups, unique fashion, cutting-edge art, or international food, visitors often fall in love with Berlin’s special vibe, staying longer than expected and returning frequently. This is a city tha...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, New York, Germany, Berlin Wall, Berlin, Unesco, Egypt, Nazi, Michael Jackson, Roma, Folsom, Caribbean, Central Park, Kreuzberg


A Guide to a Real Berlin Afterhour

Nothing compares to a true Berlin party night. But, every night has to come to an end, …or does it? Sometimes, all you want to do is keep on going, stay with your friends, have another beer and just live the moment. And why not, right? Yes, everyone else might go to sleep, and maybe your grandma might not approve but if there is one city that allows us – even urges us – not to conform to normal people’s bedtimes, it’s Berlin. Instead of seeing it as social misbehaving you should see the early mo...
Tags: Fashion, Abc, Berlin, Cafes, House, Carlsberg, Copenhagen, Guide, Nightlife, City Guide, Don, Mustafa, East Side Gallery, Jackie O, Volkspark Friedrichshain, Berliner Dom


9 Cool Alternatives to Typical Berlin Tourist Sights

You know the drill: Someone is coming to Berlin for the first time, and you, with them, have to visit the same typical, commonplace “Berlin musts” for the thousandth time, along with flocks of tourists who push you in order to make their 13th shot of the same angle of the Berliner Dome. To save us all the distress of touring around what everyone is expected to see in the city, we gathered their alternatives one can visit instead, through which the real Berlin is revealed. (disclaimer: maybe your...
Tags: Fashion, Berlin, Tourism, Stories, Tour, Parliament, Sights, Prussia, Museum Island, St Agnes, East Side Gallery, Alexanderplatz, Klunkerkranich, Berghain, Kottbusser Tor, Teufelsberg


Free walking tour

Geo 52.5235 13.4115The first thing on the agenda was breakfast of course. Then we caught a train to see the large remaining part of the Berlin Wall known as the East Side Gallery. We walked along it to the other end. The artwork had really changed sin
Tags: Travel, Berlin Wall, East Side Gallery


Eating Mexican in Germany

Geo 52.5235 13.4115First thing we did today was a driving tour of Berlin. We had 15 mins to walk along the wall and check out the art work of the East Side Gallery. We then drove around the city the best that we could many streets were closed off due
Tags: Travel, Germany, Berlin, East Side Gallery


36 Unforgettable Bucket List Trips You Can Do On A Budget

If you like to travel, you probably have a bucket list of places you want to hit throughout your lifetime. If you've been under the impression that seeing them will have to wait until you’re flush with cash, we have good news: There are lots of unforgettable, exotic locales that are entirely doable on a budget — without slumming it.The flights are the priciest part, but once you get there, you can find inexpensive lodging that will give you a home base from which to explore cities like Tel Aviv...


35 Unforgettable Bucket List Trips You Can Do On A Budget

Photo: Getty Images. If you like to travel, you probably have a bucket list of places you want to hit throughout your lifetime. If you've been under the impression that seeing them will have to wait until you’re flush with cash, we have good news: There are lots of unforgettable, exotic locales that are entirely doable on a budget — without slumming it.The flights are the priciest part, but once you get there, you can find inexpensive lodging that will give you a home base from which to exp...


28 Unforgettable Bucket List Trips You Can Do On A Budget

Photo: Getty Images. If you like to travel, you probably have a bucket list of places you want to hit throughout your lifetime. If you've been under the impression that seeing them will have to wait until you’re flush with cash, we have good news: There are lots of unforgettable, exotic locales that are entirely doable on a budget — without slumming it.The flights are the priciest part, but once you get there, you can find inexpensive lodging that will give you a home base from which to exp...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Music, London, Mexico, France, Scotland, Germany, Berlin Wall, Russia, Berlin, New York City, Africa, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Turkey


26 Unforgettable Bucket List Trips You Can Do On A Budget

Photo: Getty Images. If you like to travel, you probably have a bucket list of places you want to hit throughout your lifetime. If you've been under the MO that seeing them will have to wait until you’re flush with cash, we have good news: There are lots of unforgettable, exotic locales that are entirely doable on a budget — without slumming it.The flights are the priciest part, but once you get there, you can find inexpensive lodging that will give you a homebase to explore cities like Tel...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Music, London, Mexico, France, Scotland, Germany, Berlin Wall, Russia, Berlin, New York City, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Turkey, Thailand


The Many Wonders of Warschauer Straße

Before we all buckle up for this little joyride, let me start with a disclaimer: the selection of places below is a very subjective one, intending to highlight the wide range of leisure options available around Warschauer Strasse, but even more so to convey some of its unique spirit and direct your attention at a few lesser-known spots. Therefore, I am going to include some of the more or less immediate vicinity, fully aware of the fact that Schlesi is in Kreuzberg, and leave off some distinguis...
Tags: Photography, Fashion, Berlin, Restaurant, Club, Graffiti, Vegan, Kreuzberg, Ronson, Bahn, Warschauer Strasse, East Side Gallery, Berghain, Friedrichshain, Kegel, Kottbusser Tor


A History of Street Art and Graffiti in Berlin

photo: Jon Ander Graffitis are a poetic creation of the streets and with this in mind I invite you to take a closer look at your surroundings; maybe there’s a hidden message waiting to be discovered or an image to be admired. Although subjective, when we think of graffiti and street art, we often come to think of abstractness, disorganization, aesthetics, movement, freedom and creativity and whether to make us laugh or to incite us to riot, the colorful scribbles, which tend to be innovative a...
Tags: Photos, Art, Fashion, Germany, Berlin Wall, Berlin, History, Cbs, Street Art, Graffiti, East Side Gallery, Erich Honecker, Jeff Djevdet


Unforgettable Berlin Moments: Pretty Priceless!

Using the metro for the first time, kissing a stranger on the dance floor, sitting on the roof and gazing at the city, when the sun rises; these are all moments, which Berliners and especially those of us, who have moved to the city, associate with, when it comes down to our beloved metropolis. One knows very well, that no matter how exciting other capitals might be, this feeling of curiosity, freedom and adventure can only be found in its purest form here. Through Priceless® Berlin we had the o...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Japan, New York, Russia, Berlin, Egypt, Yoga, Italy, Stories, Alps, Exploration, Mastercard, Priceless, Kreuzberg, Ronson


17 Unforgettable Bucket List Trips You Can Do On A Budget

Photo: Anna Stowe Travel / Alamy. If you like to travel, you probably have a bucket list of places you want to hit throughout your lifetime. If you've been under the MO that seeing them will have to wait until you’re flush with cash, we have good news: There are lots of unforgettable, exotic locales that are entirely doable on a budget — without slumming it.The flights are the priciest part, but once you get there, you can find inexpensive lodging that will give you a homebase to explore cit...
Tags: Fashion, Music, London, France, Germany, Berlin Wall, Russia, Berlin, New York City, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Turkey, Thailand, Budapest, Marseille, Paris


16 Unforgettable Bucket List Trips You Can Do On A Budget

Photo: Anna Stowe Travel / Alamy. If you like to travel, you probably have a bucket list of places you want to hit throughout your lifetime. If you've been under the MO that seeing them will have to wait until you’re flush with cash, we have good news: There are lots of unforgettable, exotic locales that are entirely doable on a budget — without slumming it.The flights are the priciest part, but once you get there, you can find inexpensive lodging that will give you a homebase to explore cit...
Tags: Fashion, Music, London, France, Germany, Berlin Wall, Berlin, New York City, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Turkey, Thailand, Budapest, Marseille, Paris, New Zealand


Exploring Berlin: Schlesisches Tor

Whether you’re in the mood for romance, showing friends around from out of town, or just collecting your own thoughts outdoors, it’s always a good idea to take a stroll through Berlin’s cosmopolitan wonder. And with the lovely sun shining, can you think of anything better? Kreuzberg’s Schlesisches Tor might be the hardest U-Bahn station for non-natives to pronounce. It also happens to serve as a junction between three districts, all straddling the eastern intersection of the Spree and Landwehrka...
Tags: Fashion, Berlin, Kreuzberg, Lido, Mitte, Bahn, East Side Gallery, Treptower Park, Friedrichshain, Walking Tour, Cupcake, Schlesisches Tor, Badeschiff


10-Day Germany Itinerary: Berlin, Potsdam, Hamburg, Munich and Neuschwanstein

No doubt about it: Germany is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations at the moment. A big part of the tourist boom, of course, is because of Berlin’s growing popularity. This exciting metropolis is rich with culture, has a famously vibrant nightlife and is refreshingly affordable. However, if dirndl, lederhosen, beer gardens and quaint Fachwerk houses are what you expect on a trip to Germany, you’ll find little of this in Berlin. Dirndl and Lederhosen are Bavarian traditions and, although you’...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Budget, Germany, Berlin, Disney, US, Rome, Munich, Netherlands, Bavaria, Elbe, Hamburg, St Pauli, Miller, Dailycheapo