Category: Things To Do

Berlin’s Best Open-Air Ice Skating Rinks

December 11, 2014

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Go ice skating in Berlin over the holidays. Photo courtesy of David McSpadden via Flickr.

With snow dusting the rooftops and the city streets glittering with festive illuminations, Berlin is at it’s most magical and there’s no better way to embrace the cold than hitting the ice. Open-air ice rinks pop up all around the capital during the winter months, so pull on some warm clothes, lace up your skates and join the locals on the ice.

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An Evening at Charlottenburg Palace

December 1, 2014

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Soprano in period costume

Royals and how they lived centuries ago have always fascinated me. I’d spend hours examining the paintings, ornaments and the maze of rooms during many a castle visit. The grandiose gardens, works of art in their own right, were the perfect place for contemplation; what was it really like to sip tea in delicate, ornate china cups, dressed in corseted silk garments while admiring the surroundings? It wasn’t hard to imagine here. The elaborate fantasy, however, usually ended the moment the visit was over. So imagine my delight when the Charlottenburg Palace Tour, Dinner & Concert extended the experience with a meal followed by a classical opera performance by the resident orchestra – a delightful day-in-the-life glance at the privileged life of the once-mighty aristocracy.

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Discovering Berlin’s Christmas Lights

November 13, 2014

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Berlin's Christmas lights

The center of Germany’s legendary Christmas festivities and host to more than 50 Christmas markets, there’s no denying Berlin’s Christmas spirit and no expense is spared when it comes to the capital’s dazzling illuminations. Many of the city’s top landmarks are transformed for the holiday season and the most impressive lights can be found along Berlin’s famous Kurfürstendamm shopping boulevard, at the Winter World in Potsdamer Platz, and in Alexanderplatz, where the huge Christmas tree, Ferris Wheel and ice rink, offer a striking backdrop for the Alexanderplatz Christmas Market.

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Berlin Wall 25th Anniversary

October 16, 2014

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The East End Gallery, Berlin Wall

2014 has been an important year for war anniversaries, marking 100 years since the outbreak of WWI and 75 years since the start of WWII, but this year is even more significant for Berlin, as November 9th marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The notorious barrier, which separated West Berlin from Soviet-occupied East Berlin for 28 years during the Cold War, was finally torn down in 1989 and since then, the last remaining stretch of the wall has been preserved as a memorial to the once war-torn city.

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Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm

October 9, 2014

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Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Berlin

Many of the world’s capital cities have an iconic shopping street and while New York has 5th Avenue, Paris has the Champs-Elysees and London has Oxford Street, Berlin’s major throughway is the Kurfürstendamm. Running for 3.5 km from Breitscheidplatz in Charlottenburg, to Rathenauplatz in Grunewald, Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm, or ‘Kudamm’ as it’s affectionately known to locals, is one of the city’s liveliest boulevards and an atmospheric place to start a walking tour of Berlin.

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Biking – and Eating – Your Way Around Berlin on a Berlin Food and Bike Tour

September 24, 2014

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The bikes all lined up in a row

A true Berliner would argue that the only way to get around the city is on the seat of a bicycle. Despite having a phenomenal metro system the city is huge and to truly explore it you need two wheels. We pedaled around town on the evening Berlin food tour by bike Viator tour stopping along the way to see some unique sights and of course eat.

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