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Berlin Art Week

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Berlin Art Week is a highlight on the contemporary art calendar in the German capital. For the sixth time, the Berlin art world will be hosting exhibition openings, fairs, prize award ceremonies, artist films, and numerous special events during the week. The rich variety of this fall program is made possible by the joint collaboration of institutions, galleries, artist, collectors, …

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The World’s Largest Street Art Museum Is Opening in Berlin

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Condé Nast Traveler: The five-story indoor-outdoor museum features 100 artists and is completely free. Berlin is to street art what Paris is to cafes and Amsterdam is to canals. Long known as the most “bombed” (or, “tagged”) city in Europe, the UNESCO City of Design is home to the world’s longest open-air gallery, a barrage of mind-blowing murals splashed across …

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Berlin stops Airbnb renting apartments to tourists to protect affordable housing

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Berlin has banned tourists from renting entire apartments through Airbnb and its competitors in an attempt to protect affordable housing.With the help of large fines, the German city’s authorities are hoping to protect the property supply and keep rents as low as possible.After the success of the various online rental portals, the number of properties available for long-term rental periods had fallen markedlyBut …

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The Perfect Weekend in Berlin

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When time is short, spend it well in Berlin—here are a few tips for planning the perfect weekend in the German capital. “Poor but sexy.” That’s how former mayor Klaus Wowereit once aptly described the German capital. Today, Berlin is more often referred to as Europe’s Silicon Valley, home to over 2,500 tech start-ups. In the last decade, entrepreneurs and …

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10 Things You Can Do In Winter In Berlin

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There is at least one great thing about winter in Ber­lin: I stop being the only one without a taste in fash­ion. Since every­body is wrapped in lay­ers and lay­ers of func­tional cloth­ing (which is incid­ent­ally only sold in bright neon col­ors) and hik­ing boots, I can finally pre­tend to have the same level of style aware­ness as my peers. Aaaaaand that’s it. …

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Berlin’s Neighborhoods: Past and Future

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How many lives can one city have? Quite a few if the city is Berlin. Royal capital, imperial seat, economic powerhouse, center of enlightenment … before becoming a synonym for decadence in the 1920s and ’30s, then a Nazi stronghold. Bombed, invaded, occupied in World War II. Suddenly divided in 1949, exuberantly reunited in 1989, and now again the capital of a …

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50 Things to do in BERLIN!

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Earlier this year I got to spend a wonderful month living like a local in Berlin. Sam and I rented a cute little apartment in Prenzlauer Berg just a couple of stops from Alexanderplatz, and over the course of those 30 days I made it my mission to see and do as much as possible around the city. There were lots of …

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25 things to love about Berlin

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Throughout its tumultuous history, Berlin has seen strife and triumph unfold in its streets, from weathering the dark days of the Cold War to emerging as a unified city in 1989. So to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we asked readers to share their favorite things about Berlin. From hip cafes and urban landmarks, …

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Top 10 Things To Do In Berlin In Autumn

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While get­ting back to work without the dis­trac­tion of swim­ming pools and Späti-Hangouts might be a bit of a bum­mer, this fall has been beau­ti­ful so far. For the next two or three weeks, the streets will hope­fully be covered in golden and brown and green and red and orange and yel­low col­ors of the fall­ing leaves, with the sun shin­ing ever …

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‘New Berlin’ or Not, Leipzig Has New Life

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By 1989, Leipzig stank. The East German industrial hub was said to have the worst air in the country — if not the continent. Factories belched tons of sulfur dioxide into the skies and the polluted waterways reeked. But just a quarter-century later, Leipzig has shed its reputation as Germany’s “poverty capital” and entered safely into the realm of poverty …

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Watching the watchers: A spy’s guide to Berlin

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At the former headquarters of the East German secret police, cheerful American and British tourists scan maps and chatter as they file into the blocky concrete building once known as “the House of One Thousand Eyes.” In its heyday, the Ministry of State Security, or Stasi, was the all-powerful shadow government of the communist German Democratic Republic (GDR). Behind a …