Berlin Unwrapped

by Penny Croucher
THE CONTINUING STORY

My Berlin

Berlin is a city that conjures up strong images: Prussian and Kaisers, an outrageous nightlife, Nazi rallies, bombed-put buildings, Soviet tanks, the Berlin Wall and May Day riots. It has risen again from the chaos of ruins, survived 40 years of division and reinvented itself as the capital of a unified Germany. Berlin is once again a beacon of freedom, equality and creativity. It doesn’t put on airs and graces but delights in its cultural diversity; everyone is welcome and there is so much to experience in this continually evolving metropolis which functions as a multitude of neighbourhoods.

My belief is that we can all be Berliners and share in the unique Berlin feeling. This blog is the continuing story of ‘Berlin Unwrapped’ my guidebook to the German capital. My aim is to keep unwrapping Berlin. Come with me and discover the most authentic local haunts, the facts behind the historic façades, the best in culture and entertainment and the beauty of its waterways and parks, lakes and forests.

Penny Croucher

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Recent Blog Posts

Articles from my most recent trips to Berlin, continuing the story of Berlin Unwrapped.

Variety Show Time

Everyone wants to capture the spirit of ‘Cabaret’ in Berlin. The so-called ‘Roaring Twenties’ only lasted for a few short years in the German capital, but their legacy lives on almost a century later. Clubbers flock to Berlin to seek out exhilaration and frenzy at...

Café Hopping

Meeting up with friends and hanging out in a genial café is what Berlin is all about. Here are four suggestions for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and supper - all of them unique in their own way. Using the swift service of the Berlin S-Bahn, I covered all four...

Berlin Zoo

Berlin Zoo is the oldest zoo in Germany, with a unique history. It is also the most species-rich in the world and the most-visited zoo in Europe. The 86-acre site next to the Tiergarten park has an abundance of trees and greenery; the animal houses are architectural...

My Story

I lived in Berlin in the 1980s and worked there as a journalist and tour guide. My first Berlin guidebook was about a divided city; “Berlin – An English Guide to Known and Unknown treasures”, (1987).  I have also translated books about Berlin from German into English, all published by be.bra verlag Berlin.

Berlin is now my second home. I make regular visits, have led dozens of trips and school exchanges and have closely observed its renaissance as the capital of a reunited Germany. Its history, its resilience and its optimism have universal appeal. Anyone with a free spirit can tune into the Berlin feeling. It is more than a place; it is a state of mind.