My BerlinBerlin 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.
Recent Blog Posts
Articles from my most recent trips to Berlin, continuing the story of Berlin Unwrapped.
One of this summer’s top Berlin cultural events was the much-anticipated opening of British architect David Chipperfield’s stunning new James-Simon-Galerie on Museum Island. Over the past decade, the serene beauty of this unique and impressive ensemble of museums,...
A long weekend in Berlin – what could be more fun? We called it the ‘Berlin Blast’, and eight of us hit the city running over four days at the end of April. Nothing like a crowd of enthusiasts with a keen interest in history and culture and a love of good food and...
Berlin loves Saturday lunchtime - there’s a sense that the weekend starts here. It wasn’t so long ago that the German school week didn’t finish until Saturday lunchtime and the shops closed for the weekend soon after midday. Some traditions haven’t changed though, and...
My StoryI 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.