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Category: History and Politics

Putting on the Ritz – at Berlin’s Admiralspalast

A night out at the Admiralspalast The words ‘Berlin’ and ‘cabaret’ are synonymous. The songs from the 1920s and 1930s echo down the years, and capture ...
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Memento mori

A walk through a cemetery during Easter week is the perfect combination of place and time. In Berlin there are over 230 graveyards, all with ...
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The Konzerthaus – Unwrapped

The Gendarmenmarkt is the most beautiful square in Berlin and its glorious central building, the Konzerthaus, is an architectural gem and the musical soul of ...
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MGB: A Memorable Grand Building

Among all the wonderful Berlin museums and galleries, the Martin-Gropius-Bau (aka MGB) has a special place in my heart. Originally built in 1881 and designed ...
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Simply Snug

The 2016 Berlin Film Festival (‘Berlinale’) opens this week and the capital will be full of film tourists. Last March I posted a blog ‘Berlinale ...
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Refugee City – present and past

80,000 refugees have arrived in Berlin this year and the numbers continue to rise. Temporary accommodation includes army barracks, sports halls and airport hangars, as ...
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Where we are now: Berlin 2016

This is the first post of 2016 so I wish all readers, ‘einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr’. In English this translates as, ‘Slide well into the ...
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Olympian Ghosts

Berlin is vibrant and contemporary, but it is also a city of ghosts. History hides in every corner and in some places it parades in ...
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The History Garden

A secret garden, only a stone’s throw from the main railway station – what could be more typically Berlin. Berlin Hauptbahnhof (main station) is impossible to ...
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Summer Jewels

There’s a heatwave in Berlin this week, with temperatures well over 30 degrees every day. But even in the city centre, there are some cool ...
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