Summer is great. The trees are green, the sky is blue, the sun is shining. The only downside is that, with temperatures in the city quickly climbing past the 30°C/86°F mark, you can sometimes have too much of a good thing. Fortunately, Berlin and the surrounding area offer plenty of cool places to escape to when the heat is on. Read on for our top 4 spots to swim and chill.
So I’m leaving. After two years, I’m breaking up with Berlin. Although a break-up might not be the best way to describe it; I guess our Facebook status would be “It’s complicated”. Berlin will always be my big love, but the Netherlands and all my family and friends there are also calling louder and louder. I’m leaving with pain in my heart, but also carrying wonderful new friends, tons of memories and some unique life lessons. To make sure I won’t forget those lessons and to help everyone who won’t get the chance to live in Berlin, I’ll use my final blog post to share them with you.
Berlin is under constant construction. Image courtesy of Daphne Damiaans
While not quite a household name, Hellerau is certainly on every architecture graduate’s radar. Created in 1909 in a part of Dresden where founder Karl Schmidt-Hellerau had set up his furniture workshop, Germany’s first garden city was designed by Richard Riemerschmid. As a member of the German Association of Craftsmen (Deutscher Werkbund), Schmidt-Hellerau was committed to harnessing machine technology to manufacture high-quality pieces and offering a viable alternative to the mass reproduction of unoriginal designs.
I remember the first time I saw one: it was in Leipzig, behind a restaurant that also owned a GDR airplane. The airplane was now an event location, but somewhere behind the buildings, covered knee-high in grass, was a forgotten piece of GDR history: a Barkas, the VW Transporter van of East-Germany. I instantly fell in love with it, but soon enough it became clear that this van was no longer drivable. Ever since, I’ve been dreaming about owning a Barkas van – because they might be even more charming than the Trabant.
Ambulance Barkas. Image courtesy of Riki1979
Strausberger Platz is located at the very heart of Berlin, only a stone’s throw from some of the capital’s best restaurants, clubs and tourist attractions. Whether you’re just visiting Berlin or a Strausberger Platz resident, here are a few locations you should check out at least once…although you’ll probably come back again and again!
From historic GDR architecture to iconic sights and tips for a fun night or day out, we’ll bring you everything you’ll need to know to make the most of your time in the Strausberger Platz area.