Life at Central Berlin – The Best of Daphne Damiaans

The historic architectural ensemble at Strausberger Platz has been the home for our blog author Daphne after winning the Central Berlin Apartment Lottery in 2015.

The conditions of participation:
“It’s taken for granted that you’re a fan of Berlin, and that you’d love to live here. So, tell us why Strausberger Platz is where you belong. What qualifies you? What talents do you bring? What do you normally do in life? We want to be sure that, like Berlin, you are dynamic, creative, unconventional, communicative, networked and cosmopolitan.”

The prize:
Living rent-free for one year in the heart of Berlin.

27-year-old Daphne Damiaans from Haarlem won our lottery and in the end it has been two years, that she was living rent-free at Strausberger Platz – blogging about her life in Berlin. In her posts, she shares her impressions and experiences as well as the fruits of her research into East German history, architecture and culture.

Read on for a ‘Best of’ compilation of Daphne’s 10 most popular posts, which you have shared, clicked, liked and commented the most!

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Event Tip: GDR Photography by Ludwig Schirmer at Central Berlin Gallery

GDR furniture is far more than plastic design from the 70s and collectors from all over the world are fascinated by the quality of the former East German design.

Convince yourself at our Central Berlin Gallery and visit the exhibition which is dedicated to Ludwig Schirmer’s images on ‘The Building-Block Principle’.


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