The Zeiss Major Planetarium Turned 30 Last Year
Last October saw the 30-year anniversary of an event that was of major importance in the history of socialist East Germany. On 9 October 1987, the grand opening of the Zeiss Major Planetarium adjacent to the new Ernst-Thälmannpark housing project in the Prenzlauer Berg district was celebrated with plenty of pomp and ceremony. The country’s leader Erich Honecker himself inaugurated the iconic new building among general enthusiasm in the political elite. One speaker praised ‘Berlin’s new landmark’ as a ‘striking testimony to the GDR’s socio-economic power’, as the Berliner Zeitung reported on 5 October 2017.
Aerial view of Zeiss Major Planetarium ©SPB / Foto: Hans-Friedger Lachmann
Summer rolls, iced teas with ginger and lime, pho soup, rice noodles with crunchy vegetables and cilantro… In Berlin, it’s almost impossible to avoid Vietnamese cuisine. But why is Vietnamese cuisine so well represented in Berlin? Guess what: it’s because of the GDR.
A selection of Vietnamese dishes. Image courtesy of expeditieaardbol.nl
Now in its 83rd edition with almost 1,600 exhibitors from 66 countries, the annual International Green Week in Berlin is the world’s leading trade fair for the exhibition for the food and agriculture industries. Read on to find out more about the history of the event and about the East German products and brands on offer at the Messe Berlin between January 19 and 28.
Photo by Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash
Twice a year, Fashion Week Berlin attracts designers, influencers and other trend-setters to the German capital to attend trade shows, catwalks and other events at various large and small venues around the city. An inner-city location such as the Central Berlin development at Strausberger Platz offers easy access to all the most interesting events. Read on for tips on how to get to this year’s hottest events and locations, and to find out more about the evolution of fashion trends in socialist East Germany.
Original photo by Kris Atomic on Unsplash, Collage by Central Berlin
Big cities need to be able to provide adequate medical care for large numbers of residents – this was no different back in the day when East Berlin was the capital of the German Democratic Republic. The foundations for the medical care of the city’s population were laid 150 years ago in Friedrichshain where Berlin’s first municipal hospital was built. Read on to find out more about the hospital’s turbulent history and its role at the forefront of public healthcare provision in East Germany.