GDR Museum in Berlin

24 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, Museums, Exhibitions Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© Maria Krüger/cc-by-sa-2.5

The DDR Museum is a museum in the centre of Berlin. The museum is located in the former governmental district of East Germany, right on the river Spree, opposite the Berlin Cathedral. The museum is the 11th most visited museum in Berlin.   read more…

Dong Xuan Center in Berlin

22 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, Bon appétit, Shopping Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© Peter Kuley/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Dong Xuan Center is an Asian wholesale market on Herzbergstrasse in the Berlin district of Lichtenberg in the Lichtenberg district. It was developed from the late 1990s on the former site of Siemens Plania AG, partly using existing industrial and administrative buildings. Expansions and new uses are constantly taking place. The focus is on sales, services and, from 2024, cultural events. The model and namesake of the Berlin Dong Xuan Center is the Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi, which was built in 1889 and is the largest and oldest market in the Vietnamese capital.   read more…

Theater des Westens in Berlin

14 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, Opera Houses, Theaters, Libraries Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© flickr.com – Sergey Galyonkin/cc-by-sa-2.0

The Theater des Westens (Theatre of the West) is one of the most famous theatres for musicals and operettas in Berlin, Germany, located at Kantstraße 10–12 in Charlottenburg. It was founded in 1895 for plays. The present house was opened in 1896 and dedicated to opera and operetta. Enrico Caruso made his debut in Berlin here, and the Ballets Russes appeared with Anna Pavlova. In the 1930s it was run as the Volkstheater Berlin. After World War II it served as the temporary opera house of Berlin, the Städtische Oper (Municipal Opera). In 1961 it became the first theatre in Germany to show musicals. Since then it has become the “German equivalent of Broadway extravaganzas”, putting on plays and musical comedies.   read more…

Hotel Telegraphenamt in Berlin

18 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, Hotels Reading Time:  7 minutes

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Hotel Telegraphenamt © Fridolin freudenfett/cc-by-sa-4.0

The former main telegraph office at Oranienburger Straße 73–76 in the Berlin Mitte neighborhood in the district of the same name is a listed architectural monument. From its opening in 1916 until 1992, it served as the headquarters of Berlin’s telegraph facilities. The monumental building complex has been owned by an investor since 2001. After several years of renovation, a hotel opened in the building in 2022.   read more…

Lollapalooza in Chicago

4 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin, Paris / Île-de-France, Events Reading Time:  9 minutes

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© flickr.com – Aneil Lutchman/cc-by-sa-2.0

Lollapalooza (Lolla) is an annual American four-day music festival held in Grant Park in Chicago. It originally started as a touring event in 1991, but several years later, Chicago became its permanent location. Music genres include alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, and electronic dance music. Lollapalooza has also featured visual arts, nonprofit organizations, and political organizations. The festival, held in Grant Park, hosts an estimated 400,000 people each July and sells out annually. Lollapalooza is one of the largest music festivals in the world and one of the longest-running in the United States.   read more…

House of One in Berlin

24 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin Reading Time:  8 minutes

House of One model © Thaler Tamas/cc-by-sa-4.0

House of One model © Thaler Tamas/cc-by-sa-4.0

The House of One is a religious structure being built in Berlin. It will be the world’s first house of prayer for three religions, containing a church, a mosque, and a synagogue. The construction costs, which are estimated at 43.5 million euros, come roughly equally from the federal government, the city of Berlin as well as donations and a crowdfunding campaign.   read more…

Fraenkelufer Synagogue in Berlin

9 November 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin Reading Time:  11 minutes

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© Jörg Zägel/cc-by-sa-3.0

The synagogue on Fraenkelufer (German: Fraenkelufer Synagoge) in Berlin‘s Kreuzberg district was built as an Orthodox Synagogue between 1913 and 1916 according to plans and under the direction of the master builder of the Jewish Community of Berlin, Alexander Beer. The structure was located on Kottbusser Ufer 48–50, today’s Fraenkelufer 10-16. On Kristallnacht, the evening of November 9-10th, 1938, the main building of the synagogue was badly damaged. Further destruction in the following years led to the structures ultimate demolition in 1958/1959 after the end of World War II. Today the surviving outbuilding, previously used for the youth service, has been renovated and is home to a Conservative Synagogue. A complete reconstruction of the main synagogue that was destroyed by the Nazis is being planned for its original location.   read more…

Rykestrasse Synagogue in Berlin

13 October 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Berlin Reading Time:  15 minutes

Nave © Mazbln/cc-by-sa-3.0

Nave © Mazbln/cc-by-sa-3.0

Rykestrasse Synagogue, Germany’s largest synagogue, is located in the Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood in the Pankow borough of Berlin. Johann Hoeniger built the synagogue in 1903/1904. It was inaugurated on 4 September 1904, in time for the holidays of and around Rosh Hashanah. The synagogue stands off the street alignment and is reached by a thoroughfare in the pertaining front building.   read more…

Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin

4 October 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture, Berlin Reading Time:  13 minutes

Stargarder Straße © Stevy76/cc-by-2.5

Stargarder Straße © Stevy76/cc-by-2.5

Prenzlauer Berg is a locality of Berlin, forming the southerly and most urban district of the borough of Pankow. From its founding in 1920 until 2001, Prenzlauer Berg was a district of Berlin in its own right. However, that year it was incorporated (along with the borough of Weißensee) into the greater district of Pankow.   read more…

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