Writing Berlin

Approximately 11am on the 2nd August 2015. I had just arrived at Berlin Schönefeld airport and was being talked to in broken English by a young Chinese man – my first direct point of contact to City Travel Review, the company I had arranged to come to Berlin for a month with. At one point… Continue reading Writing Berlin

Weinerei Forum, Berlin

For wine connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike, Weinerei Forum is an experience. Although the establishment operates as a relaxed vegetarian/vegan café by day, it is the evening when it should be visited. Go after 20:00 and the place is transformed into a chic pay-what-you-want wine bar, where for an entrance fee of €2 you are… Continue reading Weinerei Forum, Berlin

English Bookshops of Prenzlauer Berg

The wide boulevards of Prenzlauer Berg are unlikely to be places you find yourself wandering down on a whim, but this is precisely where bookshops Shakespeare & Sons, St. George's English Bookshop, and Do you read me?! are to be found. Catch the underground from Alexanderplatz to Eberswalder Straße and you emerge in a beautiful… Continue reading English Bookshops of Prenzlauer Berg

Schlossgarten Charlottenburg, Berlin

The Schlossgarten Charlottenburg (Castle Garden of Charlottenburg) is 55-hectares of parkland that accompanies the eponymous castle, encompassing darkly wooded groves and wide graveled boulevards, plus a meandering river.  The garden was created in the 17th century after plans made by French landscape gardener Siméon Godeau, and was intended to be in the classical Baroque style.… Continue reading Schlossgarten Charlottenburg, Berlin

Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin

At 9.30am on a Saturday morning, Museum Island (Museum Insel) looks like a painting. The classical architecture is awash with golden morning sun and the streets have a hazy, warm quality, as if produced in watercolour. It is a perfect backdrop to the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old Nationalgallery), which is snugly situated on Museum Island next… Continue reading Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Pee Pees Katzen Café, Berlin

If you are of the opinion that there is nothing more comforting than a combination of cats, coffee, and cake, then Pee Pees Katzencafé is likely to become your new favourite place in the city. Located on a quiet street in Berlin's hip Neukölln area, Pee Pees is Berlin’s first and only cat-café. In fact,… Continue reading Pee Pees Katzen Café, Berlin

me Collectors Room, Berlin

With its modern glass frontage contrasted against the quaint neoclassical architecture of its neighbours along Auguststraße, it is difficult to miss me Collectors Room. Part chilled café, part exhibition space, the gallery also plays host to the Olbricht Collection – a showcase of over 200 curiosities ranging from intricately crafted wooden skulls to stuffed turtles.… Continue reading me Collectors Room, Berlin

Grunewald Forest, Berlin

Emerge from Berlin Grunewald S-Bahn station and you are almost immediately thrown into seemingly unexplored territory. It is difficult to tell from the main entrance into Grunewald Forest that it covers 3000 hectares of West Berlin, bordering Lake Wannsee in the south and overlooked by Teufelsberg mountain in the north. The main tree-lined boulevard at… Continue reading Grunewald Forest, Berlin

Unter den Linden, Berlin

Between the Brandenburg Gate in the West and the main building of Humboldt University in the East stretches Unter den Linden, one of Berlin's most important commercial streets. It is a bustling international thoroughfare, home to the Russian Embassy, Berlin’s branch of the waxwork museum Madame Tussauds, and dozens of restaurants. While at pedestrian level… Continue reading Unter den Linden, Berlin