Charlottenburg – the largest palace in Berlin

Located in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf borough of central-west Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace was a royal summer residence, named after Sophie Charlotte, the first Queen consort of Prussia, and built between 1695 and 1713. Today it is the largest palace in Berlin and its beautifully landscaped grounds, watered by Carp Pond and surrounded by a wooded area, are one of the most popular parks in…

Memorial sites and traces of the Berlin Wall

The wall that divided Berlin for almost 30 years marked a dark period in the history of the German people and its fall, in 1989, was celebrated by people coming form all over the world. The Wall was cut into pieces and sent in over 30 countries in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. However, some…

The only pandas in Germany, now on display at Zoo Berlin

The oldest zoo in Germany, which has been, until 2012, the home of the oldest male captive panda in the world, has recently welcomed a pair of giant pandas who have gone on display on 6 July. A Chinese festival has been organized at Zoo Berlin to mark the meeting between Meng Meng, Jiao Qing and the enthusiastic…

The oldest Buddhist temple in Europe, still open in northern Berlin

In the heart of Europe, in the colourful, artistic, cosmopolitan, loud and uninhibited Berlin, a curios traveller can discover many interesting sites. But, maybe, one of the things one expects least to see in the German capital is a Buddhist temple. Das Buddhistische Haus is a small Buddhist complex located in Frohnau, a locality in the extreme north of Berlin,…

Carnival of Cultures Berlin 2017

Karneval der Kulturen, or Carnival of Cultures, is a four-day annual urban festival, with a free and open program, celebrating diversity. Music and dance groups, DJs, street food producers, traditional clothes and handicrafts merchants from all continents come together to bring life and color to several streets in the Kreuzberg neighborhood of Berlin. The carnival has been held…

Water everywhere / nor any drop to waste

  Crossed by Spree, Havel, Dahme, Panke and Wuhle rivers, as well as by six canals, Berlin has more than 180 km of navigable waterways and 150 km of non-navigable waters (according to the city’s official tourism website). There are five times as many bridges here as Venice, around 2,100, and a variety of ways in which one…

Best time to visit the largest adventure animal park in Europe

With an area of of 160 hectares, Tierpark Berlin is home for more than 9000 exotic animals, has plenty of differently landscaped vegetation and allot of ground to cover, which makes it the perfect pastime for spring and summer days in Berlin. The Tierpark Berlin is one of the two zoos located in the German capital and it was founded…

Artistic signs about antisemitism in a formerly Jewish quarter

The Bavarian quarter, a part of Schöneberg neighborhood of central-southern Berlin, was home to more than 16,000 Jews in the pre-Nazi era.  At the turn of the 20th century the quarter quickly evolved from village-like settlement to upper-middle class suburb, as a result of the industrial expansion. It bloomed with elegant architecture (Wilhelmine style) and effervescent social life. Many…

Berliner magnetism

Approximately 12,73 million people visited Berlin last year (2016), according to the annual statistics of Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg. Most of the foreign tourists came form Europe (about 3,6 million), but there were also visitors from America (618.800), Asia (481.900), Australia, New Zealand, Oceania (96.600) and Africa (40.360).And the numbers are growing continuously. I first visited…