The Karl-Marx-Allee, where the U-Bahn Frankfurter Tor in Friedrichain is, is a true architecture show that is going to make you feel in the USSR. Constructed in early years of the former GDR, it was named at that time Stalinallee and was part Continue reading
The prominent Altes Museum in the huge Berliner Museum Island was the first museum. Conceived in the beginning of the 19th century, it is the result of a then growing bourgeois class, which at the time was developing a new relationship with the art and the importance of its public access to citizens. Continue reading
Besides the fact that the weather is just been marvellous and that Berlin gets specially special in sunny days, we have come up with 6 reasons for you to come to the city for Easter: Continue reading
As the Amstel House is located only 3 stops from the Berlin Hauptbahnhoff, we have a little crush on this terminal of what was once Germany’s most important railway. The story of Berlin’s Main Station starts back in 1871 with the opening of gorgeous Lehrter Bahnhof. Made in the current trend style French Neo-Renaissance its building had such a Continue reading
Known as one of worlds most important International Film Festival, the Berlinale starts this week turning Berlin into a big and agitated red carpet. Regarded as the festival with the largest audience, Berlinale shows over 400 films and is considered a rich sample of world cinema. This year running for the Golden Bear are films like the polemic Nymphomaniac by the even more polemic Lars von Trier; the Britisch-German comedy-drama The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson; and chinese Black Coal, Thin Ice by Yinan Diao. Continue reading
The Zoo station together with the well known shopping street Kurfürstendamm – kindly called Ku’ damm by locals – formed at the time of the Wall the trendy center of West Berlin. Theaters, cinemas, nightclubs, cabarets, restaurants, fashionable stores and local designer made of the area the biggest buzz of that Berlin. Today a mix of many universes it gathers luxury with poverty, newcomers students with longtime residents, train stations, tourist attractions and a lot of coming and going.
Amazing C / O Berlin, the International Forum for Visual Dialogues, moved this year to the Amerika Haus, located in the area. Still being renovated the institution offers until spring 2014 open air photo exhibitions 24h/7 and gratis for all to see. The current theme is by the way the area where the exhibition takes place, nothing less than the boulevard Zoo & Ku’damm. Here 13 Photographers from the renowned Ostkreuz Agency were invited to explore Charlottenburg and its residents and to reveal the diverse stories and social strata behind the hectic activity and facades. Myths and truths, secrets and clichés, the different histories and social differences that stirred this usual urban scene were all portrayed. Going on until the 24th of November the Ostkreuz. To the West. A new perspevtive on Charlottenburg is located only 3 metro stations from the Amstel House, right in front of the Amerika Haus.
Exactly 50 years ago the then President of the United States John F. Kennedy made one of his best and one of XX century’s most famous speeches. In a crucial and tense period of the Cold War the first American president to step in Berlin after the construction of the Wall talked with enthusiasms to an audience of more than 450.000 people in the West neighborhood of Schöneberg. Emphasizing the U.S support for the West Germany JFK pronounced in this speech the legendary words “Ich bin eine Berliner”, which became his best known and Berlins most repeated quote until today.
Ever since then the Kennedy family won the affection of the citizens of Berlin. In honor to this special relationship Berlin opened in 2008 a museum dedicated to one of the most unique families of the recent history. The Kennedys Museum offers this year special events doe the 50th years anniversary of JFK visit. Definitely worth a look.