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Berlin or Bust

(An article by Julie Kim from a Berlin Travel Review, a city travelreview 2015 work/study project)

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„Herzlich willkommen!“

Welcome to Berlin, a city with the dichotomy of fascinating history and innovative creativity! One may not quite know what to expect from this German capital; it’s not as romanticized as Paris, nor is it popularized like New York. However, it is full of developments and potential. Germany as a whole has undoubtedly become a strong European country and Berlin has been rapidly building itself as a metropoli- tan city, fit for such a nation.

What differentiates Berlin from the others? First and foremost, history. Germany has unanimously been considered as an important part of modern European history, though rather dishonorably, and the people’s effort in maintaining historical awareness shows through the numerous memorials and monuments: to never re- peat the mistakes and to promote peace, both domestically and internationally.

Does this mean that they constantly live with heavy hearts? Absolutely not. Though Germans could be considered more serious in nature than other Europe-ans, they also know how to relish life, especially in Berlin. The copious amount of pubs, cafés, clubs, and live music venues echo the spunky spirit of Berliners. Berlin is home to countless contemporary artists and avant-garde art and as the residence for the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin is also a hot spot for music, both classical and modern. There are a plethora of creativity going on everywhere, from street art and performances to galleries and symphony halls; there is a multitude of diverse cultural possibilities.

As we have discovered and were enchanted by Berlin, we hope this guide will help you do the same. From an abundance of attractive spots, we’ve worked to introduce the best; and also advise against the less good. Become immersed in Berlin with us, and gute Reise!

 

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What’s up, EDINBRO?

Untitled(Sample of a Travel Review created by a group of students on a citytravelreview work/study project to Edinburgh in March 2014)

What comes to your mind when you think about the Scottish life- style? Are bagpipes popping into your head, or whisky, golf, kilts and haggis? That is right! These are a few very important aspects of Scottish life, but Scotland has more to offer. Discover the interesting story about the unicorn, why a Scotsman has to get some IRN BRU after an evening with too much alcohol or what a fried Mars bar is. Go out and learn to dance at the ceilidh, so you can act like you are from Scotland. We’ve found the most important things you have to know and try when discovering Scottish lifestyle.
(Laura Sedlmaier)

Introduction: My Berlin

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(Sample of a Travel Review by Amy Turner, a member on citytravelreview project in Berlin, Summer 2005)

Tourist Tips
DO look out for bikes! The bike lanes in the city are rarely differentiated from pedestrian areas.
DO try out your German. Don’t be shy to test out your lan- guage skills. You don’t want to come across as rude!
DO Recycle. Recycling is super big in Berlin and you can even face fines if you refuse to cooperate. Another tip – If you take your used and empty plastic bottles back to the supermarket you will receive €0.25 in exchange for each one.
DO plan your journeys in advance. This is essential, especially during the night-time hours, since if you look like a confused and lost tourist, you may become vulnerable to thieves.
One of the great things about Berlin is that many of the sights and exhibitions are free to visit such as the Reichstag, the East Side Gallery and the Holocaust Memorial. A City that is certainly value for money.
If you fancy venturing to explore the nightlife, it is worth mentioning that most of clubs only get lively post 1am. Great for the night-owls, not so great for those who really like their sleep. Something else to remember if you do intend to head out, is that drinking on the streets and on public transport is strictly not allowed. Respect locals and wait until you are in a
bar or beer garden.

Edinburgh Up Close

(Scottish Language.  An article by Lucas Ostendorf, a project member on citytravelreview work/study programme in Edinburgh, summer 2015)

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Although Scotland belongs to anglophone Great Britain and Edinburgh‘s residents might easily understand your English it does not mean that you are able to understand them. It is not only that the locals speak very fast. Their dialect differs significantly from what is normally known as English. In Edinburgh people speak a mixture between Scots and Scottish English.

The term Scots describes a Germanic language variety spoken in the Scottish Lowlands. Many words are identical to contemporary Scandinavian words. This phenomenon goes back to the Viking influence on this area in the 10th century.

The famous Scottish poet Robert Burns, well known for his Auld Lang Syne, has written a lot of his works in Scots dialect. He became celebrated in Edinburgh in the year 1784.

There are many discussions whether Scots can be considered as an own language as it is still popular and commonly spoken. Many citizens of Edinburgh use it in their everyday life. Even important world literature is often translated into Scots. Travellers be aware: you should listen carefully to what the locals say. And if you do not understand very much, do not bother: a smile on a face sometimes tells more than a thousand words.

Museum of Things

Museum of Things

(Article by Jasmine Richards, a project member on a citytravelreview programme, Berlin, Summer 2015)

In the district of Kreuzberg, the Museum of Things is hidden on the third floor of what looks like an ordinary apartment building. Its entrance is easily missable along a side-alley, designed with a grey, chequered sign above the door. Once arriving, you will be welcomed by extremely polite and quirky dressed staff mem- bers, willing to answer any questions you may have.

Every cabinet and shelf is neatly filled with, as hinted by its title, things. From vintage toasters, kettles and glassware, to old Barbie’s, flirta- tious computer mouses (shaped to women’s curved bodies) and rusting lamps, the museum has almost any household item and random collect- able on display. A glamourous group of water bottles can be found in the middle of the museum, proving there

is nothing this organisation won’t in- clude. A whole room has been devoted to paper and aged posters. The many collections have both been donated and bought through the years, however, it is important to note that the museum exhibitions do change, therefore some of the pieces mentioned may not be on display permanently.

A small gift shop sells a small variety of knick-knacks, great for a sou- venir to take home. The entire experi- ence is as educational as it is amusing and makes for an intriguing hour or two.

No wall left Bear

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Citytravelreview Guide to Berlin, produced by members on the July 2015 project.

Wilkommen in Berlin, Germany’s cool, creative and just a little crazy capital. Described as ‘the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine’ Berlin is home to a treasure trove of world-famous nightlife, countless museums and, as you’ll soon discover, an overwhelming amount of currywurst. The mention of Berlin will, for most, conjure up images of […]
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ctr-cover-no-wall-leftWilkommen in Berlin, Germany’s cool, creative and just a little crazy capital. Described as ‘the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine’ Berlin is home to a treasure trove of world-famous nightlife, countless museums and, as you’ll soon discover, an overwhelming amount of currywurst.
The mention of Berlin will, for most, conjure up images of the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and, perhaps more than anything else, the Berlin Wall. The wall officially ‘came down’ in 1989 but parts of it still stand as a poignant reminder of the fault-line that once divided this city. Later transformed into one of the world’s most famous open-air galleries, the remaining part of the wall is also a symbol of the city’s endurance, of its endeavour to remember but overcome its turbulent past.
Like the rest of Berlin’s artwork, the murals that now adorn what’s left of the wall have become inextricable from the city itself. In galleries, on the walls of abandoned buildings, under railway bridges and anywhere else where there’s room, you’ll find art, graffiti, call it what you will – the city has become a living canvas. Over the following pages you’ll find the most famous as well as our favourite examples of the city’s legendary artwork.
You’ll also find our top picks of things to do, see, and eat during your stay in Berlin. Our guide is not, however, intended as a checklist of ‘must-see’ places for you to visit, photograph and then quickly move on to the next landmark, nor does it aim to dictate ‘what’s hot’ and ‘what’s not’ in this vast and ever-changing city. This is not an instruction manual for how to ‘do’ Berlin. Whether you’re here for one month or three, you have time to discover the city at your own pace and this guide offers inspiration for interesting and exciting places that you might want to see during your time here.
From the most well-known historical landmarks, to start-ups, hidden gems and Berlin institutions alike, you’ll find something to suit every taste and every budget within the pages of this guide. Independent shops, bars and restaurants thrive in this city where corporate is not yet king, and we’ve searched far and wide to bring you the best of Berlin. To make it easy for you to decide on how to spend your time, we’ve organised the guide into easy to read sections. We’ve also provided you with a survival guide for the city, as well as a crash-course of Berlin’s history, transport system and accommodation options, so you can quickly get out there for yourself.
Berlin is a city of contrasts and contradicitons, where old meets new, east meets west, and trendy hipsters and techno fanatics rub shoulders with history enthusiasts and young creatives. Whatever your taste, Berlin has something for everyone and, no matter how long your stay, we can guarantee that you’ll never be bored. So get out there for yourself, start exploring and make your own mark on the poor, but sexy, city where no wall is left bare.

Jazz- Barcelona

An article written by Bilyana Georgieva, a project member on the Barcelona summer programme with CityTravelReview

Barcelona is a city full of all kinds of culture activities. All types of music are represented somehow. The city during the summer is very multicultural. The people are interested in all types of music, not only traditional but also modern music. However you come to Barcelona, as a tourist or for work, there are so many people who like jazz. Whatever the reason, there are so many bars or clubs which offer jazz music played live on stage by local musicians. One of the popular clubs for jazz fans is the HARLEM Jazz club. At first you may ask yourself why you should pay 7 euro to go in but it really pays since you will not find this type of music in other regular or jazz clubs. You will find inside people of any age and any different countries but also people from Barcelona. The band called “CHINO & THE BIG BET” plays any Tuesday evening like they have y jukebox in the head and it’s never the same. When this band plays is it usual to dance to the music which is unusual for jazz and blues clubs. The people from Barcelona just love this place. The club is not only for jazz or blues fans; as a normal man you will enjoy it too to hear the whole improvisation of the musicians and especially the end of the show when they sing without a microphone which makes the atmosphere so familiar like the people there. Here is the address where you have to go Carrer Comtessa de Sobradiel, 8 Barcelona – España.
Enjoy!