News and views from Germany's federal capital in easily-digestible blog format.
Berlin's new airport, BBI (Berlin Brandenburg
International, being constructed on the site ofSchönefeld Airport) is gearing up to be one of
the city's mega building projects. And what's a huge building site
without some kind of viewing tower? The BBI site will be getting a
futuristic "Infotower" (pictured) and visitor centre this summer. The
tower will be 32m tall and have two viewing platforms, one on the top
and one lower down inside.
Official fact sheet is here.
Posted at 2007-04-25 19:10:00
It's pretty certain that the Loveparade has
left Berlin for the forseeable future - the only question is
where it will end up. According to this article
from the Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel the
Loveparade 2007 will be taking place in the western German city of
Up until now Essen - a post-industrial (read: rust-belt)
part of the Ruhr area - has not had a reputation as a cool techno
location, or indeed cool anything . (It should be noted that in 2003,
global brand Coca Cola relocated its German headquarters from Essen to
Berlin, leaving behind the German headquarters of shoe shop chain
Deichmann and discount supermarket Aldi).
Posted at 2007-04-22 22:14:00
No, it's not Deutsche Bahn's newest customer
service employee: it is a genuine dinosaur skeleton replica, which is
around 100 years old and has just been restored. It belongs to the Naturkundemuseum (Museum of Natural History), which
is being renovated.
Posted at 2007-04-19 00:12:00
Among Berlin's many delights are its open-air swimming pools and
lakeside bathing beaches. Unfortunately they're not very flexible when
it comes to reacting to unseasonably warm weather (like it is now) -
the BBB's official outdoor bathing season begins
on April 28, with some locations not opening until the middle of May;
sun-seekers will have to make do with the city's many parks, and anyone
wishing to brave the still seasonably cool water (currently around
10°C) is limited to inofficial bathing "beaches" or the few
privately-run ones, who's opening depends on the individual operators.
Currently only the Strandbad Weißensee appears to be operating.
Posted at 2007-04-17 13:31:00
It looks like the BVG is having problems with
its newest trains, the so-called "H-Series" (recognisable by their
bright yellow livery and the connections between each carriage).
Problems with the wheel bearings, which are wearing out much earlier
than expected, mean 20 of these trains have been taken out of service
for emergency repairs.
has resulted in a reduction in services on lines U5, U6, U7, U8 and U9, with service intervals being extended from the
usual 4 or 5 minutes to between 7 and 8 minutes. Repairs should be
completed by the second week of May, when the normal timetable will be
Posted at 2007-04-17 13:17:00
Spring is finally here - the sun is out, the trees are green and Berliners are
exposing parts of their body you might not want to see. In fact over the weekend
temperatures soared above 25°C - real summer weather. The warm spell is set to continue
this week, but cooling off towards the weekend.
Posted at 2007-04-17 09:34:00
Visitors to the Zoo
yesterday were disappointed
- halfway through his afternoon "performance", it became apparent Knut
wasn't feeling very well, so his keepers removed him for further
investigation. It looks his first adult tooth is coming through, which
is causing him some pain, but otherwise Knut is in good health. It's
not yet known whether Knut will be "on display" today (Wednesday).
Posted at 2007-04-17 09:06:00
"English Events in Berlin" are hosting their regular weekly party
once again Wednesday, as always on the Eastern Comfort hostel ship,
which moored on the Spree near Schlesisches Tor
and Warschauer Straße stations.
This week's event features a Celtic Rock concert by a guitar / mandolin duo
as well as the traditional homemade hummus. Entrance is €1 and the event starts at 7pm.
Further information on English Events in Berlin's website.
Posted at 2007-04-17 08:37:00
Latest baby polar bear news: due to the enormous number of visitors
who want to see Knut, the Zoo has restricted
viewing time to just seven minutes per person.
For an alternative view on Knut, check out YouKnut.com
- an alternative Knut fan site. It's in German, but mainly pictures -
don't take them all too seriously, everybody loves Knut really.
Posted at 2007-04-12 14:59:00
Knut mania continues: not only can you buy your very own Knut (courtesy of Steiff) but thanks to Gummibär
specialists Haribo you can also eat him too. They're bringing out their
own range of sugar puff baby polar bears - a handy between-meals sugary
pick-me-up. The new product will be available in stores from around the
middle of April, and Haribo will be donating 10¢ from every box sold to
the Berlin Zoo for the real Knut.
(By the way if you think it's cruel to eat Knut, just think about what cute darling creatures real polar bears in the wild eat ;-).
Posted at 2007-04-08 10:42:00
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