According to the boffins at the Free University's
in Dahlem, 2007 has so
far been the wettest year they've ever experienced. Up until yesterday afternoon they've measured
781.5 litres of rain per square metre, which is not far below the current record of 805 litres in 1926.
With over three months to go, it looks like Berlin's market for umbrellas might be experiencing a
Posted at 2007-09-26 14:57:00
It's one of West Berlin's retail traditions: the shopping areas around Ku'damm,
Tauentzienstrasse and Breidtscheidplatz hold a bi-annual shopping evening, when
shops open until midnight, timed to coincide
with the dates the clocks are changed (from summertime to wintertime, or vice-versa).
Posted at 2007-09-26 14:36:00
Once again Berlin's less-than-vibrant economy has failed to impress: according to the
the city's GDP growth rate in the first two quarters of 2007 was 1% (2.5% if inflation not taken into
account), putting it last among Germany's 16 Bundesländer). Across Germany,
on average, GDP grew by 2.9% after accounting for inflation.
Posted at 2007-09-25 09:04:00
Sternradio. once a must-go club for clubbers new to, or only a short time in Ber
lin, is no more. Following a change of owners, it's now to become "Centrum (Club)" (the name plays
on the former GDR department store, located across the road on Alexanderplatz
where Kaufhof now stands. It'll be interesting to see if the club will becom
e the "centre of good taste" the new owner wants it to be. Music direction: electronic sound, from Techno
via Elektro and Minimal through to House. Opening on October 19th.
Posted at 2007-09-24 16:56:00
Berlin's property market might be booming, and some investors are even looking to the surrounding
state of Brandenburg for bargains. But watch out: that nice picturesque village might be in the direct
path of a huge excavator, a number of which churn through vast areas of eastern Germany to extract
brown coal (Braunkohle).
Posted at 2007-09-24 14:54:00
Berlin's "hotel boom" shows no sign of ending: two new hotels, both close to the Alexanderplatz,
have just been announced.
Posted at 2007-09-24 10:20:00
The 12th Art Forum Berlin is taking place in 2007 from September 29th to October 3rd at Berlin's Exhibition Center. Presenting itself in a brand new design by Gerwald Rockenschaub and Alexander Rendi (Berlin/Vienna), over 120 galleries from more than 25 countries will be showcasing the works of established artists and newcomers.
Posted at 2007-09-22 11:48:00
From Tuesday September 25th onwards, the highly successful
"Metropolitan in Berlin" exhibition at the
Neue Nationalgalerie each day from Thursday to Sunday until midnight.
On the night of October 2 - 3 it will hold a special "Nuit blanche" and remain open through the night - with reduced entry charges.
Posted at 2007-09-22 11:32:00
Berlin has more miles of canal and more bridges than Venice - blah blah. Venice is a tiny place, so any
decently-sized city can make this claim. However Berlin has seen a lot of bridge-building activity
in recent years - since reunification more than 190 have been built. The Galerie Ingenieurkunst in
Mitte is celebrating this with an exhibition showing some of the more impressive constructions
titled "Berliner Brücken - Verbindungen nach der Wende" (Berlin's Bridges: Post-unification connections") running until November 4th.
Posted at 2007-09-21 12:47:00
One of Berlin's more prominent locations, the Friedrichstraße /
Unter den Linden crossing, is finally taking shape. Construction work
on a new real estate project on the site of the old Hotel Berlin is well underway, with the foundations now complete, and the tenants for the new
building - a 200 million Euro investment grandly named Upper Eastside Berlin - have
just been announced by the backing company behind the project,
(Munich Ergo Asset Management).
Posted at 2007-09-20 15:09:00