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Berlin highlights - an insider guide written by Ulrik Kristiansen

Friedrichshain along the river in Berlin, Spree

As you pass the last remnants of the Berlin Wall, the world's longest outdoor gallery; of 1,3 km East Side Gallery, becomes interesting here.
The beach bar YAAM is Berlin's first beach bar. Beach bar, as if you can see the water and feel the sand - you have to think about the swim. Caribbean / African inspired rastafari bar with music, food and drink. Large area with sun loungers and a fairly small bar. Sunday is here Young African Art Market - YAAM. YAAM is really nice in the afternoon sun and super cool in the evening.

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Holzmarkt, community in the middle of Berlin

Continuing a few hundred meters further, you will encounter the latest shot at the trunk, the Holzmarkt cooperative, which offers urban creativity and community in the middle of the city. The area is built as a village with various projects and companies in art, culture, restaurant, food - and a kindergarten.

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… Also in the evening

It is urban farming, live music - local bands are offered facilities to record live performances - beach bar, cafes, bakery, performances and training of artists, yoga, language courses and dance lessons. Down to the river there is even the opportunity to see beavers in their natural surroundings. In the evening there are campfires, outdoor bars and not least the unforgettable gourmet restaurant Katerschmaus.

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Urban Nation in Schöneberg

The Urban Contemporary Art Museum was to be the world's first 'street art' museum. The museum is sponsored by Berlin's largest non-profit housing association and displays a fantastic collection of street art. That street art should not just be tried to be closed inside a museum, Urban Nation clearly shows by also showing the way to where in the city you can also see urban street art.
Urban Nation opened in the fall of 2017, and admission to the exhibition of the more than 150 international works of art is free.

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Klunkerkranich in Neukölln

The word of mouth Klunkerkranich is German for 'wartetrane'. A not very old, but somewhat tired-looking shop arcade in Neukölln has got a city garden on the parking deck on the roof. From this roof terrace there are great views of Berlin. A Klunkerkranich lives in green surroundings, and here it has built a nest with a sustainable city garden on the roof, an organic café, a bar and a really cool atmosphere with a bar and music in the evening.

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Potsdamer Strasse, Schöneberg

Postdamer Strasse just south of Potsdamer Platz has looked very worn for a very long time. But suddenly here is renovation underway; in backyards and towards the street, fine galleries, expensive shops, wine and cocktail bars pop up. This is where Danish Sticks'n'Sushi and Hotel Lulu Guldsmeden have chosen to place themselves. Postdamer Platz is one of the explanations, and another is probably the large concentration of newly built luxury apartments in the streets down to Gleisdreieckpark and the resulting purchasing power. Potsdamer Strasse is turning from a dubious street into a main street.

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Gleisdreieckpark between Schöneberg and Kreuzberg

On the old railway terrain, freight traffic has been replaced by a park with a skating ramp, training facilities and green planting. A true metropolitan oasis.
On the Kreuzberg side of the park is the BRLO Brewhouse, temporary but at the same time very stylishly built in shipping containers. A fantastic restaurant with its own 'craft beer'. BRLO is a local beer brand, which is “Handcrafted with Berlin Love”

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Markthalle - the market halls in Berlin

I really like to experience Berlin through the city's many street food markets. Here is the atmosphere - sometimes entertainment - and I get both curiosity and delicious hunger. That's why I like to visit Berlin's Market Hall in Kreuzberg and Moabit. The halls are from the end of the 1800th century, and the old halls exude atmosphere and nostalgia. Especially the monthly Breakfast & Vinyl record market in Markthalle Neun can be recommended.

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Brunch boat trip on the Spree

Sit back and enjoy a three-hour cruise around central Berlin while having plenty of time to enjoy brunch on board. Here is no guide talking, here no one is disturbing. Enjoy Berlin from the water side - it's actually a really nice experience. And the brunch is really good. The trip goes along the Landwehrkanal through the Kreuzberg, Schöneberg, Tiergarten and Charlottenburg and out into the river Spree through the Mitte and along the Friedrichshain return to the Kreuzberg. Along the way, various locks are passed, and there are nice views of many of the city's sights. A relaxing way to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning.

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Ulrik Kristiansen

Ulrik Kristiansen drives Berlinblog.dk, where he shares his experiences with Berlin and his views on the city.

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