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Tierpark Berlin

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Photo: Tierpark Berlin

Monday we went to Tierpark Berlin, Europe’s biggest animal park. Set in 160 hectares of extensive and varied parkland, it is home to over 9,000 exotic and native animals. The Tierpark is renowned for its Camel Pasture and Flamingo Lagoon, its listed tropical and predator house in the Alfred Brehm building, and its majestic herds of giraffes and elephants. With its historic mansion Schloss Friedrichsfelde, free electric train rides, and nice playgrounds, the Tierpark is a day-trip destination for the whole family. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and embark on a zoological journey around the world. The expansive Tierpark is aso a wonderful place to take a stroll and discover the diversity of the animal kingdom. Don’t forget to check out the Lemur Woods, the free-flight show on the Kiekemal Waldbühne arena, and our beloved petting zoo. The Tierpark hosts a range of events from after-hours tours to children’s birthday parties. Tierpark Berlin also participates in various European and international endangered species programmes.

Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde
Am Tierpark 125, 10319 Berlin-Friedrichsfelde
Open Daily 9am–18:30pm summer, 9am–15:30pm winter

The Feuerle Collection

Photo: The Feuerle Collection

As the well known Boros Collection too, the Feuerle Collection is housed in a World War II-era bunker. This one was used for telecommunication, first opened for the Gallery Weekend in April 2016 and refurbished for almost three years by the renowned British architect John Pawson. On about 6000 squaremeters Désiré Feuerle brings together international contemporary art, Imperial Chinese lacquer and stone furniture, Chinese wood and stone Scholar furniture from the Han to the Quing Dynasty, from 200 BC to the 18th century and Khmer sculptures from the 7th to the 13th century. Feuerle – who lives in Asia most of the time – comes from a contemporary art background, bought his first Chinese sculpture as a child in Hongkong and owned a gallery in Cologne in the 90ties, where he pioneered juxtaposing ancient art with contemporary and to re-look at antiques from a todays perspective. The master of meditation wants the visitors to excape into a differnt world and offers not only a lake room and one for burning scenting woods but also works by Cristina Iglesias, Anish Kapoor, Zeng Fanzhi or James Lee Byars. Dive into it and experience one of the most impressive exhibitions we have seen in a long time.

The Feuerle Collection, only on prior registration,
suitable only for adults and children over 16.
Hallesches Ufer 70, D-10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Deutsches Pressemuseum im Ullsteinhaus

Fanny Zschau, Digital Diva Deluxe, Art, Event, The Berlin Guidebook
Flyer: Deutsches Pressemuseum im Ullsteinhaus

After being a 15 years old soldier in World War II, the Berliner Robert Lebeck became one of the worlds most famous photo reporters, working for magazines like Kristall, Revue and Stern. From 1978–1979 he was also editor in chief of GEO Magazin. His famous KIOSK collection includes 30,000 exhibits on the history of photoreporting from 1839 to 1973 – from the first daguerreotype to the last edition of the legendary Life magazine. In May 2011, a sponsor and supporters club was constituted to implement the idea of ​​a Deutsches Pressemuseum. The initiator of the museum project is the journalist and cultural manager Holger Wettingfeld.

The founding members include, among others, Robert Lebeck himself, who died in 2014, the writer Sten Nadolny, the managing director of Willy Brandt-Haus Gisela Kayser as well as the theater director and Ullstein grandson Geoffrey Layton. The museum wants to digitize the collection, open up to scientific research and show it in exhibitions. Until the end of the year it can be seen in the former restaurant of Ullsteinhaus, which was sold to the Samwer brothers in 2015. We spent hours there – enjoying the great room, exploring the exponents and watch one of Lebecks dreams come true. The exhibition was curated by Gisela Kayser and Katharina Mouratidi, Gesellschaft für Humanistische Fotografie. Congratulations to the whole team and their amazing project, which is very worth a visit and can still need your support.

Deutsches Pressemuseum im Ullsteinhaus e. V.
KIOSK Sammlung Robert Lebeck, Ullsteinhaus in Berlin
Mariendorfer Damm 1, D-12099 Berlin-Tempelhof
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 12–6pm, Wednesday until 9pm

Café Restaurant Grosz

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Photo: Restaurant Café Grosz

The Café Restaurant Grosz is located in Cumberland House on Ku'Damm and run by Borchardts owner Roland Mary. The heritage-listed building was designed by architect Robert Leibnitz, built in 1911/12 and named in honour of Ernst August, Third Duke of Cumberland. Originally conceived as an apartment hotel, the property went through a long history and was finally sold to Dr. Th. Bscher, D. Maruhn and D. Germandi in 2010. They renovated the building for heritage status and returned the Ku’damm façade to its original state. At the rear of the complex 185 condominiums have been built and the Café Restaurant was named after the Berlin artist George Grosz, who lived around the corner at Savignyplatz. The German-American painter, graphic designer and caricaturist is today best known for his socially critical paintings from the 1920ties. Café Restaurant Grosz, which opened up in 2012, is clearly committed to tradition – what inspired plates in the Belle Epoque, is still delectable to this day: Don’t be surprised to see dishes on the menu such as Brussels Chicken, Lobster Bellevue and Ham Mousse in Port Wine Jelly, variations of the original 1912 menu by F. W. Borchardt. Or just drop by on a rainy afternoon for the delicious Princess Viktoria Cake from their own Pâtisserie L'Oui: a white chocolate and pistachio extravagance. To enjoy along with the best Ganache we ever had in Berlin. Delicious!

Café Restaurant Grosz, Kurfürstendamm 193/194, D-10707 Berlin
Sun-Thur 9am–11pm, Fri and Sat 9am–11:30pm,

Tadshikische Teestube

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Photo: Tadshikische Teestube

Its getting cold and grey outside. High time to visit cosy Tadshikische Teestube – in 1974 the attraction of the Tajik exhibition stand in the Sovjet Pavillion at Messe Leipzig and given to the GDR government as a gift. Located Am Festungsgraben in Kronprinzenpalais before, it was closed down with the renovation and moved after more than a year abstinence into the Kunsthof in Berlin-Mitte 2013. Thanks to the persistance of owner Olga Schöning the whole inventory was saved and lovingly restored. After you have taken off your shoes at the entrance, you can enjoy a rich selection of steaming teas poured from silvery samovars while you are lying inbetween colorful plump pillows, sumptuous carpets and hand-carved cedar pillars. On the menue are classic Eastern European dishes like pierogi, bliny and pelmeni as well as salads, soups and plov, a traditional lamb and rice dish. Our favourite after a long walk along river Spree is the Russian tea ceremony for two with Samowar, black tea, vodka and many small delicacies to munch along with. Yesterday evening we joined it at the fairytail hour – taking place every Monday not only for children above 12 but also for young at heart adults.

Tadshikische Teestube im KunstHof
Oranienburger Str. 27, D-10117 Berlin-Mitte
Mon–Fr 4–11pm, weekends noon–11pm
Fairytail hours every Monday bewtween 7.30 and 9pm

Stadtbad Oderberger

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Photo: Hotel Oderberger

The Stadtbad Oderberger was designed from 1899 bis 1902 by architect Ludwig Hoffmann to supply the then rapidly growing district of Prenzlauer Berg with hygienic institutions. Most people came here to enjoy one of the 200 public bathtubs and many, many kids learned in the small pool under the huge columnar hall how to swim. The Neo Renaissance building survived both wars without greater damages and stayed a very popular place during GDR times – in 1977 a sauna was installed. In 1986 it was forced to close due to cracks in the ground of the swimming pool and was used as spectacular event location until 2012 when extensive renovations began. In January 2016, the new owners Barbara Jeschke from next door GLS Language School Berlin and her husband Hans-Dieter Jaeschke opened the Hotel Oderberger Berlin with 70 individual rooms, two apartments and ten seminar rooms. The nice thing about their concept is the conservation of the building as an attraction for the neighbourhood and the possibility to still have it as an event location and a pool. How the spectacular construction of a stage sitting on water works, could be admired at the opening last Thursday set in scene by artist Johanna Keimeyer, who also shows her pool pictures from all over the world in the hotel. On October 17th the swimming pool will finally be opened for the first time in 30 years for the public. Every Tuesday at 5pm the Jeschkes offer a free guided tour of the restored public bath: Meeting point is the reception of Hotel Oderberger; registration is not required.

Hotel Stadtbad Oderberger, Oderberger Strasse 57, D-10435 Berlin


Berlin Design Night

Photo: NACHTSCHICHT 2014 by Steve Bergmann
As many registrations as never before have been sent in for this year's Berlin Design Night NACHTSCHICHT 2015. Create Berlin invited and 93 agencies and studios in total will participate in the night time design track, which will take place on June 12 in its fourth year. More than twice as much as 2014. The agencies, that open their doors for visitors from 7pm to midnight, include small studios and agencies, but also globally acting design networks. Furniture and product designers are participating, as well as architects, publishing houses, fashion show rooms and illustrators. Besides others, dan pearlman, TRIAD Berlin, KPM Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur Berlin, Brand Union Germany and ben|weide have confirmed their participation. The opening of this year's NACHTSCHICHT will be held at BIKINI BERLIN at 7pm. Twelve shuttles on four routes in total are offering the visitors the chance to get an exciting insight into the capital's creative work through exhibitions, workshops, presentations and shows. Visiting the NACHTSCHICHT and using the shuttles is free of charge.
Berlin Design Night, Nachtschicht 2015, June 12, starting at
BIKINI BERLIN, Budapester Strasse 42-50, D-10787 Berlin

Fassbinder – NOW

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Flyer: Martin-Gropius-Bau

The Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt a. M. presents Fassbinder – NOW iat the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, to mark Rainer Werner Fassbinder's (1945–1982) birthday on 31st May. The presentation provides a new impetus to engage with one of the most significant German directors ever. The exhibition illustrates not only the film-maker's working methods, but also the coherence of his work in the cinema and its influence on the art being produced today. Fassbinder explains his understanding of film in excerpts from TV interviews, which can be seen on nine monitors, clarifying the methods with which he stage-managed his own public image. Visitors may leaf through notes, calculations, complete screenplay manuscripts or listen to the recordings for his masterpiece Berlin Alexanderplatz (1979/80). Additional attention is paid to Fassbinder's work with the costume designer Barbara Baum and shows her costumes, such as the spectacular silver lamé dress worn by Hanna Schygulla in Lili Marleen (1980) and the sailors' uniforms from Querelle (1982). The second part of the exhibition illustrates the recurring themes and aesthetic resources in Fassbinder's films, juxtaposed with the works of contemporary artists that refer to them either directly or indirectly. Excerpts from Fassbinder's films, shown as a compilation on three large screens, introduce the most important themes in his œuvre and highlight the stylistic resources, such as lighting, framing and direction of gaze, that characterise his films. Fassbinder forever.

Fassbinder – NOW, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin
Wed–Mon 10am–7pm, Tue closed

Aperitivos at Bar Milano

Photos: Bar Milano / PR

Exactly a week ago we partied my birthday very spontaneously at the Bar Milano. In best Italian tradition we got our first round of Negronis – mixed classical with gin, vermouth rosso and Campari on ice and garnished with orange slices. The famous Aperitivo is served with small delicacies – such as 24 months matured Prosciutto di Parma and mortadella by Ennio Pasquini from Bologna, freshly decorated on the famous bread Il Pane di Milano. Not only delicious but very helpful, since my Negroni Sbagliato, made with Prosecco instead of gin, was served in the biggest glas, I ever got for my birthday. When a huge group of Italians left the place, we could admire also the interior design by architect Thilo Reich and design consultant Thanos Karampatsos which is held in the decent, elegant understatement of Milan. The massive counter is made of Italian marble, the pillows on the cozy bench are designed by Rianna + Nina and hand-crafted from silk scarves and fabrics by famous fashion designers such as Dries van NotenMissoni and Emilio Pucci. Thanks to our italian friend Caroline, who recommended the place, we found a wonderful piece of Milan in Berlin and will check out the paninis and carpaccio e funghi today. 

Bar Milano, Brunnenstrasse 11, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Opening hours Mon-Sat, 4pm–midnight 

Daluma – Smoothie and Juice Bar

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Photo: Daluma Berlin

Since I fast since the beginning of the week, we went to check out Daluma for liquid breakfast today. The team around the founders David, Lukas und Marian opened their heart project last October with the aim to make healthy food to taste reallly good. But their bistro is not only pleasing to the taste buds but also the eye: Daluma was designed by architect Thilo Reich, who managed to get some of the famous chairs from the Ai Weiwei exhibition. The three boys offer organic vegan and even raw food and their menus work like contruction kits: you choose combinations of a base like lentils, pasta, quinoa, rice, raw vegetables and toppings like herbs, fruits, superfood or nuts. And you drink along cold pressed juices and smoothies with different health aspects: If you wanth to push you immune system go for a Run, Forest, Run which combines loads of greens with enough fruit and mint to make it sweet, if you feel particularly under the weather, try the rough Burning Man, which mixes cayenne, ginger, lemon and oregano-oil and seriously burns every headache away. My breakfast choice was the freshly made chocolate smoothie Choc-Choc Crave, a very tasty and energetic combination of avocado, banana, cacao, dates, maca, moringa, rice milk and of course raw cacao. My friend had a Burn, Baby, Burn a smoothie with acerola, beetroot, guava, orange and green coffee. We are wide awake now and will sure come back for more after easter, when fasting times are over. 

Daluma, Weinbergsweg 3, D-10119 Berlin, 
Mon–Fri 8am–8pm, Sat–Sun 10am–7pm