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 www.tierpark-berlin.de
Just home from the grand opening of Lawrence right across the street from the Jewish Synagogue and still impressed how fast the 490 squaremeter space turned into a Syrian restaurant with a stage for live music, a gallery plus coworking spaces. The former Monbijou phamacy was still a big contruction site last week when we sat outside in the sun and enjoyed a cup of fresh mint tea and delicous Baklava, while inside many helping hands were building up the furniture. This weekend the organization Freeartus – artist and refugees united for freedom, who runs the place – surpassed itself: On Friday more than 250 people showed up, started with the current exhibition, featuring works from Osamah Abousor, Dani Hasrouni, Anas Homsi and Bahila Hijaziis curated by Petra Rietz. Then the most amazing buffet filled the tables, and liters of cocktails and Lebanese wine were served, while a happy crowd was dancing to the live music until 2pm. Today was a little slower and more time for relaxed talks – we tried to eat and drink the menu from top to bottom and were listening to another great live act by program director Anas Maghrebi and his friends. Thanks to the whole team – Lawrence will certainly become our favorite playground for many activities and a milestone for manifesting more international friedships and a better unterstanding for Arabic culture.
Lawrence, Oranienburger Strasse 69, D-10115 Berlin-Mitte Opening hous daily from 8–midnight, check out the FB page for events: www.facebook.com/pg/law.berlin
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 www.thefeuerlecollection.org