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
Looking for costumes or decoration for the perfect summer party? Deko Behrendt is a true treasure trove for all your needs. Founded in Berlin in 1914 this shop is no longer run by the old owner family, but the professional assortment is still the same: carnival and costume items in every conceivable color and equipment can be admired there, and also unusual costume ideas can be combined with the support of the always helpful and very knowledgable staff. No matter if you search for decoration, heart glasses, fake beards, glitter make-up, hawai shirts, pink flamingos or rainbow wigs – you'll find everything here. You can not only have a lot of fun inside but also will be completely overwhelmed by thousands of articles. At every angle of the hose-like shop lurk new surprises and most of them at amazingly low prices. As you may have already noticed, the Berliners love motto parties not only at CSD. And if you ever wondered, where they all get these crazy outfits from – welcome to their paradise.
Deko Behrendt, Mon to Fri 10am–7pm, Sat until 4pm Hauptstraße 18, D-10827 Berlin-Schöneberg www.deko-behrendt.de
Saturday we spent the first summer night 2017 at Rosengarten with our beloved neighbors and friends from Denmark. Being way too late for Torstraßenfestival we were strolling around seeking for a quiet place with cool drinks and just should have went here earlier: Right on top of the historical Weinbergspark sits the the cultural pavilion, built of natural stones in the 1950s and renovated in 2003 by the architects Anja Berg and Horst Ploss. They and a team of cultural interested neighbors further developed the idea to create a place for various art, community and neighborhood projects. Now the Rosengarten has as a multifunctional area – folding wooden terraces serve as a stage for all kind of artists and as a seating area for guests. In addition to the geometrically arranged beautifully smelling rose beds and a shady pergola, the porphyry wall with the relief images by Waldemar Grzimek is also worth a visit. You can always come here, buy a cold drink at the bar or bring along your own stuff – check out the cultural program from open-air cinema, run by Cinema for Peace and Amnesty International to Hoola Hoop courses on Wednesdays or Swing dance Sundays. Most events are free, but the team of Rosengarten e.V. and their guests always appreciate your donations.