Rathaus and Ratskeller

Berlin is a city of villages. Before the twentieth century, the compact Prussian capital was surrounded by dozens of small independent communities such as Schöneberg, Charlottenburg and Zehlendorf. As the main city and the smaller towns began to grow during the industrial revolution, the boundaries between them became indistinct and eventually meaningless. In 1920, the Greater Berlin Act unified the agglomeration of villages into the single metropolitan area that we know today. Continue reading

The Colours of Berlin: Orange

The colours of Berlin is a bi-monthly series that will run throughout 2019. In the first part of the year we examined the primary colours, starting with yellow, then moving to blue, and on to red. In June we started on the secondary colours with a post on green. And now we are proud to present:
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Hotels of Berlin

Hotels are everywhere. Yet for anyone who lives in a particular city, they can be virtually invisible. This becomes apparent when a visitor to your city asks you for a hotel recommendation. How should you know? You live there. You never have to think about where you’re going to spend the night. Even if, for whatever reason, you can’t spend the night in your own bed, you probably have at least one or two friends with a spare sofa. Continue reading

The Colours of Berlin: Red

The colours of Berlin is a bi-monthly series that will run throughout 2019. Where other posts on this blog have attempted to describe typographic trends and phenomena in Berlin, the entries in this series will focus on a particular colour by presenting a collection of images without additional text. Every city has its full spectrum on display; this is the one that belongs to Berlin. Continue reading