This is about Berlin, chunky quotes, something new we’re trying this week, and a few giveaways to tie it all together.
Berlin. A city we love, a city we’ve chosen as a base. As we dig into Berlin and meet others who’ve done the same, we learn a little bit more about the city through them — its layers of history, humanity, creativity, and culture.
This week we’re undertaking something a little different to bring more of this to light. We’ll be enlisting the help of Berlin friends and experts to help — on what we’re calling a Virtual Tour of Berlin.
How would you describe Berlin? Not an easy task. So we asked several Berliner friends and experts on Berlin to share with us their view on Berlin and what makes it the city that it is. Here are a few:
“History’s eternal problem child, Berlin refuses to grow up and be respectable.” – Ben Perry, long-time Berlin resident and friend
“Berlin’s obvious attractions include abundant space, a spirit of tolerance, a relatively low population, an excellent cycling network and public transport links, easy access to a countryside dominated by forests and lakes, and a commercial infrastructure that’s largely independent. But its more complex and nuanced aspects – the stories and characters, the dark history and unexpected delights of its interzones and edgelands – are best discovered via patient exploration and home-made sandwiches.” – Paul Sullivan, founder of Slow Travel Berlin
“As the fall of the Berlin Wall acts as Year Zero for the city, it is much younger than other European capitals. Because of this, it feels more open to strangers and strange ideas, and the creatives here are less competitive and more collaborative. This makes it a great place to work in a creative field or in tech, or to distinguish yourself as a blogger. Moving here is the best thing I ever did.” – James Glazebrook, co-founder of überlin
“Berlin, Berlin: There’s this special energy in Berlin—so much potential, so much history and so many interesting people doing interesting things. The Berliners (not the donuts, but the people who live here—international or not) are making Berlin what it is today…and what it has been in the past.” – Adam Groffman, Travels of Adam
“Berlin is like a hole. You sink deeper and deeper and you can’t get out.”
“Is it a good hole or a bad hole?”
“Oh, it’s a good hole, the best hole in the world.” – Veroniki Alexopulos, a long-term Berlin resident from Finland
“Berlin. Full of juxtaposition, this rebellious, orderly, outspoken, lively, relaxed, historic, innovative, green (in summer), grey (in winter), urban island in the East of Germany and the heart of Europe is a magnet for international artists, creatives, techies, beauties, tourists, history buffs and partiers – and truly the city that never sleeps.” – Luci Westphal from Moving Postcard
A Virtual Tour of Berlin
And so we’re very excited to share our Berlin during a “Virtual Tour of Berlin” on Google Plus this week. Tapping into the inimitable pace and vibe of the city, we’ll examine a few aspects of the Berlin experience: life, architecture, art, food, neighborhoods, sights, history, and the urban and green spaces that define its streets.
In addition to sharing some of our favorite places in Berlin, we’ll also explore a few new parts of the city (for us). All week we’ll share our experiences and post photos and local tips on the G Adventures Traveling Community.
- Street food tour in Kreuzberg highlighting our favorite Berlin cheap eats.
- Canoe tour of Berlin with Berlin on Bike.
- Street art tour and workshop with Alternative Berlin.
- Walking tour of Kreuzberg, one of our favorite neighborhoods, with Context Travel.
- Museum and exhibition visits, from the Curry Wurst Museum to antiquities at the Pergamon Museum. Big thanks to visitBerlin for providing us with Berlin WelcomeCards and Museum Cards.
Google Hangout on Air with Berlin Experts – August 22, 1PM EST
On Thursday, August 22 we’ll be hosting a Google Hangout on Air at 1PM EST/10AM PST (7PM Berlin time) to talk even more about Berlin and answer any questions you might have about visiting or living in this city. We’ve asked Berlin residents and experts Adam Groffman from Travels of Adam, James Glazebrook, co-founder of überlin, Giulia Pines and Natalie Holmes from Slow Travel Berlin to share their expertise on, experience in and love of Berlin with all of us.
So let us know your questions on Berlin! Ask them in the Virtual Tour Event, on Twitter with #gadvBerlin, or in the comments below.
We realize that we’re a bit nutty about Berlin, but we’re not the only ones. A couple of our partners were also excited about this week and offered prizes so that you, our readers, could enjoy some of the same sort of experiences we are having this week.
Berlin prizes include:
- Kreuzberg, from Counterculture to Culture Capital – private walking tour with Context Travel (up to 6 persons)
- 2 Museum Passes and Berlin WelcomeCard from visitBerlin
- 2 Boat Tour Passes and Berlin WelcomeCard from visitBerlin
- 2 Bus Tour Passes and Berlin WelcomeCard from visitBerlin
How to enter? It’s easy! Answer: what’s the first thing you want to do when you get to Berlin?
Just be sure to submit your entry by Monday, August 26, 2013. Viel Glück!