Berlin has a lot to offer. Berlin's spas with their saunas, relaxing areas and treatments invite you to unique architecture and obliging service. A special feature of each spa I discovered, is a pool inwhich you can have a refreshing dip – outdoor, inside or jacuzzi. Here are my top 5 spas in Berlin. If you want more beauty tips, you can also have a look at my upcoming beauty map.
Find yourself searching for great beauty shop or nail salons? Let me help you out. For my upcoming Beauty Berlin map I have scoured Berlin looking for the best destinations to keep you beautiful and help you relax. From a Mitte nail bar to unique beauty shops and spas, discover some of the best here.
Normally this blog is about Berlin, but I just have been in Milan and would like to share some insights about Milan with you. I would very much recommend to stay in Chinatown, where the rents are still affordable and which is close to all the hotspots of Milan.
Start your day by having a breakfast at this café. From here you have a great view of the Arco della Pace. Close by is the Sempione Park with Sforzesco Castle. After your breakfast you could walk to one of the most beautiful villas I ever saw.
Piazza Sempione 2
This week I wanted to discover all the secrets about Italian pizza. As I am not an Italian nor a cook, I asked an expert, Carlo Battaglia from Pizzare in Berlin. Pizzare is a pizzeria that’s on a mission to serve much more than the perfect pizza. Taking zero shortcuts and sourcing the ingredients directly from Italy, pizzare bakes one of the very best pizza in Berlin. Especially the quality of the ingredients stands out. The tomato sauce of Italian San Marzano Tomatoes taste extraordinarily fruity and the cheese Fior di Latte Mozzarella produced by Fior d’Agerola they use is very delicious. As Carlo would say, everything is from Italy except the water, which is used for the dough.
Every day Berlin gets at least one more restaurants. As I am scouting for restaurants in Charlottenburg, I have to say, this district of Berlin has outstanding Asian restaurants, which made me think about a Top 5 of Asian restaurants in Berlin. So here is my pick of the most interesting Asian restaurants of not only Charlottenburg, but Berlin.
After a visit at Naturkundemuseum, you could have a fine lunch at House of Small Wonder. In a Brooklyn like atmosphere of the hidden rooftop studio you can enjoy a mixture of American-Japanese Tapas. My favorite is Okinawan Taco Rice. Its only open until 5 pm. But they opened another more exclusive Japanese restaurant on the ground floor, so-called Zenkichi Berlin, which will open at 6 pm. More restaurants in Berlin Mitte and other highlights can be found in the BertaBerlin map for Berlin Mitte.
Where are the best clubs? Where do the locals prefer to go on a typical Berlin night? To help you get acquainted with the city’s night scene, I made a Top 5 list of the best spots where you can spend your nights in Berlin. Because not only Berlin’s clubs turn the night into day. There is always something on in Germany’s capital all around the clock. If you looking for a good party, go to this website: www.residentadvisor.net.
Maria shaped my perspective in so many ways. If you follow walk this way already on Instagram or if you read through my blog, you also find Marias perspective (photos) everywhere. I love her style and I am glad, how she inspired the look of my website and travel guides! So I really hope she can help you too ;).
This week I want to introduce you to my favorite goldsmith Johanna Gauder, who's jewelry I wear every day and night.
Not only women, but a lot ;). Last week I already introduced one of my favorite yoga teachers Patricia Thielemann, this week please say "hi" to Lena Johanna Schmitt, who is a co-founder of Venture Ladies. When I first joined this community and visit an event, she asked me "What do you do?", I answered "I publish BertaBerlin maps, travel guides about Berlin." and of course she was interested in seeing a travel guide – well, let me tell you, that was the last time I did forget to bring my travel guides with me!
Last week I already introduced you to my personal beauty queen Elina Neumann, this week I want to introduce you to Patricia Thielemann.
Patricia Thielemann founded the yoga studio Spirit Yoga, which offers over 100 Yoga and Pilates classes. She opened her first studio in Berlin Mitte in 2004, and since has taught a modern mix of dynamic and vinyasa flow yoga in Berlin. Spirit Yoga is yoga without Indian nostalgia: modern and European, which empowers you to meet the challenges of everyday life. With her career and her spirit she is definitely an inspiring role model for me and hopefully for you too.
Walk This Way is all about traveling and today we’re talking about Kenya! We usually walk our way through new places, but Kenya is a land of great distances too far to walk. However, the country is so beautiful that I’d like to share some tips with you in case you want to travel there!
Kenya was established when the former East Africa Protectorate was transformed into a British Crown colony in 1920. The colony came to an end in 1963 when a black majority government was elected for the first time and eventually declared independence as Kenya. This is why the official language is English, but Kenyans also speak Swahili, Kikuyu, Kamba, Luhya, Luo, Gusii, Mercedes and Nandi–Markweta.
2018 I decided to not only recommend inspiring places in Berlin, but also inspiring people who live here. Last week I already introduced you to my life-coach-friend Laura Seiler, this week I hand the mic to Elina Neumann.
As I had some time to think about future projects, I decided to not only recommend beautiful and inspiring destinations in Berlin, but inspiring people who live in the German capital. So I want to begin 2018 by writing about 5 inspiring woman of Berlin, who maybe inspire yourself a little - they did have a big influence on my way of life.
So let me – if you do not already know her – introduce you to Laura Seiler.
Celebrating New Year, or Silvester, as its known in Germany, means to eat a lot of jelly donuts a.k.a. Berliner. If you want to bring some German flair into your house, you have to watch a British comedy sketch called Dinner for One, while eating the jelly donuts.
Among the many drinks which I might consume on New Year, Feuerzangenbowle is my favorite. For Feuerzangenbowle you have to heat up wine with cinnamon, cloves, and orange peel. Then put a conical piece of sugar soaked in rum above the wine and lit it. The sugar caramelizes and melts into the hot wine, creating a drink which is not only delicious but exciting to watch in the making. Nevertheless, midnight is celebrated with a glass of sparkling wine in Berlin.
The most repeated TV show ever - not only in Berlin - is Dinner for One, a.k.a. The 90th Birthday. This show has been the popular New Year’s Eve tradition since the 70s. It was shot in Germany in the 60s, even though it is set in England and performed in the English. It describes the birthday of 90-year-old Miss Sophie. Through the whole dinner she seems unaware that her butler, named James, is playing the parts of all her dinner guests. This show achieved cult status in Germany, so the slogan of Miss Sophie 'same procedure as every year' lives on.
Between the 17th December until the 23rd of December you can WIN a BertaBerlin map with 2 tickets for Hotpod Yoga Berlin. After Christmas - is before Christmas - How to get rid of leftovers?@hotpodyogaberlin and @walkthisway.berlin invite you to our Berlin. The map walks you through the world of Berlin Neukölln and to the HotPod Yoga Berlin! Don’t run, Just walk and do some yoga.
HOW? Just tag a friend, with whom you would like to visit the museum under this post and follow @hotpodyogaberlin and @walkthisway.berlin on INSTAGRAM. This draw ends on the 23rd of December at 23 pm. By commenting you accept the conditions of participation - (Link is in the bio). The winner will receive a private message on Instagram.
Between the 10th December until the 16th of December you can
WIN a BertaBerlin map with 2 tickets for Becycle Berlin.
Christmas is upon us – and before the feast you should treat yourself!
@becycleberlin and @walkthisway.berlin invite you to explore Berlin Mitte. The map walks you through Berlin Mitte and to BECYCLE, where you find even more surprises with RIDE & REFINE! This first boutique fitness studio was found in 2016 in Berlin Mitte. They meanwhile established their cycling classes in a nightclub ambience. But they also offer barre, power yoga and HIIT classes in a lovely, light-filled space of light wooden floors, mirrored walls and white ceiling. Before or after classes, you can socialize in their chill-out lounge and order a healthy smoothies at My Goodness, a cafe which is located within the studio.
This draw ends on the 16th of December at 23 pm. By commenting you accept the conditions of participation. The winner will receive a private message on Instagram.
Between the 3rd of December until the 9th of December you can
WIN a BertaBerlin map with 2 tickets for Berliner Unterwelten.
Christmas is upon us – and you should treat yourself and your friends!
@Berliner.Unterwelten and @walkthisway.berlin invite you to explore Berlin Kreuzberg. The map walks you through Berlin Kreuzberg and to the Berliner Unterwelten. The Fichtebunker is the only surviving large bunker of its kind in Germany. It was originally serving as a gasometer for the city's street lights. In world war II it was converted into a large bunker for mothers and children. The Berlin Underworlds organisation offered guided tours through the bunker, which I can only recommend. Bring warm cloth as it is quite cold in the bunker.
This draw ends on the 9th of December at 23 pm. By commenting you accept the conditions of participation - (Link is in the bio). The winner will receive a private message on Facebook.
2017 passed by quicker than Sebastian Vettel. Now Christmas is knocking on my door. As I love to spend time with my friends and give away not only "material" gifts but memories, I organized some experiences this year. Maybe you like one or two ideas of mine.
Until March 25th 2018 you can still see the retrospective of Fahrelnissa Zeid in KunstHalle by Deutsche Bank.
Moms are the best. They trust you every minute, they play with you as long as you want and they give you an Advent calendar - every year. Full of chocolate, books, all the things you love. Even as a grown-up, you still love to get one or treat your friends.
A taste for the world
What are the must-try dishes in China? How should an authentic African cuisine taste? With that in mind Deliveroo and I designed a list of the best 59 culinary destinations in Berlin.
The weekend markets are bustling with pumpkins, the leaves have turned to hues of orange, red and yellow and the air has a cool crispness in it. Autumn is here, and Halloween is just one more reason to fall in love with this beautiful season.
As Halloween is not a German tradition, I ask my American friend Shilpa all about history, superstitions and customs. I also have a recommendation, where you find Halloween in Berlin.
Shilpa's memories of Halloween come from growing up in the United States, where the festival is celebrated every year on the last day of October. Her typical activities were dressing up in costumes, going trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, carving jack-o-lanterns out of pumpkins, telling scary ghost stories, and watching horror movies! One of her favorite was gathering all of her candy from trick-or-treating, spreading it out on the floor at home and making little treat bags to take to school every day!
Everyone – maybe besides travel blogger - sits at a desk in front of a computer and is ONLINE these days. But Social Media is not only the enemy. It is not only time consuming and leaves the door open to be copied. If you are a blogger or entrepreneur, you might even say, Social Media has not once made you any money. The people who approach you on Instagram maybe not relevant to you now, but they are now engaged in your brand and might be your future customer and Social Media gives you a wonderful platform to connect with people, you would not meet in everyday life.
On the other hand, we are living in a throwaway culture. Even the idea of a LIKE is instant and in the next moment it is forgotten. There is also quite an attitude among people nowadays, that if you sell it hard enough, people will believe you. I mean, I know how to hold a camera, that does not make me a photographer. Instagram filter make life easier for people like me, but they certainly do not replace the skill of a photographer. But because many may not recognize what it takes to create - for example - a city guide, they also may not fully understand the value. After considering all of the time spent visiting the countless venues across the city, selecting only the best, collecting detailed information about each, and tailoring all of this to a simple pocket-sized custom map, it becomes more apparent that your time saved by investing in a city guide is well worth it. Similarly, when I go grocery shopping and my mind begins to wander about the price of butter, I quickly remind myself that I’m not much for churning, so 1 Euro is more than fair.
In this throwaway culture you have to remember that whatever product lies infront of you, did take time to design and create. We often forget this, but since I am standing on the other side of the workbench, I am aware of this more than ever.
I say, yes it is. Priceless - for me - means that an object is invaluable. Because of its rarity and quality, its value can't be calculated in terms of money. For example, many of the greatest art works are considered priceless. Many (not all) of these works are owned by museums that share them with the world. A Jackson Pollock can be sold for over 140 million dollars. Although many people might pay millions of dollars to own these art works, they're considered too valuable to be owned by a private individual. So I am glad that Berlin has a lot of museums and institutions which invite people to see priceless art admission free. Here are my Top 5 free museums in Berlin:
As my travel guides focus on Berlin, I am always happy to discover travel guide for other cities. This year I found Kyiv by Locals, one of few and unique travel guides about Kyiv.
Until recently Ukraine and Kyiv were not really covered in the travel guide section. There are few books, which cover Ukraine in general, but they are old-school and written by people, who probably visited Kyiv once. Olya, Alina, Zoya and Nina created a travel guide, full of places, where locals go and which they love. It is also a very cute present for your friends and relatives – since they also focused on the design. To find out more about the travel guide and the people behind this project, I interviewed Alina. If you interested in traveling to Kyiv, you can buy their travel guide in my shop and Alina`s Top 5 of Kyiv in this article.
This year we did a road trip through Portugal and drove from Faro all the way to Porto. As it took some time to find all the hidden gems and as Portugal seems to be the place to be at the moment, I summarized my favorites.
We flew into Faro and where lucky to get a room at Marians and Pers Airbnb heaven in Loulé. From here we started our trips to:
is a beach and has beatiful views (of what?). On the beach is also a cave with a "roof window". This part of the beach can only be reached by boat or kayak or instead of going directly to the beach you walk along the cliff, where you can look through the hole into the cave.
As I welcome Airbnb guests from all over the world in my home, I do meet fascinating personalities. In July, it was my privilege to share my apartment with Catherine Genest, who is incidentally a writer for the French art magazine Voir.
Art brought her to beautiful Berlin – why wouldn’t it? There are some wonderful galleries and art museums in Berlin. As a writer, Catherine covers art back home in Quebec City. She sought an online space to share the nicest expos she came across while seeing this city: I obliged. While touring these galleries, I searched for some nice cafés and restaurants, for those who like to round off an art day with a bite to eat or a glass of wine.
Street Art is unusually, both a huge and a long-established tradition in Berlin. You could argue that this is the city where Street Art first found the walls (and the space) to flourish. The Berlin Wall’s longest relic puts the original mural-makers in the spotlight. Here, you can experience a significant piece of history, prettified with some extremely rare graffiti, dating all the way back to the 90s. By its very nature, art like this isn’t supposed to survive very long. The East Side Gallery’s preservation of such a transient art form makes this place even more special.
Station: U1, S5, S7, S75 Warschauer Str.
You could do a street art and graffiti tour with www.berlinkultour.de.
Pale ale, wheat, Pils, Bock. . . The choice in beers is gigantic in Germany alone. And for every taste the right beer is in place, because beer is not beer! Uncomplicated evening Pils, amber nectar for the gourmets or Bock for strong characters: Which kind of beer fits your personality and which beer harmonises with which food?
The list of the beer ingredients is very easy to grasp thanks to German purity requirements (Reinheitsgebot): water, malt, hop and yeast. And every beer still has its own taste. This range of flavour originates from the use of different kinds of malt which can be produced, for example, from barley, wheat, hop, or yeast as well as by different brewing styles. Experienced brewers can generate by suitable variations a plethora of tastes – completely without other additions.
I am not a beer expert, but as I am always curious to learn about everything, I did ask one: Colin Lenz from Stone Brewery. I even joined a tour through their impressive brewery complex. And as I host a lot of dinners, I was also curious to know, what beer is right for what kind of person and dish! Here you have my Top 5 beer types.
Malty, smoky from the smoked malt with hints of chocolate & coffee – this English beer was brewed originally for the porters, to have them well fed without getting them completely drunk right away.
This smoky beer can be paired with BBQ Pulled Pork Filo Dough Spring Roll, smoked red pepper coleslaw and spicy plum pepper sauce. Robert Hilges, the executive Chef of Stone Brewing, decided to create a US-BBQ tapas version in an US-Asian style. It finishes with a crispy, smoky and juicy spring roll which is perfect to eat with a sweet and sour plum sauce and the bell pepper coleslaw.
Do you ever wish you could just live in the past? If so, you’re not alone. An increasing number of people who glorify glowing halcyon days of yore seems to be a defining fixture of the first quarter of the twenty-first century. I have yet to be convinced. Nostalgia, according to Alan Hirsch, is a yearning for an idealized past. The operative word being idealized.
I find myself remembering my own past more warmly than it was. Probably my first childhood memory is of perching on my knees in a dark, high-ceilinged living room and drawing a bird on the wooden floor by tracing its outline in the layer of black dust sprinkled beneath the coal stove. 1986. Weitlingstrasse 90, Berlin.
Years later I wanted to move into my own apartment. I remembered leaning on those warm, green stove tiles of my youth and I thought I could save money by living in an apartment with a coal stove. My mother had to remind me that we had had to carry buckets of coals up to the 4th floor every day in winter. My memory had lied to me by omission, had become romantic and sentimental. It was a memory of coal with none of the grit.
As Hirsch points out, nostalgia does not relate to a specific memory but rather an emotional state. The day-to-day reality of life was more complex and bureaucratic than my memory allowed for. For example, you had to wait for up to sixteen years for the privilege of owning a car, and you could only register for car ownership when you came of age. In the anti-capitalist economy, you could shorten the wait by buying a used car, which, ironically, you had to pay much more for.
Small shop owners and Home Sharer often support each other: Cafe owners step in for the key exchange and hosts recommend cafes, shops and restaurants of their hood to guests.
Home Sharer and their guests daily contribute to the fact that local shops - far away from the big shopping malls - become more known and popular. Therefore, BertaBerlin and Airbnb invited shop owners and Home Sharers to the Kiez Walk in Kreuzberg.
On this neighborhood tour you find the hidden gems in Kreuzberg and get to know cafe owners like Jaqueline from Café Frida, Natalie from the Italian pasticceria LatoDolce or Ilse from the liquorice shop Kadó .