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Category Archive: Life in Berlin
Karneval, Fasching, and Fastnacht aka the 5th (Party) Season
With the dark and gloomy days of January almost behind us, Germany will soon spring to life during the final week of Carnival. With colourful costumes, parties in the streets and traditions galore, the Carnival has a rich history, so here’s what you should know before the big party!
You love reading, you’re in Berlin during the cold and grey season, and you’d like to hole up with a book. You set off in search of a new book, but all you can find are titles in German – or so you thought!
If you know where to look, you can find an amazing range of English-language publications throughout the city, so read on for more info and our top tips for bookworms in Berlin.
Phishing scams seem to be all the rage these days – don’t fall for this one as your holiday packages start to arrive! Beware of text messages from the “Zollamt” or any other links from unknown senders…
Their timing was perfect…
I had just ordered gifts for friends from Amazon, very excited, and therefore vulnerable to deception…
The days are cold here in Berlin, so what better way to pass the time than to lose yourself in a good book? Libraries across the city offer an amazing service! In this blog, we will explain exactly how you can make use of a library card and everything they have to offer. There’s something for everyone, even us English speakers…. Read more
Streets across Berlin and the rest of Germany and Austria are lit up every November in a fascinating and unique celebration as children begin their countdown to Christmas festivities. You might know this German celebration as Sankt Martinstag or Laternenumzug. If you’re a parent of a small child, you’re especially going to want to read on.
Was your little one born between the 1st of October 2017 and the 30th of September 2018? A very significant moment in their lives is fast approaching – the start of their schooling! Do you know what else is right around the corner? The deadline to enroll them at school. We take you through everything you need to know so that your child’s Schulanmeldung, or school registration process, in Berlin goes as smoothly as possible.
There’s nothing like a taste of home to heal your Heimweh – but if you’re new to baking in Germany, there are a few things you knead to know (oh yes we did)! Following your recipes to a T won’t always produce the same result as back home. It may take some trial and error, but with these tips for baking in Germany, you’ll bake a masterpiece in no time!
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So apparently, even two months is TOO LATE to get the worm in the case of this Early Bird special: Brews Cruise tickets ended in FEBRUARY. Best mark your calendar for next year…
What am I going on about? The opening festivities for BERLIN BEER WEEK 2023! Germany’s largest craft beer festival always kicks off with “Brews Cruises” on the Spree, followed by even more events, parties and specials on land. Here’s the info we have for the 7th annual BBW so you can plan your September, and maybe even your early bird tickets for 2024…
Golden late summer sunsets, all sorts of folks chilling on the banks of the Spree … it’s time to catch a glimpse of the city from the water. I’ve sorted my top 5 picks for Spree Cruises in Berlin.
How to decide…
I do not care for typical tourist activities, with the exception of a boat tour. I have always wanted to do a boat tour in Berlin. It seems a beautiful way to view the city.
Although most boat tours include audio guides – some in English, others exclusively in German -, I’ve ignored them as a criteria for the most part – I’m there for the late summer vibes and the wind in my hair.
Food and drinks seem to be available for purchase on all boats, but are not included in any of the ticket options on the Visit Berlin website. Do check out that website if you don’t care for any of the following 5 suggestions. ☺️