See the sights of Berlin from a riverboat!

Special offer for the participants of the XX FIT World Congress

Dive into the past, present and future of Berlin while enjoying a ride on a riverboat! Take in the most famous sights and beautiful views of this fascinating city as you travel on the River Spree, Berlin’s oldest transport route.

The tour will be in German and English. See below for times and dates:

Sunday 3 August 2014, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.:
2-hour city tour, € 17
Sights on the route: Berlin cathedral, TV Tower, Red Town Hall, Nikolai Quarter, Museum Island, theatre district, government quarter / former border between East and West Berlin, Chancellery, Bellevue Palace, Bar 25 (part of Berlin’s famous subculture), Media Spree area, East Side Gallery, O2 World, and the most beautiful bridge in Berlin

If you are interested, please contact your tour guide and tell us how many people you want to register. We will also need your billing address. We’ll then send you an invoice with bank details for transferring the fee, and the address and location of the dock at the Historic Harbour Berlin on Märkisches Ufer. Please note that we can only reserve your place on the tour once we have received your payment.

Please contact Mareike Steinig:

Text: Mareike Steinig
Photo: Historischer Hafen Berlin

Films about Berlin

A bad photo of some posters for films that don't feature in this blog post

Berlin is a bit of a film buff, as cities go. Studio Babelsberg, just a short train ride away, has been responsible for masses of German films, from the likes of Metropolis in 1927 to Grand Budapest Hotel today. The city has also starred in all manner of productions, mostly as itself but sometimes as a body double for Russia. Then there’s the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). It’s held in February and pretty much everyone here goes nuts for it. In fact, it’s not unusual for people to turn up at the ticket desks at 4 a.m. with sleeping bags and flasks of tea. Berlin can get down to -20°C in winter, so they’re either super dedicated or just plain crackers.

With all that in mind, it seemed like a good idea to post a list of films linked to Berlin that will help you prepare a bit for August. I’ll keep my descriptions short, so hit IMDB etc. if you want more details. Or just watch the films! Continue reading

Herr Lehmann by Sven Regener

My dog-eared copy of Herr Lehmann

My brother used to work in a fish & chip shop in our village. Every Friday he’d come home about 11 p.m. and stink the house out with a fish supper. I’d always try to get in on his chips, but seeing as I was his sister and two years younger, I usually came away with a bruised ego, the smushed chips he didn’t want, or (more often than not) both. Unsurprisingly, he got tired of deep-fried dinners – too much of a good thing and all that – and gave up on them until he left for university. Once there, though, he embraced them again to the point of actually trying a deep-fried Mars bar.

My relationship to German literature is very much like my brother’s mid-90s experience of cod. Like him, I got to a point in my career where I could no longer make space for German books in my leisure time. Whenever I opened one, I found myself translating it in my head and wishing my bum and the couch were opposing magnetic poles so they would stop me getting up to check solutions online. That’s not any kind of fun, so I eventually gave up and confined myself to English books.

But Herr Lehmann, a sort of Teutonic deep-fried Mars bar if you will, has changed all that.  Continue reading