Berlin

Berlin

Berlin is our current series. There will be 20 podcasts on Berlin and the series will run until early March 2023.

In Berlin, you’ll find history everywhere and plenty of high-culture museums and galleries, but also street art, jazz and currywurst. The city is a living textbook on architecture, with plenty of palaces and memorials, but also easily accessible forests and lakes. The 20 episodes in our Berlin series bring you all the background history and culture you need to fully understand this vibrant city. We help you ‘meet’ Frederick the Great, seek out the Berlin Wall, discover Germany’s best artists and decide whether to visit Charlottenburg or Potsdam. In short, here is all the research you’d do yourself if only you had the time!


Berlin Episode 01 Introduction

Wilkommen in Berlin! Welcome to Berlin!

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There’s nowhere like Berlin. A turbulent history, an unrivalled cultural richness, green and modern and laid back all at once, truly a city break destination with plenty for everyone. Here is an overview of the series, offering some geographical, historical and cultural details to set the scene for the remaining 19 episodes when we will tour all the main sites, telling you the stories behind them and bringing them to life.

Reading:

City Lit Berlin edited by Heather Reyes
Berlin, A Literary Guide for Travellers by Paul Sullivan and Marcel Krueger

Useful links:

https://www.visitberlin.de/en/berlin-tourist-info-centres
https://www.germany.travel/en/home.html

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Berlin Episode 02 The Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate

Berlin’s two big hitters

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On a first trip to Berlin you’ll probably head straight for the Parliament or the Brandenburg Gate. We’re doing the same, and handily, they are close together and near to lots of other top sites. We bring you a little history to explain why these two iconic monuments represent everything dear to today’s Berliners – lessons from history and the freedom enjoyed in the capital today – and explain what to look out for when you visit.

Reading:

Berlin, the Story of a City by Barney White-Spunner

Useful links:

https://www.bundestag.de/en/visittheBundestag
https://www.visitberlin.de/en/berlin-tourist-info-centres
https://www.germany.travel/en/home.html

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Berlin Episode 03 Unter den Linden

The heart of Berlin

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A wander down Berlin’s most elegant street, Unter den Linden, to see its baroque splendour, its iconic buildings – think cathedrals, the opera house and the poignant war memorial, the Neue Wache – and maybe visit a museum or two on an island which is packed full of antiquities and art. Here is a little history, plus lots of tips on how to make the most of a day here in the heart of Berlin.

Useful links:

https://www.berlinerdom.de   (Berlin Cathedral)
https://www.staatsoper-berlin.de/en   (The State Opera Unter den Linden)
https://www.hedwigs-kathedrale.de   (St Hedwig’s Cathedral)
https://www.visitberlin.de/en/neue-wache-memorial   (War Memorial)
https://www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/museumsinsel-berlin/home   (Museum Island)
https://www.humboldtforum.org/en
https://www.visitberlin.de/en/berlin-tourist-info-centres
https://www.germany.travel/en/home.html

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