Berlin blogposts

Berlin blogposts

Berlin is our current series and will run until early March 2023.

Our 20 Berlin podcasts offer an in-depth tour of the city, bringing you the background information, history and culture you need to fully understand the city. In short, here is all the research you’d do yourself if only you had the time! There will be a blogpost to accompany each podcast, summarising all the main points and listing useful links and ideas for further reading.

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. Our comprehensive series will take you to all the city’s main sights and also help you ‘meet’ Frederick the Great, seek out the Berlin Wall, discover Germany’s best artists and decide whether to visit Charlottenburg or Potsdam. Or maybe both. So, as the Germans say, ‘los geht’s’, ….. let’s go!


Berlin Episode 01 Introduction to Berlin

Willkommen in Berlin: welcome to Berlin. There’s nowhere quite like it: a turbulent history, an unrivalled cultural richness, green and modern and laid back all at once. The city of Marlene Dietrich and David Bowie, of Kafka and Frederick the Great. Truly a city break destination with plenty for everyone …..

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Berlin Episode 02 The Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag

There’s no doubt that Berlin’s two big-hitters are the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, that is the German Parliament. Pictures of either always shout Berlin and, handily, they are close to each other and to lots of other things you’ll want to see …..

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Berlin Episode 03 Unter den Linden

A good plan for your first day in Berlin is to explore Unter den Linden, the mile-long boulevard which begins at the Brandenburg Gate and extends eastwards to Museum Island and the River Spree …..

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Berlin Episode 04 The Tiergarten and the Ku’damm

You may think there are fewer blockbusters in the western half of central Berlin than on Unter den Linden, but it’s definitely still worth a visit. There are a couple of not-to-be-missed sights, some very posh shopping and the ideal spot for a little rest and relaxation, the Tiergarten …..

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Berlin Episode 05 Four Berlin Squares

The four main squares of what was East Berlin include everything from baroque splendour to the ultra-modern, via memories of East Germany. We’ve covered them below in the order that makes historical sense, but geographically you’d be better starting at Alexanderplatz, then going down Unter den Linden and …..

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