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Berlin Mitte

curso_reisejournalismus_sprachreise_edinburgh_berlinRight at the heart of the city, here is where you can find some of Berlin’s most cherished attractions in a modernised setting. One of the most war-damaged dis­tricts, Mitte is brimming with histo­rical sites such as the Brandenburger Tor and The Altes Museum. It also contains Alexanderplatz, where alongside the legendary Museum Island tourists can enjoy a selection of leafy parks and jazz clubs. Re­siding nearby are Nikolavier­tel, a quarter of some of Berlin’s oldest buildings, the famous Tier­garten and the River Spree. Mitte is also at the centre of the city’s politics and media. Walks down Unter den Linden and Friedrichs­trasse are necessary to experience the best of Berlin’s landmarks.

Kreuzberg
The proud home of the döner kebab, Kreuzberg is known for its sizeable Turkish population and working-class community. Yet its energy and ability to entertain is undisputed, the main streets per­manently awash with both locals, hipsters and students. Take a walk down busy Oraniens­trasse for a seemingly endless stream of bars, cafés and restau­rants of varied cuisine, serving up tasty grub at delightfully low prices.

Prenzlauer Berg
An area popcurso_eg_reisejournalismus_sprachreise_edinburgh_berlinular with students, this part of North-East Berlin is gentrified yet affordable, and full of trendy hangouts. Hip young mothers with prams roam the many boutiques, quaint cafés and second-hand shops on Kollwitz-platz, and artists mingle in the chic nightspots. Don’t miss the fleamarket at Mauerpark on Sundays!

Charlottenburg
Rebuilt in the 1950s after extensive war damage, Char­lottenburg in the present day is one of Berlin’s most affluent, thriving areas. Located to the west of the Tiergarten, it’s not the most accessible area but it is overflowing with tourist hotspots. Located within it is shopping mecca Kurfursten­damm, the boulevard is known to locals as ‘Ku-Damm’ but more widely as the ‘Champs-Elysees’ of Berlin.

Friedrichshain
curso_reisejournalismus_sprachreise_edinburgh_berlin_graffitiClosely connected with its neighbouring borough of Kreuz­berg, this former part of East Berlin has a complicated history and, consequently, has a range of interesting spots for tourists to visit. Famous for the East Side Gallery, it has a reputation for its young, vibrant population, and its less opulent atmosphere in comparison with the more central districts. It also accommodates many of the city’s squatters.

Schöneberg
Located in former West Ber­lin, today this area is celebrated for its history of early 20th cen­tury cabacurso24_reisejournalismus_sprachreise_edinburgh_berlinret culture and influence. upon the city’s art scene. One of the districts to be affected the least by wartime bombing, many of the old Berlin buildings still stand to be admired. Take a walk around to enjoy the greenery and drop into one of Schöneberg’s many elegant boutiques.

Tiergarten
Not only the name of Berlin’s most famous park, Tiergarten is a district in itself. Another part of the city to suffer extensively during the war, the huge park is home to seve­ral lakes, beer gardens, monuments and even clubs. A walk through the Tiergarten is a welcome escape from the constant hustle and bustle of the rest of the city.
Team Curso/CTR Berlin

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Edinburgh Obscura

curso_reisejournalismus_edinburgh_obscuraHave you ever wondered what the first moving pictures looked like? Before movies, people could view live images projected onto a blank surface from a small angled mirror which then passed the picture through a lens. Supposedly, previewing an image of people right outside, crossing the street or shopping at a food stand, was so shocking to some that fainting was not uncommon.

While the Camera Obscura in Edinburgh is not the first in existence, it is the city’s oldest entertainment attraction still standing. Described as a mix between a periscope and a pin-hole camera, visitors can sit inside a domed chamber atop an old Victorian house, near Edinburgh Castle, to get a panoramic peak of the city. Such sights as Arthur’s Seat and the Scott Monument appear as if you stand directly above them. Your city guide will even show you how to lift people from the streets and build bridges for cars where there was none before.

Underneath, included in the ticket for the Camera, is The World of Illusion, similar to a fun house and comparable with Ripley’s Believe It or Not attractions. Bump into mirrors as you attempt to find your way through the reflective maze and stumble along a bridge through a tunnel of swirling lights. There are familiar optical illusions such as an Alice in Wonderland room, where you and your friend stand near and far each other at the same time, and 3D portraits ranging from Dracula to a giant tarantula. Capture shadow puppets on the light sensitive wall or watch your heat signature dance around the room. At the end, make sure to take a look in the gift shop, where you’ll be as entertained by choosing gifts as by the attraction itself.
Team Curso/CTR Edinburgh, Genevieve LaBadie

Collective Houses

curso_ctr_travel_writing_ZIELONA GÒRAShortly after the wall came down, Berlin was dotted with squat houses. Anarchists, hippies and artists saw the abando­ned buildings in the east as an opportunity for free living and for art studios. Unfortunately due to gentrification, there are no longer any left. One of the last squats, Leibig 14, was closed down by police in a three-day battle in late 2011. Tacheles, arguably the most famous Berlin squat, is currently under­going a tense legal pro­cess to kick the artists out and now bares only a shadow of the vibrant activity that used to hap­pen there. Wanting to continue this communal lifestyle, many houses now pay minimal rent to keep up with gentrifica­tion and are referred to as collective or project houses. On every night of the week, they open up their bars and kitchens to the public.

Volkskü­chen (people’s kitchen) or simply vokü, is a great way to get a cheap, healthy, home cooked meal. More often than not the meals are vegan, different every week and will only set you back about 2€. Most collec­tives are located in the east district of Friedrichs­hain, with a few in Kreuz­berg and Mitte. The most popular, Zielona Gora serves 60-100 hungry hippies and punks every Sunday night and is worth the wait in line. Vetomat offers a small but satisfying three-course meal every Wednesday night. Many collectives have free wifi, books and clothes swaps and a cheap bar open to eve­r yone. While one night of the week may be devoted to vokü, the others are filled with a variety of anarchist discussions, film clubs and silk screening ses­sions. Most houses have their own website too. The volunteer staff and leather-clad patrons may seem intimidating at first, but it’s worth perse­vering. However, the faint hearted should avoid the pretentious punks at Kopi.

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Sian Sugars

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Reiseführer für Edinburgh

Voller prächtiger Geschichte(n) und pulsierende Metropole – über Edinburgh könnte man einen ganzen Reiseführer füllen und hätte noch immer nicht alles abgedeckt. Genau das ist dann auch der Inhalt unserer Projekte in der schottischen Hauptstadt. Old Town und New Town verbinden auf wunderbare Weise das ganz Alte mit dem relativ Neuen. Princess Street, Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Parlament, Holyrood Palace und Arthur´s Seat – die Achse für eine erste Recherche in der schottischen Hauptstadt könnte kaum umfangreicher sein.

Schreiben und Reisen hat in Schottland eine große Tradition und ist fest im Stadtbild und im Herzen der Bewohner von Edinburgh verankert. Das internationale Flair der Stadt hilft ebenso wie die lebendige Tradition dabei die früheren Helden lebendig zu halten. Robert Burns (1759-1796) zeichnet für das “Auld Lang Syne” verantwortlich und ihm ist der jährliche Burns-Day als spektakuläres Fest gewidmet, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) schrieb mit seinen “Waverly Novels” den ersten europäischen historischen Roman. Seine Bücher wie “Das Herz von Midlothian”, “Ivanhoe” oder “Quentin Durward” erlangten Ruhm und Anerkennung in aller Welt. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) schuf beispielsweise “Die Schatzinsel”, “Die Abenteuer des David Balfour” und “Dr. Jekyll und Mr. Hyde”, “Peter Pan” stammt von Sir James Barrie (1860-1937). Der Erfinder des Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle (1859-1930) stammt ebenfalls aus Schottland. Viele der Vorlagen wurden später weltberühmte Filmstoffe, natürlich in den vergangenen Jahren besonders wahrgenommen durch die “Harry Potter Reihe” der Edinburgh-Autorin J. K. Rowling.

Die Aufgabe ist das Verfassen eines Reiseführers, unter Anleitung erfahrener Journalisten und Layouter in Edinburgh. Schottische Mitarbeiter unterstützen zusätzlich bei der Recherche und geben einen Einblick in der wirkliche Edinburgh. Wir freuen uns auf ein gelungenes Projekt im März 2011 in Edinburgh.
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