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Start Berlin: A Comprehensive Budget Guide To Berlin

praktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-cover-berlin-september14It will come as no surprise that this city, so steeped in history, has a lot of sights and monuments to behold. Casually walk around and you are sure to come across more than your fair share. They make up the skyline of Berlin. From Prussian architecture to Soviet design, the city has been stamped by its various political rulers and is a cornucopia for UNESCO Heritage sites, boasting 3 of them. Check out Brandenburg Gate for Berlin’s earliest example of Neo-Classical architecture or venture to the Olympic Stadium and catch a home game. Whatever you do, you will never be able to escape the sight of Germany’s tallest building, the TV tower. Just make sure you’re ready to queue if you want to go up there.
SIGHTS & MONUMENTS

From film to typography, national history to Islamic art, this city has a museum for just about everything. Some focus on Berlin’s unique and complex history, while others display artworks from as far away and long ago as classical Europe, Japan and the ancient Middle East. The central Museum Island is home to several globally-renowned collections that are truly unmissable. Also worth a visit, however, are the lesser-known, equally fascinating galleries dotted throughout the city. To save money, consider buying a one-day or three-day pass for multiple exhibitions; see individual museum websites or ticket kiosks for details.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Home to some of the world’s most beautiful and stunning parks, Berlin is the perfect city to visit during a scorching hot summer. If you enjoy lounging in the sun, then you will definitely be satisfied sprawling over the vast liegewiese’s of the Tiergarten or Volkspark Friedrichshain, sipping a rich German beer. For those architecture admirers, then the illustrious and impressive baroque gardens of Schloss Charlottenburg should prove a special treat. Or if you desire to make the most of your time outside, feel free to visit the airport cum park Tempelhofer Feld. Jump on a bike and enjoy stretching your legs around the enormous airport runways, or pick up a gold club and try to pot a hole at the park’s quirky art-inspired golf course. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, you could always take a refreshing dip in the sparkling waters of Lake Schlachtensee. With so much to see, so long as the sun is on your side, make the most of your time in Berlin by visiting as many as possible!
OUTDOORS

Berlin has a distinct Jekyll and Hyde feel to its streets. Be prepared to walk into a square boasting neoclassical architecture one day and onto a graffiti-clad, hippy-prone street the next. The city is saturated with history and accordingly possesses a myriad of monuments, from the striking Brandenburg Gate to the sombre Holocaust Memorial. To sample these historical testimonials, there are numerous bike, bus and walking tours on offer. Ranging from the tranquil Charlottenburg district and timeless Gendarmenmarkt to the dirty decadence of Kreuzberg, there is something for everyone.
STREETS & TOURS

There is a sense that Berlin has it all, and if its not here- it probably doesn’t exist. This is certainly the case when shopping. From a rich range of bookstores and high street staples, to treasure trove flea markets and haggling-at-theready markets ripe with fruit and vegetables. Purchase weird and wonderful jewellery from Tukadu, explore the famous department paradise of KaDeWe, indulge in mouthwatering chocolate at Fassbender and Rausch or wander into one of the many vintage stores- some even having the genius to combine vintage with coffee and cake. Berlin has style, and it’s fabulously fused with such variety that it has something for everyonethat’s the till ringing beauty of it.
SHOPPING

When visiting Berlin, you will never go hungry. Eateries to satisfy all tastes are dotted around all day and night in fast food stalls, restaurants and spectacular street food markets. Offering anything from Japanese to Italian and Turkish to Indonesian it never ceases to impress. Try the Berliner special Currywurst from Curry 36 or devour a döner from Mustafa’s kebabs. Wash it all down with a ‘Berliner’ beer in one of the many beautiful Biergartens dotted around the capital. Or if you are not a beer drinker, there are many cute little cafes to quench your thirst and indulge in delicious cakes.
EATING, CAFES & BEERGARDENS

praktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-back-cover-berlin-september14So you’ve seen Berlin during the day, and it’s pretty awesome right? But it’s when the sun goes down that this vibrant city really comes into its own. With its numerous bars, some of the best clubs in the world, contemporary music and arts scene, and oh so cool hipster hangouts, you’ll never want to sleep. No list is exhaustive, we only provide a few examples, with a focus on bars. So there’s no excuses, get out there and experience it for yourself, and let us know if you break the infamous Berlin club door policy. And if you want to channel your inner Madonna or Phil Collins, well there’s something for you too!
ENTERTAINMENT & BARS

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Berlin It Up: A guide to the capital’s top sights and activities

praktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-cover-berlin-sept14A wide variety of landmarks and monuments were built across Berlin throughout its rich history, including such iconic attractions as the Brandenburg Gate and Siegessaule. While the majority of the city’s sights are located in and around Mitte, visitors should also venture west to Charlottenburg to view the Olympic Stadium. Approximately 40km north of the city, is the Orienenburg Concentration Camp, Sachsenhausen, also highly recommended.
Sights & Monuments

Berlin is home to a wide range of museums and galleries, many of them displaying some of the most important collections in the world. Everyone will find something of their interest, as the more than 200 museums in this city cover topics that range from history and art to technology, film and even public transport. In this section you will find some of the most important and recommended museums, along with practical information to get there.
Museums & Galleries

Berlin is home to a wide range of museums and galleries, many of them displaying some of the most important collections in the world. Everyone will find something of their interest, as the more than 200 museums in this city cover topics that range from history and art to technology, film and even public transport. In this section you will find some of the most important and recommended museums, along with practical information to get there.
Streets & Outdoors

Berlin is positively overrun with markets and that’s no bad thing. On nearly every popular street, you’l find a bundle of Turkish food stalls or a buzzing flea market so get ready to hunt for some bargains. Mauer Park Flea Market is one of the better known and has a warm and lively vibe so be sure to save a Sunday for it. Winterfeldt Market in is great if you’re food shopping. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to these, the city is never short of markets just keep an eye out while you’re exploring the streets. If you don’t fancy the hectic, haggling style of markets, there are also a large number of stylish and quirky shops available. Check out Krezberg for the funkiest.
Shopping

Berlin has a wide array of places to eat, drink and relax. Restaurants offer a broad range of cuisines for varying budgets, many vegetarian and vegan friendly. Takeaway stands are plentiful, particularly those serving döner kebabs and currywursts, both of which originated in Berlin. Cafés litter every corner offering beautiful cakes and pastry creations. There is something to suit all tastes.
Eating Out

Berlin has a wide array of places to eat, drink and relax. Restaurants offer a broad range of cuisines for varying budgets, many vegetarian and vegan friendly. Takeaway stands are plentiful, particularly those serving döner kebabs and currywursts, both of which originated in Berlin. Cafés litter every corner offering beautiful cakes and pastry creations. There is something to suit all tastes.
Bars, Clubs & Beer Gardens

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Lost Berlin: Entertainment

praktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-cover-berlin-aug14Boredom does not exist in this city. Entertainment is as diverse as it is abundant. Do not worry if clubbing, shopping or museums are not your thing, or if you’re simply looking for new things to do. If your arms ache, set down your shopping bags and catch a film at one of many cinemas, either indoors or outside. If you’re feeling brave, show off your talents at the immensely-popular Bearpit Karaoke. Roaring crowds can also be found in the sports stadiums across the city; join the beer-fuelled football fans and sing to your heart’s content. Or spend a day at the Olympic Stadium taking in the sights. After an elegant meal, sit back and relax at a civilised classical concert or two. Alternative live music is also easy to catch, with places such as Madame Claude hosting singer-songwriter evenings. The more upbeat DJ nights are perfect for those with more energy to spare.

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Berlin Calling: Entertainment

praktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-cover-berl-aug14While Berlin may be known for its historical sights, monuments and prominent clubbing scene, the city has so much to offer beyond the Brandenburg Gate and Berghain. Whether you’re into theatre, films or music you are sure to find something here to suit you. From the famous Bearpit Karaoke at Mauerpark on a Sunday to B-flat’s much loved jam sessions, Berlin is brimming with fun, low cost entertainment.

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From Barcelona with Love: Parc Creueta

auslandspraktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-barcelona-cover-august14Barcelona is full of wonderful surprises – it is up to the smart traveller to veer off the beaten track and discover what this city has to offer. The Parc Creueta del Coll is located near the Parc Guel, however this park has a strictly ‘local’ atmosphere, and is most definitely off the tourist track. It is not easy to find from the main road or the metro station as it is not signposted. Those intending on visiting should bring a map. Once you have made the trek up the hilly streets, a dip in the refreshing splash pool will make the journey worth the while! The park is located in a crater that emerged from years of quarrying in the area. It is this natural beauty that gives the park its charm. Visitors are able to climb to the top of the stairs and take in the views of the city. The main attraction to the park however, is the refreshing splash pool. For visitors who want somewhere quaint to cool down on hot days, the Parc Creueta will provide a refreshing change of scenery. A trip to Parc Creueta is a treat for those in search of a relaxing an afternoon, mixing with local Barcelonans.

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The student friendly guide to Barcelona: Barceloneta Beach

auslandspraktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-barcelona-cover-aug14Barceloneta (Little Barcelona) is the traditional sailors’ and fishermen’s quarter in Ciutat Vella (Old City). After the Olympic Games in 1992, Barcelona opened up to the sea and completely renovated its beaches. The astoundingly beautiful Mediterranean Sea is one of Barcelona’s best features. You can stroll along the boardwalk, go for a cooling swim or simply breathe in the fresh sea air whilst relaxing in the sun. The neighbourhood slightly loses its maritime atmosphere, particularly in the summer months, but it remains a great place to eat, drink and people watch! The seafront is lined with lots of restaurants serving the freshest local fish specialties. Due to its close proximity to the city centre, it’s no surprise that it’s the busiest beach of them all, but it’s still easy to find a good spot close to the water. It can be overrun with relentless vendors shouting ‘mojitos!’, ‘massages!’, ‘beer!’ and selling strange rugs. Apart from that, it’s the perfect place to escape from the La Rambla hoards and to cool yourself down in the refreshing Mediterranean Sea.

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Pase Lo Bien En Madrid: Madrid’s Green Secret

PaseLoBienEnMadrid-coverJust a short walk away from the Alonso Martínez Metro Station lies the Museo del Romanticismo (National Museum of Romanticism). From the front it looks like a normal art museum; however don’t judge a book by its cover, inside the Museum hosts its own little secret. It has a secluded garden café that transports you a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life, with only the sounds of the fountain centrepiece and the relaxed conversations of the locals to keep you company. With regal chandeliers inside and a picturesque garden setting outside it just oozes a charmingly sophisticated atmosphere for all to enjoy, especially with a glass of wine from 3€, or even with one of their affordable Breakfast or Lunch offers with prices ranging from 2.50€ to 12.50€.

This idyllic scene provided by the garden café is definitely something worth visited if you are looking for the romanticstyle havens of Madrid, or even a quaint place to visit with friends and family.

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