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My Berlin

ctr-cover-my-berlin1As a city with such historical significance, Berliners don’t shy away from the past. Memorials and monuments commemorating different facets of German history dot the Berlin landscape, providing a place to remember and reflect.
Sights

History and art fans beware: you will have your work cut out for you in Berlin. With over 150 museums and approximately 300 galleries (that we know of), you will struggle to fit everything in a holiday timetable. From open-air contemporary art galleries to historical museums, there is truly something for every taste.
Museums & Art Galleries

Berlin has a very urban feel when walking among the streets that are full of character. Whether it is looking at monuments, going to markets, or having a bite to eat, there are various possibilitiesto explore.
Streets & Tours

From street food and beach bars, to third wave coffee shops and vegan eateries Berlin offers a vast assortment of bars, restaurants and cafes that will leave travellers satisfied. Throughout the city, streets are littered with outdoor tables and delicious aromas that will lure you in. As a cultural hotspot, Berlin’s food and drink balances quality with affordability.
Eating & Drinking

Throughout Berlin there are areas of calm where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether it’s a peaceful lake in the suburbs or a park right in the middle of the city, there are endless places to choose from. In addition to this, you can find many activities to do whilst exploring outside in this fascinating city.
Outdoors

Whether you want to enjoy a day out or spend the night on the town, Berlin has something for you. From outdoor Karaoke, to jazz nights, to some of the most famous clubs in Europe, you’ll be hard pressed to find something that doesn’t interest you. Go out there and have fun, we sure did.
Entertainment

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Up Close: Edinburgh Farmers Market

cover-edinburgh-up-closeEdinburgh Farmers’ market, located at Castle Terrace, offers fresh food from local farmers. As one out of ten best British markets it is worth a visit – not only because of the tasty samples at every of the thirty stalls, but especially because of its high quality organic food.
The smell of handmade sausages and bacon will make you feel hungry right at the beginning. Additionally you have several types of cheese, fresh ish, lobster and dairy products, such as cheese- cake -cream. You can also buy Scottish tablet for 2£, tartes illed with haggis, or fresh made bread from a German bakery. Also hot drinks and soups are available as well as healthy smoothies, or sweets from “the Chocolate Tree” and self-made pastries. You can always have a break, sit down and enjoy the stunning view on Edinburgh castle or inform yourself about the local farmers at the information stall. If the weather is good you may be lucky to savour some musicians too. Opening at 9am, Farmers market is a great opportunity to have an unforgettable, fresh, organic and especially local breakfast, surrounded by habitants shopping. As a tip: Saturdays you will also ind about twenty stalls at Grassmarket until 5pm.
A Traveller’s Guidebook through the Lanes of Old Reekie

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Off the Beaten

cover Berlin City Guide Off The Beaten StrasseBerlin is home to some of the most profound and insightful museums and galleries in the world. Ranging in exhibits from ancient Egyptian artifacts to the tragic history of persecuted Jews to the surreal paintings of Dali, this city is a cultural hub. No matter your interests you are sure to find an exhibition that will challenge your opinions and expand your mind.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Berlin’s history stretches back 775 eventful years, with various generations and dynasties leaving behind their mark in the form of landmarks and monuments. On either side of the Unter den Linden, the central boulevard of Berlin, lays a multitude of historic and awe-inspiring sights. A short walk around Mitte, the central district of Berlin, will take you past a litany of striking landmarks, from the Prussian era grandness of the Berliner Dom to the Cold War era remains of the Berlin wall, to the modern majesty of the TV tower. Truly, Berlin is truly a godsend for tourists looking for great sights, both famous and obscure.
SIGHTS

Berlin: the big grey city. A landscape entirely covered in drab high rises and industrial-looking buildings; or at least that’s what most tourists might think when coming here. With its best known aspects being its post-war ruins and eclectic art culture, travellers may not expect much in terms of outdoor getaways. But the city is abundant in large open parks, like Mauerpark, Tiergarten and the nearby Sanssouci Park just to name a few. Berlin proves to have something to offer everyone’s varying interests. With bikes on hire on nearly every corner, bathing lakes just a tram ride away and a visibly strong focus on fitness, this concrete jungle actually turns out to be a surprisingly green space.
OUTSIDE

What’s in a name? When it comes to Berlin, a lot. From Karl Marx Allee to the Kurfürstendamm, this city’s streets and tours provide a window into the past. So set out to a tourist hotspot or wander off the beaten strasse and immerse yourself in a city rich in history.
STREETS & TOURS

Known as the city that is “poor but sexy”, this German capital has high-design low-cost youth hostels all over the city. Travellers on a budget have the chance to rest their head comfortably and there is a plethora of options ranging from the ever popular chain Generator Hostels to the cozy boutique Wallyard Concept Hostel. All located within distance of major tourist attractions and close to public transportation links, visitors can take their pick to which neighbourhood they would like to eat, sleep and play in, giving them a glimpse into life as a Berliner.
ACCOMMODATION

Home to the famous Currywurst there is an impressive variety of local street food available all over Berlin. From cafés specialising in pretzels or patisseries to German food markets serving the popular kebabs, you will be spoilt for choice in this city bursting with flavours. Try out the craft beer gardens or sip on a cup of Berlin’s quality coffee, you will definitely find something to tickle your taste buds.
FOOD & DRINK

Berlin is known for its eccentric nightlife and clubbing scene. Most clubs play Techno music but you don’t have to look hard to find venues that specialise in Rock, Hip Hop and Jazz. Many clubbing spaces occupy previously abandoned warehouses, power and heating plants. These industrial settings generally create an intense and sweaty environment. Door policies vary from club to club and your best bet is to go out in small groups and dress casually.
NIGHTLIFE

Bursting with the best places for art and music events,performance venues, sports stadiums and festivals, all reviewed by us cool folk at CTR, you are bound to find some form of entertainment to your required taste. With a heap of music gigs, sporting events and art shows to choose from, Berlin is definitely the place for a dose of good ‘ole’ culture.
ENTERTAINMENT

Visitors to Berlin may not be expecting much outside its well-known history and vibrantly unorthodox party scene, but once here it would be hard to leave without adding a few new numbers to your wardrobe. Whether it’s a way to kill time after your walking tour, or an unexpected pop-up market which has caught your eye, you’ll quickly learn Berlin plays host to an exciting shopping scene. So get your wallet ready and prepare yourself to shop ‘til you drop at some of these awesome destinations.
SHOPPING

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No Wall Left: 100/200

ctr-cover-no-wall-leftThese public bus routes traverse the city offering a fairly comprehensive tour for a cheaper price than a tourist bus. Bus 200 departs from outside the main entrance of Zoologischer Garten station. In the opposite direction it leaves from Michelangelostraße in the Prenzlauer Berg area, taking around 40 minutes to complete the route. You will cruise past Berlin Philharmonie and Potsdamer Platz, before heading along the historic boulevard Unter den Linden, which is full of cultural attractions like the State Opera House, the Neue Wache memorial, Deutsches Historiches Museum and Museum Island. You will have the opportunity to admire Lustgarten, The Dom and the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz before the bus reaches its terminus.

Alternatively choose Bus 100, the first bus service to connect East and West Berlin after the city’s unification. It travels between Zoologischer Garten station and Alexanderplatz. Like the 200 it travels down Unter den Linden: get off at this stop if you wish to view the popular Brandenburg Gate, and from there it is only a short walk to the Reichstag. You will then be taken down the central road through Tiergarten where you can behold the glorious Siegessäule (Victory Column) before going south onto Kurfürstenstraße.

Bus 100 is the better option if you want a shorter journey time of around 30 minutes (without getting off) and if you want to see more of the famous sights in the city, although it is generally busier than the 200. Both offer a cheap hop-on hop-off alternative to the standard tour bus for the price of a standard day ticket. If you are young at heart, then the best seat is naturally at the very front of the top deck, where you can ‘drive’ the bus on your own personal tour of Berlin.

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Be in Berlin: The Ampelmann

ctr-cover-be-in-berlinWalking through Berlin, the traffic light symbols dress in their Sunday best to kindly tell you when to stop and go.

Created by traffic psychologist Karl Peglau in 1961, the iconic Ampelmann silhouettes were inspired by a photo of the general secretary of the Socialist Unity Party Erich Honecker in a straw hat, and were soon stationed at every street crossing in East Berlin. Since the fall of the wall, the Ampelmann has become cult item and a positive symbol of the identity of the East Berlin citizens, and can now be seen splashed on merchandise at the many Ampelmann stores dotted around the city.

Walking into the store, it’s hard not to smile at the brightly coloured towels, key chains and t-shirts; the endearing stop-and-go symbols are plastered over every inch of the walls, floor and ceiling. Peruse through the racks of Ampelmann towels, rubber ducks and hilarious postcards, seeing why the Ampelmann is loved by so many.

After you’ve taken the obligatory photo inside the larger-than-life Ampelmann statue, sit back in the café and enjoy a coffee as you watch traffic lights from around the globe blink their green and red counterparts. After you’ve spent the remainder of your Euros on Ampel-merchandise, tip your hat to the ol’ crossing friend as you leave the store and wait for the green ampelmann to greet you at the side of the road.

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The Bear Necessities

ctr-the-bear-necessities-cover-211x300Made up of multiple boroughs, Berlin is a city of many characters and faces. Not as compact as London or New York, Berlin is a place where you can travel 20 minutes and feel as if you are in a completely different city. Every borough combines to make Berlin a cosmopolitan, diverse and vibrant city. Albeit a relatively new city, Berlin still has a substantial amount of history.

Berlin is such a vibrant and inclusive city, that you never want to leave after visiting. From our personal experience, Berlin is a truly great city. We have used our time to experience and collect as many fun memories, moments and great attractions as possible. Hopefully you can use our guide as a basis for your own trip to Berlin, and we hope our guide will help you realise what this wonderful city has to offer.
“Ich bin ein Berliner!”

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Berlin-Sights

ctr-berlin-sights-cover4-211x300It can sometimes seem daunting arriving in a huge place like Berlin (and it really is huge), but we aim to change that in this guide by offering you the lowdown on all the things you simply have to do while you’re here. We’ve visited the best places to stay, the most interesting places to visit, and of course the top places to eat, drink, and party.

The best thing about this city is that there really is something for everyone, and once you’ve spent a few days in Berlin we can guarantee that you won’t want to leave.
Welcome to Berlin!

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Edinburgh City Travel Guide: Every Day is Christmas

ctr-curso-eg-edinburgh-the-beauty-of-the-north-erfahrungsbericht-weihnachtenHow about some Christmas shopping at Easter or in summer? In Edinburgh, you can choose between several Christmas shops that are open all year round. Forget about the shops that only sell glittering bubbles or twinkling Christmas tree lights. In The Christmas Shop at Grassmarket you will find laugh-out-loud presents for Christmas. If you fancy unusual Christmas cards, you might decide on “Jingle Bells, Santa smells” or a card with ten jokes about reindeers. The shop also offers a biscuit cutter with Queen Elizabeth’s profile. Or a Christmas pudding box with lipgloss inside.

If this is not festive enough, you’d better choose Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe on the Royal Mile. You’ll find everything you need for a truly Scottish Christmas. For example a CD with bagpipes Christmas music. Or tartan Christmas tree decorations such as hearts, stars or trees – or even bagpipers and sheep. If you like more cheesy Christmas stuff, there are also bubbles with Santa sitting on a train or – very classic – former British monarchs such as Queen Victoria to embellish your tree. In case you usually cry tears of joy on Christmas, you can buy ahead Santa tissues.

text and photo Sabrina Wendling
The team of city travel review, December 2014
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Wintermärchen

erfahrungen-curso-eg-ctr-auslandspraktikum-reisejournalismus-edinburgh-winterEin kalter Wind und four seasons in one day, das ist die Wettermeldung zum Reisejournalismus Winter-Programm in Edinburgh. Dennoch, auch zur aktuellen Jahreszeit, ist das Erlebnis Edinburgh einfach einzigartig. Wir fangen die Sonnenstrahlen ein wenn es sie denn täglich gibt und nutzen die Zeit für die outdoor Recherchen. Das ist ein Muss denn die Stadt ist so reich an Geschichte. Wir hatten Glück: die Winter-Sonne verwöhnte uns während der Exkursionen nach Arthurs Seat und Cramond. Nach Sonnenuntergang ist die winterliche Beleuchtung eine ganz besonders willkommene Abwechslung. Selbst bei kühlem Wind und Wetter wird uns dabei ganz warm ums Herz.
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The Different Faces of Edinburgh

praktikum-curso-reisejournalismus-cover-edinburgh-september14As a city in which much of today’s structure can be traced back to former centuries, Edinburgh offers a great deal for those interested in history. How about visiting the house of a 17th century merchant? Or maybe getting acquainted with the works of Scottish artists in the National Portrait Gallery? However, do not be fooled into thinking that Edinburgh is boring and old-fashioned – there are a lot of terrific galleries dedicated to contemporary art, such as the City Art Centre or the Gallery of Modern Art. So irrespective of your interests, on the following pages you’ll certainly discover something to your liking.
Edinburgh for Culture enthusiasts

A city which inspired authors to write worldwide bestsellers such as Sherlock Holmes or Harry Potter; where the world’s tallest commemoration of a writer rises spectacularly into the sky and museums and libraries invite one to plunge deeper into the lives and writings of Scottish Literary heroes. From the aforementioned examples, it is clear that Edinburgh wholeheartedly embraces its status as UNESCO City of Literature. Visit the settings of Ian Rankin’s Rebus stories or discover Tom Riddle’s grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Discover the magical chapter of this parallel existing literary world by following its traces in reality.
Edinburgh for Bookworms

Department stores or independent shops? It does not matter if you’re following the newest trends or have a preference for old-fashioned vintage clothing; this section will no doubt help you to discover the right shops to visit. On your marks, whip out your credit card, GO!
Edinburgh for Shopaholics

Besides being the vibrant capital of Scotland, Edinburgh also has a lot to offer for those who want to relax and enjoy all the natural beauties and outdoor pleasures. With the wide range of well-kept city parks and gardens, local nature reserves and walkways as well as the imposing appearance of Arthur’s Seat and the Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh can truly be called a “green city”.
Edinburgh for Nature addicts

Over the centuries, Edinburgh has been tormented by numerous bloody and horrible happenings. The Scottish frequently recount tales of murder, ghosts, body-snatching and witch-burning. Everyone from the brave to the faint-hearted can enjoy their nightly or daily tours, whether it be to a secret underground or to a haunted graveyard. Some tourists swear that they have seen a transparent figure during a guided tour. If you truly want to reveal the dark side of the beautiful Edinburgh, you should ask yourself: Do you believe in ghosts?
Edinburgh for Thrill seekers

From sheep stomach innards to the pungently strong alcoholic delicacy, foodies alike will squirm at the eclectic array of food and drink Scotland has to offer. Ranging from the famous whisky, Haggis and Irn Bru to shortbread, cider and cake, Scotland ensures that its visitors will not leave the city hungry.
Edinburgh for Foodies

Students can easily enjoy an affordable, fun night out in Edinburgh. There are a wide assortment of pubs and clubs, ranging from places where you can enjoy a quiet drink to those in which you can dance the night away. Live music is not only played on weekends, but throughout the week also. Different genres for different tastes in music are available. So let your hair down, take a shot or two and experience the nightlife of Scotland’s capital.
Edinburgh for Nightowls

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