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Berlin

cover_travel_writing_curso_berlin_august2013Despite being marked as a “new” city, only founded in the 12th Century, Berlin breathes history, and you can take in its intriguing past by visiting the many sights and attractions that are virtually dotted all around. Not a moment goes by when walking through Berlin without passing another attraction, whether new or old. In the heart of the guide we cover the many churches, famous architecture, attractions and landmarks that make up this once divided city.

Team Curso/CTR Berlin 2013

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Lyon: It’s better than Paris

cover_back_curso_travel_writing_lyonWhat to do with a derelict district in the heart of a historical city? Go on a walking tour through the two different sides of Lyon and find out. A no man’s land on the tip of the peninsula between the Saône and Rhône rivers with nothing but factories and the harbour – that’s what Confluence used to be just a few years ago. Now, times are changing: witness the development of a whole new district with life, shopping and culture.
CONTRASTS – Meet the Confluence
Team CTR Lyon

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Madrid No Borders: Music

cover_curso_travel_writing_madridMusic pumps endlessly through the veins of Madrid, providing the atmosphere and cultural diversity that the capital is famous for. Bar the generic pop and dance you’ll suffer in most clubs, Madrid is bursting at the seams with alternative genres. Jazz bars, such as ‘Bogui’ (Chueca) and La Croquette (Opera) are welcome havens of raw goodness, but you could also head to live venues such as Charada and Zanzibar for a glimpse of Spain’s up and coming bands.

If you’re looking for music with a rather more recognisable title, try out ‘la Riviera’. Although it’s quite an intimate venue, it’s attracted big name bands from all over the world, such as Tame Impala and Nirvana, giving lucky Madrileños an opportunity to get so close to their favourite bands, they
could almost stroke them. I highly recommend you scour the gig dates, during your stay in the capital, but beware; the price of drinks here will empty your pockets quicker than Vegas.
Team Curso/CTR Madrid

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Beneath Berlin: A Beginner’s Guide to the German Capital

cover_reisejournalismus_bIt may be 10 times the size of Paris, but its key areas are pleasantly compact and the excellent public transport system makes it easy to get from A to B. The open
space and multiple parks make it one of the greenest cities in the world and you
can walk without fear during the night.

We have divided the city into smaller, more digestible areas to make your life easier. Take a stroll through the tranquil and elegant streets of CHARLOTTENBERG. Party hard in FRIEDRICHSHAIN, or hang with the hipsters in KREUZBERG. Sightsee in MITTE and bar-hop in NEUKOLLN. Explore the art scene in PRENZLAUER BERG or shop till you drop in SCHÖNEBERG.
Each one of these neighbourhoods has its own unique charm and atmosphere
and collectively they compose the Berlin that we know and love.

Team Curso/CTR Berlin

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Berlin Bearings

Arrived in Berlin and not sure where to go?
cover_curso_reisejournalismusDon’t worry, our Iconic Berlin section guides you around the many unmissable sights the German capital has to offer. Even if you’re restricted to a few days here, pick a couple of our suggestions and jump on the Ubahn. To make you feel like you’ve really arrived in Berlin, head to Brandenburg Tor, Checkpoint Charlie or Potsdamer Platz for the typical tourist experience. History buffs will enjoy the Victory Column and Soviet Memorial and if heights are your thing, see the best views of the city from the Reichstag or the Fernsehturm/TV tower. For fun photo opportunities, go to the East Side Gallery, the longest remaining stretch of the former Berlin Wall. Team Curso/CTR

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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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