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Discovery tour through the vibrant city of Berlin #places

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Places can affect us, create a certain atmosphere that remains for a long time, and give us new impressions. What is a city like? Where does this feeling come from, the effect that you feel in the city? In our #places section, we take you to the European capitals – to introduce you to places, personalities, buildings that reflect the city in all its facets. Let’s go to … Berlin.

Brandenburg Gate

Did you know that the German capital Berlin has more bridges than Venice? 916 to be precise. That is more than twice as much as Venice. The river Spree is going through the city like a lifeline.

 

#place: Berlin


Country: Germany
Inhabitants: ca. 3,7 Million
Area: 891.7 km2
Famous Landmark: Television Tower

Hidden place:

Customers sit on cushions at flat tables between hand-carved sandalwood columns. The faithful interior of the Tajik tearoom was exhibited in 1974 at the Leipzig Trade Fair in the Soviet Pavilion. Subsequently the ensemble was donated to the Society for German-Soviet Friendship and installed in the Palais am Festungsgraben from 1979-1999. Due to renovations within the palace, it was closed in April 2012. In November 2012, it reopened in the KunstHof. Here you can chat in a cozy ambience over a tea far from the hustle of the city. On Mondays oriental fairytale nights are organized in the tearoom.

Address: Tadshikische Teestube at KunstHof, Oranienburger Str. 27, 10117 Berlin – Mitte

Café:

In the courtyard of KW Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin-Mitte a café, bar and event location was added to the existing building by architects Nalbach and Nalbach from Berlin together with artist Dan Graham. The concept artist made the first sketch for Café Bravo with two twisted cubes and Johanne Nalbach finalized the project. Entering the courtyard the visitor will meet reflecting glass panels perfectly fitted in a shiny polished steel construction. The steel cage was completely prefabricated and hoisted by crane over the narrow roofs of Berlin’s old town, embedded as an architectural precision work. The café serves everything from breakfast to snacks, coffee and cake, is specially worth a visit when it dark outside, because of the changing reflections.

Address: Café Bravo, Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin – Mitte

Book Shop:

Right under the railway tracks, in the arches underneath,  lovers of architecture, art, design, photography and film books will find all that their hearts desire at the book shop Bücherbogen. This specialized bookstore was established in 1980 in the arches of a previous car workshop and a flower shop. A selection of the stock can also be viewed and ordered online.

Address: Bücherbogen, Stadtbahnbogen 593, 10623 Berlin – Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf 

(c) Martin Nicholas Kunz

Recipe:

Currywurst (curry sausage) from/in Berlin is legendary. You can not miss the vendors selling it as streetfood all over town. Apparently the dish was invented just after World War II. Nowadays it is even on the menu of some fancy restaurants.

Ingredients:

  • steamed, then fried pork sausage
  • 8 red peppers
  • 2 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½  tomato puree
  • 1 liter of stock
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 200 grams sugar
  • 6 teaspoons of mild paprika powder
  • 4 teaspoons of spicy curry powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  •  pepper
  • 5 tablespoons of oil
  • white wine

 

Preparation:

Peel the onions and garlic and cut into fine cubes. Then wash the peppers, corer them and then dice them roughly. Heat oil in a saucepan, sauté the onions and garlic and add the diced peppers. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Put the tomato puree and the finely chopped chili pepper in the saucepan and stir well.Before the ingredients burn, deglaze with white wine and season with curry. Now add the stock and cook everything. Remove the pot from the heat and mix with a blender to a smooth sauce. Currywurst is serve sliced with spiced and curry flavoured tomato sauce and a side of chips.

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