Prenzlauer Berg: Berlin’s Funkiest Vintage District

Author: , May 18th, 2016

Prenzlauer Berg

Forget the industrial fumes and the sometimes grim aesthetic of Socialist East Germany – Prenzlauer Berg is cooler and funkier than ever, thanks to a mix of gentrified neighborhoods, squats, artists’ labs, street art shops and breweries-turned-cultural centers.

One of the most hidden but precious areas in the German capital is also a growing gay district, already playing host to flocks of LGBTI people from all over the world. I had the chance to explore Prenzlauer Berg at the beginning of April; the trees were blossoming, guys and girls were starting to wear summer clothes, beers and cocktails were enjoyed outdoors among the leafy avenues and the small alleys, and the mood of Berliners was on the up.

For those who want to explore Prenzlauer Berg, a good starting point is the triangular open space of Kollwitz Platz. The atmosphere is gentle, especially in spring, and it’s just a short walk to the Kulturbrauerei, one of the most interesting venues in post-industrial Berlin.

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Sexy Hotels in Berlin – Nomadic Boys

Author: , May 8th, 2016

Axel Hotel Berlin

“Du bist verrueckt mein Kind, du musst nach Berlin.”
(“You are crazy, my child. You must go to Berlin.”)

Hotel Q - StefanSo said one of the great composers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz von Suppe (1819-1895) during a time when Berlin was so famous for its liberal attitude and sexual freedom.

Even after the Nazi era and the hard post WW2 years, the city gradually returned to its former glory as a place where whatever you’re into, you will find it.

Berlin has an extremely relaxed attitude to sex and sexuality. This is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for some cheeky romantic playtime with your lover. This is our list of our favourite 5 sexy hotels in Berlin.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Berlin is Super Gay – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 13th, 2016

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Berlin is super gay. Gayness is so well accepted in every aspect of society that you’ll find sprinkles of it everywhere. Schoeneberg is the heart of the gay community and has been since the 1920s when it became the first ever gay village – in the world.

Although it was all heavily repressed during the Nazi era, it was reborn after the Berlin Wall was erected in the 1960s and has continued to thrive ever since. Alternative gay scenes have started to spring up in the East over the past 20 years since the Wall came down, particularly in Kreuzberg, Neukoelln and Friedrichshain.

But Schoneberg nonetheless remains the Queen of the Berlin Scene.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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5 Romantic Things To Do In Berlin – Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 6th, 2016

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Most people associate Berlin with crazy sex fetish clubs and an extremely lax attitude to, well just about everything. In fact, you’re not far from the truth: in Berlin, anything goes, except crossing the road when it’s red. Don’t get caught jaywalking in Germany! Couples (straight or gay) will in particular love this city. There’s plenty of romantic things to do in Berlin to suit all preferences. Here’s our 5 favourite:

#1 ROMANTIC DINNER AND CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT IN BERLIN

We love a good old fashioned classical music concert for a date night. This is, after all, the country who gave us the likes of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Strauss, Wagner and many more.

What better setting for it than the rococo-style Charlottenburg Palace, where you can also have a 3 course meal and a tour of the Palace before the concert. This is the ideal recipe for a romantic date with your loved one. Prices start from $88 per person, but make sure you book in advance as spaces fill out very quickly.

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Gay Berlin Nightlife

Author: , November 24th, 2015

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With its reputation for socially permissive, non-stop nightlife and a perpetually burgeoning arts and culture scene (often compared with New York in the 1970s), gay Berlin remains one of the world’s top destinations for LGBTQ travellers. The city’s gay history includes a period from 1919 to 1933 when it was home to the pioneering Institute for the Science of Sexuality, whose works were destroyed during the Nazi book burnings.

Poignant reminders of the past surround Berlin, including the Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under Nazism, on the edge of the Tiergarten – a concrete cube where a video shows gay and lesbian couples in various embraces. In Nollendorfplatz, small memorials commemorate the neighbourhood’s many firsts in gay history, including the world’s first gay demonstration, which took place in 1922.

Expats, such as the influential English novelist Christopher Isherwood, immortalised the free-spirited culture of cabaret-era Berlin in books and music. Schoeneberg, where Isherwood and other gay icons lived, remains a hotspot for fetish clubs and famous events such as Folsom Europe.

By Adam Groffman – Full Story at the Guardian

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Globetrotter Girls: A Crisp Fall Day in Berlin

Author: , November 2nd, 2015

Berlin - Dani

Confession: Whenever I spend time in Berlin, I tend to neglect the most central neighborhood, Mitte (which translates to ‘central’). For me, Berlin is all about the neighborhoods outside of the tourist zone, I guess I could say that in New York it’s pretty much the same way.

But this time around, I decided to stay as central as possible to be able to walk to most of the Festival Of Lights installations and it turned out to be the perfect opportunity for me to explore this part of town a bit more. And what a great decision this was.

It showed me that central Berlin has much more to offer than I initially thought – especially when it comes to food. I discovered several excellent Vietnamese restaurants (check out Madami, Pho Hoi, Good Morning Vietnam and Chen Che), had the best vegan burrito of my life (the Vegan Lover at Dolores), and great coffee at Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers, Ben Rahim and Oslo Kaffeebar.

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Globetrotter Girls – Berlin’s Cathedral Illuminated

Author: , October 30th, 2015

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The transition from summery Tel Aviv to chilly Germany wasn’t easy, but what helped was the prospect of finally experiencing the Festival Of Lights in Berlin, a festival I’d been wanting to visit ever since I first saw pictures of it online.

Every year in October, Berlin’s main landmarks are transformed into a spectacular light art installation for about ten days. Historic buildings like the cathedral, the opera house, the city palace and landmarks such as the TV tower or Brandenburg Gate become the canvas for stunning light projections ranging from abstract paintings to remarkable, innovative video installations.

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Globetrotter Girls – Kreuzberg, Berlin

Author: , August 20th, 2015

Kreuzberg, Berlin - Dani

My summer Euro trip is in full swing now and I still can’t believe how lucky I’ve been with the terrific summer weather. My first stop after Brighton was Berlin, and on this visit, I was much more like a tourist than I usually am, showing a first-time Berlin visitor around.

While we were touring the Kreuzberg neighborhood one day I was reminded why I loved Berlin so much: even though all of the buildings have been beautifully restored to their pre-war grandeur, they are covered in graffiti, down to the doorways.

I wish I had caught more of the impeccable facade of the apartment building in this week’s Polaroid, but I was obviously trying to snap the impressive Roa mural, even though I’ve taken at least half a dozen photos of it over the years (he happens to be one of my favorite street artists). The building perfectly sums up the gritty-meets-pretty vibe I get in many neighborhoods around the city, plus it reminds you of the ‘f*ck obedience’ attitude of the city’s innovative and out-of-the-box thinking inhabitants (see the ‘Love Art, Hate Cops’ graffiti on top of the building).

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Travels of Adam: Berlin By Boat – Photos from the Spree

Author: , May 25th, 2015

Adam GroffmanRecently I was invited by Hannes from one of Berlin’s newest boat tour operators, Berlin Liquide, to experience an afternoon out on the River Spree.

After having lived here for a number of summers, I’ve spent a lot of time hanging out by the river (as you do in Berlin), but this was my first opportunity to actually get on a boat and see Berlin from a different perspective. We were lucky that this autumn was relatively warm in Berlin, plus the sun managed to stick around for a lot of the season.

Hannes is a friendly German guy that speaks perfect English and his boat, suitable for 12 people, provides the perfect setting for a half-day tour of Berlin.

This article was written by Adam Groffman, author of the internationally popular travel blog, Travels of Adam. Read more here: Berlin By Boat: Photos from the Spree.

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Five Things You Can’t Miss in Berlin

Author: , May 20th, 2015

Berlin - Apple MapsBerlin’s been on the receiving end of some backlash as of late. Having been the reigning king of cool for so long, it’s now even trendier to lash out against it, to claim Berlin is ‘over’ and to declare a dozen or so burgeoning the cities “the new Berlin!” But these headlines are mostly unfounded, and while we suspect travelers have grown bored and weary with media’s constant and sometimes hyperbolic praise of Berlin, they’ve not yet grown tired of the city itself. Step one foot in Berlin and it’s still every bit abuzz and edgy as it ever was. And we have a couple reasons why it might be time to check it out.

The first is Berlin Gay Pride (known locally as Christopher Street Day) takes place June 21-27, with festivities and events spread over the week.

The other is a bit more hardcore: Folsom Europe the world’s biggest leather party (September 12-13). This two-day celebration of kink and fetishistic debauchery, where anything goes and nothing shocks, is a crowded, sweaty, festival of whips and chains, furries and slaves, collars and ball-gags, daddies and maids. And if that weren’t enough, it’s being held for the 12th year in Berlin, full of Germans who always manage to make any sexual act that much dirtier. So break out the nipple clamps and Gun Oil, because things are about to get messy.

By Ed Salvato, Man About World – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Germany Gay Travel Resources

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