A Place for Witchcraft and Espionage in BERLIN’s New Museums

Berlin’s cultural landscape of 180 museums and collections keeps growing, as new special interest museums open and others complete renovations. Magicum Berlin Magic Museum Go way beyond Harry Potter and get spooked at Magicum. Witchcraft and magical powers, mythical knowledge, secrets, ancient wisdom, and the supernatural can all be explored in the cellars of a historic former blacksmith … [Read more...]

Berlin Bound: Brandenburg Airport Takes Off

With the opening of their new modern airport, the German capital will recover its historic role as one of the principal hubs of Europe. Even after the Wall fell in 1989, Berlin remained on the edge, with the few long-distance flights scattered among three local airports. Templehof, an architectural classic, has been transformed into an events space and public park; Tegel and Schoenfeld … [Read more...]

Berlin Gets Its Festival On

Parties, parades, exhibits and more crowd the German capital's calendar this year with more fun than you can shake a schnitzel at. As anyone who has been there knows, Berlin loves a party…or film festival…or museum exhibition. And the great thing is that it seems every year, the list of festivals, parades, celebrations, and annual cultural highlights just seems to get bigger. Now boasting over … [Read more...]

Berlin’s West-Side Story

Once overshadowed by the dramatic transformation of East Berlin, the one-time political enclave of West Berlin is burnishing its image as hip galleries, restaurants and attractions take root. With the fall of the Berlin Wall just over 20 years ago, once-cloistered East Berlin has risen to become not only a powerful icon for democratic change, but a coveted stop for world travelers. Not … [Read more...]

Berlin: Contemporary Capital of Design

Berlin, a metropolis haunted by its history, is constantly renewing itself. No European city has such a turbulent past and so invigorating a present. Spring is a good season to explore or revisit its treasures, and two major anniversaries are being celebrated this year: the 20th anniversary of the tearing down of the Wall, and the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus. If this is your … [Read more...]

LACMA Exhibition Showcases German Art from Cold War Era

Art probably isn’t the first thing most of us associate with the Cold War.  Maybe heated political diatribe and tanks on parade, but generally not evocative canvases, video, photography and other media.  But in Germany, the period between the end of WWII in 1945, and the falling of the Berlin wall 20 years ago, in 1989, was a fertile period for the imagination of artists on both sides of the … [Read more...]

Living Large for under $125 per Night.

The Splendia collection of hotels is a global marque known for affordable luxury. Responding to the current economic blues, they have put together deals around the globe at some of their choicest properties, all for under $125 per night. Rates are valid through the holidays until February 28. RIAD DAR DIALKOUM - Marrakesh, Morocco Meaning "Your Home" in Arabic, guests are quickly put at ease … [Read more...]