Highlights from Berlin’s museums, galleries, and cultural outings.

Alternative Berlin: Graffiti and Street Art Culture
Alternative Berlin: Graffiti and Street Art Culture

Monday, November 10, 2014

Having recently profiled Songs of Berlin, as well as Creative Accesibility’s amazing tour, we’re all about getting the chance to see Berlin’s sites and sounds in new and thought provoking ways.

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Songs of Berlin
Songs of Berlin

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

From the husky tones of Marlene to the yelps of David Bowie, Berlin is a city of sounds. And those sounds over the years have been just as important in defining the city as it’s art or literature. Experiencing the city through it’s songs is the idea behind Songs of Berlin – a group of tour guides who aim to use music to connect with your surroundings.

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Mushroom picking in Berlin
Mushroom picking in Berlin

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Berlin is a pretty lucky city, with huge swathes of forest surrounding the city and punctuating Brandenburg. Exploring the forests around Berlin can not only provide you with some beautiful light and colour from the trees – but also treats on the ground.

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Berlin: Before and After the Wall
Berlin: Before and After the Wall

Friday, August 1, 2014

We’re lucky enough to live in a city that is in the midst of exciting change – but the thing we love about Berlin is that the past is never that far away, and walking through the city can easily change based on the history you take round with you. A few weeks ago, a guest at Miniloft brought us some photos of the last time she was in Berlin. It was a long time ago in fact, before the wall came down. 

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Schwules Museum
Schwules Museum

Friday, August 1, 2014

As anyone who has been to a Berlin Christopher Street Day Parade will testify, this city is pretty much as tolerant as you can get. From the openly gay mayor, Klaus Wowerweit, to famous sons and daughters throughout the years, Berlin – particularly the Berlin of today – sees individual sexual preference as something to be rightly celebrated.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel – the Miniloft way
The Grand Budapest Hotel – the Miniloft way

Monday, May 26, 2014

Some of the Miniloft team were recently talking about films set in hotels, following on from seeing Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Based on Stefan Zweig’s stories (for which we recommend picking up a copy of the Society of the Crossed Keys from Pushkin Press), The Grand Budapest Hotel features not one, but two possible day trips out from Miniloft – the lovely town of Görlitz and Studio Babelsberg, located right near Potsdam.

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Girls Day at the Freie University
Girls Day at the Freie University

Monday, March 17, 2014

When I was growing up, my mother told me I could be anything I wanted to be. That ethos is more attainable than ever for young girls, but how do you convince someone to pursue that dream, and turn it into a reality? The Girls Day at the Freie University here in Berlin is one such way – an open day, aimed at 5th to 10th graders that are keen to do it differently.

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Updates from Museum Island…
Updates from Museum Island…

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The museums of Berlin are the first place on many a visitors itinerary, with the epicenter of cultural musings located on the ever efficiently named Museumsinsel – Museum Island. Boasting heavy hitters like the Pergamon, the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum (of David Chipperfield interior fame), the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Bodes Museum, it’s an area that has endured the test of time. But there are plenty of updates from this most dependable area of Berlin, including a great new way to explore it.

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Urban Spree
Urban Spree

Thursday, February 27, 2014

To say that Berlin’s much lauded art scene is multifaceted is a slight understatement – in this city, your options for art range from the traditional national galleries to the current crop of artists in Auguststraße through to something a little more grassroots. Underpinning Urban Spree, on Revaler Straße in Friedrichshain, is that idea of community – of seeing Berlin as more than a showroom and finding the muse in the city.

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All you need to know about Berlins new City Tax
All you need to know about Berlins new City Tax

Friday, February 21, 2014

New Years always bring new changes, and for Miniloft, the first big change of 2014 hasn’t been the greatest one we’ve heard. Towards the end of last year on the 14th December 2013, the Berlin Senate proposed and voted in a “City Tax” for overnight stays in Berlin. The tax came into effect as of 1st January 2014, and is applicable to private stays only.

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