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THE WYLD. НЕ В ЭТОМ МИРЕ.

Роскошное шоу в легендарном берлинском концертном зале «Фридриштадтпласт».

«THE WYLD – это пленительно чувственный праздник для глаз, полный бурных переливов движения и обольщения. Симфония ярких сюрпризов, великолепные костюмы, роскошные декорации и прекрасная игра света»

В преддверии выставки ITB -2015 пресс-служба легендарного берлинского театра-варьете «Фридрихштадтпаласт» разослала трэвел-журналистам, обычно посещающим этот масштабный туристический форум, приглашение на очередное шоу. Грех было не воспользоваться этим предложением и не посмотреть новое ревю The Wyld .

Первый раз я побывал на представлении во «Фридрихшдатпаласте» в далеком 1987 г ., еще во времена ГДР, когда Берлин отмечал 750-летие. Спектакль был посвящен юбилею и давал в своем формате прекрасное представление об истории немецкой столицы. Яркие эстрадные номера, блистательный кордебалет, богатейшая игра света и света, множество сценических эффектов, включая лазерные, оставили у нас с супругой незабываемые впечатления.

«Фридрихштадтпаласт» уже тогда был крупнейшим и самым современным в своем жанре концертным дворцом Европы. Он изначально находился в Восточной зоне Берлина. Был феноменально популярен и в ГДР, и за рубежом, где ему не было равных. Западные немцы специально приезжали на восток, чтобы побывать в этом великолепном храме развлечений. Выступления кордебалета театра по праздникам транслировало советское телевидение.

«Фридрихштадтпаласт» в 1964 г.

Театр был основан почти 90 лет назад. Здесь выступали Марлен Дитрих, Луис Армстронг, Элла Фитцджеральд, Жильбер Беко, Удо Юргенс, оркестр Джеймса Ласта… Предшественниками концертного зала были цирк, а затем Большой драматический театр, основанный в 1919 г . выдающимся немецким театральным режиссером Максом Рейнхардтом. В период нацистской диктатуры театр существовал под названием «Театр народа», а после войны по решению советской военной комендатуры вновь открылся, но уже под его нынешним названием «Фридрихштадтпаласт». За полвека здание было дважды капитально реконструировано – в 1984 и 2008 гг. Оба раза – по самому последнему слову эстрадной техники.

В первые годы после объединения Германии театр пережил тяжелые времена. На территорию бывшей ГДР пришла западногерманская марка, резко выросли цены на билеты и «Фридрихштадтпаласт» стал терять публику. «Театр даже хотели снести, вспоминает в интервью «Немецкой волне» Александр Ильинский, который был главным администратором театра с 1993 по 2004 гг. — Некие заинтересованные лица распустили слухи, что здание содержит вредный асбест. Его обследовали, но ничего не нашли. Самое, смешное, что в тот период, когда еще при ГДР театр строился, в ГДР асбест в строительстве использовался очень редко, поскольку был дефицитом». Имя и фамилия автора этих слов обязывают рассказать о нем немного подробнее. «Мой отец, — рассказывает Александр Ильинский, — был офицером Советской Армии, который дошел до Праги и там познакомился со студенткой Пражской академии искусств Катариной, немкой по национальности, моей будущей матерью. Они поженились в ГДР, где продолжил службу отец, Когда мне было пять лет, его арестовали за связь с немкой и расстреляли. Он сумел передать семье прощальное письмо, в котором писал «Дорогая Катя…, единственным преступлением, в котором я виноват, является моя любовь к тебе».

В наши дни заполняемость концертного зала в среднем составляет 90 %. Театр посещают ежегодно около 700 тыс. человек. По данным 2014 г . Россия входит в пятерку стран, чьи граждане чаще других посещают «Фридрихштадпаласт» .

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Монтаж сценического оборудования

Зал оборудован новейшей звуковой и световой техникой, здесь свыше 1 000 софитов, 530 светодиодных прожекторов, 20 стробоскопов, 6 прожекторов точечного освещения, 9 видеопроекторов общей силой света свыше 6000 люменов, 155 динамических прожекторных систем, 270 видео-модулей и другие осветительные приборы. Феерическое впечатление производит особый экран из светоизлучающих диодов, специальная гидротехническая система создает на сцене «дождь» и «водопад».

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Визуальный ряд шоу особым образом нередко перекликался с картинами Берлина, которые я видел на представлении в 1987 г . Тогда это были сценки жизни старого Берлина с узкими улочками и газовыми фонарями, сегодня немецкая столица представала мощным, устремленным в будущее стремительным мегаполисом с широкими площадями, головокружительными панорамами и легендарной, самой высокой в Европе телевизионной башней, отлично сыгравшей роль межгалактического звездолета.

По-русски с сербским акцентом

В прологе к спектаклю была… репетиция. Перед публикой поставили символическое «зеркало сцены». За ним очень строгий и очень манерный балетмейстер очень назидательно говорил на немецком языке с иностранным акцентом, иногда вставляя русские слова, которые, впрочем, тоже звучали с акцентом. Что это? Намек на русское «засилье» в высшей культурной иерархии Берлина? Например, на Владимира Малахова — руководителя труппы Государственного балета Берлина. Русские мотивы в виде фрагментов из «Половецких плясок» прозвучали несколько раз и в музыкальном ряде представления.

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Затем были дрессированные собачки, акробаты, трюкач-велосипедист, чечетка… Все на высшем уровне, очень качественно и зрелищно. Особенно великолепны костюмы. Просто безукоризненны!

Да, забыл сказать. Роль балетмейстера исполнял сербский актер Siniša Petrovic . Отсюда и акцент.

Главная героиня шоу – Нефертити – появилась после антракта! Ее легендарный бюст, обнаруженный в 1912 г . германским археологом Людвигом Борхардтом хранится не в Египетском музее в Каире, а на Острове музеев в Берлине. Один из вариантов перевода ее имени звучит как «Прекрасная пришла». В шоу она появляется в окружении сверкающих светодиодами инопланетян. Они сопровождают ее на грандиозный бал в фантастическом дворце, полном неожиданностей и удивительных превращений.

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Действо стремительно перемешается во времени и пространстве на дистанции от времен Великих египетских царств до наших дней и дальше в будущее.

Главный хит шоу – песня «Ich bin Berliner(in)». Всех гостей праздника во дворце объединяет, как выясняется одно – они берлинцы. Заканчивается песня словам «Нефертити берлинка навсегда». Видимо, намек на то, что бюст Нефертити никогда не вернется в Египет, как бы того там не хотели.

Роль Нефертити исполняет Н ина Макогонова. Она р одилась в Киеве в 1985 г , гражданка Дании , училась в Danish Royal Ballett и John Cranko Ballett-Schule & Ballett-Akademie Stuttgart. С 2004 г . работает во «Фридрихштадтпаласте» .

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Такие страницы биографии артистки отражают общий космополитичный характер Берлина, города, где живут люди множества национальностей, разные, непохожие друг на друга, но именно этим создающие неповторимый облик немецкой столицы.

Турпакет от «Фридрихштадтпаласт»

При бронировании билетов туроператорам и турагентствам предоставляются специальные цены и льготные условия. Здесь можно также забронировать по выгодной цене групповой пакет услуг (от 20-ти человек), состоящий из посещения шоу, размещения в отеле – 2-3 ночи, экскурсии по городу и многих других пунктов программы. Стоимость от 139 евро за ночь при размещении в номере на двоих.

Рекламные ролики последних шоу можно посмотреть в видеозале Живого Журнала Destinations + по адресу www . video _ hall . livejournal . com

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If you’re looking to make a change: Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a family. Choose an alternative walking tour in Berlin!

Choose an alternative walking tour in Berlin!

Its May and it’s almost June. Such a brilliant time to be in Berlin and in the city and as I have already told you, it’s the season for sun, fun and games!

Last year, I went to Scotland. One of the things that we did there was to go on a walking tour which even though I have been to Scotland many times, gave a closer insight into Edinburgh.

I went on a City of London Square Mile tour, and had a most invigorating time!

In January, I went to London. I mean. What can I say? I even used to live there LOL! Having said that, just because you live somewhere doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep yourself up to date with changes and developments, so I went on a City of London Square Mile tour, and had an invigorating time.

Living in Berlin, boy! There are loads of changes, updates and movements of this place and that place. Quite frankly, just because you saw something last year, doesn’t mean that you’re going to see it again this year, so do hurry up and visit LOL!

Tacheles Metal sign in grungy Berlin!
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So yesterday, I decided to go on a walking tour with a difference. A walking tour that will give you a deeper insight of what it means to live in this brilliant beautiful city. I went with a company called alternative berlin tours and out of a variety of seven, I chose the real berlin experience walking tour.

Hanging out at the Strandbar Mitte – Beachbar in Mitte
©visitBerlin – Wolfgang Scholvien

What a day I had. The sun was shining, people were out and about, and I had briefly met and shaken hands with the Royal British Legion in Berlin. I had also just dropped “The Tall Young Gentleman” so that he could go on a camping weekend, in the suburbs of Brandenburg.

We met the alternative berlin tours guys at 12:00 and the meeting point was under the TV tower at Alexanderplatz, next to Starbucks. In fact, I actually met the owner of the company – Adie – a bearded, leather-clad, rock fellow who you knew, was going to show you a good time!

Our tour guide was an Australian bloke from Melbourne called Liam. Quite an easy name to remember as the name Liam is a popular Irish name and since I’m from Manchester, I’ll also stick in the fact that Liam is also one half of the sibling group – Oasis.

Not this Liam though LOL!

Liam – our tour guide.

We were a small group of six.

A young couple from London, a Swiss guy who actually came from Germany, an American, two young South-German couples who had recently moved to Berlin, and myself, a veteran expat local!

We started off in Mitte and then took the train to that most wonderfully diverse of places in Berlin – Kreuzberg. If you come to Berlin, do try to visit that suburb of Berlin.

In that most wonderfully diverse of places in Berlin –
The riverside in Kreuzberg!

It’s strange because even though Berlin has only about 3.4 million people and is obviously a European capital city, it doesn’t feel like a city. It feels and looks like a huge leafy suburb with splats of urban identity.

This walking tour was a real berlin experience in itself and I’m really pleased that I chose this tour.

Kreuzberg is the part of Berlin where young creative artists, the student body, people looking for a better life, and people looking for an alternative lifestyle, go to. Basically, if you’re young this is the place. Its cheap, its friendly and its a community mishmash of people, culture, colour, and creed.

The young people of Berlin.

Kreuzberg is also where the likes of David Bowie and Iggy Pop used to hang out, make music, and get creative, as do other artists. Street artists.

All around the city is street art that is both beautiful and provocative. If you know the legend of Banksy, you’ll know that he spent a reasonable amount of time in Berlin too, but all his artwork was carved or chiselled out, and sold to collectors abroad.

We learnt about the history of the city-state that is Berlin and why it attracts a certain type of person. In fact, when I first came to Berlin, I lived in Kreuzberg too. I had a huge rent-controlled apartment near the river which didn’t have a bathroom, and in which we hauled up steel-buckets of coal every week. It was worth it though ‘cos I was living in a 19th century building and my share of the rent in those days, was €17.00 per week!

The Berlin Wall. 1961-1989.

Now I live in the more gentrified section of what was previously East Berlin – in Prenzlauerberg. I still live in a huge apartment but you can bet your Nelly that I certainly didn’t pay €17.00 for it!

Berlin has a lot of community gardens and lots of mini farms dotted around the city. In fact, there’s a sort of farm about 10 minutes from my home which has sheep, pigs, goats, and horses. Right in the middle of the city, and you can feed them too!

Berlin like Manchester, is a river state and the river runs through the city.

Berlin also has lots of lakes and next week, it’s Father’s Day. In Germany, hordes of men take trips to the lakes, singing loudly, and carting crates of beer and sausages around with them.

Kreuzberg also has a river running through it and at the weekend, you can have brunch or just relax while you people-watch. We also have residents who live in their caravans or river-barges, or who just randomly set up tents. It’s free accomodation and technically not illegal to chill-out in your sleeping bag of an evening.

With your mates and a careful BBQ!

Going for a snack at a local dive.

We mustn’t forget that the other reason why Kreuzberg is so famous is because this particular suburb had the Berlin Wall running right through the middle of it. During the in-between time when the Wall actually fell and the time that the government got it together, young people were leaving the East to go West, or leaving the West to go East.

Mayhem and confusion.

For some, let the good times begin.

A confusing time means that you can pretty much do whatever you want, and Berliners did.

Cue the squatting era!

Capitalism is a sin!

The houses were there for the taking and it pretty much remained that way for a very long time.

In 2013, the last couple of homes had the squatters evicted. A few houses have been bought by former-squatters, so that these houses would be open to people of the same ideology or supporters of the cause, with donations expected.

If you need information about where you can eat and drink for free (with donations), do let me know!

Our real berlin experience walking tour then took us across to the river bridge and into the Eastern part of the city – Friedrichshain.

Friedrichhain is a student haunt and caters for the bars and clubs that line the river, most of which have now been taken over and sold to developers in order to establish office buildings, and luxury apartments and hotels.

Inspiring Street Art in Berlin.

Clubs and music venues that are still there are places like Berghain, Bar 25 and Yaam. We were lucky enough to be allowed to go onto the premises as the club was being renovated and decorated with street art, and there were huge and serious-looking, bouncers around. We also met the artists who were really nice and didn’t feel too bothered by ignorant-but- we-want-to-learn-stuff tourists such as ourselves. They were so nice that our group were not asked for “a donation” and the barman even sold me beer for €1.00 rather than €2.50!

Really huge Street Art!

After that we went into the old “no-man’s-land” of East Berlin and crossed into what is now known as Mitte. Mitte is an upper-middle class part of Berlin and is also where the old Checkpoint-Charlie crossed into, as the military border was from Kreuzberg which was the West into Mitte, which was the East.

We had a well-deserving lunch break and sat and chatted in the park, In the sun-shine, and then it was time to carry on. We then went into Hackescher Markt.

Hackerscher Markt is a wonderful ex-Jewish area over-flowing with cafes, boutiques, independent shops, theatres, cinemas and art galleries. In fact, we went into one of the courtyards or “Hofs” and there are many in this area.

Liam took us into Hackesche Höfe or Hackersche Hoefe, which is the largest enclosed courtyard area in Germany and absolutely covered with street and metallic art on a huge scale owned by Haus Schwarzenberg and Monsterkabinett. The Anne Frank museum is also in this courtyard and has the constant coming of tourists and Berlin locals at all hours of the day. In the evening, the bars are opened, and there is an open air cinema and a club in the basement.

Haus Schwarzenberg and Monsterkabinett. In the very background is Kino Central.

It was soon time to go to my area – Prenzlauerberg. Prenzlauerberg is a former East Berlin suburb and a hugely gentrified upper-middle class area filled with young professionals and start-up entrepreneurs.

Prenzlauerberg is also a mecca for alternative living and health as the first vegan restaurant and supermarket opened up here, and we have loads of organic shops and yoga and Pilates studios. In fact, a few years ago I took up Tai Chi myself in order to align my chakra with the sun!

Prenzlauerberg is also a former upper class Jewish area as well as an area that had the most amount of breweries in Germany! Our tour didn’t include going to a brewery but we certainly ended it in a German way aka in a beer garden called PrataGarten. And so it was, our group had a lovely time and ended it with lovely glasses of kristellbier!

Churches of protest – Zionkirsche.

What a great tour. Here’s the info:

WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE BERLIN TOURS?

Exactly what it says on the package. The idea of an alternative tour is to show tourists and visitors the raw, urban, artistic side of Berlin, and also to support and promote the history, and pre-development of the city, both before and after the Berlin Wall came down.

A Berlin Street Artist.

WHAT IS THE REAL BERLIN EXPERIENCE WALKING TOUR ABOUT?

The real Berlin experience walking tour is about an alternative way of seeing the city of Berlin by moving away from the ordinary tourist trail and exploring the cultural, subcultural, and counter-cultural background scene of Berlin’s street art and graffiti history, through the eyes of locals living here.

All you need for street art & graffiti.

DO I NEED TO UNDERSTAND GERMAN?

These tour are in English. If English isn’t your native-language not to worry, as half of my group happened to be German native-speakers, and they did fine!

WHAT DO I NEED?

A pair of good shoes, a rain-jacket in case it rains, a pair of sunglasses, possiby a hat, a huge bottle of water, a few Euros for lunch, and a huge smile!

Not like this lady. She’s quite serious!

ANYTHING ELSE?

Yes. This tour cost €12.00 and was well worth the price.

If you’re feeling particularly energetic, there’s a twilight berlin tour €20.00, an alternative pubcrawl tour €10.00, a street art workshop €15.00, a green tour €15.00, a taste berlin tour €45, and if you’re really broke, down and out, or simply hung-over, free tours which cost €0.00!

Street Art & Graffiti

The tour is also rather long but I was prepared for that so don’t make an important appointment immediately after. You might want to hang-out with the tour-guide and other members of your tour group, over a beer or two.

Good German beer!

Don’t forget to get yourself a public transport ticket. A day card for zone A and B is better, so that you are more flexible to move around.

MY VERDICT:

I absolutely loved it.

Yes, I live here and that’s perfectly fine.

Everyone should do a walking tour of their own city every now and then, if only to make sure that when guests come to visit, you know exactly what you’re talking about or can lead them to someone who does LOL!

Little Lucy drawn by El Bocho.

WHAT IF A WALKING TOUR ISN’T MY CUP OF TEA?

Keep reading my blog. There is more to come!

Tickets for the Real Berlin Experience are €12.00.

Approximate walking time: 4.5 hours. Our tour was about 5.5 hours.

Every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. At 12:00.

The meeting point is at the Alexanderplatz TV tower next to the entrance of Starbucks.

For more information about alternative walking tours please contact: Alternative Berlin Tours.

If only you could read my thoughts. Oh, you can!

This article is not sponsored and even though I received a complimentary ticket, all opinions and the wonderful doner kebab and lovely cold beers that I happily consumed, are my very own! Every week for the months of May and June, I’ll be writing about summer time in Berlin, and what to do when you get here.

Next week, I will be writing about the hip-hop ballet production of Mozart.

At the end of May, Berlin will be hosting a Travel Massive bloggers event so if you’re in town, come join us on 27.05.14.

I will also be attending the Berlin Music Video Awards 2014, taking place between 28.05.14 – 31.05.2014. Are you coming?

Watch this space!

Me, myself & I in Prenzlauerberg.

Have you been on a walking tour? Have you been up close, and experienced street art? Do you know your own city?

See you in Berlin.

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The Long Night of Museums or die Lange Nacht der Museen: How to enjoy a shopping spree of museum loving!

The Natural History Museum, Berlin or Museum für Naturkunde. © Photo: Sergej Horovitz

As I told you previously May and June are the months in which I concentrate on the lovely city of Berlin and give it as much love as I can muster.

After our lovely break in Poland, I started the month hanging out with Shakespeare. I then went and watched a magnificent production at the Friderichstadt-Palast called SHOW ME, and yesterday, I participated in the very original this-is-Berlin-and-we do-things-in-exciting-ways museum event called: The Long Night of Museums or die Lange Nacht der Museen.

Part of my quip as The British Berliner is that my blog is not only a travel blog or even an expat blog, but that this blog is also a lifestyle blog. My lifestyle; and part of my lifestyle is that I also happen to like culture, history, literature, theatre, and style.

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin.
© Photo: Berlinische Galerie

For British culture, you only have to turn here. With literature and theatre turn to here. With style, you can’t do any better than the Berlin Fashion Week, and with history well, this post about the Long Night of Museums certainly fits the bill.

WHAT IS THE LONG NIGHT OF MUSEUMS or DIE LANGE NACHT DER MUSEEN?

The Long Night of Museums is a special event that takes place once a year on the Saturday evening before International Museum Day.

It’s a joint event that is organised by the Berlin Museums and Kulturprojekte Berlin and was born in 1997. At this time, up to at least 100 museums, collections, archives, memorials, exhibitions, and galleries, participate in opening their doors to the general public.

Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik.
© Photo: Sergej Horovitz

BUT WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Well, it’s a marvellous thing about being British because I’m quite used to attending museums and galleries for free. The fact is, Berlin isn’t as wealthy as London but Berlin is a strong and vocal supporter of the arts which is why creative people land in Berlin and stay here.

If you’re a painter, sculpturist, musician, dancer, writer, or struggling actor, you might not be in a Hollywood film but you’ll definitely get AND gain the experience in which to try your luck in Los Angeles or New York!

As such, the Long Night of Museums is not only a wonderful project but a way to give back to the community. On this night Berlin is ablaze with entertainers, fun, games, drinks, snacks, and free transport.

Taking the shuttle bus.
© Photo: Sergej Horovitz

• Use your ticket from 18:00 until 02.00 the next day!

• Use the very same entrance ticket to continue your visit and go to museums on International Museum Day too.

• Go to up to 100 museums, collections, archives, memorials, exhibitions, and galleries, all over the city.

• Take the 40 special shuttle buses covering 6 routes, Call-a-Bikes, mainline and underground trains for free. All night.

• Take the opportunity to glimpse the city lights at night.

• Bask in the vast glory of almost 400 km² of parks, rivers, streets, offices, buildings, and homes.

• Discover new museums and locations.

• Go on a guided tour, do some hands-on activities, or take part in a special programme.

• Take the family.

MACHmit Museum for children.
© Foto: MACHmit! Museum für Kinder

DO I NEED TO UNDERSTAND GERMAN?

Most of the literature and website pages supplied are in both German and English. Some places even had other world languages too like French, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese!

WHERE DID I GO FOR THE NIGHT?

I decided not to go to my favourite museums the German Historical Museum and the Jewish Museum but rather to museums or galleries that I either hadn’t been to or that it has been at least 5 years! I also took along or rather coerced and bribed, “The Tall Young Gentleman” into a restaurant dinner instead of eating at home!

Here goes. I went to:

• The Deutsche Bank KunstHalle: An exhibition of international contemporary art. It was a bit too grown-up for “The Tall Young Gentleman” but if you’re interested in art that makes you think. You’ll like it. The exhibition at the moment is Victor Man – Zephir: “Artist of the Year,”- 2014.

Victor Man – Zephir

• The Deutsches Currywurst Museum Berlin: An excellent interactive museum for all the family showing us the history of Berlin’s most famous “imbiss” dish. You can learn how currywurst is made, smell it, watch a film about it. You can even attempt to sell it, and play around with the french fries and chips!

As you can imagine, we spent rather a long time here. 2 hours to be precise! Old “kids” and young will love it, and you can have chocolate and curry ice-cream!

All you need is a plate of Berlin’s delicious speciality – currywurst. Yum!

• Mauermuseum – Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie: This is one of Berlin’s most important museum as it documents the history of Berlin as a divided city, the building of the Berlin Wall, and the ingenious ways that East Germans tried to escape to the West. This exact spot was the border of East and West Berlin.

I didn’t actually go in this time around but spent most of my time outside the museum taking pictures of the Checkpoint Charlie signposts, and chatting with the uniformed “soldiers” from whom you can have your photo taken, and your passport stamped. You can also buy huge fluffy Russian hats and American pilot goggles!

At Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin.

• Knoblauchhaus: This house is one of the few remaining 18th century houses of it’s kind, and was donated to the city of Berlin by the Knoblauch family. If you’re interested in middle-class life and business, then this museum would be a good one to go to.

I really enjoyed walking around late at night in this beautiful quarter, and letting my imagination run riot. This house is located in one of Berlins’ most untouched, unbombed, and historically protected quarter. This quarter is called Nikolaiviertel or Nikolai Quarter which was founded in 1200.

The interior of Museum Knoblauchhaus, Berlin.
Photo: Michael Setzpfandt / Stadtmuseum Berlin

• Berliner Rathaus or the Red Town Hall: I hadn’t actually planned to go to the city Town Hall at all but it’s been a while since I’ve been there and I happened to be passing by, so I popped in anyway.

The Berliner Rathaus is the official seat and office of the Lord Mayor – Klaus Wowereit – and also the seat of the Berlin Senate. The power of a city is in it’s Town Hall and with chandeliers, grand pianos, paintings and statues from 1790, you certainly feel the power and strength.

The Berliner Rathaus or the Red Town Hall in Berlin.

• Centum Judaicum or the The Neue Synagoge: We all know the awful history of the Jewish people in the city and this synagogue is a testimony to that. Built in 1866, the synagogue was awfully damaged in World War II and was finally restored in 1995. It’s permanent exhibition documents the history of Berlin’s Jewish community.

I really wanted to go and see it but by 01:00, I was exhausted and so I decided to go to my last museum and exhibition for the night, in another Jewish museum, closer to where I actually was.

The Neue Synagoge, Berlin.

• Anne Frank Zentrum: The exhibition “Ann Frank. Here & Now” shows the world the life and bravery of Ann Frank, her family, and her friends from the writings of her personal diary – Anne Frank’s Diary.

It was an emotional but essential museum to go to, showing the lifestyle and suffering of upper middle-class Jewish families and in fact, every Jewish family living in Europe at that time.

Well worth seeing even if you’ve been to Anne’s original home in Amsterdam, as I have.

MY VERDICT?

A fantastic weekend for all the family.

I love going to the museum. I love history.

Sure, I have my favourites in that I prefer the old, classical stuff and archives, depicting the anthropology of how people lived of old. Having said that though, going to a museum or gallery is a wonderful way to take in the history and culture of a people. It’s also a way to enjoy the secrets and pride of a nation.

I’ve been privy to private museum collections, the original collections of Andy Warhol, the Museum of Modern Arts, New York, the Guggenheim collection, Rembrandt, Ruben, Picasso, French art of the 18th and 19th century, Byzantine Art, German Jewish culture, the first computer, pieces of the original Berlin Wall, the original 300 BC bust of Queen Nefertiti of Ancient Egypt, the Friedrich Christian Flick modern art collection, the artistic paintings of Francis Bacon, and the horror of war, prejudice, and suffering.

For a person that isn’t a fan of modern art, it seems that I actually go to see rather quite a lot LOL!

The Long Night of Museums is only once a year but if you would like to visit our museums and galleries when you visit, please check the website here for the complete list of Berlin’s museums, exhibitions, galleries, and memorials.

All federal state museums, as well as the National Museums or Staatlichen Mussen in Berlin and the German Historical Museum, offer free admission to young people up to the age of 18. At other museums, children and students get a discount.

All Berlin memorial sites, regional museums, as well as a small amount of historical museums and collections, are also free of charge. There is also free entrance on the first Monday or Wednesday of the month for some museums. Check here for more details.

Please note that many museums, but not all, museums are closed on Mondays.

WHAT IF MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES REALLY AREN’T MY CUP OF TEA?

Hardly a problem. There are a million and one other things to do in Berlin. I’ll be writing more about those things for the rest of May and June.

For more information about the delightful night event please contact: Long Night of Museums.

For more information about where to visit, for cultural history and art. Please contact: museums and galleries in Berlin.

The Berliner Dom at Night.
© Foto: Sergej Horovitz

This article is not sponsored and even though I received a complimentary ticket, all opinions and the Chinese chicken and noodles I bought at 02:15, are my very own!

Every week for the months of May and June, I’ll be writing about summer time in Berlin, and what to do when you get here.

Next week, I will be going on a walking tour with a difference and writing about the grungy, hippy, rock life-style parts of Berlin! I will also be watching a new modernized performance of Mozart.

At the end of May, Berlin will be hosting a Travel Massive bloggers event so if you’re in town, come join us on 27.05.14.

As a grand month finale, I will also be covering the Berlin Music Video Awards 2014, taking place between 28.05.14 – 31.05.2014.

It’s going to be amazing.

Watch this space!

Myself at the Lustgarten, Berlin.

Have you ever been in a museum at night? When was the last time you went to a museum, gallery or exhibition?

Are you coming for the summer? See you in Berlin.

Блэк Чайна получила в подарок от Роба Кардашьяна фиолетовый Lamborghini

29-летний Роберт Кардашьян-младший похоже совсем потерял голову от своей невесты Блэк Чайны. В прессе появилось сообщение о том, что влюбленная парочка вчера гуляла по Лос-Анджелесу, причем, всячески пытаясь скрыться от папарацци. Сегодня Блэк и Роб опять попали под прицелы фотокамер, правда повод для этого был совсем другой: девушка получила от жениха очередной роскошный подарок. Им стал фиолетовый Lamborghini, который, по мнению экспертов, стоит минимум 200 000 долларов.

Прогулка по автосалонам и бутикам

Будущие супруги вчера заинтриговали своим поведением на только прессу, но и поклонников. Они довольно редко появляются на публике вместе, а тем более на совместных прогулках. По инсайдерской информации с самого утра Блэк и Роб объезжали салоны по продаже автомобилей. После этого бизнесмен и его спутница направились в бутики. Судя по выражению лица, которое было у модели, настроение у нее было очень хорошее. Возле магазинов влюбленные расстались: Роб уехал в неизвестном направлении, а Блэк отправилась инспектировать, как продается ее продукция.

Фиолетовый Lamborghini – дорогой подарок от Роберта

Судя по всему, поездка по автосалонам прошла не зря. Сегодня утром невеста получила от будущего супруга в подарок шикарный автомобиль. Папарацци удалось сделать всего лишь 1 снимок, когда влюбленные находились рядом с машиной. Все остальные, буквально через час, Чайна сама разместила на страничке в Instagram. Кроме этого на них появились милые надписи: «Спасибо малышу» и т.п.

Роб и Блэк совсем недавно обручились

Не так давно стало известно, что бизнесмен сделал модели предложение. Кольцо с довольно массивным бриллиантом, стоимостью в 325 000 долларов, безумно понравилось невесте. Снимок с этим ювелирным изделием и восторженные возгласы Блэк, почти сразу появились в интернете.

Свадьба у молодых людей состоится в конце лета в тропиках, и будет проходить в формате реалити-шоу. Будут ли на нем присутствовать члены клана Кардашьян — неизвестно, потому что они не одобряют выбор Роберта и считают Блэк плохой партией для молодого человека.