Berlin S-Bahn strike this week

Again Deutsche Bahn will go on trike this week – and, again Berlin’s public transport provider S-Bahn, owned by Deutsche Bahn, will be affected. Here’s how and when the strike will strike tomorrow (Wednesday, 22nd of April) and the day after (Thursday, 23rd of April).

About 30% of regular S-Bahn traffic will run. That means most of the stations will be connected – the plans are that every twenty minutes there should be a train. However, the popular ‘Ringbahn’ that rides all across Berlin in a large scale circle, will not be operating at all.

Berlin’s main public transport operator BVG is planning to help with additional and longer U-bahn trains, busses and trams – but you should not rely on this backup to work very well and instead add some extra travelling time to your schedule.


Berlin Detroit – Detroit Berlin

Back in the days of techno, there were some rather strong connections between the two cities Detroit and Berlin*. Bands from both cities influenced each other, and every now and then  techno DJs from Detroit visited Berlin to perfom in one Berlin’s techno clubs – and Berlin DJs visited Detorit to spin some vinyl in Detroit’s night life.

That was back in the 90ies.

Since then both cities changed a lot. In sort: Detroit’s inustry went down, Berlin’s tourism industry went up. Now Berlin’s “techno legend” Dimitri Hegemann was recently visiting Detroit, suggesting to “use the power of abandoned spaces”to re-vive the city – just as Berlin did.

Read on at Detroit Free Press:
Berlin techno entrepreneur continues to eye Detroit

PS: Kraftwerk?! E-Werk!!

*PS2: There’s even at least one sampler called “Berlin-Detroit Techno Alliance”
PS3: More about Techno, Detroit, Berlin and all that Jazz:

Berlin architecture exhibition at Stilwerk

This friday (20th March) the Berlin chamber of architects (Architektenkammer) will open an exhibition of Berlin architecture at Stilwerk in Berlin-Charlottenburg. On display are 65 architecture projects from Berlin – and by Berlin architects.

You can have a preview of all 65 exhibited projects at the homepage of Architektenkammer Berlin:

da! Architektur in und aus Berlin

21. March –  18. April 2015
stilwerk Berlin, Kantstraße 17, 10623 Berlin
Opening hours: Monday – Samstag, 8 a.m.  – 8 p.m.

English homepage of stilwerk:

S-Bahn replacement shuttle buses

Currently the north-south S-Bahn tunnel between Gesundbrunnen and both Yorckstrasse stations (S1, S2, S25) is closed – and will stay closed until 1:30am on 4 May 2015 (Monday).

One of Berlin’s S-Bahn official recommendations is to use ‘Ringbahn’ instead – which might be a good idea if you really want to travel from Gesundbrunnen to Yorckstrasse – or of course the other direction. Alternatively you may jump on one of the “Schienenersatzverkehr” (SEV – S-Bahn replacement shuttle buses) Buses serving the closed S-Bahn stations – more or less.

The SEV-Buses go quite frequently – every 3–4–5 minutes. There is a north branch and a south branch, meeting at S-Bahn station Friedrichstrasse.

Find more information on this information page about the construction work – and here you can download a fly with detailed information, time tables, positions of the bus stations etc.

One curiosity: the bus drivers neither sell tickets nor check tickets – just as S-Bahn drivers would.

Berlin S-Bahn-Bus Ersatzverkehr-Haltestelle

S-Bahn Ersatzverkehr Bus-Haltestelle “North” at Brunnenstrasse / near Bernauer Strasse

Berlin public transport live view map

The regional public transport authority VBB (Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg) recently released a map of Berlin and Brandenburg region showing the position busses, trams, S-Bahn- and U-Bahn-Trains and even ferry boats live.

While this map may not be the best tool to find your next vehicle it is quite a hypnotic waste of time staring at the little symbols crawling and creeping across the map.

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Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale 2015

The Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale 2015 took off already last wednesday. Maybe you already went – and saw the one or the other movie? Maybe you still don’t know if you want to go – and maybe you even think you won’t have a chance to get tickets anyways.

Berlin Film Festival Berlinale-Logo

Berlinale-Logo and Disco Ball (2014)

While it is true that it may be difficult to actually get tickets there are various ways to try – and maybe you won’t find tickets for the movie you originally intended to see, but maybe you’ll see some other movie and be surprised to find something you didn’t expect.

Anyhow – the Berlin International Film Festival is the largest public film festival – so naturally there are many different options where and how to find tickets.

  • You can purchase tickets at these four Central Ticket Sales up to three days before the screening: Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, Kino International, Haus der Berliner Festspiele (Schaperstraße 24, 10719 Berlin), Audi City Berlin (Kurfürstendamm 195, 10707 Berlin)
  • On the day of the actual screening you can purchase tickets at the related box office – check well in advance where / which theater the movie will be shown and when the box office will open
  • Online Advance Sales: you can also buy tickets through the festival’s website

Further details can be found from the festival website:

Berlin Film Festival Ticket Sales Potsdamer Platz Arkaden

Ticket Sales at Potsdamer Platz Arkaden

Hope you enjoy the show – good luck!

Berlin world wide – a documentary report on Berlin world wide

Berlin – the town I was born, the place I live, the city I love – is only one of over 100 cities, villages and places world wide called ‘Berlin’. Throughout history people have again and again called places ‘Berlin’ for various reasons – be it german missioners or colonists calling a spot ‘Berlin’ where they could build a harbour or be it german immigrants, calling their new found home after the german capital when they finally settled down in the United States of America.

In the US alone there are dozens of places called Berlin – even though many towns changed their name after the first and again after the second world war. But also in Russia and in many other countries people decided to call their city Berlin – and in most if not all cases they named it after the german capital Berlin.

Just recently a couple of german TV broadcasting stations and media institutions teamed up and produced a comprehensive documentary report which is available in different formats: as a one-piece video stream, as an interactive web-documentary and ‘in pieces’ on youtube. I highly recommend watching it since it’s really quite some entertainment – and a totally different view on “a place called Berlin”

On the website of Deutsche Welle you can watch video stream english version of the ‘linear’ documentary report split in two:

Here you’ll find the english version of the interactive web-documentary, featuring additional clips from the world’s various Berlins:

And here’s the youtube channel of worldwideberlin with lots of short clips from all over the world:

Also interesting: a radio special “How Many Berlins Are There In The U.S.?” by NPR News Berlin focusing on the Berlins located in the United States of America:

Spring-like weather in mid-January

Berlin winter weather sunshine

After some weeks of Berlin’s typical mostly grey-grey-cloudy winter weather today the day began with a surprise: Good Morning Sunshine! And the weather forecast says that we might enjoy sunshine, blue skies and temperatures between 5°C to 15°C until next weekend.

Update: Maybe I misunderstood some details of the weather forecast: the early spring lasted for only two days – now it seems we’re back in the grey-cold-windy-and-wet phase of Berlin winter….

I took the chance to update the weather page.

Berlin advertising – poster pillars everywhere

Berlin advertising: posters pillars everywhere

In Berlin almost every flat object can be a billboard – and almost every round object can be a poster pillar. And ‘everybody‘ thinks, “it’s just me – hanging a single poster on that pillar” then lamp poles and traffic signal poles can easiely become huge round objects that may look like ‘real poster pillars’, but basically they are just lamp poles and traffic signal poles, burried underneith layers and layers and layers of posters.

An interesting side effect: these ‘Poster Pillar’ might even work well as bumbers – so if a car would crash into one of these well-cushioned / padded / upholstered poles, the layers of posters might soften the impact – almost like an air bag. So maybe every street pole should be covered with layers of posters for the sake of safety? Maybe so. Maybe not.

You probably won’t see these objects in every Berlin destrict – but at least in Mitte there are some. This one I found near Rosa-Luxemburg Platz.