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Tropical Island Berlin: A Taste of the Surreal

Berlin has much to delight lovers of the surreal and bizarre, but there is little that can top the totally weird Tropical Islands Resort. Strictly speaking the Tropical Islands isn’t really in Berlin. It is located about 60km south of the city in a giant hanger that is said to be the world’s biggest freestanding […]

Berlin’s Rykestrasse Synagogue

Peer through the heavy gates outside the Rykestrasse Synagogue in Prenzlauer Berg and you could be forgiven for thinking that there is not much there, especially when it is compared to the ostentatious Moorish facade of the New Synagogue on Oranjenburgerstrasse in Mitte. Yet step inside Rykestrasse’s synagogue and you will find yourself in a huge […]

The Jewish Museum

No matter how many Jewish museums or holocaust memorials you have been to, the Jewish Museum in Berlin will astound you. This museum is remarkable for managing to reduce unimaginable horror to a very human scale. In part it does this through the building itself. The design, by Daniel Libeskind, is intended to create the […]

Natural Sciences Museum (Museum fur Naturkunde)

The Berlin Natural Sciences Museum (Museum fur Naturkunde) is worth a visit if for no other reason than to see its dinosaur collection, which has the skeleton of a Brachiosaurus brancai, the world’s largest mounted skeleton in its pe rmanent collection. It also has the world’s best preserved specimen of the first bird, the Archaeopteryx. […]

Hot art for a cold day: SOMA at Hamburger Bahnhof

People are talking about Carsten Höller’s exhibtion, SOMA on at Hamburger Bahnhof,  Berlin’s Museum of Contemporary art.  Höller is a trained biologist who found himself in contemporary art. Here he constructs a hypothetical experiment which aims to synthesise the mythical potion SOMA, the potent hallucinogenic drink referred to in the ancient Hindu Vedas, which promises […]

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