Peter Csakvari

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The rise of Karaköy: Istanbul's hippest neighbourhood

Edging the water on the northern side of İstanbul’s Galata Bridge, Karaköy is an exhilarating and contradictory neighbourhood within Beyoğlu where tradesmen’s workshops share narrow streets with chic cafes and galleries, and where bohemian boutiques coexist alongside traditional <i>pastaneler</i> …

Castle hunting in Austria: ten of the best

Though other countries hog all the fairytale glory, Austria does not lack for castles. In fact, for the intrepid traveller, there are many castles to explore filled with trick fountains, curious art collections, dizzying architecture and centuries of history.<p><b>Burg Hohenwerfen</b><br>Set against the backdrop …

Tour de dessert: Europe’s most delicious pastries, cakes and tarts

American cafe culture has come a long way in the last two decades: corporate coffee has spawned near two generations of independent cafes that offer more than the old standby of roadside diner joe and pie. But in Europe, grand salons with wrap-around pastry cases have more in common with jewellery …

The best of hidden Berlin

Splashy signage? How gauche! Many of Berlin's most evocative bars, restaurants and sights are actually hidden from view behind unmarked doors, in nondescript buildings or recycled breweries, under railway bridges and even in wartime bunkers. Here's our pick of the top clandestine hot spots around …

A gay utopia in Weimar-era Berlin: Book review

Author Robert Beachy explores Berlin’s gay culture and sexually liberal history<p><i>Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a modern identity</i><p><i>Robert Beachy</i><p>German history …

Berlin's bungled airport belies German efficiency

BERLIN — With its shimmering glass-and-steel exterior, the nearly finished Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport at first glance looks like a monument to German design.<p>But the industrial artistry belies myriad technical disasters, including faulty fire alarms and poorly laid foundations, that …

New Year’s Eve in Berlin – A Dinner & Party Guide

Every year, Berlin’s highly anticipated New Years Eve festivities draw over 1 million people to the city, both locals and tourists alike. With our …

Fellows Pavilion - American Academy Berlin / Barkow Leibinger

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The American Academy in Berlin, founded in 1994 by Richard C. Holbrooke, Henry A. Kissinger, and Richard …

10 Essential Berlin Books

photo: Cee Cee<p>This year saw the release of a few really amazing Berlin-themed books and we thought it was about time we are compiling a list of the …

Haruki Murakami: Racing to Checkpoint Charlie – my memories of the Berlin Wall

The Japanese author on the importance of walls as motifs in his novels<p>It has been a quarter of a century now since the Berlin Wall that separated East and West Berlin came down. The first time I visited Berlin was in 1983, and back then the city was still divided into East and West by that looming …

Skyscraper hotel hits the heights of luxury in Berlin

A revitalised section of West Berlin leaves Robert Hopkins very impressed<p>Bearing in mind there are fairy-tale castles and beautifully restored historic town centres all across Germany, it may seem strange to sing the praises of what could be described as a brutalist, concrete, city-centre …

Germany

Path of Remembrance: memorial to Germany's recent fallen soldiers in Potsdam | DW | 15.11.2014

The path ends at seven stone pillars - a place of quiet<p><b>104 deaths since 1992</b><p>The "Path of Remembrance" is dedicated to the more than 3,000 members of …

Travel Diary: Navigating the Charms of East and West Berlin

Mitte’s circa-late-18th-century Brandenburg Gate.<br>(Photo: WOLFGANG SCHOLVIEN)<p>The scar that runs down the centre of Berlin denotes not just a divided …

The Walls That Still Stand 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

It's a run-of-the-mill Saturday night and you're at a concert in Manhattan's Lower East Side. While sauntering home to the Upper West Side at the …

Guide to the 8 Best Men’s Fashion Stores in Berlin 

<b>Guide to the 8 Best Men’s Fashion Stores in Berlin</b><p>As a new expat to Berlin like so many others, I wanted to discover which stores men like myself can shop at. Luckily for me, my friend Adam of Travels of Adam was able to assist in discovering a couple of cool shops throughout Berlin. From the trendy shopping district of Mitte to the gritty neighborhood of Kreuzburg. We visited 8 shops you’ll be coming back to again, and again.<p>These stores are organized by neighborhood for your shopping …

Hotel Zoo Berlin

Berlin, Germany<p>This historic hotel, situated right on the Ku’damm, mixes a contemporary, design-savvy aesthetic with splashes of decadent, Weimar-era nostalgia. Its sensual aesthetic and top-notch services (a great restaurant and bar, pus a rooftop terrace) makes it suitable for everyone from …

Berlin’s next challenge – a world-class airport

Baptiste Grange, a Frenchman who's lived in Berlin for the past decade, can't believe Germany's largest city is still served by two antiquated airports.<p>"They look temporary and lack the services and amenities that you have in hubs like Amsterdam's Schiphol or Heathrow in London," Mr. Grange, a …

How Berlin became a great city like no other

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Wall, Berlin still struggles with its unsatisfactory urban form: its gaps, its duplications, and its unfinished nature. It is a city that has always been in flux, so complicated by its histories and counter-histories that its urban fabric seems to resist all …