Berlin

By Monique Burns Admittedly, it took me years to get to Berlin.  As a child growing up in the ’60s, whenever I thought of the city, I thought of the Holocaust and World War II on one hand and the Berlin Wall on the other. Scrambling under desks during school

    By Monique Burns Since the 25th anniversary of German Reunification in 2015, thousands of Americans have headed east to Berlin, Europe’s newest “Capital of Cool,” where hip cafés and contemporary galleries vie with masterpiece-filled museums and World War II historic sites.  Two hours south is Dresden, the lesser-known,

Story & photos by Monique Burns I’m headed to Berlin.  After two or three years of hearing how incredibly hip the German capital is, my curiosity finally has gotten the better of me.  It’s fall 2015—the 25th anniversary of German Reunification, proclaimed in 1990, a year after the Berlin Wall

By Monique Burns In Berlin, the German capital, as in other great metropolises, finding a good, reasonably priced hotel in the center-city is well nigh impossible.  If you do find a hotel that’s clean and comfortable, you’re lucky.  If it also has free Wi-Fi, a gym and sauna, a bar,

Berlin. Perfect high-summer June evening–even at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The light has sculpted the 2,711 concrete slabs, each meant to symbolize a coffin, into a pleasingly abstract play of gray and black. It’s contrary to the intent, of course. Even so, the behavior of this

  by Bobbie Leigh It’s hard to imagine a livelier and more memorable  celebration than November 9, 2014, when  a city-wide event marked the demise of the Berlin Wall. Berlin planners of this huge  anniversary pulled out all the stops, lining more than eight miles of the  Wall’s inner-city border

by Geri Bain and Jenny Keroack Inspired by the grand tours of aristocrats past and the more recent adventures of TV’s Gilmore Girls, 18 year old Jenny Keroack proposed that she and her mom, travel writer Geri Bain take their own grand voyage. This summer the two set out to

by Steve Jermanok The big news out of Berlin this year is the opening of the $3.4 billion Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport, set to make its debut on June 3rd. However, I’m more excited at what Berlin did with its former airport, Tempelhof, which is now the vast Tempelhofer Freiheit public

  By Bobbie Leigh Berlin reinvents itself faster than any other city in Europe. Since the Wall fell 22 years ago,  Berlin’s rate of change has been  verging on frantic.  By way of example, consider that a few years ago  the Kreuzberg district was run down and not a place