Konrad Werner: More heartless bastards stand up for refugees

You're never gonna beat the racists by saying that Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus were refugees (they weren't anyway). As every real Christian knows, there's only one thing that can win our hearts at Christmas: money. more

Dec 21, 2015 11:00 AM The Berlin Blog 2 Comments

INTERVIEW. Spend this year’s holidays with Einstürzende Neubauten leader Bargeld at Radialsystem V as his band performs Lament, a set of original compositions, covers and reworks marking 100 years since the beginning of World War I. more

Dec 17, 2015 11:00 AM Music & nightlife

Are your nightmares dominated by overcrowded dining room tables and piles of dirty dishes? Berlin's restaurants come to rescue you from Christmas dinner toil. Here are five of the best places to eat out on Christmas Day. more

Dec 16, 2015 3:00 PM Food


Photo by Philipp Dubrau

With the first Advent come and gone, Weihnachtsmarkt season is in full swing. Among the bio-vegan-Japanese hype, don't forget these five classics. Frohes Fest! more

Nov 30, 2015 12:45 PM Visiting

Seymour Gris: Courage for Christmas

Be brave, dear readers, Gris has a few uplifting words for you. And those words? Be brave. more

Dec 23, 2014 1:45 PM The Berlin Blog

What's a family to do on Christmas when one of the flock converts to a different religion? Coming together under such circumstances can take a little effort. A Berlin Studentin recounts how her sibling’s sudden conversion changed their whole family. more

Dec 23, 2014 11:30 AM Zeitgeist 4 Comments

Mossy Brackets: Single at Christmas

Found yourself alone in Berlin this holiday season? Whether you're a stranded expat looking for a teat to suckle on or a homegrown hermit bunking down, Mossy has got the coming week's emotional roller coaster all planned out for you. more

Dec 22, 2014 12:30 PM The Berlin Blog 3 Comments

Is the hassle of Christmas dinner too much for you? Can't take the pressure of hosting all your orphaned friends trapped in Berlin for the holidays, let alone cooking for them? Here are five ideas that might just save your Christmas. more

Dec 19, 2014 2:00 PM Food

Christmas is just around the corner! Show some hometown pride this season and give your loved ones something that just screams Berlin, from Aldi action figures to club stench in a bauble to a GDR boardgame for some family fun. more

Dec 15, 2014 2:20 PM , , , , The Best of Berlin

Jane Silver: A Jew at the Wintermarkt

Does Bergmannkiez's Wintermarkt live up to its non-denominational name? And how's the food? Jane investigates. more

Dec 1, 2014 1:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt

Photo by Jürgen Loch

From now til Christmas, you won't be able to avoid the city's ubiquitous Weihnachtsmärkte. We've saved you some trouble and rounded up seven that are actually worth a visit. more

Nov 26, 2014 3:45 PM The Best of Berlin 1 Comments

Seymour Gris: Kreuzberg vs. Christmas

The War on Christmas has arrived here in Germany! Specifically (and where else?) in Kreuzberg. Seymour Gris explores another supposed decline in western civilisation. more

Nov 25, 2014 11:45 AM The Berlin Blog 1 Comments

Ikea protests

On the scene. Photo by John Riceburg

John Riceburg: Holiday fun at Ikea

There is so much to do at Ikea! But as a form of alternative Xmas entertainment, try a strike! More than 50 strikers and supporters demonstrated through the big blue furniture store yesterday, and our blogger was on the scene. more

Dec 11, 2013 12:00 PM The Berlin Blog

Konrad Werner: Christian love from a real Christian

In his Christmas speech, German President Joachim Gauck used an African asylum seeker baby to illustrate his sermon about Christian love, but decided not to pour righteous Christian fury on the EU's refugee policy. more

Dec 28, 2012 10:30 AM The Berlin Blog 3 Comments

Staying in Berlin for Xmas? Feel the corners of your mouth drooping 'cos you'll be missing out on your mum's roast turkey? Fear not expat traditionalists - there are plenty of festive feasts to banish any holiday blues. more

Dec 6, 2012 1:00 PM , Food

English Christmas crackers

English Christmas crackers. Photo by net_efekt (Flickr CC)

Amok Mama: Those mad bastards at home

Jacinta Nandi is so busy being shocked by the mad Germans and their mad habits and thoughts and stuff, that sometimes she forgets that it's not like the people who live in England are exactly normal in the head either. more

Dec 5, 2011 9:00 AM The Berlin Blog 8 Comments

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