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Top 5 Winter travel essentials
Looking to escape Berlin over the holidays but still want all the frills and thrills of Hauptstadt life? Then book your hip city stay in mainline cities like Prague, London, even New York, with Wimdu. You can find a great holiday apartment and experience the place like a local – better and cheaper than you could through any hotel! So here are our tips for places to go to in Berlin to prepare for your city visit, from coats to maps to getting your holi-bod prepared for your packed holiday schedule.
Photos by 360° Outdoor, Veronica Jonsson, Schropp (Facebook), Jarka Snajberk, Uniqlo
Whether you're roughing it in the Süd Tirol Alps or strolling the stylish London streets this winter, 360° Outdoor outfits you with the latest high-tech gear you need (for a price), from sub-zero sleeping bags to Marmot coats. In addition to offering handy gadgets like the Primus commuter mug, the Kreuzberg retailer is no less than heaven for Fjällräven enthusiasts, with countless alternatives to the traditional Kånken and jackets to match. But if you're looking for a bag that will hold more than your guidebooks, you're also in luck; you could smuggle a friend or two in any number of of their backpacking packs.
2Mulackstraße 22, 10119 Berlin
Instant photo developing is still around thanks to the Impossible Project, launched in 2008 by the nostalgic duo of an Austrian businessman and a former Polaroid engineer in the Dutch city of Enschede, where they relaunched the manufacture of analogue film for the cult cameras. The Sofortbild-Shop, run by Simone and Jörn Freitag, stocks the full range of Impossible products as well as Fujifilm Instax cameras and films, vintage Polaroid cameras (which they also rent out), instant photography books, while hosting exhibitions and workshops. At eight exposures for €20, it costs a lot more than Instagram, but it’s worth it for the great tones – and to make sure your photo memories of your trip turn out great.
It can't be an accident that the purveyor of travel guides, gifts, and every kind of map you can imagine – from the useful foldable pocket variety to the artistic wall hangings down to relief cartographic postcards – is situated next to a travel agency; you can't enter without exotic cookbooks or Dumont Picture Atlases inciting an intense wanderlust. You'll find necessities like phrase books, compasses for the old-school travelers, and GPS/digital maps for the paperless. The weary traveler can purchase online, but we highly recommend visiting the impressive Schropp shop in person.
CrossFit Werk in Wedding is the original of four ‘boxes’ where you can find an hour-and-a-half class and the infamous "workout of the day". The boot camp-style workouts are done in an eight-person group so the coaches can give you personal attention, correct your form and provide encouragement while you do your squats, pull-ups, burpees (a push-up/jump hybrid) and whatever else the trainer decides that day. The small class size means plenty of opportunities for bonding with your fellow partners in pain – or, if you prefer, some friendly competition. You’ll feel sore the next day, but don’t give up. Get fit so you have enough energy for all the sightseeing and partying.
5Tauentzienstraße 7B/C, 10789 Berlin
Japanese megabrand Uniqlo teased us with a pop-up shop before opening its flagship store in Berlin this year on Tauentzienstraße in Schöneberg. Stock up on cotton shirts, skinny jeans and cashmere in every colour you ever dreamed of. Being in Germany has at least taught you to be be prepared for all kinds of weather regardless of the season, but there's no need to toss stylishness to the curb. And their ultra light down jackets roll up into a convenient little duffel bag for inconspicuous storage when not needed.