Hidden Treasures of Berlin: Brixplatz

Emphasis on the word hidden in this case! On the way to the central bus station, my daughter and I realised we were far too early and had over an hour to kill before she had to board her bus. So we turned around and headed towards the closest park in the area, which turned out to be the Brixplatz in Westend. It being a holiday today all over Germany, the streets were empty and most people were partying somewhere in the carnival areas. The Brixplatz is a small and unassuming place hidden by rows of old apartment buildings. If…

Hidden Treasures: Underground Subway Station Tour

The content and resulting photographs of this blog entry are based on a chapter of the book Berlin Fotografieren by Andreas Böttiger and Nancy Jesse. I was given this book by a fellow photographer and tried one of the suggested phototours for the first time: Unterwegs in Berliner Untergrund (On the Move in Underground Berlin). Like the other chapters of the book, this one will have you walking and jumping on and off public transportation in different parts of the city, which is actually a fantastic way to get to know Berlin if you are not the type, like me,…

Hidden Treasures: Die Dicke Wirtin

Every city has a special watering hole where struggling artists, authors and actors converge to find sympathy and inspiration. Die Dicke Wirtin (The Fat Waitress) began as one such place and the aim of the original owner, Anna Stanscheck was to make the struggling artists and students feel at home. The first part of the restaurant is more pub-like, but don’t let appearances deceive you. The assortment of beers, brandies and liqueurs will have your head spinning in no time – I highly recommend the rhubarb schnapps and the Apfelglühwein (apple spiced mulled wine). Walk further into the place and…

Hidden Treasures: The Sculptures of Simon P. Schrieber

I have had the honour and pleasure of knowing Simon P. Schrieber as sculptor and family friend since 2002. So when I returned to Berlin after an 11-year hiatus, it was comforting to be able to touch base with an existing network that took me under their wing as I re-built my life here. When I decided to launch a new series on Hidden Treasures of Berlin, the decision to begin with the Schrieber works came naturally. A writing coach told me years ago, always begin with what you know and understand well. Leave the complicated research for later. Tucked…