For me, Berlin’s all about freedom.
You can constantly reinvent yourself,
get involved in projects,
and you’ll always find people who are happy to join in.
That’s what so exciting about it.
At the moment, my life revolves around Kreuzberg,
where it’s all happening.
But what I also find exciting is this Weimar spirit,
this reincarnations of the 1930s,
this dance on the volcano, as they call it.
And that’s all in the old west part of the city.
The Romanische Café is somewhere around here.
You run into all kinds of people there,
and it used to be a meeting place for artists and writers.
A bit further down the Kurfürstendamm
we get to the House Cumberland,
which they’ve renovated and reopened.
I find it really cool there,
a place for the creative scene and actors.
Motzstraße is Berlin’s best-known gay and lesbian district,
a position it held back in the 1930s and still does today.
You can go there any time of the day or night
and find something to suit your sexual preferences.
Over here, we have the Prenzlauer Berg,
with this maze of small streets
and thousands of little shops and stores.
It’s something you really have to see, I think.
Here’s Schlossstraße,
where there are scores of mooring places.
You can hop on a boat and sail all the way down the Spree.
And that’s really beautiful.
Here, there’s an industrial district,
where you can rent one of these little houseboats.
They have a little engine and you hire them
and get out of Berlin even without a driving license.
Great when you want to spend time on the water
at the weekend and have no idea about watersports.
Here’s the New National Gallery.
When the Wall divided the city,
East Berlin had all the really cool old museums,
so the others had to build equally cool new museums.
This is the Tulus Lotrek,
the city’s hottest new restaurant,
where they specialize in French/fusion cuisine.
They’ve been here for two years,
already got their first Michelin star,
and Ilona Scholl is Berlin’s Host of the Year.
I’d go at any rate, not least for the people
and the cocktails, but mainly for the food, of course.
Let’s move over to Neukölln.
Here, everybody speaks English,
order chai lattes or stuff like that.
Hipster happening.
Then there’s Savignyplatz, where the best Asian food is.
They’ve got it all: Thai,
the best Peking duck outside of Peking.
Here’s the KitKatClub:
a swingers’ club for hipsters. What’s not to like?
Berliners can be a bit brash, gruff.
It’s something you have to get used to.
Or you may get straight into it from the start.
When I first came here,
I’d often burst into tears in front of my friends
because I didn’t understand it,
I didn’t get that it was supposed to be a joke.
But Berlin’s full on, that’s all there is to it.