In Case You Missed It: Snow in Berlin

by Zo√ę Noble

Olive and Adrian playing in the snow

The Iceman Cometh! Oh wait, that’s just James… So we may not have had a white Christmas in Berlin, but we had the next best thing – a pleasant drift of the white stuff a few days later, and then streets clear of sludge by New Year’s Eve. Just in case there isn’t more snow to come, we made sure to get out in it, with Olive and our awesome visiting friend Adrian in tow. Both of them seemed to have fun!

Olive in the sun

Tree branches covered in snow

Adrian and James walking

James in black and white

Maybachufer frozen canal

√ľberlin logo in snow

Swan flying over Maybachufer canal

Admiralbr√ľcke canal

Lens flare and branches

Olive in the snow

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Happy Christmas!

by James Glazebrook

Happy Christmas from √ľberlin and Olive

Olive wanted to pop by to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and to thank everyone who supported us through a year of big changes, and occasionally tough, yet¬†rewarding, times. She rightly pointed out that √ľberlin would be nothing without our community, and thought we should remind our coworkers, readers, followers and friends: we love you all.

A special¬†”paws up” to Free Your Stuff Berlin¬†for donating a kostenlos Christmas tree (we promise to stop trolling you so hard!) and to Shinola, the Detroit product designers who made the luxurious¬†dog bed¬†that Olive is modelling so beautifully here. To all our √ľberliners,¬†Frohe Weihnachten and Guten Rutsch!

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Music Montag: Nina Hagen, Naughty and Nice

by James Glazebrook

"Nina relajada" by inthesitymad, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

“Nina relajada” by inthesitymad, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

We’ve said it before: Nina Hagen is the queen. So we’re going to give her the spotlight on this Christmas edition of Music Montag, for a couple of naughty and nice renditions of Weihnachten-themed songs.

First up, enjoy her doing what she does best, getting sacrilegious (ish) over the top of some bonkers acid techno. Then, watch the post-punk icon get visibly outside of her comfort zone, and still nailing it, singing a traditional hymn with an orchestra for French TV. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Naughty: “X- Christmas”

Nice: “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night)

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Fantastic photos from Berlin’s biggest Christmas market

by Zo√ę Noble


Tis the season! While all the other bloggers are seeking out the quaintest, most traditionally festive Weihnachtsmarkts in Berlin, we thought we’d go to arguably the worst and take the best photos of it!¬†Wintertraum, which stretches from Alexanderplatz to Jannowitzbr√ľcke, bills itself as Berlin’s biggest Christmas market, but really it’s a funfair – complete with candy floss vendors, vomit-inducing rides to test the stomachs of adventurous candy floss eaters, and what seems like a billion flashing lights. So what better place to test out the steampunk-y Petzval lens¬†I had on load from Lomography?

The¬†Petzval¬†comes in stunning gold, and apparently “is a stunning reinvention of the legendary Petzval Lens, which was first conceived of in Vienna, Austria, in 1840.” It works with both analogue and digital cameras, and allows you to take photos with a narrow depth of field, producing a¬†trippy¬†bokeh¬†effect in the background. I really enjoyed using it to capture the insanity of the Wintertraum Christmas market, including the creepy clowns, retro rides like “BREAK DANCE”, the possibly-BER-inspired “Chaos Airport” … and James’ beard! A photo opportunity if ever there was one. ;)


























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Ask √ľberlin #1: Popping the Question

by James Glazebrook

Ask √ľberlin #1 Popping the Question

Welcome to the first episode of our first podcast,¬†Ask √ľberlin!¬†Here we answer reader Eddy’s adorable question: where should he propose to his girlfriend while on vacation in Berlin?

Is the¬†TV Tower¬†really the most romantic place in Berlin? And what is Zo√ę’s ingenious plan involving an engagement ring, a hot dog and the peacocks of Pfaueninsel?¬†Listen in for all the saucy details!

Got a question for us? Stick it in an email to¬†ask@uberlin.co¬†and we‚Äôll answer you on an upcoming episode of Ask √ľberlin!

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Music Montag: Last Christmas (PHON.O’s Calm Down Edit)

by James Glazebrook

It’s (nearly) Christmaaaaaaassssssss! √ľberlin favourite¬†Phon.o¬†is providing the calm before the seasonal storm with this 36 minute (!) edit of Wham! crimbo classic “Last Christmas”. Download it for free now and save it for when your family really start to get on your nerves. Headphones on – Happy Christmas y’all!

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Merry Xmas from √ľberlin

by Zo√ę Noble

merry xmas from uberlin

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Music Montag: Iggy Pop, “White Christmas (Dubstep Remix)”

by James Glazebrook

Iggy Pop White Christmas Dubstep remix

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Ding dong! Win LOADS of Berlin Swag in our Big Christmas Giveaway

by James and Zoe

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we're running any open competitions] 

Check this out! As a thank you to all our loyal readers and fans, we’re giving away LOADS of Berlin swag this Christmas. Lots of kind folk have contributed to a grand prize that is worth nearly ‚ā¨250 (!) and includes:¬†exclusive √ľberlin merchandise, t-shirts from local designers, a luxury cheese and wine gift box, and some other lovely stuff produced here in the Haupstadt. Scroll down for full details of this epic prize, and to find out how to get your hands on it. Good luck, little elves!


The grand prize in full (worth nearly ‚ā¨250!)

1 x cheese & wine gift box from GiftsforEurope.com. This bestseller includes three distinct Primello cheeses – fresh cheese in elegant roll form with salmon, pineapple, and pepper – a gorgeous red wine from Ch√Ęteau des Tourtes, tangy Japanese crackers, and nuts.

IMPORTANT NOTE: we can only get this prize shipped to these EU countries¬†- if you win, and live somewhere else, you’ll just have to send the gift box to some lucky European!

1 x √ľberlin t-shirt¬†lovingly hand-printed here in Berlin by Mother Drucker, in our classic white-on-black colourway. Exclusive – you can’t even buy these yet!

¬†1 x √ľberlin tote bag¬†- another exclusive!

1 x t-shirt from AKA, the place we got our matching √ľberlin tattoos. This Philippe Fernandez anatomical heart print is only available in the AKA store in Berlin!

1 x either: Bowie t-shirt or Björk t-shirt from SAY IT. Your choice of a tee featuring the most famous Berlin expat, or Рfor the ladies Рa tank top inspired by our favourite ice queen, both hand-printed here in the city. 

1 x 2013 calendar featuring panoramic streetviews of Berlin, created by Panorama Streetline and published by archimap.

1 x Notes of Berlin book. Joab Nist of the fabulous blog Notes of Berlin has collected his favourite witty, pretty and sometimes crazy notes submitted by locals, into a book. Read more about it here.

1 x music DVD from Berlin-based “queen of electronic soul”¬†Billie Ray Martin,¬†‚ÄúFive Takes (A Song About Andy)‚ÄĚ,¬†in 8 panel deluxe silver metallic packaging.

2 x free tickets for C/O Berlin photographic centre, for when you’re next in town and feel like seeing some inspirational images.

1 x set of beautiful greetings cards from Berlin-based illustrator Petal to Petal, featuring exquisite hand-drawn snowflake designs.


How to win (it’s easy!)

Just tell us what you’d buy √ľberlin for Christmas. Find the perfect gift for any or all of us – James, Zo√ę, Olive, Iggy and Otis – and we’ll pick our favourite.¬†Be creative, and be generous – remember, we’re giving you something worth about ‚ā¨250!

Enter by posting a comment below, by 6pm on Christmas Eve. We’ll announce the winner¬†our Facebook page¬†on Christmas Day, and send out the prize shortly thereafter.

So has Santa got a bunch of Berlin swag in his sack for you? Find out by entering our Big Christmas Giveaway NOW!


The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
2. The cheese & wine gift box from¬†GiftsforEurope.com¬†can only be shipped to¬†these EU countries¬†- if you win, and live somewhere else, you’ll just have to send the gift box to some lucky European!
3. You have until 6pm (Berlin time) on Monday 24th December to enter.
4. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Tuesday 25th December.

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Voodoo Market

by James Glazebrook

Try as we might, we just can’t get into the traditional Christmas market spirit. Sure the food and drink (Gl√ľhwein!) is great, but the stuff on sale is either crafty, or just plain crappy, and the vibe is just too… merry. Maybe we’re being Grinchy, but we’d rather spend our snowy Saturdays at one of Berlin’s many alternative Weihnachtsmarkts – like Holy Shit Shopping or, last weekend’s highlight, Voodoo Market.

Billed as “not your ordinary fleamarket“, this was our first chance to explore the new Urban Spree space at Warschauer Strasse, and catch up with some of our favourite Berlin people. We saw the studio where Mother Drucker¬†printed up our √ľberlin merchandise (on sale soon!),¬†Linsey from VentureVillage getting tattooed by the¬†AKA¬†lot, SAY IT selling their geometric Bowie and Bj√∂rk t-shirts and Josh Bauman, who was as stoked as we were about the response to our “How to Survive a Berlin Winter” collaboration. Other highlights included Berlin Cakes’ delicious cupcakes and Chop Chop Graphics, who were letting people print their own t-shirts and tote bags.

Stay tuned to¬†Voodoo Market’s Facebook Page¬†to find out about their upcoming events.

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