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My Father and Berlin

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The rumble of a train comes through the window. In Berlin there is always the sound of a train somewhere. I look out and see a very different reality from what my father saw in 1984 when he first came to this city.

Europe's Most Historic Hotels

Oyster | Posted 05.08.2013 | Travel

Pirate Queens, famous authors, scheming politicians and celebrities of days past and present have walked through these corridors -- and now you can, too.

The Online Community Is Inexorably Global: Are You?

Chris Abraham | Posted 07.02.2013 | Technology
Chris Abraham

Humans are provincial; Americans doubly so. In fact, we online human-Americans oftentimes can't think past our sweat pants, ironic T, and bunny slippe...

NEXT Berlin 2013

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

Berlin always feels like an unfinished business to me. In Alexanderplatz, the picturesque ugly square  is as laden with underground history as a clog...

Europe's Top Business Hotels

Oyster | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel

Whether you're ironing out the details of a high stakes merger or need to be connected to all four corners of the globe at once, these top business hotels are equipped to help with your every need.

Hotels That Offer Cooking Classes

Oyster | Posted 06.16.2013 | Travel

But cooking can actually be fun, especially if you have a master chef offering instructions. Plus, the best part of going to a cooking class? You don't have to do the cleanup!

Europe's Best Attractions & Where To Stay Nearby

Oyster | Posted 06.01.2013 | Travel

Plus, where you should stay to be near these spots.

Philippe Starck Doesn't Want a Trendy Bathroom

Zoe Settle | Posted 05.21.2013 | HuffPost Home
Zoe Settle

Starck has improved a myriad of categories, including now-iconic products for Alessi (Juicy Salif) and Kartell (Louis Ghost Chair) and the interiors of the first boutique hotels -- as well as boats, knives, transit cards and touch-responsive headphones.

Artist as Ouroboros: James Franco's Gay Recycling in Berlin

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 05.12.2013 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

It is all too apt that James Franco should dedicate, in the metropolis that made gender-bending an art form, his latest multimedia exhibition, Gay Town.

The Squats of Berlin

John Feffer | Posted 04.29.2013 | World
John Feffer

But there's nothing like the feeling of urban discovery, when you stumble upon an awe-inspiring structure that makes you feel, if only for a few moments, as if you just discovered a lost city, a vanished civilization.

The Weimar Touch: (R)evolution in Berlin

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 04.28.2013 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

The 63rd International Filmfestspiele Berlin delivered the marriage of the personal/universal with flashes of outright genius in films of remarkable emotional depth, variety and originality.

Eating History in Germany

John Feffer | Posted 04.24.2013 | World
John Feffer

The GDR Museum in Berlin is actually two museums in one. And these two parts, both devoted to everyday life in the German Democratic Republic, subtly contradict one another.

The Best of Channel Surfing on YouTube: Week of February 11, 2013

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.14.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Each Monday on Channel Surfing, What's Trending quickly flips through the best of what's happening around YouTube and serves it up for your viewing pleasure. Because no one has the time to watch everything, even when it's great!

James Franco's 'Gay Town' Debuts

VernissageTV | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts

Gay Town is American actor, filmmaker, writer and artist James Franco's second solo show in Berlin with the gallery Peres Projects. The exhibition tha...

PHOTOS: Rock And Roll Hotels

Oyster | Posted 04.11.2013 | Travel

If you want to drop a beat, or just pick up the vibes left behind by some of your favorite musicians, check out these rock-ready hotels.

City Birds Bring the Noise

OnEarth | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green

By Melissa Mahony, OnEarth Living near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway isn't half bad. You learn to wipe the soot off houseplants, step over the dead ...

PHOTOS: 10 Elegantly Attired Hotels

Oyster | Posted 03.31.2013 | Travel

From gilded pillars to floral patterns, from dainty tea sets to regal portraits, these hotels keep their spaces feeling timeless.

PHOTOS: Design Hotels With Bright And Bold Decor

Oyster | Posted 03.14.2013 | Travel

From crazy colorful murals to subtle pops of color, these hotels keep their spaces fun and light.

PHOTOS: Hotels With The Midas Touch

Oyster | Posted 03.12.2013 | Travel

Though they can quickly turn from gilded to just plain gaudy -- ask The Donald -- gold accents bring a unique luster to any room.

Not Santa! Naked German Man Rescued From Chimney

Reuters | Posted 03.12.2013 | World

BERLIN (Reuters) - German firemen rescued a mysteriously naked man trapped in a narrow chimney in central Berlin, a spokesman said on Thursday. ...

Berlin's Incredible Club Scene

Party Earth | Posted 03.05.2013 | Travel
Party Earth

If the insanity of the Berlin clubbing scene we are painting isn't getting through, it's where the modern rave was popularized; a word that sends chills down the spines of overbearing parents everywhere. The city and its ultra-hip youth is still all about getting crazy.

Germany's Winter Wonderlands

Anne Z. Cooke | Posted 03.01.2013 | Travel
Anne Z. Cooke

Despite the cold, with the thermometer often sinking below freezing, mothers in thick coats pushing baby carriages swaddled in blankets were as common as bakers with their loaves. And all around me, the world's languages and their owners drifted past, evidence that Christmas markets attract international visitors. Russian couples here, Turkish there, a moment of Italian lyric vowels and a French family outfitting their kids with wool mittens.

Walking a Tightrope: News Media & Freedom of Expression in the Middle East

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.16.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

No entity could be walking a tightrope more than news media in the Middle East following a spate of uprisings, revolutions, regime changes and civil wars over the last two years.

Berlin Book of Lists Excerpt: Top Five Novels Set in Berlin to Read While You're in Town

Pete Danko | Posted 02.12.2013 | Books
Pete Danko

"The dry Berlin wit sparing no one," writes Gunter Grass in The Tin Drum, and count that as a pop quiz: If you know, you know. If you've been on the other end of that dry Berlin wit sparing no one, you won't forget it.

The Snow Globe That Is Berlin

Arne Schmidt and Claudia Hirschberger | Posted 02.11.2013 | Travel
Arne Schmidt and Claudia Hirschberger

Who ever said tourists are sissies? Watch these travelers do their thing at Berlin's Pariser Platz in a December snow storm.