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ベルリン:手で触れることのできる世界都市。

他の世界都市になくて、ベルリンにあるものは何だと思いますか? まず第一に挙げられるのが、一見無愛想ですが実は温かな魅力があって、この都市特有の雰囲気を醸しているベルリンっ子たちです。 そしてもちろん、偉大な歴史や20世紀の大事件を今に伝え、新たな萌芽や時代精神を映し出している、驚くほど多彩な観光スポットを忘れるわけにはいきません。

ベルリンといえば、まず市内で最も有名な建造物である、ブランデンブルク門を思い浮かべるはずです。 この門は、数十年もの間ドイツ分割の象徴でしたが、と同時にアイディアや刺激、芸術、文化、創造性、活気などに満ちた大都市の中心であり続けてきました。 市内西域 (旧西ベルリン) では、エレガントな大通りの代名詞ともいえるクアフュルステンダム (クーダム) 、カーデーヴェーの略称で広く知られる百貨店カウフハウス・デス・ヴェステンス、トレンディなブティック、シックなギャラリー、高級住宅地、そして有名な “ベルリンのナイトライフ” が特徴になっています。 ナイトライフといえば、ドイツ最大のヴァリエテ劇場フリードリヒシュタット・パラストの『ショー:ミー』は必見です。史上最も高価にして最も豪華とされるステージ・ショーで、光と色彩、衣装、エフェクトの煌めきによる、本来の意味での “グラマー” を体験できます。 ブランデンブルク門やドイツ連邦議会議事堂の北側に広がる官庁街もまた、疑いなく世界都市の雰囲気を漂わせている場所です。 現在ここには ─ ベルリンで想像を絶するほどの犯罪が行われていた時代とは異なり ─ 平和と自由が掲げられています。 これら過去の犯罪を忘れないために、ブランデンブルク門のすぐ近くに、ニューヨークの建築家ピーター・アイゼンマンの設計で「虐殺されたヨーロッパのユダヤ人のための記念碑」が造られ、ゲシュタポ (秘密警察) 本部跡では「恐怖政治の見取図」と題する展示が行われています。

ブランデンブルク門の東側には、ベルリンの目抜き通りであるウンター・デン・リンデンが延びており、アレキサンダー広場に向かう途中には、世界文化遺産の博物館島ベルリン大聖堂、ノイエ・ヴァッヘ、バロック様式の旧兵器庫 (現在はドイツ歴史博物館) などの横を通ります。 その次に来るのが、今日にいたるまでドイツで最も高い建造物であるテレビ塔です。 塔の展望台からの、ベルリン市街地はもちろん、はるかブランデンブルク州にまで及ぶ眺望は、どんな人にとっても ─ 文字通りの意味で ─ ベルリン滞在のハイライトになることでしょう。 ウンター・デン・リンデンから南に少し入ったところには、ジャンダルメンマルクトがあります。ドイツドームやフランスドーム、コンツェルトハウス (旧シャウシュピールハウス) といった、特別な気品と荘厳な風格を持つ建築アンサンブルに囲まれた場所で、一般に “ベルリンで最も美しい広場” として知られています。 荘厳さはないものの、その分とてもカジュアルでラフなのが、同じくベルリン・ミッテ区にあるハッケシェ・ヘーフェです。完全に建物に囲まれた中庭の集合体としてはドイツ最大のもので、1977年から文化財保護指定を受けています。 ここには、アートギャラリーや映画館、劇場、ヴァリエテ、クナイペ (ドイツ風居酒屋) 、レストラン、バー、小綺麗なショップ、大手ブランドの旗艦店などが混在し、典型的な “古き良きベルリン” の香りが漂っています。 そして、クリエイティブなフィーリングもまた、インテンシブに感じることができます。間もなく壁の崩壊から四半世紀になるベルリンは、他の大都市以上に創造性豊かな場所なのかも知れません。 ドイツのアトリエ、トレンドシティ、ファッションの街、デザインの都、音楽都市……統一後のベルリンを満たしていた再生ムードは、少々特異なものでしたが、それが今日まで残っているのです。 建物の中庭に数百ものアトリエが生まれ、芸術が通りや建物の壁、さらにはブロック全体を占拠しました。 そしてもちろん、一部残されている “ベルリンの壁” も……オーバーバウム橋とオスト駅の間にあるイーストサイド・ギャラリーは、 “ストリート・アートの画帳” といった様相を呈しています。 現在市内に2万人以上いる造形美術家たちに人気なのが、クロイツベルクやプレンツラウアー・ベルク、ノイケルン、ヴェディンクといった地区です。彼らは、雰囲気や環境に特徴を与え、街をアウトサイダーや “成り上がり” のための芸術センターに変えています。 このような世界に飛び込んで、インスピレーションを得たり、魅了されたり、感動してください。 そして、ベルリンっ子たちを識ってください ─ 観光スポットを別にすれば、これこそが世界都市ベルリンを訪れる、最大の理由になるはずです。 そのようにして、この都市を繰り返し訪れて欲しいのです。

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Shopping in the city

I am continuing my little Berlin report. We planned to go shopping and sightseeing at the weekend with Nóri. Unfortunately, shops in Germany are closed on Sundays so we had to do the shopping part on Saturday... We were walking in the streets in the city centre in the morning and we went into interesting design stores when we spotted them. I like talking to the locals because a lot of nice memories come back in connection with Germany. I was 11 years old when I first spent a longer period of time in summer at a German family. It is funny to think back that I could hardly understand anything from what they were trying to tell me, I was so embarrassed that I answered "Ja" to everything... :) We left the shopping centres to the afternoon where we could really enjoy our shopping mania. We found a Primark shop here, too, well known from London... :) If you ever enter this shop, you will surely leave with more than one shopping bag. :) The sales were still on which meant that we bought almost everything for 3 or 5 Euros. It was the earthly heaven itself, I could hardly stop myself from putting the whole store into my basket. By the end of the day, we got totally exhausted and couldn't wait to relax after these two long days... X x Festy

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Studio Kaprol fashion show and backstage

I couldn't wait for the second fashion show on Friday because the marketing person of Studio Kaprol contacted me a few weeks ago to ask us to take some photos of their backstage and post them on our blogs. It was a great experience for me to get a glimpse again behind the scenes of an international fashion week. It had only happened to me once on my first fashion week in New York. Then, the series of pleasures continued as we got private VIP seats to the second row among journalists and celebrities from Berlin. I was extremely happy to be able to watch this special show from such proximity. It started with an art movie and then the models walked on the runway in an unusual way, wandering around and staying on the stage. There were more and more of them up there, then they got together and finally brought the designer forward. I found it a really good idea to present these loose street wear clothes in such a creative way. X x Festy

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin - Marina Hoermanseder fashion show

I thought that Friday is also worth mentioning and I should make a post about the fashion shows, too. We received standing tickets for Marina Hoermanseder's show so we could see the happenings from upstairs with Nóri. It was ideal to take photos from there because we could see the whole area. I love the feeling when the atmosphere of the fashion week catches me and I watch the creations of different designers with excitement. Marina Hoermanseder, Austrian designer, created an extravagant collection with the patterns of medical aids in the clothes. It was interesting to see a kind of knee machine on a fashion show that I had to wear after my sport accident... xo, Festy

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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin

So many things have happened during a day, it seems that we have been here in Berlin for a week already. We left Budapest in the morning with Nóri Oravecz and we landed in Germany at noon. Our accommodation is in the city centre so we can easily reach everything within 15 minutes. I was really excited because I had never been to Berlin Fashion Week before so I couldn't wait to sit on the shows and learn about German fashion. We were invited to two fashion shows yesterday. At first, we checked the creations of a talented Austrian designer, Marina Hoermanseder. Then, we had the opportunity to look at the backstage of Studio Kaprol, it was the first time I had received a VIP ticket on an international fashion event. We could watch the fashion show from the second row which is a fantastic feeling for a fashion blogger. :) We got an invitation to the closing party at night where we got to know German and Austrian journalists and designers. It was adventurous to get to the party... It took almost an hour to find one of the old factory sites of East-Berlin. The place had a special atmosphere with a ruined brick building, wall paintings and railways tracks. Finally, we found a huge building like a hangar where masked hostesses were welcoming the guests at the end of the red carpet. We entered a large room where the closing ceremony took place. We talked to a lot of fashion professionals, everybody was friendly and kind to us. One of the great advantages of Berlin is that the underground operates all night so you can get home very easily even after midnight. X x Festy

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West-Berlin

West-Berlin is the best!

During our last day at Berlin we had a little sightseeing around the city with a hopp on hopp of bus. It was great to see all the statues and monuments all over the city, and the squares and of course Potsdamers Platz again. After that tour we shortly started to recognize the places what we have been visited so far, and the distance between them. For us our tour was ended at West-Berlin, where we checked the place where we had party on Friday night, we made some photos in front of the graffiti walls, and finally found our best restaurant experience ever! Sunday Brunch for 1O euros, in a restaurant called Via Nova, with an extremely nice stuff and food of course! If you have time to go there, visit them, you're gonna love it! Berlin, we love you, and it was so good to spend 3 days there! :) See you soon again. Nora

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shopping at Berlin

After our exciting Friday on Saturday we had a little shopping tour around Berlin. We've started our tour in the street, where you can find Boconcept, and after we visited the high category brands as well, where we met with the personal shopper of Sarah Connor. The last station of our shopping tour was Primark, where we bought a bunch of new stuff for us, where we were very excited about the sale. You need to try Primark, than it's a good thing to visit Potsdamer Platz and drink a coffee in Carac Gourmet, you won't forget that view! If you still want to go and have a big walk, just visit the Sony center, where you can have dinner, and you can see on the screen all of the famous celebrities, who has been visited the city so far. Just check Berlin. It can't be a mistake.

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Oravecz Nóra

We've just got the invitation some weeks ago for BFW, we were so excited! I have really good memories from my latest visit, and I was hoping that someday I can come back. And now I brought with me my fashion blogger friend, Festy as well. Yesterday we saw 2 fashion shows, the last one was my favourite one! It was so energetic and cool, nobody could take his eyes off from them! :) During the night we had a great party, because we were invited to the closing party of the BFW. We got know one of the journalists of Bild.de magazine, he was very nice, we had a short chat with him. Today we were shopping for hours, tomorrow I am going to tell more about that - what we visited ,where we had the shopping tour, etc. :) Tomorrow we are going to have our Big Bus Tour, so I can come back with great photos about the city! Stay Tuned! Nora

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#GermanyXmas - Christmas Markets in Berlin

Enjoy a stroll over Berlin's cozy Christmas markets.

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