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Edgy, full of character, multi-faceted and compelling, Berlin is all these things and more.
Germany’s capital is a city apart, and one you won’t forget in a hurry. People talk about how the city has been a hub of political goings on and the epicentre of historical happenings for hundreds of years, and they’re not wrong. It’s been divided by the Iron Curtain, torn apart by the Second World War; it’s been at the forefront of innovations in technology, art, and music – the list goes on.
Come for the history, for the trendy art scene, for some hardcore clubbing, or just to relax and take in the sights: it’s all on offer here.
The Druck Berlin Screenprint Festival is a newcomer to Berlin, and looks set to be the world's largest art-print festival for screenprinting. The festival takes place on 6-22 December, 12pm-7pm, in Stattbad, an emptied-out pool in the northern district of Wedding. Alongside exhibitions showing both contemporary and classic works, there will also be the opportunity to participate in workshops as well as buy prints from some of the world's leading screenprint artists (Stattbad Berlin, 65 Gerichtstrasse, druckberlin.com).
Happy Shop is a candy-coated jewellery box of a shop. Selling both menswear and womenswear, the custom-designed boutique offers a carefully curated mix of mostly Japanese designers, each of whom specialise in colourful clothing (67 Torstrasse, +30 2900 9501, happyshop-berlin.com).
Every Sunday the Mauerpark transforms into an enormous flea market, with vendors selling everything from vintage clothing to furniture. Afterwards, grab a currywurst at one of the many food stands or sign yourself up for the outdoor communal karaoke session in the "bearpit" across the field (63-64 Bernauer Strasse).
Situated near Berlin's border, Pfaueninsel (meaning Peacock Island) was once owned by Prussian king Frederick William II, and was formerly home to the king's summer palace, a glass foundry, an exotic greenhouse, and a menagerie consisting of over 900 animals. Unfortunately, fires took much of the island's notable features, but wild peacocks still roam freely. spsg.de/index.php?id=1026