Leaving Berlin made DW's Anne-Sophie Brändlin realize what makes Germany's capital so unique.
Find an open field. Add a DJ and some beer. Call a few friends. Poof! You've got an open air party. Back in the 1990s, open airs were ubiquitous in Berlin. Now they're illegal - so Berliners are getting creative.
In Berlin, getting involved in illegal things is like having an affair. You may get caught and the consequences could be terrible, but the danger associated with it makes it all more exciting, says DW's Lavinia Pitu.
The Berlin they grew up in was completely different, run by either the Nazis or the communists. As the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood now gentrifies, DW's Leah McDonnell speaks with those who were there first.
From the cafes and nightclubs to the concert halls and museums - what's being talked about in Berlin? DW's Berlin columnists bring you an insider's perspective on cultural life in one of the world's most vibrant cities.
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