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Berlin After Dark: The Top Seven Can’t-Miss Night Spots

By on July 5, 2013

Europe’s answer to the city that never sleeps offers a late-night parade of neon clubs, hidden bars and sweet speakeasies. Want the inside track on Berlin’s best after-dark hot spots? Here are a few of the local favourites.

Berghain/Panorama Bar

DJs, journalists and patrons alike consider this somewhat mythical club to be the world’s finest, and it’s not difficult to understand why. With a rotating cast of superstar selectors and enough strobe-lit space to house a small village, Berghain is a stunning testament to Berlin’s deeply rooted obsession with all things techno. The attached Panorama Bar provides a chilled-out respite from the main floor’s pulsating beats, but stick to the downstairs for a true taste of Berlin clubbing at its most rambunctious.

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Ritter Butzke

This former factory takes the cake when it comes to diversity. Situated in the trendy Kreuzberg neighbourhood, Ritter Butzke combines hip-hop parties, techno nights and VIP-worthy events into one iconic mish-mash. Get there after 1 a.m. to see the Berlin trendsetters in full swing.

Watergate

Another Kreuzberg gem, Watergate is second only to Berghain in terms of most-coveted club space. The neon-hued upstairs plays hosts to the most cutting-edge international DJs while the slightly less frenetic first level showcases the future sounds of Berlin’s electronic scene.

Reingold

Of course, there’s more to Berlin’s nightlife than bass-heavy clubs alone. If you’re interested in an evening of expertly crafted drinks and seriously laid-back vibes, head to Mitte’s Reingold. This speakeasy goes heavy on the 1930s decor and swirling jazz music, but its friendly patrons, warm-weather patio and expert bartenders offset any theme fatigue.

Buck & Breck

A speakeasy in the truest sense of the word, this hidden bar occupies a disguised Mitte space next to a police station. Only a few people can cram into the room at once — it’s barely large enough for the central bar — but if you manage to get the go ahead, you’ll be treated to an array of historical craft cocktails. Plan your trip to Berlin to visit these hot spots and make sure you buy American Express travel insurance before you go.

Weekend

Berlin has a reputation for housing the hottest underground clubs, but this two-floor paradise rockets the concept into the sky. Located on the 12th and 15th floors of the Haus des Reisens tower, Weekend is locally loved for its roof terrace, inexpensive drinks and internationally renowned techno DJs. Stay until sunrise to see the city light up from the building’s magnificent views.

Tresor

Three rooms, nonstop music and an iconic string of locations: It’s moved around over the years, but Tresor is one of Berlin’s most enduring legends. This techno mainstay brings in some of the world’s most innovative DJs and electronic producers, and in-the-know fans flock to the club to hear the latest beats and scope out the newest trends. This one’s not for the faint of heart; expect to party hard until well beyond dawn.

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Fürth | Germany

Stadtpark, Fuerth

By on January 25, 2012

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Visiting Fuerth means frequent trips to the city park. It is a 15-minute walk from Mom-in-law’s place and we can feed ducks, follow the geese around, look out for birds, play waterguns or simply blow bubbles and run about.

There’s also a mini-golf complete with all 18 holes. The kids didn’t give up one bit and finished all of them.

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There are also swings, seesaws and other outdoor toys for children to play with but the greenery is so welcoming you’d surely love to wander about, running with siblings or as mentioned, geese.

There’s a statue of the famous dog, cat and rooster sans the donkey by the playground and on the other side, as visible in photo, a statue of the Frog prince. The 3 former animals mentioned are characters in the children story “Town Musicians of Bremen” (Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten). 

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If you’ve forgotten, let me make you recall.

“In the story a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster, all past their prime years in life and usefulness on their respective farms, were soon to be discarded or mistreated by their masters. One by one they leave their homes and set out together. They decide to go to Bremen, known for its freedom, to live without owners and become musicians there.

On the way to Bremen, they see a lighted cottage; they look inside and see four robbers enjoying their ill-gotten gains. Standing on each other’s backs, they decide to perform for the men in hope of gaining food. Their ‘music’ has an unanticipated effect; the men run for their lives, not knowing what the strange sound is. The animals take possession of the house, eat a good meal, and settle in for the evening.

Later that night, the robbers return and send one of their members in to investigate. He sees the Cat’s eyes shining in the darkness and thinks he is seeing the coals of the fire. He reaches over to light his candle. Things happen in quick succession; the Cat scratches his face with her claws, the Dog bites him on the leg, the Donkey kicks him and the Rooster crows and chases him out the door, screaming. He tells his companions that he was beset by a horrible witch who scratched him with her long fingers (the Cat), an ogre with a knife (the Dog), a giant who had hit him with his club (the Donkey), and worst of all, the judge who screamed in his voice from the rooftop (the Rooster). The robbers abandon the cottage to the strange creatures who have taken it, where the animals live happily for the rest of their days.”

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City Park Fuerth is one of my kids favorite places in Germany, we do hope to come by often even when they’re older…

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Fürth | Germany | Playmobil Funpark

Playmobil Food

By on September 25, 2011

For a Funpark as big as Playmobil, restaurants and eating joints are fun because they’ve integrated it in a playful environment as how the park is. The Burg café is castle inspired, following it’s name (Burg=castle). You can see Playmobil guards stationed up the walls as they would in real life castles of old. As we were having lunch, we opted for the bigger restaurant which offers a wide selection of food and desserts. It’s lovely with glass roofs and a second floor but we opted to dine below, al fresco.

It was a charming setup of tables in a garden full of flowers and greens. Shutterhappy me was taking photos of the flowers while waiting for the food. There were petunias, cosmos and other flowers I’ve yet to know the names of. Despite having light rains earlier on, the benches and tables were wiped dry and comfy for us to sit on.

Knowing that the kids would be happy to be back playing, hubby bought them what they could easily eat without forcing them. Chicken fingers and fries…to justify, we’ve been eating healthy at our parent-in-laws house. Always with fish and meat and a serving of veggies so having this for once is okay. teehee! Also, mom-in-law is a great cook, the kids would always eat second servings!

Hubby and I had the Turkey Schnitzel with fries, would you believe we shared a plate? The serving is good for two and because I have this habit of eating after the kids are done I’m good with it, most of the time, the kids don’t finish theirs. I’ve always done it like this – to not waste food. I’m glad that condiments as ketchup and mayonnaise are free to take and would not cause an extra 0.20cents each…the kids love dipping their fries in them.

For dessert, son1 had chocolate pudding while dawty had Milchreis. It’s rice cooked slowly in milk making it sticky. It is eaten hot or cold which would remind me of Champorado back home, rice with cocoa powder and sugar – especially when we put Ovaltine on top. Milchreis is served with that, or either chocolate powder, applesauce or a combination of cinnamon and sugar.

That’s son1 with his fries (and unseen chicken fingers) and chocolate pudding , he kept  annoying his older sister. That’s annoying C plastered on his face and on the right is the face of an annoyed sister….

Dad-in-law had Schweinshaxe or roasted ham hock (or “pork knuckle” and called Stelze in Austria) served with potatoes and a special sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playmobil Funpark
Brandstätterstraße 2 -10
90513 Zirndorf, Germany

 

 


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Germany | Nuremberg | Travel and Food

S’ Baggers, Nürnberg

By on August 15, 2011

Nürnberg/Nuremberg is one of the major cities in Bavaria. Been to this city a handful of times yet I can’t say that I know it well…I probably won’t but its charm is something that I always want to revisit.

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by the river pegnitz

Nürnberg’s history extends as far as the 11th century becoming an important key trade route as it expanded.  Its being situated on the Pegnitz river and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal and numerous highways, railways, and a waterway has contributed to its rising importance for trade with Eastern Europe through its developing years.

For now, I’m not taking you to sightsee the features of Nürnberg, I’m taking you to the world’s first restaurant to offer automated ordering service – where you order food via a touchscreen monitor and where waiters don’t serve your food; it comes directly on your table…Not much like a conveyor belt in running sushi restaurants but from a spiral rail 15-feet high up.

S’ Baggers. Though situated far from the city proper, reservations are easily filled-up. There’s a bus whizzing by mom-in-law’s place to s’Baggers so we took it instead of going by car. I had time to take more drive by shots then. teehee. Since we don’t have a reservation we were taken to the back garden,  inspired by Indian tepees.

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The first things you’ll notice at the dining area are surely the spiral rails and fur rugs hanging on bamboo poles. The latter giving the kids much curiosity to ask me questions while mom-in-law browse on the menu. The menu, as said, is listed down on a touchscreen monitor. There are two on each table for cases that guests share a table… Each seat gets a number and a card. An attendant – a nice one at that, (see above photo) will show you how things go.

I was the last to order from a group of seven. We first got our drinks, one of the bottles jumped off from the rail…which adds a lot of “ooohh” from the kids and other diners. The menu was comprehensively listed and categorized per preference; meat, fish, vegetarian and salads, appetizers, desserts, kids’ menu, dips and drinks. Oh, there’s take-home too!

You simply press on the number of your orders, put in your seat number and key-in your card.

So the food slides down to the table via a metal rail directly coming from the kitchen – upstairs. Drinks are in a tumbler while food are in hotpots secured by plastic holders and  tight rubber bands. They were truly hot, got my thumb and pointing finger numb until the next day for touching the grip with bare hands. lol. For this post I’m showing you what I had, others; I’ll be posting on my food blog.

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A naggerder Frankendöner Haweii mid Dibb
GF Schnitzel mit gegrillter Ananas, Schinken & Käs
Escalope Hawai

The restaurant menu is written in German slang (I think) so it took me longer to pick something out. What I had is a cutlet of pork with grilled pineapple, ham and cheese…Sort of Cordon blue sans the breadcrumbs and served separately with my favorite grilled fruit on top . 😉

S’Baggers dedicate their meals to being healthy, less of preservatives and additives… for my meal they achieved a fusion of flavors along with the salad and black grape on the side. I ordered catsup for a dip (see that kiwi? it’s covering the catsup…) but the hubby took it for his spare ribs. I got his blackberry jam instead and it totally added flavor to my already yummy plate.

This place is highly recommended.

Desserts to follow. Related story here and here.


Am Steinacher Kreuz 28
D-90427 Nuremberg

Tel. +49 (0) 911 / 477 90 90
Fax: +49 (0) 911 / 477 90 92
Email:info@sbaggers.de

 

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