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Teufelsberg, Berlin
Teufelsberg5To get from downtown Berlin to Teufelsberg without a car, you take the 17-minute S-Bahn ride from Berlin Central Station to the Heerstrabe stop. Once there, you step onto the train platform and begin a 30-minute trek along a dirt path that meanders through an expanse of grass and up a hill. You might feel like you’re trespassing or heading into an abyss, but I promise, Teufelsberg waits for you. A man-made hill, Teufelsberg, German for “Devil’s Mountain,” sits atop a never completed Nazi military technical college.
Fall of the Berlin Wall
Though it feels like recent memory, the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago on November 9, 1989. Since that momentous dismantling, the city has undergone tremendous transformation. And yet, despite the changes, the past remains an important part of experiencing Berlin today; the city's haunting history as much as its vibrant present lures visitors. As Rory MacLean puts it in the prologue to Berlin, Portrait of a City Through the Centuries, "Berlin is a city that is forever in the process of becoming, never being, and so lives more powerfully in the imagination...The hypnotic and volatile city comes alive in the mind.
Berlin: Portrait of a City through the Centuries
As we remember the fall of the Berlin Wall—25 years ago now—we memorialize (in chunks of graffiti-ed concrete, in statues and photos) and recall a specific period in the fraught history of that city. Berlin, however, has been re-made several times over, and the dismantling of the Wall is one of many transformations the city has endured through centuries of change. According to Rory MacLean, in the preface of his new book Berlin: Portrait of a City through the Centuries, “Berlin is all about volatility. Its identity is based not on stability but on change.
Fall Travel Titles
Autumn is the ideal time for reading. With the crisp weather, our minds begin to clear. Here are the top ten travel books we are looking forward to curling up with this fall. Check here for more forthcoming travel titles!
Citi X 60 Guides
A series of hip, pocket-sized city guides targeting young, independent travelers was recently released by Viction:ary. The Hong Kong-based publisher of books that feature original, dynamic works of art has applied its trademark trendy style to Citi X 60 Guides that highlight the recommendations of 60 local creatives. Artists, designers, architects, chefs, musicians, photographers and filmmakers provide personalized reviews of their favorite spots, encouraging tourists to view their city as they see it.