Author: Felipe Tofani

Bierpinsel – Another Crazy Example of Architectural Brutalism in Berlin

A Visit to the Bierpinsel Another Crazy Example of Architectural Brutalism in Berlin ; The first time that I went to Steglitz was to visit a Primark since they only had one shop in Berlin and the shop was in this part of the city that I had never been before. That visit was 2012, and it was then that my obsession with the Bierpinsel started. That day was the first time that I had seen anything as weird looking as that building, and it was, also, my first contact with Architectural Brutalism. After that building, it was love...

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52 Places to See in Berlin: One for each week of the year

A few weeks ago I went to a bookstore to protect me from the rain that was getting intense. Inside there was an entire section with books about Berlin. Most of them with the same places to see in Berlin. Most of these places are common sense for travelers. Everybody knows them, and most of the books there didn’t even try to give any good reason to visit them. While I was browsing through these books, I realized that I have been to a lot of different places in Berlin and that, maybe, I should just write down my...

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Mäusenbunker: Exploring Berlin Architectural Brutalism in Lichterfelde

The Central Animal Laboratory of the Freie Universität, also known as the Mäusenbunker, is one of the best examples of Brutalist architecture in Berlin, and we visited the building at the end of December 2016 to see this strange looking building in the middle of Lichterfelde. It took us a while to find it, but once you see it, there is no way of ignoring it based on its monstrous appearance and the contrast with the area surrounding it. The first time we came across this building was on a Pinterest board about architecture. At that moment, we knew...

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The Only Place to Find a Lenin Statue in West-Berlin

If you want to find Lenin in West-Berlin, you will have to walk between trucks and factories in the industrial park south of Neukölln. It feels like Lenin is left out of the city but, somehow, I believe that he is in the right place. Far away from the tourists and close to the people who work in Berlin. This is the only statue of Lenin in West-Berlin, and it can be found in the parking lot of a transport company in an industrial park in Neukölln. The company is called Zapf Umzüge, and I’m still not sure about...

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These are our Top 5 Historical Places to Visit in Poznan, Poland

Before we went to Poznan for the first time, all the way back in 2014, we didn’t know much about the city. We did our research before visiting it but our vision of Poland was more focused on Warsaw than Poznan, and we realized our mistake when we started walking around the streets and seeing all the historical places to visit in Poznan. Poznan is considered by many people as the birthplace of the Polish nation and, because of that, it has more historical places than we could visit. Also, Poznan is one of the oldest cities in Poland,...

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Joseph Grimaldi Park in North London: where the world’s most famous clown is buried

On the way between my hotel and King’s Cross, there was a park. A park with a familiar name but one of those names that doesn’t ring a bell but that you still think you know what it is. The park I’m mentioning here is called Joseph Grimaldi Park, and it’s named after the person that many consider being the world’s most famous clown, the great Joseph Grimaldi. The first time I walked through the park to get faster to a subway station, all I could see were the gravestones that lay around a basketball court. I wondered about...

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The First Public Drinking Fountain in London

It might be hard for us to think that public access to clean drinking water wasn’t available to the masses until the middle of the 19th century. That was when The Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association was established in London, and they did something that nobody had done before. They opened the First Public Drinking Fountain in the world, and you can still visit it today. This is what I did back in February 2017 when I visited London for the first time in five years. I was in the city for a week, but I knew...

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Where to stay in West Berlin: 25hours Hotel Berlin

Our days at the 25hours Hotel Berlin an introduction to the best place to stay in West Berlin ; It’s not that usual for me to stay in a hotel in Berlin but, after I had heard my friend André from Viagem Criativa talking about the best place to stay in West Berlin, I had to find an excuse to stay at the amazing 25hours Hotel Berlin. So, there I was for a couple of days in January, exploring Berlin City West and enjoying what that part of the German capital has to offer. But, this time, I will...

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