For all its practicality, the cost of car sharing can rack up fast – especially when crossing Berlin at rush hour. Here to remove the frustration from the equation is Miles, a carsharing scheme that’s priced according to the distance you drive, not the time you spend in traffic. Need to make a spontaneous trip across town? Just download the app, find a Miles car near you, and drive off stress-free. Want to take a Sunday trip out of town? The “Milesroadie” option saves you money on distances up to 100km. Require a vehicle for a move or to pick up furniture at Ikea? Book a Miles Transporter to get your stuff safely from A to B. For every kilometer driven, the company donates one cent to Berlin charities like Fadi Saad, Berliner Tafel or SchutzengelWerk. And in case you needed another reason to get on board – seeing as Cee Cee Creative is behind Miles‘ design, we’re giving our readers 15€ worth of Miles credit on your first ride with the code “MILESxCeeCee”. Register and enter the code in the promotion field of the app. Happy stress-free driving! (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
A vivid neon green sign illuminates the entrance to Odeon Kino, the neighborhood cinema with a cult following. In true American cinema style, the buttery scent of salted popcorn lingers in the foyer welcoming all inside – especially those who want to see films in their original language. The Schöneberg cinema has a strong following for just that reason: Odeon claims to be Berlin’s ‘pioneer of OV culture’ as the first cinema to show films in their original English version. Opened originally as ‘Sylvie’ in the 1950s, Odeon was taken over by Yorck Kinogruppe — Berlin’s largest cinema association — in the 80s and has retained its stellar reputation ever since. With just one hall of close to 400 comfy red seats, Odeon Kino feels like a step back in time and is well worth a visit the next time you want to see an English movie. But be warned: There are no designated seats, so you’ll need to get there early if you want to nab a good spot. (Text: Laura Box / Photos: Yorck Kinogruppe & Daniel Horn)
Mon-Sun, check the program for screening times.
Granted, there is a difference between wanting to be physically active and actually finding the motivation to get going. The good news is that your drive can change instantaneously once you’ve found a sport that you like. Creative encouragement awaits online in the form of La La Sports — a website that’s here to inspire you to try something new, and perhaps even out of the ordinary. ’80s-style jam skating (which combines dance and gymnastics), professional trampolining and archery are just a glimpse of what the site offers. The idea stems from an international trio of sports enthusiasts, including a diver and a gifted fencer. Their mission is to increase the popularity and accessibility of leisure activities amongst Berliners. In addition to single sessions and beginners courses, La La Sports’s range includes amateur contests and sports vacations. If you still can’t settle on just one favorite, click the “Surprise Me” button and let the action-packed experience begin. (Text: Jasmin Tomschi / Photos: Sasha Kharchenko, Illustration: Evgenia Barinova)
If you’re up for a last-minute getaway over the end-of-year break but are lacking inspiration, a driver’s license or four wheels of your own, let Naturtrip.org introduce you to a few new escape ideas. You don’t need to enter an actual destination into this smart public transportation map, as it turns the search process around, filtering results according to your starting point, the time you want to be on the road and the type of outdoor experience you’re seeking. The tips could be anything from a skate park in Kreuzberg or a short trip to the Spree to a hike through the Döberitzer Heide — all of which are good reasons to finally update your list of places to explore. Wrap up warm, pump up those bike tires or buy your ticket — who says the Christmas break has to be spent indoors? (Text: Jasmin Tomschi / Photos [clockwise]: Naturtrip, TMB-Fotoarchiv/Yvonne Bleeck, Johannes Hulsch)
You know the feeling you get after you have a good conversation? When common understanding is reached in a matter of seconds, words flow effortlessly and a certain kind of magic happens. This is what I experienced over the course of an evening at Norn, a space and members club for coming together regularly for intimate salons and conversation dinners (members can also stay on residencies at the apartments in Berlin, London and Barcelona.) Back in September, I joined a dinner titled “On Gender Expression,” led by Jared Weiss from Touchpoint. The gathering was hosted at Norn’s Kreuzberg apartment where we enjoyed a delicious three course meal while discussing how we psychologically embody our own and other genders. I was sharing such intimate and stimulating discussion with strangers and somehow felt like I belonged to a tribe with whom I shared the same sense of curiosity and aspirations in life. Norn’s gatherings allow time to discuss beauty in all its forms and to approach topics that are rarely broached. The secret to its openness is the respectful and trust-filled atmosphere they create. Mental note: Culture does not make people. People make culture. (Text: Eugenia Güeto Gómez / Photos: Doro Zinn, Norn Berlin)
Eugenia Güeto Gómez was born in Spain and is based in Berlin. An art director in the making and a nomad by choice, her next stop is Japan.