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WORK OUT HARD, RELAX IN STYLE: JOHN REED WOMEN’S CLUBS

WORK OUT HARD, RELAX IN STYLE: JOHN REED WOMEN’S CLUBS

When it comes to training motivation, a considered, mood-focussed atmosphere makes all the difference. Since their 2016 launch in Berlin, John Reed Fitness Music Clubs have been putting this principle into effect, with their design-focussed interiors supplemented with twice-weekly live DJs and their own radio station. Now they’re upping their game for the fairer sex with John Reed Women’s Clubs in Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte. In addition to a wide range of group workouts with trainers, a cardio and weights area, there’ll be a health bar and relaxation lounge, childcare and — in Prenzlauer Berg — a wellness centre comprising a sauna and rooftop whirlpools on offer. This branch’s open house kicks off this weekend (20-21.1.2018) and you’re invited. Expect free Nike Training Club Sessions, yoga workshops, live DJs and a beauty lounge, and snacks and drinks to replenish your energy. Not only do all membership registrations before the 31.1 receive three months’ fee-free training but we’re also giving two readers the chance to win three month passes to the clubs. Tell us what drives you to push harder to be in to win. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: John Reed)

John Reed Women’s Club Prenzlauer Berg, Schönhauser Allee 112, 10439 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map

Open House Weekend Club Prenzlauer Berg, 20-21.1.2018, 10-20h, Facebook Event.

Email win@ceecee.cc to win one of two three-month passes.

John Reed Women’s Club Mitte, Rosenthaler Str.63, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map

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WALKING TOURS AT TEMPELHOF: SEE IT LIKE NEVER BEFORE

WALKING TOURS AT TEMPELHOF: SEE IT LIKE NEVER BEFORE

A picnic or sunset bike ride at Tempelhofer Feld, the beloved park in Neukölln, is only part of the full experience at this historic Berlin landmark. Perhaps context and access to the untouched parts of the gigantic building that is Flughafen Tempelhof will only serve to deepen your appreciation for this unique place, at least that’s the effect it had on me. From its original construction in 1927 to its oversized reconstruction by the Nazi government in the mid-1930s, the walking tours offered at Tempelhof aren’t excessively educational, they strike the right balance. Touring the grounds, it’s amazing to see just how huge the building itself is and viewpoints on the apron, roof and in the main terminal showcase this impression. Details of the design, left nearly untouched from the 1950s-70s, provide retro inspiration for those interested in typography and architecture. Next time you’re taking a self-guided tour of Tempelhofer Feld by bike or foot, remember — there’s still so much you haven’t seen. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

Flughafen Tempelhof, Platz der Luftbrücke 5, 12101 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Book a walking tour here

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CHRISTMAS ALL WRAPPED UP: BIKINI’S BOLD INSTALLATION

CHRISTMAS ALL WRAPPED UP: BIKINI’S BOLD INSTALLATION

Huge panoramic windows give views of monkeys frolicking at the zoo and inside, things are a bit more festive, a bit more cozy, thanks to Bikini Berlin‘s “Christmas All Wrapped Up” installation — a modern take on the classic gift-wrapping station. The installation — designed by Berlin born and based artist duo, Zebu — was, naturally, inspired by Bikini’s proximity to the zoo and features large animal and present cut-outs that dance lightly from the ceiling, a larger than life giraffe that safely guards a station where you can pick up a warming glass of Berliner Winter, a colorful photo op set-up and three unique wrapping paper designs with funky animal characters and festive patterns. Cheery gift-wrappers are the center of it all, perfectly packaging your purchases (whether from Bikini or not) in the bold illustrated wrapping papers, topping them off with ribbons and bows. We’ll be getting our Christmas shopping done early this year, wrapping them up here and sending out a Christmas postcard (both for free!) to spread this year’s holiday spirit through vivid colors and jolly animal illustrations. (Text: Massimo Hartmann / Photos: c/o Bikini Berlin)

Bikini Berlin, Budapester Str.38-50, 10787 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map
Christmas All Wrapped Up, Mon-Sat 10-20h until 23.12.17
Special Sunday Shopping: 16.12.17 from 13-18h

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GREEN ME BERLIN — FESTIVE WALKING TOURS WITH GLÜHWEIN

GREEN ME BERLIN — FESTIVE WALKING TOURS WITH GLÜHWEIN

With her fast smile and passion for all things green, Claudi Sult — chief eco enthusiast behind the platform, podcast, and blog Green Me Berlin — is one wonderful tour guide. We’ve had the chance to join one of her Circular Economy Tours, held in collaboration with Green Fashion Tours, and not only did we learn about great sustainable shops and ateliers in one of our favorite neighborhoods in Berlin, but we also enjoyed a fantastic eco-friendly meal with like minds from all over the world. Now, she’s offering a handful of seasonally apt tours on the topic of conscious gifting. Explore Neukölln or Kreuzberg through a sustainably focused lens with the charismatic and impassioned Claudi; she knows these people and places like no one else. Then walk through one of the eco-friendly Christmas Markets in Berlin for a glass of warming glühwein as you browse handmade gifts, the scent of roasted chestnuts filling your lungs. The holidays are truly something to behold, and this year, thanks to Claudi and all the wonderful green changemakers in Berlin, you can feel even better about gifting. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Andrew Steven)

Green Me Berlin’s websiteFacebook & Instagram
Conscious Gifts & Glühwein #2 — Neukölln, 9.12.17
Conscious Gifts & Glühwein #3 — Kreuzberg, 16.12.17

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CERAMIC KINGDOM — CLASSES & COMMUNITY AROUND THE WHEEL

CERAMIC KINGDOM — CLASSES & COMMUNITY AROUND THE WHEEL

In May 2017, with one organic twist of fate, performance artist and ceramicist Madeline Stillwell took what was going to be her new solo studio space and transformed it into a full-on ceramics collective: Ceramic Kingdom. Located in one of the last original warehouses left in Neukölln, the space is part of the Agora Collective and, although it’s located in the basement, the windows allow plenty of light to shine through — spotlighting the numerous works in progress lining the shelves. Leveraging her previous teaching experience, Madeline started offering classes on the five pottery wheels in her studio a few months after opening. The small class sizes ensure that each student gets the attention they need, so beginners can truly thrive. Interested in getting your hands dirty? Get to know the space first, by heading to their studio sale this weekend (Fri-Sun 1.-3.12.17), taking place in concurrence with a ceramic focused contemporary art exhibition “Fault Lines” organized in collaboration with Agora Collective. From classes to pay-by-weight kiln firing, even exhibitions and pottery sales, Ceramic Kingdom is a unique space where the love of ceramics can be seen, felt, and shared. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: c/o Ceramic Kingdom)

Ceramic Kingdom, Am Sudhaus 2, 12053 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Fault Lines” exhibition & studio sale 1.12.17 from 18h, 2-3.12.17 13-20h

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