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OSTBLOC BOULDERHALLE: THE ONLY WAY UP IS ACROSS

OSTBLOC BOULDERHALLE: THE ONLY WAY UP IS ACROSS

Chalk bags at the ready: The exercise trend of summer 2018 is the body-sculpting sport of bouldering. Indoor halls are scattered across the city, but one favorite is Ostbloc, situated near the Rummelsburger Bucht, with its industrial views over the Spree. An airy, 1000m2 interior full of diverse three-dimensional climbing walls, plus soft landing mats, awaits inside, with seven skill levels clearly color-coded — from easy (yellow) to extreme (grey). Beginners are advised to book a one-hour training session for an introduction to technique and best practice — then round up friends for a Saturday afternoon of taking yourself to new heights, before relaxing on the lawn under a picturesque weeping willow, sun descending and a beer in hand. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Ostbloc Boulderhalle, Hauptstr.13, 10317 Berlin-Rummelsburg; map
Mon-Thu 10-23h, Thu 10-24h, Sat-Sun 9-23h

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LEITHA MATZ RECOMMENDS: KURHAUS PONTE ROSA

LEITHA MATZ RECOMMENDS: KURHAUS PONTE ROSA

You could easily walk right past Kurhaus Ponte Rosa. Fair enough — why would you look for something enchanting along a railway embankment? Yet like so many Berlin treasures, there’s more here than meets the eye. Venture past the gate and down the tree-lined path. You’ll hear chortles of laughter in the afternoon breeze. You’ll breathe in the scent of pizza crusts lightly charring over hot stone. Kids hustle between long tables and benches. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. It’s self-service, so bring a few friends to stake out your seats while someone puts in a pizza order. Relax in the evening light. Remember why we put up with the endless months of wintery gray. We are taking in the cure. Just don’t let your bliss fool you into a false sense of permanence. Life is short and the summer will soon be gone. So, too, will Ponte Rosa. Despite grumbling by neighborhood supporters, the city has plans for residential development here. Now’s the time to drink in these slowly fading summer evenings. (Text: Leitha Matz / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Kurhaus Ponte Rosa, Kreuzbergstr.42b, 10965 Berlin-Kreuzberg, map

Mon-Sat 16-2h, Sun 15-2h

Leitha Matz fell in love with Berlin and moved 4 years ago from the Lower East Side in NYC to Kreuzberg. She’s a co-founder of the German startup Zuper.

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THE BRIDGE STREET KITCHEN: GOURMET HEAVYWEIGHTS TO GO

THE BRIDGE STREET KITCHEN: GOURMET HEAVYWEIGHTS TO GO

Across from the bright facades of Copenhagen’s iconic Nyhavn waterfront and the Inner Harbour Bridge, find Copenhagen’s new meeting point of worldly flavors. Here, on the Greenlandic Trade Square, once the meeting point of fish merchants and traders, is where The Bridge Street Kitchen opened this summer. A collaboration between Copenhagen Street Food (formerly behind Paper Island) and the owners of Noma, the waterfront square brings together a mighty bunch of kitchens, bars and cafés that best represent Copenhagen’s gastronomic scene. From all-day porridge options by Grød, who serve a wonderful chicken congee with spring onions, peanuts and sesame oil, try also the poke bowl with marinated salmon, seaweed and pickled ginger at California Kitchen to really make the wait worth it during peak hours. There are also greasy-delicious burgers by Gasoline Grill, Michelin-recommended smørrebrødat at Palaegade, and four bars serving local brews and lemonade nestled within colorful beach house-style stalls. Grab your lunch to go and settle down on one of the many beer benches and lounge chairs while canal cruises and electric boats drift through the harbor. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Martin Kaufmann)

The Bridge Street Kitchen, Strandgade 95, 1401 Copenhagen-Christianshavn; map
Mon-Sun 10-22h
Grød and The Coffee Collective Mon-Fri 8-22h, Sat-Sun 9-22h

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PHOTOGRAPHY IN FILM — DREAMY OPEN-AIR SCREENINGS IN MITTE

PHOTOGRAPHY IN FILM — DREAMY OPEN-AIR SCREENINGS IN MITTE

Photography meets film. The perfect reason to spend an evening out under the stars. In partnership with the European Month of Photography, the Museums Journal magazine is hosting an open-air film series giving culture lovers what their hearts’ desire. Every Wednesday from July to August, the garden of the Podewil Baroque palace will transform into a dreamy open-air setting for the presentation of nine works that address the topic of photography in film, such as “The Salt of the Eart” about photographer Sebastião Salgado by filmmaker Wim Wenders, the documentary ”Finding Vivian Maier”, or Marianne Kampfer’s film about Hills and Bernd Becher. (Text: Lisa Staub / Werks: Vivian Maier/John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, Sebastião Salgado/Wim Wenders / Photo of Podewil garden: Christoph Tempel)

Podewil Garden, Klosterstr.68, 10179 Berlin-Mitte; map
Photography in Film, Open-air film series.
Every Wednesday from 4.7.–22.8.2018, entry from 20h, film begins 21h

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TROPEZ — POOLSIDE ART AT SOMMERBAD HUMBOLDTHAIN

TROPEZ — POOLSIDE ART AT SOMMERBAD HUMBOLDTHAIN

Our favorite Freibad this summer is much more than just a pool: For the second year running, Tropez has taken over Sommerbad Humboldthain to create a space for art, music, debate and relaxation. Alongside the permanent “Voyage” exhibition, the varied program (led by Nele Heinevette) brings together the likes of Aurora Sander, Bob’s Pogo Bar and Broken Dimanche Press to infuse your bathing sessions with an intellectual challenge or two. Coming up this Saturday (23.6.2018) is Creamcake’s second edition of “Europool“, a panel discussion on “Perspectives on a more Plural Europe”, which brings together sociological, legal, artistic and activist perspectives on the question of reshaping Europe together. Pack your bathing suit, spare change (Tropez also doubles as a kiosk, with top notch pommes frites) and an open mind — we’ll see you poolside. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Christian Werner, Inkk Agop)

Tropez at Sommerbad Humboldthain, Wiesenstr.1G, 13357 Berlin-Wedding; map
Pool open Mon 10-19h, Tue-Sun 9-19h, view program here.
Creamcake: Europool, 23.6.2018, 13-19h, Facebook event

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