WTH? All the decor in this Berlin bar is upside down

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 17 September 2015

No, you don’t need your eyes checked (or a visit by the men in white lab coats… yet). This is Madame Claude in Berlin and everything here is upside down, even the disco ball.

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Exploring an abandoned theme park in East Germany

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 September 2015

Sure, wandering through abandoned haunted houses at night is terrifying but there’s also something scary about strolling through a shut-down amusement park full of abandoned play halls and rollercoaster tracks in Plänterwald, Berlin.

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Meals are delivered by roller coaster at this bizarre Bavarian restaurant

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 July 2015

Looking for a place to eat while travelling through Germany? Head south to Bavaria and don’t stop until you reach Nuremberg. When you get to Nuremberg, don’t stop until you reach the Rollercoaster Restaurant.

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Slide down a black hole water slide in Germany to travel through space and time

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 19 June 2015

Well, it’s about time water slide engineers picked up their game! In Bremerhaven, Germany, those that dare travel through space and time are given the opportunity (ok, sorta) by sliding down a 25-foot-tall water slide.

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Angela Merkel gets the hipster treatment in this completely weird Tumblr account

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 24 February 2015

Angela Merkel is a straight-talking politician with no time for a Tumblr account of her own. So someone decided to help the German chancellor express herself online, with a Tumblr account called HipsterMerkel.

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This interactive game installed on traffic lights makes it fun to wait for the green man to appear

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Trends on Monday 8 December 2014

What do you do when you’re waiting for the green man to cross the street? Do you fidget with your smart phone, let your mind wander or plot revenge on that wailing baby living one floor below you? Well, the lucky folks in the city of Hildesheim, Germany have a better option. They can play […]

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Drink at this bar in Berlin, Germany, and pay whatever you want

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Food and Packaging on Thursday 13 November 2014

Presented by Busabout

In Berlin, you can be sucked into paying quite a few euros for a meal, let alone a glass of wine. But if you’re coming to this city, there’s a restaurant you need to try, not only for its food and wine, but for its ancient honour code. At Weinerei, you pay what you want.

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A new Berlin Wall will come up on November 7

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By Kenny Ong in New Events on Thursday 30 October 2014

It has been almost 25 years since the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. An oppressive symbol of division, its removal in 1989 reinstated free access between East and West Germany. To commemorate this historical event, a 10-mile reinterpretation of the wall will be installed by light artist Christopher Bauder and film maker Marc Bauder on November 7.

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You do not ride in this roller coaster, you walk

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 18 August 2014

If you are a wuss who is too delicate to withstand the heart-thumbing adrenaline of a roller coaster, this one is built especially for you and the rest of the octogenarians. Located atop the Heinrich-Hildebrand-Height in the Angerpark, overlooking the Rhine in Duisburg, Germany, the German Tiger & Turtle Magic Mountain roller coaster will not elicit a single scream from you as you do not ride but walk throughout its journey.

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Compelling video of a train arriving at Berlin station

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Friday 16 May 2014

Photographer and videographer Adam Magyar has created this oddly compelling video short taken from inside a train as it arrives into platform at a station in Berlin. It has a surreal and somewhat creepy edge to it, particularly the sight of two girls running between crowds standing on the platform.

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In Germany, a church made from snow and ice

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Saturday 7 December 2013

Finally, going to Church can be seen as something … cool. In Mitterfirmiansreut, Germany, locals built a Catholic church made out of ice and snow. This is part of their hundred-year tradition where town officials in the past refused a request from residents to build a church. To remedy this, locals did what anyone else would do, make a snow fort church.

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Injured tortoise gets a LEGO wheel prosthetic

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Monday 11 November 2013

This is Schildi the bionic tortoise. He was found abandoned and helpless in Germany. The poor little guy was missing a leg and very scared, so some kind veterinarians patched him up and equipped him with a prosthetic wheel. Now he’s probably the speediest tortoise around. This story renewed my hope in humanity.

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Art installation invites people to move about on safety nets in mid-air

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 28 August 2013

Artist Tomás Saraceno’s latest art installation In Orbit which is now ongoing at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany, is a pretty cool work. Constructed out of safety nets suspended above ground across three levels, the structure is held apart by airfilled PVC balls. Visitors can mess about in mesh nets and pretend they can walk […]

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Selfmade Spaceship: a short film by Nicolas Heinemann

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By Jan Herdlicka in New Film on Tuesday 27 August 2013

If you guys are into dystopian sci-fi movies checkout this short movie called ZELLE (eng.: cell) by the young German filmmaker, Nicolas Heinemann. The special thing about this one is that the director constructed the whole setting in his shared flat room in Berlin Kreuzberg until his entire home looked like some kind of a […]

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Friends of Friends: international online interview magazine

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By Mareike Muller in Cool Websites on Tuesday 20 August 2013

The German website Freunde von Freunden (FvF), which means “friends of friends” in English, is an international online interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments. The magazine was launched in October 2009. In the beginning they literally worked with close friends and […]

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