Jo Groebel, lives in Berlin-Mitte since 2000. He is the founding professor of the School for Digital Journalism at Sigmund Freud University Berlin, has worked at UCLA, Harvard, Columbia and Cambridge Universities, is a writer and international book author, commentator for TV (ARD, RTL, BBC and others) and host of his own talk show (GROEBEL ANDERS) on tv.berlin and VICE, among others. Jo Groebel was interviewed and quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and many others and is also on the German 'GQ-Top 100 best dressed'-list.
What I love about Berlin:
1. The historic places and architecture. Since the late 19th century a major and dramatic turn of world history every 25 years: 'Kaiserreich', WW1, Weimar Republic, Nazi terror, WW2, Cold War, student revolution, unification. All events can be traced on practically every corner of the city including the shots in the walls of many buildings including the Reichstag from the 1945 fights between Germans and Russians.
2. The priceless vintage photo collection at Das Stue, the hotel's perfect blend of old and avant-garde design, its bar and star-crowned restaurants.
3. Strolling along the Berlin streets across all neighbourhoods without any specific goal with the eyes of a 'tourist'. A new club here, a recently opened independent fashion shop there. Surprise locations, surprise meetings everywhere: Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, Charlottenburg, Kreuzberg, Moabit, Mitte, Grunewald, you name it.
4. Watching Berlin movies: 'The Blue Angel' with Marlene Dietrich (visit her grave at Schoenberg Cemetery), 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari', Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis', 'M', Billy Wilder's 'One Two Three','The Spy who came in from the Cold' with Richard Burton, 'Cabaret', 'Mephisto','City of Angels' by Wim Wenders, 'The Lives of Others', 'Oh Boy', and hundreds more. See also the movie museum at Potsdamer Platz.
5. The classic 'hot' restaurants: 'Borchardt', 'Grill Royal', 'The Grand', 'Adnan'. Celebs galore, good food.
6. Karl-Marx-Allee, perfect 1953 Soviet architecture, you imagine the endless Communist processions on 1st May or revolution day.
7. The cultural scene, nearly everything there has a 'twin' on top-level due to Berlin's former separation into a Western and an Eastern capital: Numerous theatres, Grammy-awarded Berliner Philharmonic and Symphonic, Staatsoper, Komische Oper, Deutsche Oper, Rock venues with daily world acts at every corner, the exploding arts, gallery fashion and media scenes and their private club-epicentre Soho House where you run into Hollywood greats like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett nearly permanently.
8. The big events: Berlinale Film Festival, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, red carpet and movie premieres at Sony Centre and the recently re-opened 1950s monument Zoo Palast. The daily invitations to hot parties.
9. Mitte with its Prussian and Jewish highlights: Museum Island, Unter den Linden, 18th century classicist palaces, Brandenburg Gate, New Synagogue.
10. For contemplation: The hardly known Berlin waterways and numerous beautiful lakes in its immediate environment.