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Germany's six most beloved shopping streets
The Krügerpassage on Westenhellweg, Dortmund. Photo: Wikipedia

Where do Germans most love to spend their cash? The results of a new survey show the hottest shopping miles in the Bundesrepublik - and Berlin barely features.

Tourist terror as iconic Berlin balloon thrashed by winds
The Die Welt balloon swaying in the wind. Photo: DPA

Sightseers in the German capital feared for their lives on Tuesday afternoon when the "Die Welt" balloon swayed out of control in strong winds.

Hundreds of hosts ignore Berlin’s Airbnb ban
Photo: DPA

People who rent out whole apartments online are threatened with huge fines under a new rule in the German capital. But that isn’t stopping many landlords from continuing to cash in.

Fare dodger on trial for trying to kill S-Bahn ticket controller
Photo: DPA.

A Berlin man is on trial for reportedly taking his dislike for public transit ticket controllers to an extreme level.

Berlin airport scandal: Probe into possible poison attack
Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Photo: DPA

Berlin's new airport has been blighted by delays and corruption. Now the farce has taken a darker turn, as police investigate the possible attempted poisoning of a whistleblower.

'More cameras than flying stones' at Berlin May Day
Police in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Photo: DPA

Berlin is a traditional hot spot of trouble during Labour Day demonstrations on May 1st. But the situation remained relatively calm this year with only a short outbreak of violence from the far left.

Berlin’s new airport 'may never open’: planner
Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Photo: DPA

The man formerly responsible for planning Berlin’s much-delayed international airport has claimed the air hub will never open, after a series of failures have left city authorities red faced.

500 years of the Reinheitsgebot
Berlin craft scene's challenge to ancient beer purity law
Photo: BRLO

Germany's best-known law worldwide is probably the ancient beer purity rule that's nearing its 500th anniversary. But Berlin is the home of a growing movement to challenge the Bavarian tradition.

Glass pane falls from Berlin skyscraper onto moving car
The Bahntower in Potsdamerplatz. Photo: DPA

A sheet of glass fell from the 16th floor of the Bahntower at Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz onto a car as it was driving through the square on Wednesday evening.

Apple 'could be building self-driving car in Berlin'
File photo: DPA

A German newspaper reports that Apple has set up a secret lab in the capital to build its self-driving car. But how plausible is the rumour?

Berlin to honour Bowie with plaque outside old flat
A fan lays flowers at Hauptstrasse 155 in Berlin where Bowie lived in the late 1970s. Photo: DPA

Fans wanted a street named after the pop legend, but for now they’ll have to settle for a plaque placed outside the flat where he lived in the 1970s instead.

NGO seeks to integrate refugees, one friend at a time
Refugees and Germans share a drink a "Welcome Dinner." Photo: DPA

As Germany seeks to integrate over one million refugees and migrants who arrived last year, one Berlin non-profit group argues that the first step is simple: "Start with a Friend".

Police calm hipster frenzy at Berlin vegan restaurant
Wouldn't you stand outside in the cold for hours for a cup of revitalising green gunk? Photo: DPA

Has hipster gentrification gone too far in Berlin? As police battle hordes of trend-seekers hungry for vegan snacks, the question has to be asked.

Police raid Berlin mega-brothel linked to Hells Angels
The police raid at Berlin brothel Artemis. Photo: DPA.

More than 900 German police, tax and customs investigators raided Berlin's biggest brothel, charging it is linked to the Hells Angels biker gang, and making six arrests, authorities said on Thursday.

Gay penguins left in peace after breeding plans stall
King penguins in Berlin zoo in 2014. File photo: DPA

Two male king penguins who didn't quite live up to their keepers' plans for them to go forth and multiply have been moved from Berlin to Hamburg zoo.

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