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Living in Germany: Berlin techno, John Cena's Birkies and swimming

Rachel Loxton
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Living in Germany: Berlin techno, John Cena's Birkies and swimming
Swimmers at the opening of the Sonnenbad outdoor pool in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg on Friday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Uli Deck

This week we're talking about Berlin techno being given a UNESCO status, John Cena wearing sandals (and nothing else) at the Oscars, the first open air pool to open and a car-themed hotel in Germany.


Techno scene in Berlin given special cultural status 

If you’ve chatted with Germans, you might have noticed something that many of them have in common - a love of techno music. That’s right, Germany seems to have taken the crown of the techno capital of the world. And arguably, Berlin is the ultimate place to enjoy the thumping beats in a club like Kater Blau, Tresor or the infamous Berghain. This week, the importance of the capital city’s techno scene was honoured after it was named as one of six new entries on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage in Germany. Berlin’s Clubcommison, which brings together the city’s techno clubs, said the move was “another milestone for Berlin techno producers, artists, club operators and event organisers”. 

The origins of techno can be traced back to 1980’s Detroit, but the genre caught the imagination of Germans, especially after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In the aftermath, abandoned buildings became a place for DJs to perform and people to dance together. The Clubcommison added: “Our gratitude goes in particular to bands like Kraftwerk and African-American DJs and producers like Underground Resistance from Detroit, who made a significant contribution to the creation and spread of techno culture.” It’s not just the cultural factor that Berlin techno brings. According to a study, clubs brought €1.5 billion into the city in 2018. Check out our article here to read more about this initiative and some of the other sites across Germany that made it into the UNESCO list. 

Tweet of the week

John Cena, pictured here at the Oscars last weekend, is just missing the socks to complete the German look.

Germany in Focus podcast 

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Swimming in Karlsruhe

Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Uli Deck

Temperatures soared in Germany on Friday, with some areas scraping 20C. But let’s face it: the water is still cold. That didn’t stop these swimmers in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg who enjoyed the opening of the Sonnenbad outdoor pool. According to the operator, it is the first outdoor swimming pool in Germany to open its doors after the winter break.


Did you know?

It's understood that Germans have a bit of a soft spot for car culture. But did you know that you can even stay in a car themed hotel in Baden-Württemberg? The V8 Motorworld Hotels Superior and Classic are part of the Motorworld complex developed on the site of the old Böblingen Airport, where motorsports fans come for tradeshows, networking and for other automotive-themed events, Mike Stuchbery reported in an article for The Local recently.


In the rooms of these hotels, beds are made from original cars and they feature art inspired by motorsports. And if you’re hungry, then look no further. “Each hotel also has a restaurant revered throughout the region by local American populations for its offerings, from Tex-Mex to barbecue,” wrote Mike. Let us know if you’ve been!


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