Hipster Central: The Changing Face of Neukölln in Berlin

How does it look like?

Rents are rising, but Berlin is still very cheap by European standards, and so a huge number of young people from other parts of Germany are relocating there, as well as a lot of foreigners, and as they arrive, the city changes.

This is most obvious in the district of Neukölln, which is popular with Turkish migrants and is now the center of the slightly grungy hipster population of Berlin. There are a huge number of migrants in this part of the city, and more than 40% of the population is of a non-German origin.

Since the Berlin Wall came down, gentrification has washed over the German capital like a wave. Previously working class neighborhoods have been embraced by families and young professionals, permanently changing the face of large parts of the city, sometimes for the better, and sometimes… well, not.

Neukölln was directly on the flight path for Tempelhof Airport (site of the Berlin Airlift), and the jets would practically scrape the rooftops as they landed. The airport closed in 2008 and was converted into a park, and so many parts of Neukölln suddenly found themselves living next to one of the largest inner-city parks in the world… which of course contributes to rent going skywards, as the jets no longer do.

Neukölln has become a magnet for the young people who wear skinny jeans, old man style glasses and call themselves artists. Yes… hipsters.

The influx of people with a relatively high disposable income has done wonders for the nightlife, with a number of bars and entertainment venues springing up, seemingly catered to that hipster Berlin feeling, with cheap drinks and eclectic furnishings. There are a number of these places around Emserstraße and in the streets surrounding Schillerpromenade.

One of the most famous bars in the area is Villa Neukölln (Hermannstraße 233), which was built on the site of a luxurious old villa, which was demolished and turned into a Turkish carpet store (naturally), before opening as a bar. This is the definition of Neukölln hipster; with old couches, rugs and a laid back vibe. They’ve recently constructed a stage and host many bands and live performances.

Another venue that seems to be rather attractive to the skinny jean clad Neuköllners is the Agora Collective (Located at 50 Mittelweg). Agora is an arts co-op space, which features a restaurant/bar, gallery, film screenings and a co-working space where the young artists/writers/designers can rent a desk, thus giving them some semblance of an office. Agora squarely targets the English speakers of Berlin, and their website is entirely in English.

While some of the long-established locals might grumble at the way their neighborhood is changing, bar owners will no doubt be pleased at having a group of people that keeps their establishments busy 7 nights a week. And those who run one of the many 24-hour kebab shops in Neukölln are delighted at having a steady stream of clientele who need a salty snack as they stumble home at 4am.

 

 

Italy Train Schedules and Timetables

Italy train schedules are easy to find and understand but to safeguard your sanity, don’t take them to too literally. They are a mere indication of when the train will arrive or depart.

Remember that you can claim a partial refund for your train ticket for a delay of at least 60 min.

 

Even in the smallest and remotest train station it is easy to locate the train timetable.

The departures are on a yellow poster and the arrivals on the white one. Look for the scheduled time for arrival and departure on the left column and at right read the train details.

Despite the fact that rail travel in Italy is far from punctual, it still offers many advantages.

 

Value

Compared with most European countries, Italy train travel is still cheap especially if you use the local and slower trains called regionali or locali. Traveling slowly will let you appreciate the beautiful Italian landscape and save money.

 

Connections

Rail travel in Italy connects most cities. On the Internet, you can easily find and check an Italy rail map to plan your trip.

 

Convenience

With trains you reach right away the city center and the hotels. No taxi, check in or security lines.

The new breed of Italian trains Frecciarossa, Frecciargento e Frecciabianca connect all main cities in a fast and efficient way. These special trains require a reservation that can be made at any station or online when purchasing the ticket.

 

Do you have a good story about Italian train schedules? It can be a horror story, a story with a happy ending or just a funny one. Share it with your fellow travelers! We would love to read your account of an adventure or tips, ideas and opinions about train travel in Italy.

 

Exploring Adelaide and South Australia

Adelaide is the capital of South Australia and the fifth largest city in Australia, with a population exceeding 1.1 million. Named in honour of Queen Adelaide, the consort of King William IV, the city is unique in that it was planned from the onset of settlement in 1836 by Colonel William Light and is the capital of the only freely settled province in Australia. Navigating your way through the streets of Adelaide is delightfully easy due to the grid-like fashion in which the city is laid out. The heart of the city is a delightful mixture of old buildings and modern architecture interspersed with parks, gardens and reserves. The Torrens River meanders through the city and the white sands of Glenelg, Semaphore and Henley beaches are all minutes from the city centre. Often referred to as the City of Churches, Adelaide has much to offer travellers in the way of sights to see and places to go.

 

Adelaide provides an ideal starting point for tourists and travellers to explore the city itself and South Australia. Accommodation is readily available and generally reasonably priced with options to suit any budget ranging from luxury hotels to backpacker style accommodation.

 

Adelaide Sightseeing

Art Gallery of South Australia is located on North Terrace, Adelaide and is the premier arts institution in South Australia with over 35,000 works of art and over 500,000 visitors every year.

 

Ayers House is one of Adelaides most prominent historic buildings located at 288 North Terrace Adelaide. Originally built for William Paxton around 1846, it was leased to Henry Ayers in 1855 when Paxton returned to England. Ayers was a wealthy industrialist and politician of great renown who was Premier of South Australia seven times during his 38 year political career. It was he who Ayers Rock, now Ularoo, was named to honor. During Henry Ayers occupation of the building from 1855 to 1897 the mansion was expanded from 9 rooms to the 41 room mansion that stands today. It has been used as a dance hall and nurses quarters but is now a museum and function hall.

 

Adelaide General Post Office is located at 141 King William Street Adelaide. The Adelaide Post Office has been located at this site since 1851 and the current building was constructed between 1867 and 1872. It is a beautiful two-storey building built in the Victorian Free Classical Style featuring a grand postal chamber with a half-domed roof and peripheral clerestory lighting. A gallery at first floor level is supported on ornamental cast-iron trusses with matching cast iron balustrading. The building features a prominent clock tower that was completed in 1875.