Colourful characters beneath Berlin – in pictures

Berlin is known for its underground scene of artists, DJs and techno, but it was the actual underground that captured the attention of photographer Sebastian Spasic. In his project Berlin Lines,

Berlin’s classy cocktail pioneer: raise a glass to the Victoria Bar

The west Berlin bar is famed for its Sunday afternoon lectures; now, thanks to a companion book in English, non-German speakers can educate themselves while sampling its extensive cocktail list

10 of the best ways to enjoy Berlin … on a budget

See fine art and classical music for free, eat great-value street food and stay in cheap but very stylish hostels … Here are 10 ways to have a brilliant time in Berlin

Berlin: an outdoor swimming tour of the best pools and urban lidos

It may be associated with music and fashion but Berlin is also a city that loves to swim. Our writer takes a dip in some of the best lakes and lidos, from a historic Olympic pool to the latest opening in a complex of clubs and bars

Berlin’s flat-roofed Hufeisensiedlung – a history of cities in 50 buildings

This horseshoe crescent and its ‘un-German’ roof epitomised modernist values – in opposition to the folkish pitched-roof fantasies loved by the Nazis

Berlin’s Museum of Things

Mundane objects take on a new meaning in the context of this fascinating museum on Berlin’s Oranienstrasse and is a great place to contemplate history