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Badeschiff. Photo: Badeschiff
Badeschiff. Photo: Badeschiff

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When in: Berlin

Innovation means doing things differently, so when visiting Berlin, one of Europe’s most innovative capitals, it’s time to step outside the box.

Museum of Extraordinary Things

Everyday scientific, technical and artistic objects are collected and arranged by weight on the walls of this museum. While the objects themselves are interesting, it’s the stories, myths and legends behind them that are the real attraction. Petrified potatoes and cow-pie worshipping are just two of the curiosities at this museum, which encourages us to reassess everyday items we often take for granted.

Museum of Extraordinary Things

Crellestrasse 5, Berlin

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Hansa Studios

There was a time when Berlin felt like the center of all that was innovative in music, with some of the world’s most forward-thinking musicians recording in the city during the 1970s. Think Bowie, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave – they all recorded some of their most groundbreaking albums here, including Bowie’s Heroes and Pop’s Lust for Life. Take a tour and marvel at the acoustics inside this former Builder’s Society space – and revel in the history.

Hansa Studios

Köthenerstrasse 38, Berlin

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Photo: Design Panoptikum

Design Panoptikum

This “Museum of Extraordinary Objects” is described as having a space-carnival atmosphere. At its core it’s a weird and wonderful world of retro-techwith body parts attached, along with medical equipment paired with everyday things from throughout time. Half design, half humorous horror, Panoptikum is a marvel of unusual thinking.

Design Panoptikum

Poststrasse 7, Berlin

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Badeschiff

The “bathing ship,” with its pool, bar and sauna, is a well-known, popular stop for summer visitors to Berlin. But what many don’t realize is that there’s also a winter version that features two saunas, a swimming pool, massage rooms and a bar. Summer in the winter? That’s the kind of innovation everyone can appreciate.

Eichenstrasse 4, Berlin

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Kraftwerk Berlin

This former power plant has been transformed into an industrial and underground venue, where you’ll find not just the legendary technoclub Tresor, but also an innovative art and exhibition space and plenty of live music extending far beyond techno.

Kraftwerk Berlin

Köpenicker Strasse 70, Berlin

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