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4:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

WATCH: Capoeira Master Explains The Brazilian Style Of Martial Arts

This past week, Meryl Prettyman of Fitness Pilates sat down for an interview with Mestre Bailarino of International Capoeira Raiz at Jugendhaus CHIP to discuss the culture of Capoeira and what the Capoeira looks like in Berlin.

7:03 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Peace Bread: Harvesting Rye On The Berlin Wall's Former Death Strip

Every year since 2005, a field of rye is grown on the Berlin Wall's former death strip by the protestant parish of the Church of Reconciliation.
Monika Mueller-Kroll NPR Berlin

When you're visiting the Berlin Wall Memorial, perhaps the last thing you'd expect to find is a rye field.

But every year since 2005, a field of rye is grown on the former death strip by the protestant parish of the Church of Reconciliation. The rye field surrounds the church at Bernauer Straße.

Axel Klausmeier is the director of the Berlin Wall Memorial.

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4:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

3 Things To Do In Berlin This Weekend

Last year's Botanische Nacht at the Botanical Garden in Berlin. This year the nighttime festival will be Saturday July 19 from 17:00 to 2:00 the next morning.
Credit Eberhard Kloeppe/Botanischer Garten Berlin-Dahlem

After a week of celebrating the World Cup win, you can wind down with some low-key picks from the NPR Berlin events calendar.

Butoh Biking in Tempelhof: Conversation with Graphic Novelist Sarnath Banerjee

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7:49 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Berliners Welcome Home Die Mannschaft At Fanmeile

Fans crowd to snap pictures and cheer for the team as they file on stage.
Credit Monika Mueller Kroll


Cheering and singing for hours, hundreds of thousands of soccer fans gathered in Berlin at the largest Fanmeile in Europe for the homecoming of their national heroes. 

One fan, Tobias Kehring, arrived at the Fanmeile at 6:00 in the morning.

He was initially skeptical to show up that early, but he says it was ultimately worth it when the national team finally arrived at the Brandenburg Gate.

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10:14 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

PHOTOS: Germany Wins The Fourth Star

Fans cheer for Germany's first World Cup win as a reunited country.

Berlin's Fanmeile at the Brandenburger Tor was packed yesterday as Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win their fourth World Cup title. 

Here's a look at moments from a day of soccer and celebration from NPR Berlin contributor Kirsten Kortebein.