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Slow Travel Berlin, Berlin

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What is Slow Travel?

In the same way that the Slow Food revolution has created a compelling antithesis to the burgeoning Fast Food business, Slow Travel encourages people to resist “Fast” Travel – the frustratingly frequent habit of speeding through all the best known landmarks of a city in 24 or 48 hours – then leaving again.

Slow Travel encourages us to slacken our pace, re-consider our motivations (and itineraries) and embrace a “less is more” instead of a “fast is better” ethos. It emboldens us to take pause. To think. To saunter instead of rush and enjoy the details instead of blurring past them.

Despite its reputation as a party town and bohemian node, Berlin has many inherent Slow characteristics. It has fewer people and less industry than most capital cities, which means it has less traffic and less stress. It’s huge, with plenty outside the well-trodden center to explore, and is officially one of the greenest cities in Europe. Of course it’s part of the global “rat race”. But its turbulent and fascinating history are unique in Europe and its creative and cultural life seem stronger, or at least more visible, than in other major cities of its kind.

All of these factors have a discernible effect on the attitude of people who live here, and thus on daily life, making Berlin in many ways the perfect city in which to carry out an initial Slow Travel experiment. It’s a great city, for example, to rent an apartment instead of a hotel; to stay a week rather than a weekend; to do a cooking course, learn German (or another language), hire a music teacher or join an art or writing workshop. Its past is enthralling and vivid enough to justify off-the-beaten-track explorations. Its parks are large and green enough to really relax in.

We aim to facilitate any quest to get beneath the skin of the city a little, or discover it at a more leisurely pace. We offer an insider’s view that will doubtless overlap from time to time with other Berlin travel sites, but will ultimately provide a unique and above all reliable resource that gives a broader, deeper perspective. We love this city and we want you to love it too.

It’s worth noting that there’s an obvious tendency within the Slow movement (and it really is a movement) to romanticise or idealise things. A few Slow advocates would no doubt be happy to see cars banished, laptops destroyed. But we are not interested in a return to medieval times, and certainly don’t believe everything in life should be Slowed down. We are modern beings with modern lives. As Canadian journalist Carl Honore notes in his Slow bible In Praise Of Slow humans thrive on speed in many ways. We don’t just enjoy it: we need it. Like him, we believe that only certain things should be Slowed – food, art, body – simply in order to make these things more enjoyable.
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  • Walking the Prenzlauer Berg: Beyond Kollwitzplatz, in the pale wintersun this weekend, was an absolute joy! Although I've been living in this area for 9 years, I learned so much new things.I really...  more »
  • Paul took us to tour P. Berg and its history. I've learned so many things, even as a DDR fan and had fun while learning. It was a pure pleasure and I hope to take more tour in the future! Thank you...  more »

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