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  • Berlin has been called “the graffiti Mecca of the urban art world.” Wandering around the city, you’ll encounter plenty of examples of original and interesting graffiti, no more so than at the East Side Gallery. The longest surviving strip of the Berlin Wall is adorned with some world-famous graffiti murals.

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  • The Molecule Man was in our sights. We were soaring ahead, paddles in hand, though we knew our rivals were not far behind. This was the final stretch of the Urban Challenger Paddle Boat Race, and we could almost taste our impending victory.

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  • As we saw in my previous post, Berlin’s early 20th century club scene was multifaceted, glittering and brave. Unfortunately, almost all of that experimentation had been wiped off of the map by the time World War II had ended. And, by the time the Berlin Wall came down in 1989-1990, all that was left of the old party capital was a lot of raw, broken down spaces, and a downtrodden populace to match the scenery. But hope was in the air - Berlin was starting from scratch again.

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  • The Club Marathon challenge is the one that’s easiest to do by accident, especially if you’re one of the thousands of young travelers who are passing through Berlin on the party trail, stopping here for long enough to acquire yet another memorable hangover on the way to Amsterdam or Prague.

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  • In an unassuming apartment block on Hauptstraße, Schöneberg, David Bowie once lived. Not only that, the icon shared an apartment with rock-god Iggy Pop. And if that wasn’t enough to peak your curiosity, it was here in Berlin where he wrote and produced some of his very finest albums.

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  • Europe’s modern squatting movement can probably trace its roots back to the Diggers. They were a group of 16th century farmers who occupied land around London for everyone to cultivate and use freely.

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  • Berlin has the “whole package” for the curious traveler: from delicious international food, to crazy clubs, upcoming art and a huge variety of museums. But it is also a retreat place for nature lovers. In this review, we will recommend you the top 5 nature related challenges, that are worth trying when you arrive in the city.

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  • Ahh, Tempelhofer Feld, an immense ‘only in Berlin’ wonderland that is as unique, surprising and glorious as the city in which it lives. This vast park was once Berlin’s foremost airport, its origins dating way back to 1923.

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  • That Berlin is one of the most creative hubs in the world is undeniable. From contemporary art, to experimental music, installations, to murals and graffiti, the city offers a huge diversity that fits most art-enthusiasts’ interests. In this review, we will present you the top 5 art related challenges in our app that you can try out when visiting town.

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  • It was a liberating - and unusual - experience, to be sure. Stood on a platform with the mid-summer sunshine beating down on my naked body, preparing to leap into the dark lake that soared before me. This was the FKK plunge, a challenge which demands you leave your swimming trunks and any personal modesty - British or otherwise - very much at home.

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  • However far you travel in the world these days, you can’t escape from freak weather. Across Europe and the US there have been record-breaking heat and humidity levels this summer, and in Berlin we’ve also had high winds and floods. There seems to be no end in sight either, with NASA confirming that this is the 14th month in a row of unnaturally warm, wet weather.

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  • A red wig. Techno music. A sat nav brain. A 90s outlook. These are just some of things that will help you conquer the Run Lola Run challenge. But most of all, you’ll need relentless energy and a cracking pair of legs.

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  • Today is our big day: we’re launching our first ever edition of Urban Challenger in Berlin!

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  • To quote French streetartist SOBR – whose works saturate Berlin’s party zones – “it’s time to dance”. When? All year round, if you live in Berlin! But what’s different about summer in Berlin is that now, it’s time to dance in the streets. Parade season is here!

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  • Berlin is famous for many things, but probably one of its most compelling features is its diversity in terms of street art and graffiti artworks. Whether it comes to murals by renowned international artists to experimental pieces, you can find examples in practically every block of town.

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  • On entering Charlottenberg Gardens, it was clear we had stumbled upon the ‘French’ section of the garden. It was an aristocratic riot of colour, intricacy and lavish over-the-topness.

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  • One thing I love about Berlin is its flea markets. Specially fit if you are in the hunt for vintage furniture, if you are on a budget and need a new outfit to go partying on the weekend or simply as a fun weekend stroll, you can find a flea market in practically every Bezirk of Berlin.

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  • The conditions weren’t looking too good. Just as we cycled to our start point of Wildenbruchbrücke bridge in Neukölln, an ominous collection of dark clouds gathered to the west, bruising the blue sky. We looked upon it with a combination of trepidation and resolve.

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  • I have heard so many stories about Teufelsberg on my arrival in Berlin … I am normally drawn to abandoned buildings, and certainly this one is extra special. Why? Because it is totally fit for a wide audience:

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  • The Berlin Wall: this megalomaniac construction that kept Germany (and symbolically, the whole world) parted in two for 28 years, has become an obvious emblem of the city and even when it is usually presented in tour guides as a must-see place, visiting it implies much more than just an average sightseeing spot.

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  • The fact that Berlin is one of the most environment-friendly cities in the world is undeniable: public transport usage encouraging, more than 2,500 parks and gardens in town, almost a fifth of the city covered with trees, to name a few hints. Now, is there any more room to continue this green-expansion? Natürlich!

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  • Tired of art galleries, busy Mitte and crazy nights at Berghain? Feeling like connecting with Nature and yourself? Then paying a visit to the Botanischer Garten is the right way to go!

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  • In December 2015, right around the time before Christmas when we were playing around with the first prototypes of our card deck and apps, we received the news that we are going to live in Chile for six months. We had been given the wonderful opportunity to participate in the startup accelerator called Start-Up Chile.

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  • The best way to describe the Photoautomat phenomenon is as pocket-sized street theatres. These temporary venues welcome all of Berlin’s sly humour, melodrama, pageantry, alter egos, exhibitionism and smut.

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  • During our time at Start-Up Chile we had the opportunity to pitch in front of the Remote Year community. Remote Year is a program for digital nomads to travel the world together while working remotely on their projects.

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  • The travel world is under app attack! All around the world this travel season, people will be guiding themselves through the streets and bars and clubs and parks of strange new cities wielding smartphone and i-pads in hand.

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  • I live in a big city and I see people like you every day: getting off of trains, bursting with enthusiasm; pouring into the hostels and out of the museums; rubbing your hands together and asking, “So, what’s next?” I have been in your shoes many times, because I love visiting new cities too. But to be honest, feeling like an outsider kind of drives me nuts.

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  • We hope you’ll return here often to keep your exploration skills sharp as you play along with us through the game!

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  • Hello World! It is damn good to be here with you. You never cease to amaze us, no matter where we go together. That is why we travel: to see all of the beauty and diversity that you have to offer. Like you, we want to be immersed in the moment and in the richness of life, wherever in the world we are. Life is playful… and we want to live it that way. When we travel, we want to do it playfully, too.

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