Things to Do in Berlin!

Click the links below for information! Also, if you have suggestions for other things that should be considered for inclusion on this non-exhaustive list, click here! Finally, click here for a list of things to pack!

Arts, Culture, History, & Politics
Festivals & Parades
Fun & Games
Science & Technology
Swimming


 

Arts, Culture, History, & Politics

Ballhaus Naunynstraße
Begine Intercultural Women’s Center
Berlin Dungeon
Castles and Museums
House of Democracy and Human Rights
KulturBrauerei
Künstlerhaus Bethanien
Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Photography Museum
SAVVY Contemporary
SUSI Intercultural Women’s Center
Werkstatt der Kulturen
Xart Splitta
Young African Art Market (YAAM)


Festivals & Parades
*There are other festivals in the city that do not usually occur during the typical course dates.

Carnival of Cultures
Christopher Street Day Berlin PRIDE
CuTie.BIPoC Festival
Kenako Afrika Festival
Lesbian & Gay City Festival


Fun & Games

Berlin Dungeon
Berlin Kart
Blacklight Mini Golf
BowlingCenter
Cinemaxx Movie Theater
Indoor Sky Diving
Jump XL Berlin
Kart World
Lasertag
Legoland
Mission Accepted Escape Room
MobiKart Fun Racing
Mount Mitte Rope Climbing
Skate Hall Berlin


Science & Technology

AquaDom Sea Life
Archenhold Observatory
Berlin Zoo & Aquarium
Botanical Gardens
Castles and Museums
Game Science Center
Magic Museum
Photography Museum
Spectrum Science Center
Tierpark
Zeiss-Gross Planetarium


Swimming

Sommerbad am Insulaner (Outdoor Pool w/ Slide)
Stadtbad Lankwitz (Indoor Pool w/ Slide)
TURM ErlebnisCity (Indoor Pool w/ Slide)
Wannsee Lake & Water Sports
Wellenbad am Spreewaldplatz (Wave Pool)


NOTE: We do not include individual links to most museums and castles.

Things to Pack for Berlin!

Dinner Cruise

The 2017 #FemGeniusesinBerlin

If you have suggestions for other items that should be considered for inclusion, click here! Click here for a non-exhaustive list of things to do in Berlin!

Adapter Converter(s)
Camera/Video Recorder
Cell Phone/Charger(s)/External Battery
Deodorant
Driver’s License or State ID (eCopy and Hard Copy)
“Fancy” Clothes for Welcome or Farewell Dinner
Hair Products/Comb/Brush
Headphones
Insurance Card(s) (eCopy and Hard Copy)
Jacket
Laptop/Tablet/Charger(s)
Lotion
Nail Kit
Passport (eCopy and Hard Copy)
Q-Tips/Cotton Balls
Razors
Soap
Swim Wear/Beach Towel
Tampons/Maxi Pads/Pantiliners
Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Floss/Mouthwash
Umbrella/Rain Jacket/Rain Boots
Vitamins/Medication
Walking Shoes/Sneakers
Wash Cloth or Body Scrubber
Water Bottle
Writing Utensils/Notebook


NOTE: Please review the list carefully before making suggestions.

 

What the #FemGeniusesinBerlin Said!

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The 2018 #FemGeniusesinBerlin during a Convergence Class with Professor Rebecca Brückmann at the University of Kassel

The following comments were pulled directly from course evaluations for FG214/RM200/GR220 Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives: Intersectionality Studies in Berlin. If you are a Colorado College student interested in applying to enroll in the course, click here.

To read what our comrades in Berlin have written about the course, click here.

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If you don’t take this course, you are really going to be missing out on a great adventure and a magnificent learning experience. Not to mention, you get to travel across the world with one of the best professors CC has to offer.

When you’re in another country, the expectation to act maturely and responsibly is even greater than when we are on campus. Be very conscious of this going into any course abroad, especially with this professor.

Really think about what you want out of this and make sure to revisit that throughout the course. You’ll be getting so much content in a short amount of time, so it helps to have a goal.

Heidi knows so many amazing people in Berlin, and you will feel so lucky to have had the chance to listen to them.

There is no room for bullshitting. Keep up and actually do the readings. Look at the questions picked for the quizzes and use them as a template for writing your questions the following week.

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The 2017 #FemGeniusesinBerlin during a walking tour about Porajmos and Sinti and Roma History & Culture in Berlin led by Sinti & Roma Youth

Very engaging way to learn about the concept of intersectionality. Relatively accessible to people who have never taken an FGS course.

Engage with the material both inside and outside of class. Discuss it with your peers and engage with it during the sessions. Don’t be intimidated by the sessions. These women are brilliant and wanting you to engage with them. The worst thing you can do is take your intimidation and shut yourself off. Ask lots of questions, too.

This course is great even if you don’t feel like you know a lot about Feminist & Gender Studies. As long as you’re willing to engage and be curious, you’ll learn so much.

It is not easy. There isn’t much work (a few quizzes, a couple blog posts), but it may be one of the toughest classes I’ve taken at CC.

This course is the most emotionally demanding course I’ve taken at CC, but it is so rewarding and crucial to the fabric of our society.

The course was exhausting, but in a very good way. The amount of important and amazing content we got to explore was something that probably no other CC course could provide.

You must have high expectations for yourself. This is not a normal class, and you must push yourself to learn and absorb information. You cannot just expect to learn what you need by just being in an environment. You must search out the answers to what you are looking for from the people and places you visit.

You need to take it. You think you know what’s going on in the world, but this class will really open your eyes.

Still have questions about the course? Click here!

Some Final Thoughts on the 2018 #FemGeniusesinBerlin

IMG_8271It’s been a while since I contributed to “Some Final Thoughts.” So, bear with me, please, as I shake some of the rust off.

Despite earning tenure and promotion to Associate Professor this spring, this year had its rough spots—some worse than others, especially the death of one of my closest aunts. Because of that, a few people—some who I thought were close to me and others who I knew weren’t—recommended that I cancel this course. In some strange way, I’m glad they did, because it reminded me of two very important things:

  1. A lot of people who compliment me on this course have no idea what it is, what it does, and/or what it means—not just to me but to my students and my friends and comrades in Berlin.
  2. This course means a lot to me and my students and my friends and comrades in Berlin.

My faith in the course was rewarded by a great group of students. They were thoughtful, kind, patient, interested, curious, and outright hilarious. I had so much fun with them, and I miss them already even though it’s only been one week since the course concluded. I could fill this page with memories:

  1. Charles declaring, “Those two left at the same time.”
  2. Me and Charles, singing, “If you liked it, you shoulda put a ring on it.”
  3. Laila’s hilarious faces and hand gestures—I wish I could type the sound she made to complement her monster face and hands.
  4. Dana’s and my “cheese fight.”
  5. Our first long-distance trip in the course.
  6. Izzy’s visit.
  7. The constant references to John’s future run for Senate.
  8. Sarah’s broad-shouldered dinner jacket.
  9. The search for mom jeans and the finding of a pair “in pristine condition.”
  10. Dereka’s new nose ring.

And as always, we had such a great time with and learned so much from everyone in Berlin who gave their time and energy to the course. Best of all, I think everyone knew just how much we appreciated them, because these students made every effort to ensure that from start to finish. If you haven’t yet, please check out the student podcasts (index below) and share them with anyone you know who may be interested in what we study here.

2018 FemGeniuses in Berlin Podcast Index:
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Jewish History & Culture Walking Tour and the Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand” by Noah Shuster
ReachOut Berlin” by Madi Doerre
Examining German Colonialism” by John B. Capers, Jr.
Joliba Interkulturelles Netzwerk” by Laila Marshall
Romanja Power and Cultural Preservation at the RomaniPhen Feminist Archive” by Anna Wermuth
Talking Feminisms on Reboot.FM” by Sarah Leve
1968 and The Berlin Wall” by Abby Williams
Initiative in Memory of Oury Jalloh” by Charles Meyer
The Queer Berlin Walking Tour and Visit to the Schwules* Museum” by Dereka Thomas
LesMigraS” by Diana Muñoz
Street Art & Graffiti Walking Tour and the Urban Nation Museum” by Zoë Frolik

To read and/or listen to the finales and view the indices and slideshows for previous FemGeniuses in Berlin, click here