November 6, 2012

Opinion

What have fairytales got to do with Christmas?

Once upon a time in winter… the first snowflakes fell like feathers from the sky. The 9flats editorial team sat in their Berlin office and pondered to themselves: how come our German colleagues insist that fairytales are an inherent part of Christmas? And how did such different cultural influences find their way into this annual holiday?

Poster design: Rowan Stocks-Moore

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July 16, 2012

Weird and wonderful

World exclusive… secret footage of the Veggielympics 2012

With all this Olympics talk, we felt like we should be getting involved too. But we missed out on the ticket lottery… what to do?

We decided to hold our very own, no expense spared, Veggielympics in the office kitchen. Have a look! (And find out some mad facts about Olympic sports you never knew before.)

Click: World exclusive… secret footage of the Veggielympics 2012

June 21, 2012

TRAVEL TIPS

Guide to Pride 2012: Top 5 cities to celebrate in style

It’s Pride time of year once again. We’ve found the best towns for you to paint red (purple, yellow, green and blue), as well as insider tips for clubs, bars and comfy, affordable places to stay…

(photo: Guillaume Paumier, Flickr)

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May 22, 2012

opinion

Is collaborative consumption actually new? We think not.

We’re pretty happy to be at the forefront of a new idea: encouraging the world to stop being selfish and start sharing things. But then we thought, are we really that innovative?

Here are six reasons our grandparents might beg to differ…

(photo: Paul Townsend)

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May 8, 2012

accommodation

Go green in Lapland

Our hosts never fail to surprise and delight us. We sent a little email to Joachim in Lapland, Sweden to ask if we could feature his amazing environmentally friendly log cabin in our ‘eco-living’ newsletter. Not only did he say yes, he also told us more great things about his place.

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April 11, 2012

opinion

What’s value for travellers?

What is good value on your travels? is it value for money? does it mean getting an extra bed for your child at no charge, a free breakfast, a duvet instead of a blanket, a pool with a view that you share with other travelers, far and away from the crush of humanity, or uptown? How about […]

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March 21, 2012

travel tips

Naples in April: America’s Cup

April in Naples is a time of  fine spring weather, and lively streets not yet swamped by a sea of touristy humanity. Take advantage of these beautiful times to savour Neapolitan pizza, weather, and world-class sailing action.   America’s Cup begins April 7 http://youtu.be/HX7tFA6oBEIThe world’s most famous competitive sailing event comes to the southern tip of […]

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March 6, 2012

Interview

Pop king and queen: Porcelain Raft and Little Boots

We’re big music fans at 9flats, and love that we can offer musicians a more comfy, homely life on the road. Most recently, we provided beautiful vintage and art nouveau Berlin flats for electro-pop stars Porcelain Raft and Little Boots, both performing at Intro magazine’s 20th birthday party. We caught up with them both to […]

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February 17, 2012

travel tips

9trips visits Hamburg

Hamburg is famous for its harbour, abundant fresh fish and seedy Reeperbahan. A little-known secret is that this north German city has a fantastic art scene. On the latest 9trips stop, our travel reporters Caroline and Louise discovered small designer boutiques, the best cheesecake in Hamburg…

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February 6, 2012

travel tips

Naples: Pizza & Pompei

Naples, Napoli in Italian, is the third most-populated city in Italy. Its close proximity to many interesting sites, such as Pompeii and the Bay of Naples, makes it a good base for exploring the area. Naples is full of wonderful historical and artistic treasures and narrow, winding streets with small shops, making it worth at least a few days visit (and if you want to get out of town, Capri, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast all lie within striking distance).

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January 18, 2012

9flats introduces

Glasgow: whiskey & wilderness

In December, our 9trips travel journalists Luise and Karolin flew to the east coast of Scotland and explored the city of Glasgow with its Art Nouveau buildings, fantastic second-hand shops and famous whiskey.  After checking out of their stylish 9flats apartment, they went on a trip into the wilderness and took the high road to the Scottish Highlands. Get into the Scottish swing of things […]

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December 28, 2011

travel tips

Up-and-coming Wroclaw

Located in south-western Poland and being one of the host cities for the 2012 European Football Championship, Wroclaw is slowly but surely becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Poland – with its modern airport and good road and train connections from Berlin and Prague it is turning into a local hub for […]

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December 18, 2011

travel tips

Winter getaways: 3 places to hit the slopes

We find three of the finest winter sports escapes, from budget to luxury.

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December 12, 2011

9flats news

The ultimate Christmas present

Christmas is coming closer, and you still haven’t found the perfect Christmas present yet for your friends and family? You are looking for something truly special, but you can’t be bothered to spend hours in crowded shopping malls? Well, we have the ultimate present for you: The 9flats Xmas Voucher! How about a shopping trip to […]

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December 7, 2011

travel tips

Arabian nights in Marrakech

Already tired of the grey and cold winter weather? Looking for the ultimate change of scenery? Well, we have the perfect recipe for a truly unique travel experience for you: Morocco! Get into the oriental spirit, soak up some sun and enjoy a great mix of authenticity, hospitality, well-being and culture. And, on top of […]

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November 24, 2011

travel tips

5 New Year’s Eve travel tips

Every year, it’s the same old story. You say, this New Year’s Eve we’ll do something different, organise it earlier… but, as usual, time slips away and suddenly its already December. By which time it’s too late to plan anything. So, you decide either to book something completely overpriced, or stay at home and spend […]

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October 31, 2011

travel tips

9flats top tips: Spring – Queen’s Day in the Netherlands

As the best-selling American author Greg Anderson correctly pointed out, “Too often we are so preoccupied with the destination, we forget the journey”. We forget that on the way to that long awaited beach holiday there’s far from few other events we really shouldn’t be less excited about. Holland: Queen’s day In this week’s Top […]

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October 17, 2011

Accommodation

9flats top tips: February – Valentine’s in Paris

Despite the onset of very frosty temperatures, Berlin is currently a wonderfully bright, colourful and romantic place. The Festival of Lights is going on for another week, giving us another chance to walk around the center with our friends and loved ones, wrapped up warmly in layers of wool and marvel at the kaleidoscopic light […]

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October 13, 2011

Accommodation

9flats top tips: January in Sweden

There is a truly beautiful event taking place in January, a miracle of nature, which regretfully not many people remember: The Northern Lights. This breathtaking spectacle is nothing more than the result of electrons colliding with the air particles but the flashes and streaks of color it produces in the cold Nordic winter sky will […]

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October 12, 2011

9flats introduces

Kelly from Belgium tells us about her stay

Kelly came from Belgium to volunteer at the Social Media Week in Berlin.  Instead of booking a room in a hotel, she chose to stay in one of our clean, modern and usefully central 9flats. When we met Kelly she told us how much she enjoyed the flexibility of being able to come and go […]

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