What Berlin Means to Me

My grandfather lived in Berlin during the 1930’s and 1940’s. 

As you might have guessed, it was very different back than. He recently went back to his roots and had a hard time believing the transformation the city has been through. 

He was happy to see that some of the original buildings are still standing.

I live in Florida. I meet young people in their 20’s and 30’ on a weekly basis who want to move to Berlin. There are Tech-Jobs popping up on every corner, creative jobs and an unmatched party scene, especially if you are into Techno. Some clubs stay open for three days… during the week. Berlin became the Mecca for alternative-lifestyle seekers from all over the world and is no longer just a sleeper.

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Kreuzberg – Creative and Hip

Kreuzberg is home to some of the most notorious nightclubs in the world, like the Berghain Panaroma Bar. It is literally impossible to not find something to do there… no matter what day of the week. Plenty of bars and amazing international restaurants round up the Kreuzberg nightlife scene.

But there is more to Kreuzberg than just parties.

Oberbaum bridge
Oberbaum bridge

Visitor can watch the longest intact piece of the Berlin wall, called the East Side Gallery or walk over the Oberbaum bridge, Kreuzberg’s cultural heritage site with its two majestic towers. There are plenty of art galleries and flea markets and some old traditional bakeries, hidden in small back roads.

No trip to Berlin is complete without spending a day in Kreuzberg.

Neukölln – Melting Pot and Music

Neukölln is Berlin’s melting pot for cross-cultural living. The district started out as a  Bohemian settlement and now achieved mainstream popularity due to many artists and musicians who claim Neukölln home. 

Rent is cheap there, attracting young people, students and internationals to the disctict. 

Neukölln offers some unique sites to visit, like the Britz castle, the puppet-theater museum and Rixdorf, the historic center of the district. Good food is always just a block away and visitors can munch on Oriental as well as Mediterranean cuisine for just a few Euros. 

Art in Pankow
Art in Pankow

Pankow – Trendy Neighborhood and Green Suburb

Pankow offers a unique cultural variety, trendy cafes and great nightlife. 

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In the middle of all the hustle and bustle, Pankow is blessed with rural recreational areas. The metropolis living in the Prenzlauer Berg area is especially appealing to the young generation. Visitors find legendary bars on every corner and can emerge themselves in the local art scene.

The architecture is impressive. 

Castle Schönhausen is a must-visit for first-time Berlin visitors.

Marzahn-Hellersdorf – Not what you would expect

This district offer some of the most stunning architectures around Berlin.

Marzahn-Hellersdorf
Marzahn-Hellersdorf

The modern and diverse “Platte” coins the face of the district. Green recreational areas extent to either site and entice young couples in love to go for a spring-time picnic… or a hike through the little forests.

Museum-lovers can spend a whole weekend in the district’s galleries, castles and ancient buildings without getting bored. Traditional German windmills round up the diverse look of the district. 

Mitte – The center of the capital

Berlin Mitte is the busy center of the capital. 

The Brandenburger Tor in Berlin
The Brandenburger Tor in Berlin

This is where the government buildings are located and where the world-famous Brandenburg Gate lights up the nighttime sky. Shopping centers attract tourists from all around the globe and the historic buildings are all well-worth a visit.

There are over 400 art galleries to pick from and numerous theaters to enjoy some local performers and traditional German beers in the evening hours.

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Marvin Schulz

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Marvin, born in 1986, is author of a German Amazon bestseller and full-time vagabond. He lives abroad for over 1,000 days and shares his experience and fascination for traveling with reallytravel.com readers. He publishes his more soulful and personal writings on his website, www.marvinschulz.com.

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