23 Aug Five Reasons Why Choosing To Live In Berlin Will Always Be A Good Idea
There are no shortage of reasons as to why Berlin is great city to live in. Here are just a few of them.
The city is incredibly green
As mentioned in a previous blog post, Berlin is a city that certainly isn’t lacking in green space. With over 250 public parks, Berlin is abundant with places for Berliners to sunbathe, run or even do yoga. The convenience of Berlin’s parks, with many being located directly in the city centre, also means that stepping away from Berlin’s often hectic and lively streets is exceptionally easy. To name a personal favourite ‘Tempelhofer Feld (Tempelhof Field)’, originally the ground of the former Tempelhof Airport, is a 386-hectare flat and very open space with a six-kilometre cycling, skating and jogging trail, a 2.5-hectare BBQ area, a dog-walking field covering around four hectares and an enormous picnic area for all visitors. Personally I feel as though this park has also got a rather exciting feel to it; something about walking along former runways almost makes one feel as though they are doing something dare-devilish. My advice would definitely be to visit at sunset for some truly magical moments.
The cafes and good food
The Berlin food scene has so much to offer. There is such an eclectic mix of immigrant and more ‘traditional’ German foods everywhere you go and with reasonable prices to be found across the city there is something for everyone to enjoy. Out of all of the different European cities I have visited, I would argue that Berlin by far has the largest variety of places to eat out. Finding your favourite restaurants and cafes may take some time as the choice is endless, but you will most certainly have fun figuring it out.
There is always something to do
Berlin has always stood out to me for a number of different reasons but what initially attracted me to the city was the fact that there is always something to do or something going on, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday or a Saturday night. Berliners don’t just live for the weekend, they live for each and every single day. The never-ending list of events to suit each and every individual truly is astounding. No-one could ever feel left out or bored in a city like Berlin. People come from all over the world come to live here and this great diversity across the city means that not only is there always something going on, but there is a fantastic variety of things to do and get involved in. Yoga in your local park, a classical musical festival, a rollerblading event…the opportunities are endless.
Fantastic public transport
Many people are aware of Germany’s fantastic reputation when it comes to public transport. Berlin is certainly no different. With underground trains (U Bahn), overground trains (S Bahn), trams and buses alike, getting around Berlin is exceptionally easy. Running all day and night, I would never consider owning a car or taking a taxi in Berlin as the public transport is so easily accessible. It also feels incredibly safe at all times, with well-lit stations and often many other people around at all hours of the day. While it is also relatively cheap and can save you a lot of money, it will also save you a lot of time!
No-body cares about the way you look
If I hadn’t already mentioned it enough, Berlin is one of the most diverse cities I have ever been to. It’s a place where people can not only dress how they want, but more importantly be who they want to be, regardless of where they are from. It’s a city of very little prejudice and this is another reason why living in Berlin is such a fantastically freeing experience. It is a place where you can do and dress as you wish and no-body is going to have much to say about it. This can even extend in some cases to the professional world, where attire in offices for example is much more relaxed than in the U.K.