A lot can be said about Europe’s most diverse capital city, but after nearly two years of residency, here is what we’ve found to be most true: Berlin is whatever you want it to be, even if what you want it to be changes on a daily basis.
1. A few quotes
“Berlin combines the culture of New York, the traffic system of Tokyo, the nature of Seattle, and the historical treasures of, well, Berlin.” – Hiroshi Motomura
“Berlin is a surprise in a great many ways… It deals with great matters and minute particulars with equal faithfulness, and with a plodding and painstaking diligence and persistency which compel admiration – and sometimes regret.” – Mark Twain, 1892
And of course, the endlessly-quoted quip from former mayor Klaus Wowereit: “Berlin ist arm, aber sexy.” (“Berlin is poor, but sexy.”)
2. A few generalities
As many Germans will tell you, Berlin is not Germany. Well, to be more exact, Berlin is Germany, but it is also its very own universe within Germany. Travel just a little ways outside the capital, and you’ll find that people are more formal, English is spoken much less, and food is generally more beige. None of these are bad things (we personally love beige food), but it’s worth noting that Berlin is truly a place unto itself.Read More