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The Essential Guide to Berlin

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Living it Up in Berlin: Your Insider's Guide to Top Attractions, Culinary Hotspots, Nightlife, and More. Discover the Best Recreational Activities, Connect with Friendly Locals, and Experience the Charm of the City.

Welcome to Berlin! If you're planning to move to Berlin, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Berlin has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Berlin.

Berlin is a vibrant city with a rich history and culture, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. There are many sites of interest to explore, from historical monuments to modern art galleries. The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city, and a symbol of German reunification. The Berlin Wall is another important historical site, and visitors can explore the East Side Gallery, a 1.3 km stretch of the wall that has been transformed into an open-air art gallery. The Reichstag is the seat of the German Parliament, and visitors can take a guided tour of the building and its impressive glass dome. The Holocaust Memorial is a powerful reminder of the atrocities of the past, and the nearby Topography of Terror museum provides an in-depth look at the Nazi regime. For art lovers, the Pergamon Museum is a must-see, with its impressive collection of ancient artifacts from the Middle East.

Berlin is also known for its vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. Some of the most popular restaurants include Borchardt, a classic German restaurant serving traditional dishes like schnitzel and sauerbraten. For something more modern, try Katz Orange, a trendy restaurant serving international cuisine. For a taste of the local cuisine, visit Curry 36, a popular street food stand serving up delicious currywurst. For a night out, head to the trendy bars and clubs in the Mitte district. Some of the most popular spots include Watergate, a club with a stunning view of the river Spree, and Bar Tausend, a chic bar with a great selection of cocktails.

Berlin is also a great destination for recreational activities. Visitors can explore the city on two wheels with a bike tour, or take a leisurely stroll through the Tiergarten, Berlin’s largest park. For a more active experience, head to the Tempelhofer Feld, a former airport that has been transformed into a public park with plenty of space for running, biking, and other outdoor activities. For a unique experience, take a boat tour along the river Spree and explore the city from a different perspective. For a more relaxed experience, visit one of the city’s many spas, such as the Vabali Spa, which offers a range of treatments and saunas.

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Insider Tips from Expats in Berlin: Making the Most of Life and Connections

"I would recommend the British Council in Berlin as everyone is great especially Eileen and Len and Paul from the cafe always welcome and also a great information place www.brotcoun.de Also try the British Pub Sanmariter Strasse for a great atmosphere and good beers and sometimes real fish and chips. www.queenvic.de," said one expat living in Berlin.

"Expats in Berlin often join clubs and activities such as language exchange groups, sports teams, and cultural events. Expats can also meet people by attending local festivals, joining meetup groups, or attending networking events. Additionally, many expats find it helpful to join online forums and social media groups related to their interests. This can be a great way to connect with other expats and locals in the city," wrote a member in Berlin.

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"People here think that work is very important even to the point where it becomes the ultimate ptiority," commented an expat living in Berlin.

"Berlin is a popular destination for expats and digital nomads due to its vibrant culture, diverse population, and low cost of living. The city offers a wide range of activities and attractions, from its world-famous nightlife to its many parks and green spaces. Expats and digital nomads can find a variety of accommodation options, from shared apartments to luxury apartments. The city also has excellent public transportation, making it easy to get around. Berlin is a great place to meet people from all over the world, and there are plenty of opportunities to network and collaborate with other digital nomads," said an expat in Berlin.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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