Berlin city life
Berlin provides endless recreation and entertainment opportunities. The city is well known for its diverse festivals, famous museums and art galleries, cheery nightlife, hundreds of parks, and numerous bars, clubs, restaurants and shops that cater for any taste.
Things to do in Berlin include:
- see the city’s skyline form the TV tower (Fernsheturm),
- stroll the East Side Gallery sites (the longest section of the Berlin Wall),
- have a picnic in Tiergarten,
- take a boat tour on Spree river,
- spend a day on Museum Island,
- go shopping on Friedrichstrasse,
- explore the Grunewald forest and meet your friends in Alexanderplatz.
Other major tourist attractions include: Brendenburg Gate, Cahrlottenburg Palace, the Reichstag Building, Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdamer Plaz, the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin Zoo (has the largest range of species in the world), or Berliner Dom.
Over half a million Berliners participate in amateur sports in the State Sport Association's 2,000 clubs. Berlin is a great town for watersports as well, due to its many rivers and lakes.
Clubs range from very underground, jazz, and electro to posh. Berlin has great public transportation, and during weekends the subway is open the entire day.
International atmosphere in Berlin
With 190 different international communities, it is as though Berlin cracked the wall between nationalities. There is a long history of migration into Berlin and foreign-born residents make up around 28% of the city’s population. Large communities in Berlin include expats from Turkey, Poland, Italy, Serbia, Russia, France, U.S., Spain, U.K. and Greece.
The most-commonly-spoken foreign languages in Berlin are Turkish, English, Russian, Arabic, Polish, Kurdish, Vietnamese, Serbian, Croatian and French.
In the summer, the temperature average is around 20-24°C (68-75°F) and you can expect some rainy days, so visit Berlin equipped with a waterproof jacket or an umbrella. During the coldest months, December, January and February, the average temperature can drop to -1°C (30°F).