Culture and Diversity in Each Borough
Feel like sampling cultural amenities on a rainy day? There are more than 180 museums in Berlin, but only 106 rainy days per year, according to the meteorological stats – so, saving trips to the museum up for rainy days could present a problem. It gets even harder to decide when you consider that the city’s cultural diversity includes several UNESCO heritage sites, such as Museum Island and a number of modernist housing estates, two large zoos and three opera houses. Not to forget the countless small galleries, neighbourhood theatres and, not least, the buskers who provide cultural entertainment around the clock.
But Berlin is a capital of superlatives not just in terms of culture. More than 3.6 million people live on 892 square kilometres, the city area dividing into twelve boroughs, which in turn divide into a total of 96 sub-districts. The diversity among the various boroughs is hard to grasp, even for those who have lived here for years. That said, there are some obvious choices: I you fancy a solid middle-class milieu, opt for the west end of town, rebels gravitate toward Kreuzberg, the playful ones head for Prenzlauer Berg – there is a borough for every kind of living circumstances.
Buying a Condominium in Kreuzberg – the City’s Most Vibrant District
Germany’s capital attracts young people with its renowned higher education institutions and universities, which count among the key locational factors not just in educational terms but also for the city’s economy. As one of the best places in Germany for start-up companies and renowned economic research institutes, Berlin draws young talent of every sort. Thus, the number of gainfully employed persons has steadily gone up since the Zero Years, while the unemployment rate has lately dropped to its lowest level since the country’s reunification in 1990. Tourism is bringing millions of people to the city year after year. Together with London and Paris, the city tops the list of most popular European travel destinations.
Travelling within Berlin, or away from it, is as convenient as a stroll to the nearest park. Germany’s first city serves as a major transport hub, especially for railway services between western and eastern Europe. Local residents have the use of 15 rapid transit lines, 10 underground lines, 22 tram lines and 150 bus lines for getting around within the city. On top of that, there is a large number of public ferries across the city’s lakes and there are two busy airports with flight connections to domestic and international destinations.
The parameters suggest that Berlin is well positioned to maintain its place as a cosmopolitan city, as does the growing number of people moving to the city. The city’s economic clout is moreover reflected in the rising rents and prices for housing, which implies inversely that Berlin is also a lucrative investment destination.