In January of 2010, I set off on my life’s greatest adventure yet lived.
I quit my job, sold everything I owned and moved to Berlin to join my newly wed husband.
I had never been there, went alone, did not know the language nore had the security of a full-time job.
During my 3 years in the German capital, I have learned how to make friends in Berlin, established myself as a freelancer and had the most incredible experience of becoming a mother ( an experience worth sharing on an other article ).
I am not living anymore in Berlin, though we own a fantastic apartment in KreuzKoeln with the landwerkkanal on the side.
As a Parisian, Berlin is where i would like to live in Europe.
Berlin taught me to be in contact with nature, to ride a bike, to be more conscious of nature and human being. But the most important Berlin has thaught me, is to be connected with my family and friends.
9 Reasons Why Berlin Is So Cool.
Now Living in Bahrain, I look wistfully back at my time in Berlin and realize some of the things that made Berlin so freaking cool.
Here are nine ( very personal and silly ) reasons that explain why Berlin is so cool.
To my German hushand and friends, there is no better way to spend a warm summer evening, than drinking good beer with friends.
My favourite beirgartens (beer gardens) are «Prater garden» in Prenzlauer Berg and «Cafe am Neuen See» in the Tiergarten.
So yes, there are biergartens all over Germany, but Berlin happens to be where I got to spend time in them.
2- Drinking in Public
No one cares if you drink in public and I love this! There’s such freedom in being able to drink where you want and when you want without worrying of getting fined or arrested by the police ( which would totally happen back home ).
When I first moved to Berlin, I was shocked to see workers on the tram slinging back a beer at 4:00 p.m. Once I saw a woman on the «U-Bahn «drinking a beer at 10:00 Am. on a weekday. Hardcore, yo! I purposely had bier on public transit from time to time, just to say I did.
3- Rent a Tram
One night, I was waiting for the M10 tram along Danzigerstr. As it approached, I noticed that it was tiny, with only one car and it didn’t stop.
To my surprise and utter delight, there were a bunch of people having a party on the tram! There was a DJ spinning tunes, people drinking, smiling, and dancing the night away. Imagine, having a party on publictransit and making your way around town.
Also, there are random parties on the normal trams and even in U-Bahn stations. Well known is the M10 that travels along Danzigerstr and then Warschauerstr.
These occurrences tend to happen on weekends when partygoers come together on their way out for the night. It’s basically a bunch of people drinking openly in public, when suddenly someone starts playing tunes and the tram or train station erupts into one big party. It’s random, it’s awesome.
4- Bier Bikes
Someone must have been drunk when they came up with this idea.
Want to tour Berlin in a unique fashion? Take a beer bike tour where you get a chance to drink and drive while drunkenly experiencing the most notable tourist attractions in Berlin.
I spied my first bier bike at 10:00 a.m. on a cold Saturday morning! I personally can’t think of a better way to start my day. and of course, i have traded my bier for champagne.
5- Street art / Art Galeries and Musuems
After moving to Berlin, I became a huge fan of street art. I truly believe Berlin has the best street art in the world.
Walk through any neighbourhood and you’ll see it everywhere ( Kreuzberg / Friedrichiam). With over 150 Museums in Berlin it is easy to feel overwhelmed when deciding which to visit.
6- Clubs, Bars party
The famously secretive « Berghain » – which attracts many of the world’s most respected DJs and has been described as the « best club in the world » by everyone from the New york time to DJ mag and Inrocks – has gone from being a local phenomenon, infamous for its sex parties and drugs, to one of the city’s most high-profile tourist attractions.
The «Kit Kat Club» in Berlin is one of those rare clubs that has become legendary before it has even been closed. It can chart it’s history back to 1994 when a rather liberal Austrian couple decided to try and combine two scenes together: the hippy vibes of a Goa trance party and the hardcore love action of a fetish night.
Well, you can probably guess the rest.
Although the orgies these days are said to be tamer than in old days, let’s just say that if someone offers you two fingers or four, at the «Kit Kat Club», it has nothing to do with a Nestle chocolate biscuit.
If you are planning on paying a visit to the « Kit Kat Club », please note that only highly original, and revealing, glamour/fetish outfits will get you past the door.
These 2 are anthologies and one should absolutely experiment in Berlin’s night life.
7- Recycling Prowess
The Germans are a people that recycle with codings . It’s a bit intimidating as an outsider to learn their system.
My apartment building had about 6 bins. One for actual garbage, another for organics, one for coloured glass, one for clear glass (why does the glass have to be separated by colour?), one for paper and a last one that I never figured out. I usually just threw in things that didn’t fit into the other categories.
One of my favorites is The Soho House… it is like a cult, where most of the members and are working on Media, Art, Film… good place to relax and to connect with people. My favorite cult!
9- Designer cloths and flow market
Berlin has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years and has become a city where a lot happens and many want to live. Designers and Artists settle up ateliers and brands, as the city is affordable .
There are a lot of flow markets in Berlin. The famous one is « Mauer Park » during the week-end.