Tuesday

Happy 777th Birthday Berlin – 12 conversation starters


 

To some people Berlin is grey and old and miserable … Berlin is considered the greenest city in Europe. 44 percent of its total area is covered with green spaces. There are 1,800 kilometres of forest trails in Berlin. Next time you visit, please do not bring only your dancing shoes but also your hiking boots.

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6,000 Visual Artists call Berlin home.

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On the very rare occasion when I come home in my car, it takes whopping 30 minutes to find a parking spot. Over the last 6 months, there were 2 occasions where it took me 45 minutes, and the only thing I could do was to take deep breaths, but very deep ones. I hardly ever use the car out of fear to not be able to park when I get back, my neighbours must do the same I guess .... Statistically, every 3rd Berliner owns a car, but 7 out of 10 Berliners also own a bike. According to crime statistics more than 26,000 bikes are stolen annually, and that means every 20 minutes one bike vanishes from the streets of Berlin.

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Berlin is a pretty open minded place. Berlin's first organization of homosexuals the "Scientific-Humanitarian Committee” was founded on 15th May 1897.

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Everybody who has ever been to Berlin in winter knows it can get seriously cold. Here are some chilling facts: A blanket of snow covered Berlin for a period of 114 consecutive days from December 1968 to March 1969. In 1908 recording of the weather began (that is what they tell us). Up until 90 years later, it never snowed before the 3rd. October, and that was in 1998. On the morning of 6th March 1970, the highest fresh snow was measured with 49 centimetres.

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In March 2014 Berlin (as the first German city) got its own Internet domain extension: .berlin. Sounds pretty advanced at first sight, but in reality the internet is so very slow compared to other countries.

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According to police there are approx. 600 casinos, 300 bookie’s and 2500 Café casinos in Berlin.

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Everyone loves this true Berlin icon, the TV tower standing at 368 metres weighs 30,700 long tons (31192t 640.02kg).

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The number of charging stations for electric cars is expected to quadruple in the coming years from 400 to 1,600. Berlin wants to become the capital of electric mobility.

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Since 1985 there is a yellow flowering rose variety named Berliner Luft.

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The river Spree is a federal waterway, bathing is not allowed since that would be too dangerous. Who would want to jump in anyway? There are amazing lakes all around Berlin. Don’t forget to bring your Bikini in the summer months.

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In the 19th century a stagecoach covered approx. 100 kilometres a day (only if there was no street robbery or accident). It took almost a week to travel from Berlin to Munich in Bavaria. People back then must have had a different attitude than generation easyJet it has.

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I am so looking forward to hear from you. How long does it take to find a parking spot in your neighbourhood? Do you have a net of hiking trails in your city? How cold does it get in winter in your part of the woods?

From Berlin with love 

4 comments:

  1. Wow! I learnt so many facts about Berlin I didn't know about, thanks :)

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    1. Hi Franca, excellent :-) Thanks so much for letting me know. Have a lovely day.

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  2. 1. With Car2Go in Vancouver, I'll get a spot within minutes of arrival in my neighbourhood with the benefit that Car2Go vehicles may be parked in parking permit-only areas. I'm curious to find out what the rules are for Car2Go vehicles in Berlin.

    2. In the city of Vancouver, there are a few hiking trails around which follow the old creeks before they were buried or built over. Some of the creeks have been "taken back", and after cleaning them of pollution, some creeks have fish running through them again.

    3. If the temperature drops below 0 degrees C here, there is great gnashing of teeth and rending of garments. No wait, a great piling on of garments! But with the constant moisture, the high humidity and single-digit temperatures go right to your bones. After years in Minneapolis and Toronto, I prefer cold bright sunny days over a city blanketed by snow.

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    1. When you come and visit Berlin, I can assure you, there are reserved spaces for Car2Go drivers everywhere.

      In my head Vancouver always was a very green city, but I have never been there.

      To Minneapolis I only went in summer, but I strongly believe their winters must be so much colder than Berlin winters, right?

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Greetings stranger. I always try to be myself and to be a tourist as often as I can. I would love to get in contact with lots of hard travelling tourists who love to be out and about as much as I do. I am looking forward to all your comments. Thanks so much in advance.