Who is a Berliner?

We all know John F Kennedy wasn’t a Berliner ... 

Berlin was named most fun city in the world according to a survey of 2.000 travellers on tripadvisor and yelp, read it here.

Whenever someone asks me where I live and I respond with "Berlin" people instantly assume that I am cool (thank God I really am, ha ha). Everyone I talk to, no matter where I am in the world, loves Berlin. And most people want to live in Berlin or move to Berlin soon, have visited recently, or want to visit (you get it). And on the opposite side there are the other Germans who say they can’t stand Berlin. To them the city is too big, too grey, too loud, too hectic, too … not good enough. Is it jealousy? Dunno. There is so much to read into this and to think about, it really is as complicated as everything in life. When I ask people why they love Berlin so much the answer I repeatedly hear is: "it is so cheap." Right, that is not quite the most flattering reason to love a place ... Come on, if you haven't seen it for yourself, come and visit us Berliners.

Oh my, just when I said “come and visit us Berliners” I knew there are people who will be upset about it. Many of the Berliners are very proud. They really thrive on telling everyone they have been born and bred in Berlin, and lived in Berlin all their life, and their Berlin roots get back to at least 378 years and more. They get so excited about it, and yes, to them it is a really big thing. I am not sure. Would you fancy staying in the same place all the time? But each to their own, I guess … as long as everybody is happy.

Meanwhile in Berlin: I'm Berliner. You aren't! 

Am I a Berliner? Yes I am

If JFK could claim to be a Berliner I am pretty sure, that Yes, we can certainly all claim to be Berliners. What I can’t say is “I am Berliner.” Everyone can in fact only say that, when born in Berlin, and to be more precise, only when ancestors were here, before dinosaurs roamed the area Unter den Linden.

Here are 10 reasons why Berlin is indeed a lovely place to visit and to live in

1. Berlin is very affordable (cheap)

2. People are welcoming, nearly everyone is an immigrant of some sort, which makes it easy to settle

3. Lots of green spaces in the city

4. Many lakes in close proximity of the city

5. There are Restaurants, Cafés, and bars galore

6. The tube system (U-Bahn) is well developed. Dirty secret is that delays occur frequently, and passengers find themselves constantly at risk, to have to use the rail replacement service (Schienenersatzverkehr). But hey, simply take pictures of the station and post them on Instagram to shorten the wait time. Use your imagination, this is Berlin after all. See, it is a fun place to live (please see pics above).

7. 175 museums

8. 300 galleries

9. 250 public libraries

10. 130 cinemas

It feels really amazing to live in a place where everyone is so delighted to be. Would you like to move to Berlin? Are you already living here? What makes Berlin so popular for you? Looking forward to hear from you.

From Berlin with love


  1. D., I fully agree with you on this, though I'm a little "over" the comment about how cheap Berlin is. Why? Because one day those prices will be done and gone, and there must be better and solid reasons to love Berlin over the long-term. I've often viewed countries and regions as "life projects"; few cities fit into that category. However, I view Berlin as a worthy life project. :)

    1. Hi Henry, Thanks so much for your comment. I put "cheap" on No 1 because everyone says that ;-) I totally agree with you, it is not all about being cheap. Berlin is a very interesting and vibrant place to live. We shall also not forget that wages are very low, and the unemployment rate in Berlin is at 10.7% (compare this with Bavaria 3.4%). Cheers from Berlin

  2. I didn't realized there were 130 cinemas in Berlin, I especially love the little ones with very limited seats even though I still have to go and watch a film in one :)
    I'd love to live in Berlin one day because this city is simply awesome in many ways, it has it all, at least all I'm into it and I like, also it doesn't feel like a city but more like a big community, does that make sense?

    1. Hi Franca

      I haven't been to all 130 cinemas (and I am somehow sure I will never visit them all). It is a great feeling to know they are all there ...

      Franca you live in Berlin, enjoy the moment. To me Berlin doesn't feel like a big city either, I totally understand what you mean.


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.