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18 Things About Berlin That Should Make Londoners Jealous

You'd probably be happier if you lived there.

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1. In Berlin, accommodation is insanely cheap.

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For example, this one-bed apartment in Kreuzberg - Berlin's equivalent to Dalston - is £190/month. Just think what you'd do with all that money you're no longer spending on rent.

2. This means creative people are able to live in the city centre, making it a diverse and dynamic place.

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This was true of London, once.

3. Most people don't own their apartments, they're happy renting.

Which means there isn't a humungous divide between people who own property, and people who don't. It also means that people actually live in their apartments. Flats are dwellings, not investments that sit empty. As a result, central Berlin feels like an actual community, not an enclave for the rich.

4. In fact, everything is cheaper.

According to cost of living site Numbeo: "You would need around £2,350 in Berlin to maintain the same standard of life that you can have with £4,500 in London (assuming you rent in both cities)."


5. Unlike the tube, the U-bahn is pleasant to use, cheap, and not horribly over-crowded.

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It's £45 for a monthly travel card covering all public transport, versus £177 for a London Underground zone 1-4 season ticket.

All of which means commuting in Berlin simply isn't that stressful.

6. But you don't even need to take public transport, because Berlin is an extremely bike-friendly city. / Via Flickr: jamesbondsv / Creative Commons

Cyclists don't even have to use the road, since most pavements have bike lanes. More bikes means fewer cars on the roads, which means Berlin has cleaner air than London.

8. And actual beaches.

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In London on a hot day your options are: park or beer garden. In Berlin you can jump in the car and be at Wannsee in half an hour. Or there's Müggelsee, or Tegeler See, or... take your pick. There are 80 lakes in Berlin. And plenty of places to sunbathe naked, if that's your thing.


9. A crazy, insanely large water park.

OK, it's a 45 minute drive outside Berlin, but Tropical Islands holds a special, albeit kitsch, place in Berliners' hearts. The sprawling complex is kept at a permanent 64% humidity, and you can stay the night if you want.

10. A swimming pool in the middle of the river.

Also known as the Badeschiff, or bathing ship. Summer in Berlin is the best. So many places to cool off.

11. Incredible underground bars.

Such as the Tausend, hidden under a railway bridge in Friedrichstrasse: press the buzzer and you might be let in. Or The Bar Marques, hidden beneath a Spanish tapas restaurant in Gräfestrasse. Or the '20s-style Principal Kreuzberg. Read more about Berlin's secret bars here.


13. Club Mate, the greatest energy drink you've never heard of.

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The cult, highly caffeinated beverage is available in very few places outside of Germany, but you'll find it all over Berlin.

14. A relaxed attitude to the rules.

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Smoking in bars has been effectively banned since 2008 but people do it anyway because Berlin. Similarly, you can buy alcohol 24/7 thanks to the ubiquitous Späti: corner stores that are able to circumnavigate licensing laws thanks to a legal loophole. London is dismally uptight by comparison.

15. The best clubs in the world.

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Nearly half of London's nightclubs have shut down in the past ten years, according to one study, with onerous licensing requirements and gentrification both playing a part. Meanwhile, in Berlin, clubbing meccas like Berghain, Sisyphos and Tresor are tolerated, broadly unpoliced, and thriving.

16. Incredible street art, everywhere.

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17. Superior drunk food.

Berlin is the Döner capital of the world, but they do it differently there: the best places are known for their distinctive speciality fare. Every Berliner has a favourite kebab restaurant. No Londoner has a favourite branch of Chicken Cottage.

18. And an all-round better quality of life.

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That's according to the Mercer quality of living survey, which places Berlin at 19, and London at 40.

The survey evaluates 39 factors including political, economic, environmental, personal safety, health, education, transportation and other public services.

Maybe think about moving to Berlin?

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