Lifestyle, culture and leisure activities are top, while rents and the cost of living are definitely affordable - Berlin offers a high quality of life!
Encompassing 890 km² and a population of around 3.5 million, Berlin has room for all kinds of lifestyles and every age. People from 186 nations contribute to the lively atmosphere in Germany's capital.
With unparalleled opportunities regarding recreational activities, cultural events and education, Berlin allows its residents to develop and express themselves freely and to design their lives according to their wishes.
The rents and costs of living in Germany's capital remain low. At the same time, Berlin's employment growth is outpacing the rest of Germany. Together with Hamburg, Berlin is at the top of economic rankings.
Green capital - green countryside
Nowhere else in Germany are nature and tranquility so ideally intertwined with pulsing urbanity as in the Berlin capital region. The magnificent forests, rivers and lakes surrounding the city make for a diverse nature and recreation area. Germany's largest transportation network (Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg) guarantees optimal mobility and connections.
The green heart of Berlin, the 210 hectare "Tiergarten" park, is Germany's third largest urban park. Add to that another 2,500 public green spaces and recreational facilities.
Berlin is not just intriguing to foreign visitors. Berliners treasure their urban surroundings more than the residents of any other city in Europe. According to a 2010 Gallup poll, 87 percent of Berlin's citizens feel positively about their city, especially its architecture, the green spaces available and cultural institutions. Berlin has something for everyone: modern shopping centers, peace and quiet, and cultural offerings of extraordinary diversity. Berlin is the place to be!
According to a survey by the Forsa polling institute in 2012, people younger than 30 are especially impressed with Berlin as a business location. The growing economy, the growing number of jobs and an international environment are reasons for the city’s one-of-a-kind energy.
(Source: Weekly Report of the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V.), No. 19/2010; Berliner Morgenpost May 16, 2010)