by Merissa Moore
If there would be one word to describe Berlin, that word would be “different” because it will surprise you with a plethora of differences and things that are not common even in the rest of Germany. When you consider visiting Berlin, it will not be the list of things that you ought to see. The trick is to spend at least five days to feel the life of the city where you should dig deeper. If you do not really know where to start, you can consider hooking up with the guided tours of Berlin city. Still, what they might not mention is that Berlin is not like any other place in Germany.
Top 8 Things to Consider Before Your Berlin Visit
1. Berlin is Mostly About Cash.
It might surprise you but Berlin is all about hard cash! Only the major banks and supermarkets will accept credit cards. If you are thinking about public transport, be ready to have some cash. The same relates to restaurants where cash only is accepted as well!
2. Sunday Morning Matters.
Regardless if you know about Berlin’s nightlife, Sunday morning is still the best time to have some fun and go out with your friends. If you are interested in DJ music, consider visiting Tresor nightclub, Berghain, or Sisyphos. Still, you can wake up and visit the club you like in the morning for an absolutely safe experience!
3. Amazing Cuisine Opportunities.
Since Berlin combines numerous world’s cultures, try out Vietnamese or Indian restaurants by checking things like Currywurst. Even though “wurst” is German for “meat”, it is not entirely German, which is a great way to eat something delicious. Berlin is not very expensive… and the beer won’t cost you a fortune!
4. Wait For The Green Light As You Cross The Road.
Germany is very strict about its traffic rules. Even if you see no cars around, always wait for the green light to cross the road to avoid legal trouble. The cameras are everywhere! Now if you need more information about the rules, need to register a bank account, or rent a car, consider certified translation services for immediate help and accuracy. Germans are very strict about documental work, so make sure to request translation help in advance!
5. Great Place to Learn About History.
If you do not mind learning about European history (not only war-related), you will enjoy your visit to Berlin as it is all filled with historical facts.
6. Freedom to Express Your Style.
You will encounter people wearing business suits and ties, as well as punks and metalheads. Berlin has all the cultures and sub-cultures well-respected!
7. Beware of The Cyclists.
Things can easily get crazy, so remember to watch your step and just learn to be careful!
8. Be Patient As A Customer.
It is one of those things that I must warn you about – Berlin does not have the best customer service in the world. Even though it is one of the best places for immigrants to live due to cultural diversity (Arabs, Turks, English people), you will instantly see the difference when compared to all smiling American people in the supermarkets. No, it’s not all bad, just be ready to stay patient!
Show Respect and Stay Patient
Even though the majority of Germans will treat foreigners in a good way, it is recommended to avoid talking about war and politics. Yes, it is an open-minded city where many subjects may be discussed, yet asking someone’s opinion about Nazi people may give you a frown. It is one of those topics that are not generally discussed even though people have the right morals and attitudes. It is just the historical factor that makes people feel bitter about the past and the attitude of the rest of the world. Learn some German phrases, smile, and it will always make your Berlin visit safer and more enjoyable.
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