Seven different maps that assistance explain Berlin

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Berlin, an artistic and informative powerhouse, is Germany’s collateral as good as a many populous city with roughly 3.75 million inhabitants. The chair of a nation’s supervision is located here, origination a city politically critical for a rest of Europe.

The collateral is also famous for a flourishing tech industry, generally in a fields of clean energy and pharmaceuticals. 

Let’s start with a basics. 

Location in Germany

Berlin is in East Germany and is a city as good as a state. It is totally surrounded by another German Bundesland called Brandenburg. Potsdam, Brandenburg’s capital, borders Berlin and creates adult a Berlin/Brandenburg Metropolitan Region with a race of 6 million. 

Because of a plcae in East Germany, Berlin was surrounded by the Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, or DDR, following World War II. West Berlin, assigned by Western Allies, was seen as a entrepreneur island in a Soviet sector. 

READ ALSO: East Germany – 10 things we never knew about a GDR

12 Districts

Berlin has 12 districts, or Bezirke. These are Spandau, Reinickendorf, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Neukölln, Lichtenberg, Mitte, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Pankow, Treptow-Köpenick and Marzahn-Hellersdorf.

Each Bezirk has a possess tiny ruling physique and mayor, that advise a larger Berlin Senate. Additionally, any district is a possess microcosm of enlightenment and business.

Many Germans will ask that Bezirk we live in and afterwards let we know accurately what they consider of a area. In Berlin, a word Kiez is also ordinarily used to impute to a opposite neighbourhoods and boroughs.

READ ALSO: German word of a day: Der Kiez

A concentration on open transport

Berlin is a mobile city. From a U-bahn to a Straßenbahn (usually condensed to S-Bahn), a districts are mostly easier to navigate with open ride than with a car.

Arguably a many famous open sight in Berlin is a S-bahn or “Ringbahn,” that encompasses a middle city with a tracks. Because of a shape, it is also infrequently referred to as a Hundekopf, or dog’s head. 

The inside of a ring creates adult a “A” territory of a BVG’s services. Living outward a “ring” used to have a certain disastrous stigma, though this is vanishing over time as a city expands and a costs of vital pull people serve from a centre.

READ ALSO: People consider life in Berlin ends outward a Ringbahn. They’re wrong.

Source: Wikimedia

According to a 2017 news from Berlin’s Environment, Transport and Climate Protection committee, there are customarily about 326 cars per 1000 inhabitants. For context, a same series of residents possess 850 bicycles.

The city is also certainly green. Large parks like Tiergarten and tree-lined streets and rivers run by a middle city.  

READ ALSO: A beam to Berlin’s dark swimming spots – from a lady who wrote a book on it


While Berlin is famous for a comparatively reasonable cost of living, skyrocketing rents have prisoner general courtesy in a final years. The recently upheld lease cap, or Mietendeckel, freezes and caps rents for certain buildings around a city for 5 years.

READ ALSO: In graphs: How gentrification has altered Berlin

This picture shows a augmenting cost vigour ousting renters. Source: (Screenshot)

Unfortunately, a vigour and competitiveness of Berlin’s housing market remains high. This map showcases a areas where stream renters are confronting a many cost inflation, and therefore a many vigour to pierce out and live elsewhere. 

READ ALSO: Berlin to solidify lease for 5 years: What we need to know


The beginning building artifacts found in a Berlin area date behind to a second half of a 1100s. Around this time, a tiny allotment of Cölln existed on an island on a Spree stream while Berlin’s Nikolaiviertel lay on a other side. A Gothic wall stable both. However, a central first of a city of Berlin is 1237. 

Source: J. M. F. Schmidt/Landesbibliothek Berlin around Wikimedia

The map above is from a year 1688, when kings of a Hohenzollern dynasty ruled over Brandenburg-Prussia. 

READ ALSO: Weekend Wanderlust: Discovering a strange Wall in Medieval Berlin

Divided city

After World War II, Berlin faced implausible bombing drop and accompanying race decline. The city was divided into 4 sectors by Allied forces. The British, French and American sectors done adult West Berlin, while a Soviets tranquil a East.

West Berlin was totally surrounded by East Berlin and a DDR. West Berlin was customarily connected to the Bundesrepublik Deutschland, or West Germany, by slight movement lines.

The groups between East and West became some-more limited and dangerous as an augmenting series of Eastern Germans fled a DDR, customarily by West Berlin. Cold War tensions from a US customarily increasing a strain. 

Source: Paasikivi around Wikimedia

Eventually this culminated in a origination of a middle German separating all of Germany. And in 1961, a Berlin Wall was built.

This harmful subdivision cut a city in half for roughly thirty years. Berlin still bares a architectural outlines of a opposite regimes, with starkly resisting buildings in East and West.

November 9th this year noted a 30th anniversary of the Mauerfall, or a tumble of a Berlin Wall. Read more here.

Wi-Fi…sort of

You might have review about Germany’s uneven wifi and farming passed zones recently. However, Berlin generally has good connections… and a good clarity of humour. Here is a map of Berlin’s best Wi-Fi names, put together by Italian expat Federico Prandi. 

Map by Federico Prandi (Screenshot)

Top honours go to “It hurts when IP,” “I’m blank a span of socks” and “Nutella Man.” 

See a full interactive map here.

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