A few tips for enjoying every day in Berlin

There are billions of things to do in Berlin. If you include snail races and watching paint dry, then the list probably extends into the trillions. No joke.

So how can you stay informed on what’s happening and in which districts of Berlin?  Here are some tips.

Zitty – your guide to culture and events in Berlin

Zitty is one of Berlin’s city guide magazines, and features the best Berlin has to offer. Unfortunately it’s only in German at the moment, but the search guide is very user-friendly and has all sorts of events, from theatre and cinema to open air festivals and live music.

Exberliner – Berlin in English since 2002

For over a decade, the Exberliner magazine has been covering the hottest cultural activities, restaurants, must-see art exhibits and nightlife. Don’t let the name fool you – the Exberliner covers events in Berlin. They just had to change their name from “Berliner” due to copyright infringements.

Tip Berlin – all the tips and info you need

Like Zitty, this is a great place to search for films, cinemas, cultural events, live music, etc. but is only in German. Another good reason to find a language school and learn the basics, right?

Expat blogs

Expatriate has become a blanket term for every native English-speaking person who lives abroad. At first, there were a large number of Americans (mostly from California or New York) who comprised the expat group in Berlin. Now, however, Australians and Brits are flocking in droves to the city – as well as southern Europeans looking for work in Berlin.


Getting around Berlin – Public Transport

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The BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe) is the best public transport system in the world, hands down. Three in the morning on a rainy night and you can still find your way home with a bus, tram, city train (S-Bahn) or underground (U-Bahn).
And no, it’s technically not true what they say about the difference between S-Bahn and U-Bahn. Both travel above and below ground and are constantly under construction.
Monthly transport cards are € 74 (unless you’re lucky enough to find an employer who pays a share) and a single journey ticket within the city is € 2.30

British English?! – not my cup of tea

If you’re from North America and are totally confused as to why your boss gave you that strange look when you asked her for a rubber, or if you think that “cricket” is just a bug, then you definitely need this American-to-British English translation dictionary.
Europe is totally dominated by British English which is taught in schools, though American English is enjoyed more in pop music and movies. The result? Some really disoriented people speaking English as a second language.