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Digital Nomad Travel Guide: Berlin, The European Powerhouse


Home to the world-famous freelance visa, powerful industry, and an amazing nightlife scene, read more about this Digital Nomad Hub in our latest DN travel guide!





A city marked by the terrible events that occurred during the two World Wars and the subsequent expansion of the so-called "Iron Curtain" during the Cold War, the end of these conflicts and the renovation of its ideals ended not only the physical divisions that had harmed the German metropolis but also the ideological ones, paradoxically turning this capital into a symbol of freedom at a world-wide level.



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Berlin "poor, but sexy"


This phrase, uttered by its former mayor Klaus Wowereit, helped define the city a few years ago, a line so successful that it became the main motto of the city.

The reconstruction of Berlin required a large investment which accelerated the accumulation of a huge debt, which represents the main reason behind the city's "poverty". However, this never managed to stop it from representing one of the most attractive destinations for many people around the world.

Home to endless national and international artists who found in this place the perfect opportunity for the realization of their dreams, its many sites of cultural and historical interest, suburbs filled with expressions of local artists and delicious wide gastronomy provide the city of Berlin with its irresistible sex appeal.

A digital nomad cannot, and should not miss the wonderful experience surrounding a visit to this sexy and iconic place, but not before you have read the following guide, where you will learn everything you're required to know before heading out on an extraordinary Berliner adventure.


Where to sleep in Berlin?


Choosing a place to sleep in the German capital is a difficult decision; since being a huge city with large districts, Berlin has a wide range of alternatives to stay.





Best areas to sleep in Berlin as a Digital Nomad


Berlin is not only a giant cosmopolitan city, but also the most populated in the country with a total of approximately 11,000,000 inhabitants. Their multicultural and artistic community is distributed among 12 different districts.

Each district of Berlin has different places of interest and lodging prices, so the best area to sleep in the city will depend on your taste and the budget you will dispose of for your trip.


1. Mitte


Mitte could be the ideal option for you if you have a high budget and want to stay in the area with the best location in Berlin. Situated right in the center, it is close to the main tourist sites, and also offers a variety of quality services (restaurants, shops, bars, among others) with the most competitive prices from the city.

Once inside Mitte, you can stay in the area near the famous Potsdammer Platz which was almost entirely rebuilt due to the damages caused by the war. At present, its surroundings are a complete ode to modern architecture. Here you will find various places to sleep; its quiet environment will be perfect if you want a relaxing place to rest.

Another good choice to stay in Mitte is near the Alexanderplatz, since in this side of the city there are numerous shops of recognized brands; there are also some of the main places of interest to be found, such as the Royal Palace of Berlin.

If you want something more luxurious, you can choose any of the accommodations located in the most exclusive areas of Mitte such as the vicinity of the Brandenburg Gate or the Unter den Linden avenue.


Recommended accommodation in Mitte:


(*): The price range may change depending on the time you decide to travel to Berlin.


2.    Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg


Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is a district that emerged from the fusion of Friedrichshain with Kreuzberg; both locations physically separated by the river Spree and connected by the Oberbaumbrücke Bridge. This is the youthful and more fashionable district in Berlin, also boasting a good location that can be reached just 25 minutes away from the city's center by bicycle.

This super cool suburb has a pretty active nightlife with great bars, clubs and restaurants. Another attraction here is the longest outdoor art gallery of the world (East Side Gallery); where the remains of the Berlin Wall serve as a canvas for the exhibition of different works of art.

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg has excellent places to spend the night with much more affordable prices compared to those located in the center of the city. So, if you have a smaller budget for this trip, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg is one of the most profitable areas to stay in the city.


Recommended accommodation in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg:


(*): The price range may change depending on the time you decide to travel to Berlin.


3. Charlottenburg


This is an elegant suburb with a distance of about 6 km from Mitte, but don’t worry about the actual distance, since it’s very well connected to the downtown areas of Berlin. During the period of the Cold War, when the city was divided by the Wall, it was the center of West Berlin and one of the districts dominated by the British sector. Amazingly, the British influence is still remarkable in its luxurious surroundings, large number of prestigious international brand stores and a variety of gastronomic sites.

Most of these shops are located on its well-known Kurfürstendamm avenue, but you may encounter other attractions in this area, such as the Charlottenburg Palace, the Berlin Zoo and the Deutsche Oper (German Opera in Berlin, in English), the latter representing the most important opera house in the whole country and one of the best known worldwide.

The variety of hotels is very large in this town, with extraordinary places spread around where you can spend a night full of luxury, albeit with high costs. However, I don’t want this to scare you as a digital nomad... because if you don’t have enough money, in Charlottenburg you can also find good accommodations (a little less luxurious) at cheaper prices.


Recommended accommodation in Charlottenburg:


(*): The price range may change depending on the time you decide to travel to Berlin.


4. Schöneberg


In this district from the Rathaus Schöneberg building, John F. Kennedy pronounced the famous phrase "Ich bin ein Berliner" (I am Berliner) in one of his most famous speeches made during the fateful period of the Cold War. Subsequently, the square located just in front of the building would be renamed in his honor as John-F.-Kennedy-Platz.

The charm of this place has attracted and hosted characters sort as Albert Einstein, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, among other famous figures. Currently, Schöneberg has a wide variety of sites of interest, mostly dedicated to members of the LGBT community, which is why it is described as the gay district of the city.

The town is a bit far from the center, but this is not a problem, since it will take less than half an hour to get there by taking public transport which is easily accessible in this or any other part of the city. Also here, you can find cheaper places for accommodation compared to other areas from Berlin. So if you are a progressive, part of the LGBT community or just want to find a good, pretty and cheap place to sleep, Schöneberg will be an excellent choice to stay during your visit.


Recommended accommodation in Schöneberg:


(*): The price range may change depending on the time you decide to travel to Berlin.


Where and what to eat in Berlin?


The gastronomic scene in Berlin is interesting and delicious; its traditional food is simple and typically served in large quantities, designed to fill anybody's stomach to full capacity. The influence of international cuisine, with the arrival of immigrants after the fall of the Wall, gave it that exquisite touch that you can’t avoid trying during your visit.




Wonderful places to eat in Berlin as a Digital Nomad


Marjellchen


This is a traditional restaurant located in Charlottenburg, whose atmosphere and divine dishes will make you travel to the past directly to the extinct Prussia. Once you step inside this place, you will be attended by its owner; a German grandmother who will make you feel at home. Under this same concept, the different dishes of the menu are prepared since they are typical homemade meals from this region.

Tasty and in abundant portions, its cuisine is a sample of the gastronomy from Berlin. Certainly, you can’t miss their Königsberger meatballs, an old recipe from the ancient East Prussia. They are made with meat, onion, egg, lemon, salt, pepper and that magical touch of capers and anchovies, making this an unusual but exquisite combination.

The prices of this site are moderate with a range that goes from $13 to $27 USD per meal. If you decide to eat here, I advise you to make your reservation one day before going to the place since, as a small establishment, the restaurant has a limited availability of tables.


Schwarzes Café


A food place that works 24 hours in Berlin can’t be missing from this list, even less so if it’s as great and emblematic as Schwarzes Café. A place with a history that has seen countless artists walk through its doors, who couldn’t help but fall to their knees before its particular charm.

This is a very Berlin-style cafeteria, because in which other parts of the world could you accompany your breakfast with a refreshing beer? Yes, just as you read it, here in this café located in the district of Charlottenburg, you can have a couple of croissants with a crisp German beer or, if you prefer, you can choose from any of their really tasty cocktails.

This coffee shop not only offers breakfasts but also lunch and dinner based on national and international cuisine. It has an excellent quality-price ratio since the prices for food are in the range of $7 to $18 USD. So, now you know, if you want a place to have breakfast in the wee hours of the morning, after having finished your night of partying - Schwarzes Café is the best option.


Burgermeister


If I tell you that one of the best hamburgers in Berlin and maybe from the European continent itself is prepared in an old public bathroom located in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, would you believe me? Well, this is strange but true; near the station of the Schlesisches Tor, under the subway rails, you may encounter this little gastronomic treasure.

Eccentric and bizarre but delicious. Here you can taste a succulent hamburger accompanied by a good German beer, among these tasty treats are the classic American cheeseburger (burger with melted American cheese) or, if you feel like having something more monstrous, then there is the Meister Aller Klassen (with double meat and melted cheese).

Another charm from this site is that this is a very affordable place to eat for digital nomads; with a price range per food that is between $5 and $11 USD. So, if you're a fan of burgers, Burgermeister is a must-see during your stay in Berlin.


Curry 36


Nothing like going to a cheap and fast food place before starting any adventure in Berlin, which is why Curry 36 can’t be missing from your list of places to eat.

This place gathers all the characteristics that fascinate any digital nomad; in addition to their prices being on the cheaper side, their specialty is the delicious currywurst. From what we've read and heard, it has become clear that this is one of the most favorite establishments for locals and tourists to enjoy this traditional snack.


Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebab


Another fast food place located right next to Curry 36, meaning that, after visiting the latter, you can’t miss the experience of trying any of the delicious, finger-lickin' good Kebabs made by Mustafa.

The Kebab is a typical food from the Middle East, with a recipe that has different variants depending on their region of origin. The ones offered in this establishment are those of the typical Turkish recipe; made with meat or chicken previously cooked on a skewer, they are served with sautéed vegetables and Turkish bread. You also will have the option of buying them in the form of dürüm, which means the bread is going to be wrapping all the ingredients.

Another attraction of this place apart from the good food, is that it’s not very expensive; since the prices for kebab are within the range of $4 to 8 USD, which vary depending on their combination of ingredients.


5 Typical foods you should eat in Berlin as a Digital Nomad



Forget about that diet, you're in BERLIN, baby.


Currywurst


The favorite street snack of Berliners, hands down.

A juicy fried or boiled German pork sausage is minced, covered in ketchup or tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and sprinkled with curry. It’s usually offered on a plate of cardboard in the company of fries or Brötchen bread. This food is so popular, that during the electoral campaigns you won’t miss the typical scene of the candidates eating one of these in any of the local streets of the country.


Eisbein or Prussian Knuckle


The ideal partner for German beer.

The knuckle of pork is a piece formed by the union between the bones in the pig's leg. This particular part is the specialty in the traditional gastronomy of different countries, the German version representing one of the most famous for its exquisite flavor. In this case, the knuckle is prepared in brine and accompanied by pea puree with sauerkraut (sour cabbage).


Kartoffelsuppe


Perfect potato soup to keep you warm during the cold.

This German soup is commonly served as an appetizer, with potato taking the lead as the star ingredient. It’s cooked together with different vegetables (celery, carrot, onion, among others) in a broth of meat or salted water, while they are well crushed using the technique kartoffelstampfer ("puree-crushed", in English). It’s also seasoned with different spices and contains chopped sausages as protein, these representing the perfect German complement for this succulent dish.


Rollmops


A quick bite with easy digestive properties.

It’s a simple recipe consisting of herring (a fish of European origin) wrapped around a pickle, olive or pepper. It should be noted that these are pickled herrings, which means, it was previously marinated with a special preparation made with vinegar. You can find rollmops in jars or ask them as an entry in places that have them on their menu.


Kartoffelsalat


Another German dish that includes potatoes and sausage.

A salad with potatoes, Frankfurt sausages and mayonnaise as main elements, the rest of its ingredients may vary depending on the region where is made. Some of these additional components are; chives, celery, parboiled eggs, pickles, apples, among others.


5 Exquisite desserts that you should eat in Berlin as a Digital Nomad



Apple, peach, chocolate, custard, strawberry, blackberry... any way you want it, that's the way you need it...


1. Berliner (Berliner Pfannkuchen, in German)

Sweet ball of fried dough with powdered sugar, stuffed with jam or any other cream.


2. Rote Grütze

Succulent creamy dessert made with red fruits (raspberries, cherries, berries, among others) accompanied with cream or milk and vanilla ice cream.


3.    Black Forest Cake (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, in German)

Delicious cake composed by several layers of chocolate sponge cake interspersed with cream and jam covered with Chantilly cream, chocolate pieces and cherries.


4. Apfelstrudel

Divine puff pastry dough covered with powdered sugar and filled with a compote of apples, cinnamon, raisins, bread crumbs, ground almonds (or nuts) and a light touch of rum.


5.    Käsekuchen

Appetizing German cheesecake different from the American version, since the cheese used for its preparation is cottage and the mass that covers the cake is made with flour instead of cookies.


BONUS TRACK: 5 Beers to drink in Berlin as a Digital Nomad




1. Berliner Kindl Weisse

Refreshing golden pale beer made of 50% malted wheat and 50% Pilsen grain, with an acid taste similar to lemon.


2.    Weizenbier

Sparkling wheat beer with malted barley in a lower proportion, with a turbid tonality and subtle vanilla flavor.


3. Altbier

Dark beer of high fermentation made from yeast and malt, with a notable bitter taste balanced by the sweetness of the malt.


4.    Kölsch

Another Ale beer (high fermentation); unlike the Altbier, it is clear and has a bright golden color and moderately bitter but slightly fruity flavor.


5.    Bockbier

Strong beer with a high alcohol content (≈ 6 °); it is of low fermentation, usually dark with a mild malt flavor.


What to do in Berlin as a Digital Nomad?


A historic city full of artists, places and things to do, the influence of its tragic past and subsequent resurrection caused a drastic change. Now with a hectic pace of life and a very liberal community, it is known as the least German city of all, but no for that is it any less entertaining.



Unlike many other parts of the world, people simply walk past. Refreshing, isn't it?


Enter through the Brandenburg Gate


You can’t waste the opportunity of taking a look at this impressive monument, a symbol of peace and unity, located in Mitte, specifically in Paris Square. Its great historical importance has made it the center of many relevant events and celebrations.


Wander inside the East Side Gallery


Walk through the 1,300-meter fragment of the Berlin Wall located in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg; formerly part of the fearsome Iron Curtain and now the largest outdoor art gallery in the world. The East Side Gallery simply can’t be missing from your list of things to do in Berlin.


Get to know the dark past of Nazi Germany in the Topography of Terror


If you want to know much more about the dark history that marked this city, you should visit the museum "Topography of Terror" that is also within the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area. It should be noted that this place was the former headquarters of the Gestapo, the SS and Central Security Office of the Reich.


Enjoy the best view of the city on the dome of the Reichstag


A good memory to take home from this wonderful city is to look at it through the glass dome inside the Reichstag building, located in the suburb of Mitte.


Relax in the natural environment of the Tiergarten Park


Located near the Reichstag building and the Brandenburg Gate, you will find this beautiful park that is the green lung of the city. If you feel a little overwhelmed by the hectic pace of Berlin, then visit Tiergarten and allow yourself to be enveloped by its peaceful surroundings.


Watch a free concert of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


Take the opportunity to listen to one of the most important orchestras in the world. On Tuesday at 1 in the afternoon, they offer free concerts at their headquarters located in the center of the city (Mitte). The only detail is that you must arrive approximately one hour beforehand to secure your position.


Tips to enjoy the most of your visit to Berlin as a Digital Nomad




Don’t want to spend too much money? We suggest you travel to the city during low season

In high season the lodging is more expensive, for sure; however, the gastronomic offer remains within the same price ranges throughout the year. The high season of Berlin is comprised between the months of April and September, also during the last days of December. The rest of the months are considered low season, since in this time the climate is colder and there is very little influx of tourists. PS: There are also greater discounts on accommodation during the low season.


Buy the tourist card "Berlin - Potsdam Welcome Card" and enjoy public transport for free

With the purchase of the Berlin - Potsdam Welcome Card, you will not only move around the city for free, but you can also receive great discounts on tickets or have free access to the main tourist attractions in the city.


If you are a digital nomad and plan to spend a long time in the city, apply for a freelance visa

With a freelance visa, you will have permission to work as a freelancer during your stay in the city. The procedure is relatively simple if you collect all the requirements, among which are: decentmedical insurance, at least two proposals from potential clients in the city and a submitted budget (accumulated savings) with a minimum value of € 8,640 (≈ 9,800$USD).


Avoid participating in gambling games on streets

There are frequent cases of tourists who are cheated by playing this type of games with strangers in the streets of Berlin.


If you want to visit the places of cultural interest, do it on Tuesday or Wednesday

Normally, these are the days on which most galleries, museums, among other establishments of this type are open.


And this is how we reach the end of the guide to this emblematic and sexy German city, another destination that simply cannot be missing from the list of a digital nomad's next stops around the world. So, after reading all of this guide, please tell me...


What are your next plans once you're in Berlin? Do you want to know more about Berlin or other destination from your travel list?

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