Kingpin's Lifestyle Guide for Berlin
A popular base for International Companies
With many international companies expanding to this capital city it has become more important in the world of business. Professionals, families and internationals alike call it home. Cosmopolitan and eclectic with a rich culture, long history and its own character, welcome to Berlin!
With Berlin being renowned for being multi-cultural you will feel quickly at home and the city offers expatriates of all ages and backgrounds, many opportunities and new experiences with an executive lifestyle. Since the federal government moved to the capital, the top financial industry associations followed, which has allowed Berlin to become a business hotspot in Germany.
With more parks and gardens than any other European city, an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city is only a few minutes walk away. The biggest and most well-known park is situated in the heart of Berlin and is called Tiergarten. Just a minutes stroll from the city centre, you can get lost in the beauty of this park for hours on end, or find yourself in its beer garden!
World Class Transport Links
Furthermore, the city is avid in cycling. No matter the weather, the bike lanes will be occupied. Therefore, there are substantially fewer cars in comparison to other larger cities across Europe. The city boasts a strong underground, train and tram system which covers the entirety of Berlin and its suburbs. The world renown German “Autobahn” also circles the city, for easy access to and from the centre and Berliners also enjoy the excellent bus system.
And the best thing of all? One public transport ticket allows you to use any means of transit you desire. Everything really is on your doorstep in Berlin with their extensive public transport system. So much so that the system travels the equivalent distance of 8.7 times around the earth each day! There are two international airports on either side of the capital, making weekends away and business trips carefree and easy.
You will never have a boring day off in Berlin! Did you know that the city has more museums than rainy days per year? Culture lovers will delight in finding a whole island dedicated to museums, plus 180 museums and over a hundred art galleries. Such a rich history is certain to stimulate the mind, not to mention the many tourist hotspots in such as the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall and the Holocaust Memorial.
On top of vast cultural experiences, foodies can experience a whole host of cuisines throughout the city. From the hearty, traditional German food to the aromatic Asian cuisine. Germans are known for their love of speciality beers, so if you enjoy your nightlife, then Berlin is the city for you. There is a bar for everyone with over 900 to choose from and night animals will love the neighbourhood Neukölln, aptly named as the district that never sleeps.
The general cost of living in Berlin is considerably lower compared to other German cities and capitals, especially in the rental market. Living in central areas will be restricted to apartments. Larger homes are situated in family-friendly suburb areas such as Spandau and Zehlendorf which are between 30-45 minutes from the heart of the city by public transport. Due to the demand for accommodation in the city, starting your property search early can reap more rewards.
Berlin is made up of twelve neighbourhoods which all offer an array of cultural and social activities. The most popular areas for working expatriates include Charlottenburg and Moabit which offer both tranquillity with several local parks and the bustling city atmosphere with multiple shopping locations.
There are numerous clubs and associations for expats living in Berlin and an excellent guide list here.
Schooling in the capital
Many expatriates are in favour of sending their children to international schools to ensure they are taught in their first language. With three reputable international schools in Berlin, it doesn’t disappoint. Berlin Cosmopolitan School, Berlin International School and the John F. Kennedy School Berlin are all multi-lingual and focus on developing bilingual students in both their academic and social lives. Alternatively, there are many public schools across Berlin where the tuition will be in German.
If you are interested in a move to Berlin or anywhere else in the world and would like to speak to Kingpin International about International Tax Opportunities, please contact a member of the team. Alternatively, please browse our current International Tax vacancies.