You may have often heard someone say that Berlin is not Germany, that it is very different from other cities. But what does it all mean? Most people don’t even think about what the real and fake Germany is, they just repeat it as a mantra: “No, well, Berlin is not Germany”.
We’ll explain why that’s true.
First of all, let’s start with the fact that Berlin has a population of 3.6 million people!!! For comparison, the second largest city in Germany is Hamburg, with a population of about 1.7 million people. And there are 4 million cities in Germany: Berlin, Hamburg, Munich (1.4 million) and Cologne (1 million). That already says something. A typical Germany in the eyes of typical Germans is a nice old town with a population of several tens of thousands of people.
To be fair, we should note that Berlin is not the most expensive city in Germany at prices, although in recent years it has been trying hard to become one. The most expensive is Munich.
One of the main reasons why Berlin is so distinguished is, of course, the huge number of migrants. Statistically, one in three Berliners has roots in another country. This means that one third of Berliners were not born in Germany or have at least one parent who was not born there. If you add to this the huge year-round flow of tourists who are in the city and also change its appearance, it becomes clear that it is impossible to remain purely German in such conditions.
And then from personal experience. Leaving the airport, you get straight to the public transport and instead of cute grandmothers and blond kids who ride with dogs from school, we see a crowd of loud young fashionists with blue hair, tattoos and a music column. Not much like a typical German.
Berlin is a round-the-clock party, 7 days a week, and every resident of the metropolis feels it. When all the Germans disappear from the streets at 20:00 and sleep peacefully at 22:00, Berliners only pick up vodka and Red Bull at Späti. Even on Monday at 6 a.m., you have to stand in line to get to the club. Which, again, is not German at all.
One of Berlin’s problems, for example, is people who smoke right on the subway. This problem, on this scale, is nowhere else in the world, probably. And the ban on drinking alcohol in public places? It doesn’t matter at all. Same thing, by the way, about drugs. In a war with which the city has long since acknowledged defeat. It’s hard to imagine that in some Wismar.
Berlin is attracting more and more party lovers, migrants, young people and those who want a career as DJ, and those who want a quiet life are running away. This is clearly not the place to spend a happy old age. It’s not anywhere else in the world, let alone the rest of Germany.