Key facts

Population of approximately 3,4 million (surrounding countryside not included)
With 891.85km² Berlin is the biggest and most populated city in Germany.
Berlin is divided into 12 districts, each with between 226000 and 370000 inhabitants.


The city state of Berlin is one of the 16 federal states and also the capital and seat of government of Germany. Various federal ministries, state agencies, embassies and national associations of science and industry are based in Berlin.


Berlin, in the past  looked upon as an industrial metropolis, has changed in recent decades: today a majority of the Berlin business is based in the service sector. Due to its geographical location and excellent infrastructure, which goes in all directions, Berlin can be viewed as a pivotal point in Europe. Many  Berlin-based industries expect strong innovative impetus, and  Berlin is becoming increasingly popular as an investment location. For years, the economy in Berlin has been growing, and not only through the continuing boom in tourism, trade fairs and conferences.
Major industries: tourism, trade fairs and conference business, science and research, technology, industry, media and creative industries
– Employment figures: 1.145 million (as of Autumn 2010)

Culture and Leisure

Not surprisingly visitors are drawn from all around the world to the city, and for visitors and Berliners alike: Here you can enjoy a vibrant life. With lots of greenery and plenty of water; events, theaters, museums and clubs of all shapes and sizes, restaurant and shopping facilities from noble to experimental, the selection is diverse in Berlin in every sense. The many vibrant, alternative scenes  enrich the city and the cultural offerings often have an international reputation: Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper, the Berlin Philharmonic with Sir Simon Rattle, the Natural History Museum and the German Technical Museum, the Carnival of Cultures and the Berlinale .. .

Some of Berlin’s attractions:

  • In the East along Unter den Linden from the Brandenburg Gate to Alexanderplatz, the Museum Island and Gendarmenmarkt.
  • In the West: The Kurfürstendamm and the Tauenzien with KaDeWe, the Berlin Zoo and Charlottenburg Palace.
  • In the middle: Potsdamer Platz with the nearby public cultural forum.
  • In the park: The Tiergarten park and Mauer (Wall) park.
  • In green: The Wannsee with the Peacock Island and the Glienicker Bridge.

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Popular neighborhoods in Berlin

East city:  “Mitte-prices” has become a household word and the same goes for the rents: Whatever the street, in the district of Mitte, it is highly priced.  Because Mitte is right in the old centre of the city. In the north, the “avenue of chestnut trees” up to Kollwitz Platz in Prenzlauer Berg is where hip living is in, and among young people, Friedrichshain, especially the Simon-Dach-Kiez, is popular. The alternative / multi-cultural scene is at home in Kreuzberg. However with rents increasing many are  moving to Neukölln. Indeed, the northern part of the old workers’ district is coming to life: Kreuzkölln is the new place to be!

West City: Savigny Platz and the side streets of  Kurfürstendamm were some of the most expensive corners  of downtown West-Berlin. Nowadays it seems, rents in Charlottenburg / Wilmersdorf  are relatively moderate for furnished apartments. Charlottenburg continues to be known today for its well-maintained buildings and apartments with stunning entrances, beautiful stucco and wooden floors. Life is a little calmer  further down Uhland street through Friedenau to Schloss Street in Steglitz, with mostly upper-middle-class living here. Winterfeldt Platz in Schöneberg is for you if you want a  more colourful environment. It also has the advantage that it is not far from Kurfürstendamm and Potsdamer Platz.

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coming home in Berlin:

wellmaintained apartments in apartment buildings
– Premium apartments in prime locations
– individual apartments in all districts
– with modern, contemporary furniture

coming home  is your first Address for temporary accommodation in Berlin!

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