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Life in Berlin

Berlin is in the heart of Europe.

Germany's capital is a hub for political and cultural events, and a crossroads for travel in Europe and beyond.

The Hertie School is in the heart of Berlin.

Located in the city's “Mitte” neighbourhood, the Hertie School is just minutes away from the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and other important political and historic landmarks.

Students relax on the lawn in front of the German Federal Chancellery, just around the corner from the Hertie School.
Newly-graduated Hertie School students pause for a group photo on the steps of the Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin’s most beautiful square.
Berlin is known to have one of the best music and culture scenes in Europe.
The iconic Berlin Bear holds high a currywurst, grilled sausage served with curry ketchup and fries, one of the city’s signature snacks.
Though the origins of the Bear as a city symbol are unclear, bear statues can be spotted throughout Berlin.
Calling all history aficionados: You don't want to miss out on Berlin's rich offerings. Here you see a historical mural from the GDR era, featured in the German Finance Ministry.

Berlin is a political hub.

As the capital of Germany, Berlin is the epicentre for political decision-makers and policy debates. It's also a city where history is all around, a fascinating backdrop for studying public policy.

Berlin is young, diverse and international.

Berlin draws young people from around the world, bringing with them a diverse set of cultures, skills and activities.

A café in West Berlin’s popular Kreuzberg neighbourhood.
The East Side Gallery: The wall that once divided has become a canvas for artists from around the world to express their creativity.
The Oberbaum Bridge (Oberbaumbrücke) connects Berlin’s Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods. It's also offers a great view of the Molecule Man.
The Molecule Man sculpture on the Spree river marks the spot where three neighbourhoods intersect: Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Treptow.
In Summer, Berliners make the most of the Spree river. "Beach bars" pop up all over the place and those who are lucky enough to own a boat, spend as much time on it as they can.
Rooftop bars offer spectacular views of the city. If you look closely you can see the iconic TV tower in the distance.

Berlin is affordable.

Among Berlin’s many assets is its affordability. Housing and general expenses are relatively lower than in many major capitals worldwide. It’s especially welcoming for students, with countless special discounts at many venues. 

Berlin is easy to navigate.

It's known as a very bike-friendly city, thanks to the flat landscape and many cycling paths. Whether on foot, by bike, public transportation or car, life in Berlin is accessible and easy-going.

Buskers abound in Berlin and the Brandenburger Gate is the perfect spot for this.
The Reichstag building houses the German parliament (Deutscher Bundestag).
The Museum Island in Berlin's central Mitte district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In summer, the Admiralbrücke on the Landwehrkanal in Kreuzberg is a popular hangout for Berliners.
Berlin has a comprehensive public transport system with busses, trams, underground and surface trains.
However, if you prefer alternative forms of transport, bike - or even skateboard - should get the job done on the city's many bike lanes.