What do you need to know to get settled in Berlin? Giulia Pines’ book Finding Your Feet in Berlin has all the answers to your questions. One of the most important factors is finding the neighborhood that is right for you. But how to choose? Which neighborhood is the best? Today we’ve got Ebe from Back to Berlin…and BEYOND here to tell us about her neighborhood and why it is awesome. As for that book we mentioned, we’re giving away two copies of Finding Your Feet in Berlin right here, right now, so go enter and vote on your favorite Berlin neighborhood.
What Berlin neighborhood do you live in?
Ebe: Wedding, although the ever changing districts mean that it is now Gesundbrunnen within the borough of Mitte.
What is it like?
Ebe: Former West Berlin and part of the French sector, it sits on the border of already gentrified, popular neighborhoods like Prenzlauer Berg. It was a communist stronghold (nicknamed “Red Wedding”) and has since transitioned into a poorer, minority-majority section of the city. It has a fairly bad reputation for crime, but coming from the US nowhere feels as dangerous as “home”.
This definition–of course–is also changing as people like me move in. People now say “Wedding kommt...”, meaning there are loads of hipster (but don’t call them hipster) bars opening and underground venues becoming more well-known. Our section also has fabulous transportation connections (stop on the ring, U8, buses) which is a must for me no matter where we live in the city.
Why do you love it?
Ebe: I love telling people we live in Wedding because their response tells a lot about them and their perceptions of this crazy city and its rapid evolution. It’s lively (meaning loud) and chaotic (meaning dirty) and it wasn’t love when I first moved here. But the Kiez grows on you and I love just walking along the Panke (canal) and seeing what we find.
Visit Ebe on her blog Back to Berlin…and BEYOND and enter to win a copy of Giulia Pines’ book Finding Your Feet in Berlin here.