Berlin: 9 reasons why the German capital city isn't very German at all | Meet the Germans

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Rachel moved from the UK to Germany in 2016. As a relative newcomer she casts a fresh eye over German clichés and shares her experiences of settling into German life. Every two weeks she explores a new topic - from saunas to asparagus or the ins and outs of German small talk.
This week she's off the to the capital city, Berlin, to find out more about its unique identity and how, in so many ways, the city and its inhabitants are not at all typically German.
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  • DW Euromaxx

    DW Euromaxx

    2 miesięcy temu

    Do you have any more examples how Berlin is different from the rest of Germany? Tell us in the comments!

    • Lothar Schepers

      Lothar Schepers

      8 dni temu

      @Darius Kang I have to proof you right in the

    • Darius Kang

      Darius Kang

      8 dni temu

      @Lothar Schepers Or perhaps this is a trend with all capital cities in western Europe. London is more cosmopolitan than other cities in Britain. Many parts of London are run down, smell of urine, parts of London look like South Asia and London even has a mayor of foreign origin. I have heard similar things about parts of Paris too.

    • IC

      IC

      19 dni temu

      Yes, lots of dumb people coming here making dumb stereotypical videos.

    • Amelia Jordan

      Amelia Jordan

      25 dni temu

      why do I imagine all people in this video with the mustache

    • Bernhard Prziwara

      Bernhard Prziwara

      Miesiąc temu

      I'm just curious about driving in germany, especially the drivers license.

  • big rich texas

    big rich texas

    5 godzin temu

    excellent

  • MrPinoCavallo

    MrPinoCavallo

    20 godzin temu

    Berlin is a really international city. You hear a lot of English while walking through the streets.

  • Lev Win

    Lev Win

    3 dni temu

    Did she just said “cheap rent”?????

  • Elena

    Elena

    4 dni temu

    if the capital of germany doesnt feel german at all, there is a word in german that describes something like that very well: Schandfleck.

    • DW Euromaxx

      DW Euromaxx

      4 dni temu

      That`s too strong a word. Please remain polite.

  • Muhammad Nasir Akram

    Muhammad Nasir Akram

    9 dni temu

    This is the sort of place i love to be in. I am in a place in germany which is totally opposite to this. People here hate the sound of English.

  • Shiraz Lodhi

    Shiraz Lodhi

    10 dni temu

    I love bln

  • Shiraz Lodhi

    Shiraz Lodhi

    10 dni temu

    Nice I live in bln my bro is born in bln

  • Travelator

    Travelator

    12 dni temu

    This is why Munich is better. Close to the Alps and respects the traditions of Germany while trying not to be heavily cosmopolitan.

  • Slim567

    Slim567

    13 dni temu

    That awkward moment when a bunch of Bird scooters sped behind when you didn’t get into the techno club.😬😂😂😂😂

  • Johnny

    Johnny

    13 dni temu

    Most people walking around downtown don’t even speak german.

  • Akmal Ahmad

    Akmal Ahmad

    14 dni temu

    Yes I was kinda disappointed with Berlin because I always assume German cities would be well organised and planned.Then I visit Hamburg and this is what the German city most people envisioned

  • S Ewing

    S Ewing

    15 dni temu

    I love Berlin, but the people there are very rude. Totally lived up to its reputation. In two days three examples of shocking rudeness; being ignored when asking for directions; a waiter that had no politeness when serving me; another pedestrian intentionally blocking my path on the stairway.

  • Oliver Pilak

    Oliver Pilak

    16 dni temu

    Derbe Boots 😁

  • Dan 7

    Dan 7

    17 dni temu

    No wonder it’s a dump like London

  • Tristan Banks

    Tristan Banks

    17 dni temu

    I came to Berlin from Cairo and to be honest it was paradise. Super clean...
    There are plenty of Arabic speakers and everyone speaks English otherwise. The best German conversations I've had have been with Turkish people.

    • Dexter Gesternॐ

      Dexter Gesternॐ

      6 dni temu

      But there are more germans and it would never changes

  • BreadMPH

    BreadMPH

    18 dni temu

    As someone who moved to Berlin from a different part of Germany, I must say that this is pretty accurate.

    • Hans Zimmer

      Hans Zimmer

      5 dni temu

      @Jannis Kiesewalter But the main issue is that Berlin lives in the past. Berlin is poorly developed comparing to other countries in Germany and the EU. Even less developed than most of the countryside in south Germany. "And all this talk of tradition is stupid. What traditions and culture are we supposed to keep up? this sentence is already so extremly typical (north) german.

    • Jannis Kiesewalter

      Jannis Kiesewalter

      6 dni temu

      @Hans Zimmer You know that there are huge parts of the city where you cant find a single McDonalds? And all this talk of tradition is stupid. What traditions and culture are we supposed to keep up? Most "german virtues" are just stereotypes. Cities were always different to the rural area and not clinging to old values. And thats a good thing otherwise we would still be stuck in the 19th century.

    • Hans Zimmer

      Hans Zimmer

      6 dni temu

      @Jannis Kiesewalter No strong feelings but Berlin is mainly a block of concrete with people completly disconnected from themselves and the nature which materializes in a destructive party culture. They basicly sold their heritage and culture to McDonalds & Co. to become the USA 2.0.

    • Jannis Kiesewalter

      Jannis Kiesewalter

      7 dni temu

      @Hans Zimmer Yeah, why? I live in Berlin my whole life and it is awesome.

    • BreadMPH

      BreadMPH

      15 dni temu

      @Hans Zimmer And then?

  • tremolo3

    tremolo3

    18 dni temu

    I'd say it's the same for all capitals in big countries. Someone in the comments here have mentioned NY, and I can say Mexico City it's not what a typical Mexican city looks like.

  • Mr. mine gaming

    Mr. mine gaming

    19 dni temu

    Wow ich darf deutschland kennenlernenen ach ne warte, kenn ich schon ,komm ich von

  • Lord Hades

    Lord Hades

    19 dni temu

    Same story all around Europe. Large metropolitan cities, usually capitals, losing their nationals, becoming less native.

  • Wong Tik Ki

    Wong Tik Ki

    20 dni temu

    so the capital of germnay is not german, why is it a good thing again?

    • Jem Mor

      Jem Mor

      19 dni temu

      @Leo Nawroth "you get the real deal and not some fake european version of it" This is your mind on judeo globalism

    • Leo Nawroth

      Leo Nawroth

      19 dni temu

      Cause diverse cultures are more fun. You have many incredible restaurants, that come from all over the world. Since those are mostly run by immigrants, you get the real deal and not some fake European version of it. You'll get a sense for different cultures living in the same place. You don't have to travel to meat different people, just go to the next table tennis spot, join the game and make friends. Those are just a few points of the benefits.

  • Calamintha Grandiflora

    Calamintha Grandiflora

    20 dni temu

    In Western Germany maybe 80 percent are Christian. In Eastern Germany maybe 20 percent are Christian.

  • RockBassTv

    RockBassTv

    20 dni temu

    ... and this is why I freakin love this city! I'm living in Vienna, and Berlin is so much more layed back & the people are easy going. Can't wait to go back again.

  • Tobias Rab

    Tobias Rab

    21 dzień temu

    Now i wanna move from spandau to Berlin!

    • pc

      pc

      14 dni temu

      come on dude, you are like 15min. away, I'm like 10,000km...

  • MrDraacon

    MrDraacon

    21 dzień temu

    The capital of Germany is not german :D

    • Lord Hades

      Lord Hades

      19 dni temu

      The capital of the UK is hardly British anymore as well. I think that is becoming the case in many European countries.

  • Nathan S

    Nathan S

    21 dzień temu

    I moved to Berlin six years ago for work, fell in love with a German, got married and learned German. I loved Berlin when I first moved there. Then I got older. The hipsters slowly started to get more and more annoying. The broken beer bottles everywhere were an eyesore. The smelliness of Berliners in the U-Bahn, especially in summer, became unbearable. The trashiness of the city was no longer charming in that counter-cultural way. So I moved to beautiful Hamburg. :)

  • Stefan Metze

    Stefan Metze

    22 dni temu

    20 years to late peeps....the big party is over. Now it's all about business.
    No one lives in Berlin. You simply survive in this place.

  • Abcflc

    Abcflc

    22 dni temu

    In a way, it's like comparing NYC to the rest of the US...

  • ZehnmaX Xent

    ZehnmaX Xent

    22 dni temu

    no longer poor but sexy in berlin

  • dimitrios roman

    dimitrios roman

    23 dni temu

    Berlin is definitely not Germany. That what I keep telling everyone. Berlin ist just like hong kong: Two systems one country. ut now all jokes aside. Berlin(and some more cities aren't German at all). Not many real german people are living in berlin (Not that I have a problem that my reason or loving berlin). It's simply soo colorful and your free to do what you want. Almost no one judges you . But don't think Berlin is heaven. There are still many crimes committed because of hate. Because of the people not minding their own business and thinking the way they do it is the only one. But compared to our world, it's quite close to heaven

  • Missy GGG

    Missy GGG

    23 dni temu

    These Fashion Styles mentioned in the Video might be different from other germans but now in Berlin all the young people look the same, and everybody whos wearing these two looks gets recognized as a wanna-be-cool-in-Berlin person who just recently moved to Berlin 😏

  • Yung Jan

    Yung Jan

    23 dni temu

    approved by a berliner

  • OrhanTanner

    OrhanTanner

    23 dni temu

    cheap rent!!!!!! when did they record this video? 1990?

    • Elena

      Elena

      4 dni temu

      @Iain Mc Girr you dont compare anything to munich

    • ro muhamedim ben

      ro muhamedim ben

      21 dzień temu

      @Iain Mc Girr thanks

    • Iain Mc Girr

      Iain Mc Girr

      22 dni temu

      @ro muhamedim ben Only expensive if you want to or HAVE to live in the trendy areas of the East such as kreuzberg everywhere else it massively cheaper than other major cities Cologne Munich anywhere in Baden Wuttenberg ...and yeah I have lived in these areas to compare .. Munich is the MOST expensive city in Germany fact check it out.

    • ro muhamedim ben

      ro muhamedim ben

      22 dni temu

      @Iain Mc Girr I thought rent is the most expensive in Berlin. Especially that there is a shortage of housing in Berlin. Anyway, is rent cheaper than Hambourg or even cheaper than Hanover? Thanks!

    • Iain Mc Girr

      Iain Mc Girr

      22 dni temu

      Yeah cheap rent compared to say Munich go compare

  • Cedric Kohlisch

    Cedric Kohlisch

    23 dni temu

    Thanks Merkel.

  • Deniz D.

    Deniz D.

    23 dni temu

    So ein Blödsinn. Berlin ist überaus deutsch/ preussisch. Dieses Video ist ein Beitrag zu anti deutschen Meinungen, die Berlin jeweils davon ausklammern "i only like berlin". Berlin ist eine deutsche Weltstadt, dennoch deutsch.

  • Nick Grigoriou

    Nick Grigoriou

    24 dni temu

    Dirty? I just visited Berlin as a tourist from Greece, and I absolutely loved it.
    I was staying close to Charite hospital, in Invalidenstrasse. I like the area very much, clean & freshly painted roads, posh cars, excellent Public Transportation, nice people, and you're close to everything.
    The sights are fantastic really. Only thing I didn't like was the cold and the many night hours. But hey, it's winter after all.
    Keep your city as it is, it's very nice!

  • Amelia Jordan

    Amelia Jordan

    25 dni temu

    why do I imagine all people in this video with the mustache

  • Johannes Ludwig Papeleras

    Johannes Ludwig Papeleras

    25 dni temu

    I still see flashbacks of Berlin during *1936* 🤔

    • Johannes Ludwig Papeleras

      Johannes Ludwig Papeleras

      19 dni temu

      @DeutscherSoldat1871 I only see but I know it's already gone.. All you can see is vandalized walls

  • jan sarstedt

    jan sarstedt

    26 dni temu

    Cheap rent ? Excuse me wtf

  • Ankur Ekbote

    Ankur Ekbote

    26 dni temu

    Hallo DW Euromaxx : Meet the Germans Team,
    I really enjoy watching (learning) about Deutschland (Germany)🇩🇪 in the interesting way in which you present.
    Can you also make a video on München (Munich), the capital of Bayern (Bavaria)?...
    Some suggestions about topics are : History, must visit places🏰🏟️⛪, food🥨, Oktoberfest🍻, etc. ... things which are typical about Munich and / or Bavaria...
    Liebe Grüße,
    Ankur

  • Karin Ritter

    Karin Ritter

    27 dni temu

    because it s ruined by arabic, african and turkish migrants

  • Korinna Beckenbauer

    Korinna Beckenbauer

    27 dni temu

    This is why I don't particularly care for Berlin

  • Ezra Borg

    Ezra Borg

    Miesiąc temu

    Non-German: I absolutely love Germany!
    German: Where have you been?
    NG: Berl-
    German: Okay, bye

  • pestprinz

    pestprinz

    Miesiąc temu

    berlin has become germanys shame and has fallen years ago. you cant listen to ppl speaking german a lot because its either cool and hip to speak english, ppl are from an arabic/turkish/african country or from poland. so yea ... its not german because there are less and less germans living in berlin.

    • schr0ed1nger

      schr0ed1nger

      15 godzin temu

      @Leo Nawroth The planned extermination of a cultural and ethnic group against their democratic will. Look back in time on peoples opinion about "guest-workers" or other foreign migrants. Germans didnt wanted to be replaced - People voted reliably against this development. But germany has a democracy in wich the majority opinion doesnt count.

    • Leo Nawroth

      Leo Nawroth

      19 dni temu

      What's so shameful about different spoken languages?

    • Steven Siegert

      Steven Siegert

      28 dni temu

      Even it's origin is not that German or better said Germanic.

  • Karl Marx

    Karl Marx

    Miesiąc temu

    I never expected this from Germany.....

  • Xy-Xy Gacha

    Xy-Xy Gacha

    Miesiąc temu

    For me, Berlin is like every other city. I mean, everything is different from everything, every city has its unique touch.

  • A dead Chipmunk

    A dead Chipmunk

    Miesiąc temu

    this city sounds like LA except for the cheap rent part

    • Ste Pa

      Ste Pa

      18 dni temu

      @Desiigner the wealthy part is true I still like the vibe in LA better, but yeah in the end both big dirty cities hhaha

    • Desiigner

      Desiigner

      23 dni temu

      @Ste Pa except for the weather not really unless your wealthy

    • Ste Pa

      Ste Pa

      28 dni temu

      A dead Chipmunk LA is nicer lol

  • Uh Oh Spaghetti-os

    Uh Oh Spaghetti-os

    Miesiąc temu

    so basically id love germany except for berlin.

  • ANTONIO M. M. FRAGOSO

    ANTONIO M. M. FRAGOSO

    Miesiąc temu

    🇵🇹👍🏻

  • Christian Koch

    Christian Koch

    Miesiąc temu

    cheap rent???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • JD D

    JD D

    Miesiąc temu

    Ich finde die Moderatorin ganz sympathisch, aber selbst sie kann mir diese Stadt nicht schmackhaft machen

    • Leo Nawroth

      Leo Nawroth

      19 dni temu

      Du klingst enttäuscht? Gibt doch genug Städte in Deutschland, die dir was anderes bieten. Berlin ist glücklicher ohne Menschen, die mit dem Lebensstil nicht klarkommen. Wir brauchen keine zugezogene Menschen die Clubs wegen Ruhestörung verklagen etc. pp.

  • Rvon D.

    Rvon D.

    Miesiąc temu

    Berlin ist die einzige Hauptstadt auf der Welt die das BIP eines Landes runterzieht. Berlin is a shithole.

  • Communist Frog

    Communist Frog

    Miesiąc temu

    Thank mass migration of foreigners who aren’t German...

  • Phunker1

    Phunker1

    Miesiąc temu

    Berlin hätte man der Sowjetunion zuschlagen sollen. Dann hätten die sich mit den Versagern rumschlagen können.

  • Streety fit

    Streety fit

    Miesiąc temu

    Cheap rent are you guys fucking mental

  • Bat Man

    Bat Man

    Miesiąc temu

    Not surprising,a city which was almost completely destroyed can't retain its original character.

  • thegreendestiny

    thegreendestiny

    Miesiąc temu

    Of course it's not very German, it's full of non-Germans.

    • Karin Ritter

      Karin Ritter

      27 dni temu

      it looks like saudi arabia and turkey

  • Alex D'Cruz

    Alex D'Cruz

    Miesiąc temu

    Don't worry very soon the whole Germany won't be German at all.

  • doczg88

    doczg88

    Miesiąc temu

    Non Germans are leaving Berlin because it's not very German at all...and I hear a lot of talking that Berlin would be better if it was more German...but continue with your self hatered Jerries. The rest of the world is not impressed.

  • Constantin Melniciuc

    Constantin Melniciuc

    Miesiąc temu

    Being an expat in Berlin that doesn't speak german yet I can say:
    1) Struggle with German? Bitch please, it's tough without sprechen Deutche hier.
    2) Vegan friendly? Yes, but meat is still predominating.
    Other than that it's accurate enough.

    • Unapologetic White Male, Proud Colonizer

      Unapologetic White Male, Proud Colonizer

      Miesiąc temu

      What about the rap[-fug[-[-s?