Living in Berlin as a Foreigner

Berlin is a great city, and one of the most exciting places in Europe. The city has a rich history, with many museums and other attractions. You can enjoy spectacular views from atop the Berlin Cathedral or take in incredible street art while wandering through neighborhoods like Kreuzberg and Neukölln. However, if you’re not fluent in German, it can be difficult to navigate this metropolis on your own. In this guide we’ll cover everything from housing options to transportation to finding work once you arrive!


Berlin is a very walkable city, so it’s easy to get around without using public transportation. That being said, the U-Bahn and S-Bahn are the best ways to get around Berlin and they will help you get to all of the places on your list. The bus system is also good and if you want to stay with one mode of transportation then it can be used easily as well!

The tram system isn’t as effective as the other two options, but it will still give you access to most places in Berlin if needed.


Shopping in Berlin is a major pastime for locals and visitors alike. The German word for shopping is “shoppen,” which you may have noticed in the above paragraph.

The most popular shopping street in Berlin is Friedrichstrasse, where you can find many of the same brands as in other European cities (like Zara and H&M) but also plenty of independent shops with unique products. If you’re looking for something specific or have a special request, ask your hotel concierge or someone else at your hotel who speaks English to help you find it!

Museums and other attractions

The Berlin Wall is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. It’s located in the west of Berlin, and it’s possible to walk along its length if you have time to spare.

The Berlin Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Europe and has been around since 1861. It’s home to over 1,000 animal species and over 21 million visitors each year, making it one of Germany’s most popular attractions.

The Berlin Dom (“Cathedral” in German) was built between 1905 and 1993; inside you’ll find an organ with 7,000 pipes! It also features two towers: one taller than Ulrich von Hutten’s tower on Nuremberg Castle (49m), but shorter than Ulrich von Hutten’s Tower at Nuremberg Castle (59m). If you want to visit this cathedral while in town, be sure not only because there are some great views at night from both towers — especially from atop Engelbertus tower — but also because one can climb all four levels including inside where there are lots of interesting exhibits about how this building was constructed over time…and finally there are some good restaurants too!


So if you’re looking for a new place to live, and Germany is high on your list of destinations, then Berlin is the perfect choice. It’s full of culture, history and great people—all in one city! We hope this article has given you some insight into what it’s like to live here as an expat.