If you want to travel to Berlin as a digital nomad, you will need a visa depending on your country of origin. It does not matter whether it is a short-term or long-term stay. Berlin is part of the Schengen area. If your home country is one of the 26 member states of the EU, you generally do not need a visa. The same applies if you come from Norway, Sweden, Iceland or Liechtenstein. As soon as you want to work or study in Germany, you are required to register your address.
Non-EU citizens whose home country has an agreement with the European Community can enter Germany with a visa for up to 90 days within a six-month period. The document is issued by the Federal Republic of Germany. If you wish to stay longer, you must apply for a long-stay visa and a residence permit.
It is characterized by influences from all over the world. The Berliners do not call themselves multi-culti without reason. Their open and uncomplicated manner ensures that you quickly feel at home. For non-Berliners, the somewhat brusque tone – the so-called “Berliner Schnauze” – takes some getting used to at first. What is meant by this is a rough humor, paired with unconditional honesty.
Each district is urban in its own way. The district … is a stronghold for artists and free spirits, … is popular with families and those who want to party will find their favorite place in Friedrichshain. There is hardly a street without cafés or meeting places for communities. The social, unconventional life is virtually celebrated. If you get involved, you will quickly find new contacts in Berlin. You will never get bored in Berlin. No other city in germany offers so many outdoor activities and tons of festivals and events like Berlin. The city ist also famous for it´s nightslife and huge clubbing scene. It´s safe to walk at night through the streets.
Berlin is also historically an important city. Hardly any other metropolis has changed so often in the course of history. Traces of contemporary history can still be found scattered throughout the city today. The numerous museums and memorials invite you on a journey into the past.
The symbol of German division during the Cold War. Most famous landmark and a must-see.
Teufelsberg Berlin is one of the largest street art galleries of the world. The tower building features a 360° panorama view of all of Berlin.
Unique collections of art and cultural artefacts from Europe and the wider Mediterranean region. The island is located in the middle of the city.
The longest preserved section of the Wall along the Spree. The East Side Gallery was painted by 118 artits from 21 counstries.
Public transport in Berlin is called BVG. It consists of a rapid transit system with tram (S-Bahn), subway (U-Bahn) and Bus as well as trains (RE and RB trains).
You can use one ticket for all means of public transport in Berlin. The transport network is divided into 3 zones (A, B, C). Regular tickets include only zones A and B, but can be easily extended to C. They are valid for 2 hours and you can use it as many times as you want in one direction during that time. If you use public transport more often during your stay, you can use the Berlin Welcome Card.
The subway connects every corner of Berlin and some of the 170 stations are true works of art. Tickets are available at every station. Berlin’s light rail connects you faster with outlying areas like Potsdam. The Berlin bus network adds an additional layer to the public transportation network. There are also many bike sharing and electric scooter sharing programs in Berlin.
Typical for Berlin and very popular is the Currywurst. But also otherwise the culinary offer in Berlin is huge. The influences of the different cultures play a big role. When in doubt, you can find everything the food scene has to offer. The Mitte district has by far the largest range of restaurants. Here you can always find the latest food trends and the hippest locations. The offer for vegetarians and vegans is also numerous. There are more than 100 vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants in Berlin.
The largest department store is the Kaufhaus des Westens, better known as KaDeWe. The house is also famous for its gourmet department. With more than 30,000 products, it also houses the largest food department in Europe
There are numerous laundromats located throughout the city. Prices may vary depending on the provider.
You will get prescription drugs only in licensed pharmacies. These can be found several times in each district. It is more difficult to find a pharmacy that is open 24/7 or on Sunday. For such cases, however, there is an emergency service, in which the pharmacies of the city take turns. For this, however, longer distances have to be accepted.
Germany generally has high-quality medical care and facilities. For emergencies, dial 112 in Germany, and ambulance services are widely available. If you don’t live in Germany, doctors and hospitals may expect immediate payment in cash. Payment by credit card is not always possible.
Travel Health Insurance: Make sure that your health insurance is valid abroad. Otherwise you should take out a travel insurance for this purpose. We strongly recommend additional insurance that covers medical evacuation.
Medications: If you are traveling with prescription medications, ensure that the medications are legal in Germany. To get informations visit the German customs website. Due to strict customs regulations you may not receive prescription medications by mail without special permission.
You don’t have to miss out on your sports sessions in Berlin. No matter what kind of sport you do. The large number of parks and green spaces in Berlin are very popular with recreational athletes.
Your daily run is best done in one of the parks. The Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg is particularly popular. Running along the Spree River or across the city is also no problem. The highlight is the former Tempelhof Airport. Here everyone can do sports on the runway. It´s also one of the largest inner-city open spaces in the world.
Running is not your thing? No problem, because there are various outdoor training areas distributed throughout the city. You can use them for free for your workout. Otherwise, you can find a large number of different gyms in the city.
Do you like swimming? Then you will not be disappointed in Berlin. The city has a total of 63 swimming pools where you can swim your laps. You can find an overview of the offers on the page of Berliner Bäder.
With a total of more than 100 co-working spaces, Berlin is a pioneer in Europe. The shared workspaces are particularly popular among startups. The offer is diverse and there is something for every taste. There are modern office complexes or hip large spaces in old industrial buildings. The community is just as diverse and interesting contacts can be found quickly.
Although Berlin is a very modern and progressive city, there is as yet no provision for free wi-fi throughout the city. So if you want to work at the Spree in the summer, you have to think about a mobile W-LAN router. Otherwise, you can find free internet in cafés or libraries and also in most subway stations.
You can find one in nearly every corner of Berlin. There are about 1000 of these stores throughout the city. Among locals, these convenience stores are known as “Späti”. They provide local residents with essentials when the other stores have already closed.
Over 180 kilometres of navigable waterways and more than 1000 bridges. Berlin is one of the cities with the most water in Germany.
Deutsche Oper, Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Komische Oper seat more than 4000 spectators. There are also more than 150 theaters and stages.
The internet speed can go up to 110Mbits/s. Outside the city and in rural areas, it can be significantly worse.