24 More than 2,000 sports associations cover just about every type of sport. 59 % live very happily in Berlin and 34 % live happily here. 12.4 million tourists make 30 million overnight stays every year; around 50 % of these tourists are from abroad. Everything for the family Photos: Berlin Partner, Sonja Frühsammer Berlin gleams with an excellent infrastructure for young families. Around 130,000 children attend one of the 2,000 kindergartens. With 4,645 euros per child, Berlin invests most in daycare compared to the rest of the country. Medical care is excellent. 79 hospitals, 18,000 doctors, and 892 drugstores look after the health of the city‘s citizens. In education, a wide variety offered by various international and private schools provides outstanding choice.
Business metropolis – Living 25 A city for living B erlin is the city for living and enjoyment. In a worldwide survey of the quality of life by the magazine Monocle, the German capital took third place. In the Youthful Cities Index, too, the city took bronze. This index listed the 50 cities in which it is easiest to live. Berlin not only offers housing at moderate rental costs, but also countless neighborhoods with houses and apartments for every standard. Characteristic for the city is the „Kiez-Kultur“. „Kiez“ is vernacular for the neighborhood in which a person lives. Each neighborhood is distinguished by its own identity and good local supply structure. Despite its big-city atmosphere, Berlin is green: it has 20 walking paths of a total length of 550 km, and countless parks. Local recreation provides a variety of daytrip destinations such as Spreewald, Schorfheide, Mecklenburg Lake Plateau, and the Baltic. Unique culture. Berlins museums, theaters, galleries, operas, and concert halls have a significant international reputation. In addition, an independent art scene has established itself and has an avant-garde impact on the cultural community. David Bowie called Berlin „the greatest cultural extravaganza.“ The Deutsches Theater and the Berliner Philharmoniker with principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle enjoy world renown. The 124 Berlin museums, including the Pergamon and the Alte Nationalgalerie, pay host to 14 million visitors annually. According to the Hamburgisches WeltWirtschaftsInstitut, Berlin has the highest density of artists in the whole of Germany and is top in cultural productivity. „A gourmet restaurant in a tennis club is something we wouldn‘t expect to find in many places. But it happens in Berlin. The city has a sense for real quality.“ Sonja Frühsammer Chef and restaurant owner, Berlin Masterchef, 2015. Indirect returns. Where so much culture exists, there you will also find clever people. An often underestimated economic factor. After all, a culturally diverse environment means quality of life and attracts welleducated and skilled people. A study by the Ifo-Institut examined this connection in 2015. The conclusions of the economists: Cultural and creative sectors can also be attributed to an „indirect return“ for the entire regional economy. Companies can, for example, attract highly qualified workers much easier than in other places. And the above-average earnings of these workers have a positive effect on the purchasing power in the city. Sophisticated cuisine. „Good gastronomy is booming in Berlin,“ commented the Michelin Guide and awarded six restaurants with two stars and 14 with one star for 2016 – five more than in 2015. But even outside top-class gastronomy, more than 15,000 gastronomic businesses provide their guests with tasty cuisine. And this at almost any hour of the day or night – because Berlin has no curfew and is the city that never sleeps. Shopping capital Berlin Berlin is the second most popular city in the world for shopping, beating London and Paris. Only New York City has more to offer. So say the results of a survey by online travel portal Expedia. The capital shines through its low prices, a varied mix of individual stores, large department stores, designer flagship stores, and hip boutiques. Top 5: 1. New York City 2. Berlin 3. Los Angeles 4. London 5. Kuala Lumpur