The Best Berlin Blogs To Help You Get Settled – Moving to a new city can get stressful and hectic. So often, finding quality and on-point information to save time becomes the main priority. But where do we start searching? Which resources are trustworthy and truly helpful? What are things you need to know before settling into your new home? Even if you live in a city for years, it’s fun to get updates and fresh inspiration for new restaurants, recommendations for moving companies, or notifications about upcoming events.
To that end, we’ve handpicked the very best Berlin blogs from some our favourite locals to not only help you save time and find the most relevant information about Berlin. Whether you’re an aspiring or existing Berliner, we’ve got you covered, no matter what you’re looking for – how to get a flat, where to learn German, or find a nice restaurant for your next date.
The Best Berlin Blogs To Help You Get Settled
Here’s our top 15 Berlin blogs to help you get settled into your new Berlin Life:
1) Abandoned Berlin
What could be more exciting than discovering the city and its history through abandoned and mysterious spaces? Abandoned Berlin is an endeavour to capture the past through the present, discovering the hidden stories within the city’s ruins, antiques, and abandoned locations. As mentioned on their website, Berlin’s a city with fascinating history: two world wars, the city’s split into east and west, cold war and the turmoil of German reunification have all left their imprint on the capital. Abandoned Berlin offers a unique opportunity to delve deeper and uncover the truth beneath the “façade of progress that city officials would have you buy.” Visit their blog to to find out how you discover Berlin’s forgotten places on your own.
2) All About Berlin
Created for English-speaking Berliners, All About Berlin is a collection of guides and valuable, helpful information. If you’re confused about how to get an Ausländerbehörde appointment, find an apartment and register the address, apply for a German work or freelance visa, or how to choose a German health insurance provider, All about Berlin is for you.
3) Awesome Berlin
It’s always nice to discover those offering handpicked information about their hometown and share their personal favourite places simply out of love for their city. Awesome Berlin are Berlin’s most ardent fans and profile the most incredible restaurants, pubs, and locations to visit, as well as amazing parties, events, and festivals. Their inspiring selections are based entirely on their personal preferences. And they always keep a positive outlook.
4) Berlin Food Stories
If you’re someone who explore the city through its food or simply someone who loves discovering great restaurants, you should definitely visit Berlin Food Stories (or follow them on Instagram). Berlin’s a one-of-a-kind culinary hotspot with a rich culinary heritage that’s gained huge popularity in the last decade. If you’re wondering where to find the best breakfast options, which döner kebab places are worth visiting, or which fine dining restaurants are suitable for your evening-date, Berlin Food Stories will provide “a no bullshit, entertaining and 100% independent guide.”
5) Berlin For All The Family
Celia, an English photographer and mother of two boys, has developed a handbook for families living in or visiting Berlin. With Berlin For All The Family, you’ll find advice and information on Berlin’s often complicated bureaucratic and healthcare systems, ideas for things to do, see, and eat in this fantastic city, as well as a few suggestions for places to visit if you want to go outside of Berlin.
6) Berlin Loves You
As mentioned on their website, Berlin is a welcoming, fascinating, complicated, vast, and ever-changing city. Berlin Loves You is an extended love letter to Berlin, and its mission is to provide “a leading voice in the midst of the din, a bike-lane express to your WG, and a kind hand in the darkroom.” They share tales about artists, performers, musicians, cuisine, beer, events, and things to do. Their goal is to help you enjoy and fall in love with this city but also to “have your artist’s visa granted; to discover something larger and better than Berghain; to rekindle your never-ending Berlin escape; and, ultimately, to get laid.”
7) Berlin Ick Liebe Dir
Berlin Ick Liebe Dir is your guide for the German capital. Here you can find interesting tips for restaurants, exciting bars and clubs, recommendations for the world of culture, creative free-time activities, tips for special spaces, popular events, and more.
8) Finding Berlin
Finding Berlin is an in-depth personal blog about food, culture, and life in Berlin. Here you can find not only information and recommendations about exhibitions, events, and restaurants, but also personal thoughts on their context and meaning – bringing you a romanticized and interesting outlook on the capital.
Hauptstadtmuttis (capital city moms) are cool, sexy, stylish, and different. With their sophisticated outfits, clever business ideas, and unusual life concepts, they can surprise us every day. They represent a modern generation of mothers who manage to combine family, career, and style. Since motherhood is such a wonderfully complex affair, Hauptstadtmuttis accompany and guide expectant moms through pregnancy, inspires them, gives tips on getting back to work, recommends the most beautiful travel destinations for families, gives beauty tips, and more.
If you’re curious about the forgotten history of Berlin, its streets, and districts, Kreuzberged is a blog where you can easily spend hours reading through its archives. With a motto, “Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin”, she’s been writing about Berlin’s less-known corners and history since 2008. Now offering books, audio tours that can help you get to know the city better, this blog by a Polish woman living in Berlin since 2003 is one not to be missed.
11) I Heart Berlin
I Heart Berlin team describes the capital as unique, obnoxious, insane, edgy, and seductive. They think, “It’s a vibrant playground for all kinds of ideas and identities. It’s a place where you can be who you want to be, try new things, reinvent yourself, and have fresh experiences that you wouldn’t have otherwise.” They aim to portray the distinct spirit of the city and help readers find unique locations, attend suitable events, meet the right people, and discover the side of Berlin that would fulfil all of their dreams. Founded in 2007, they have a long history of chronicling the city’s ongoings, including all of its changes.
12) Notes of Berlin
Are you curious about what makes a metropolis tick? What are the many different people that call it home like? What brings them together and makes them happy? What do they fear? What are they looking for and missing, what do they yearn for, and what personal tales and destinies do they have to share? Do you want to get a sense of the capital’s personality? Then you need to visit Notes of Berlin (or follow them on instagram). Since 2010, the founder walks around the city with a camera and captures notes and letters left in public places. These notes are not only information carriers but they also demonstrate social reality an accurately capture the city’s tone. The notes are as direct, loud, artistic, tolerant, freedom-loving, eccentric, lonely and romantic as the people who live here. Notes of Berlin is a sneak peek into the daily culture of Berlin in its purest form.
13) Settle In Berlin
Settle in Berlin is a personal blog which arose from the author’s own experience settling in Berlin and the difficulty to find all of the essential information organised on one single website. The author wanted to cover all the aspects of relocating to Berlin and living here. Since then, it’s turned into one of the most popular sites helping aspiring Berliners and a massive knowledge base with guides on everything from finding a flat, to registering your apartment, and why the “TV tax” is a thing. Here at The Berlin Life, we find ourselves recommending this blog to our readers more than any other other!
14) Slow Travel Berlin
Slow Travel Berlin was created in 2010 by Paul Sullivan, a British guidebook author, travel journalist, and photographer. He created it as a personal deep dive into his extraordinary city. It now functions as a diverse and trustworthy collection of knowledge on a variety of topics, including architecture, gastronomy, and literature, history, socio-political concerns, and personal reminiscence. They also encourage sustainable culture and tourism, support local businesses and cultural organizations, and keep readers up to date on everything from local politics to events and incidents along the road.
15) Stil in Berlin
Stil in Berlin is a personal blog by Mary Scherpe. She discovers and then shares her personal favourite places to eat, drink, shop, and have a good time in Berlin. She founded Still in Berlin in January 2006 and has continued to feature a broad range of topics, like food, style and art. Always popular are her detailed brunch and shopping guides.
What do you think about our list of Berlin blogs? Are there other ones you recommend? Drop us a note in the comments below.
How The Berlin Life Can Help You
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- Expert Tips About How To Find A Job In Berlin – A comprehensive guide, full of expert job hunting tips from a longtime local, to find a job in Berlin in 2021 (even during this pandemic!).
- How To Write A German CV To Get Noticed By Employers – Get the lowdown on how to write a German CV. Know what to include and to leave out, as well as other success tips.
2) If you are thinking about moving to Berlin and are still not sure about whether or not it’s a good idea, you can also book a session with me – Cheryl, founder of The Berlin Life. I’ve been living in Berlin since 2011 and know about life in the German capital very well. We can talk about your situation, go through your concerns, and provide you with lots of information to help you with your move to Berlin.
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