Ich Bin Ein Berliner: How To Make Germany’s Capital Feel Like Home
Opportunity is everywhere in Germany – particularly in tech. In other countries, you often need to move to the capital for a real shot at success. But in Deutschland, tech workers can find rewarding roles with excellent salaries just a stone’s throw from their hometown.
Nonetheless, there’s something undeniably tempting about Germany’s jewel in the crown: Berlin. It’s a capital city with an infectious, irresistible charm. And, with so many exciting companies in the region, tech pros from wider Europe are moving here every single year.
Thinking about starting a new chapter in Berlin? Or perhaps you’ve already accepted a job offer in the region? Here’s everything you need to know about the city so you can settle with ease and become a Berliner in no time.
Find your favourite way to explore
With 300 bike lanes weaving around this city, cycling to work is one of the best ways to start feeling like a true Berliner.
Alternatively, there’s the top-notch public transport. Buses are dependable, but many opt for the U-Bahn or S-Bahn (which get you across the city in minutes).
We recommend trialling your work commute at a quieter time before your job starts. This way, you can check which travel passes you need, practise using the ticket machines, and determine how long the trip is likely to be.
Immerse yourself in the local tech scene
An international tech hub, Berlin is home to an exciting selection of tech events all year round.
Finding them is easy too. Sign up to apps like Meetup and Eventbrite and you’ll have access to dozens of gatherings each day. Facebook is another good place to source events. Simply ‘like’ the local tech pages and your news feed will soon be full of options.
Throw yourself into German culture
Berlin is an international city in every sense – filled with multilingual, multicultural and multitalented people from all over the world. This means you can fit in quickly regardless of your native home.
However, to get the true Berlin experience, you need to embrace Germany as your adopted home.
The capital city is teeming with landmarks, and you should make a point of visiting the Reichstag, Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island and Berlin Wall Memorial. Learn as much as you can about the history of the city, and try to arrange German language lessons in your free time. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can pick up a basic grasp of the local dialect with some teaching (this will also help ease your transition to a new region).
Becoming a Berliner? Let thryve help…
Whether you’re moving to Berlin to start, continue or change your tech career, we’re the best team to turn to for support.
Our Germany office might be in Munich, but we consider ourselves honorary Berliners here at thryve. We’ve got more experience and knowledge of the country’s capital than any other recruitment agency, enabling us to match the best companies in the area with the top tech talent from around the world.
Talk to our team today. We’d be delighted to answer any questions you have about Berlin and make you feel at home in this incredible city.
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