Berlin

Berlin

Etymology

City in Brandenburg, capital of Germany, traditionally by folk-etymology from German Bär “bear,” but likely from a Slavic source, compare Old Polabian berl-, birl- “swamp,” in reference to the old city’s location on low, marshy ground along the River Spree. A flashpoint city in the Cold War, the Berlin airliftran from June 28, 1948 to May 12, 1949. The Berlin Wall began to be built Aug. 15, 1961, and was effective until Nov. 9, 1989. [online etymology dictionary]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

B2B Berlin – B2B Berlin invites startup founders, technology enthusiasts and entrepreneurs to share their experience in B2B Tech environment and showcase some of the coolest technology on the market. [meetup]

Berlin – Never eat alone – Networking for success – Trough this group the members will learn the straties of how to use our network of friends and contacts to achive our goals. Making reference and learning from the book of Keith Ferrazzi “Never eat alone” will discuss every chapter to learn from our experiences and help each other to share and to build our network of friends and contacts. [meetup]

Berlin Organisatoren Meetup – Join up with local Organizers to share your community experience and learn tips and tricks for organizing great Meetups. We usually hold Meetups where guest speakers do short talks focused on specific topics followed by activities and Q&A. Please introduce yourself and come Meetup with us! [meetup]

Berlin Skills Exchange – The Berlin Skills Exchange is formed with the spirit of continuous education, collaboration and knowledge transfer in mind.  We aim to bring together talented people who can mutually benefit from each other’s ideas, skills, knowledge and connections. [meetup]

Business Speed Dating – Find new business contacts, meet interesting people with fresh ideas, exchange.
This is a networking platform for entrepreneurs, founders, business-minded people. [meetup]

Co Found Berlin – After 35 successful events together, 2 years plus and more than 2,500 members to date, We’re excited to Announce that Co-Found Berlin has been ranked by meet-up as the # 1 Co-Founding event in the World!!! [meetup]

GreenBuzz Berlin – Sustainability Drinks are a series of regular get-togethers to promote an active sustainability movement in Berlin. We host interesting speakers and meet in a cozy, stimulating atmosphere. [meetup]

Hackers / Founders Berlin – We are Hackers & Founders Berlin, part of a global community of over 200,000 members. H/F was born in Silicon Valley, and has now expanded to 45+ countries. The idea behind H/F is the globalization of tech startups, where startups from all over the world can interact, learn, and grow from one another. [meetup]

Life Artists – We are those who love being alive and want to squeeze every bit of juiciness from this life gift as possible. Therefore we live as who we are – sensing physical beings. [meetup]

Music Suit Up – Start living from your music ! – Every meetup will welcome an invited speaker for an interview, a presentation or a workshop on a specific topic that will help you make a (better) business out of your music. [meetup]

Netlight Events Berlin – Hej Berlin! We at Netlight live a culture of openness and knowledge sharing. Being a part of the digital industry requires not only to excel in technical skills but also being a part of a network, learning and growing together. [meetup]

New In Berlin Meetup & Networking – We bring together people that are new to Berlin and would like to make friends/ business contacts/ find mates to just hang out with. Our team organises some regular bar events, or some bigger events for Oktoberfest, Christmas etc. at the best locations in Berlin. [meetup]

Sport Technology Berlin – Welcome to this meetup of like-minded experts in the area of professional sport. Let´s network the latest developments and exchange experiences with all sorts of technology in sport with an open spirit. [meetup]

Suit & Heels Entrepreneur Networking – “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn” Orson Wells Who said that you had to choose between success & style? Time to have them both! [meetup]

Women Entrepreneur Support Network – Are you a high-achieving, ambitious lady who runs her own business and craves a community of like-minded sisters to share the journey with: women who face the same challenges and have the same ideals? [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Find Love in Germany – germandating.datingbuddies.net is one of the Top Dating Service providers. Thousands of successfully matched couples in Germany are a proof of this and every year millions of new members are taking advantage of the dating opportunities that germandating.datingbuddies.net has to offer! [find love in germany]

FlirtPortal24 – Germany’s biggest flirt portal. We have made the topic of “love” the main task and have established ourselves as one of the leading flirting pages on the German market in recent years. What sets us apart clearly from other flirts is the high success rate of recent years. [flirt portal 24]

Im Gegenteil – on the contrary is an online magazine that comes from the heart and loving of the founders Anni and Jule is curated. Every week since 13.11.2013 we introduce you to singles, who have a bock to get to know someone. . [im gegenteil]

Mate4All – Mate4all.com is a FREE online dating web site for singles in Berlin looking for the fun, dating and life partners. We have thousands of singles available in Berlin. If you are a man seeking women in Berlin or if you are a woman seeking hot sexy men in Berlin then probably your search ends here. All the personals listed in Mate4all.com Berlin are 100% genuine and scam free. [mate for all]

mbrace – mbrace is the new way to meet interesting people nearby available for iOS and Android. [mbrace]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Alternative Berlin Tours – In 2006 we invented the Alternative tours concept in Berlin to show other responsible, respectful and open minded people the raw and artistic side of this great city. To support the places we love and which we felt needed our help before they were swallowed up and changed forever. [alternative berlin]

Berlin Free Walking Tours and Pub Crawls – Original Berlin Tours – At Original Berlin Tours we believe you deserve the opportunity to have the best experience in Berlin and we would like to extend a warm welcome to you. With a full range of tours including our free walking tours of Berlin, day trips from Berlin and our Berlin night life tours travelers and holiday makers of all ages can discover the wonders of the city by day or Berlin night life with our fun guides. [original berlin tours]

Brewer’s Berlin Tours – Brewer’s Berlin Tours is named after Terry Brewer- man, myth and legend. [brewers berlin tours]

Free Tours by Foot – Free Tours by Foot is pleased to present name-your-own-price guided as well as free self-guided Berlin walking tours. Suited for any budget, our tours provide an opportunity for visitors and natives alike to get onto the streets of Berlin and explore this extraordinary city, uncover hidden stories and taste world-renowned cuisine. [free tours by foot]

Insider Tour Berlin – The BEST way to experience a city is through its history yet with an understanding of its future. [insider tour]

SANDEMANs New Berlin, Free Walking Tour – Every day, guides partnered with us show over 4000 people across 13 countries what the cities they call home have to offer.  We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to these self-employed guides, who employ us to market their tours. [sandemans new europe]

The Original Berlin Walks – Original Berlin Walks breathed new life into the Berlin sightseeing scene with our pioneering historical walking tours in the early 1990s. As the city’s longest-operating English language walking tour company, our experience is unmatched. [original berlin walks]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Climb Kreuzberg for a panoramic view of the city – The highest point (66 metres above sea level) of an otherwise flat Berlin offers a nice panoramic view of the city. It’s a great place for taking photos, or for simply relaxing and enjoying the view. There’s also a monument in honour of soldiers who died in Prussian liberation wars. [like a local]

Discover ‘Little Istanbul’ at BiOriental Market – If you’re missing the hustle of a true bazaar, head to BiOriental Market. Here you’ll find antiques, fresh fruit and vegetables, spices, clothes, flowers and much more for sale, along with street musicians for entertainment. Locals come here mostly for organic produce and Turkish cuisine. Don’t hesitate to haggle, it’s encouraged! [like a local]

Enjoy art at Kunstquartier Bethanien – This gallery, housed in a regal building that was once a hospital, is the epicentre of Berlin’s alternative art scene. Many of the exhibitions are free of charge. Besides amazing exhibitions there are also theatre and dance performances, and there’s even a scenic park surrounding the area. The best part is that it’s open every day! [like a local]

Find out more about the Nazi regime at Topography of Terror – Topography of Terror is a free museum about the police and state terrors that took place during the Nazi regime in Germany. There are both outdoor and indoor displays as well as permanent and rotating exhibitions. The museum’s location carries great significance as it is housed in the buildings that served as the Gestapo and SS headquarters during the Nazi regime. [like a local]

Join the Alternative Berlin free tour – Alternative Berlin organises tours that lead you off the beaten track and show you Berlin through the eyes of a local. The free walking tour takes place every day from 11 am to 1 pm, lasting 3 hours. There’s no need to pre-book – just show up. The meeting point is at Alexanderplatz next to the TV Tower. Tipping is optional, however if you enjoy the tour you can show your appreciation by tipping your guide. [like a local]

See an abandoned amusement park at Spreepark Berlin – From 1969–2001 the grounds of Spreepark operated as an amusement park, but unfortunately due to rising prices and lack of parking spaces visitor numbers dropped drastically and the owners became insolvent. Since then the area has been abandoned and it is prohibited to enter the premises for safety reasons, however recently guided tours have been introduced. [like a local]

Stand at top of the Reichstag Dome – Yes, you can climb to the top of Berlin’s parliament building for free. In addition to offering a nice panoramic view, the dome is kind of an architectural miracle with 360 mirrors integrated into it, all of them reflecting light in different directions. Bear in mind that to visit the  building you have to pre-register either online or at a small building close to the southern entry. [like a local]

Take a magical stroll by the Landwehrkanal – The area surrounding this 10-kilometre long canal is absolutely scenic and perfect for quiet walks. On sunny days though it is a very popular spot amongst locals – along the way you’ll probably meet sunbathers, people having picnics and many others simply enjoying the picturesque walk. It’s tempting to take a quick dip in the river but it’s neither allowed nor recommended as the water is polluted. [like a local]

Take a walk around Nikolaiviertel – Berlin is quite a modern city though this area could be described as its ‘Old Town’. Although Berlin was originally founded here around 1200, this area isn’t actually that old as it was completely destroyed during World War II and only rebuilt in 1987. Some people might say that it doesn’t look authentic, nevertheless it’s a beautiful area with lots of peaceful pedestrian streets and interesting architecture – definitely worth a stroll. [like a local]

Try out urban gardening at Prinzessinegarten – Can you imagine creating vegetable fields in the middle of a big city? That’s exactly what Berliners have done – as a sustainable living social project activists have cleared out a wasteland and turned it into an urban garden called the Princess Garden. Go for a walk here for a quick getaway from the city and find out what the concept is all about. [like a local]

Festivals

Festivals

Balkan Black Box Festival – Balkan Black Box is the only festival of culture and art in Germany which focusses on Southeastern Europe. It was established in 1999, and since then it is organised annually in Berlin. For the time of one week Balkan Black Box is presenting films, exhibitions, literature, theatre, music and discussions from and about Southeastern Europe. [wikipedia]

Berlin Documentary Forum – is a biennial event held at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Interdisciplinary in orientation, it engages with the ‘documentary’ across the fields of film, photography, contemporary art, performance, architecture and cultural theory. [wikipedia]

Berlin Independent Film Festival – is a film festival with a special emphasis on independent films, which annually takes place in Berlin, Germany. It screens German and international films and awards them in various categories. [wikipedia]

Berlin International Film Festival – also called the Berlinale, is one of the world’s leading film festivals and most reputable media events. It is held annually in Berlin, Germany. [wikipedia]

Berlin International Literature Festival – is an annual event based in Berlin. It was founded in 2001 by engineer and cultural manager Ulrich Schreiber, who has remained the festival’s director until today. The 15th festival was held 9–19 September 2015. [wikipedia]

Berlin Short Film Festival – is a film festival with a special emphasis on independent short films, which annually takes place in Berlin, Germany. It screens German and international short films with a runtime under 50 minutes and awards them in various categories. [wikipedia]

Boddinale – is an international Film Festival for Berlin-based directors that takes place every year starting on the second Thursday of February. [wikipedia]

Children´s and Young Adult Program of the Berlin International Literature Festival – is a program section of the Berlin International Literature Festival (ilb), which was founded by Ulrich Schreiber. The festival is organized by the Peter Weiss Foundation for Arts and Politics and takes place since 2001 annually for 11 days from the beginning to the middle of September. [wikipedia]

Festival of Lights (Berlin) – is an event that occurs annually in October. For ten days, well-known sights like Brandenburg Gate, Fernsehturm, Berlin Cathedral or Berlin Victory Column are scenes of illumination and Light art. The first event was held in 2004, and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014. [wikipedia]

International Film Awards Berlin – often shortened to ifab, is an annual film festival held in the city of Berlin, Germany. The festival was established in 2012. [wikipedia]

Karneval der Kulturen – (Carnival of Cultures) is a multicultural festival in Kreuzberg, Berlin, celebrated annually around Pentecost weekend since 1996. It is organised by the Werkstatt der Kulturen. The processions, theatre performances, and music events celebrate peace, tolerance, and multiculturalism. [wikipedia]

Lesbian and Gay City Festival – Berlin’s largest street festival for lesbians and gays in Europe. It has been held in the traditional gay area around Nollendorfplatz in Schoneberg since 1993. [wikipedia]

Long Night of Museums – is a cultural event in which museums and cultural institutions in an area cooperate to remain open late into the night to introduce themselves to new potential patrons. Visitors are given a common entrance pass which grants them access to all exhibits as well as complimentary public transportation within the area. [wikipedia]

Prix Europa – is the Europe’s largest annual tri-medial festival and competition. The event takes place in the third week of October in Berlin, Germany. [wikipedia]

Transmediale – is an annual festival for media art and digital culture taking place for one week in February in Berlin, Germany. The festival engages in reflective, aesthetic and speculative positions in between art, technology and culture. [wikipedia]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Buses – Berlin has a network of 149 daytime bus routes serving 2634 bus stops and with a total route length of 1,675 kilometres (1,041 mi). All these services are operated by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and use the common public transport tariff run by the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB). [wikipedia]

Ferries – Berlin has an extensive network of waterways within its city boundaries, including the Havel, Spree and Dahme rivers, and many linked lakes and canals. These are crossed by six passenger ferry routes that are operated by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and use the common public transport tariff managed by the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB). [wikipedia]

Regional trains – Berlin is the centre of a system of regional trains operated by Deutsche Bahn, which operate to destinations within the Berlin-Brandenburg suburban area beyond the range of the S-Bahn. There are two kinds of regional trains, the frequently stopping Regionalbahn (RB), and the faster Regional-Express (RE). [wikipedia]

S-Bahn – The S-Bahn has aspects of both rapid transit and commuter rail operation. Historically it developed from commuter services provided by main line railway operators, but now runs on tracks that are separate from, but often parallel to, other trains. Most of the system is operated at ground level, but there are significant sections of elevated tracks and tunnels. [wikipedia]

Trams – Berlin has a tram network comprising 22 tram lines serving 377 tram stops and measuring 293.78 kilometres (182.55 mi) in length. All these services are operated by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) and use the common public transport tariff run by the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB). [wikipedia]

U-Bahn – The U-Bahn is an urban rapid transit rail system, and is entirely within the city borders. Whilst the majority of the system is underground, significant sections operate on elevated tracks or at street level. It is operated by the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG), the city owned municipal transport operator, and uses the common public transport tariff managed by the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB). [wikipedia]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Berlin Architecture & Construction Professionals Meetup – Exchange and networking, regardless of the specific field of work: the main table for architects, technicians, interior designers, craftsmen, engineers and all others involved in planning and building. Meet nice people who share the branche with you and perhaps other interests. [meetup]

Berlin Asian Professionals Meetup – This group is aimed to the young Vietnamese, who are living/studying/working in Berlin. Let us come together for networking, gossipping ;), cooking or singing together etc. [meetup]

Berlin Bodywork Professionals Meetup – This meetup is meant as a exchange group for people who are professionals in the field of bodywork. [meetup]

Berlin Office Manager Support Squad – An independent offshoot of the Slack community (omberlin.slack.com) of Office Managers primarily based in Berlin! [meetup]

Berlin Startup Founder 101 – At Startup Founder 101, aspiring and early-stage startup founders meet once a month to hear candid talks by successful local entrepreneurs. Learn the best practices, strategies, and mistakes to avoid from those who have been there, done that. [meetup]

Berlin Startup Leadership Program – For Berlin based Startup Entrepreneurs who want to learn, grow, gain essential skills and make valuable connections through networking. We do this is by delivering a regular series of: Workshops, Networking opportunities, and Speeches. [meetup]

The Berlin Public Relations Consultants Meet Up Group – This is a group for public relations consultants who want to meet and network with each other outside their work environment. It is especially for freelancers who either work for themselves or as part of a small business who are looking to expand their own network and where open discussion about key trends, issues, challenges and key learnings is so important. [meetup]

UX Designers HQ Berlin – This is meetup group is for UX Designers in Berlin.CareerFoundry are bringing together a friendly and professional network of UXers who want to discuss new ideas, share projects, define the discipline and meet interesting people. [meetup]

WeCoach Berlin – WeCoach Berlin is a professional network for coaches, trainers, consultants and advisors of Berlin. The emphasis is on peer learning and assisting each other with referrals, resources, opinions, ideas, practical activities, challenges, and opportunities. [meetup]

YDL Fashion Network – This Meetup group is about discussing and tackling some of the common challenges the fashion professionals face. The may include designers, photographers, stylists, hair & makeup artists, or models. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Berlin Expat Tennis Gathering – We are a group of expats in Berlin and meet up for social/competitive tennis. No matter if you are expats new to Berlin or ein echt Berliner, all are welcome to this group. [meetup]

Berlin Germany – A Group for Expats and Germans living in Berlin, who want to find and make friends, Party, Events, Help about German Culture and Language, Help for new arrivals in town to find work, schools, good outings, food…etc. [meetup]

Canadians in Berlin Meetup – Canada is cold, but sexy — and there’s no better way to meet other cool Canadians than through this Canadians in Berlin Meetup. [meetup]

Expat-Travel Berlin – Weekend Getaways, Wine Tasting, Skiing/Surfing, City Trips, Sailing Tours, Hiking Trips, Party Trips, Neuschwanstein, Berlin, Paris, Venice… [meetup]

ETB | IPAC A Place for Expats & Lovers of Multiculturalism – Some call us English Theatre Berlin while others prefer International Performing Arts Center. What we truly are, however, is a place where people from all over the world can meet on a regular basis and partake in the multicultural freie Szene of Berlin. [meetup]

International journalists in Berlin Networking – Several hundred journalists from almost every country on earth are working in Berlin. Reporting on Germany and Europe is already not easy, but struggling all alone with German language, German mentality, German system and plenty of events is even worse. [meetup]

Internationals in Berlin – We would like to welcome Internationals and locals as well, and visitors to Berlin. Most of our events tend to be in English, but we also have an occasional event for practicing German and welcome more German language events. [meetup]

Romanians in Berlin Meetup – Group Romanians living in Berlin. If you’re new in Berlin or live here for a while and want to meet people for a beer flour’re welcome. [meetup]

Russian Friends Meetup Berlin – This group is to meet Russian-speaking friends in Berlin. We meet, socialize and have fun together. Among us there are people from completely different countries, but all of us are united by the fact that we speak Russian. [meetup]

The Expats Club of Berlin (GERMANS welcome) – This is a group for expats and internationally minded expats in Berlin. As an expat you leave your social and professional networks behind and have to rebuild them from scratch. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Berlin Gay Outdoors Meetup – “This is a LGBT group for anyone interested in hiking, rock climbing, camping, kayaking, bouldering, and the occasional indoor sports and social activities. All skills levels are welcome. ” [meetup]

Berlin LGBT Social Beers – The purpose of this group is to provide an opportunity for LGBT folks to get together to drink beer and have fellowship with other like-minded individuals. [meetup]

Capital Gays – Berlin – Do you live in Berlin or just passing through?  Have you been looking for an opportunity to hang out, have a few drinks and a wicked laugh (or two) ?  Look no more, your bar stool is waiting! [meetup]

ELLA Lesbian Community Berlin – Welcome to ELLA BERLIN! ELLA aims to create a strong face to face community, free events and free meetups in Berlin for lesbian women. Your Community Manager for ELLA Berlin is Marie Dedikova. [meetup]

Girlfags, Guydykes & other queer unicorns in Berlin – This group is mainly about Girlfags, Guydykes, but also open for other individuals who feel genderqueer, meaning they don’t match the classic stereotypes of male/female, gay/straight etc. Let’s meet, share, discuss and have fun! [meetup]

Queer Code Berlin – The group’ s main goals is to connect and support queer people (of all flavors) working in jobs related to software development. This group is not meant for allies. [meetup]

Queer, happy, healthy! – This group is for meeting (mentally) young queer people in Berlin. We have a passion (or at least an interest) for a healthy, natural lifestyle. [meetup]

Queer Meetings in Berlin! – Welcome to Queer Meetings in Berlin! Are you a queer Berliner (or visitor) looking for events in which to meet people to hang out with? Then you’re in the right spot. [meetup]

Queer Tandem German – Spanish in Berlin! – German or Spanish? Willing to know new people in Berlin? Let’s improve our German or Spanish skills while having a drink and making new friends. [meetup]

Village.Berlin (Stretch Village e.V. Queer Community) – We are building a community for all gay/bi/trans/queer men in Berlin. A relaxed group for making new friends in Berlin. We currently have several monthly meetup’s like massage exchange, contact improv, tango, hiking, and plenty of other activities. [meetup]

Resources

Resources

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