1. BVG FahrInfo Plus Berlin von Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) – AöR
2. Berliner U-Bahn: BVG-Karte von Mapway Limited
3. BVG Tickets von Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) – AöR
Moving to Berlin in 1998 was an adventure:
Adjusting to the “Berliner Schnauze”, their rough, often hurting tone and choice of words, was a challenge after leaving Munich and their “Grüss Gott” culture.
But what I truly admired was the well thought through ”city-planning” and options to get through the city, stress free. The Hohenzollerndamm, a connection to move from the West towards the eastern parts of the former “West Berlin” and the “Stadtautobahn”, another fabulous means to travel without stoplights through the former West Berlin area were worthy of my praise.
Now many years later, I have decided to no longer move through Berlin with a car. The absolutely incompetent city government has NO oversight of the construction sites; the streets blocked for whatever other reason and NO plans how to properly detour the traffic. The crazy bicyclists who follow no rules except “ME FIRST” are a threat to any driver, at any time of day and are always in the right, even if they cycle without lights at dusk, cycle through red lights and sway left or right without signalling. No respect for rules. They are the biggest threat in Berlin. It’s almost as if car holders are the bad guys. We now have a politician who wants to ban cars all together from the city. That being said …… I have resorted to using public transportation.
The S-Bahn, the U-.Bahn (not at night as a woman alone), the busses, which never come as planned, the trams and if necessary, a taxi, bring me through the city at all times of the day, safe and usually not stressed..
If only the BVG, the Berlin public transportation company, offering great connections throughout the entire city, would realize, it’s more beneficial to repair and build new connections not all at the same time….. hampering a smooth moving forward.
The BVG offers two great Apps. BVG Fahrinfo (in German) listing most of the best connections (unfortunately not all) and the BVG Tickets. This last App saves me from looking for coins to pay for my tickets, as I do not buy the monthly ticket, which I would recommend for those of you who travel to work daily.
I am a BVG fan!
This blog is a way that the IRC Team and our clients can share their experience and knowledge with you. Every year our Team helps many people in their relocation to Berlin, singles, couples and families and we want everyone to feel comfortable and settled in their new environment.
Moving to a new Country or City can be very daunting, we hope to make your transition a little easier by sharing things we learned on our own journey of being new in Berlin.
Berlin has so much to offer, it is a melting pot for people and cultures from all around the world and we want you to be able to find people, places and things which make you feel comfortable in your new hometown and not to mention discover what german culture and Berlin have to offer.
The winter in Berlin can be long, cold, very grey and at times the city just simply cannot seem any drearier but come late March slowly but surely the sun begins to shine, the city starts to come to life, and we become hopeful for Spring!
Spring in Berlin is beautiful, colourful, optimistic and to be thoroughly enjoyed, so here are some tips for you and your family on places to discover at this time of year.