Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf: City West reinvents itself

17. September 2016
Up until Berlin and Germany were reunified, City West around Kurfürstendamm was the showcase of West Germany’s economic miracle. However, after the Berlin Wall fell, the borough lost its role as the capital’s centre as new centres of cultural life arose in East Berlin.
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Treptow-Köpenick: The Monday-to-Sunday borough

16. September 2016
From the industrial Schöneweide out to the recreation area in Friedrichshagen, Treptow-Köpenick is a working and day-trip borough. On both sides of the Görlitzer Railway industrial areas were being developed a long time ago. Perhaps as compensation, opportunities for a well-earned battery recharge are plentiful Köpenick’s green areas around the Müggelsee.
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Where can I learn about all the different parties?

15. September 2016
Berlin’s Bezirksverordnetenversammlung (BVV – local) elections are drawing near. You can cast your vote on Sunday and decide with other voters who will govern your borough for the next five years. But who is up for election? You can find out more about it here.
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Last-minute panic before voting? You’ll find the solutions to your worries below

14. September 2016
Just four more days to the elections! If you’ve lost your voting card or just learned that you won't be in Berlin on Sunday and are panicking about it, we have some useful tips for you.
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Spandau: „Ick bin keen Berliner“

13. September 2016
If you ask a Spandauer where they come from you’ll hear: “Spandau.” There is a distinct small-town feel to this western borough that sits where the rivers Spree and Havel meet. The Spandau settlement is mentioned in medieval texts that date back to 1197, 40 years before Berlin, which was at that time known as the twin city of Berlin-Cölln.
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Tempelhof-Schöneberg: Joie de vivre from yesteryear and today

12. September 2016
In no other borough are the Berlins of yesteryear and of today so well combined as in Tempelhof-Schöneberg. In the Berlin of the golden 1920s, life was a cabaret – and the cabarets were in Schöneberg.Today, Schöneberg is still well known for its gay parties.
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Marzahn-Hellersdorf: From private homes to tower blocks

9. September 2016
Marzahn-Hellersdorf’s urban landscape is an astonishing patchwork. While tower bocks dominate east Marzahn and north Hellersdorf, Biesdorf, Kaulsdorf and Mahlsdorf are more like settlements dotted with little homes. This juxtaposition was not so pronounced until the GDR decided to build a large number of Plattenbauten (tower blocks) at the end of the 1970s.
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Steglitz-Zehlendorf: The western idyll

8. September 2016
If you want to know where Berliners have it best, there are plenty of statistics that point you to Steglitz-Zehlendorf. The borough enjoys the highest life expectancy, lowest unemployment rate, the highest average household income and the best educational prospects for its young.
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Lichtenberg: Somehow in between

5. September 2016
Berlin’s endless guessing game goes something like this: “Which is going to be the capital city’s next hip borough?”, and there are those who suggest that Lichtenberg is it. Clubs are opening on Rummelsburg and Ostkreuz, art projects are popping up between the tower blocks and young creatives are moving into Herzbergstraße.
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Where in Berlin do non-German EU citizens live?

3. September 2016
For the last few years, a large number of people have been making their way to Berlin from across the EU: since 2010, their number has risen by 100,000 to almost 250,000! Which borough do they call home? How are their communities distributed?
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Neukölln: Hip and diverse

1. September 2016
As recently as ten years ago, many saw Neukölln as the capital’s most dangerous social powder keg. It would be interesting to find out how many of those who saw Neukölln this way, have moved there in the meantime.
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Reinickendorf: Miles away?

30. August 2016
“Jottwede”, or: „Janz weit draußen“ ... Genuine Berlinerisch expression (meaning “miles away”) that could be used to describe Reinickendorf. And yet you’ll hardly find another borough with as varied a landscape.
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Did you receive this letter?

28. August 2016
This is an election notification card for the elections on 18.9.2016 in Berlin. As an EU-Citizen you too are allowed to vote for the BVV (Bezirksverordnetenversammlung) election. Do you want to know what BVV is, how and when you can go to vote?
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Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg: A bridge between East and West

24. August 2016
Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg were separate boroughs until unified in the administrative reform of 2001. Before the Berlin Wall fell, the boroughs belonged to two different cities: Friedrichshain was in East, Kreuzberg in West Berlin. Today one borough, Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg are seen as a meeting place for young and creative types.
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Pankow (Prenzlauer Berg, Weißensee): in the kingdom of prams

22. August 2016
Allegedly, the chances of getting a flat in Pankow are much higher if you have a child. Pankow comprises the districts of Pankow, Prenzlauer Berg and Weißensee. In GDR times, the borough was highly favoured by the city’s political, intellectual and artistic elites.
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