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April 2016

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6 things you can do in Berlin instead of going to May Day’s Fests

The real first days of Spring are finally here and the summer is luring in the distance. After the long days of Winter, you find yourself in dire need of outdoor entertainment. What better way to quench that thirst than going on a urban trip on the 1st of May? All the right ingredients are there after all: free concerts, cheap booze, & general sense of laissez-faire with the occasional fight. In a nutshell : the perfect occasion to meet up with some friends and spend some time in a joyous atmosphere around Kottbusser Tor or Görlitzer Park.

However the reality is far from ideal. The 1st of May is best defined by the following:

  • Unmanageable crowds in narrow streets meaning it takes about 45min to walk 200m
  • Permanently losing friends that didn’t follow the group properly, thus spending half of the time trying to back-track them, instead of enjoying
  • The impossibility of contacting them via cellphone since connection is non-existent (refer to 1st bullet point for explanation)
  • A tons of concerts way too close to one another, with never-ending sound system competitions. This means you either can’t hear the music properly or risk hear loss.
  • Pick-pockets & fights

My point: Here are some 6 free ways to better use your time around the city.

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4 dirty tricks Berlin landlords might try to pull on you

With so much demand for housing in Berlin and an offer that simply cannot provide for everyone, pressure has increased tremendously for tenants when looking for a flat. It requires more organisation, more perseverance & more flair than ever. It also requires speed as you have to be fast to make decisions.

When there are 30 other applicants waiting in line for the same flat,  some people may sometimes take advantage of your weakened position and trick you.

This increasingly competitive environment has led some individuals with loose moral to trick unaware flat-hunters into some bad schemes. Here is a quick best-of, provided by our friends at Wunderflats.

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