[German] – You have very little time. Please rush through … Have a great trip! – Thanks! – You’re welcome. – Bye! [English] Hey, hey! I’m Conor, the Language Tsar and welcome to Berlin! So a quick look at travel blogs and
youtubers when they come here, travel youtubers especially when they come
here to Berlin is that you’ll see that apparently Berlin is so cheap but
when I speak to people who live here who are Berliners I moved here a few years
ago they all complain about one thing and that’s the rise in prices and they
claim is not cheap at all.
So who’s right? Today let’s go into the center of Berlin. I’m here at the moment in Kreuzberg and see what the prices are really like. So they’re just putting up the Christmas tree behind me at the Brandenburger Tor. [German] – Hi everyone! I’m Lina Vasquez from the Busy Linguist.
I’m going to outline to you a little about the living costs in Berlin. How is it to live here? On average – expensive. We have for example an apartment in Baumschulenweg And there a 2-bedroom apartment costs 750 per month. Overall, in terms of cost of living, it’s not bad but not the cheapest city in the world.
[English] – So right here behind me you can see
Checkpoint Charlie now you probably know that Berlin was divided during the
Cold War so from by 1946 to 1989 and that had a profound effect on the economy here
because if you had an industry or an entrepreneur even if you were in West
Berlin which was capitalist as opposed to the East of Berlin that was
obviously under Soviet rule and communist, you were still a little bit fearful about
you know a Soviet invasion maybe they’d overrun West Berlin and as a result
most of these factories and companies moved from Berlin to West Germany at the time in order to be sure that they wouldn’t
lose their property and their investments and that meant that Berlin
itself the western part was also deindustrialized. West Berlin had in fact
been subsidized by the West German government and Berlin as a city has
continued to be subsided ever since which is quite unusual for a capital. So in the 1990s, people believed, or a lot of investors
believed, that this city would boom as a result of the fall of the Wall but actually it
took a long time. We’re now you know twenty-eight years after the fall of the
Berlin Wall and it’s only now that the city is really becoming economically
strong in the last few years.
This explains why the city has stayed so
remarkably cheap for so long. One thing I have noticed that is
more expensive here than I was expecting is the price of transport in a taxi and
that’s in part, I guess, because services like Uber are not allowed here.
More competition is better for consumers, customers, travelers like you and me so
why is it bad that’s a good question? So another thing that I’ve noticed a
little bit more expensive than I was expecting here in Berlin is
accommodation. Now definitely it’s cheaper than Paris or London – no doubt about that
but actually I rented apartment on Airbnb and it was a bit more expensive
than I was expecting um one of the reasons is that Airbnb is extremely
limited here in Berlin and that’s been a decision by local government maybe was
about two years ago. Now the arguments to restrict Airbnb is that then the centers
of the cities become full of tourists because then not just hotels and hostels
are renting out accommodations also local people who are maybe renting an
entire apartment, maybe investors are coming in and actually buying up a
building and making that available for travelers.
For you and me who are traveling
around, limiting supply means higher prices for us which kind of which sucks
right because we got to pay more money. So write me what you think about the
prices here in Berlin in general. Do you agree with the local government’s
policy on Airbnb and also about Uber being banned here. Write me in the comment
I love hearing your comments and whether you think Berlin is cheap or
expensive for you and what’s your experience here especially if you’re a
Berliner and how you feel about it. In the last video when I told you about
Dsseldorf and their amber stripe instead of a light, well here in Berlin
we have Ampelmann we have the red Ampelmann and then you
have the green Ampelmann and he’s kind of a funny character who directs you
across safely the streets of Berlin or paradoxically stops and makes you wait for
traffic like right there there we got a green let’s go! So I am in Kreuzberg which the area I’m saying
where I’ve rented with Airbnb. It’s an ethnically mixed area so you’ll see a lot
of Turkish places to eat. Another ethnicity is Southeast Asian for example.
lot of good food here for cheaper prices but the area does have a little bit
reputation for crime it’s a little bit rundown you could say ‘ghetto-esque’
but yeah it’s also a little bit of a Berlin vibe here. Definitely a very
famous part of the city to come and better prices. So an important thing to remember when
trying to decide if a city or a country is expensive or cheap is to remember
that these words are relative. For a lot of these vloggers and bloggers it seemed
like they were comparing the prices to big European capital cities or maybe
even North America like London, Paris, Amsterdam, New York and not comparing the
prices here to maybe other cities in Germany or to other cities in Europe in
general, if we take the continent as a whole.
So it’s very important to remember
that cheap to you does that mean the same as cheap to someone else. It all
depends on what we’re comparing it to. So I’ve been putting together a course
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that’s the German parliament but it’s actually no one working there right now
because Germany doesn’t have a government so until Merkel manages to negotiate a
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