Berlin

The Berlin Borough Buying Out Private Landlords

Fearful of rising rents, the municipality is asserting its right to block investors from buying apartment buildings. Other cities across Europe are sure to watch how this plays out.

Cafe patrons sitting at outdoor tables beneath an awning

In Berlin, This Coffee Shop Is a Microcosm of the Changing City

The iconic Café Kranzler got a makeover. Now, the coffeehouse illustrates the schism in a city caught somewhere amid historic and hip.

Berlin streetcars are pictured.

Berlin's Streetcars Go West

While East Berlin's streetcars soldiered on under communist rule, West Berlin tore up the tracks. Now, the city is correcting its mistake.

A sign marks a nude beach in Germany.

Naked Germany, Straining at the Seams

Nudity, or Freikörperkultur, has long been a part of public life in Germany. Can it withstand an era of increasing globalization and tech?

Tiles at Berlin's Paulsternstrasse Station

Berlin Preserves Its Trippy 1980s Subway Stations

They’re cheerful, witty, and a little bizarre.

Konnopke's sausage stand

When Small Businesses Become a Gentrification Battleground

Recent fights over a puppet theater and a cake shop have Berliners asking: Who does the city belong to?

A rendering of Berlin's cycle highways

Berlin Plans a New Network of Bike Superhighways

Can Germany’s capital become the next great bike-friendly city?

A Data Visualizer Created a Mossy Map of Berlin's Green Spaces

Sebastian Meier used vegetation and a laser cutter to show the city’s parks and ponds.

Berlin Will Have to Wait Another Year for Its New Airport

Eight years late, and the scandal of Berlin’s messed-up new airport only gets worse.

Street Artists Spruce Up Subway Trains With Flower Boxes

Credit the graffiti crew TOY for applying their green thumb to this Berlin train.

Capturing the Beauty of Berlin's Skies, One Day at a Time

Ewa Tuteja’s ambitious photography project is a “homage to the beauty of the sky.”

How Cycling Lessons Help Refugees Find Their Footing

In Berlin, a group has made it their mission to help newcomers settle in, then get around.

Transforming Neo-Nazi Graffiti Into Whimsical Street Art

How a Berlin-based organization is trying to rid the city of swastikas.

Dreamy, Colorful, Empty Subway Stations

Chris Forsyth’s camera brings out the best in transit platforms from Canada to Germany.

A City-Wide Bike Lane That Wants to Be a 'Piece of Copenhagen in Berlin'

The Radbahn, a proposed five-and-a-half mile protected route under a U-Bahn bridge, would connect the east and west sides of the German capital.

Yet Another Small Home Appears in the Berlin Subway

Is this an extreme effort to shorten somebody’s commute?

Police Seek a 'Criminal Tarzan' Aboard the Berlin Subway

This young man was very, very excited to ride the train.

A Station-By-Station Subway Map of Berlin Rents

The transit guide helps tenants work out if their landlords are charging them too much.

How Hard Should Transit Systems Go After Fare Evaders?

Berlin has suffered a surge in scofflaw riders, but super strict enforcement also adds to overhead costs.

You Can Now Build Entire Skylines Out of Legos

Block by block, piece together the iconic skylines of New York City, Berlin, and Venice.