Been living in Berlin for a couple of months. Not worth it anymore. Cold, gray, sad, more expensive than Cologne, terrible internet access (especially mobile), impossible to find decent mid-term apartments, everything getting 25% more expensive per quarter.
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Old Bricks like chuches, museums and other important buildings: (innere) Altstadt.
Bars & Clubs: (innere) Neustadt.
Shopping: Prager Straße + Altmark-Galerie.
The airport is a joke.
Also: Pegida sucks.
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Although I would not praise Cologne as the top destination for digital nomads I have certain doubts about some negative aspects listed here.
Hospitals: How can hospitals be pretty bad if Germany has one of the best medical systems in the world? This judgments compares it with remote 3rd world cities which is by definition not logical. Germany, and therefore also Cologne, has most likely the best emergency system in the world (ambulance must arrive within max. 12 minutes - independent of traffic) and no one will ask "who pays" when you have a serious illness/accident. Doctors have a high education as well (you have to be part of the top 5% of high school to enter a medical study).
Cold in winter: Well, it is not a tropical country. However, snow is rarely. Temperature during days drops below zero on maximum 20 days a year. Surely it is not the most sunny place on earth, but "very cold" is definitely elsewhere.
Friends: Cologne is the city of carnival. From November to February you will find parties every day and meet people. Surely, friends are made elsewhere, but at least you will not be alone drinking your Kölsch at the bar. "Bar talks" with strangers are common. Share your number and see what happens. Besides this, Cologne has a tradition of clubs (football club, tennis club, carnival club...). If you want to find friends, you must integrate and do such things as well. Then you find plenty of cool people. Just break the ice.
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I lived here for a summer. This city has beautiful nature with lots of parks, incredibly parties/clubs, few cafes to work from and is extremely bike friendly. It's a city that is very hyped and a lot of Berliners are moving here as they are fed up with Berlin. This place is however nowhere near as packed and eventful as Berlin. It's a very calm city and often not so much going on in the summers as all students are on holiday.
Overall you might have a hard time making friends but if you join the co-working space in the center, meetups and language exchanges you should be good. It's even easier if you know German as people don't speak such good English here. If you go here I recommend getting a bike and checking out the parks and also go canoeing near the river.
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