To Berlin or to Munich?
Regardless of whether you are going to invest in real estate, plan a tourist trip, are going to study or work in Germany, there is always a choice - in which city to settle? On the one hand, there is Berlin - one of the most famous cities in the world and the capital of the country, on the other - today it has quite a few competitors, given the opportunity to work remotely and the growing prosperity of the regions of Germany. The first who on an equal footing with Berlin is Munich, the capital of Bavaria.
Both cities are conveniently located and closely connected with each other and with neighboring regions. It is also very convenient for traveling: from Berlin you can quickly get to Poland, to the Czech Republic, as well as to other cities of Germany: Leipzig, Hamburg, Dresden, Hanover. From Munich, close to Austria and Switzerland, the French Strasbourg and the Czech Republic are not so far away.
The infrastructure of both cities is well developed even by the standards of Germany, although, for example, the total length of bicycle paths in Munich is twice as large as in the capital. Public transport in Bavaria is also a bit cheaper than in Berlin (despite the general high cost). There is one airport in Munich, there are two of them in Berlin, although they are also planning to replace them with one big ... someday.
The cost of buying and renting housing in Munich is significantly higher than in Berlin. For example, most of the proposals for renting an apartment in Munich contain a price from 1,250 to 1,500 euros, while in the capital, most of the apartments are rented for 600-800 euros. Approximately the same difference in the average price per square meter. In both cities, the demand for real estate is growing rapidly: in Berlin, more and more people are interested in land plots for construction, in Munich they are investing in houses and apartments. The activity of foreign investors from European countries, from the USA and China is growing. By the way, investors and buyers from the CIS are about equally interested in Berlin and Munich, and buyers from Moscow tend to prefer Berlin, and St. Petersburgers prefer the capital of Bavaria.
In the ranking of the best cities in terms of quality of life, Munich is several places higher than Berlin, largely due to the economic component: Bavaria is a very developed region, and its capital is attractive to transnational corporations, medium-sized entrepreneurs and experts in advanced areas (finance, IT, research ). The environmental situation (including the overall cleanliness of the city) is also different in favor of Munich, while in the rest of the city’s spheres go hand in hand. Security is provided almost equally effectively, the cultural life of both cities is boiling rapidly, although there are almost 3 times more museums in Berlin (cinemas and theaters are also much larger), and in Munich, in turn, there are more universities. Despite the huge difference in population (one and a half million in Munich against three and a half in the capital), in Berlin the population density is lower.
The climate is similar, but in Berlin the temperature approaches zero, usually only in January, and winter is not rich in snow. At the same time, Munich is experiencing the longest winters in the country due to its geographical location, and the townspeople are more often happy (or vice versa) with snow.
Both cities are extremely attractive for tourists. In Munich, the hottest season is autumn, and in Berlin it's spring and summer — it's time that the city flourishes and lives twice as bright, louder and faster. The German capital is the venue for a huge number of festivals and holidays. The city is especially beautiful during the New Year holidays and Christmas, which is also true of Munich - you probably immediately remembered the Oktoberfest.
Do not forget about the peculiarities of the German language - the Bavarian dialect differs in many ways from the Berlin metrolekt (it's like a dialect, only in the city and its district), while English is heard more often in the capital, and even without knowledge of German, there will be little simpler. By the way, some Berliners (especially German speakers!) Are annoyed by the habit, for example, of sellers or just passers-by to switch to English even after they are simply not heard. Those who are still learning German will sometimes have to sweat in Bavaria, trying to grasp the differences between the dialect and Hochdeutsch and understand the phrase of the interlocutor.
Comparing Berlin and Munich, it is often said that the capital is an international metropolis with a fast and diverse life, open to new people, in which many (especially young) people feel freer. Munich is described as a more traditional, measured and “solid” city, which, in addition to its rich history and culture, also demonstrates financial prosperity. When choosing a city for life, many make the final decision based on their impressions about people and the atmosphere - that is, how the city looks, how it is felt by eyes, feet or wheels (infrastructure, roads) and even with its nose (cleanliness), as well as by what kind of people they meet on the streets, in shops, offices, in the subway, at universities and at train stations. And you will definitely get to know both cities - it's worth it.