As Berlin’s popularity and cool cred have risen, the desire of Bürgermeister and blogger alike, to reduce this city and its complex history into a pithy soundbite has intensified. So, rather than compete for the soapbox in this next post, here’s a selection of extraordinary Berlin stock photos from Getty Images that serve as quite a fine barometer of the various cliches associated with the city. Enjoy the ker-razy Berlin wibes!
Tourists are a lightening rod for local discontent: attracting the sharp end of the Berliner Schnauze for everything from dithering on the U-Bahn to the destruction of all that was once unique and wonderful. The prominence of the issue can be clearly traced alongside the rising tide of tourism in the city, which has trebled since the early nineties and continues to rise sharply now. Berlin recently became the third most-visited city in Europe, receiving almost ten million vis
Tourists are public enemy number one in Berlin. But Klaus Wowereit isn’t likely, a la Obama, to drone fuck these foreigners out of town. They contribute far too much to the debt-ridden city for that. No, this isn’t a campaign from the top but rather a slow-burning movement from below; it’s the people of Berlin who have turned against these temporary touristic invaders. In fact, tourists are merely the latest in a line of unacceptables, deemed to be official hauptstadt p