How Safe Is Berlin, Germany?
If you're planning your Euro trip, you might be wondering how safe Berlin, Germany is and if you should add it to your itinerary. As far as major European cities go, Berlin is a safe city. While all cities have their share of places that a traveler shouldn't go, visitors to Germany's capital city will find that what few dangers the city presents are far outweighed by Berlin's contrasts. The city enjoys a reputation as not only one of Europe's safest cities, but one of its most interesting. For the most part, if you're visiting Berlin, you're probably going to be more affected by the begger/scammers disguised as refugees than things that go bump in the night.
Berlin in the last twenty years since the fall of the Wall has experienced some phenomenal changes. Various ethnic groups have their own areas in Berlin. However, for the most part—especially considering the city's history—the people of Berlin get along surprisingly well. This translates into few acts of outright violence.
This is not to say that Berlin doesn't have its dangers, but they're ones that all cities face. The Berlin Free University website offers some suggestions. To stay safe in Berlin, city visitors should avoid the parks, the woods and deserted places after dark, getting into arguments, drugs, excesses in alcohol, leaving their drinks unattended at bars, and finally, the cars of strangers. Advice that a mom might give her preteen—in short common sense.
And this common sense approach to safety in Berlin speaks volumes as to why Berlin is so safe. You do not need to exercise any more caution in Berlin than you do at home. The challenges that you'll most likely face as a tourist are of the scam kind. Don't be surprised if you're approached by a refugee from you name where with a tiny sign that asks if you speak English. The same sign will also ask you for money. The first time this happens, you might feel inclined to part with some of your hard-earned, exchange rate devalued money. The second time you get the sign and realize that it's the same message—exactly down to the last word—you'll figure out you were taken. It's probably safe to say you probably won't be parting with those euros the second time around unless you want to. These nuisances tend to hang out in high tourist areas like Unter den Linden Street from about Alexanderplatz to the Brandenburg Gate. It might be highway robbery, but it's in broad daylight and usually unsuspecting tourists willingly give their money away. It's not taken from them.