Alert: Terrorism in Germany
A terrorist attack has recently occurred in Berlin on a Christmas market, and the terrorists haven’t been caught yet. Tourists should take the usual precautions in large cities, but avoid crowded events.
Germany’s capital and most vibrant city, Berlin is both the political, historical and cultural center of Germany. On the east side of Berlin, visit the remnants of the cold war with the Berlin wall-turned open air art gallery East Gallery, the famous Berghain club in an abandoned power plant or the graffiti-laden streets of Kreuzberg. The West offers more traditional landmarks and the Tiergarten, a huge park in the heart of the city.
Although the city is very safe, some areas attracts a lot of pickpockets and crooks who take advantage of the crowds on the city’s streets.
SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods and areas, details on scams and other risks, as well as some useful travel advice.
The historical centre of Berlin, as well as the headquarters of the former East Berlin, is full of iconic landmarks such as the Brandenburg Tor, the TV tower (Fernsenturm), along with restaurants, museums, art galleries and clubs . Pickpockets are an issue near Brandenburg Tor, the MuseumInsel and Alexanderplatz, which can be also a bit dangerous late at night.
The neighborhoods of Charlottenburg, Schoneberg, Wilmersdorf, Tiergarten and Moabit make up the west side of Berlin, which is the shopping area with the large Ku’Damm street and department stores. It is mostly a residential and calm area. Pickpockets are known to operate on the Kurfürstendamm area and in the KaDeWE department store.
Berlin’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods (Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg)are situated on the east side of the city. These areas are packed with bars, clubs, restaurants and open-street markets. There are traditional riots on the 1st of May (Labor Day) every year. Gorlitzer Park is best avoided at night since its the drug dealing area. Some areas in Neukolln and Kreuzberg have some increased risk of violence and robberies, but still very limited compared to other cities.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERAL RISK: LOW
Berlin is a very safe city. With a rating of 86% Germany, is ranked 14th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: MEDIUM
There is some pickpocket-related risk in Berlin. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING & KIDNAPPING RISK: MEDIUM
Berlin is an averagely safe city regarding the chances of being mugged. Be aware of dangerous zones by asking local advice.
SCAMS RISK: MEDIUM
As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Berlin. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Berlin.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW
There are no natural hazards in Berlin.
TERRORISM RISK: HIGH
Berlin has recently been targeted by a terrorist attack during Christmas 2016. Be very careful when attending events with a lot of people, or in crowded streets.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Berlin is generally very safe for women travelers.
Avoid Being A Victim! 10 Tips for Your Personal Safety
It is best to carry a small bag across your shoulder or wear a concealed pouch rather than a back pack
Carry as little cash as you can
Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket
Beware of individuals who act strangely and who try to divert your attention in order to steal your belongings.
Pay special attention while seating on restaurants and café terraces, when you are withdrawing money from ATMs or near tourist attractions
Never keep your mobile phone or wallet on the table of a café or restaurant.
Don’t wear expensive jewellery in an ostentatious way
If an attacker tries to snatch your bag, don’t try to stop them as you will risk being injured
Thieves commonly work near tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, beaches, trains, train stations, airports, subways and target vehicles with non-local license plates.
Most but not all of pickpockets work in groups, often as teenagers
The currency in Germany and most of Europe is the Euro. Germany is cheaper than other European countries, but the costs can add up in the main cities. Allow a budget of at least 60€ per day including accommodation.
The weather in Germany is colder than France and Spain, especially around Berlin. The best time to visit is around summer (June-September), although major cities can be visited year-long (days can be short in the middle of winter in Berlin).