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let’s make something clear right away
Berlin is a cool city I’m a bur sexy
poor but sexy as a former mayor once put
it the low cost and high quality of
living has seen the young the creative
the entrepreneurial and the bohemian
flocked to Berlin and over the last few
decades they have built a city a culture
that is showing the world what it means
to be cool in the 21st century in fact I
am very sure that I’m not cool enough to
be here but I hope I can keep the
Sherrod up long enough to show you
around this amazing city Berlin we
haven’t known each other for that long
but I have a feeling we’re gonna get
along just fine
Berlin is not a small city
and because it was cleaved in two during
the Cold War large parts of the
transport infrastructure including
airports were built on both sides of the
then divided city but since
reunification berlin has worked really
hard to merge those two systems into a
cohesive metropolitan transport network
and for the most part that process is
complete but when you fly into Berlin
you still have two choices to make Tegel
in the North or Schoenfeld in the south
we flew into Schoenfeld which is
primarily but not exclusively home to
the low-cost carriers so Hugh to arrive
at Schoenfeld how do you get into town
trains are your best bet the station’s
just a short walk from the terminal and
it’s served by both the slower but more
frequent s-bahn and the faster regional
trains now despite what a lot of
guidebooks will tell you definitely take
the regional trains yes they leave less
frequently but they also make way fewer
stops in the s-bahn so they’ll actually
get you into town much much faster so
jump on the re7 or the RB 14 and you’ll
be at Berlin housebound HOF in under 30
minutes tickets can be purchased from
one of the machines in Terminal A the
railway station are on the platform
itself the machines are in English and
will take your debit and credit cards
but some only take cash to watch out for
that don’t forget to stamp your ticket
to validate it before boarding
what about Tegel the main
Intercontinental Airport slightly more
of a ball like to get into town
despite being closer as your only option
is a bus or a taxi
the txl Express bus will get you to the
help band off in 22 minutes and bus
stops are located right outside both
Terminal A and B tickets can be
purchased to the ticket desks in the
main terminal
besides airport information or at the
ticket machines outside Terminal A
you’ll need a ticket that covers zones a
and B it feels weirdly appropriate as we
sit literally on the runway of the
now-defunct Tempelhof Airport to talk
about the weirdly hazy future of both
Tegel and schönefeld airports they were
both supposed to start winding down
their operations when the New Berlin
Brandenburg Airport opened but that was
supposed to happen in 2010 here we are
in 2017 and due to a series of colossal
screw-ups it doesn’t look like that’s
gonna happen for at least another two
years and even then those airports may
be kept open indefinitely to keep up
with the overflow from the delayed
opening of Brandenburg so stay tuned
because I think that the airport future
of Berlin is anything but clear
anyway enough Airpor shenanigans you’re
deep in the bosom and beautiful Berlin
how do you get around well as you’d
expect from any modern European capital
it’s pretty easy combination of trains
trams Underground buses and taxis okay
you need to go Berlin’s divided past
means that even to this day there are a
few key locations that are still not
connected to each other by a public
transport so a combination of buses
trams s-bahn and the u-bahn is necessary
to get around Berlin but don’t let that
intimidate you the fantastic BVG app
will help you plan your public transport
adventures and of course Google Maps is
great for working out how you’re gonna
get from A to B and it has all the
public transport options built into the
about directions anyway and the
universal ticketing system means that
your one ticket will work on almost all
major forms of public transport you can
get a single zonal ticket which is good
for two hours but if you think you’re
gonna use public transport even more
than a couple of times it makes way more
sense to get a one day or seven day
public transport ticket seven or thirty
euros respectively we’ll get you
unlimited travel on the trains trams
subways and buses within zones a and B
which covers most of Berlin as far as
I’m concerned these are a no-brainer
very important public transport tip make
sure you validate your ticket before you
get on public transport using one of the
machines that you can find on the s-bahn
and u-bahn platforms or on the bus
almost the entire Berlin public
transport network is based on an honor
system really but there are plain
clothes ticket inspectors everywhere and
if you get caught without a validated
ticket it’s a 60 euro fine and more
importantly everyone will think you’re
kind of a dick finally this is an
extremely bankable City it’s almost
completely flat there’s bike rental
spots all over the city including
outside of train stations and weirdly
enough little supermarkets and to top it
all off there’s 860 kilometers of
dedicated bike paths
860 kilometers Berlin you are so lucky
so grab a bike grab the mat hit the road
or the dedicated bike path and explore
so you might be wondering what made us
choose Berlin for an episode of attache
well apart from the obvious there’s
actually a funny story let me take you
back in time to about two weeks ago so
we thought we’d do something a little
bit different for figuring out where
we’re gonna go for our next episode
we’re being sponsored by ancestry DNA
this episode and a few weeks ago I got
the ancestry DNA kit and took the test
and we just got the results and it’s
super easy to do in fact you can do this
too if you just go to slash
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off as well if you use that URL they
send you a kit you spit which I’m very
good at into this little test tube send
the kid away and then in six to eight
weeks you get these results they take
like billions of historical records the
millions of family trees and like 4
million DNA samples in compare your spit
to all of those people spit or DNA
really now I have a pretty good idea
where I’m gonna be from it’s Scotland my
grandfather is very Scottish and I know
that my roots go back pretty far in that
in that area Wow ok so a lot of them are
from southeast England which which makes
sense my maternal family and ancestors
are from South East England it also says
that 56 percent of my distant ancestors
are from Germany which I had absolutely
no idea this is how this is fascinating
and actually know what now that I think
about it I mean I haven’t really talked
about this but my middle brother I have
two brothers he’s been battling cancer
for a long time he’s had a stem-cell
transplant and they go around these
databases looking for stem-cell matches
and the to perfect literally perfect
matches that he had I did it I was
nowhere near a perfect match the two
perfect ones yeah we’re both joining so
we’re going to we’re going to Germany so
that is why we’re in Germany and if you
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us know what you discovered Berlin loves
street food
I love street food ergo I love Berlin
all over Berlin you can find superb
extremely affordable food for just a few
euros nestled under the tracks of the
s-bahn hold up in temporary cabins
across the city are the purveyors of
some of the finest Street eats in the
world examples you say how about this
curry Wurst you cannot come to Berlin
and not have cars worst I love the story
of how this came to exist the legend
goes that in 1949 carrots ahoy are one
of the more entrepreneurial post-war
residents of Berlin got hold of some
ketchup or Worcestershire sauce is that
part of the legends of the blurry and
some curry powder from British soldiers
and I just think that’s adorable that
British soldiers would have curry powder
on their person at all times
anyway she mix that into a sauce poured
it over fried pork sausage and the rest
is history
70 million of these are consumed every
year in Berlin alone so roll up your
sleeves to get us some fries and a beer
on the side and experience a Berlin
institution because of its long history
as a cosmopolitan capital first to
Prussia and then of Germany Berlin has
attracted immigrants from all over the
world for more than three centuries and
when a city adopts and embraces the
traditions the ingredients and the
techniques of a Democrat population and
vice versa
magical and delicious things happen like
this the doner kebab yeah I’m sure you
have kebabs in your hood too but the
Berlin doner kebab is a completely
different beast from the high street
kebab that we all know and love it’s
actually a relatively modern creation
and it’s a riff on the the usual Turkish
grilled kebab but the form almost like a
sandwich the loads of vegetables and the
the variety of sauces were all
introduced in Berlin by Turkish migrant
workers in the 1970s
and it ranks among the best value most
satisfying Street foods that you can
find anywhere in the world for three
year rows you get enough meat vegetables
and flatbread to feed a small village
but I think I’m just gonna eat this one
by myself so we asked our good friends
over on the Berlin subreddit of to point us in the direction
of that one thing that we should
experience while we’re in Berlin and as
always residues were incredibly generous
with their time and suggestions but the
number one recommendation other than
quote huge lines of speed was this
Berliner Weisse oh it’s a sour wheat
beer with deep roots in this beer loving
city and it often comes with flavored
syrups usually raspberry or Woodruff
yeah it is sour but it is really
refreshing so when it’s hot and they put
ice in it sometimes I definitely
recommend this really it’s actually
really good and it is very unique to
Berlin as well so
when I was doing the research for this
episode this came up a lot club club
Monta it was described to me as the iron
brew of Berlin which if you know what I
earn brew is makes it completely
compelling and fascinating so I’ve never
tried it before apparently is huge in
the startup world it’s what keeps the
berlin tech scene going but I’m gonna
try it I think citrusy yeah iced tea
but caffeinated and sparkling so do with
that information what you will it’s not
terrible but it’s not my favorite thing
in the entire world either
ein Berliner
that’s actually an urban legend that JFK
made an ass of himself by calling
himself a jelly doughnut but here’s why
it’s confusing almost everywhere in
except Berlin a jelly doughnut is called
a Berliner and in Berlin
they’re called fan koukin which means
everywhere else in Germany pancake so if
you want a pancake in Berlin you asked
for IR koukin got it confusing I know
you can see where that urban legend came
from now since we don’t half-ass things
here on attache we wanted to have a
Berliner behind cooking whatever you
want to call it but we went with the
Homer Simpson size fan koukin
they say it’s 500 grams it weighs is
well weighs as much as a baby it feels
like and there’s probably two and a half
liters of jam in there 4,000 calories of
their lunar goodness
we uh
I haven’t intended to show you this but
we were so close that it seemed criminal
not to Burgermeister built in a disused
men’s toilet underneath the u-bahn
supposed to be Germany’s best burger if
not top three in Europe now I have an
unhealthy relationship with burgers I
even owned part of a burger joint in
London so I’m gonna try this and I will
give you my my thoughts bacon meat
lettuce which is and tomato which are
both a crime in a burger but will
overlook that and I
not bad man not bad at all but if meat
isn’t your thing or you’re looking just
for something vegetarian Berlin is the
place to be in 2015 Saveur magazine
which is my culinary bible named pearl
in the 2015 vegetarian city of the year
so you’re never far away from really
great vegetarian and vegan food
including some of the best falafel I’ve
tasted outside of Lebanon so if you’re
looking for something vegetarian or
vegan Berlin has you more than covered
like most of Europe Germany and
therefore Berlin uses the Europe coins
come in 1 2 5 10 20 50 cent
denominations as well as one in two
euros before notes take over it’s also
worth mentioning that while comparable
for restaurants and bars to a lot of
other Western European cities to live in
Berlin is unbelievably cheap for some
reason rent public transport utilities
are all way cheaper than most European
cities which is one of the reasons along
with the amazing nightlife good tech
scene that attracts so many young people
to this amazing city yet another reason
to love Berlin and while we’re on that
subject let’s do the rundown a cup of
coffee will cost you around 2 euros find
a beautiful Berlin burger will cost you
3 euros and for the most reliable
indicator of a nation’s cost the good
old Big Mac you’re gonna pay about 4
euros actually I want to talk about this
for a second we get a lot of crap for
even mentioning Big Macs on this show
but a food snob or going on but the Big
Mac index is not my invention it’s The
Economist magazines they came up with it
about 30 years ago to compare purchasing
power parity against two currencies and
also to show how exchange rate markets
can drastically vary the cost of a
single item so put down the pitchforks
chill out there’s legit economic theory
at work here plus ain’t nothing wrong
with no Big Mac
like a lot of Europe most shops in
Berlin are closed on Sundays but
bakeries in some small grocery stores
and the busier neighborhoods will be
open on Sundays same with restaurants
and a lot of the street food vendors the
aunt can is starved when it comes to
paying for things credit cards are
widely accepted here but not everywhere
so definitely keep some cash on you and
on the subject of paying for things
let’s talk about tipping for a moment it
is a thing here so do it 10% in a
restaurant is ample if you’ve had a good
experience five to ten percent in a bar
is fine as well now the custom in
Germany is to tell the waiter or
waitress how much you want to pay
including the tip when you receive the
bill and if you’re paying by card you
need to be very clear that the amount
that you’re putting on the card includes
the tip unlike America
you cannot put tip on post transaction
so be sure you communicate that to the
waiter waitress bartender when you’re
paying on card or settling the bill is
Berlin cool yes of this there can be no
doubt but it is also a city of huge
cultural political and historic
significance a status that it wears with
dignity and with grace on its tree-lined
boulevards underneath its curving u-bahn
tracks you’ll find a city that will
appeal to all of you in some way no
matter who you are or what you seek I’m
glad I had the opportunity to connect
with the city on some level in fact on
many levels and I hope you get the
chance to as well for I can assure you
Berlin will not disappoint