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Berlin (, bur-LIN; German: [bɛʁˈliːn] ) is the capital and largest city of Germany, both by area and by population. Its more than 3.85 million inhabitants make it the European Union's most populous city, as measured by population within city limits. Simultaneously, the city is one of the States of Germany. Berlin is surrounded by the state of Brandenburg, and Brandenburg's capital Potsdam is nearby. Berlin's urban area has a population of around 4.5 million and is therefore the most populous urban area in Germany. The Berlin-Brandenburg capital region has around 6.2 million inhabitants and is Germany's second-largest metropolitan region after the Rhine-Ruhr region, and the sixth-biggest metropolitan region by GDP in the European Union.

Berlin was built along the banks of the Spree river, which flows into the Havel in the western borough of Spandau. The city incorporates lakes in the western and southeastern boroughs, the largest of which is Müggelsee. About one-third of the city's area is composed of forests, parks and gardens, rivers, canals, and lakes.

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Community resources[edit | edit source]

  • Baumhaus (Treehouse) project space (in German) in the Wedding district is a nonprofit project and event space dedicated to creating a hub for the development of neighborhood sustainable development projects. A repair café, an improvisational orchestra, and a vertical gardening program are just a few of their initiatives.
  • Leila Berlin (in German) is a thriving tool library in East Berlin that has spawned several imitators across the country. Their selection goes way beyond household carpentry tools. Need to borrow a bicycle helmet, a drill, or a set of wine glasses? Go see them.[1]

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

  •, Green infrastructure and public open spaces for Berlin. "We create open spaces and green infrastructures for a more liveable, social Berlin that is barrier-free for all people and at the same time meets its ecological responsibility as a metropolis in the 21st century." added 15:05, 15 July 2021 (UTC)

Arts, sport and culture[edit | edit source]

Marina Naprushkina: 2017 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture portrait film
Authors: European Cultural Foundation, May 9, 2017
  • New neighbourhood, Moabit, non-profit association founded in 2013. "Today we are one of the largest voluntary neighborhood initiatives in Berlin. With our large rooms and our daily program, we create a social and artistic platform for exchange, learning and engagement for the neighborhood from all over the world. We don't help, we learn from each other. Our goal is to influence society, to actively shape it, to create new opportunities for non-hierarchical political and social coexistence. Our work is voluntary." added 14:56, 15 July 2021 (UTC)
  • Cooperative for Urban Creativity
  • Kulturlabor Trial & Error Berlin based non profit, working with crafts, D.I.Y. culture, sustainability, arts and media

See also: Community resources

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

81892478.jpgVimeo_play_button.png, bicycle sharing project - wikipedia:Cycling in Berlin

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]

Original Unverpackt, zero waste store[2]

Sustainable Berlin, information from

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Berlin has a tradition of communal neighborhood gardens (Schraebergaerten) stretching back over 150 years. That tradition lives on in projects like the huge Prinzessinengarten (Princess Garden) in the multicultural Kreuzberg district and the Mauergarten (Wall Garden) in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. This list from Foodtank explores many similar projects.[3]

mqdefault.jpgYouTube_icon.svg (in German) coordinates a network of community food fridges across the country and recruits groups of volunteers to "rescue" food which would otherwise be thrown out from willing shops and producers.[4]

Prinzessinnengärten (Princess gardens, Berlin), Wikipedia (German) Prinzessinnengärten

See also: Urban Foraging in Germany

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

  • BerlinRepair, cherish, maintain, pass on, added 15:50, 30 April 2021 (UTC)

Sharing[edit | edit source]

The bustling German capital is an amazing city to visit for all sorts of reasons, but it has a lot to offer for those who are interested in cooperatives, squats, and other local sharing projects.

Köpi is a well-known squat where free alternative movie nights are organized three times a week. Discover new films and enjoy cheap drinks while meeting people and learning more about the Berlin squat scene.[5]

See also: Food activism, Community resources, Maps


Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]


External links[edit | edit source]

Wikitravel: Berlin, Get around

References[edit | edit source]

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Created March 21, 2014 by Phil Green
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