Many Germans have begun to modify their eating habits to lower their calorie and cholesterol intake. Since the unification of East and West Germany in the 1990s, the government has faced the challenge of bringing the living conditions in the former East Germany up to the standard found in the former West Germany. Upgrading housing, schools, and utilities will continue after 2001. Despite unequal living conditions, Germans in all parts of the country are well nourished. In fact, most German children have enough to eat.
Particularly the significantly lower cost of living and rent in the East provide incentive for a move – especially for the older generation hoping for a larger share of their pension once all the bills are payed. This is also supported by the latest F+B rent index. Where the average rent in large German cities was Euro, the figures in East German cities stayed well below that. However, the index also shows a steady increase in rent prices even outside greater metropolitan areas in the East. Buying prices on real estate are still relatively low, giving high potential for future value gain.
Iconic structures like the fernsehturm (TV Tower), reichstag (government building), gedächtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church ) have become symbols for the country, not just Berlin. But despite its many attractions, it can be difficult to navigate Berlin. Our list of 10 Things Not to Do in Berlin outlines the many pitfalls. But if you keep an open mind and travel outside of the central neighborhood of Mitte , this is one of the coolest places in the world. From its multicultural street food to one-of-a-kind accommodations , Berlin will expand your definition of what a trip to Germany can be.