Safety in Berlin (especially for Women)

Berlin is still very safe, day and night, especially inside the circle S-bahn line. But it should be mentioned that, as a precaution, visible minorities might avoid some of the Eastern neighbourhoods outside that S-Bahn line: Hellersdorf, Marzahn, for example, which have in places voted for the AfD party. They have a reputation for being right-wing and have little ethnic diversity. The same goes for parts of the surrounding region of Brandenburg. While most women find Berlin safe, day and night, some have been verbally harassed in outlying areas of Neukölln walking home alone at night. Riding a bike helps. Neighbourhoods like Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg are generally worry free for women who feel like targets of unwanted male attention.

Note that the U-Bahn station of Görlitzer Bahnhof (‘Görli’) in Kreuzberg, and the adjacent Görlitzer Park, are known for drug dealers and their confrontations with police, but in reality you are unlikely to face anything but dealers pushing their drugs, or, if you are unlucky, some petty crime, but it’s worth being alert. The dealers get pushed to Kottbusser Tor when the police are active at ‘Görli’. Alexanderplatz at night is also a place to be careful, as it statistically has the highest number of crimes in the city.

Here’s the index to the Moving to Berlin Guide, click on what you want to read next!

-Introduction to the Guide

-Why Berlin?


-Looking for an Apartment

-Property Prices and Rents

-Monthly Costs


-Setting-up Checklist

-Getting Around Berlin

-Where to Learn German?

-Staying Fit

-Media, Films, and Books about Berlin

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