The idea of leaving your home country to live overseas for a few years is something that’s captivated twenty-somethings for generations. For decades Australians have flocked to the world’s most romanticised cities, places like New York, Paris, or London, looking for that something.
The twenty-something hustle continues in the European-party capital that is Berlin. Whether you’ve visited, lived in, loved, or hated this city there is one common thread—that you went to a good party. But despite its rep for ragers and raving there is much more to Berlin than we all think. Freedom and individuality colour the city’s inhabitants, who are young people from all over the world working in fashion, art, music, or likely something similar. And whether that work was found there too or in a country nearby like London or Paris; a home base in Berlin is within proximity to other European cities. Making it the perfect place to make sure you remain a part of everything Europe offers.
Berlin’s big-Euro-city counterparts often exclusively champion hard work and making it big, but Berlin is the place to lay your own path—even if it’s a leisurely one—making the city’s allure something completely different for every individual who embraces it.
In conversation with four ex-Australians come Berliners, we spoke about what a creative’s life in Germany is really like and what took them there in first place.