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Pickpockets on the rise on Berlin Public Transport

The problem isn’t really new – pickpockets have always been targeting commuters in Berlin, as in probably every other city. But an increase of 50% in 2015 compared to 2014 is an alarming figure. In 2015 over 12.000 cases were reported to the police – on Berlin Public Transport (BVG) alone.

That makes it almost every third of all cases of pocket-picking reported in Berlin. The year before *only* some 8.000 case of pocket-picking on Berlin Public Transport were reported. In 2012 the number was as low as 4.000 cases.

The rising numbers seem to be a sign of Berlin’s rising popularity. More and more people are either moving to Berlin or spending a holiday. And more and more people are using the Berlin public transport. Over 3 Million passengers are currently using the BVG on a daily basis.

Pickpockets seems to target mostly tourists – but of course also the regular Berliner can become a victim rather easily. Basically everybody knows at least someone who has been robbed while using Berlin’s public transport. So in case you are planning to use Berlin’s public transport in the near future: please be aware, that although Berlin seems to be such a nice and relaxed place to be, sometimes it’s not.

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Berlin Tourism: 30 new Hotels in the next four years

As you might know Berlin is a very popular destination for travelers from around the world. And basically since the Berlin Wall came down the numbers are only going up.

In 2015 more than 30 million nights were booked in one of the many Berlin Hotels – a new record – again. And of course everybody has to sleep somewhere – and since the numbers are expected to also go up in the future, new Hotels are being built.

According to the Berlin Hotel and Restaurant association (Dehoga) there will be some 30 new Hotels built and/or opened in Berlin in the next three to four years. In other words: every six weeks a new Hotel will open in Berlin. Or in other numbers: more than 7000 hotel rooms – or 15000 beds.

But there is also another interesting: number to this story: currently there are some 780 hotels in Berlin. One year ago there were over 800 hotels. Smaller hotels are closing down, larger hotels are opened. For example the hotel chain Motel One is planning to open their largest house with over 700 rooms right at Alexanderplatz – the high rise building Upper West near Breitscheidplatz will host some 600 rooms.

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Top 17 Home Countries of Berlin Visitors

Roaming across Berlin City you may have noticed, that there are quite some tourists visiting Berlin in the summer. And you may have asked yourself “So where are all the tourists actually coming from?” Spoiler: the top 3 home countries are Germany, USA and the UK.

The Berlin office for statistics (Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg) actually knows quite well, where Berlin’s visitors are coming from. And recently they released a data report on the actual numbers of people that stayed at Berlin hotels and hostels in June.

I flipped through the numbers and decided to take only the data for countries with a five digit number of visitors. I also added the change compared to June 2014. What I find most interesting here is that tourist numbers for tourists coming from Germany and directly neighbors France, Denmark, Poland and The Netherlands are actually declining while the total average is up more than 4%.

So – here’s the Top 17 Home Countries for June 2015:

Origin: Number: Change:
Germany 672.380 -2.8%
United States of America USA 52.325 +21.9%
United Kingdom UK 50.159 +13.9%
Spain 28.658 +58.7%
Italy 23.340 +25.6%
Switzerland 21.841 +10.4%
Netherlands 20.188 -4.6%
France 16.992 -8.4%
Sweden 15.055 +14.5%
China and Hong Kong 13.932 +60%
Poland 13.253 -5.1%
Austria 13.198 +0.2%
Russia 12.860 +2.2%
Denmark 12.550 -5.1%
Israel 11.713 +13.1%
Australia and New Zealand 11.161 +5.6%
other countries 138.517
total 1.128.122 +4.3%

Data: CC BY Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg

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