Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin


The latest – 2014 – crime statistics for Berlin´s underground stations are there and they are already causing crowds of reckless tourists to hurry in the direction of the top 5 to find out for themselves. Not that they do not hurry in that direction on daily basis anyway:-)

With 154 cases of murder, manslaughter as well as grave bodily harm, followed by 354 cases of theft (reported ones, mind you), U-Bhf Alexanderplatz is a sure winner in all categories.

It is followed by “Kotti” or U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor (123 cases of violent crimes and 309 reported thefts), Görlitzer Bahnhof (121 violent crimes and 170 thefts) and by the “Bahnhof Zoo” or U-Bhf Zoologischer Garten. It should be mentioned, however, that the crimes, petty crimes and felonies taken into account while making this ranking involved both the stations themselves and their immediate surroundings.

As for my favourite Berlin U-Bahn station, Hallesches Tor, it scored low in the violent crimes category (sigh of relief) but if you do not wish to part with your belongings in a sudden or mysterious manner, you should either avoid changing here or hold on to your bag tight: U1/U6 Hallesches Tor counted 347 cases of reported theft in 2014.

Both Alexanderplatz and Hallesches Tor are big knots used by tens of thousands of people daily, particularly by those commuting to work, schools or the universities in the rush hours. And you know what they say: when people are in a hurry, the devil rubs his hands.

Well, at least that´s what we say in Poland;-)

(Data and image through the "Berliner Morgenpost".)

(Data and image through the “Berliner Morgenpost”.)


  1. berlioz1935
    April 21, 2015

    It must be scary and exciting to travel on the U-Bahn. But isn’t Berlin exciting anyway?

    • notmsparker
      April 21, 2015

      It is exciting, indeed. But scary? That really depends on so many things. You might be in the middle of the bourgeois neighbourhood and get truly scared by somebody at the station. I guess, it is the ratio thing that decided that those particular U-Banhnhöfe got such bad reviews: the more people use the station, the more thieves and other scumbags will be attracted by them, the more crimes are going to be committed.

  2. Alper Çugun
    April 21, 2015

    Some of them are drug dens but the dealers will usually not bother you too much. It only gets worrisome at night in winter on some of the more remote stations.

    • notmsparker
      April 21, 2015

      I agree. Although I would suggest holding on to your purse or your rucksack at all times and all stations:-) not unlike everywhere else in the world.


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