Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin
“In Munich it is customary to comment about those born in the Prussian capital: ‘One has to be born somewhere after all… that one is from Berlin…’
The Germans refuse, namely, to accept Berlin as the real capital of their state. Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Munich, all of these big old cities deny it preeminence. The competing city councils are fond of pointing out that Berlin has hardly any old monuments, its one or two trading houses, both not older than a hundred years, are ran by common merchants, while Bremen, Mainz, Cologne, Leipzig and ten other important cities can be proud of their 200-year old businesses.
One cannot put one´s trust in them, they say. Who knows if all those finance companies, all those enterprises established ten or twenty years ago, or yesterday even, won´t go bankrupt next year?
I do not care much for those comments then that bit of envy is much too obvious in them. Envy of a swift and, one could say, challenging ascent of a metropolis.”