The Berlin cab mystery!

Coming to Berlin one of the first things you notice is, that there seems to be an infinite amount of taxicabs – no matter which airport or trainstation you arrive at when you come to the city. There are always too many.

Then of course there’s even more spots like Friedrichstraße in Mitte, Alexanderplatz and many more where cabs park patiently awaiting their customer base.

So for example, when I go outside of my apartment, within literally a one minute walk – there are always eight cabs waiting for customers. And I wouldn’t consider the area to be such a hotspot for them, especially during the day – but who knows. Maybe they pick up all the drunkfunny people from the bars at night?

About a week ago, when I visited the new main central station, the traffic around the place was just way out of hand. And just because (once again) there were too many cabs and not enough customers to take care of. They were literally parking everywhere.

Straying around the ‘hood, it seems like in every other street in Kreuzberg you can find a Dönerbude a cab driving school and I just can not imagine that supply and demand are even close to being in balance for those kind of jobs. But the classes are booked.

2 Comments so far

  1. Dominic (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    Have you ever been to Tegel Airport? It’s crazy, there’s literally hundreds of cabs waiting.


  2. till (unregistered) on June 6th, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

    Hehe. 100s waiting, and all bitching and complaining.



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