For people new to the city, dating sites are often the first places they look to find a date.
English, French and Italian profiles are as easy to find as those in German.
Today’s Berliners are a restless bunch, and if they can get what they need by flitting from one brief encounter to the next, they will. “We don’t get serious until we’ve found the person we can have an effortless relationship with,” says Anna.
“Only later,” she confesses, “do we realize that this person doesn't exist.” All names have been changed.
Analyst Lena, 23, moved to Berlin from Latvia three months ago and sees transient encounters as part of the lifestyle.The tale of Berlin’s singles is not one of isolation and lack of fulfilment - social interaction and sex are there for the taking.Rather, it is about choosing not to compromise – not to miss out on what the city offers.Almost a third of the city’s residents are single while more than half are living alone. So why is a city celebrated for its openness so loath to relationships?Berlin’s free-and-easy way of life seems to be part of it.Crucially, the stigma once attached to online dating has gone, says 32-year-old Christian, who moved from Spain to Berlin last year to start a tech company.