Life at Central Berlin – The Best of Daphne Damiaans

The historic architectural ensemble at Strausberger Platz has been the home for our blog author Daphne after winning the Central Berlin Apartment Lottery in 2015.

The conditions of participation:
“It’s taken for granted that you’re a fan of Berlin, and that you’d love to live here. So, tell us why Strausberger Platz is where you belong. What qualifies you? What talents do you bring? What do you normally do in life? We want to be sure that, like Berlin, you are dynamic, creative, unconventional, communicative, networked and cosmopolitan.”

The prize:
Living rent-free for one year in the heart of Berlin.

27-year-old Daphne Damiaans from Haarlem won our lottery and in the end it has been two years, that she was living rent-free at Strausberger Platz – blogging about her life in Berlin. In her posts, she shares her impressions and experiences as well as the fruits of her research into East German history, architecture and culture.

Read on for a ‘Best of’ compilation of Daphne’s 10 most popular posts, which you have shared, clicked, liked and commented the most!

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Central Berlin lottery: Winner Daphne is moving into her new home at Strausberger Platz

To live in a freshly renovated, spacious, three-room apartment at Strausberger Platz in the heart of Berlin –  for a whole year, rent free. This is exactly what 27-year-old Daphne from Haarlem near Amsterdam is now looking forward to. Daphne is the winner of our Central Berlin Apartment Lottery. Berlin-loving Daphne used her winning essay to describe exactly what makes Strausberger Platz so special to her. Competition was strong as roughly 200 people entered the lottery before the judges chose Daphne’s essay as the winner.


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