For decades, allotment gardens were seen in Germany as the epitome of middle-class small-mindedness. But increasing numbers of young urbanites are discovering the joys of growing their own plants.
They might look like slums or homes for garden gnomes. Those peculiar settlements of tiny little houses with allotment gardens, known as the "Schrebergarten," are a typically German phenomenon.
City apartment dwellers often have to make do without a garden. But Berliners are adept at transforming everything from balconies to sidewalks into urban oases. DW's Jennifer Collins was inspired.
Dark taverns, drab concrete blocks and small garden allotments: With hashtags like #germangemütlichkeit, Instagram users are telling stories about a Germany far away from the tourist hotspots.
Although Tokyo topped the list, Monocle magazine's editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé tells DW why German cities like Berlin and Munich made the annual Quality of Life Survey global ranking from 2017.
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