Berlin has an exquisite variety when it comes to shops and restaurants but also offers a huge variety of street markets.
From culturally diverse street food and fresh produce markets to individual and sustainable handmade and second-hand shopping markets, you can easily spend some time strolling through these locations.
Below are listed some of our favorites!
Food markets: Markthalle Neun: this food hall is filled with food stands that offer a variety of different cuisines. From your typical pasta stand to American BBQ and also Turkish delights. You can top this food experience by grabbing a delicious ice cream at Rosa Canina’s stand.
Thai-park: If you’re craving some traditional and local Thai food, check out this market happening every Saturday and Sunday at Preußenpark. Individuals familiar with Thai, Vietnamese, and Korean cuisine set up numerous stands offering price-friendly and delicious sweet and savory dishes.
Mauerpark: From traditional Berliner sausages to Spanish paella, there are a variety of options to quench your appetite at this street food market located at Mauerpark.
Markt am Winterfeldtplatz: This market held every Wednesday and Saturday, located by Nollendorfplatz, offers a variety of local produce and food stands- if you’re there around lunchtime grab some delicious tacos at El Mexicano.
Mauerpark: You can easily spend hours at this flea market every Sunday! Since most attractions and shops are closed on Sunday, this is the place many spend their Sunday morning and afternoon at. You may find various hidden gems ranging from jewelry to outdoor furniture.
Flohmarkt U Fehrbelliner Platz: Also open on Saturdays and Sundays, right next to Thaipark, this second-hand market has numerous stands that sell antiques and vintage clothing and goods for reasonable prices.
RAW Gelände: Although the RAW site is known for its nightlife, it also transforms into a culturally diverse flea market on Sunday morning and afternoon! After strolling through this market, you can have a beer or drink with some delicious burgers or pizza at the beer garden also located on-site.
Written by Cilia Trendelenburg
Berlin, one of Europe’s largest and most diverse culture hubs, offers a variety of unique and interesting art experiences, designed for a broad range of individual tastes.
This summer, after a season of empty galleries and museums, numerous galleries and exhibitions were able to reopen and present the work of many talented artists. From Studio Berghain Berlin, an art exhibition located in Berlin’s notorious nightclub Berghain, to Diversity United at the old Tempelhofer airport, Berlin offers countless unique experiences that are definitely worth checking out!
Listed below are a few galleries and ongoing exhibitions to explore.
Located in Berlin’s iconic nightclub Berghain, this exhibition explores the work of various Berlin artists, focusing on photography, sculptures, painting, video, and sound installations. On top of the art, visitors are able to experience the exclusive nightclub, with rules like “no photos in the club” still set in place
This exhibition is located in a 4,000 m space with several rooms exploring Berlin’s diversity through various forms of art. The focus of the exhibition is placed on our socially networked environment. Go check out their website, where you are able to take a 360° online tour of the exhibition
Dark Matter(From 4. June- 5. September 2021) Köpenicker Chaussee 46, 10317 Berlin
This “multidimensional parallel world of light, space, and sound”, in pitch black rooms situated in a factory setting, presents various shapes and colors through digital constellations and interactive 3D structures
The multicultural district of Tempelhof-Schöneberg is known for its parks, such as Tempelhofer Feld on a former airport site, the Park am Gleisdreieck, and the Natur-Park Südgelände, both former industrial sites. People from a wide range of social classes and cultures live in Tempelhof-Schöneberg making it wonderfully colorful and diverse.
Situated in the south of the city, it shares borders with Mitte and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg in the north, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf and Steglitz-Zehlendorf in the west as well as Neukölln in the east.
In the northern part of the district, urban life pulsates around the KaDeWe department store. You’ll find charming galleries, Turkish and Arabic restaurants, and upcoming new restaurants on Potsdamer Strasse. The cafés on Motzstrasse, and the area around Nollendorfplatz, are a little capital for the LGBTQ community.
Schöneberg has a varied and interesting historical and cultural history that continues to influence it to this day. David Bowie, the Comedian Harmonists, Marlene Dietrich, Günter Grass, and Billy Wilder all made the district their home. During the partition of Germany, the historical Rathaus Schöneberg became the town hall of West Berlin and is the famous location where, 50 years ago, John F. Kennedy made his famous speech, proclaiming “Ich bin ein Berliner.”
The highest quality of life offered in the renovated old buildings in Bayerisches Viertel (Bavarian quarter) between Viktoria-Luise-Platz and Bayrischer Platz. The entire neighborhood impresses with cafés, restaurants, and shopping opportunities.
Tempelhof is a mix of housing estates, apartment blocks, parks, industrial sites, and shopping centers. There are many parks and green spaces, particularly since 2008, when the Tempelhof Airport was decommissioned and turned into a public field. Another highlight in Templehof is the Tempelhofer Hafen, a little harbor on the water with restaurants, boats, and a big shopping mall.
Localities of Tempelhof – Schöneberg: Schöneberg, Friedenau,Tempelhof, Mariendorf, Marienfelde, Lichtenrade
Moving abroad is a very exciting prospect, however, the details of relocation can also be very daunting. Navigating a new system, a new language and dealing with formalities can be a challenge, this is where private relocation support can make all the difference.
Your top priorities when relocating to a new city should be visa (immigration), finding a place to live (home search), employment or educational opportunities and integration. Your relocation consultant can advise you on your options in advance.
Visa/Immigration: the type of visa you are eligible for will largely be linked to your country of origin, employment situation or educational studies. It is very important to know your options for immigration before you plan a move. IRC Berlin has the expert knowledge to guide you through your visa & immigration options.
Home search: knowing the housing market, areas of the city, and ballpark figures for rental costs/utilities is key for a successful home search. It is helpful to have a realistic expectation when you consult with your relocation assistant about what will be most suitable for you. IRC Berlin consultants have extensive knowledge of the city and can advise you as to the perfect match for you regarding area, amenities, public transport needs.
Cultural integration: This is where IRC can help, we offer intercultural training for new arrivals and their families to make their start in the new and foreign environment as easy as possible. Giving an insight into cultural differences, those ‘quirky’ German ways, and just how to navigate the German business landscape.
IRC Berlin is branching out into private relocation offering all the same benefits as we offer to our corporate clients. Our experienced consultants can support and assist every step of the way from visa and immigration, work permits, home search to giving a comprehensive orientation tour upon arrival. We want to make you feel at home in Germany and to make your transition process pleasant and successful, so that all you need to worry about is enjoying your new home!
Berlin’s rent cap, the so-called ‘Mietendeckel’ has been toppled with far-reaching consequences for many tenants.
The Federal Court of Justice, Germany’s highest court decided that by introducing the rent freeze the local government in Berlin had overstepped its power and the law was overturned. Berlin’s “Mietendeckel” law or rent cap “violates the Basic Law and is thus ruled void” according to the Federal Court’s decision.
This has implications for many tenants (up to 1.5 million) in Berlin, who have been paying reduced rent since February 2020.
What tenants must now consider:
1. There is no immediate possibility of termination leases because tenants have complied with applicable law. However, there is an immediate obligation to repay the difference (see 3.).
2. Consensual agreements without shadow rent, for example in the case of new leases, are valid.
3. Where otherwise effective civil law agreements on the amount of rent existed, these must be fulfilled within a reasonable period (14 to 30 days). This means that the retained rents on the basis of the rent cap are to be repaid. The repayment is due upon knowledge of today’s decision of the Federal Constitutional Court. A demand for payment by the landlord is desirable, but may not be necessary in a lot of cases. Those tenants which are unable to pay the outstanding amounts immediately should contact the landlord and if necessary request financial aid from the Berlin Government (https://mietendeckel.berlin.de).
4. In the case of shadow rental agreements after re-letting, the tenants’ association strongly advises seeking advice.
Check out TEST-TO-GO for a free testing station near you and you can register an appointment online.
To check your health and due to the new rules requiring a negative Covid 19 Test for shopping (with the exception of groceries & pharmacies). The test must be no older than 24 hours.
We would like to help you understand how to use a relocation company to assist your employees. What are the benefits for your business and your team in outsourcing this service to new recruits or employees who are taking up a position in a new location?
Whether you are hiring new recruits from abroad or moving existing employees from one office to another office in a different location, there are many administrative tasks and other things which need to be organised to get the person moved, settled in and integrated into their new role.
Time is money and if your employee can be efficiently supported then the time it takes to get their move organised can be optimised. By working with a relocation company you won’t need an in-house department and you will draw on people who bring the highest levels of experience and expertise.
Providing the option of a supported relocation is good for the company image, it shows that you value your employees, their families and their wellbeing.
Being able to offer a professionally supported relocation is a big asset when headhunting, it will give your company an advantage as it gives the employee incentive to move without feeling like a relocation would be too overwhelming.
Show your employee that you value their time by letting them avoid the ‘leg’ work when they partner with a relocation consultant they are relieved of all the big and small organisational tasks related to a move.
Supporting not just the employee but also their spouse and/or their family is also hugely beneficial to the overall well being of the employee.
The way an employee feels once they have moved to a new location can be imperative to their productivity. If they feel settled and happy then they will be motivated to start into their new role. They can be present physically and mentally knowing all the formalities of their move have been taken care of.
There are many costs, such as hotel costs, which can be avoided if an employee can relocate directly into furnished accommodation or their own apartment/house. Having a relocation partner on the ground makes organising this possible!
At IRC we can provide the support your employees need for a successful relocation. We have experienced staff, who understand the relocation from both a professional and personal point of view and who have the know-how to navigate any challenges which may arise. Let’s begin the relocation journey together!
What do you think of when you hear relocation? We often find that people don’t know what a relocation actually entails and what a relocation company actually does and all the fantastic benefits that come with being supported during a move. Let us explain ….
Companies offer their employees a job or promotion in a new location, this could be across the country or on another continent. Part of this job offer can be a relocation package, whereby the employee is offered support in all areas financial, organisational to a relocation partner at the destination who will work with the employee and their family to ensure a successful transition into their new home.
This can include:
Visa & Immigration
Home search (temporary & permanent)
Registration with the local authorities
Registration of utilities
A comprehensive relocation package can ensure that an employee will be able to fully concentrate on their new position and feel supported in their new circumstances.
There are many advantages to working with a relocation company. Starting with their expertise and experience in some of the most fundamental aspects such as immigration and visa requirements. A relocation consultant understands what issues arise during a local or international move and is able to provide tailormade support to each individual client, whether someone is moving with a family, they have specific needs at their new location or they are required to dive straight into work and don’t have time to spend on all the details. The professional support can deal with all the unique challenges each individual relocation brings. A relocation company provides in depth knowledge and current information of the destination, thus giving a great local insight to the assignee.
This is where IRC comes in, we are a comprehensive partner in Germany to support in all aspects of relocation.
A nationwide warning day will take place for the first time on September 10, 2020 and will then be carried out annually on every second Thursday in September. On the joint day of action by the federal and state governments, all warning devices will be tested throughout Germany. Precisely at 11 a.m., warning devices such as sirens are triggered simultaneously in counties and municipalities with a test alarm.
Do not be alarmed, this is a TEST which will be ended at 11.20am on 10.09.2020.
We are excited to announce: IRC has moved our website to a climate positive host on WordPress. For every WordPress page, a tree is planted and the data processing centres and offices are guaranteed to be run completely generated by hydro-power.
Through WordPress partnership with RAIDBOXES they currently offset 40.48 tons of CO2 every month, in addition to the trees that have been planted – by funding certified carbon and plastic offsetting projects through Get Mads. This corresponds to a CO2 saving of more than 160,000 car kilometres.