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How to: Find a Desk in Berlin

 

All You Need to Know About Co-Working

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Studio 70 in Neukölln. Photo: Berlinow

Tired of working from home or that café chair every day? Time to find a real office. But hey, not a boring office with cubicles. Berlin has a booming scene of new, inspiring co-working spaces. Rent a desk for a month, a week, or just for the day. As a bonus, you’ll get co-workers, and might make new friends and find potential business partners.

Betahaus

Prinzessinnenstraße 19-20, 10969 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

One of the largest and most well known co-working spaces in Berlin. Betahaus organizes different events, among them Betapitch and Beta Breakfast, and a number of Berlin startups call it home. Several floors of co-working and a large café and lounge that is open to the public. Prices Basic membership 10 euros; Day ticket 12 euros, Week ticket (5 days) 49 euros, 12 days flex 79 euros, One month flex desk 149 euros, One month fix desk 229 euros. There are also packages and optional extras. Open Monday – Friday 8 am – 7 pm (24/7 access possible).

Nest

Görlitzer Straße 52, 10997 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

Upstairs from this popular Kreuzberg café, there is room for about 23 co-workers. Nice old rooms with high ceilings and large windows. One of Nest’s advantages are their opening times, you can work here every day from 10 am until late in the evening. Flexible desks only. Prices Day ticket 12 euros, Monthly ticket 180 euros. Open Monday – Sunday 10 am – 22 pm.

Co.up

Adalbertstraße 7-8, 10999 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

Co.Up certainly lives up to it’s name, there is quite a walk up to this loft style co-working space. But when you’re up, large desks and comfortable chairs are awaiting you as well a lot of daylight. There’s also a lounge area where you can hang out with a Club Mate or sip on a coffee from their espresso machine. Free use of large computer displays and a meeting room. Lots of public events for developers. Prices Day pass 12 euros, Half time monthly (2-3 days/week) 95 euros, Full time monthly 180 euros. Open Monday – Friday 10 am – 7 pm (24/7 access possible).

Wostel

Hobrechtstraße 66, 12047 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

Cozy and relaxed co-working in Reuterkiez. Wostel doesn’t feel like an ordinary office, rather like a living room where you can get inspired and actually get some work done. Personal locker included. Prices Day ticket 10 euros, 10 day ticket 80 euros, Monthly ticket 175 euros. Open Monday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm (24/7 access possible).

St Oberholz Ko-Working

Rosenthaler Straße 72A, 10119 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

St Oberholz’s co-working space is located in an old turn of the century apartment two floors up from the busy Torstraße. The owners have done a good job preserving the old charm, while taking in elements of contemporary design. The downstairs café is home to regular startup events, such as the Likemind breakfast. Prices Monthly membership 240 euros net. Open Always (24/7 access for all members).

Mobilesuite

Pappelallee 78-79, 10437 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

Lounge style co-working in the middle of Prenzlauer Berg. It’s also possible to rent a private office for your startup at Mobilesuite. Several regular and popular startup events, among them Tech Berlin and Webmontag. Prices 2 days/month 39 euros, 4 days/month 69 euros, 6 days/month 99 euros, 1 month full time 199 euros Open Monday – Friday 9 am – 7 pm (24/7 access possible).

Webworker Berlin

Ohlauer Straße 43, 10999 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

Need a place to work, and maybe support for your new startup idea? Then Webworker Berlin might be the place for you. Located in Kreuzberg, on the border to Neukölln, this co-working space offers monthly founders seminars as well as other events. Prices 1 month flexible desk 99 euros, Fix desk costs 49 euros extra Open Monday – Sunday 9 am – 9 pm (24/7 access possible).

Ahoy Berlin

Windscheid Straße 18, 10627 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

On a Kiez-like street in Charlottenburg you’ll find a 400 square meter co-working loft that offers up to 40 work stations. Besides from your very own desk, you’ll also get access to table tennis, a billiard table and, when you’re just stuck with that line of code, a punching bag to clear your mind. Prices Day ticket 11 euros, 5 day ticket 47 euros, 10 day ticket 75 euros, 1 month fix desk 140 euros (net prices) Open Monday – Sunday 9:30 am – 7:30 pm (24/7 access possible).

Studio 70

Kottbusser Damm 70, 10967 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

Studio 70 is located on the ground floor of an old factory building in Neukölln. Open workroom, café/bar area and a meeting room. Prices Day ticket 10 euros, One month 149 euros Open Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 18:00 pm (somewhat flexible).

More Co-Working Spaces

We have not covered all co-working spaces in Berlin in this guide. There are numerous of other spaces, and new ones are popping up every other week. Here are some more places worth checking out.

Supermarkt Studios Brunnenstraße 64, 13355 Berlin (Wedding)
BCN Berlin
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44A, 10999 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
Club Office Berlin Bundesallee 171-175, 10715 Berlin (Wilmersdorf)
Buerow Dunckerstraße 59 B, 10439 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)
Creative Media Lab Alexanderstraße 7, 10178 Berlin (Mitte)
Tante Renate Waldemarstraße 37A, 10999 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
House of Clouds Wiclefstraße 16-17, 10551 Berlin (Moabit)
Berlingreenrooms Ganghoferstraße 2, 12043 Berlin (Neukölln)
CubicMeter Rodenbergstraße 29, 10439 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)
Launch/Co Warschauer Straße 70A, 10243 Berlin (Friedrichshain)
Pulsraum Kottbusser Damm 25-26, 10967 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
United Urbanites Pappelallee 24, 10437 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)
Raumstation Berlin Stendaler Straße 4, 10559 Berlin (Moabit)
Agora Mittelweg 50, 12053 Berlin (Neukölln)

Still haven’t found a place that suit your needs? Check out Deskwanted, ShareddesksHallenprojekt and Loosecubes for even more co-working spaces.

 

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Hokey Pokey in Prenzlauer Berg. Photo: Berlinow

Don’t settle for less: These are the top five ice cream parlors in Berlin. Follow this list, and you’re set for a great summer.

Rosa Canina

Pasteurstraße 32, 10407 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

1.This is the best ice cream we’ve tasted in ages, and it’s all organic. You can actually see the ice cream being made in front of your eyes, since Rosa Canina’s “factory” is in-store behind a big glass wall. There’s a variety of changing flavors (some of them vegan). Among the more odd options are raspberry-basil, chocolate-nutmeg-cardamom and black sesame, which all tastes surprisingly good.

Ice cream 5 stars Overall rating 5 stars
Berlin Homemade Icecream

Elßholzstraße 10, 10781 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

2.Right next to Kleistpark lies this popular ice cream parlor. Artificial flavors are banned, all ice cream are made out of milk, cream, sugar, real fruit and home-made nut pastes. If you head here on the weekend, be prepared to queue.

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Hokey Pokey

Stargarder Straße 73, 10437 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

3.Peanut butter and banana makes a very tasty ice cream. Do we need to say that it’s real peanut butter and pieces of banana? This flavor, and other surprises for your tastebuds (such as Belgian chocolate and fig-walnut) are awaiting you at Hokey Pokey in Prenzlauer Berg.

Ice cream 4.5 stars Overall rating 4 stars
Naschkatze

Raumerstraße 8, 10437 BerlinFacebookFoursquare

4.One of our favorites from this all organic Helmholtzplatz hotspot is the fresh mint ice cream. Simply delicious, and a perfect cooler on a hot summer day. Combine it with strawberry, and you got the perfect mix. A nice touch from Naschkatze is the the small sample from another flavor they put on top of the scoop of ice cream you order.

Ice cream 4 stars Overall rating 4 stars
Tanne B

Eisenbahnstraße 48, 10997 BerlinFoursquare

5.Tanne B has made ice cream since 2004, and gotten quite creative with their flavors. How about some asparagus ice, or perhaps lychee-ginger? Vegans can choose from a variety of soy ice cream and sorbets. Tanne B also has a small branch in the corner of Bergmannstraße and Zossener Straße.

Ice cream 3.5 stars Overall rating 4 stars
 

How to: Shop Organic

 

A Guide to Organic Food Shopping in Berlin

Berlin is the organic food capital of Europe. Photo: Esbjörn Guwallius/Berlinow

Berlin is the perfect city for an organic lifestyle. The range of organic foods and other everyday products is enormous.

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In Germany and especially in Berlin, there are numerous shops that specialize in organic products. Everything sold in these supermarkets are organically grown or produced.

Alnatura is one of the German organic chains, and our favorite. Everything in the Alnatura stores looks and feels very fresh, manual cheese and bread counters as well as fruit and vegetables. The chain has many products under its own brand, these are often less expensive than products from other producers and usually of high quality. Alnatura has seven stores in Berlin. The largest is on Greifswalder Straße 89 in the outskirts of Prenzlauer Berg.

Bio Company has 22 stores in Berlin. Maybe not always as fresh as Alnatura, but they has a very wide selection in their larger stores. In the entrance to all supermarkets is a small Imbiss, which also sells bread and coffee, organic of course.

Viv Biofrischemarkt is the second largest chain in Berlin with its eight stores. Here you’ll find everything you need for your weekly shopping. Not the most exciting store, but if you live nearby a Viv, it’ll do just fine. A bakery shop with a good selection is available in all stores.

Europe’s largest

LPG Biomarkt has six stores in Berlin, one of them Europe’s largest organic supermarket. On two stories, covering more than 1 600 square meters, you’ll find Berlin’s widest range of organic products. In addition to food it features a large department with cosmetic and hygiene products. There’s also a bistro, and a bakery with a coffee shop. The address is Kollwitzstraße 17 in Prenzlauer Berg. Some of the other five LPG branches are also relatively large, compared to other chains.

Kiepert & Kutzner has only one store, but a really good one. Personal style, fresh and well-stocked fruit and vegetable department, manual cheese and deli counters, cool music in the speakers and free tea and mineral water make this institution in Prenzlauer Berg a winner.

Veganz is not 100 percent organic, but almost everything in the supermarket is grown and produced organically. The special thing with Veganz? Every single product is vegan. There’s vegan pizza, sausage, cheese, fake chicken … and the list can easily get very, very long. They also have a coffee shop with bakery, which features and vegan cakes and cookies among other goodies. Veganz is open on Sundays (which is uncommon in Germany), when they also serves a vegan brunch.

“Bio” is short for biologisch, the German word for organic.

 

How to: Get around

 

Metro, Train, Bus, Tram and Taxi in Berlin

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BVG, the public transport company’s homepage in English. Plan your journey and find other useful information.

This map covers the entire U-bahn and S-bahn network.

A tourist flyer for visitors. Find your way to that museum.

The tram network is covering the old East Berlin. On this map you’ll find all lines.

You’ll find all lines, regardless of means of transport, on this map.

The iPhone app Fahrinfo is a perfect travel companion. You can easily check when the next train or bus arrives, find the closest stop, or plan a journey.

The Adenauerplatz metro station in Berlin. Photo: Esbjörn Guwallius/Berlinow

The best way to get to know Berlin is by using it’s public transportation. Learn the metro system by heart, and you’re on your way to mastering the German capital.

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Berlin has an extensive subway system, known as the U-bahn, as well as the suburban train network S-bahn, along with buses and tram lines. If you know your way around the system, you will get to your destination much faster than by taxi or driving your own car.

A single ride is 2,30 euros. The ticket allows unlimited travel within two hours. You can make as many connections as you need, though return and round trips are not allowed. If you’re just going a few stops you can travel even cheaper. The short distance journey ticket (Kurzstrecke), which is 1,40 euro, takes you three stops with U-bahn or S-bahn or six stops by bus or tram. Connections are allowed between U-bahn and S-bahn. If you’re traveling a lot during one day you might want to go for the day ticket (6,30 euros), and if you’re staying for a whole week you can travel unlimited for 27,20 euros with the seven day ticket. All ticket prices are for Berlin zone A+B.

Ticket controls

If you’re used to the metro system in other large cities around the world you might get surprised when you find out that there’s no turnstiles at the stations. Berlin relies on the honor system, and frequent ticket controls on board. There are both plain clothes and uniformed inspectors that can demand to see your ticket: “Fahrausweis, bitte!”. If you can’t present a valid ticket you’ll have to pay a fine of 40 euros.

And don’t forget to validate your ticket in the small yellow or red boxes on the platform before you board the train, otherwise it’s not valid for travel. You only have to do this once for each ticket.

Get a cab?

If you prefer to ride by yourself, it’s relatively cheap to go by taxi in Berlin. For example, a ride from Rosenthaler Platz to Tegel Airport will cost you around 19 euros, or around 8,50 euros to Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof. A great app is myTaxi, where you can order a cab or get an estimate on how much the fare will be.

 
Ambulance in Berlin (file). Photo: Till Krech/flickr[source]CC BY 2.0

Maybe you don’t want to, but sometimes it might be necessary to see a physician. Wouldn’t it be great if he or she spoke your language?

We won’t give recommendations for specific physicians (that’s what the comments section are for), but we will point you in the right direction. Aerzte-Berlin.de might not look that appealing, but is a great source. Decide what kind of physician (Fachrichtung) you need to see, and in which district (Stadtbezirk) of Berlin. Then decide which language (Sprache) you want them to speak.

Another website where you can find physicians is the Kassenärztlichen Vereinigung Berlin. You cannot search for a language here, but you can be more specific in your search query. Arzt-Auskunft provides yet another way to find the right treatment for you. When you’ve found a physician at one of these sites, you can check on Aerzte-Berlin if they speak your language.

Hospitals in Berlin

If you’re searching for a hospital, the Berlin Hospital Directory is the place to go. Their website is available in English.

If you have public health insurance in one of the European Union’s 27 member states (or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) you’ll have the same access to the public sector health care as German nationals. This means a visit to a physician will cost you 10 euros. If you need the see a physician again during the current quarter you just have to show the receipt from your last visit, and it won’t cost you a dime more. You should be able to show your European Health Insurance Card and your passport at the physician’s office.