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Where to see original movies in Berlin?

28 Oct

movie pictureNow that it is getting colder and darker earlier this is the time for indoor activities. One thing to do is going to the movies and if you like seeing them in their original language you got a couple of options in the city of Berlin. Here is a list of cinemas that do so:

  • Cinestar at the Potsdamer Platz at Sony Center is one of the biggest and also pretty commercial. Funny part, their website is in German and not available in English. Movie tickets are between 7 and 8 Euros. On Tuesdays it’s only 5.50 EUR, 3D movies are more expensive.
  • The York cinema group has various theaters throughout the city showing all different kinds of movies, also the independent kind. Unfortunately ones again website in German only. Ticket prices vary between 5.50 on Mondays and 7 to 9 Euros on the other days. Don’t forget to ask for their discount card: pay six and get the seventh for free.
  • Now we are getting of mainstream… fsk Kino at the Oranienplatz is a smaller cinema theater that shows independent movies. The program is on their website. You can subscribe to a newsletter in many different languages that will let you know when movies are shown. They offer a coupon and can be found on the website by clicking in the upper left corner on the word Kinogutschein. Two people can enjoy a movie for 14 bucks.
  • The Hackesche Höfe Kino is an independent arthouse cinema. It is located right in the touristy center of Hackescher Markt near Friedrichstrasse (map). Mondays and Tuesdays discounted ticket prices are available for 6,50 Euro. All other days you pay 8 and a little more if the movie is over 140 minutes long. The program is current available here. Heavy user discount cards are also available (10 for 55 and 5 for 27.50 Euros).

Additional movie theaters listings are available on the following websites http://berlin.angloinfo.com, http://www.berlinfo.com, http://gridskipper.com and if you are looking for more browsing over to http://www.toytowngermany.com might have what you are looking for.

How to find an apartment in Berlin?

2 Oct

apartment in berlinOver the past few years it has been commonly know that it is relatively easy (and cheap) to find an apartment in Berlin.  As evidenced by some recent arrivals to the city, the search for a good apartment is getting a little tougher.  There are many things to consider when looking for an apartment in Berlin the main one being location.  Of course it is harder to find a place in popular areas like the neighborhoods of Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg and parts of Friedrichshain. But it is still possible for you to find a flat for a decent price you just need a little patience and plenty of documentation.

First things first. To rent an apartment for yourself or your entire family at an “official” apartment management company a proof of income is necessary. Usually they require your income stubs for the last three months plus a letter stating that you don’t owe anything to your former landlord. Of course there are always exeptions to the rule and some smaller management companies might handle things differently.

Renting a place form a private person is a different story and documentation requirements depend on how much proof they want as a guarantee. Another option is to sublet an entire apartment from a person who trusts you will pay the rent on time. Finally, there is always the option of renting a room in an apartment and live in a “roommate situation”.

Here is a list of websites separated into groups that will help you to find an apartment from a period longer than 3 months.

I’m a student / researcher and look for a place to live:

I am an individual or a family with proof of income and looking for a place of our own:

Most of these websites refer you to apartment management companies that are less likely to charge you a finders fee (most are in in German though).

Furnished apartments can be found on the following websites.

Initially trying to find an apartment might seen like a daunting task.  But always remember, you are not the first person coming to the city of Berlin trying to find a place to stay.  People are constantly on the move and it is always a matter of  timing and luck.  Good luck on your apartment or room hunt!

Welcome to Berlin

28 Sep

Sunset in BerlinWelcome to the exciting city of Berlin. After living here for a few months we have decided to share some of our experiences and other important information. There are tons of people who visit our new city and are looking for insider information to easily get around and find the time to see and explore the most interesting things our city has to offer.

So we are very exited to start this blog and bring you along to experience Berlin with us.  We will post all information we think might be of interest to others as it was useful in one way or another for one the contributors of this blog.  The blog will include all sorts of information from traveling to Berlin for the weekend on a budget to finding an apartment.   If you feel like you found out about something interesting we encourage you to participate by either sending in your snippet by email or posting it as a a comment to a corresponding post in this blog.

Enjoy!