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  1. Dear all, I bought an apartment that has a huge kitchen and I would like to replann and move the kitchen to living room and made a separate room out of it. Does somebody know if it requires some approval? Do I need to hire an architect for this kind of work? Thank you, Ho
  2. I'm considering buying an Erholungsgrundstück about an hour's drive north of Berlin. The property market in this city is ridiculous and the country air would do us all good.    The site that I'm looking at is about a 1000sqm, with a decent sized house that should be habitable in all seasons.    I've got a few questions and wondering if anyone can provide some tips:    Do these sites typically hold their value or increase their value over time? After 5-10 years, could I expect any capital appreciation (even if just to cover the initial transaction costs)?    Is it ever possible to apply with the local authorities to use the property as a primary residence? What would they look at if assessing such an application?    The expose mentions that new constructions may be possible after approval. What might this mean in practice? Is it likely there will be a limit on the total square metres that can be on the site? 
  3. Hi guys,   I got offered a job and for the first 12-18 months I can choose to work/live anywhere in North Germany  I am undecided among Hamburg and Berlin. After these 12-18 months it is fixed that I will have to move to Düsseldorf.   I have already lived 1,5 years in Münster and 1,5 years in Stuttgart. I have been several times to Berlin and have friends there as opossed to Hamburg where I only spent one night and didn't see much of the city.   Besides wanting to know what you think about life in both these cities, I would like to hear differences in mindset among Berliners and Hamburgers   The job I will be doing for these first 12-18 months will be in consultative sales (visiting clients), so I think the mindset of people is also an important factor as well as openness to foreigners.   The company offers solutions for the construction industry, so insights about construction industry growth in these cities (regions) are also welcome     Berlin (+) I know Berlin quite well and have few friends there (+) I like the vibe and electronic music scene (-) Prices (rent) have gone up in the past 10 years (-) I sometimes find the city quite chaotic (long distances)   Hamburg (+) I constantly hear Hamburg is a nice place and Hamburgers are nice - would be an opportunity for a new experience (+) Better standards of living and stronger economy (-) Only been there 1 night and have no friends in Hamburg nor a feel for the city (-) Prices are higher than Berlin? I am not sure anymore because Berlin has got much more expensive   Looking forwards to hear your thoughts. Cheers!
  4. The last two weeks around Hermanplatz & Rathaus Neukölln I've seen a lot of fights and shenanigans on the ubahn and on the street .. anybody else experience the same? In addition to the madness I've seen around me recently, just the other day I was pushed to the ground by two jerks across the street from my house for no reason!  And as an arabic speaking women, I'm fully aware of what they've been saying - especially when you happen to look like a Swede, they have no filter - it's really terrifying and gross
  5. Hi. So I have been looking into getting a German passport, and have hit a wall with arranging an appointmente for the einbürgerung. The authorities refuse to engage with you unless you have an appointment, which you are supposed to arrange on the website. Except that all the slots are constantly marked as filled, I have been trying for weeks. Some people said I need to try at 7 ot 7:30 in the morning and be quick, but it doesn't make any difference. This is the page I am using   Has anyone been successful in arranging an appointment, and do you have any tips? Thanks in advance    
  6. Career / CV advice

    Hello,   I'm looking for a new job in Berlin. I have 5 years of experience in content marketing. I've been applying to jobs and I am not experienced for some and too experience for others is the feedback I've been getting. I'm looking to connect with somebody in the recruitment world to help me define my experience, pinpoint jobs I'd be good for, and help me sell myself. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks!
  7. Has anyone recently applied for einburgerung at Burgeramt Pankow ? How long did it take to get Termin there, and how long did the process take. Currently it shows appointments only until 21. November, (all booked). Can anybody share their experience?
  8. Halloween Party 2018

    Belushi's Halloween Party 31/10/2018   If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate Halloween 2018 in Berlin, join us for some freaky fun at Belushi’s Bar on Wednesday, October 31st!   The fridges will be stocked full of the Devil’s nectar and our kitchen will be open late, serving up bloody delicious burgers and snacks.   The theme is open, meaning you can dress up as whatever the hell you like for your chance to win a €50 bar tab on the night for best-dressed! There will be a photographer there to capture all of your darkest sides.   We’ll have ice-cold Jäger on tap and your favourite spirits, including 2 for 1 vodka, gin or rum + mixer, as well as 2 for 1 bottles of Carlsberg between 5pm and 9pm. Be sure to get in early to take full advantage of all the scary-good prices!   DJ K!NG KVNG will be keeping things devilish on the dance floor ‘til late, so start preppin’ to join us in your scariest garb and let’s get bat-shit crazy. We’re all going to hell, anyway!! For more information on this and other events, be sure to visit www.belushis.com/bars/berlin.
  9. Looking for a tennis coach

    Hi!   I'm looking for an English speaking tennis coach for private lessons in Berlin? I am a total beginner but would love to start playing!     Thanks
  10. I'm getting a new apartment sorted, which means adult things like signing up for bills. I know check24.de is good for comparing the market and choosing a supplier, but I have no idea what to put down for my estimated consumption to get things rolling? Does anyone have any tips on guessing a ballpark figure?   https://www.check24.de/strom-gas/ has a 1 person household as 2,000kwh per year (seems pretty high)   https://berlincheap.com/electricity/ mentions "only consuming 600 kwh per year" (which seems ambitious and quite low)   I'm moving into a 1 room flat/studio (about 32 square metres if I recall). Water is heated centrally. I'll have a washing machine and likely a TV/PS4 eventually... other than that I shouldn't have any massive consumption (I rarely work from home)... The guy who is moving out never had massive bills   Would it be appropriate to sign up for between 1,000 kwh and 1,500 kwh? Can I keep the electricity company updated with my own meter readings throughout the year or is the only option to overpay and hope to get a refund a year down the line (and ideally not underpay)?   Is it worth signing up for electricity and gas (for cooking) from the same provider in order to make a saving?   Sorry for so many questions   I'm also paying attention to the info here, about taking photos of the meter   https://www.toytowngermany.com/forum/topic/369184-electricity-bill-charges/
  11. Hi all,   I'm still new to the German bureaucratic game.    I have one simple question, but I don't want to bungle it so I'm asking you guys because I'm sure someone knows.    I need my marriage license translated and certified for the spousal visa appointment. My husband is German, I am American, and we got married in the States. (Husband is also American, duel citizenship).    The license is already apostilled.    I found Straker Translations, and they seem very professional. They can translate our marriage license very quickly. However, they say although they offer a certified translation, it sounds like more of a general European certified translation. They say it is ISO 17100 quality certified. Does Germany recognize this type of translation?   I'd prefer not to risk it, as we all know how much fun the process is to get a visa with the paperwork.    So, is it safe or should I try to get a more local translation?   Thanks for your help!    
  12. Hello, I’m a newbie here although I’ve read quite a lot of useful info on the forum before now.  Am hoping for some kind advice so I can avoid making any great boo-boos. When my mum died I used the sale of her home to buy a small flat in an uncool but comfortable part of Berlin.  Unfortunately the money didn’t stretch to getting all the jobs done that were needed in the place, e.g. kitchen, but it was a start.  The plan was and still is to live there part of the year and let it “auf Zeit” the rest, in order to offset some of the bills; I’m not after making a profit.  It’s been slow progress but I am now hoping to get the place finally ready for next year. Have any of you done something similar and if so what tips would you give me, please?  What potholes do I need to avoid?  Can you recommend any letting agencies?  I’d rather have the business side overseen by professionals who are on the spot, since I will be elsewhere.  I am only interested in medium-term lets, minimum 2 months and preferably 4-6. I’ve been trying to work out what expenses need to be covered, and have come up with Hausgeld, land tax, 2nd home tax, utilities/Internet/TV, insurance, agent’s fees and German income tax (maybe UK too); have I overlooked anything? Thanks for any advice! Sadie O
  13. So I'm slowly warming to the idea of buying property. The thing is, I don't want an apartment in Berlin - I have always wanted to live in the countryside. But I work in the city, and my partner wouldn't thrive if we were totally isolated and far from city life. I met someone once who lives in Lübars, and what he described sounded pretty idyllic (forest at the end of his backyard), and do-able in terms of allowing my partner and I to still have some connection to Berlin city life. My job is in Mitte, close to the S2, so for example, something in Buch would be mean a manageable commute. Any ideas on nice little villages where I should be looking? Also, how should I search? Just the usual Ebay-Kleinanzeigen / Immobilienscout24 / Immowelt? Whenever I look there, it's all pretty residential (e.g. neighbours right next door) - is there a search term I should be using in German, e.g. "rural" ? Sorry this isn't very specific - I'm at the really beginning stages of thinking about this. So if any of you have already made this kind of move, or know someone who has, any info would be much appreciated!
  14. English Speaking Secretary

    We are an international Intellectual Property law firm with offices in Munich, Berlin and Cologne. For our Berlin office, we are looking for a native English Speaker as     English Speaking Secretary in full-time 39 hours     with German language skills for assisting our patent attorneys and patent engineers in English correspondence with clients, foreign associates and foreign Intellectual Property offices. This includes audio typing, word processing, preparing forms, monitoring due dates, file management and email correspondence. Computer skills are a must, an ability to still work accurately if deadlines are pressing is of advantage.   Experience in Intellectual Property is not required. We offer an amicable working atmosphere with a 39 hour week, a 13th month salary and refund of commuting costs with public transportation. The position is open immediately.   If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please send your application and CV quoting the reference number ENSPE to   Grünecker Patent- und Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB z.H. Personalabteilung Leopoldstr. 4, 80802 München www.grunecker.de bewerbung@grunecker.de
  15. NFL AT BELUSHI'S BAR IN BERLIN

    NFL SUNDAYS ARE BACK!   Get ready for another huge season of America's National Football League (NFL) at Belushi's, Berlin! NFL Sundays return on September 9th and will be showing LIVE every week on our HD TVs and massive projector screen.   Our fridges will be stocked with US, International and local beers. Happy Hour runs every day from 5pm - 9pm and the kitchen will be serving up wings, burgers and bar snacks ‘til late.   The season will come to a spectacular end on February 3rd 2019 with the Super Bowl LIII streaming live at Belushi's from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta. It's one of the biggest nights of the year!   Selected games will not be available due to the time of night that they air, so send us a message closer to the date of your requested game for more info.   For more info on this and other events, please visit https://bit.ly/2OxI25I.   Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 39-41  
  16. DSL Speeds b/t competitors

    I'm signing up for DSL at my new flat.  Telekom claims that 50MB/s is available, however 1und1 claims 100MB/s is available.     I was under the impression that Telekom generally owns the cables Germany-wide, and that no one is going to be able to offer speeds faster than them.  (I'm in Berlin).   Is 1und1 offering the same speed and advertising higher so that I'll sign up with them?  Has anyone heard of that or was my premise incorrect? Whether or not that's the case, how would I even call them out on it if (after I sign up) the speeds are not up to par?    For the 100MB/s they both claim a minimum of 54MB/s btw.  And if anyone cares to explain what the "Rückfalloptionen" (fallback options) are, I would love to hear it.  Makes little sense to me.     ex from 1und1: https://var.uicdn.net/pdfs/1und1_Leistungsbeschreibung.pdf and from telekom https://www.telekom.de/is-bin/intershop.static/WFS/EKI-PK-Site/EKI-PK/de_DE/downloads/produktinformationsblatt/pib-pk-festnetz-magentazuhause-m.pdf
  17. Hello people   A year ago I was caught by police for buying weed(20 euros) in Berlin.I remember the police saying that I might have to come to court to testify against the person who sold me weed since he was caught as well. A month later I received a letter saying that the case against me is dropped. I had to get my criminal record for work purposes and it was clean and no mention of any case.    However now I received a letter asking me to appear in court as a witness. I'm kind of worried now and not sure what I am supposed to do.   Has anyone been in a similar situation? Will I need a lawyer?    Thank you.