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New in Berlin? Tips for New Berliners


Moving, Registration & Housing


Registration Offices

What is an Anmeldung? At which office can I register my residence address? What deadlines apply? Do I need an appointment at the Bürgeramt - and how can I book one? The most important information about the Berlin registration offices and authorities.  more

Altbauten in Kreuzberg

Districts of Berlin

There are many beautiful districts in Berlin. Some are quiet, some are lively, some are very green and some are particularly diverse. If you are still looking for the right place within the capital for you, this district guide provides an overview of all Berlin districts and their neighborhoods.  more

Eine Frau hält eine Geldbörse mit Banknoten in der Hand

Housing Benefit Calculator

Citizens with low incomes can receive a subsidy for their housing costs from the state: the housing benefit. The housing benefit calculator of the Senate Department for Urban Development can help you find out whether you are entitled to housing benefit.  more

Traffic & Public Transportation

Streik bei der Bahn beendet - Berlin

Public Transportation

Information about S-Bahn, U-Bahn, buses, and trams in Berlin: Tickets, fares, regulations, networks, schedules and  more


Car, Scooter and Bike Sharing

Electric scooters, bicycle and car sharing: Berlin has a number of modern transport options that will let you navigate the city with ease.  more

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt (BER)

BER Airport

Information on the Berlin and Brandenburg airport Berlin Brandenburg BER Willy Brandt. With city map, transport connections and links.  more

Children & Families

Kinder bei ihrer Einschulung

Primary School Registration

All children in Berlin have to attend primary school. Registration takes place at the elementary school responsible for the individual child. Information on finding a school, deadlines, early enrollment and deferment can be found on the pages of the Senate Department for Education.  more

Bällebad in einer Kita


Daycare in Berlin is free of charge for all children. Looking for a daycare center? In order to be able to claim a daycare place for their child, parents must apply for a daycare voucher at the Youth Welfare Office. The voucher can be redeemed throughout Berlin.  more

Kinder malen mit Kreide (1)

Child Benefit

Families can apply for child benefits at the family offices of the employment agencies. Information on the amount, application and child supplement is provided by the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family.  more

Kinder auf dem Spielplatz

Parental Allowance and Parental Leave

Parental allowance and parental leave allow mothers and fathers in Berlin to better organise and split the care of their newborn child. The legal right to part-time work gives fathers in particular the opportunity to participate equally in raising children.  more

Sports & Leisure

Schwimmbad (Symbolbild)

Public Swimming Pools

For swimmers, sun seekers, athletes, families and all those looking to cool off on a hot day: Berlin's indoor and outdoor pools with information on facilities, prices and opening hours.  more

41. Berlin Marathon

Running Calendar

You race directory for Berlin's biggest running events: marathons, half marathons, road races, 5Ks and more races for ambitious recreational athletes.  more

IDM der 15er Jollenkreuzer

Ice Skating Rinks

Ice skating is the perfect way to spend a cold winter's day in Berlin. Grab your skates and head to one of the capital's ice rinks.  more

ISTAF 2012

Sports Events

Dates, information and advance sale of tickets for the biggest sports events in Berlin.  more

Culture & Entertainment


Events & Festivals

Highlights of the Berlin culture program including tips for the best concerts, exhibitions, trade fairs, seasonal events and specials.  more

Tag der Einheit: Volksfest am Brandenburger Tor


Carnivals, funfairs, street festivals and neighborhood fairs: The most important Berlin folk festivals of the year.  more

Delphi Lux

Film Festivals

From the internationally renowned Berlinale to smaller festivals revolving around a particular genre or country, Berlin's film festivals offer many highlights for cineastes and movie lovers.  more

Explore Berlin

Neukoelln, Rixdorf

Parks and Gardens

An overview of Berlin's most popular parks and gardens with address, photos, public transport details and  more

Keime im Badesee


Berlin has many beautiful swimming lakes where visitors and locals like to cool off on hot summer days. Discover Berlin's most popular lakes and lidos.  more


Flohmarkt der Komödie am Kurfürstendamm

Flea Markets

Berlin's most popular flea markets and antique markets with adresses, opening hours, public transport and map.  more

Mall of Berlin

Shopping Malls

Discover Berlin's top shopping centers, malls, retail centers and department stores: Address, opening hours, location, and public transport information.  more

Supermarkt Einkaufswagen

Sunday Shopping

Flea markets, designated shopping Sundays and addresses and opening hours of supermarkets open on Sundays.  more