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Alternative Christmas Markets in Berlin

Wednesday, 06. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

The sweet scent of spiced glühwein, the open fires and skating rinks, the quaint wooden stalls selling everything from art and crafts, to hot bratwurst and roast pork – for many, the traditional German Christmas Weihnachtsmarkt is a joy to behold, the festive highlight in an otherwise chilly Berlin December. While there’s no denying it’s a warming scene, it’s not always to everybody’s taste. When the kitsch vibes and traditional fare lose their sparkle, you need a little alternative action to fulfil those Christmas time thrills.

Being Weihnachtsmarkt veterans here at Crocodilian, we know the deal – take a tip or two from us, and check out some of Berlin’s most ‘kitsch-frei’ Christmas markets and another shade of the...

Shopping for a Unique Christmas Gift in Berlin

Wednesday, 06. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

A unique Christmas gift is meaningful – however, tracking down that unusual present can feel about as hopeful as avoiding the inevitable pudding-induced holiday weight gain. Thanks to the season’s over-commercialisation, purchasing truly thoughtful or distinctive wares seems near impossible. Major department stores trade in the same standard products, which are found in multiple locations around the city, often at elevated prices. Nevertheless, procuring that one-of-a-kind gift doesn’t have to be a futile exercise, if you know where to look.

Here at Crocodilian, we’re gift-buying veterans, and Berlin is the city of artisans – serving up the goods when it comes to vintage, unique or remarkable goods. From curious homewares to...

Buying Christmas Trees in Germany: What You Need to Know!

Wednesday, 06. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

Just like that, the year is almost over, and the 2017 Christmas season is in full swing! There’s nothing quite like the smell of pine needles permeating the living room to cue forthcoming festivity, and with 29,5 million Christmas trees sold in Germany last year, there’s little doubt that the humble Christmas tree remains the most festive and popular December household addition. When buying Christmas trees in Germany, there are a few things you’re going to want to know – check out our definitive guide below…

Where exactly did the idea of erecting a tree in one’s living room come from? Thousands of years before the advent of Christianity the Pagans employed branches from Fir trees to brighten the home during solstice. Even the...

Celebrating 100 Years of UFA

Wednesday, 06. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

Located in historic Potsdam, just a short 30 min train ride from Berlin, you’ll find one of the oldest and most iconic production powerhouses in the world. The Universum Film AG (UFA) was founded on December 18, 1917 – exactly 100 years ago – and its history is as illustrious (and notorious) as the region it calls home.

Producing films since 1912, the Babelsberg Film Studio remains Europe’s oldest and largest studio, covering a floor plan of approximately 25,000 square metres. Despite the ebb and flow of its success and failure over the years, the UFA has proven itself a stubborn brand – an enduring asset to Germany, producing contemporary and historic content for a range of audio-visual platforms.

Established just a year...

7 New Year’s Resolutions for Life in Berlin

Wednesday, 06. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

There’s no doubt about it, when it comes to making New Year’s resolutions we typically overextend ourselves by setting unreachable goals. ‘Spend less, save more’, ‘get fit’, ‘live life to the fullest’, the list of New Year’s resolutions maintains its predictability year after year. So why not set in motion some manageable objectives to jumpstart January with enthusiasm? Below we’ve gathered 7 New Year’s resolutions for life in Berlin – realistic targets that anyone can accomplish, and goals that are not only achievable, but will improve your life in the city.

You’ve been so busy reveling in the city’s nightlife, enjoying your furnished flat, making new friends and working that a year (or more) has passed and...

6 Tips to Survive New Year’s Eve in Berlin

Wednesday, 06. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

When it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations, none really compare to the sheer chaos and craziness of Berlin. Long before the clock strikes 12am, Berliners will have been ringing in ‘Silvester’ with an inordinate number of explosives, lighting up the streets and sky – terrifying tourists and those unprepared for the ecstatic celebrations.

Fireworks are taken seriously in German cities. Ordinarily illegal, the city lifts its ban for one week after Christmas to allow citizens the chance to purchase their weight in dynamite.

But where did this tradition begin? Harking back to the pagan celebration Rauhnächte, Germanic tribes observed twelve nights of festivity. Known as ‘hairy nights’ due to the woolly figures of winter...

Berlin’s Best Museums: 8 Must-See Spots

Wednesday, 06. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

Berlin boasts a mind-boggling 175 world-class museums. As one of Europe’s cultural capitals, the city offers everything from the historical wonders of the Pergamon Museum, to the acclaimed Daniel Liebskind-designed Jewish Museum. Steeped in history, each location is a treasure trove of monumental architecture juxtaposed alongside contemporary adaptations. Whether you’re a recent arrival, or have been in the city for some time, Berlin’s best museums should be high on your must-see list.

So which spots should you check out? We’ve gathered our 8 favourites. Take a peek below and check out Berlin’s best museums.

Inside the Neues Museum you’ll encounter one of the Ancient Egypt’s most famous treasures: the bust of Egyptian...

Best Way to Learn German in Berlin: 7 Expert Tips + Help with Choosing German Language School

Wednesday, 06. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

If you’re not new to the city, chances are, that you’ve already attempted to learn German but have most likely given up, or are taking a ‘break’. It might not be that you’re lazy, but it’s just so easy to survive in Berlin without speaking a word of German. The other reason might be frustration – German is a very difficult language, and it may feel like it would take a lifetime to learn!

Don’t give up, help is on the way! It is possible to improve your German, even if you don’t have time to spend the next few years at a language school.

In this article, we’ve gathered 7 great tips on how to learn German in Berlin and advice on how to go about choosing the right language school. If you’re an expat living in Berlin, and...

How to Find a Job in Berlin - Our Insider Tips from the Professionals

Tuesday, 05. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

Have you recently moved to Berlin and are wondering what is the best way to find a job in this busy and exciting metropolitan? You came to the right place! Despite what you may have heard, Berlin has a good job market, with lots of companies searching for international candidates to help their businesses flourish.

Here at Crocodilian, Berlin’s leading furnished apartment rental agency, we receive many job applications every month. In order to help you in your search for a new job, we decided to give you a few tips on how you can improve.

If you are coming from abroad it’s likely that you need to adjust your strategy; and essentially get into the mind of a German employer, so you can give them what they are really after. We will...

Public Transport in Berlin

Tuesday, 05. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

If people know anything about Germany, they often mention how amazing the transport system is and it’s no different in sprawling and bustling Berlin!
Public transportation here is relatively cheap and essentially any address in central Berlin isn’t too far from a bus, tram, U-Bahn or S-Bahn station. There really is no need for a car while you’re living in the city.
Despite how accessible and vast the transport system is in Berlin, it can often be hard to navigate and understand. You might already be wondering, what is the difference between the M Tram and the S-bahn or, what kind of monthly passes can I get?
If you’re a new Berliner and plan on sticking around for a while, our easy-to-follow Berlin Transportation Guide...

The Best Playgrounds in Berlin

Tuesday, 05. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

Do you feel like your children are getting bored of the same old ‘neighbourhood spielplatz’? It may be time to freshen up your weekend and afternoon play time with some new and exciting spots. Lucky for you, Berliner’s value playtime and creativity and the city boasts over 1850 play areas. Most of them offer a unique alternative to your typical sandbox and swing set.

Berlin’s unconventional playgrounds are sure to spice up your kids’ play time, and will bring lots of smiles and minimal boredom. This guide has you covered on the best and most unique playgrounds in various neighbourhoods all over the city!

We have sorted the best and most unique playgrounds in Berlin out by neighbourhood:

‘Pregnant hill’ as it’s...

How to Open a German Bank Account

Tuesday, 05. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

Opening a bank account in Berlin is one of the first things everyone needs to do upon moving. Without a German bank account, you won’t be able to rent certain apartments, get a cell phone or Internet contract. In addition, your employer won’t be able to send you your salary. In other words opening a German bank account is very important! For people new to Berlin and Germany in general this may be a daunting task. However, don’t despair. We have provided a variety of options for you to look, in order to find out what the best option is for you.

The process for opening a bank account will vary bank to bank, but in general, you will need the following to open up a bank account in Germany:

  • Passport or ID Card
  • Registration...

Best International Schools Berlin: How to Apply

Tuesday, 05. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

In this article, you will find everything you need to know about the different private and public international schools located in Berlin. The private schools have varying tuition prices, whereas public schools do not have fees.

Most of the schools run for full days. Many of the schools also offer a variety of different after school extra-curriculars including sports, languages, and music programmes.

Below you can find important information on what each school offers as well as how and when to apply to each one.

John F. Kennedy School – Zehlendorf

Address: Teltower Damm 87-93, 14167 Berlin, Zehlendorf
Questions E-mail: welcome@jfksberlin.org
Admissions E-mail: admissions@jfksberlin.org
Website
Fees: No
School Year...

Best Indoor Playgrounds in Berlin

Tuesday, 05. February 2019 | Living in Berlin

We know what it’s like to be trapped indoors by Berlin’s often rainy, grey weather. When going outside with your kids isn’t an option, restlessness can ensue.
Have no fear – we’ve got you covered with some amazing indoor playgrounds and activities so you don’t have to feel guilty about popping on another movie or having to endure ‘just one more’ episode of Paw Patrol.

Below are some of Berlin’s best indoor playgrounds and activities to enjoy when the weather is less than ideal.

Perfect fun for you and your tots alike, these kid friendly cafes allow you to enjoy some coffee and cake or brunch, while your little ones can play and make new friends. They often have slides, games, indoor sandboxes, ball pits and toys...