Berlin Office

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Welcome To Berlin!

Welcome to the Berlin office! We're glad to have you here!

Come and join us for some German beer, some Currywurst, and our fun new space...

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Office Logistics

To access the building use the driveway to the courtyard of Schlesische Strasse 27 and go straight until the end of the area. Then enter Haus 3 entrance C on the lefthand side. You can use either stairs or the elevator to go to the 4th Floor.

Accessibility

The building entrance door opens automatically. However, the next door needs to be opened manually. Once you pass them, there are two elevators on the righthand side. Press the button and choose 4th floor (it is where our welcome/reception area is located). There is a grey door on the right when you exit the elevator on the 4th floor; they remain open. The glass door at the end of the short corridor can be opened with a badge. There are two floors in the office connected by an internal stairwell. If you want to use the kitchen or event space on the 3rd floor, please take the same elevator you used to get to the 4th / reception floor. There are 2 accessible toilets, one on each floor. -3rd floor- On the lefthand side as you enter the event & community space. -4th floor- On the lefthand side as you enter the reception area.

Rooms

  • Entrance area with comfy lounge space
  • A common space that can be extended to fit 80 people
  • Conferencing rooms equipped for video conferencing
  • A community space with an adjacent maker space
  • Kitchen with a great view, serving refrigerated drinks, espresso machine, dishwasher, snack bar

Getting Here

Traveling to Berlin

Berlin has two functional airports: Tegel (TXL) and Schönefeld (SXF):

  • Tegel is closer to the city center and has service from transatlantic flights (Brussels Airlines, United, Air Canada Rouge) as well as many normal-cost air carriers. Some flights departing from terminal A allow you to get very quickly from the gate to the waiting lounge because each jetbridge has its own gate, security, and lounge. All other terminals in Tegel take a little longer.
  • Schönefeld is a little further from the city's center, but also has a very easy connection to the office. Schönefeld is primarily served by low-cost air carriers (Ryanair, Easyjet).

Berlin is also well connected by train. The closest major station for long distance and international trains is the Ostbahnhof. If the train does not stop at Ostbahnhof, then the Hauptbahnhof is the next best choice.

Public transportation

Berlin public transport logos
Indicating the next local train ("S-Bahn"), subway ("U-Bahn"), or bus station.
The subway ("U-Bahn") station closest to the office is Schlesisches Tor, served by subway line U1 (which actually drives above the earth in this section of the line). Another great choice is S-Bahn station Warschauer Straße, from which it is a 10 to 15-minute walk to the office, or Treptower Park, from which you can take a 10-minute walk or bus 165/265 to Taborstraße right in front of the office. You can find information on the metro service and maps here: http://www.bvg.de/en/Travel-information
  • The transit authority in Berlin is VBB. Most inner city services are operated by BVG and S-Bahn-Berlin.
  • There are three fare zones in Berlin: A, B, and C. A is the inner city, bounded by the Ringbahn (S41/S42). B is between the Ringbahn and the Brandenburg border. C is Brandenburg.
  • Tickets are sold as AB, BC or ABC. An AB or BC can be extended to the third zone with the purchase of an "Anschlussfahrausweis". This also applies to single rides in concert with a flat rate (daily/weekly/monthly) ticket.
  • You will almost exclusively use AB tickets. The main exception is a trip to Schönefeld Airport (SXF), which requires zone C
  • A ticket from BVG can be used on an S-Bahn-Berlin and vice versa
  • A ticket from BVG/S-Bahn-Berlin can be used on regional trains within the ticketed zone. These are trains which have a number like "RE1" or "RB1". They are primarily operated by DB Regio (mainly red), ODEG (grey with yellow lettering) and NEB (blue and white).
  • A ticket from BVG/S-Bahn-Berlin cannot be used on long-distance trains, even within the ticketed zone. Google maps sometimes suggest these routes in their transit directions. These are trains with routes like "IC 500", "EC 40" or "ICE 100". In Berlin, these are often grey with a thin horizontal red stripe (DB), light blue (PKP), dark blue (ČD) or light blue with a white stripe (MÁV)
  • A single ride ticket is valid for two hours, but only for one direction.
  • Berlin time-based transit tickets are valid until 3:00 AM the following day
  • Subway and S-Bahn train map (region ABC) (PDF)
  • Subway and S-Bahn train map (city/region AB) (PDF)
  • Tram map (PDF)
  • Interactive map
  • Day tickets are cheaper when taking three rides or more. Also: buying tickets in sets of 4 gives you a decent deal.
  • Day tickets for groups up to five people are dirt-cheap.
  • Multi-day tickets (regular ones or the "City/Welcome" variety which allow rebates in certain museums and restaurants) are not really a good deal.
  • Every ticket machine also sells special tickets, but they're hidden in sub-menus. Keep digging! Most support changing to English on the main screen.
  • Remember to always validate your ticket before boarding a subway, S-Bahn or regional train. Ticket validation machines are located near the ticket machine itself and on the platforms.
  • Most ticket machines accept coins. Ticket machines might additionally accept a combination of credit card, banknotes <= 10€, any banknote and EC card (German debit cards).
  • If the ticket machine doesn't like your coin, rub the edge against the machine and try again

Smartphone Apps

Google maps give pretty good transit directions in Berlin and are available for Ios and Android. Transit app, Here maps, and Citymapper also work well

The single best public transportation app for Android is Öffi. It covers all of Germany and is available for free through Google Play.

  • Open "Öffi Directions", choose My current location as starting point and Schlesisches Tor (U-Bahn stop close to the office) or Taborstraße (bus stop directly in front of the office) as your destination, and you should be good to go.

There's also the BVG Fahrinfo app, which is BVG's official transit app. This app gives really good transit directions as well as schedules. You can also buy tickets directly from the app.

From Tegel Airport TXL

  • The recommended route from TXL to the office is via the S-Bahn ring. From the airport, take bus TXL to S Beusselstraße (2 stops). From there, take S41 (via Gesundbrunnen, Ostkreuz) to Treptower Park. From there the office is only 10 min walk away: go right on Puschkinallee and keep straight (it's a beautiful walk!). You can also take bus 165 (direction U Märkisches Museum) or 265 (direction U Stadtmitte ) to Taborstraße. This will leave you right in front of our office building.

From Schönefeld Airport SXF

  • NOTE: you will require a ticket in fare zone ABC
  • The recommended route from SXF is via S-Bahn route S9. From the airport, take the S9 to Treptower Park. From there the office is only 10 min walk away: go right on Puschkinallee and keep straight. You can also take bus 165 (direction U Märkisches Museum) or 265 (direction U Stadtmitte ) to Taborstraße. This will leave you right in front of our office building.

From Berlin Hauptbahnhof, Ostbahnhof or Alexanderplatz train station

  • The recommended route is the S5, S7 or S75. All of these stations are on all of these routes. From the station, take the route to Warschauer Strasse station. From Warschauer Strasse station, either walk or take the U1 one stop to Schlesisches Tor U-Bahn.

My Taxi

If you know you need to take a lot of taxis while you are in town, we suggest downloading the MyTaxi app. You can filter taxis by who takes card, how many people you need to pick up etc.

  • Most taxi rides within central Berlin are around 10 EUR, hardly more than 15 EUR.

Visiting Berlin

Hotels

Michelberger Hotel

http://michelbergerhotel.com/ 15min walk from the office. Great location, great hotel. Free yoga class on Thursdays, make their own coconut water. Delicious food (local and made from scrap) and drinks. Rooms range from "Cozy" (very tiny but beautiful and has everything you need) to a larger scale. More hipster vibe. Very different from your usual hotel. It's an experience in itself.

Hotel Johann

https://www.hotel-johann-berlin.de/ in Johanniterstrasse (U1 Prinzenstr). This is definitely outside of walking distance, but if you take the U1 towards Schlesisches Tor, you are close.

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

http://vj-hotels.com/ in Skalitzer Str (U1 Görlitzer Bhf). Similar as Hotel Johann, just 2 stops closer

Tipping & Money

  • Local Currency: Euro
  • It is customary in Germany to tip a little by rounding up and around 10% at restaurants for good service. Tipping in bars is not something many Europeans do.
  • Not many places accept Credit/Debit Card. Many smaller restaurants and shops do not accept credit cards like in the US and other larger European cities. Please be prepared to pay in cash. It's a good practice in Berlin to ask in advance of making a restaurant reservation if they accept credit cards.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums

  • Computerspielemuseum – computer games museum (see Wikipedia) in Friedrichshain
  • DDR-Museum – an interactive museum about the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in Mitte
  • Museum Insel [1] - 'Museum Island' is a unique complex of 5 significant national museums on the Spree Island. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Sight Seeing

  • Fernsehturm am Alexanderplatz – best view of the city, but long waiting lines
  • Oranienstr. in Kreuzberg – lots of cafes, bars, and restaurants
  • Take one ride around the S-Bahn-Ring. Train lines 41 or 42. A public transport ticket (region AB) is only 2.70 EUR. The full circle takes about an hour and will show you many facets of the city and you'll see people from all walks of life.
  • Teufelsberg – the old NSA listening post
  • Berliner Unterwelten – awesome guided tours through old bunkers and other abandoned, mostly underground places.

Websites for short stays!

Restaurants

Freischwimmer[2]
Vor dem Schlesischen Tor 2, 10997 Berlin Waterside dining space with wooden decking over the water, comfy rooms, serving an eclectic menu.

Burgermeister
Oberbaumstraße 8, 10997 Berlin Delicious and fast burgers right at the U1 Schlesisches Tor.

Curry 36[3]
Mehringdamm 36, 10961 Berlin Kreuzberg Typically Berlin fast food place serving pork sausage with curry ketchup.

Schwarzwaldstuben [4]
Tucholskystraße 48, 10117 Berlin-Mitte</i>
Simple and tasty South German cuisine. Located in Mitte, close to Rosenthaler Platz and Hackescher Markt.

Zur Gerichtslaube [5]
Poststraße 28 · 10178 Berlin Mitte / Nikolaiviertel If you would like to see traditional German restaurant and try creamy potato soup, 'Berliner style' grilled sausage or oven-fresh apple-strudel, this place is for you!

Bars

Hopfenreich[hopfenreich.de
Sorauer Str. 31, 10997 Berlin If you’re looking for a Bar with Craft Beers from Berlin, Germany and all over the world you should check this one out.

John Muir[6]
Skalitzer Str. 51, 10997 Berlin Good Cocktails and live music in the heart of Kreuzberg.

Forum Wine Bar
Fehrbelliner Straße 57, 10119 Berlin, Germany
The Forum wine bar is super cool. You pay 2EUR when you enter and you drink as much wine as you want and eat from their small salad bar. In the end, you pay what you feel it was worth. Done!

Eschschloraque
Rosenthaler Straße 39, 10178 Berlin
Where all the hackers hang out. Smoker's bar. Pro-tipp: order a "Tschunk" (Caipirinha with Club-Mate). It's close to S-Bahn stop Hackescher Markt in walking distance from Alexanderplatz, and easy to miss with the entrance hidden deep inside the backyard.

Brauhaus Lemke
Dircksenstraße 143, 10178 Berlin
Very, very German and not nearly as bad as it sounds. They serve decent foods and very tasty beer from their own brewery. Pro-tipp: order a "Bierprobe", which is a small sample of all their beers. Located right next to S-Bahn stop Hackescher Markt and in walking distance from Alexanderplatz.

Vagabund Brauerei
Antwerpenerstr. 3, 13353 Berlin
Bar with built-in micro brewery located in district Wedding. Watch your beer in the making.

Hacker / Maker Spaces

Mozilla Makerspace
Mozilla Office Berlin
Mozilla's Berlin office is home to Mozilla's first dedicated maker space. Swing by if you want to learn, share or just make something.


XHain
Grünberger Str. 14, 10243 Berlin
One of the youngest maker spaces of Berlin located near S-Bahn stop Warschauer Straße. It's just a 15-minute walk from the office. The space is very active and we hear that people there are unusually friendly and welcoming.


c-base
Rungestraße 20, 10179 Berlin
The largest hackerspace of the city located directly on the river Spree near Subway/S-Bahn station Jannowitzbrücke. It's not easy to find because it's located in the second backyard from the street. Open every day, it has regular and irregular events on most of the evenings and parties on the weekends. The included bar also sells the legendary "Tschunk".


Raumfahrtagentur
Gerichtstr. 15, 13347 Berlin
Need to quickly machine your metal parts, 3D-print a case for your electronics project, or sew your pants? Or reverse-engineer your DNA in a biolab, smell the vegetables or just hang out in the hot tub of a massively green backyard garden? The "Space Agency" is one of the most well-equipped fablabs you'll find in this country, and always worth a little visit.


Berlin Office Location

Address:
Mozilla Berlin
Gebäude 3, 4. Obergeschoss
Schlesische Straße 27
10997 Berlin
Germany

Additional Information

  • Finding the office (location on OpenStreetMap): Use driveway Schlesische Str. 27 (see photo). Walk along the cobblestone path all the way to the end. We are in the white building, and the entrance is on the left side right before the path ends (see photo). Enter through the door marked "Treppenhaus C" (see photo), and go up to the 4th floor. The door to the office is marked by a Mozilla Berlin sticker (see photo).
  • Bikes: Our office is also bike friendly! To access the bike shed, enter through the 'third' floor, if you don't want to use one of the many racks outside of our building. We also have a bike for guests!
  • This is not a support hotline. For fast and easy support go to Mozilla Support
  • Main Office: +49 30 56795983
  • Reception Desk: +49 30 56795986
  • Fax: +49 30 56795987

Emergency Information

  • Emergency Services: 110 (police), 112 (ambulance, fire), mobile networks also support 911