- 1 Welcome To Berlin!
- 2 Office Logistics
- 3 Getting Here
- 4 Visiting Berlin
- 5 Berlin Office Location
- 6 Emergency Information
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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- 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, dish washer, snack bar
There are several hot desks available, please inform WPR before your travel if possible.
Foosball & Ping Pong Table
There's also a Ping Pong Table!
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.
- 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 horizonal 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
Google maps gives pretty good transit directions in Berlin and is 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.
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.
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.
- Upstalsboom Hotel Friedrichshain
Older hotel with good breakfasts and helpful staff. Just a couple km from the office. There is a yoga studio across from the hotel.
- 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 larger scale. More hipster vibe. Very different from your usual hotel. It's an experience in itself.
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
- Computerspielemuseum – computer games museum (see Wikipedia) in Friedrichshain
- DDR-Museum – interactive museum about the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in Mitte
- 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!
White Trash Fast Food
Temporarily closed right now. Am Flutgraben 2, 12435 Berlin, Germany
Some of the best burgers in town
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 7, 10178 Berlin
Great Burritos and Wraps close to Alexanderplatz. Also: home-made strawberry lemonade.
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. At the end, you pay what you feel it was worth. Done!
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.
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.
Antwerpenerstr. 3, 13353 Berlin
Bar with built-in micro brewery located in district Wedding. Watch your beer in the making.
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".
Gerichtstr. 66, 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
Gebäude 3, 4. Obergeschoss
Schlesische Straße 27
- 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 yon don't want to use one of the many racks outside of our building. We also have a bike for guests!
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