IRC has launched a new and improved website, we invite you to come and read some more in-depth information about our work and our wonderful team!
Face masks become mandatory from the 27.04 on public transport in Berlin and they are highly recommended for use while shopping. Most of Germanys 16 States have implemented similar requirements. Although masks do not replace social distancing and hygiene, they can help to stop the spread of droplets and are therefore recommended. We want to help you to find a mask for you!
Here are some options for procuring masks for personal use.
Von Jungfeld – Cotton masks plain/statement pieces, you can also buy one donate one. *non-medical
Oderso – Polypropylen, 5 or 10 pack of masks for a fair price of 12€ or 22€ *non-medical
Sew a mask yourself:
nebenan.de instructions *non-medical
youtube tutorial sewing *non-medical
youtube upcycle an old t-shirt, no sew *non-medical
While we are all staying home and doing our part to flatten the curve there is a great way to still support local food businesses with shopping and or having a lovely meal delivered. We can’t list everyone, but these are our pick of the week!
Humble Pie & Fräulein Kimchi are delivering meals straight to your door – check out their offer on Facebook or sign up for their newsletter to get the weekly update.
Chicago Williams BBQ – pick-up from 12pm to 9pm daily – see Facebook page for menu and details.
Fine Bagels – Books & Bagels, offering reading material and snacks. Pick-up or delivery from 12€, see their website for more details.
Salami Social Club – making fine Pizza, pick-up through the window at the store or delivery through Lieferando. Check out their website for more details.
Barcomis – Cake, coffee, baked goods. Pick-up and delivery possible, also an awesome possibility to support the fabulous staff in hospitals by ordering a ‚Krankenhaus Kraft Paket‚ for 25€ which will be delivered to the hospitals. See the website.
Wirtshaus an der Rehwiese – Warm meals delivered daily from 12pm to 9pm in Nikolassee/Wannsee. See their website for more details.
Sabina Heyn is an Account Manager and Relocation Consultant at IRC. She has been with IRC since 2017 and working with Assignees to start life in their new hometown of Berlin.
In her own words – I am a native German, has been living in Berlin since 1978. Throughout the course of my career as a flight attendant, she has had the chance to travel all over the world. She spent an extensive amount of time in the U.S.A. as well as Indonesia. It is through my travels and my work experience in an international environment that I have developed my intercultural sensitivity. My intercultural competence has been deepened further by specific intercultural training.
Favourite Place in Berlin – Wannsee and all other green neighbourhoods.
A great place to eat in Berlin – Aux delices Normands (great french cakes, tarts, coffee and bread), usually very nice locations, several branches in Berlin.
A hidden gem in Berlin – Mutter Fourage, a beautiful cafe and organic shop located in the lake district of Wannsee.
Best day trip from Berlin – Spreewald, a really unique area with forests and canals around 2 hours outside of Berlin (South East).
Radha Barna Roa is the Chief Technology Officer at IRC. He has been with IRC since the end of 2017 as a freelancer for technical support and at the beginning of 2020, he started the position as CTO. As CTO it is very important to introduce well developed and scalable tools to make the work more effective and easy to use in the mobile world.
Radha speaks German, Spanish and English. He has lived in Germany and Columbia. He enjoys working at IRC to learn to use established tools and adapt them to the conditions of the highly dynamic relocation business. He also supports the IRC team in all things technical/digital related.
Radha on LinkedIn
Favourite Place in Berlin – Schloßpark Charlottenburg
A great place to eat in Berlin – Panzerotto – Italian easy food
A hidden gem in Berlin – Rieselfelder Karolinenhöhe, in the 19th century the Gatower Karolinenhöhe, between Potsdamer Chaussee and Gatower Straße, became one of the 20 Rieselfelder in Berlin. Based on the idea of James Hobrecht and Rudolf von Virchow to build a closed water system in Berlin, these fields were used for the biological treatment of wastewater.
You can stroll, ride or cycle through the fields on numerous paths and trails in this protected area. The untouched nature makes you forget that you are still in the capital city of Germany. In the summer you can find a shady spot under trees and picnics overlooking the fields. If you want to experience a bit of culture and history afterwards, it is worth visiting the Military History Museum, Fort Hahneberg or continuing on the Wall Trail.
Best Daytrip from Berlin – Königswald mit Havelseen und Seeburger Agrarlandschaft.
In June 2019 the Mietendeckel (Rent Control) Law came into force. We would like to provide you with a basic overview of the current situation and some links to further articles by local providers.
From when does it apply – The law will then be applied retroactively from June 18th, 2019, which means that any recent rental increases may be deemed as not valid.
Which apartments does it apply to – Apartments built before 2014. This does not apply to newly-built apartments that were ready to be occupied as of January 1, 2014 or social housing. Also not affected are living spaces which were previously uninhabitable or uninhabited – newly built attics, for example.
How should this be handled by tenants? – Tenants are being asked to comply with the law, check rent from June 2019 and then lower your payment – if there is an issue with the landlord, contact authorities. Estimated, one in six Berliner is eligible. It is, however, advisable to SAVE the extra rent money just in case this law is found to be illegal in the coming months and so that you stay on the safe side.
The major impact will be on new contracts, 9 out of 10 advertised flats will be offered at lower prices. Fines for landlords who do not comply can be up to half a million euros.
For more articles on the subject see:
About the author
Hi there! I’m Juli, German roots but I grew up in New Zealand and have been living in Germany since 2004. I love sharing my passion for Berlin and all it has to offer with new ‚Berliners‘ and through my work as a freelance Relocation Consultant with IRC I have the opportunity to do so.
Temporary Precautionary Measures in effect as of Monday. March 16 th 2020
Dear clients, partners, “New Berliner”, staff and those supporting IRC Berlin.
Several weeks ago, everything still felt in order. In the meantime, the WHO has officially declared Coronavirus a global pandemic and the German government has taken stringent measures, also the City State of Berlin. This is what generally happens in cases that involve exponential growth. Coronavirus is one of those cases as all numbers being collected around the world show.
What is important to understand, we need to adjust our daily habits and routines because they directly relate to the speed of the infection spreading — and we need to do so now. We, as a company, are also the ones who are responsible to keep infection numbers down. The health of our client’s employees, our partners and the IRC Consultant’s team and staff is our top priority. With our decision to close our office we are following the recommendation of the Berlin public health officers to avoid people-to-people contacts.
That’s why we as a company are taking these cautionary measures: 1. No more travel. 2. No Conferences/Events;/Team Meetings: Neither host nor participate. We only hold video meetings/trainings / conferences. 3. Only work from home / Only remote consultation 4. Stay away from any public spaces as much as possible. The Berlin authorities are dealing with the situation and have a partial closure. 5. Avoid public transportation 6. Avoid shaking hands
In general, we are very well prepared for the full remote work scenario, as we have had a chance to learn how to work partly remote during the last years. We are facing a situation that we as a company and as a team have never faced before. But we will do everything that is in our hands to navigate the upcoming. Please support us in doing so during the next weeks. If we all change our behaviour and act responsibly we can have a positive impact on the crisis itself. And additionally, if we all together, as a team do our best to navigate this crisis, we are extremely confident that we can come out of this crisis stronger than before.
We are experiencing a more supportive and genuine “WE” feeling in our community and amongst our competitors. This alone has been the most heart-warming experience in this very trying time. We hope you understand our preventive safety measures and we look forward to a brighter and healthier future. Thank you.
In this spirit, act now but stay calm and healthy!
Niklas & Ariane Almerood with the whole IRC Team
What’s almost as famous as beer and bretzeln? The Autobahn! And although Germany has incredibly good public transport you may want to purchase a car and or make use of car-sharing services. In order t do this, you will have to ensure that you have the correct drivers license for driving in Germany.
If you are considering staying longer than 6 months and will ever want to drive, it is important to deal with the drivers license issue as soon as possible, especially since for some license holders time can be of the essence, because when certain deadlines run out you may be required to re-do your license altogether and this is an expensive and lengthy process in Germany.
Non-EU citizens who will be living in Germany longer than a year will need to obtain a ‚Führerschein‚ – German license. It is often as simple as exchanging the existing license for a German one. In some cases, it will be required for people to take an exam, a driving test, or perhaps both.
Licences from the following countries can be exchanged Canada or the U.S. states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Licences from Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee or Washington D.C. – licence holders will need to take the written test, but not the driving test.
For people planning to reside in Germany for longer than six months but less than one year, you can obtain a six-month extension to use your existing license. Licenses which were issued by a country which is not in the EU or the EEA, are usable for six months from your date of arrival.
Full LIST here for all countries and USA States.
(Source: https://www.adac.de/verkehr/rund-um-den-fuehrerschein/auslaendische-fuehrerscheine/ & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driving_licence_in_Germany & https://res.cloudinary.com/adacde/image/upload/v1572337531/ADAC-eV/KOR/Text/PDF/staatenliste-nicht-eu-land-umtausch-fuehrerschein_v2ag0f.pdf )
Luisa Haack is an Account Manager and Relocation Consultant at IRC. She has been with IRC since 2017 looking after assignees as they start their new life in Berlin. Luisa is very empathetic, this helps her to understand her client’s wishes and their needs and she aims to go above and beyond to meet these requirements.
Luisa is born and bred in Berlin, she loves to share her hometown with ’new Berliners‘ and show them just what she loves about the city. Luisa speaks German and English.
In her own words:
Favourite place in Berlin – My favourite neighbourhood is around Kurfürstendamm (City West). Apart from the great shops on the main street, you can always find small but awesome cafés on the side streets where you can relax with a cup of coffee and croissant or healthy lunch.
A hidden Gem in Berlin – I’ve discovered a beautiful courtyard bakery in City West – Aera – in Fasanenstraße. You must try the Miso-Sesame Pastry, but don’t tell anyone! 😉
Best day trip from Berlin – I can really recommend discovering the beautiful lakes around Berlin in summer.
About the author
Hi there! My name is Juli Buchanan. I have German roots but I grew up in New Zealand and I have been living in Germany since 2004. I love sharing my passion for Berlin and all it has to offer with new ‚Berliners‘ and through my work as a freelance Relocation Consultant with IRC I have the opportunity to do so.