Hey, we're Lena and Vastrik.

We moved to Berlin two years ago and have come a long way from being completely lost and confused to starting our own business. Like any newcomer, we made a lot of mistakes and wasted a ton of nerves. All we ever wanted in the first days was for someone to hold our hand and tell us how it works.

That's why we made How to Berlin. So that you could move comfortably and calmly, find an apartment and not freak out from the paperwork. Find yourself and love Berlin like we do.

Why do you need it?

To beat the bureaucracy

From the first days, a lot of papers, letters and incomprehensible taxes have been falling on you. We'll explain:

  • How to do all the paperwork and not go crazy
  • Why do you need all this taxes on radio, church and dogs
  • How to do an "Anmeldung", change your driver's license, find a school for your kid or start a business
  • What checks you have to keep to get a nice tax deduction

Save a lot of money

We read all the guidebooks on the Internet before we moved in. Even so, we still made many mistakes and paid for them. We'll help:

  • Choose a bank, insurance and SIM card without getting caught up in hidden fees and charges
  • Sort through tax classes to get the most out of your paycheck
  • Find a great apartment and move into it
  • Save more than 50% on buying furniture and refrigerators, and even find a coffee machine for free
  • Use your package before it's eaten by taxes
  • Understand if you need a tax advisor, or it will be enough to use one of those fancy startups for tax returns

Stay calm and chilled

Moving is always hard. Dozens of tasks fall on you at the same time and you think they'll never end.

We'll support you, tell you the rules and lifehacks, help you not to freak out and not get caught in the tricks of the brokers.

Become a true berliner

  • Where to learn German, how to integrate into society and make friends
  • How to be friends with your neighbors and buy the right bags for bio-garbage
  • Where to read the news
  • How to buy an iPhone using your taxes
  • What's the difference between the "greens" and the "left" and how to survive in a talk about politics
  • How to find your favorite places, understand and love Berlin ❤️

We solve problems

We can help you...

  • ✅ Understand how things work in Berlin
  • ✅ Survive the paperwork
  • ✅ Deal with taxes, driver licenses, insurances
  • ✅ Get a BlueCard or a freelance visa
  • ✅ Find an apartment ⭐️⭐️⭐
  • ✅ Get your kids to school or kindergarten
  • ✅ Relocate your beloved cat of doggo
  • ✅ Find a tax adviser
  • ✅ Register a business or self-employment

We can't...

  • ⛔️ Solve problems with the law
    Better go straight to a lawyer
  • ⛔️ Give you legal advices
    In Germany, it's illegal to give legal advice without a license. But we can refer you to someone who has
  • ⛔️ Finish the BER airport :(

How much does it cost?

Every case is individual for us, but for your convenience we have combined our services into packages. Anyway, we'll discuss everything with you (online or in person - as you wish), understand what kind of help is needed and tell you exactly how long it will take.

I just have a question

...or just write to us

Tell us your story and we'll help you.
We can help not only newcomers but also local mates. Plus we have useful contacts in other cities.

Write to us with any questions:
lena@howtoberlin.de
+49 177 876 93 42

Insider's guide to Berlin!
(coming soon)



We structured all our experience and wrote a detailed guide that we ourselves would like to have earlier.

Schemes of districts and prices for housing in them, tax deduction lifehacks and craft checklists won't let you forget a single piece of paper.

In simple language with a lot of pictures. Coming soon!