The truth about studying in Germany as an American

July 20th, 2017|

Three Americans tell us what it's really like to move from the US to Germany to study I, like many Americans my age, am working my way through around $35,000 of student loan debt from my bachelor’s degree; I’m also studying in Germany at the University of Münster for about €500 a year. As an American, it [...]

London cabbies the inspiration for our new Berlin Knowledge city tour

July 12th, 2017|

Here at Black Label Properties, we have taken some inspiration from drivers of London's famous Black Cabs to launch our new street level tour of the city called The Berlin Knowledge. Known as the toughest taxi test in the world, The Knowledge is where would-be cabbies have to learn the streets of London by memory [...]

Facing an Egyptian Fatwa with flair

July 6th, 2017|

Why Germany's liberal mosque, Ibn Rushd Goethe, is a Berlin-style pioneer A Fatwa from Egypt, a re-imagination of tradition, gender equality, and conflict resolution, Berlin’s new liberal mosque has a lot going on. The founder of Ibn Rushd Goethe Mosque, Seyran Ateş, is pushing past the danger and backlash that comes with revolutionary ideas and is [...]

My Mitte neighbor Merkel

June 29th, 2017|

Exploring Berlin neighborhoods through famous East Germans From the “most beautiful face of socialism” to the reigning “leader of the free world”, some of the most famous East Germans have chosen life in Berlin. Dynamic and once divided, the city’s socialist past provides an endlessly interesting flare that make the Berlin culture rich, and living in Berlin [...]

Grenfell Tower fire – could this happen in Berlin?

June 20th, 2017|

The fire in London’s Grenfell Tower has been the first item on news broadcasts in Berlin this week with much speculation about why it spread so quickly and whether the same thing could happen here. It has sparked a political argument in the UK about rich versus poor, the lack of tenant rights, basic housing [...]

Jürgen Teller: The contemporary king of crude

June 15th, 2017|

A look at Rainer Holzemer's new documentary and the obscenity of art Germany has a long history of somewhat deviant art, pushing the boundaries and creating controversy. Despite its effects, history is technically old news, so what’s keeping the tradition of the grotesque alive? High fashion. Well, sort of. Fashion photography à la Jürgen Teller [...]

X marks the spot

June 8th, 2017|

An interview with, Beata Gontarczyk-Krampe, the woman behind the Kreuzberged Berlin blog From Franz Kafka’s favorite earplugs to the Nazi prelude to “alternative facts”,  the Berlin blog Kreuzberged has been bringing fascinating facts about the city that don’t typically come across our radar. While Berlin-focused blogs are not in short supply, Kreuzberged goes beyond the [...]

Going Artcore: 15 years of OpenAirGallery

May 31st, 2017|

A slightly dramatic interpretation on the role of art and events in Berlin and society Vibes don’t lie, and Berlin is nowhere short of them. Making an iconic city personality isn’t easy though; it’s a continuous process bubbling out of the connection of history, geography, culinary prowess, scandal, art, and events. Each element plays its [...]

Are we home yet?

May 25th, 2017|

A foreign professional's view on moving to Berlin and adjusting to German life Berlin is a city of immigrants, a growing microcosm of transnationality, and the young footloose and fancy-free crowd, evading the traditional life path of job, family, stability has become the growing staple of norm. But while Berlin is known as a poor [...]

What does Black Label Properties actually do…?

May 22nd, 2017|

OK, this seems like a daft question, but if your experience up to now has been of estate agents in the UK, US or all those other parts of the world that are not Germany, I think it is worth asking. Over the years I have bought and sold several properties in England and - [...]