The Struggle of Going to the Bürgeramt in Berlin

Buergeramt Guide

I don’t know why, but in the last week I have seen so many postings on Facebook complaining about the struggle of going to the Bürgeramt (registry office / citizen center) that I felt it was such perfect timing when illustrator Sophia Halamoda sent us her latest comic: A guide on how to get an appointment at the dreaded office. Her illustrated guide on how to get into Berghain was such a huge success a couple of weeks ago that it makes a lot of sense she would do another one of the one place that is apparently even harder to get into than the infamous techno cathedral. In her guide, she once again pokes fun at all the little urban myths and cliches surrounding this special temple of German bureaucracy. Mixed in with a lot of typical bad experiences and classic missteps, she also gives some helpful advice that might make your next visit more successful ;) Enjoy her witty new guide after the jump.

This is a slightly abridged version of the comic. To see the full one head over to Sophia’s website.

Frank by Frank
on March 10th, 2016
updated on March 10th, 2016
in Art, Stories
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2 Responses to “The Struggle of Going to the Bürgeramt in Berlin”

  1. cm punk Says:

    The punchline is a bit disingenuous…

  2. Frank Frank Says:

    I think it is a nice sentiment to remind us all about how privileged we actually are to even be able to bitch about the “long waits” to get our passports and registrations here in Germany. Of course you can’t really compare those two situations, but I think it’s a good counter point of view to bring the “struggle” into perspective. And considering the illustrator has created a lot of artwork to help refugees in Berlin and to educate about the refugee situation you can’t call her intentions disingenuous.

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