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.BERLIN, Germany's second new geographic extension (after .RUHR) enters Sunrise on 14 February.
This Sunrise is a bit special – it's similar to a Landrush, but it's first-come, first-served, just like Berliners at your local bakery. That means that while you must possess the corresponding trademark from TMCH (more info in this post) to be able to register the domain, if someone else owns the same trademark, the first one to register the domain wins!
Of course, it just wouldn't be German if there weren't a few rules:
One of the domain's contacts (other than the billing contact) must have an address in Berlin. Gandi doesn't (yet) offer a local contact for this extension, so you'll need to make the necessary arrangements,
The administrative contact must be an individual, and
The domain must be activated within 12 months of its registration (website, redirection or email addresses; in the case of a website, it must have some relationship to the city of Berlin).
The Sunrise price for a .berlin is $312.18 at A rates.
There will be no Landrush phase for this extension.
General Availability starts the day after the Sunrise phase ends, 18 March at 10am UTC, at which point the price will be $52.18/year.
Please note that invalid applications submitted during Sunrise will not be refunded.