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.BERLIN And .WIEN Domains Coming Soon

DotBerlin logoIt was a glimmer in the eye of Dirk Krischenowski and a few others back in 2004, but now it is almost reality with the proposed new gTLD to be entered into the root in about four weeks.

In a surprise at The Munich Conference on New Top Level Domains, contracts were signed for the .berlin and .wien (Vienna) new gTLDs with ICANN – the first two cities to have their contracts signed.

The signing follows the passing of technical tests of the backbone operator, TLD Box, a subsidiary of, the registry for the .at (Austria) country code.

“We are glad that our work over the last eight years we have achieved our goal,” Krischenowski, founder and general manager of DotBerlin told, who also said the signing was unexpected.

Krischenowski hopes that .berlin domain names will be available in the first quarter of 2014 for somewhere between €29 and €49 while Ronald Schwärzler, Operations Manager for expects .wien domains to be available in March 2014.

Note: a previous version of this article noted .berlin domains would launch in the final quarter of 2013.