Viewpoints in Berlin

April 16th, 2014

Walking around Berlin City all day, gives you a great idea what Berlins architecture is like and how big it might be. But to get to know how BIG Berlin actually is, you would need to see it from a higher spot. Like Paris has the “Eiffel Tower” and London has the “London Eye”, Berlin also has a great viewpoint. The Berlin “Fernsehturm”. Situated at Alexanderplatz, the 368 meters high TV Tower is the tallest building in Germany and the fourth tallest freestanding structure in Europe. It was and still is used for TV and Radio broadcast. It was build during 1965 and 1969. And on October the 3rd 1969 the first guests could visit the TV Tower. With around 1,2 million visitors each year, the Tower is one of Germanys most popular attractions. On a good day you can see up to 80km wide. You can visit the Tower every day from 10am until midnight. It costs 13€ for adults and 8,50€ for kids. You could also book a table at the Restaurant that is above the visitor’s platform.

http://www.tv-turm.de/en/reservierung.php

The TV Tower is not only viewpoint in Berlin that is worth a visit. There are several other places where you can enjoy a fantastic view all over the city. The ”Siegessäule“ in Tiergarten is definitely the most beautiful viewpoint in Berlin. It was build in memory of the victory by the Prussian in the German-Danish war from 1864. The “Siegessäule” was actually build infront of the “Reichstag”.      But in 1938, Hitler’s chief architect Albert Speer decided to move the statue to Tiergaten. The statue is 67 meters high, and for only 3€ you can climb the little stair up to the top.

http://www.berlin.de/orte/sehenswuerdigkeiten/siegessaeule/index.en.php?lang=en

Another special Viewpoint in Berlin would be the “Weltballon”. This balloon takes you to a              150 meters height. With 20€ for a ticket the “Weltballon” is the most expensive of all the Viewpoints in Berlin. But also the most spectacular one!

http://en.air-service-berlin.de/rundfluege/weltballon/berlin-hi-flyer.html

And if you don’t want to pay at all to see Berlin from the top, then visit the Victoria Park in Kreuzberg.  In the center of this Park there is a small mountain. On top of the 66 m high mountain is the “National Monument” by Schinkel (1818-21), which commemorates the liberation wars against Napoleon. The view from up there is great! And it’s close to Berlins hippest upcoming area.


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The Berlin Wall Trail

March 5th, 2014

The Berlin Wall was more than just a Wall, it was a symbol for the misery and the most visible sign of the struggle between two systems. For almost 30 years the Wall divided the City in 2 parts. But not only the City has been divided. Lovers, Friends and even Families got separated by the Wall. As most  West-Berlin citizens didn’t want to move to the East, and East citizens were not allowed to cross the border to the West, the only chance to get back together was escaping the GDR for the West. The stories around the Berlin Wall and the East German secret police (Stasi), are many, from the funny, to the tragic, to the unbelievably absurd.

If you would like to get to know a little more about the Berlin Wall, we would like to recommend you to rent a Bike and take a Ride along the Wall. The Berlin Wall Trail traces the course of the former GDR border fortifications encircling West Berlin, the former western half of the city, along a total of around 160 kilometers. The trail is marked, at regular intervals to help bikers and pedestrians to find their way along the Wall. Various information points will provide you important historical facts about the Wall in several languages.

The Wall Trail is divided into 14 individual sections. Each section is between seven and 21 kilometers long, and you can reach the beginning and end of each route easily with public transportation (If you take your bike on the public Transport, you will need an extra Ticket for it). There are many famous places along the Wall such as “Brandenburg Gate”, “Checkpoin Charlie” or the “Wall Documentation Center” at Bernauer Straße. But there are also lots of rather unknown places that are worth to visit. A list of all these places you will find under the following link.

THE BERLIN WALL TRAIL

If you now feel like “i want to know more about the Wall”, then come to to Hostel Reception, rent a bike, and have nice day exploring the history of this world changing monument. We rent bikes for 10€ per day….

Have a great time!

Your “EastSeven” Staff :)


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Weekend in Berlin

February 13th, 2014

Right, its just Thursday. But for Berlins party hungry people the weekend starts today. There are many good Partys of all kinds of music. It is a great warm up for the coming days. So you like Drum & Base?! Then the “Cassiopeia” is the right place for you tonight. Or do you like some Hip Hop, 90′s and 80′s music? Then “Magnet Club” will be you great fun. My personal favorite for thursday nights is the “SageClub”. There you will find Live Rock and Metal Bands on vrious floors. They even have an outdoor area with a big pool. Its not recommended to go for a swim. But hanging out by the pool to cool down is nice.

Here some more Tip’s for the weekenend.

We recommend to start in the Bar areas of “Prenzlauer Berg”, “Friedrichshain” or “Kreuzberg”. There are a couple of particular streets you could visite. In “Prenzlauer Berg” its the Torstraße. In “Friedrichshain” it would be the Simon-Dach-Straße. The best area for Bars in “Kreuzeberg” is Oranienstraße.  All these streets are filled with Bars of all styles. Rockbars like “Pauls Metal Eck” or Electronic Cocktail Bars like “Künstliche Beatmung”. Close by that Bar areas there are plenty of clubs.Here are some of them:

1: Raw Tempel (an old Train Depot filled with Clubs such as Cassiopeia and Suicide Circus, Bars,art gallerys,  a big indoor skatepark, and so on)

2: Watergate (one of the top adresses to experience Berlins Electronic Nightlife. Its is specially known for the wall-to-wall LED light installation and its impeccable music policy.)

3: Berghain/Panorama Bar (the Berghain is surely the best Club in Town. Great DJ’s, the best sound system and an atmosphere that is looking for his kind. This place goes wild on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Nights. Berghein is also known for havig the toughest bouncer. Its not easy to get in, and there are no particular rules on how to get in. But with a little luck, you might have the best Party night of your life….

4: Wilde Renate (Several small Floors, urban living room atmosphere, crazy theme parties and good lineups. This is the “salon Wilden Renate”. In a normal house hiding the small, stuffy club. The mood is always left out, but tired celebration friends there are many retreats such as sofas, bunk beds and winding corners. A special in this Club, is the Labyrinth.)

5: SO36 (The hall offers space for newcomers, sounds beyond those of the charts and the mainstream, as well as events and shows by all kinds of projects. Earlier, punk music dominated, while today also metal, hip-hop, crossover, techno, and drum ‚n‚ base are to be found. But concerts and discos are only one part of the event programming. Panel discussions, public readings, and political fundraisers are just as much a part, like neighborhood bingo and karaoke nights, the ballroom dancing in „Café Fatal”, or the oriental gay party „Gayhane”. )

6: Kulturbrauerei (the culture brewery offers various events, concerts and festivals -including band competitions and theater festivals- The Main places in there are Soda Club, Kesselhaus and Frannz Club)

7: White Trash (the White Trash Fast Food is just a 5 minute walk away from the Hostel and offers you Bar, Restaurant and Club atmosphere. They have Live Rock and Indie music like every night.)

8: K17 (Musically it works towards Gothic, Punk, Wave and Industrial – but  good old rock played is of course as well. Most of the patrons guests cavort from all over Europe, including repeatedly birds of paradise. One thing is common to all – the love of hard guitar sounds.)

9: KitKatClub (The atmosphere in the former Sage Club is friendly to family – its Berlin most famous fetisch Club. The DJ plays electronic, there are concerts and cabaret. Critics claim the Kitkat would unsexieste place at all, the entertainment value of the house Freakshow is undeniable. Best day: Saturday “Carnebal Bizarre”

If you have any questions about these or other Clubs or you need to know how to get there, we will be waiting for you at the Hostel reception.

Oh, and a real Berlin night should allways end with a big “Kebap” :D

Party on!

 


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Berlinale Film Festival

February 4th, 2014

Welcome to Berlinale – -the international Film Festival
Berlin is a multinational and cosmopolitan city and so is its film festival. Last year guests from over 120 different nations came to our enjoy Berlinale. It is also considered the largest publicly attended film festival worldwide. For 10 days you will have the possibility to spot your favourite directors and movie stars posing on the red carpet.
So, what should you know? Here’s your low-down
The Berlin Festival is divided into different film sections, each one with its own focus:
Competition: “Big” international movies are competing for the prestigious awards, the Silver and Golden Bear
Panorama: Independent art house productions and documentaries
German Kino: Latest productions from Germany, including feature and documentary films (all with English subtitles)
Forum: Experimental and cutting edge films, most of them from far-flung corners of the world
Generation: International film selection for kids and teenagers

Tickets:  Tickets may be purchased three days in advance. Tickets for repeat screenings of Competition movies may be purchased four days in advance. On the day of the screening, tickets are only available at the box offices of the cinemas themselves
Buy tickets at the central box offices
Potsdamer Platz Arkaden or Cinema International. Both are easily reachable with public transport
A limited amount of tickets can be also purchased online. Also 3 days in advance. Easiest is to print your tickets at our reception, alternatively you can pick them up  between 10.00 am and 7.30 pm ) at the Berlinale Internet Counter in the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden shopping centre by showing your printed confirmation and ID.
Tickets are between 9€ and  13€

There are numerous cinemas throughout the city screening movies. However I recommend the following for an unique experience:
Adria – built in the 50ies with an authentic style
Berlinale Palast – most prestigious red carpet, however a bit bleak and too modern
Delphi – very, very elegant, built 1949
Eiszeit – small, intimate. Located in a former squat
International – most probably the most beautiful cinema in Berlin
Zoo Palast – before reunification the center of Berlinale. Newly opened after 3 years of reconstruction


Winter Spaß

January 27th, 2014

Winter is always that time of the year when most people try to spend as  little time as possible outdoors. Just because it is cold outside, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with the snow. One nice way to enjoy the snow is toboggan. Berlin is not a City where you will find hill next to hill. But hidden in the Center-Parks there are some nice little hills that just wait for you to slide down on them.

The closest one to the Hostel would be the “Weinbergspark”. You will find it along Kastanienallee. Its maybe a 5 minute walk from the Hostel. This little Park offers a beginners slide. Thats something for you and your kids.

Fotos of Weinbergspark

If you are looking for some more speed and action, i recommend the “Mauerpark”. Here you will find young and old having fun on the hill. Between sundays flea market and the Max-Schmeling-Halle, it can be perfect sledding. The nearly 40-meter-high hill features on a length of 100 meters a lot of space. Nevertheless, it is very crowded especially on the weekends, Caution is advised!

Fotos of Mauerpark

Here some other toboggan hotspots that are nice but not that close to the Hostel.

1. Volkspark Prenlauer Berg

The right toboggan run for beginners! Short downhill, but sparsely populated. Small, but nice. The triple peaks of the mountain of rubble measures 91 meters at its highest point.

Map / Fotos

2. Teufelsberg

The different slopes provide the right level of difficulty for every skill level and therefore also skiers and snowboarders romp at the station. A great getaway, but be careful: sometimes very steep.
Map / Fotos

3. Volkspark Friedrichshain

This run is something for professional carriage driver, 78 meters downhill guarantee high speed and pure thrills. Caution: fast and steep descents! The small mountain bunker 48 meters it does well.

Map / Fotos

 

If you now think “i wnt to go toboggan” just come to the reception and we will help to find the right place for you. For a 5 € deposit we can even lent you a snow glider. :)

Enjoy the Winter!


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Sauna & Wellness in Berlin

January 13th, 2014

Gray days, cold wind and rain that will turn into snow soon. It has become Winter. And its getting colder. But don’t become desperate. We will show you some nice Spa / Sauna / Massage places, just arround “EastSeven” Hostel ,  where you can relax and forget about the stressful world.

1.

Float Berlin

Floating like in the Dead Sea, Bathing like a King and relax like on an island. At Float Berlin at the Helmholtz Platz you can even steal away for a few hours from the sometimes hectic family life or take a romantic bath for two. They also have a “Happy Hour” or 5-a-tickets. For utter relaxation after several massages.

Float Berlin

2.

Saunabad

The fantastic sauna garden features various art objects, that invite to be looked at between sauna sessions. Even while you sweat you still have some of it, since a large window in the Finnish log cabin sauna opens the view into the Garden and the graceful, carved wooden statues. In the saunabad, there are three saunas. In addition to two Finnish with 95 degrees and 100 degrees, there is also a “Biofeuchtsanarium” with 60 degrees, a dippool, a solarium and a vitamin Bar. Various recommendable massages are also on offer. Tuesdays to Ladies Day can be treated cosmetically themselves as well.

Saunabad Berlin

3.

Olivin – Wellness Lounge Sauna

On the border of the Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte districts, located directly nearby the Pfefferberg compund, this former Berlin factory was synthesized into a posh lounge and Finnish sauna for winter-stressed residents and visitors to Berlin. Industrial charm meets modern wellness architecture. Perfectly styled with a big video screen and an outdoor area with a bamboo grove, this finnish sauna is the perfect oasis for combating winter’s cold.

Olivin

4.

Ruhepool Berlin

Ruhepool Berlin is a an exclusive oasis in Prenzlauer Berg – one of the most charming residential neighborhoods in Berlin. Its exclusivity is belied by its reasonable room rates. Ruhepool offers 3 rooms as part of its spa/naturopathic clinic – each room has a private bath and all are housed in a lovely apartment building. Rooms are decorated in soothing tones, and are welcoming. The spa itself offers a tea and coffee bar, and staff are knowledgable about specific tea blends designed to soothe, activate or center you.

Ruhepool

5.

Die Wohlfühler

Beauty, relaxation and exercise are the domains of the Wohlfühler. In a place of rest and relaxation a team of therapists, coaches, trainers and beauticians combines Wellness & Therapy in an extraordinary way. If you need a great massage “Go there”!

Die Wohlfühler

6.

Stadtbad Neukölln

This place is not colse by the “EastSeven” Hostel. But it is one of Berlin most beautiful Spa’s. So we thought you should know about that one too. The whole complex is reminiscent of the ancient Roman bath houses: marble, columns and walkways everywhere. The Sauna area is even more beautiful. There is a herbal sauna with changing scents, a Greco-Roman steam bath, caldarium and its samarium, which has changing color lights. Wonderful is the roof garden, where you can cool off after the brew-master has to endure his famous “steam hammer” on the sweating.

Stadtbad Neukölln

If you have any questions, like how to make a reservation or how to get there, we will be waiting for you at the reception. :)

 


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Berlin “Fashion Week”

January 8th, 2014

It is that time of the year again. Models, Hipsters, Fashion Shows and after Partys. Its “Fashion Week”!!! From Tuesday till Sunday next week (14.01. – 19.01.) Berlin will host various fashion labels from all over the world. Its the perfect time for buyers, trade experts, the media and people that are interested in fashion to collect information at fashion trade shows and attend exhibitions and off-site events.

You will find all the different Shows, Labels, Events and after Partys here….

Berlin “Fashion Week”

Various Labels will present their latest collections. Such as Hien Le, Ivanman, Lena Hoschek, Rebekka Ruétz, SOPOPULAR, Marc Stone, Augustin Teboul, Alena Akhmadullina, Filippa K., Riani, Achtland, Kilian Kerner, Patrick Mohr, Julian Ziegerli, Kaviar Gauche, Anja Gockel and many many more.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Enjoy the Show!


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How to travel convenient in Germany

January 7th, 2014

Ok, let’s face it. Travelling through Germany can strain your budget, especially if you are a spontaneous person like me. If you decide in the morning you want to go somewhere else and have a look at the Deutsche Bahn prices for that day you are close to an heart attack even before you had your first coffee.
Deutsche Bahn has some reasonably priced tickets but only if you book weeks ahead. Go to their HP and look for “Europa Specials” when you are still at home and are still planning your itinerary. You can find some sweet deal, but only if you are a person who is capable of planning more than one day in advance. However, if you are a bit like me you are screwed.
So, the big big question is: “how do I get to freaking Hamburg ?”  (or any other city except for Munich. People travelling to Munich have more money than sense anyway)

Last minute tickets through Ltur  http://bahn.ltur.com
You can find some sweet deal here. The page is I Germany ( of course) but on the top right corner you can change languages. Hola Senora .  They offer last minute train and flight tickets for the next 7 days. Also available are train tickets for most European countries
Carpooling
Seriously? Yes, seriously. I’m not telling you to ask a stranger at the checkout in the supermarket to take you along. There are proved and tested websites that will help you.
http://www.mitfahrgelegenheit.de/ used to be the biggest site but they lost shares after they introduced fees. http://www.blablacar.com/ is another one, which I prefer nowadays because you can use it also for international journeys. Through these sites you find people who would like to share gas costs so it is the cheapest way to travel and to meet people. Since you have their email and their phone numbers you are on the safe side. No funny stuff.
Busses
finally we have them too. After Deutsche Bahn lost the transport monopoly within Germany many bus companies emerged on the market. Since there is lot of competition at the moment you can expect to get some really nice deals. The biggest bus companies at the moment are http://meinfernbus.de/ ( page only in English but still quite comprehensive ) and https://www.flixbus.de/  . We sell tickets for flixbus at the reception but you can also easily buy them on your own.

Any more questions? Come to the lovely EastSeven berlin Hostel and we will help you.
Safe travels


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Berlin Underground

December 4th, 2013

So you have seen all the famous sights of Berlin?!

Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor, East Side Gallery and so on…

But there is much more to see. Especially if you go UNDERGROUND

 

“Berliner Unterwelten e.V.” was founded is 1997 and their aim is to explore and document the city’s underground architecture and make it accessible to the public. There are lots of different Underground buildings. For example caverns, disused railway tunnels, air raid shelters,  derelict brewery vaults and other places the public normally has no access to. They try to conserve historically relevant underground structures and preserve them for future generations. If you like to explore old bunkers and you are not scared of Rats, “Berliner Unterwelten e.V.” gives you a great chance to see Berlin in a way that not many people get to see.

 

Here you can find some of the tours they are offering:

 

Tour 1

Dark Worlds

A tour through a bunker from WW II
Berlin was the nerve centre of the Third Reich and therefore one of the
main targets for allied bombing during WW II. Our expert guides will lead
you in exploring one of the few remaining bunkers, as it was left after the
war. There you will learn more about the life of the average Berlin citizen
during the air raids that destroyed up to 80% of the city’s centre. Travelling
through the twisting passages and rooms, you will also see countless
artefacts from the war that have been buried for decades. Additionally, we
will provide you with an insight into other elements of Berlin’s 150 year
old underground history.
Tours in English:
all year: Thur – Sun at 11 a.m., Mon at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.,
Tour 2
Subways and Bunkers in the Cold War
Alleged security for civilians in the case of war
This tour follows the traces of the Cold War in the underground. In West
Berlin civil defence shelters were reactivated or newly built in preparation
for a possible nuclear war. By explaining the practical preparations
made to help people survive, this tour attempts to make the realities and
horrors of such conflict easy to comprehend. On the tour we visit an air
raid shelter from WW II that was renovated in the early 1980s. Here, with
the help of various objects and photos, we will deal with some related
themes. Then, after a short ride to Pankstrasse station, we offer a glimpse
into the workings of a ‘modern’ bunker, which was intended to protect
people in case of a full-blown nuclear war. Here, we try to give you an
idea what it could have been like, had World War Three broken out.
Tours in English:
all year: Thur – Sun at 1 p.m.
For more information click here

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Top 10 walks through autumn Berlin

November 12th, 2013

So, the days are getting shorter and darker. The only escape is to embrace every sunny minute and to go out.
1)    Russian Memorial in Treptow
Take the circle S-Bahn and get off at “Treptower Park”. The monument is one of three Soviet memorials built in Berlin after the end of the war. The Soviet War Memorial is a vast war memorial and military cemetery in Berlin’s Treptower Park.  If you haven’t been to Russia and you don’t plan on going there this might be the best spot to “feel” the soul of this country.
2)    Spreepark
an old abandoned GDR-era amusement park flanked by the River Spree at the edge of Treptower Park in Berlin. You might need to jump the fence. Spreepark has been left to rot for more than 10 years so expect some real creepy one eyed clowns.

3)    Teufelsberg
get off at S-Heerstrasse and walk into the forest toward the hills. What expects you is a abandoned spy station from the cold war. The gates of the former US spy station are locked and secured by a high fence. However, you might be lucky to sneak in through one of the holes as many Berliners consider getting in a kind of sport. Once you are in you will be rewarded by a zombie apocalypse thrill and a breathtaking view over the city.

4)    Grunewald
the biggest stretch of homogenous forest in Berlin.  It I she best getaway if you are sick of the city. It is situated in the far west of Berlin where you  will find the Teufelsberg  as well.

5)    Schloss Charlottenburg
Queen Sophie-Charlotte was the driving force behind this sprawling palace and garden complex (and gave her name to both building and district) – her husband King Friedrich I built it in as a summer home for his queen. Later kings also summered here. It was severely damaged during World War II, but has now been restored, and stands as the largest surviving Hohenzollern palace.
6)    Jewish Cemetery
Located in the district of Weißensee it is the second largest Jewish cemetery in Europe. It was established in 1880 and has roughly 100 acres. You can rent a kippa a t the entrance and explore this gem of Jewish life in Berlin.
7)    Weissensee and Orankesee
Next to the Jewish Cemetery lie 2 of the most peculiar lakes in Berlin. You can swim in both of them in summertime. However during winter you can have a mulled wine at on e of the kiosks surrounding the lakes. A stroll through this neighborhood will show you a completely different and not touristic part of the city. A bit further south of the lakes you will find “Sportforum Hohenschönhausen”, the center of the infamous DGR gold medal factory.

8)    Landwehrkanal
This is a 11 kilometre  long canal parallel to the Spree river built between 1845 and 1850. It connects Friedrichshain with Charlottenburg, flowing through Kreuzberg and Tiergarten.
Especially the part flowing through Kreuzberg is perfect for a stroll. Along the canal you find many cafes, shops and Turkish markets.

9)    Tempelhofer Freiheit
always my favourite, whatever the weather. This is an airport in the middle of the city. Best is, it is abandoned and therefore open to public. It is bigger than most of the towns our guests come from. Enjoy
10)    You would like more suggestions? Ask us at the reception. We make sure to find something awesome for you.