Fashion Week Berlin

January 14th, 2015

Starting next monday, Berlin will host on of the most impotant fashion weeks from the 19th till the 23rd. Models, Hipsters, Fashion Shows and after Partys. The world of fashion in one city. Its “Fashion Week”!!!  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.fwb

Foto (Morgenpost.de)

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 Perret Schaad, Whitetail, Sopopular, Isabell de Hillerin, Sadak, Vektor, Bobby Kolade, Odeur, Guido Maria Kretschmer,  Hien le, Anne Gorke, Augustin Teboul, Laurel and many many more.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (at Brandenburger Tor)

Enjoy the Show!


Struth! the germs got me

January 4th, 2015

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some weird homespun remedies Germans really use.
i shit you not – they actually work

 

 

1) snuffles: inhalation of salt and chamomile
bring 2 liters water to boil, mix with chamomile ( you can use teabags) and 3 spoons of salt – inhale. helps fighting runny noses
2) sore throat: cold pack
put a wet cloth around your throat, then wrap it with a scarf over night. your body will pump as much blood as possible to the cold region, i.e. your throat. satisfaction guaranteed
3) sore throat: gargling
depends on whether you like it salty or not. I usually gargle a salt solution. alternatively you can bring 500 ml to boil , add  2 spoons of sage and let it simmer for 15 minutes. this tincture tastes better than salt and helps too.
4) cough: onion syrup
cut up an onion in half, sprinkle with sugar and leave covered for 1h. „enjoy“ the juices that appear on the surface. they will not only soothe your cough but are rich in vitamin C.
5) all purpose: beer cure
my fav – it either helps or not, but you  tried at least. beer cure is common on bavaria, but so are marian apparitions….
6) chicken broth
boy, these chicken need to run quickly during flu season. a chicken broth is ubiquitous in winter. it is literally the WD-40 of flu remedies

enough voodoo.
there is also a pharmacy just round the corner from the hostel. ask for aspirin complex if you want to be fit within minutes.


History lesson I. The Royal Palace.

December 29th, 2014

Today it gets historical folks.

As you have probably seen the big construction side on „Unter den Linden“, on the opposite site of the Berlin cathedral, you also might have asked yourself wt* is happening there. Berlin gets it City Palace back!

The history of the „Berliner Schloss“, destroyed in the hail of bombs during the last days of the 2nd world war, actually begins in 1443, at a time, where Berlin didn’t even exist as a city yet, but started together with Cölln as another settlement to develop economically and politically. So hard, that the elector prince Friedrich II. (I had to translate this from the german word „Kurfürst“. If you’re confused, if this means that a prince got elected: Nope. But this helps: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince-elector ) decided to move his residency down to the Spree river, where also trade routes were easier to control.

Unfortunately it is unknown, how the medivial palace looked like. During the 16th century Prince-elector Joachim II. let it mostly tear down and constructed a Renaissance building, which got nearly destroyed during the long years of the Thirty Years War and was again rebuilt under Friedrich Wilhelm, the Great Elector Prince.

It probably looked like this, illustrated by an unknown artist in the year 1685.

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It seemed to be a lot of building, rebuilding, tearing down, inventing new, construction side here, construction side there. Everything we love about our city until today. It’s one big construction side. Anyways, Friedrich III., who should become King Friedrich the First decided in 1701 to change the palace to his permanent fancy high-end royal residence, with a new Baroque facade, new private and representational/above stairs chambers with ceiling paintings and a castle square (where the March revolution of 1848/49 broke ground!)

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This form of the place last until the last days of World War II with just slight changes and a dome, constructed between 1845 to 1853.

The City Palace around 1904.

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On Feburary 3rd 1945, the day of the hardest air strikes in Berlin, the palace burnt down completely from the inside, beside the Northwest wing and just left the foundation walls with all the plastic decorations (which got destroyed in 1949 during the shooting of the Soviet movie „The Battle of Berlin“!). In 1950 also these remainings got blown up by the GDR govermnent. Today when you walk through the Volkspark Friedrichshain, up on the hill in the middle of the park, you actually walk on the rubbles of this extraordinary royal palace.

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Since 2011 the palace grows and grows back again to finally be completed in 2019 as the Baroque Palace in its last form. There’s tons of information out there, if you’re interested in the developing of the project. You can also go to that big cube on Unter den Linden, the “Humboldt Box”, which provides the plans, models and the history of Berlin’s oldest palace.

Have a look here:

http://www.humboldt-box.com/en/

And now let’s all run for kings and queens and election princes!

 

(all pics Wikipedia)

 


you can’t survive on doner kebabs

December 11th, 2014

better than dönerwell, technically you can. however, if you are tired of lying to your mum what you had for dinner there are some great alternatives.
we have all been there, the question of all questions: food or beer. if you have just a nickel for food here are some suggestions how to save there. canteens are the answer. dirt cheap and apparently healthy. at least they don’t sell ketchup as salad.

there are some great canteens throughout berlin which are open to public, not just the staff.
let me begin with a strange one
police canteen in marzahn (märkische allele 174). renowned for its authentic east german food ( better than it sounds and quite filling)
you will spend less than 4€, guaranteed! it’s for police so don’t go there straight from the club

 

kiezkantine (Oderberger Straße 50,)
a stones thow from the hostel, open on weekdays between 12.00 to15.45. there you get  some great food prepared by people who have  mental issues but make it up by  great  cooking skills. veggie options available.

 

canteen at the volksbühne theather (Linienstraße 227)
accessible from the back of the massive building. food is nothing special but down-home and you will be able to spot some truly interesting people you would normall have to pay to see.

 

universal music canteen (Stralauer Allee 1, Friedrichshain)
pretty swanky – with some wannabees. the highlight is the deck on the river on the oposite side from  watergate.
the food is more international than in the other ones but slighty more expensive. i just checked this week’s menu, pretty delicious for max 7 euros.

 

isin japanese canteen (Mittelstraße 24 , mitte)
just  round the corner from branderburg gate in a bleak back-road you’ll find this fine, yet still affordable sushi restaurant. it’s not really a canteen, however it mostly caters for japanese staff from companies nearby

 

now you don’t have to lie to anybody anymore – you are welcome


ELI5: berlin public transport system

November 27th, 2014
a different ay to use the U-bahn

also a way to use the U-bahn

there is much confusion about how to use our public transport. let me try to explain

tickets:
tickets are valid for 2 hours and must be validated (small box usually located next to the ticket machine). you can only go in one direction. for going back you need a new ticket, even if you still are within the 2 hours.
AB tickets cover all of the city. an ABC ticket is only needed if you want to leave town, i.e. if you want to go to schönefeld airport of potsdam
sort trip tickets are good for 3 stops on U & S and 6 on busses and trams
reduced tickets are for elderly, children or unemployed only.
best value is the day ticket – stamp it ONCE only. if you are staying longer than 5 days buy a week ticket – stamp that one also once only.

means of transportation:
no, there is no difference between U-bahn, S-bahn, busses or trams. tickets are valid for all of them. to companies run the network, the yellow one ( the good ) and the red one (the bad)
S&U usually rum at lest every 5 minutes, from 4am till midnight. N-busses run along underground lines when the underground has stopped.
M-lines: introduced a couple of years ago, confuse still most of the berliners. either trams or busses which operate 24/7 every 10 minutes. quite handy to get home.

what to do at night:
take the following lines to get home:
tram M10 – runs between friedrichshain and prenzlauer berg every 10 minutes. get off at eberswalderstrasse
bus N2 – night bus, operates almost the same route as the U2 every 30 minutes
tram M1 – runs from friedrichstrasse and mitte. get off at kastanienallee
bus N8 takes you from neukölln to hackescher markt, take the N2 from there

this journey planner is also pretty handy 

that’s all folks – if you have any further questions we are more than happy to help. come down to the reception


Prepare for the Winter – Vabali Super Spa

November 26th, 2014

Hey Friends,

 

Berliners know that Berlin only has a 2 seasons, Summer and Winter. Now the time has come. The summer finally saied goodbye to Berlin, the nights are getting longer and the days are getting shorter. And as if that wouldn’t be enough, it’s also getting colder. The Winter in Germany is known to be grey and veeeery cold. The coldest ever measured temperature in Germany was -37,8°C somewhere in Bavaria. Fortunately it doesn’t get as cold here in Berlin. The coldest night measured in Berlin was -24°C in 2012. Not as cold as Bavaria, but still very cold.

 

So how do Berliners survive this cold and dark season?! Here are some suggestions on how to make it through the winter.

 

1. dress properly

 

Like my grandmother said when i was a little boy, “dress like an onion”. Try to wear at least 5 layer of clothes. Vest, shirt, sweater, cardigan and jacket. 2 pair of socks, a pair of thermo underpants and some pants. Gloves, scarf and a hat. (i recommend to put your socks and underwear on the heating before you wear it) Now as you wear 7 kilos of clothes you probably look like that….

 

winter_baby                                  foto (www.markt.de)

 

2. Relax in a Spa

 

Whats better than lean back and enjoy the heat of a sauna when it is cold and grey outside?! Right! A massaga just after the sauna. :D Berlin offers various places to relax and escape from the cold. One very special Spa is the “Vabali premium Spa” close by the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Hbf). There you can feel free to enjoy their spacious sauna area with soothing salt, honey, and fruit aromatherapy, numerous pools and relaxation areas, harmoniously-designed massage and wellness treatment premises.

 

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Vabali premium Spa

 

3. Spend some time at the Christmas Market

 

So you are wrapped in lots of clothes and relaxed after sauna. Now you are just missing a hot and stong “Glühwein” (mulled wine). During this time of the year you can find them pretty much anywhere. But they taste best at the christmas markets. I recommend to visit the one at “Gendarmenmarkt”. It is known to be the most beautiful christmas market. Close by the museum island. It’s nice and cosy. Good food, some little shows at their stage and many little shops that sell homemade thingies. if you prefer to visit an action christmas market, then go to Alexanderplatz. Here you will find roller coasters, shooting stands, bumper car and many more attractions. But be careful with your bags! Unfortunately it is the most profitable time for pickpockets.

 

weihmarkt              foto (www.schopaholic.livejournal.com)

 

Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt

 

How to Prevent Being Pickpocketed

 

have a good winter time here in Berlin!… :D


Mele Kalikimaka everybody!

November 23rd, 2014

It’s that time of the year again! With sparkling lights, mulled wine, Lebkuchen, Christmas gifts, Santa Clauses, little Jesuses, music, really bad and really good food and a billion of people, enjoying this very german Advent season traditions. Berlin hosts over sixty Christmas markets annually and here are some of our favorites!

 

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Really close to our hostel you can visit the Scandinavian-themed Lucia Weihnachtmarkt in the Kulturbrauerei. Much smaller than other markets, but definitely cosier and concentrated on more alternative food, drinks and wonderful gift ideas. And a real Santa Claus!

Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt in der Kulturbrauerei, 24 November to 22 December, 2014. Mon-Fri 3-10pm, Sat & Sun 1-10pm. Admission: free.

 

The “Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais

With live music, family activities, art exhibitions and more than 200 stands of crafts and food, the stretch between Staatsoper and Opernpalais gives you the perfect Christmas feeling and leaves you with warm hearts and a shitload of Christmas presents. :)

Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais, 24 November to 28 December, 2014. Open Mon to Thu 12pm-9.30pm, Fri& Sat 11am-10.30pm, Sun 11am-21.30pm; 24 Dec Closed; 25-28 Dec 11.30am-9pm). Admission: free

 

Christmas market at the Gedächtniskirche                                                      

One oft he biggest christmas markets in West-Berlin and a West-Berlin classic. In the middle of re-born shopping district „City-West“ the focus lies still on german cristmasy food, even after 30 years. So, if you’re looking for mulled wine, “Grünkohl”, “Bratwurst” and “Weihnachtsbrot”, this is your place.

Weihnachtsmarkt an der Gedächtniskirche, Breitscheidplatz, 10789, Charlottenburg, 24.11.-.1.15, So-Do 11-21 Uhr, Fr+Sa 11-22 Uhr, 24.12. 11-14 Uhr, 25.+26.12. 13-21 Uhr, 31.12. 11-2 Uhr, 1.1. 13-21 Uhr

 

Holy Heimat!
The „Neue Heimat“, located on the RAW-Area in Friedrichshain, usually a great weekly food market with live music and DJS, turns into the „Holy Heimat“ during the Advent season. Beside delicious street food, youl’ll get great christmasy stuff and can even drive a round skating rink!

Holy Heimat, Revaler Straße 99, Neue Heimat, RAW-Gelände, Tor 3, 12045, Friedrichshain, 27.11.-21.12., Do+Fr 15-24 Uhr, Sa+So 12-24 Uhr

 

Weihnachtsmarkt on the Gendarmenmarkt                                               

This is a classic one in Berlin-Mitte. Doesn’t need many words. It’s a beautiful place, not too big, but probably very packed.

Gendarmenmarkt, 10117, Mitte, 24.11-31.12., tgl. 11-22 Uhr, 24.+31.12. 11-18 Uhr, 25.+26.12. 11-22 Uhr

 

Nostalgic Christmas market in front of Schloss Charlottenburg               

This is something for our honeymoon love birds. The market looks beautiful with all its wooden little houses and shining roofs, Christmas pyramids and you can try fantastic food like fresh smoked lax and mushrooms.

24 November to 28 December, 2014. Mon-Thu 2-10pm, Fri-Sun 12-10pm. Christmas Eve closed. Admission: free.

 

Spandau Christmas Market                                                                                   

Before you go to the terrible version of a Christmas market at Alexander Platz, take the time and drive with the U7 to the end of the line, it’s worth it! You’ll be rewarded with the biggest Christmas market in Berlin, located in the old town of Spandau. The village-like looking area has more than 250 stalls and Christmas rock concerts every Friday, a St.Nikolai Christmas garden, a traditional craft market and apparently (I’ve never seen it myself) a medivial plague procession every wednesday :O

Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt, 26 November to 23 December, 2014. Sun-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 11am-10pm. Admission: free.

 

Stay updated with us on Facebook and Google+ for weekly updates and information about dozens of Christmas markets, which will take place just on specific weekends during December like the Rixdorfer Weihnachstmarkt, “Weihnachts-Rodeo” in Prenzlauer Berg, the Holy Shit Shopping weekend and many, many more.

And now let’s become a little emotional and listen to one of the greatest christmas songs ever, which is NOT “Last christmas” by Wham, although that’s a pretty good song ;)

 

 


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some songs about the best city in the world ( not NY )

November 20th, 2014
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before techno there was….singing. I KNOW!!!

in chronological order, some musical gems

1899 berliner luft
a well known paean of praise for the berlin air which makes everything splendid. obviously written before traffic jams. berliner luft is also the name for a refreshing mint liqueur.

1929 roter wedding
translates to red wedding – no connection with GOT! wedding was a communist district and so is the song. written in a time in which street fight between fascist and “reds”  were on a daily bases. watch the vid for some awesome pics of that time

 

no list is  finished without marlene dietrich

1954 Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin
she is the original star of the golden 20ies. said fuck you to the nazis and their wish for some more propaganda. stayed true, made an international career  and died in paris. this song is about her never ending love for her home town. the title means ” i still have a suitcase in berlin. big up marlene!

1972 Rauch-Haus-Song
THE song about the vast squatting history in berlin. half of kreuzberg and schöneberg was squatted at that time. jolly times. there are better versions of this song, but the

1973 berlin
i don’t exactly know what lou reed was doing at that time here, but i assume the same david bowie was doing -….i was all so nice, it was paradise…
well, enjoy boys

1980 berlin
 boy, so many great songs emerged in the 80ies. this is my fav. nice NDW touch

no listing for the 90ies.  i have no idea what happened then i think i went to a party or sth.

2001 dickes b
translates as fat ( or rather phat) b, noting dubious here. a big berlin tune and an anthem for years.

2013 where are we now?
david. we still need to figure it out

 

enjoy my little list – see you at the reception


Free Museums and Memorials

November 19th, 2014

Hey Friends,

 

Its getting cold and rainy. Beeing outside all day to see all the sights is not as pleasant as during the summer time. So why dont escape the cold and visit some museums?! Berlin is City full of Art and Partys, but we also offer a wide range of museums and memorials. Beside all the big and famous museums, such as “Pergamon” or “Neues Museum”, there are many many others that are worth a visit. Most memorials, regional and historical museums and collections in general grant free admission. 

So here is a list of the admission free museums and memorials:

 

AlliiertenmuseuAnti-Kriegs-MuseumArchitekturmuseum der TU, Daimler Contemporary Deutsch-Russisches Museum Berlin-KarlshorstDeutscher DomDokumentationszentrum Berliner MauerEnergie-Museum BerlinGaslaternenmuseumTränenpalastWilly-Brandt-HausZucker-MuseumMuseum der Unerhörten Dinge, …. These are just a few with links. There are many more…..

 

domFoto (www.tierjarten.de)

 

Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik
Alliiertenmuseum
Anti-Kriegs-Museum
Architekturmuseum der TU
Bezirksmuseum Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
Bezirksmuseum Marzahn-Hellersdorf
Blinden-Museum Steglitz
Bockwindmühle Marzahn
Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung
Daimler Contemporary
Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas (Ort der Information)
Deutsch-Russisches Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
Deutscher Dom
Dokumentationszentrum Berliner Mauer
Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit Berlin-Schöneweide
Energie-Museum Berlin
Erinnerungsstätte Notaufnahmelager Marienfelde
Friedrichswerdersche Kirche – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Galerie Spandow
Gaslaternenmuseum
Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer
Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand
Gedenkstätte Köpenicker Blutwoche
Gedenkstätte Plötzensee
Gedenkstätte Stille Helden
Gedenkstätte und Museum Sachsenhausen
Gotisches Haus – Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Spandau
Grünauer Wassersportmuseum
Haus am Lützowplatz
Haus der Wannseekonferenz (bei Gruppen und für Sonderausstellungen wird Eintritt erhoben)
Heimatmuseum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
Heimatmuseum Köpenick
Heimatmuseum Reinickendorf
Heimatmuseum Treptow
Heimatmuseum Lichtenberg
Heimatmuseum Steglitz
Heimatmuseum Zehlendorf
Historisches Leuchtenmuseum
Informations- und Dokumentationszentrum der Bundesbeauftragten für die Stasi-Unterlagen
Jugendmuseum Schöneberg
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr
Mendelssohn-Remise
Mies van der Rohe-Haus
Mitte Museum am Festungsgraben
Mitte Museum am Gesundbrunnen
Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt
Museum der Staatlichen Münze Berlin
Museum der Unerhörten Dinge
Museum der Verbotenen Kunst
Museum Neukölln
Museumsverbund Pankow (ehemaliges Panke Museum, Standort Heynstraße)
Museumsverbund Pankow (Standort Prenzlauer Allee)
Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlung
Spandovia Sacra
Sportmuseum: für Ausstellungen
Tempelhof Museum
Topographie des Terrors
Tränenpalast
Willy-Brandt-Haus
Zucker-Museum
Zweiradmuseum
 

If you need more Info, just ask us at the reception.

 

Have a nice day! :)


Berlin microbreweries

November 13th, 2014

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alright , alright. German beers may have a good image, but let’s face it. IMHO Pilsener is boring. It is designed to be drunk in large quantities, and it really works! You can have 6, 7, 8 or more beers and the next morning you are like “half an aspirin, a glass of coke and off I go”. But really., every time I drink a Helles, I almost fall asleep from the boredom in my mouth.

here are some lovely, local alternatives, in case you think the same

1) Eschenbräu

the premises don’t look inviting, unless you grew up in a concrete block like me. they have different type of brews, also pilsener.. however theirs tastes so much better than the bottled alternatives from the  bottle shop. try the dark one if you are more into malty flavors. definitely one of my favorites in Berlin. once you enter the pub you will quickly forget the bunker feeling you had outside.

2) hops and barley

beautiful pub in an old butchery. in their cellar they brew pilsener, dark, wheat beers and always a special. i usually take the special. the prices are surprisingly moderate and the beers delicious. they also show football games and have a down to earth menu: sausage and pickles.

3) Prassnik

I promised the owner not to promote his pub since it is rather small, but hey! the pub is a 5 minutes walk from our hostel. please only go there if you are a smoker or want to take up smoking. as i mentioned, the pub is small but the beer is totally worth it. cheers

4) Vagabund

definitely the spot for those who miss a proper pale ale.  in the absence of alternatives to pilsener he owners found their own brewery. perfect spot for great minds who think alike.

5) Bier kombinat

a no frills bar for those who don’t need any bling with beer. alongside own creations they have a large collection of bottles from other microbreweries. don’t miss this spot if you are in kreuzberg, it is truly unique

 

come people, come. fine beers have finally arrived in berlin.

cheers