Archive for April, 2009

Peaceful Revolution 1989/90 – Open-Air Exhibition

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Berlin Wall Documentation Centre

Berlin Wall Documentation Centre

2009, 20 Years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

The exhibition tells the story of the Peaceful Revolution and its main participants. In 1989, many East Germans woke from an enforced hypnosis, overcame their fears and took their fate in their own hands.

Beginning with just a few people, opposition activities quickly became a widespread grass roots movement. More and more people resisted despair, hopelessness, decline and stagnation in society, demanding freedom of travel and free elections. Popular movements and parties were established. Hundreds of thousands took bravely to the streets. The Communist rulers were helpless to respond. While a section of the GDR was seeking reform, another section voted with their feet, leaving the country. Together they were able to defeat the dictatorship of the SED, East Germany’s ruling party, forcing national politicians to act, and making history. The people developed a new attitude to life. They changed their country and felt it drastically. This exhibition documents this exciting time and invites discussion of the results.
Opening hours: 7 May to 14 November 2009 at Alexanderplatz, next to the World Time Clock. The exhibition is open twenty-four-seven, free entry.
Languages: German and English
A project by Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft e.V. in collaboration with Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH; funded by Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media upon a Decision of the German Bundestag.
(Text: mauerfall09.de)


What to do in Berlin this monday

Monday, April 27th, 2009

 

Party in Berlin

Party in Berlin

5 insider tips on spending your evening in Berlin

we´ve listed up some cool events for you for this monday. So If you don´t have any clue on what to do tonight, read on and get inspired.
For the first event you don´t even have to go far. Its right here at the cosy Berlin Hostel: Our cooking event. Free food for all our guests. After eating a delicious meal, meeting up with other hungry backpackers just go for a stroll and walk to the B Flat acoustic music and jazz club. Tonight they will be playing modern jazz, live of course. Then after that, go check out some amazing art and listen to some cool dj´s at the Montags Bar at Temporäre Kunsthalle.

Then take a walk to Helmholzplatz, closeby there is such a cool bar, its called Intersoup. The make the most magnificent soups. It is really cosy here and the electronic music they play makes you wanna dance all  night long.

So if you still got energy left, you should definitely check out the last tip on our list. Dr.Pong is different from any bar in Berlin. They have a big table tennis area where everybody is drinking, smoking and above all playing table tennis together. Don´t miss out on this one!
Our Top 5:

1. EASTSEVEN COOKS A DELICIOUS MEAL : FREE PASTA FOR ALL OUR GUESTS!

Every Monday the EastSeven Berlin Hostel cooks for her guests. The food is simple, but good (and for free), the atmosphere is friendly and the night still young…
Here is how it works:
Every Monday:
Free vegetarian Meal
Starts: 19h00
• Sign up at the reception till Monday 15h00
• Meet us in the lounge at 19h00
• You´re welcome to help us
• Feel free to bring your own extra ingredients
• We sell drinks at the reception

2. B FLAT

Weidner Palesano Schroeteler (Aktueller akustisch-elektronischer Jazz) –
Besetzung: Christian Weidner – sax/elektronik, Antonio Palesano –
key/elektronik/live sampling/processing, Daniel Schroeteler – dr/elektronik

3. MONTAGS BAR

The Montags Bar takes place every monday at the TEMPORRE KUNSTHALLE (the temporary art gallery). Those events are projects of the artists residency Knstlerhaus Bethanien and current and former residents as well as their guests and friends will arrange of the Montags Bar. Live acts, a DJ stand and screenings will create a multi-layered musical program fully in line with the Knstlerhaus. The Montags Bar is for FREE!
Check the website about the current event!

4. INTERSOUP

DJ Jimmy Trash – Roots/Psychobilly

Get the local discount card from our receptionist and get a discount at the intersoup:

´with the first two coktails you get two free shots´! Enjoy….

5. DR. PONG

Bored? Wanna have a drink, but don’t wanna go to the usual places? Check out Dr. Pong’s Around-the-World Ping-Pong Bar! Cheap drinks and some relaxed table tennis with the locals. Better than drinking in the lounge;)


Sightseeing in Berlin-Our Top 20

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
Reichstag

Reichstag

How to spend a day in Berlin? EastSeven Berlin Hostel made a top 20 of popular sights.

Down below you find an overview of  some of the most beautiful and amazing sights in Berlin.  If you´re not sure jet how to spend your day in Berlin, just check out the top 20, with our recommendations on some of the coolest buildings, museums and parks Berlin has to offer! Some of the attractions are even for FREE!!!

For an in-depth look at all of these sights, and many more besides, join the Brewers Best of Berlin Day Tour. Brewers Berlin also offers a free sight seeing tour, which covers most of these sights. Tours also begin at our wonderful hostel.

OUR TOP 20:

  1. TV Tower – Built in 1969 as a symbol of East German socialism, this 368m tower, the largest structure in Germany, even has its own revolving café/restaurant. A trip to the top also offered a rare chance for East Germans to see what life on the other side of The Wall was really like.
  2. Reichstag – The German parliament building, re-opened in 1999 after the government and most of the ministries moved from Bonn to Berlin. British architect Lord Norman Foster redesigned this place, complete with a huge glass dome with public access, so you can watch the politicians at work.
  3. Brandenburg Gate – Every 10, 20 and 50 cent German Euro coin is minted with a picture of this big city gate on its reverse side. Stranded in a lonely no-mans land between 1961 and 89 thanks to the East German government, no other structure in Berlin better symbolises the temporary division of the city.
  4. Berliner Dom – Perhaps the most over-decorated protestant church in the world and once home to the Nazi partys Reich church. Bombed out during WW II, the Berlin Cathedral was restored to its current glory in 1993 – complete with a whopping great 7,200-pipe pipe organ.
  5. Jewish museum – German-Jewish relations have had their bad times, and surprisingly, although the exhibition names wouldnt give it away, their good times. Daniel Libeskind, the architect behind New Yorks Ground Zero memorial, designed this Museum.
  6. Museum Island – Surrounded on all sides by the River Spree, Museum Island is literally an island with museums on it, isnt that clever? It is not only home to some of the citys top class museums such as the Altes Museum and the Pergamon Museum, but also the Berliner Dom and the tranquil Lustgarten.
  7. Lustgarten – Dont be confused by the name, Berlins naked people are running around the citys 500acre Tiergarten just down the road. The Lustgarten started its life as a cabbage patch for the nearby city palace, later used as a military parade ground, now a grass garden.
  8. Holocaust Memorial – Berlins ultra-controversial memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, 2,711 concrete blocks jutting off at offensive and suffocating angles. Co-incidentally only a stones throw away from the site of Adolf Hitlers former underground lair, the Führerbunker.
  9. Potsdamer Platz – This was the glitzy centre of Germanys debauched 1920s metropolis, and the site Europes first traffic light system. Smashed into rubble during WW II, its now home to Europes fastest elevator and a mass of steel and glass buildings said to represent the future of Berlin.
  10. Topography of Terror – Back in 1987 a group of students excavated, with little more than their bare hands, the cellars of Berlins former Gestapo and SS headquarters. The Topography of Terror is the fruit of their labour, an open-air exhibition documenting what happens when a totalitarian regime tortures its people to death for fun.
  11. Checkpoint Charlie – Berlins most famous crossing point between East and West and a lasting symbol of the citys fragile Cold War relations. Commemorated today by an ersatz replica of the original American checkpoint and two historically inaccurate pictures of Soviet and American soldiers.
  12. Gendarmenmarkt – Touted by many guidebooks as the prettiest square in Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt is famous for its two churches – one Protestant, one Catholic – each built opposite each other by the opposing religion. Not often that happens.
  13. DDR Museum – Using the paraphernalia of shopping, fashion and family life Berlins DDR museum attempts to introduce visitors to what for millions of East Germans was once everyday life. Play Hausfrau in an authentic DDR kitchen and living room, or experience first-hand what it was like to be spied on.
  14. Tacheles – One-time department store then SS headquarters in the heart of Berlins former Jewish quarter, the Tacheles was taken over by squatters in 91. Behind the buildings bombed out façade is a wealth of art studios, two cinemas, 3 bars, a beach bar, a café and a newly opened bourgeois restaurant.
  15. Hackescher Markt – Hackescher Markt was once home to booming businesses during the Industrial Revolution. Its now famous not only for its attractive station, but as a jumping off point to the nearby Hackescher Höfe complex.
  16. Karl Marx Allee - Rent a bike at the reception and explore this sweeping communist boulevard where the GDR Government used to proudly present their weapons of mass destruction at their May Day parades.
  17. Raw Temple – An alternative entertainment hub including an indoor skate hall, a former Nazi hide-out used now for freestyle rock climbing, an open air cinema and regular live music.
  18. Volkspark Friedrichshain – A beautiful park, excellent for jogging or having a picnic. In the middle youll find Friedrichshains highest hill, which provides a 78-metre high view over Berlins flat terrain. The hill was actually man-made to cover up a destroyed anti-aircraft bunker from World War II, as well as several tonnes of bombed out rubble.
  19. Stasi Headquarters – Take the U5 subway at Alexanderplatz to Magdalenenstrasse and visit the former headquarters of the Stasi – East Germanys cruel and meticulous secret police – in Normannenstr. The building has been transformed into a museum and you can walk through the preserved offices of some of the GDRs most powerful men. A disturbing look at Berlins very recent past.
  20. Schloss Charlottenburg – If you are interested in Prussian architecture and history but dont have time to travel to Potsdam, then Schloss Charlottenburg is the perfect inner-city alternative. This outstanding palace and its surrounding gardens are not only visually stunning, but will also give you a detailed insight into the lifestyle of the Prussian emperors.

Every Monday Florian cooks a delicous meal

Thursday, April 16th, 2009
Enjoying a lovely meal at the EastSeven Hostel

Enjoying a lovely meal at the EastSeven Hostel

….for Eastseven guests, and it´s for free

This Monday:

PASTA PUTTANESCA

with tomato sauce, olives, fresh parsley, chilli and parmesan cheese

make sure to be there!

As always we meet in the lounge at 19h00. When the weather is nice we can eat in our lovely garden.

See you there!!!


Berlins best shops

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
Coolest Shops Berlin

Coolest Shops Berlin

A shopping guide for the coolest shops around the EastSeven Berlin Hostel

We have made a selection of some really amazing shops close by the EastSeven Hostel. In the beautiful kastanienallee there are lots of cool shops. Some with designer clothes, vintage furniture, souvenirs etc.etc.  Go there for a stroll!  As an EastSeven guest you can get amazing discounts at some of these shops.

Therefore you should take the Local Disount Card (ask for it at the reception) with you, and explore the neighbourhood by shopping!

Here is our TOP 3:
1.Glücklich am Park
They do not only sell beautiful clothes, dark sunglasses & toys…………they even have ice cream, enjoy it on there lovely terrace in the Kastanienallee.

2.O3-shop
They sell from earings, to postcards, from souvenirs to unique designed clothes…anything you can imagine. All made by different Designers. The shop has a  gallery, a small factory, a seminar room and a lovely garden.
It´s really worthwhile taking a closer look inside this cosy shop in the Oderbergerstrasse.

3.Stiefelkombinat
This is one of the coolest vintage-shops in Berlin. They sell over thousands of secondhand shoes and have an exclusive selection of furniture & clothes from the 40´s till the 80´s.
Check it out for yourselves!

Also check out our youtube-video to get an even better impression.


Events in Berlin 2009

Monday, April 6th, 2009
Events in Berlin

Events in Berlin

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel made a selection of all the cool upcoming events in Berlin in 2009.
Just take a look at the list below, find yourself a nice event and book a room in our cosy hostel!
Furthermore if you want some real insider tips on parties, pubs, concerts, exhibitions etc. please check out our staff-recommendations

Also you can always ask our friendly staff at the reception for some information on events in Berlin.

  • 15. 04-22.04

Achtung Berlin- new Berlin film award

  • 25.04

Lange Nacht der Opern und Theater

  • 1.05.-3.5

Gallery Weekend

  • 07. 05 – 09. 11

20 Jahre Mauerfall: Open-Air-Ausstellung

  • 21.05 – 23. 05

Internationale Designkonferenz

  • 29. 05 -01. 06

Karneval der Kulturen

  • 03.06 – 07. 06

Internationales Design Festival DMY

  • 07. 06 – 30. 08

7th Sandsation Festival

  • 12. 06 -14. 07

Deutsch-Französisches Volksfest

  • 21. 06

Fête de la Musique

  • 27. 06

Christopher Street Day

  • 01.07-03.07

Bread & Butter. Fashion and Lifestyle Event

  • 02.07 – 06. 07

Classic Open Air

  • 11. 07

Berlin Dance Parade

  • 16.07-19.07

Berlin Fashion Week

  • 24. 07-16. 08

Deutsch-Amerikanisches Volksfest

  • 07. 08- 09. 08

Internationales Berliner Bierfestival

  • 14. 08- 30. 08

Internationales Tanzfest

  • 29.08

Museum Night

  • 03.09 – 21. 09

Musikfest Berlin

  • 20.09

36th real Berlin-Marathon

  • 24.09-27.09

Art Forum Berlin The international Exhibition for modern art

  • 02.10 – 18. 10

59. Oktoberfest

  • 13.10 – 25. 10

Festival of Lights

  • 05.11 – 08. 11

JazzFest Berlin

  • 09. 11

20 Jahre Mauerfall: Tag des Mauerfalls

  • 31. 12

Silvesterparty am Brandenburger Tor









What to do on a monday?

Monday, April 6th, 2009

if you don´t have plans for your monday evening yet…come stay at the cosy EastSeven Hostel in Prenzlauer Berg.

Every monday our cook Florian cooks  a delicous meal for all our guests! And its for FREE!

Guests enjoying the free meal

Guests enjoying the free meal

What´s on this monday?

MINESTRONE with fresh parsley

make sure you don´t miss this amazing event!

As always we meet at 19.00 in the lounge… See you there!!


3rd European club night in Berlin

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

3rd European Club Night in Berlin 24.04.2009

Amazing Parties

This year it’s already the third European Club Night in a row! 20 Bands and 100 Djs from all over Europe come to play at 30 different clubs in Berlin. Its an unique happening that allows us to experience different European Sounds from upcoming artists, all in one amazing club night.

This all is taking place at several really popular locations in Berlin. For instance Maria am Ostbahnhof, Magnet Club, Tresor, Kulturbrauerei, Delicious Doughnuts and White Trash Fast Food.

For more detailed information just check the european clubnight homepage

This Event takes place from 22.00 till 05.00
Entrance Fee: once 12Euro

If you’re coming to Berlin for this cool event you are more than welcome to stay at our cosy Hostel.
The EastSeven Berlin hostel is located close to most of the cooperating clubs of this clubnight.

To book a room just visit EastSeven Berlin Hostel, and do the confirmed booking.
Hope to welcome you soon to our Hostel!
Best whishes from Berlin,
the EastSeven Berlin Hostel