Archive for May, 2009

Sandsation 2009 Berlin from 7. June – 30. August

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
SANDSATION! Photo: Jens Ostmann

SANDSATION! Photo: Jens Ostmann

Come visit Berlin, visit the SANDSATION and stay at the cosy EastSeven Berlin Hostel

On June 7th, Berlin’s biggest and without doubt most beautiful “sand pit” is going to open its gates for the sixth time at the Berliner Hauptbahnhof.
Again, the most renowned sand sculpture artists from all over the world will come together for the International Sand Sculpture Festival SANDSATION. Welcoming up to 120,000 fascinated guests each year, the only urban sand art festival in Europe easily established itself in Berlin’s vast cultural landscape.

The venue for SANDSATION 2009 is yet again the area by the Berliner
Hauptbahnhof. From June 7th until August 30th there’ll be carving, moulding, partying and sun bathing on the 4,000sqm site. “The central position serves us perfectly”, says Anja Smolle, producer in Berlin. “Located in the middle of Berlin’s metropolitan travel and business jumble, the festival site acts like a summer oasis. We’re very pleased that the Bezirksamt Mitte made this area by the Berliner Hauptbahnhof available to us once again.”

The real SANDSATION fans just cannot wait for the “Small Opening” on June 7th, which is when the artists can be seen at work and the creation of the tall art works can be experienced firsthand. For the “Grand Opening” on June 11th the team sculpture has to be perfect since at 4 p.m. the winning team of the 1. USF World Double Championship Award will be announced.  After the award ceremony the sand art exhibits will be on display for another nine weeks.
This year’s SANDSATION very much appeals with its great and diverse
supporting programme. There will be salsa courses, workshops for kids as well as live music: something for everybody! Also, a striking food and beverage area will be set up on the SANDSATION site, which is for hire. (Call 0176-96 88 62 79)

The site is located directly at Berlin’s main station (Hauptbahnhof), exit “Europaplatz” with unique beach atmosphere at the northern Humboldt port. Entrance via Invalidenstraße, opposite if the museum “Hamburger Bahnhof”

Hauptbahnhof Berlin
(Europaplatz), Europaplatz/Invalidenstraße
10557 Berlin-Tiergarten
Local public transport
Bus to Hauptbahnhof: M41 / TXL, to Invalidenpark: 120 / 147; 240 / 245, M85
S-Bahn to Hauptbahnhof: S5 / S7 / S75 / S9
U-Bahn to Zinnowitzer Str.: U6
Street car to Zinnowitzer Str.: M6 / M8 / 12
RE-Linien 1 to 5
ICE connections to Hamburg, Dresden, Leipzig, Hannover, Frankfurt, München, Köln …
(text: sandsation.com)

(Photo: Jens Ostmann)


DMY – International Designfestival June 3 – 7, 2009

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Come to Berlin visit the DMY and stay at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel!

Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz

DMY Berlin is a contemporary design platform founded in 2003. It developed from a visionary nucleus of leading creative thinkers from the Berlin design scene, whose expertise lay in the recognition and transformation of current as well as coming trends in culture and design.

The objective from the beginning until today is to bring together the powerful potential of contemporary design; to give it a space and setting and to expose it to a wide array of audience. At the same time the industry and economy are given the opportunity to get in contact with innovative developers and designers and therefore make use of the developed synergies.

DMY holds the yearly DMY International Design Festival in Berlin in summer, which has established itself into a scene-meeting place, trend barometer, design laboratory and playground over the years.

Over a period of five days young designers and renowned creatives present the newest developments in contemporary design, giving Berlin designers the opportunity to network with the international design scene. Current developments will be showcased, future trends detected and interdisciplinary projects and utopian designs will be encouraged. The borders between art and design are often free flowing.

Today the DMY International Design Festival occupies a crucial role in the global fair- and events- calendar as an independent event format for creative, experimental and innovative design.

Global Activities
Furthermore DMY Berlin represents the German capital as the “City of Design” (UNESCO) all year round; with exhibition events on a global scale it has won worldwide recognition as a contemporary exhibition platform in and from Berlin.

With different contributions to global existing design festivals, through the means of special exhibitions, road shows and cooperative projects, DMY consistently furthers its network. As an interdisciplinary platform for young creatives as well as established, internationally operating designers, DMY Berlin encourages a cross-cultural dialogue between the global design scene and the city of Berlin.
(Text: Berlin.de)

Address: Eichenstraße 4


10 things to do for free in Berlin

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

 

A piece of the Berlin Wall

A piece of the Berlin Wall

10 cool tips to have an amazing time in Berlin and save some money!!!!!

EastSeven Berlin Hostel recommends some cool activities and sightseeing, all for FREE.
We have listed up 10 interesting things to see and do in the exciting metropole Berlin.

If you want more insider tips you can also always ask us at the reception or check out our online city info and our online staff-recommendations.

Have fun exploring berlin on a low budget!

Here is our TOP 10:
1.Museums on Thursday night for free: NO ADMISSION FOR ALL STATE MUSEUMS

don’t pay money for culture! most of the state museums are admission free on Thursdays. Simply ask at the reception where to go!

2.Alexanderplatz; 20 Jahre Mauerfall: an Open-Air-Exhibition

The exhibition tells the story of the Peaceful Revolution and its main participants. It documents this exciting time and invites discussion of the results. Free Entry! (text:www.mauerfall09.de)
3.The Gedächtniskirche or Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

is the symbolic centre of West Berlin, an anti- war memorial to peace and reconciliation. Following allied bombing during WWII, the original, west Tower has remained standing as a ruin and is hauntingly named the “hollow tooth” as it is literally an empty husk. Immediately recognizable and located on the Breitscheidplatz at the start of the busy shopping district which includes the Tauentzienstrasse and Ku’damm, this is the only building on the square which was spared by the bombing and deliberately preserved as a part ruin. (text: Berlin.de) A visit to this church is definitely worthwhile and also complete FREE!

4.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. Just go to foot from Unter den Linden and take a closer look at this immense Gate. This Beautiful sight in Berlin is also admission free to visit.
5.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.

You can get in for FREE. Try to avoid the queues at the Reichstag, make a reservation at Kaefers restaurant at the top of the glass dome. This should get you in the side door.
6.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.

Walk through the memorial, youll quickly realise its not the kind of place you want to have a summer picnic at.
7.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.
Check out the Sony Centre and Cinemax cinemas for films in their original language (e.g. English, this is not for free of course!)
8.Volkspark Friedrichshain

A beautiful park, excellent for jogging or having a picnic or barbeque. In the middle you’ll 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. Also you can play beachvolleyball for free here. They have a special area reserved for beachsports. Its free to use for anyone but you´d have to bring your own equipment.

9.Fleamarket

Sunday is fleamarket day. Close to the hostel (500 m) you find the Arkonaplatz Fleamarket and the famous Mauerpark fleamarket. If you don´t want to buy something – no problem,  you first of all go there to see all kind of urban subjects with hangover and even sober ones. Berliners go there – you should as well, and ofcourse there is no entrance fee here!
10. East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 km-long painted stretch of the former Berlin Wall along the Mühlenstrasse in former East Berlin. It is the largest open-air gallery in the world, free of charge,  with over one hundred original mural paintings. Galvanised by the extraordinary events which were changing the world, artists from all around the globe rushed to Berlin after the fall of the Wall, leaving a visual testimony of the joy and spirit of liberation which erupted at the time.(text: www.berlin.de)


How to spend your weekend in Berlin

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

some cool insider-recommendations for this weekend

Organic Market at kollwitzplatz

Organic Market at kollwitzplatz

The EastSeven Hostel in Berlin made you a selection of cool events for this weekend (15th-17th of may). Per day we have made a top three of insider tips on how to spend the day in the  exiting metropole Berlin.

Our selection contains clubs, markets and cafe´s across Berlin. We wish you a splendid time shopping, eating and partying! For more exciting recommendations please check out our Staffrecommendations or ask your EastSeven staff at the reception.

On friday the 15th:
1.Go for a stroll along the kastanienallee for shopping, coffee drinking and

more shopping =). (don´t forget to bring the EastSeven shopping Discount Card).

Then if you´re getting hungry drop by for lunch at the Fat Ass Pizza at Oderbergerstr. 23.

They make excellent pizza (new york style) and with the Local disocunt Card you get 15% discount on consumption.

yammie yammie!!!

2.After that visit the Kulturbrauerei. This friday at Kesselhaus there´s a nice band called SARA TAVARES playing some amazing AFRO POP.
This event starts at 21h00.
3.End your night at Tresor to experience an amazing clubnight at one of the most popular clubs in Berlin
This friday evening a colorful heap of sound tinkerers have been gathered together, for one evening long stretching the boundries between techno, electro-punk and house: as co-founder of Scape, Barbara Preisinger has always had an ear open for innovative dub and hip hop. Her house and techno sets therefore always provide an element of surprise. The turntables on the Globus Floor are shared this time with Stuff and Hintergrundrauschen, flanked by a live set from hippie offspring Emanuel Eisbrenner who, in the 90’s as trance globetrotter later transformed as techno developer with experience on dancefloors from Mumbai to Berlin. The Tresor Floor joins in the ecstatic welcome for two very special guests: the freaky, funky BPitch and Boysnoize Berlin buddy Housemeister with his quirky and explosive rave history; and the former Brighton No-Future posse member turned Barcelona world-class techno DJ Dave Tarrida, Tresor Records recording artist and bass-rocker of the highest class who kicks it well with rumbling, dark bass-lines that push the walls apart. This is a Friday evening of extreme dancing full of experimental value – à la Tresor.

On saturday the 16th:
1.On a late Saturday morning you should go to where the locals go – the farmer´s market on Kollwitzplatz – 200 Meters from EastSeven. Fresh organic vegetables, varieties of sausages and a lot more of savoir vivre. By your food of the season there, go back to the hostel and prepare it in our fancy self catering kitchen.

2. After that visit the DESIGNMAI. An international design festival held annually, boasting 100 events, exhibitions, workshops, presentations, discussions and talks it serves as a platform for Berlin’s design scene and international stars. Berlin becomes the barometer of the most innovative design trends.

3.End your night at Magnet club for some nice live music. Tonight there are three bands: THE Dø, playing indie-pop, MIKROBOY, indie-pop, and DATAROCK,electro-punk. After that there´s a long dance night with several cool Berlin DJ´s.

On sunday the 17th:
1. Close to the hostel (500 m)you find the Arkonaplatz Fleamarket and the famous Mauerpark fleamarket. You don´t want to buy something – no problem you first of all go there to see all kind of urban subjects with hangover and even sober ones. Berliners go there – you should as well
2.Shopping makes hungry. Sunday is brunchday. Go to  “CAFE MORGENLAND” for an excellent all you can eat brunch!
3.End your night at HOPPETOSSE, a boat on the river Spree, for a really cool Reggea party.

For more cool recommendations on parties and events in Berlin just ask your EastSeven Berlin Hostel Staff!


Carnival of Cultures 29th May – 1st June 2009

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

 

 

Karneval der Kulturen © Daniela Incoronato

Karneval der Kulturen © Daniela Incoronato

…a gigantic four-day street-festival in Berlin

Just as every other year, Berlin is going to proudly present the Carnival of Cultures, which will take place between May 29th and June 1st in 2009, with a four-day street-festival, the Parade (31st of May) and various parties throughout the whole city.

Approximately 5.200 protagonists will perform on- and off-stage during the programme of the street festival and will participate in the Parade on Sunday. The city expects about 1.4 million visitors from all over the world, who will join this gigantic summer-festival.

But it’s more than just a big party – the Carnival of Cultures is a reflection of Berlin‘s cultural diversity. It brings together professional artists and amateurs, young and old, and – furthermore – is a great opportunity for members of Berlin’s ethnic communities to make their cultures visible to Berliners and visitors equally. Whether it’s traditional or modern – every culture gets its chance to add their aesthetic vision to the capital‘s reputation as a vibrant and constantly changing metropolis. Being part of this traditional event has always been an unbelievable experience for both, visitors and participants.

STREET FESTIVAL 2009
29th May–1st June
Friday 4pm–midnight
Saturday/Sunday 11am–midnight
Monday 11am–7pm

Free of admission

Blücherplatz 1

(Text: Berlin.de)

If  you´re visiting Berlin and the Carnival of Cultures you are  more than welcome to stay at our cosy Hostel in Prenzlauer Berg. To book a room just follow this link: BOOKING


Sights to visit around the EastSeven Berlin Hostel

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


Top 7 of coolest sights in vibrant Prenzlauer Berg

Wasserturm in Prenzlauer Berg

Wasserturm in Prenzlauer Berg

Wasserturm – The unofficial symbol of Prenzlauer Berg, this 30m high tower was built in 1877 as the local water reservoir. Once used by the Nazis as a prison, today the round brick Wasserturm has been converted into trendy apartments.

TIP: Check for art exhibitions next to the tower, in the underground reservoir.

Kollwitzplatz – Käthe Kollwitz, the famous left-wing, anti-war artist, would no doubt take great pride that not only is there a square named after her (complete with bronze statue) but that its one that was once a meeting point for intellectuals and artists during Prenzlauer Bergs nasty East Germany days.

TIP: Don´t miss Kollwitzplatz`s famous market on saturdays
TIP: Enjoy amazing cakes and delicious coffee at the Anna Blume café on the corner of Sredzkistrasse and Kollwitzstrasse.
TIP: Just round the corner is Rykestrasse Synagogue, Germany’s largest synagogue.

Helmholzplatz – According to local legend, Prenzlauer Berg has one of the highest birth rates in all of Germany. Helmholzplatz is just one of the places in the district where mummies and daddies come to push their new-borns around in expensive pushchairs and gorge on a little brunch.

TIP: Do you like chocolate and food? How about chocolatefood? Head to IntVelt chocolate restaurant.
TIP: Visit the best affordable Japanese restaurant in East Berlin: Sasaya
TIP: Alternative and strictly limited Berlin fashion and graphics: Supalife Kiosk in Raumer Str.

Kastanienallee – Dubbed Casting Alley by the locals, this long strip of little cafes, indie fashion designers trading their wares and tasty restaurants is the ideal place to hang out and watch the surprisingly large number of beautiful faces walk by at all hours.

TIP: Kastanienallee is home to Berlins largest and oldest beer garden – the Prater.
TIP: Recommended Berlin souvenir shop: Luxus International

Kulturbrauerei – This huge complex of night-time hangouts originally housed Berlins Schultheiss brewery for more than 150 years. By night the Culture Brewery turns into a popular meeting point for determined drinkers, eager to explore the buildings wealth of bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants, or just hang out in the huge courtyard.

TIP: The Kulturbrauerei is also a popular venue for famous live acts.

Zionskirchplatz – Life in a resistance group fighting either the Nazis or East German government was often a dangerous affair. Finding somewhere quiet and warm to hold your secret discussions therefore being a number one priority = PBergs 19th century Church of Zion. It is now surrounded by small cafes and restaurants.

TIP: Go to the Weinerei, where you can pay for a glass of wine what you think its worth.

Mauerpark – If you are over 20 and still like to play (particularly with beer bottles), then this is your playground. Its the best place in Berlin for relaxed outdoor boozing and there are hilltop swingsets which are a great spot for watching the sun sink lazily in the West.

TIP: Dont miss the fabulous flea market on Sundays.

So, have a look to the nice sights around the EastSeven Hostel in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg.


Berlin Läuft

Monday, May 4th, 2009


Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

BIG 25 Berlin on the 10th of may 2009…

Take part when Germany’s most traditional city race will enter a new era. Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, Friedrichstraße, Gendarmenmarkt, Potsdamer Platz, Kurfürstendamm, Funkturm and finally the unique finish inside the Berlin Olympic Stadium – these are some of the most spectacular sightseeing points you will pass during the race. No need to book a sightseeing tour! Thousands of spectators will cheer you on. Once initiated by the French Allied Forces in West Berlin in spring 1981 the ,25 km de Berlin’ was Germany’s first big city race. On May 4th the event will have a new Take part when Germany’s most traditional city race will enter a new era. Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, Friedrichstraße, Gendarmenmarkt, Potsdamer Platz, Kurfürstendamm, Funkturm and finally the unique finish inside the Berlin Olympic Stadium – these are some of the most spectacular sightseeing points you will pass during the race. No need to book a sightseeing tour! Thousands of spectators will cheer you on. Once initiated by the French Allied Forces in West Berlin in spring 1981 the ,25 km de Berlin’ was Germany’s first big city race. On May 4th the event will have a new title: BERLIN RUNS … 25 k. Come to Berlin to experience the start of a new era of this traditional running event.
Start 10.00h: Olympic Square (Olympischer Platz) / Siegessäule / Brandenburger Tor / Friedrichstraße / Gendarmenmarkt / Potsdamer Platz / Tauentzienstraße / Kaiser-Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche / Kurfürstendamm / Funkturm / Finish: Olympic Stadium Berlin.

(Text: www.berlin-laeuft.de)