Archive for June, 2009

Top 5 of cool things to do in Berlin, all for FREE!!

Monday, June 29th, 2009

 

Fleamarket Mauerpark

Fleamarket Mauerpark

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel listed up some cool activities that are free of charge

We want to keep our guests informed about what is cool and cheap to see in Berlin. Some of our favorit low cost activities & events in Berlin our listed down below. Check it out and klick on the links for more detailed information on each of the activities. In case you want to have more tips and recommendations check out what our staff has to say online.

1.Open Air Exhibition
20 JAHRE MAUERFALL: ZEITREISEN – PRENZLAUER BERG 1979-1989-1999

The exhibition presents works from internationally prominent artists who concern themselves with the changes to the architectural and urban structure of Berlin.

Where: Streets and Squares around Prenzlauer Berg
Mon, 22.06.2009 till Sun, 06.09.2009

2. Dinner at EastSeven

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…

3.The Mauerpark Fleahmarket
Sunday is fleamarket day. 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.

4. Organic Market Kollwitplatz
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.

5. Viktoriapark Kreuzberg
Viktoriapark is one of Berlin’s oldest and prettiest parks and offers a great view from the top of Kreuzberg. Have a delicious and cheap vegetarian lunch at Seerose (Mehringdamm 47) and then have a coffee or some ice cream at one of the plenty cafes in Bergmannstraße. Kreuzberg/Viktoriapark @ U-Mehringdamm.

Have fun exploring Berlin without spending to much money!! Hope to welcome you soon to the EastSeven Berlin Hostel!!!!


48 Stunden Neukölln

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Street Art Berlin

Street Art Berlin

Discover Berlin-Neukölln this weekend at the amazing 48 hours Neukölln Festival of arts

Berlin’s largest festival of the arts will, for the eleventh time, offer an opportunity to delve into the culturally prospering area of northern Neukölln. This part of the city has, increasingly, attracted attention as a breeding ground for the most diverse creative projects. This year, in merely 48 hours, more than 1000 participants at over 270 locations will present around 550 events. Here’s your chance to experience the mind-boggling variety of cultural activity on offer at what might, for some, appear at unlikely locations. From Friday – Sunday (7 pm – 7 pm) contemporary art, theatre, dance and performance, readings and parties will fill galleries, studios, and theatres as well as temporary spaces that open their doors to become cultural spaces.
Humus Neukölln

The focus of this year’s festival is “Humus Neukölln” demonstrates how 48 Stunden Neukölln keeps the impact of continuous growth in mind, as this is not, always something to be welcomed. Good ideas and creative processes sprout, bringing all manner of growth along with those ideas. In the process, Neukölln’s image has changed. What used to be considered a rather grimy area has become, gradually, recognised as where interesting cultural projects develop. Such dynamic mutations are exactly the sort of thing that will be examined during the festival.

The verve of the cultural scene in Neukölln is still very much something to wonder at. This year’s motto, “Humus Neukölln”, is, therefore not only meant as a metaphor. This year, participating artists have been invited to explore notions of “Nature and Urbanity” with special emphasis on taking advantage of the many green areas in Neukölln.

We’re looking forward to greeting you here.
Events take place both indoors and outdoors and are, largely, for free.
For the  programm klick HERE

(Text: www.48-stunden-neukoelln.de)

You´re more than welcome to book a room at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel, please click here to make a BOOKING.

Hope to see you soon!!


Christopher Street Day Berlin 27th June 2009

Monday, June 22nd, 2009
CSD (c) Barbara Sigge

CSD (c) Barbara Sigge

Come to Berlin for this amazing event and stay at our cosy hostel

The Berliner CSD will be 31 on 27th June 2009. Thirty-one years in which the Community has been developing its diversity and its political aims. But discrimination towards gays, lesbians, transgenders and bisexuals still exists. A proud number of 500,000 people went onto the streets last year. The event as the biggest gay-lesbian “holiday” will this year once again be an appropriate platform to add the right weight to long overdue demands.

The CSD is held in memory of the first big uprising of homosexuals against police assaults in Greenwich Village (New York, USA) on June 27, 1969. The so-called Stonewall Riots took place in the bar Stonewall Inn. The first German CSDs took place in Bremen and Berlin in 1979.
Address: Christopher Street Day Berlin Straße des 17. Juni
Please see map

Public transport:

Metro stations:
S Tiergarten: S5, S7, S75, S9
Underground stations:
U Hansaplatz: U9
Bus:
U Hansaplatz: 106

(Text: Berlin.de)


EastSeven Berlin Hostel listed on Bett & Bike Website

Monday, June 15th, 2009

EastSeven Hostel welcomes cyclists

EastSeven Hostel welcomes cyclists

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel welcomes cyclists from all over the world

Recently our hostel has been listed on the bett und bike website. This is a website especially for cyclists who are looking for a bike-friendly accommodation across Europe.  Our hostel is selected as being a very good accommodation for cyclists.
At the EastSeven Berlin Hostel you can rent qualitative good bikes.
If you bring your own bike you can park it savely in our garden or in our basement.
Also we offer all kinds of equipment for  small repairs to your bike, and there is a good bikestore in our street.
Despite being a big metropolis Berlin is ideal for an exploring biketour. Almost all big streets are featured with a bicycle track. Riding a bike in Berlin reduces the disctance between all cool sights!

To find  nice bicycle routes in Berlin visit BBBike.

Have fun exploring Berlin by Bike!!


The EastSeven Berlin Hostel Guestbook…

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
EastSeven Berlin Hostel Guestbook art- CAR

EastSeven Berlin Hostel Guestbook art- CAR

….an insight in feedback from EastSeven Berlin Hostel Guests

In the EastSeven Berlin Guestbook all EastSeven Guests get a chance to write something down about how do like (or didn´t like) the EastSeven Berlin Hostel. The Guetsbook is always lying at the reception and waiting for some nice handwriting from travellers all over the world. Hereby I also like to thank all the friendly backpackers for leaving such cool messages in the book.

Down below some cool messages directly copied from the EastSeven Guestbook, enjoy reading it and hope to see you soon again in Berlin.

Thanx for a great stay!

This was the best hostel I stayed in Germany. Loved the staff, rooms and beautiful city! I wish i could stay longer.

Love from Brisbane,

Luke

Lovin’ the EastSeven massive.

Had a great time. Thank you!

We will be back!

Kim

EastSeven,

thank you for providing me a warm bed with a lovely ikea comfort. Also thank you so much for the soap in the bathroom. Other hostels don’t understand how important it is to wash your hands. LOL, so thanks a bunch!!

The staff is nice & you guys are very sweet.

Love from Natasha


Lesbian and Gay City Festival Berlin

Monday, June 8th, 2009

 

Party in Berlin

Party in Berlin

Berlin´s 17th Lesbian and Gay City Festival is on June 20 and 21 2009.
Under the slogan »Equal Rights for the Unequal«, Berlin´s Rainbow Fund will present its seventeenth annual Lesbian and Gay Festival – Europe’s largest – this coming June, over the weekend of the 20st and 21nd 2009. As usual, it´s being held in the traditional gay stomping ground around Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg.

The festival will take place in the area bounded by Motzstrasse, Eisenacher Strasse, Fuggerstrasse and Kalckreuthstrasse, spreading over 25,000 square meters, and featuring the Worlds of Sports, Radio, Travel, Film, AIDS and Politics, as well as other exhibits from a wide range of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups.

Along with dozens of information booths and market stalls, there will be a varied range of culinary treats. And on both days of the festival, there will be five high-energy performance venues: »The Connection« with house and techno music, the »Disco Ball« with hits of the 70s and 80s, the »Queer Media«, a mix of lesbian and gay entertainers and DJs, as well as the »Women´s Showcase«.

Again this year the high point of the festival will be the Personality Interview Show, »Das wilde Sofa« (The Wild Sofa), taking place on the Main Stage at the corner of Eisenacher Strasse and Fuggerstrasse. Between three and four each afternoon, Gerhard Hoffmann and Biggy van Blond will put guests from politics and culture through the meat grinder for the delight of all. Following »The Wild Sofa« on Saturday, there will be a varied programme of rock and pop until 11 pm, and on Sunday until 10 pm.
With more than 350,000 guests expected over the weekend, the festival´s beer gardens, cocktail bars, stages and dance floors will turn the area around Nollendorfplatz into Berlin´s favourite party quarter. From 11 in the morning to late in the night it will be »Welcome to the Cabaret«.
(Text: Regenbogenfonds.de)

(Translation: Michael Evans)

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel also gathered together some usefull links for Lesbians and Gays who are visiting Berlin. We have made a top 5 of informative websites with information on gay clubs, gay events and the gay museum in Berlin. Just check it out. You are also welcome to stay in our cosy little hostel unfar from the kastanienallee and the Alexanderplatz, to make a booking click here. For further information on gay events in Berlin just ask our friendly staff at the reception.

Link top 5:

1.  Berlin Gay Web

2. Berlin Gay Travel Guide

3. Regenbogenfonds

4. The Gay Museum

5. Gay scene Highlights Berlin

ENJOY BERLIN!


Fête de la musique in Berlin 2009

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

 

Fete de la musique (c) Barbara Sigge

Fete de la musique (c) Barbara Sigge

celebrating the coming of summer with music, for free…

As every year on the 21st of june the fete de la musique is taking over the streets of Berlin with musique from all kinds of different countries and genres.
The festival welcomes the summer and celebrates with tons of talented musicians playing all kinds of different tunes. Both professional and amateur musicians will be playing. There will be DJ´s, Bands, orchestras, ensemles and choirs.
There are numerous open air atges as well as indoor locations across the city of Berlin.
For this event there is no entrance fee and all the musicians are playing for free.

Close to the EastSeven Berlin Hostel you´ll find some nice open air stages.
For instance:
Zion City Stage on tour
Location:

Elisabethkirche in der Invalidenstraße, 10115 Berlin-Mitte,

Programm:

Dupstep, Open Air & in der Kirche 16:00 bis 22:00 Uhr
16:00 Mene Axelrod b2b Waranman (loud fm), 16:30 Robotic (freakcamp), 17:30 ace (tamtam records), 19:00 Ramadanman (hessle audio/UK), 20:30 Gemmy (punchdrunk/UK)

Rosengarten
Location:

Weinbergsweg ggü. Hausnr. 13, 10115 Berlin-Mitte – zum 1. Mal dabei
Pop, SingerSongwriter, Open Air 16:00 bis 22:00 Uhr

Programm:

16:00 Jackie Marshall & The Black Alles Band (folk, jazz, singersongwriter), 17:00 Ganymetro (funk, rock, jam), 18:00 The Polaroyds (beat, 60´s), 19:00 Auge Allstars (chansons amplifeé, allemagne), 20:00 Sunshower (folk pop), 21:00 Tereze et Cri (soulancholy, pop)
Kunst Hof
Location:

Oranienburger Str. 27, 10117 Berlin-Mitte-Mitte – zum 1. Mal dabei

Programm:

Jazz, Worldmusic, Open Air 16:00 bis 22:00 Uhr
16:00 Ina Venter (folk), 18:00 Musikkollektiv Scho (world, swing), 20:00 Natasha Roth & James Scholfield (world)

Pavillon im Volkspark Friedrichshain
Location:

Platz der Vereinten Nationen/ Friedenstr. 101, 10249 Berlin-Friedrichshain,

Programm:

Rock, Funk, Open Air 16:00 bis 22:00 Uhr
16:00  Novox (jazz, funk, fusion), 17:00 Basic Element (chillout, elektro, jazz, funk, pop), 18:00  Princeps  (soul, rock, funk), 19:15 Rooty and the Rebeleptics (skapunk), 20:30 Sinfuroco (rock, alternative)

AnnaBlume & SowohlAlsAuch & ZumDrittenMann-Bühne
Location:

Kollwitzstr. / Sredzkistr., 10435 Berlin-Pankow-Prenzlauer Berg -

Programm:
Kinderprogramm, Rock, Pop, Open Air 14:30 bis 22:00 Uhr
14:00 Karlo – Die kleinste Band der Welt (popsongs in neuem gewand), 14:20 Diane Weigmann, Toby Weyrauch & Carsten Schmelzer: “Von Farbenfeen und Stinkesocken” (kinderlieder), 15:00 Benni Fridge (singersongwriter), 15:30 SoundAppeal (a-capella), 16:10 Orange (pop-funk), 16:55 Koy (electro-reggae), 17:40 Silvester (pop), 18:30 Surprise, 19:30 Virginia Jetzt (indie pop), 20:20 Super700 (acoustic, pop), 21:20 Grossstadtgefluester (electro, indie, pop)
Beakers Bühne
Location:

Dunckerstr. 69, 10437 Berlin-Pankow-Prenzlauer Berg – zum 1. Mal dabei

Programm:
Indie, Rock, Pop, Punk, Open Air 16:00 bis 22:00 Uhr
16:00 Hinterhof HiFi (reggae, dub, roots),17:00 Vince Vega (indie rock), 18:00 Playbot (rock), 19:00 Arme Ritter (pop, punk, emo), 20:00 Nihiling (experimental rock, ambient), 21:00 Lord Bishop Rocks (rock, metal, funk/ USA)

Intersoup

Location: Schliemannstr. 31, 10437 Berlin-Pankow-Prenzlauer Berg – zum 1. Mal dabei

Programm: Electro, Pop, Rock, Open Air 16:00 bis 22:00 Uhr
16:00 DJ The Shaidon Effect (electro, techno), 16:30 The Barotti + Nachlader (electro, pop, indie/ IT), 17:30 Uhr Rampue (audiolith) + IRA ATARI  (electro, pop, indie), 18:15 Missin Cat (akustisch, folk, indie), 19:00 Lisa WHO (pop), 20:00 The Toulouse (indie, pop, rock), 21:00 Poolstar (punk rock)

Fête de la Nuit: Indoor from 22:00 till open end:

22:30 Tinka (alternative, pop, rock), 23:30 Anna Rikje Rosenthal (pop, indie, electro)

Sommergartenbühne im Pfefferberg

Location: Schönhauser Allee 176, 10119 Berlin-Pankow-Prenzlauer Berg,

Programm: Weltmusik, Open Air 16:00 bis 22:00 Uhr
SOMMERGARTEN: 16:00 Neôfariuş V. Occ. Flying K.-Orcheštra No. 249 (osteurop. folklore, klezmer, balkan, polka), 17:30 Ofrin (avantgardepop, downbeat, electronic), 19:30 Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird (folk, indie), 21:00 Mar Safam (folk, surf)

Fête de la Nuit: Haus 13 – Indoor weiter ab 22:00 Uhr bis open end

22:00 Fayvish (folk, powerpop), 23:30 Special Guest: Maraveyas (folk, rock, bossa nova/ Gastband aus Griechenland/Athen) 01:00 Bloody Kalinka (folkrock, ska, pop)
(programm: fetedelamusique.de)

If you are coming to Berlin you are more than welcome to stay at our cosy hostel EastSeven. To make a booking just klick HERE.


TOP 10 of Bars & Clubs for Gay people in Berlin

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Berlin

Berlin

We’ve Listed some of the hottest gay bars and clubs in Town for you

In Berlin there are lots of cool gay bars, also many new berlin clubs are more gay than straight. To get an better insight in where to go to in Berlin just take a look at our Top 10 Below. Further information is also to be found on www.berlin-life.com. If you´re visiting Berlin you are more than welcome to stay in our cosy hostel in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg. To book a room in the EastSeven Berlin Hostel just klick here. For more information on Events and parties in Berlin please check our staff-recommendations!!

1.Hafen
Probably the most established gay club in the whole of Berlin, Hafen remains popular despite the increasing amount of competition. Its location in the heart of Schoneburg’s pink district means that it’s unlikely to lose its steam anytime soon. The louche interior, decorated with everything from leopardskin wallpaper to portraits of chairman Mao and punctuated with plenty of candlelit corners, provides a flirty meeting spot. Hafen gets extra cult status for allegedly being visited by the real life Sally Bowles back in those heady days of cabaret…

2.Berghain Club
Touted by many as the best club in Berlin, Berghain is definitely not for asthmatic, weedy types who were always trying to skip gym. In this industrial-style warehouse club you’ll find the hardest of Berlin’s hardcore pushing squares ’til way past breakfast time. The beats are relentless, the atmosphere hedonistic… And the crowd? Well you’re never quite sure if the menacing, bare-chested toyboys are scowling at you, or eyeing you up. Upstairs in the Panorama bar, things are very slightly more civilized – but not much. A friendly crowd processes packets of chemicals into buckets of sweat way into the following day!

3.Kit Kat Club
The Kit Kat Club in Berlin is one of those rare clubs that has achieved legendary status before it’s even been closed. It can chart it’s history back to 1994 when a rather liberal Austrian couple decided to try and combine two scenes together: the hippy vibes of a Goa trance party and the hardcore love action of a fetish night. Well you can probably guess the rest. Although the orgies these days are said to be tamer than of old, let’s just say that should someone offers you two fingers or four, it’s nothing to do with a Nestle chocolate biscuit. If you are planning on paying KitKat Club a visit please note that only highly original, and revealing, glamour/fetish outfits will get you past the door.

4.SchwuZ
As much a serious music club as a gay hangout, SchwuZ hosts an impressive programme of dance parties week-in week-out, each with their own agenda and loyal crowd. But whether you find yourself at London Calling, Funky Beats Inc or more cheesy offerings such as Madonna Mania you’ll find the atmosphere friendly and relaxed, and the prices unpretentious. Dykes in search of Deutsche divas won’t want to miss out on the monthly L-tunes mash up, when some of the prettiest things in the city come out to play. You can find SchwuZ opposite Berlin’s Gay Museum.

5.Berio
‘Enjoy, relax, flirt’ is the tagline of this upmarket cafe in the heart of Schoneburg’s gay district, and it’s hard to do anything otherwise when the sun is out and Berlin’s finest are sipping cocktails on the famous Berio terrace. And whereas the outdoor seating steals the lime – as well as the sun – light, the sophisticated two tone interior of hard wood floors and white walls is also a rather nice place to enjoy a beverage. All in all a superior blip on the gaydar.

6.Das Haus B
Formerly known as Die Busche (‘the Bush’), this primarily lesbian shrine made a name for itself during the GDR days as a place to let loose underneath the fabric of Communist society. Now known as Das Haus B, the club’s attitude and agenda hasn’t changed much – it’s still famous as the biggest and cheesiest gay disco in Berlin. Derided by some as a camp dinosaur, Das Haus B may not be the most sophisticated address in town but try telling that to the hundreds of youngsters who keep coming back for more. Leave the airs and graces at home and you’ll struggle to have a bad time.

7.GMF
This famous dance party is a must for house and techno fans, with glamour and good vibes in abundance. The action normally takes place on Sundays at Weekend club.

8.Bangaluu
The bed restaurant concept has made a successful splash in Berlin in the shape of Bangaluu Dinnerclub. A decadent shrine to relaxation and sensual pleasure, Bangaluu’s guests are cordially invited to recline Roman Emperor-stylee on spotless white linened beds (they must be a bugger to get clean!) and feast on succulent snacks such as wasabi and avocado sushi. Once your appetite has been satisfied feel free to flag down a masseuse for a soothing body rub, or sit up and pay attention to whatever show is being put on that night. Divas, dancers and even male strippers are regular entertainers here.
9.Rio

Woken up on a complete stranger’s couch fully dressed, stinking of smoke with a throbbing headache, bloodshot eyes and no memory of the night before? Blame it on Rio. In a city that’s not short of anarchic venues Rio must rate amongst the best for sheer we-don’t-give-a-damn-how-we-feel-tomorrow revelry. Rock up to this divey, ramshackle den of a club and you’ll soon find yourself embroiled in a world of crazy sounds and deeds as live punk acts and underground electro DJs unleash audio chaos on the up-for-it masses. Let the mayhem begin… Again.

10.SO36
SO36 has one of the most diverse programmes of any club in Berlin, and although popular with the queer community is by no means an exclusively gay venue. Everything from ragga and hip hop concerts, through to karaoke and gay Muslim nights, take place under SO36′s renowned roof, with the weekly Sunday party Cafe Fatal proving particularly popular. If you go clubbing in Kreuzberg, the chances are you’ll end up here no matter what day of the week it is. Oh, and in case you were wondering about the enigmatic name, SO36 takes its moniker from a now extinct postal code of the area.

(Text: Berlin-life.com)