Archive for August, 2009

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel Staff Members-Video

Monday, August 31st, 2009

We have made a new hostel video representing the EastSeven Berlin Hostel staff….

It is a really short movie just  to give travellers a better impression of the hostel and her staff. Our staff is always really friendly and, as you can see in the movie, really cool!!!
From 7am till midnight they are there for the guests, at the reception. Always helping the traveller finding the best clubs, parties, sightseeing tours etc. etc. (see also the individual staff recommendations online). You can come to them with any question, problem, or just for a nice conversation. They also sell the best german beer and italian coffee. There is a happy hour for coffee during the morning from 8-10 and there is a happy hour for beer in the evening from 8-10.

At this time there are already 6 hostel movies online on various video platforms as youtube, daily motion and vimeo.


Visit Berlin, visit the Berlin Underworlds

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
Cold War Bunker Berlin

Cold War Bunker Berlin

interested in going beyond the popular touristic sights and explore a bit more of Berlins history?

Then go for instance on a bunker tour!
There are several different bunker tours, in english, german and spanish.
Something exceptional and very interesting! A must do!
At Berlin Underworlds you can experience the history of Berlin from an unconventional perspective! Since 1997, the Berlin Underworlds Association has been offering regular tours into some of the most important underground structures in the city. Although the majority of their tours are in or near the Gesundbrunnen station in the north of Berlin, they Berlin Underground Company also offers tours in several other subterranean complexes that are otherwise not publicly accessible. (Text :Berliner-unterwelten.de)

The Tours run all through the year and from April through October there are even one or more tours a day you can attend!
Meeting point is at the southern entrance of the U8 subway station at Gesundbrunnen BHF (exit direction to Humboldthain Park, Brunnenstraße). Here is also the ticket office and here you can find information leaflets aswell.
For more detailed information on one of the 9 tours please take a look at the Berliner Unterwelten Homepage.

If you are interested in discovering berlin in a more non touristic way  you can also check our staff recommendations. Here you can read what the eastseven staff members are up to this weekend.

Hope to see you in Berlin, Hope to welcome you to the EastSeven Berlin Hostel!


Our Top 10 of Amazing Exhibitions & Cool Events in Berlin

Monday, August 24th, 2009

 

Free Meal at EastSeven

Free Meal at EastSeven

EastSeven Berlin Hostel made you a top 10 of some really excellent activities for this summer

1.DINNER AT SEEROSE

The very best vegetarian food in town can be found at the Seerose in Kreuzberg, Mehringdamm 47. Pick from a variety of delicious dishes (small plate 4,50€ – 2 dishes; large plate 5,50€ – 3 dishes) and enjoy the unique Kreuzberg atmosphere. After that, hit up Bergmannstraße or Zyankali Bar for drinks.
2.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
3. 20 years since the Fall of the Wall: TIME_TRAVELLING – 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
4.FLEAMARKET

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 anything? – 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.

Begin at: 11:00
End at: 16:00
5.BAUHAUS MODEL (EXHIBITION)

For the first time, the three German Bauhaus institutions are uniting to present a comprehensive exhibition about the Bauhaus, the most influential school for art, design and architecture of the 20th century. Numerous, to a large extent widely unknown objects will make “Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model” a unique exhibition that will dominate Berlin’s cultural summer. The exhibition focuses on the comprehensive significance of the Bauhaus in regard to the development and internationalisation of modernity and goes beyond, examining its world-wide, lasting impact on architecture and design up until the present day.

Wednesday to Monday from 10am –20pm
Entrance 10,- EUR ( 8,-EUR reduced)
combined with Bauhaus exhibition 15,- EUR ( 11,-EUR reduced)

6.FANTASY FILMFEST till AUGUST 26th

FANTASY FILMFEST is a competitive festival for SciFi, Splatter, Horror and many more.
The winner of the competition is selected by the audience.
Festival venues
CinemaxX Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Strasse 5
10785 Berlin
7.NEUE NATIONAL GALERIE: PICTURE DREAMS
Picture Dreams.
Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch Collection

The Pietzsch Collection ranks as one of the internationally most significant collections of Surrealist art, with principle works by André Breton, Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, André Masson and Yves Tanguy, as well as numerous works by other artists more broadly connected to the Surrealist movement.
A second important core aspect to the collection lies in works by the Abstract Expressionists in America, whose art movement rose directly from the roots of Surrealism to flourish in the New York of the nineteen-fifties. Works by important figures who have since become legends in their own right, such as Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman are all represented in the collection together with works by the great Mexicans Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

Visitor Entrance:

Potsdamer Straße 50

10785 Berlin

Admission: 10€/discounted admission 5€

8.SUMMER.POP.SHOPPING29 + 30 august

The Arena, Badeschiff and the outdoor area are forming the huge (3000 square meter) shopping lounge for the 150 hand picked young artists and designers, who are selling their newest collections and creations. A mixture of fashion-, jewellery and product-design, art, photography, grafics and much more combined with DJs and live acts (Nachlader, Daniel Wang, Namosh, 4 Phase Stereo, Elle and Hi Folks)

Open: 12.00 – 22.00
Entrace: 3,- Euros
9.LE CORBUSIER – ART AND ARCHITECTURE (EXHIBITION)

Le Corbusier (1887–1965) is considered to be one of the most significant architects of the 20th century. His work continues to exert a considerable influence on architecture and town planning to this day. This exhibition includes original paintings, sculptures, numerous original pieces of furniture, original drawings and plans, first editions of Le Corbusier’s books plus numerous small objects from the architect’s private collection, which he used for purposes of inspiration, orientation and demonstration.

Wednesday to Monday from 10am –20pm
Entrance 8,- EUR ( 6,-EUR reduced)
combined with Bauhaus exhibition 15,- EUR ( 11,-EUR reduced)

10.SANDSATION 2009. 7. INT. SANDSKULPTURENFESTIVAL BERLIN / 2. USF WORLD SOLO CHAMPIONSHIP

On June 8th, Berlin’s biggest and without doubt most beautiful “sand pit” opened its gates for the sixth time at the Berliner Hauptbahnhof. Check it out!

–>So, if you are visiting Berlin visit some of these cool exhibtions, book a room at the cosy EastSeven Hostel Berlin, and enjoy….

For more cool events, parties, sightseeing tips, activities for free etc. etc. check our online staff-recommendations!

Hope to see you soon in Berlin!!


Hot Time Summer in the City….

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Badeschiff Berlin

Badeschiff Berlin

Here is EastSevens Top 5 of coolest swimming pools and lakes in Berlin

1. Badeschiff
This is the most extraordinary swimming pool in Berlin and one of the coolest meeting points in town. It is floating on the river spree! Further more it has a cool open air bar and a beach-like sunbathing area.
Easy to reach from the hostel. check the map.
3€ entrance Fee.

2. Krumme Lanke
Located at Berlin Grünewald, this nice and clean swimming water and the perfect green surroundings almost makes you forget that you are in the exciting metrople Berlin. See this MAP for the exact location.
no fee
3. Flugahfen See
This lake is located really close to the Tegel Airport. While swimming you can see the airplanes take off…really nice city feeling, and still the water is pure, you can see the fishes swimming…
no fee!

4. Wannsee Beach complex
Together, the Wannsee Lake and the surrounding Grunewald and Düppel forests form one of the most popular recreational destinations in southwest Berlin. The Wannsee, which is actually a large bulge of the Havel River, offers a wide variety of excursions and leisure trips to the Brandenburg countryside. The Berlin Stern- and Kreisschifffahrt boat tour service is located directly in front of the Wannsee S-Bahn station.
Check here to see a map of the exact location
4€ entrance fee

5. Schwimmingpool Pankow
fully equipped pool with 2 big slides, beachsports area, diving platform and a comfi sunbathing area. Check here for the location
4€ entrance fee

See you soon in Berlin, See you soon at EastSeven Berlin Hostel!!!


Long Night of Museums in Berlin this Summer on August the 29th

Monday, August 17th, 2009

 

Berlin Museum Night

Berlin Museum Night

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel welcomes you to Berlin and to the amazing museum night!

On august the 29th more than 100 museums and cultural institutions in Berlin open their doors at night!
From 6pm to 2am on almost 400 square kilometres – between Glienicke Palace, the Museum at the Waterplant Friedrichshagen and the Museum of Local History Reinickendorf – more than 100 museums and cultural institutions are giving access to their exhibitions, collections and art objects throughout the night, enriched by a variety of events.
There will also be concerts, readings, theatricals and much more.
Seven museums are reachable by foot within the radius of Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz. Behind the Piazzetta the Picture Gallery, Library of the Arts, Copper Engraving and the Museum of Decorative Arts are located. Passing the St. Mathew church, which functions as a concert hall during this Long Night, one reaches the New National Gallery and opposite the Latin-American Institute. Northerly, behind Kammermusiksaal and Philharmonic Orchestra, is hiding the Museum of Musical Instruments. Directly at Potsdamer Platz, the Museum of Film and Television is located which is only a short walk away. The museum is located next to the first bus stop of route 1 and 2 which also serve the Martin-Gropius-Bau.

Bus shuttles make sure everyone can reach the participating museums and cultural institutions comfortably.
You can either choose one out of 5 different routes with a fixed program or make your own route through this truly special event.
Kombiticket:
The Kombiticket is valid in all participating institutions (from 6pm) as well as busses, suburban railways and undergrounds of the Berlin network (ABC) from Saturday, 29th August 2009, 3pm until Sunday, 30th August 2009, 5am

• Pre-selling: 12 Euro, reduced 8 Euro
• Day of the event: 15 Euro, reduced 10 Euro
• Children until the age of 12 have free entrance.

Pre-selling: amongst others in participating museums, theatre box offices, Berlin info stores

Tickets via Internet: www.museumsportal-berlin.de
Detailed program leaflets as well as the combination ticket, which includes the entrance fee and the shuttle ticket, (15 €, kids until 12 free) are available in all the participating museums, at box offices around town, at MD Berlin and online www.ticketonline.de

(text: www.berlin.de)

For more cool events in Berlin check our Event Blog or our Staff Recommendations!!

See you soon in Berlin…


The 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics Berlin 2009, 12-23 August

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

 

Events in Berlin

Events in Berlin

The IAAF World Championships in Athletics, is much more than just “running”, “jumping “, and “throwing”

The abbreviation IAAF stands for International Association of Athletics Federations, which is made up of the national athletics associations (currently 213 countries, including the DLV (Deutsche Leichtathletik-Verband), the German Athletics Association). The IAAF headquarters is located in the Principality of Monaco.
The IAAF World Championships in Athletics  berlin 2009™ will be the 12th World Championships. The first World Championships took place in 1983 in Helsinki.
Since the beginning of the modern Olympic Games, athletics has formed the core sport of the event, and the World Championships were held as part of the Olympic Games until 1980. Following the commercialisation of athletics, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) began to organise its own World Championships. From 1983 (Helsinki) to 1991 (Tokyo), the IAAF World Championships in Athletics took place every four years; thereafter they were held every two years.
The IAAF World Championships in Athletics will take place on nine consecutive days of events from August 15-23, 2009.
In order to determine the winners (world champions) from among the numerous athletes competing in each discipline, there will be qualification rounds for almost every discipline; there will be qualifying heats, quarter-finals and semi-finals for many of the running and sprint disciplines. In order to complete the expansive scope of the 47 disciplines in only nine days, the competitions will take place in both morning and evening sessions.
The IAAF World Championships in Athletics  berlin 2009™ will be housed in the Berlin Olympic Stadium (seating capacity of 74,218) in the district of Charlottenburg in Berlin.

Moreover, for the first time in the history of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, the marathon and walking competitions will completely take place – including the starts and finishes – in the Berlin city centre.

In order to be able to compete at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics  berlin 2009™, the athletes must pass the qualifications. The IAAF provides a list of international guidelines for the times, heights, and distances required. In order to allow the participation of athletes from every member association, up to two athletes, including at least one woman, may participate in every discipline regardless of whether or not the qualifying guidelines have been met (excluding the 3000m steeplechase, the 10000 m, heptathlon, and decathlon events).
The top three male and female athletes in each discipline receive medals (gold, silver, and bronze). As there are four men and women in each of the relay events, a total of 59 gold medals are given for the 47 disciplines. The first-place individuals and teams not only receive a gold medal, but are also given the coveted title of world champion. In addition, the champions and next seven rankings also receive graded monetary prizes from the IAAF.
The organisers of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics  berlin 2009™ expect a total of about 500,000 spectators; that means about 55,000 spectators per day. In addition to the stadium spectators, many Berliners and city visitors will line the streets in order to support the participants in the marathon and walking events.
in front of the Berlin Olympic Stadium there will be a Market Place set up throughout the event, where a colourful programme of entertainment will be offered.

In addition, an inviting programme of diverse events and activities will also be offered in the city. Further information will be coming soon.
The first tickets for the different event days are on sale since April 2nd under Tickets or the following hotline: 0180 5 1 2009 1 (0,14 € / Min.).
The state of Berlin and the organisers of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics  berlin 2009™ are already looking forward to welcoming about 2,500 athletes and officials from 213 member associations at one of the most important sporting events in the world.

(text:berlin2009.org)

If you are visiting Berlin for this event you are more than welcome to stay at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel.  Klick HERE to make a booking!


Get Amazing DISCOUNTS at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Party in Berlin

Party in Berlin

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel offers her guests a variety of discounts at shops, clubs and cafes in Berlin

At the EastSeven reception our guests are being informed on all the cool exhibitions, festivals and other events in Berlin. On top of that we offer our guests some really cool discounts.
Saving some money and at the same time visiting some of the coolest and hippest places across Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg, what more can you wish for?!

  • There are two really cosy breakfast-cafes closeby the hostel, where you can get a disocunt on breakfast and delicious italian coffee. One of them is called the memory cafe, the other in aller freundschaft. The discount they offer is unique and only for EastSeven guests!
  • If you wanna enjoy a typical German meal then go to the reataurant Schneeweißchen & Rosenrot. Here EastSeven guests get 10% off!!
  • Furthermore the EastSeven Berlin Hostel created a special Local Discount Card for her guests, with a selection of some of the coolest shops and hippest cafes in the neigbourhood, all located very close to the Hostel in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg. All these shops have an unique assortment of clothes, furniture, souvenirs, beers, pizza etc. etc. Using this card helps newcomers in Berlin explore the neigbourhood and discover some of the best local businesses.

We have listed some cool examples down below:

1.Glücklich Am Park
Offers: 50% Discount on all sunglasses
2.Oder Barfuß
Offers: 10% Discount on everything
3.W-Imbiss
Offers: 10% Discount on all dishes
4.EKA
Offers: 10% discount on all portuguese drinks
5.Dunckerclub
Offers: Free Entrance

  • Last but not least:

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel offers her guests a 10% discount at some of the best hostels across Europe, the Good Hostel Discount Card.

Hope to welcome you soon to our Hostel in Berlin!


Top 10 of cool things to do in Berlin in August

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
Badeschiff Berlin

Badeschiff Berlin

 

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel created a top 10 of amazing activities in Berlin

If you are visiting Berlin this summer you might be interested to read some cool insider tips. Of course you should visit the major sights like Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, East Side Gallery, etc etc. To do this you can go on a Brewers walking tour, wich covers up all these important sights.
Beyond that we like to present to you our top ten of favourite activities this summer in Berlin. Check it out.

1. The Berlin Festival (7-8 August)
The first music festival to take place on the former central airport Tempelhof. Some of the bands that are playing here: Deichkind · Peter Doherty · Jarvis Cocker · José González · Dendemann · The Rifles · Saint Etienne · Zoot Woman · Digitalism (DJ Set) · Peaches (DJ Set) · The Thermals · Junior Boys · Whirlpool Productions’ Disco Club Soundclash · Kilians · WhoMadeWho · These New Puritans · Dear Reader · Bodi Bill · Bonaparte · Riton · D.I.M. · Aeroplane · Oneida · Micachu And The Shapes · Health · Telepathe · Cajuan · Errors · 1000 Robota · Frankmusik · Crystal Antlers · Humanzi · I Might Be Wrong · Berlin Battery u. a.

2. NEUE NATIONALGALERIE: PICTURE DREAMS

The Pietzsch Collection ranks as one of the internationally most significant collections of Surrealist art, with principle works by André Breton, Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Joan Miró, André Masson and Yves Tanguy, as well as numerous works by other artists more broadly connected to the Surrealist movement.

A second important core aspect to the collection lies in works by the Abstract Expressionists in America, whose art movement rose directly from the roots of Surrealism to flourish in the New York of the nineteen-fifties. Works by important figures who have since become legends in their own right, such as Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman are all represented in the collection together with works by the great Mexicans Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
3. 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
4. SANDSATION 2009. 7. INT. SANDSKULPTURENFESTIVAL BERLIN / 2. USF WORLD SOLO CHAMPIONSHIP

On June 8th, Berlin’s biggest and without doubt most beautiful “sand pit” is going to open its gates for the sixth time at the Berliner Hauptbahnhof.
5. 13. INTERNATIONAL BERLIN BEER FESTIVAL
From the 7th till the 9th of august the Karl Marx Allee turns in to the longest beer garden worldwide. the traditional beer mile in the centre of Berlin is going to have “ beer land Belgium offers the very best “ as its motto.

6. 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

7. LE CORBUSIER  ART AND ARCHITECTURE (EXHIBITION)

Le Corbusier (1887–1965) is considered to be one of the most significant architects of the 20th century. His work continues to exert a considerable influence on architecture and town planning to this day. This exhibition includes original paintings, sculptures, numerous original pieces of furniture, original drawings and plans, first editions of Le Corbusier’s books plus numerous small objects from the architect’s private collection, which he used for purposes of inspiration, orientation and demonstration.

Wednesday to Monday from 10am –20pm
Entrance 8,- EUR ( 6,-EUR reduced)
combined with Bauhaus exhibition 15,- EUR ( 11,-EUR reduced)

8. BADESCHIFF

Go for a swim!! The Badeschiff in Berlin is the most extraordinairy swimming pool in Europe. It is drifting on the river spree!
9. MONTAGSBAR AT TEMPORäRE KUNSTHALLE

In theory, each artist of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD will be responsible for one Monday evening (from July 13 to August 31). In practice, there will be overlaps and collaborations with other Berlin-based artists and guest appearances. We will let ourselves be surprised by the artists’ DJ performances and styles of music. And if the weather is nice, there will be a outside on the terrace along the canel!
10. FLEAMARKET

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.

You can also check out our online Staff-recommendations. See you soon in Berlin!!!


Popdeurope Berlin 2009

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Party in Berlin

Party in Berlin

The Coolest International Music Festival in Berlin from 12.07-21.08 2009

The Summer is back in Berlin with this amazing international outdoor music festival. In the relaxed urban atmosphere between BADESCHIFF and ARENA the coolest popacts  from all across europe will be performing live.
Partys at the Hoppetosse and unplugged concerts at badeschiff make this festival to a really unique happening in Berlin.

Acts like Watcha Clan, Blue King Brown , SENTINEL SOUNDSYSTEM and MORIARTY will be rocking the stage!!
There are not only cool bands playing, also a lot of workshops are being organized.

for the complete programm klick HERE.

If you are still looking for a nice and cosy hostel to stay when you´re in Berlin…don´t hesitate, check the EastSeven Berlin Hostel website and make a BOOKING!

See you soon in Berlin.