Archive for September, 2009

The Giants are coming to Berlin…

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
A piece of the Berlin Wall

A piece of the Berlin Wall

…an amazing street theatre event, from 1-4 October in the streets of Berlin, FREE of charge!!

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall the legendary French street theatre company Royal the Luxe, in cooperation with the Berliner Festspiele, will present this gigantic open air event.
On their way through Berlin  two marionettes Little Giantess and Big Giant, which measure up to 15 metres in height,will be telling out a fairy tale about a reunion after years of separation.
The Little Giantess and the Big Giant, created by the legendary French street theatre company Royal de Luxe, will amaze and astonish Berlin’s people and visitors and shall resurrect this moment in world history and the overwhelming emotions of 1989. The giant puppets will pass by significant Berlin sites – such as Unter den Linden, Brandenburg Gate, Hauptbahnhof and Straße des 17. Juni. As last seen in London (2006) and Santiago de Chile (2007), Royal de Luxe will move and enthuse millions of people in the German capital.

Directed by Jean Luc Courcoult
When: 1 to 4 October 2009
Daily app. 10:00 – 12:00 and 15:00 – 18:00

Theatre Spectacle in Celebration of the 20th Anniversary
of the Fall of the Berlin Wall –>Open air and free admission

Route of the Giants:
Rotes Rathaus, Unter den Linden, Bebelplatz, Lustgarten, Hauptbahnhof, Straße des 17. Juni, Pariser Platz,
Brandenburger Tor

(text: riesen-in-berlin.de)

For visualisation of the route klick HERE

Looking for a nice and comfi stay in Berlin, book a bed at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel!


Visit Berlin, visit the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Stasi Prison (c) Sulamith Sallmann

Stasi Prison (c) Sulamith Sallmann

The EastSeven Berlin Hostels recommendation for this week:  visit the former stasi prison

The site of the main remand prison for people detained by the former East German Ministry of State Security (MfS), or ‘Stasi’, has been a Memorial since 1994 and, from 2000 on, has been an independent Foundation under public law. The Berlin state government has assigned the Foundation, without charge. The Foundation’s work is supported by an annual contribution from the Federal Government and the Berlin state government.

The Memorial’s charter specifically entrusts it with the task of researching the history of the Hohenschönhausen prison between 1945 and 1989, supplying information via exhibitions, events and publications, and encouraging a critical awareness of the methods and consequences of political persecution and suppression in the communist dictatorship. The former Stasi remand prison is also intended to provide an insight into the workings of the GDR’s political justice system.

Since the vast majority of the buildings, equipment and furniture and fittings have survived intact, the Memorial provides a very authentic picture of prison conditions in the GDR. The Memorial’s location in Germany’s capital city makes it the key site in Germany for victims of communist tyranny.

In 2006 the Memorial could reach a new record with more than 171,000 visitors in total and 50% of these being students. Since the Foundation came into effect in July 2000, the number of visitors has more than doubled (figures as of 31.12.2006). Tours of the prison are usually led by former inmates, who provide first-hand details on prison conditions and the interrogation methods employed by the GDR’s Ministry of State Security (MfS).

Events
The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial regularly holds events designed to encourage critical reflection on the communist dictatorship in East Germany. The spectrum of events ranges from elaborately planned exhibition openings to panel discussions, lectures, and book presentations, as well as film, music, and readings, with events frequently combined with a tour through the former prison.

Despite the Memorial’s rather out of the way location in Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, previous event evenings have usually met with a very positive response. For example, over the last few years the “Long Night of the Museums” has often attracted more than 1000 visitors to the former Stasi prison for that event alone. The Memorial has enjoyed similar success during the “Open Memorial Day” each year in September, with visitor figures usually at around 1500. The “Long Night of the 17th June” in summer 2003 marked a special highpoint in the Memorial’s history, with numerous events to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 17th June uprising in the GDR. With various partner institutions, the Memorial also organises a number of events that take place at venues in the centre of Berlin.
If you are planning to visit the Memorial as a group, you can register with the Visitors’ Service either by phone, letter, or email. The Visitors’ Service then appoints a guide for your tour and coordinates the times with you, confirming the planned date of your visit and providing the details for payment. The Visitors’ Service also offers a fee-based service for accompanying film teams (permission to film has to be obtained in advance).

It is only possible to view the extensive prison complex on an official guided tour. The guided tours team has more than 30 freelance members, most of them former inmates, who also relate the tour to their own experience in the remand prison. Since our tour guides were imprisoned for a variety of reasons during different periods of persecution, they provide an insight into a broad spectrum of political persecution in the GDR. As part of the Memorial’s civic education programme, our guides are also available for longer eyewitness interviews.

Tour Times

Public tours in English for individual visitors
Every Wednesday at 2.30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.
and upon request by mail, fax or phone.
Admission: € 4 / concessions, € 2; students free
Free admission on Mondays.

Guided tours for non-German groups
The Memorial offers guided tours in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Danish and Norwegian, daily between 9am and 4pm.
Groups are requested to register 7 to 8 weeks in advance of their proposed visit.
Please contact the Visitor’s Service: Phone: +49 – (0)30 – 98 60 82-30, Fax: +49-(0)30 – 98 60 82-34, Email: besucherdienst@stiftung-hsh.de

Regular admission

  • Groups with no more than 12 participants pay an allowance of 48 Euro.
  • Groups with at least 13 participants pay 4 Euro each.
  • Groups with no more than 18 participants pay an allowance of 36 Euro.
  • Groups with at least 19 participants pay 2 Euro each.

(Text: stiftung-hsh.de)

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9th Berlin SalsaCongress in Berlin, Kulturbrauerei

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Fiesta in Berlin

Fiesta in Berlin

for the 9th time in a row the Berlin Salsacongress 2009 will gather Salseros from all over the world in Berlin.

It is the longest continuisly running salsacongress in entire Europe !!!  The congress is being held in  the centre of one of the most vibrating and exciting capitols in Europe, easy reachable from all over the world! The congress has a famous  reputation to bring together an extraordinary line up of some of the best salsa instructors as you will not find it anywhere else and indeed there will be many more highlights !

Generating three sizzling, unmatchable partys where our fellow salseros dance until dawn if there were no tomorrow !  Added a top-quality international showprogram with shows from  some of the best choreografers worldwide…
This years theme for the Salsacongress 2009: Future – Planet Salsa in the year 2113

It is going to be an amazing weekend trip to planet salsa in the year 2113! From your check in on friday night until your return on sunday night you will be taken away for a unique weekend experience ! At the Saturday Night Gala Party you will meet your fellow salseros in future outfits in the especially decorated ballrooms of the Kulturbrauerei !
Also you are welcome to join the 3 hours musicality & percussion workshop with Kel Torres.
In this workshop learns you to understand the basic rhythms of salsa AND to play them ! In 3 hours you will deepen your understanding of salsa music and improve your ability to dance to the music ! With the famous musician Kel Torres (Cuba/Berlin) and assistants. For more info see the Salsacongress homepage.
Also there will be rumba workshops on saturday morning with Tropical Gem (Milano) and Iris de Brito (Cuba/London)  accompanied by Live Music !
EXCLUSIVE !!! Only in Berlin – the musical FANTASIA !!!
For a detailed programm klick here.

If you are looking for a nice and comfi hostel to sleep during the salsa congress you are more than welcome to stay at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel. Klick HERE for a booking request.

Hope to see you soon in Berlin!!


10 things to do for free in Berlin in September

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
Mauerpark

Mauerpark

The EastSeven Berlin hostel made an amazing top 10 of cool events and sights, 100% free of charge

1.GOING UNDERGROUND 8

The 8 international festival of short films is going to change the berlin subway trains in to driving cinemas. On exactly 3768 monitors in different subway trains 19 international short films are being broadcasted. The festival starts on wednesday the 9th of september. It is a competition, each viewer can select their favorit short film and vote on the website.

2. Free meal at the EastSeven Hostel Kitchen: it’s nice, it’s vegetarian,it’s for free

Every monday our cook Florian prepares a delicious vegetarian meal for the EastSeven guests. It’s a nice oppertunity to meet other travellers.
3.Mauerpark 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.

4. SACHSENHAUSEN MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

When visiting Berlin, you should visit some historical sites aswell. for instance the sachsenhausen concentration camp. It’ s not going to be a fun trip, but you will learn so much more about the terrible second world war and its victims.
Opening Hours
15 March until 14 October: daily 8:30 – 18.00
15 October until 14 March: daily 8:30 – 16:30
Entry is for free.
5.Organic Market on  KOLLWITZPLATZ
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.

6.The museumisland festival till the 4th of oktober.
With concerts, open air cinema, workshops, theatre, readings and dance-performances.
Location: lustgarden, museumisland
No entrance fee here aswell. for the exact programm klick HERE.
7.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.
8.The Berlin Wall Documentation Centre

is one component of the memorial site ensemble at Bernauer Strasse. The ensemble consists of the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Chapel of Reconciliation and Documentation Center.
The Documentation Center on the history of the Berlin Wall provides historical information and educates the public. It makes information and in-depth programs available to the interested public. Beginning with the historical, political events that occurred at Bernauer Strasse, an area situated at the border between East and West and hence a focal point of German postwar history, the center researches and presents the history of the division of Germany. A visit is free of charge and really worthwhile!

9.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.
10. Volkspark Friedrichshain

A beautiful park, excellent for jogging or having a picnic. 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.

Hope to see you soon in Berlin, hope to welcome you soon to the EastSeven Berlin Hostel.

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This weeks top 5 of cool events & Parties in Berlin

Monday, September 7th, 2009
Garten BBQ Party

Garten BBQ Party


EastSeven Berlin Hostel made a fine selection of amazing things to do in Berlin…

1.)FREE FOOD: as always on a monday our cook florian prepares a delicous vegetarian dinner served at the eatseven hostel kitchen, lounge and in summer in the garden. It is free to join for all our guests, and if you like you can bring your own ingredients and join in on the cooking. Mostly, after eating together, the party really starts when travellers meet travellers. After the nice dinner it’s time to explore the cool pubs and clubs that the EastSeven Hostel is surrounded by.
2.) HELMHOLZPLATZ: SEVERAL BARS YOU MUST VISIT
Just walk from the hostel to the helmholzplatz, it will take you about 15 minutes by foot.
Here are lots of nice shops, bars & restaurants.
One of my favourite ‘helmholz-bars’ is the EKA. It is a really small and cosy bar. Take the local disocunt card with you (ask for it at the reception) and get a 10% discount on all portuguese drinks. Try the portuguese beer, I loved it!!!
Also visit the bar wohnzimmer! It is decorated as one big living room. Really nice to hang out, drink a beer or a coffee. With our famous discount card you get one coffee for free.
3.)  KLUB DER REPUBLIK
a cozy bar/klub just  round the corner from the eastseven berlin hostel, at the pappelallee 81
Go here for a drink &  lounge while listening to cool dj´s…

4.)  SAGE CLUB

Every thursday night there’ s an amazing rock and indie party  at sage club. With different live acts every week! go check it out, its only a 25minutes ride from the EastSeven Hostel.
Köpenicker Straße 76
U-Bhf. Heinrich-Heine-Straße

5.) SACHSENHAUSEN MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

When visiting Berlin, you should visit some historical sites aswell. for instance the sachsenhausen concentration camp. It’ s not going to be a fun trip, but you will learn so much more about the terrible second world war and its victims.
Opening Hours
15 March until 14 October: daily 8:30 – 18.00
15 October until 14 March: daily 8:30 – 16:30
Entry is free.


Visit Berlin Visit the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Sachsenhausen

Sachsenhausen

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel recommends a visit to the Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum

The Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp was built in the summer of 1936 by concentration camp prisoners from the Emsland camps. It was the first new camp to be established after Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler was appointed Chief of the German Police in 1936. The design of the grounds was conceived by the SS architects as the ideal concentration camp setting, giving architectural expression to the SS worldview, and symbolically subjugating the prisoners to the absolute power of the SS. As a model for other camps, and in view of its location just outside the Reich capital, Sachsenhausen acquired a special role in the National Socialist concentration camp system. This was reinforced in 1938 when the Concentration Camp Inspection Office, the administrative headquarters for all concentration camps within the German sphere of influence, was transferred from Berlin to Oranienburg.

More than 200,000 people were imprisoned in the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp between 1936 and 1945. At first the prisoners were mostly political opponents of the Nazi regime. However, increasing numbers of members of groups defined by the National Socialists as racially or biologically inferior were later included. By 1939 large numbers of citizens from the occupied European states arrived. Tens of thousands of people died of starvation, disease, forced labor and mistreatment, or were victims of the systematic extermination operations of the SS. Thousands of other prisoners died during the death marches following the evacuation of the camp at the end of April 1945. Approximately 3,000 sick prisoners, along with the doctors and nurses who had stayed behind in the camp, were liberated by Soviet an Polish soldiers.

In August 1945 the Soviet Special Camp No. 7 was moved to the area of the former protective custody camp. Most of the buildings, with the exception of the crematoria and extermination facilities, were still used for the same purposes. Nazi functionaries were held in the camp, as were political undesirables, arbitrarily arrested prisoners and inmates sentenced by the Soviet military tribunal. By 1948 Sachsenhausen, now upgraded to Special Camp No. 1, was the largest of three special camps in the Soviet Zone of Occupation. By the closing of the camp in the spring of 1950, there had been approximately 60,000 people imprisoned there, at least 12,000 of whom died of malnutrition and disease.

In 1956, after the grounds and barracks had been used for years by the Soviet Army, the People’s Police and the People’s National Army of the G.D.R., plans were prepared for the establishment of the Sachsenhausen National Memorial, which was inaugurated on April 22, 1961. Instead of just choosing to preserve the remaining original structures, the planners decided on a memorial site that would symbolize the “victory of anti-fascism over fascism”. It was incorporated into the few remaining original buildings and later reconstructions of historical buildings.

As a result of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum has, since January 1993, been part of the Brandenburg Memorials Foundation. This is a public trust, funded equally by the Federal Republic of Germany and the state of Brandenburg. The Museum of the Death March, located in Below Forest, near Wittstock, is also administered by the Memorial. In these woods, 18,000 prisoners, who had been taken on forced marches by the SS in the direction of Schwerin, stayed for a number of days in late April and early May of 1945.

The original buildings and remaining structures of the concentration camp are “guarantors of memory.” As soon as the Foundation had been established, extensive rehabilitation and remodelling work began. The inherited state of the memorial is characterised by the thorough transformation of its historical topography into the memorial complex installed in the time of the GDR. The shift of emphasis towards the camp relics from the Nazi period brings with it a re-evaluation of the various historical layers. The implementation of key rehabilitation projects is funded by a federal government special investment programme.
The redesign of Sachsenhausen Memorial is based on a decentralised concept, which aims to communicate history to visitors in very places where it happened. Thirteen exhibitions on different sites examine the particular history of each and link it to a thematic presentation that sets it in a wider context. These are complemented by temporary exhibitions, held in the New Museum. There are also exhibitions by school groups, resulting from educational projects, as well as workshop exhibitions to present new acquisitions from the archives and depot. After completion of the remodelling work, Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum remains a place of mourning and remembrance in a European context, while facing up to the tasks of a modern museum of history.

Opening times:

15 March until 14 October: daily 8:30 – 18.00
15 October until 14 March: daily 8:30 – 16:30

The museums, visitors service and the book shop are all closed on Mondays. Please note that dogs are not allowed on any part of the memorial.

Guided tours

The tours are especially popular with school classes. Prices are €15 for groups of up to 15 people and €25 for groups of up to 30 people. In our opinion groups should not consist of more than 30 people. For tours in foreign languages there is an extra charge of €25 per group. Tours with special themes: €2,50 (reduced €1,50)

How to reach us (From the cente of Berlin)

By train:
S-Bahn line S1 (Wansee to Oranienburg) until Oranienburg station. This is the trains last stop and the journey time from Berlin-Friedrichstrasse is 50 minutes. S-Bahn Line S26 (Lichtenrade to Birkenwerde), change in Birkenwerder for the S1. Regional train: RE5 from Berlin-Stadtbahn until Oranienburg station. Journey time from Berlin-Zoologischer Garten is 45 minutes. Regional train RB12 from Berlin-Lichtenberg until Oranienburg station. Journey time 30 minutes.

From Oranienburg train station.
Bus number 804 from the station in the direction of Malz until the Gedenkstätte or follow the sign posts for 20 minutes.

(text: www.stiftung-bg.de)