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What to do on a sunday in Berlin? Check out the EastSeven Berlin Hostel top 10!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

 

Mauerpark fFleamarket

Mauerpark fFleamarket

Staying in Berlin over the weekend? Don´t have plans yet on how to spend the sunday? Then read on…

The EastSeven Berlin hostel likes to keep her guest informed on all cool events and activities in Berlin. In this blog we provide some insider tips on what to do on a sunday.
Here is our top 10:

1.)Go for a Brunch. Some nice places for a brunch: Anna Blume, Cafe Morgen land, Bar Gagarin
2.)Go to a fleamarket, because sunday is fleamarket day in Berlin. The coolest Fleamarket is the one at Mauerpark!
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.
3.) Go to a museum! For instance : the jewish museum, or the pergamon museum on the museum island.
4.) Go to the Prater Beergarten to drink a beer and eat some delicious sausages!
5.) Check out some of the coolest vintage second hand shops at the oderbergerstrasse and the Eberswalder strasse!
6.) pay a visit to the Topography of terror.
This was the center of Nazi terror and power between 1933 and 1945; now this stretch of land next to the Martin Gropius Bau and not far from Potsdamer Platz is dedicated to documenting the chilling and murderous strategies, plans and actions of the Gestapo, SS and security branch of the Third Reich which were all once headquartered here.
The Topography of Terrors open-air exhibition runs along the excavation site of the cellars of the Gestapo, where political prisoners were interrogated, tortured and executed.
Daily open from 10-18, no admission fee!
7.) Relax at the HAMAM-Turkish bath in kreuzberg
It´s getting colder outside so why not go to the Hamam to enjoy a really nice turkish bath and…
Hamam is a bathing ceremony of the cleansing of the body and soul. Relaxation and communication in a warm and pleasant atmosphere, are key elements of the Hamam culture. Here women from different cultures and walks of life work and meet.You’ll find the Hamam at Mariannenstr. 6 in Kreuzberg. Sorry guys, its for women only!!!!
8.) Go to cafe Chagalle on senefelderplatz for some nice russian dishes and tasty beer.
9.) At the kulturbrauerei you´ll find the club Alte Kantine. On sundays there´s the Lust for Life party. Dance to some nice indie-pop music from 22h till 4h.
10.) Visit DR.Pong, the one and only ping pong bar in Berlin.

For further nice suggestions you can always ask our staff or check out our online staff-recommendations.
And watch our latest hostel movie: what to do on a sunday in Berlin.
See you soon!


Top 10 of cool events in Berlin this week

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
Party at East7

Party at East7

EastSeven Berlin Hostel made you a brilliant selection of nice/cheap/funny/exciting activities.

You are in Berlin for this week? Get some inspiration by reading our top 10 and make your city trip unforgetable exciting!

1)NO LIMITS- INTERNATIONALES THEATERFESTIVAL

NO LIMITS ist zurück! Nach einem Jahr Pause ist der Titel auch in der vierten Auflage wieder Programm, ästhetisch, thematisch, geografisch. Zwei Welturaufführungen, zehn Deutschlandpremieren, mehr als 200 behinderte und nicht behinderte Künstler/innen aus 14 Ländern, darunter internationale Theaterstars, spannende Neuentdeckungen und künstlerische Grenzgänger. Elf Tage Theater und Tanz, Performance und Installation, Filme und Konzerte, ungewöhnliche Auseinandersetzungen mit Goethe, Kafka, Hugo, Ibsen und Disney, Schubert, Picasso, so genannten Freaks und vielem mehr.

Wo: Kulturbrauerei/Ballhaus Ost/Segenskirche

2) FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Berlin will be fantasticly illuminated during the coming two weeks.

All major sights like Brandenburg Gate, Berliner Dom and the TV Tower are being put in a different artistic light.

This is a must do for all (hobby) photographers wo will be strolling around the Berlins sights at night with camera and tripod to shoot some really unique pics of Germanys beautiful capital

3) GUIDED TOURS-TOUR M – BREACHING THE BERLIN WALL

in engl. Sprache

Meeting point: U-Bhf Gesundbrunnen

Begin at: 13:00
End at: 14:30

4)KARL FRIEDRICH SCHINKEL. ARCHITEKT BERLINS UND PREUßENS, MALER, BüHNENBILDNER UND GESTALTER

Neben Informationen zu Schinkels Leben und Werk zeigt die Ausstellung Papiermodelle, Stiche und Lithografien sowie Vitrinen mit von Schinkel entworfenen Gebrauchsgütern, die heute noch zu kaufen sind.
Wo: Quartier 205
Adresse: Friedrichstraße 68, 10117 Berlin (Mitte)
Laufzeit: Mi, 26.08.2009 bis zum Sa, 31.10.2009
5)LUIS VALTUEñA INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARD“

„Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photographic Award“

„Forgotten Conflicts“
free admission
daily exhibition 3. Oktober – 31. Oktober 2009
Mo.-Fr. 14.30 – 20.15 ; Sa.-So. 15 – 20
Urania Berlin; An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin
30 mins from the hostel with subway U2 until “Wittenbergplatz”

6)ÖKOMARKT AM 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.

7)SUNDAY FLEAMARKETDAY

FLEAMARKET Mauerpark

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.

8 ) BRUNCH IM CAFE MORGENLAND 10 – 15 UHR
A nice way to start your sunday…..
Begin at: 10:00
End at: 14:59
9)MONTAGSBAR AT TEMPORäRE KUNSTHALLE

In the midlle of the city at the “Museums-Island” there is a blue box – the temporary art gallery.
Scorpio’s Garden at Montags Bar – The performances and lectures of the show Scorpio’s Garden as well as further events will take place during the course of the exhibition. In addition, artists of the show and their friends and further guests will be at the turntables playing their music in the Montags Bar on these evenings.

Monday, October 12, 7 pm
Gerry Bibby | Fiona James | Egill Sæbjörnsson & Marcia Moraes
Monday, October 19, 6 pm
Warren Neidich
Monday, October 26, 7 pm
Nevin Aladag | Juliette Bligthman | Simon Fujiwara & Tim Davies | Karl Holmqvist | Fiona James
Monday, November 2, 7 pm
Kerstin Cmelka | Fiona James | Douglas Kløvedal | Gustav Opland | Elvis Schlaegel

starting around 7pm
entrance is free
10) FOR ENGLISH COMEDY AND THAT JUST A MINUTE FROM THE HOSTEL AWAY HEAD TOWARDS KOOKABURRA COMEDY CLUB

And if you are still looking for a nice and friendly place to sleep during your stay in Berlin?? Book a bed at EastSeven Berlin Hostel. Hope to see you soon!!


No Limits- International Theatre Festival in Berlin,15-25 October

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

 

Festival Berlin

Festival Berlin

An amazing 10 day theatre festival in Berlin.

For the fourth time Andreas Meder organized the No Limits Festival.

18 groups from all over the world will be preforming at this years festival. This event features companies in which disabled and non-disabled artist work togehter, on a highly professional level. More than 200 artsist from 14 different countries will be performing at this years festival, among them international famous theatre stars and amazing newcomers. Ten days of theatre, dance, installations, music and  movies.

The opening performance is from the Korean dancer and choreographer Namjin Kim, and was choreagraphed with a handicapped dancer.
Later, artist and political activist Mat Fraser from the UK will
deconstruct and inevitably reinterpret traditional definitions of beauty. And the UK Punk band
Heavy Load unwittingly rediscover the true meaning of punk; with their film, concert and a political campaign, they declare that people with a learning disability have the right to stay up late and have some fun!

For a detailed programm of all performances klick HERE

VENUES
Kulturbrauerei (Kesselhaus, NO LIMITS Lounge, Theater RambaZamba), Knaackstr. 97, 10435
Berlin Prenzlauer Berg, U2 Eberswalder Str.
Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg, Box Office 47 99 7474, U2
Eberswalder Str.
Segenskirche, Schönhauser Allee 161, 10435 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg, U2 Senefelderplatz
Lychener Str. 20, 10437 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg, U2 Eberswalder Str.
TICKETING SERVICE TIC/Kulturbrauerei, Sun-Wed 12:00h-18:00h & Thur-Sat 12:00-
20:00h, 44 31 5151
BOOK TICKETS ticket[at]no-limits-festival.de, 773 777-97
BOX OFFICE will open 1 hour prior to performances.
directed by Andreas Meder
produced by Lebenshilfe art and culture

Still looking for a warm and cosy place to stay in Berlin? You´re welcome to book a bed at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel.


Tonight at EastSeven Berlin Hostel Live music and a Free Vegetarian Dinner

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Jennifer Logue

Jennifer Logue

Free entrance for EastSeven guests…

Singer/songwriter Jennifer Logue is performing at the EastSeven Lounge at 8pm. Before that we´ll be eating a nutricious, but above all delicious, vegetarian meal together. Couldn´t it be monday every day?

This evening Jennifer Logue, an indepent singer/songwriter from New York is performing a  volunteer show at our Hostel.
At the moment she is touring across Europe with her `Paint the World Pretty Tour` staying at different hostels and performing for free in hostels and in orphanages aswell!
Listen to some of Jennifer Logue´s songs on Myspace

If you want to support Jennifer Logue visit her website and read more on how to do so!

Our friend Todd, from the amazing band Calico Soul (Hawaiian / Rock / Punk music), will be joining us tonight, he will bring his guitar and perform aswell!
And as usual our cook Florian will be cooking a delicious vegetarian meal! To join and enjoy the cooking come to the Hostel Kitchen at 7pm.
So hope to see you all tonight at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel.


Festival of Lights, from the 14th till the 25th of October

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
Festival of Lights Berlin

Festival of Lights Berlin

 

More than 40 sights, squares and buildings in Berlin will be fantasticly illuminated during this coming two weeks.

All major sights like Brandenburg Gate, Berliner Dom and the TV Tower are being put in a different artistic light.

This is a must do for all (hobby) photographers wo will be strolling around the Berlin sights at night with camera and tripod to shoot some really unique pics of Germanys beautiful capital.
More than 50 Berlin buildings and landmarks are atmospherically illuminated during the Festival of Lights 2009. The festival centre DomAquarée, the TV Tower, the boulevard Unter den Linden, the Brandenburg Gate and the Funkturm are just some spectacular highlights in the Festival of Lights 2009. Many more unique illuminations at a high artistic level are waiting for you to see!
The Festival kicks off with a spectacular opening ceremony. From the 14th until 25 October, Berlin will sparkle as a range of illuminations and projections light up more than 50 famous landmarks and spaces.  For the first time, the landmark Europa-Center, as well as Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the west of the city will be illuminated.

Special “lightseeing” tours on the Light-Liner bus, by boat on the Light-Ship, on foot with the Light-Cruso or by rickshaw with the Light-Velo will give locals and visitors alike the chance to experience the creative compositions up close.

 

Have fun exploring Berlin by night!

Still looking for a nice place to stay in Berlin, stop looking and check out the EastSeven Berlin Hostel website.


Nordwind Festival For Nordic Performing Arts And Music – 30. September bis 7. Oktober in Berlin

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

 

Berlin

Berlin

For already the 3rd time in a row the Nordwind Festival takes place in Berlin, with a total of 27 performances.

What is to expect from this festival? Art in many different genres, but also lectures and workshops from Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, wich offers the viewers more insight in the exciting, mostly still undiscovered world of theatre, dance, film, and music from the nordic countries.

The rediscovery of Pathos and Emotion is a central theme this year. This means the redefinition and application of classical texts, theatrical means and a reflection on one´s own work.
The Exceptional Finnisch director Kristian Smeds  will be represented with 5 of his productions.
“Sad Songs from the Heart of Europe”, an intimate dialogue with the audience, as well as his deconstruction of the national epos “The Unknown Soldier” are some examples of Smeds’ cutting and precise look at the human soul.
In “A Doll’s House”, Müller and Vinge (NO) take Ibsen literally. They construct a colourful doll’s house which they offer up for total destruction.

The work “No Boundaries” from Bjarte Eike’s (NO) takes the audience on an  musical tour of extraordinary dimensions –  Under Eike’s direction, 17 musicians from 6 different nations will fill all three HAU venues and their surroundings with virtuosity, power and passion. Overwhelming baroque sensuality meets fuzzy dissonant Jazz.

The sincerity of play and utter fearlessness of big emotions is what connects Alan Øyen (NO) and Gunilla Heilborn (SE). In their choreographies, they play with our idiotically important desires and dreams, they take them seriously, question them and believe in them.

In order to avoid too great a risk of coziness,  three risky productions from Finland, Norway and Denmark have also been invited to the festival. “You are here” by the City Theatre Reykjavik and “Baktrüppen Light Metal Band” by Baktruppen, both deal with the financial world crisis.

Readings of new theatre texts, workshops, films, lectures and video works will broaden this look at an exciting theatre, dance, film and music scene in the Nordic countries,  still largely unknown in Germany.
To this years festival 89 artists from 9 nations are invited to Berlin and they are looking forward to discoveries, surprises, encounters, discussions and conversations with the berlin audience.

(infromation from: nordwind-festival.de)

Location: The Festival takes place at the Hebbel am Ufer Theatre.

Directions: From Senefelderplatz; take the U2 to Stadmitte. Here you switch to the U6 and head to Hallesches Tor.

For a map klick HERE

Still looking for a comfi bed in a cosy hostel? Check out the EastSeven Berlin Hostel


10 cool things to do in Berlin this week

Monday, October 5th, 2009

 

Free Meal at EastSeven

Free Meal at EastSeven

EastSeven hostel presents an amazing top 10 of activities for this week

1) OKTOBERFEST IN BERLIN

For the 58th time Berlin will be celebrating ‘Wies’n’ culture. Wednesdays – Sundays from 15h on at Zentraler Festplatz Berlin, Kurt-Schumacher-Damm 207, 13405 Berlin

2)PAVEL STICHA – MADE BY NATURE

photography exhibition, really beautiful landscape pics
daily @ Automobil Forum, Unter den Linden 21
entry is free! and afterwards you can visit the 1000 horsepower, 1 Million EURO Bugatti. short stroll from the Brandenburg Gate

3)MUSEUM OF COMMUNICATIONS

Outside – elegant neo-Baroque architecture laced with modern blue neon. Inside – friendly robots in the atrium, and the history of all things communicative. The Museum of Communications was founded as a postal museum in 1872, the world’s oldest such collection, and has been in its present ornate location since 1897.

On permanent exhibition are tools of the written word – wax seals, postcards and stamps (such as the famous Blue Mauritius), agents of the spoken and visual word – telephones (including some of the first), radios and film, and of the virtual – telegraphs and computers.

The museum’s interactive and lively approach makes it an ideal destination for kids, but adults will appreciate the temporary exhibitions featuring cutting edge artists. On the outer wall of the museum, observant visitors will hear a sound art collage of music, language and everyday noises. A comfortable walk from Checkpoint Charlie or Potsdamer Platz.

Address: Museum für Kommunikation Berlin
Leipziger Straße 16
10117 Berlin
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 9-17, Sat-Sun and public holidays 11-19
Admission Fee: 3,- Euro, red. 1,50 Euro

4)NETAUDIO 2009 AT MARIA AM OSTBAHNHOF

From the 8th to the 11th of October 2009, Netaudio Berlin will be gathering the international netaudio community for a four-day music and conference festival in Berlin, under the title “East meets West”. 2009 will mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. We recall pictures of hands reaching out to pull people from both sides up onto the Berlin wall. The event will take place at Maria, a venue situated immediately on the former Berlin ‘death strip’ once dividing the city and the world into eastern and western hemispheres.
5)GUIDED TOURS-TOUR M – BREACHING THE BERLIN WALL

Tour M gives you an insight into the history of the escape tunnels, and delves into the subject of the subterranean border – in the subway and sewer systems, which were used by those trying to flee the east. After a visit to various photo exhibitions in a former civil defence shelter, our guests will be taken via the subway to Bernauer Strasse. There more than seven escape tunnels were attempted within a distance of just 350 meters of each other. Here you will hear tales of betrayal in addition to the story of the two most successful tunnels.

Meeting point: U-Bhf Gesundbrunnen
6) HAMAM-TURKISH BATH

It´s getting colder outside so why not warm up a bit at  the Hamam to enjoy a really nice turkish bath…

Hamam is a bathing ceremony of the cleansing of the body and soul. Relaxation and communication in a warm and pleasant atmosphere, are key elements of the Hamam culture. Here women from different cultures and walks of life work and meet.

You’ll find the Hamam at Mariannenstr. 6 in Kreuzberg

For women only!!!!

7) The EASTSEVEN COOKING EVENT ON MONDAYS!!

Its vegetarian, delicious and for FREE.

A nice opportunity to meet other travellers!

8.) NICE INDIAN FOOD Q MAHARADSCHA

Every Sunday you pay one main course and get one maincourse for free.

they start with 8,-€

You find Maharadscha @ SCHÖNHAUSER ALLEE 10437 PRENZLAUERBERG / BERLIN

U-Eberswalder Str.

15 Minutes Walking Distance

9)CHECK OUT THE ORIENTAL BAZAAR ON THE RIVER BANK IN KREUZBERG: 8-18H @ KOTTBUSER TOR

on tuesdays and fridays

Begin at: 08:00
End at: 17:59

10) SUNDAY FLEAMARKETDAY

FLEAMARKET Mauerpark

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.

For more cool insider tips please check out our staff-recommendations!