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Our wintertime TOP 10 of Events in Berlin

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Reichstag

Reichstag

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel made you an amazing top 10 of cost-free activities and events in Berlin this winter.

Berlin is an exciting capitol, where lots of events are being organized all through the year. Some of these events are free of admission.
So if you are traveling on a low budget, like a lot of backpackers staying in hostels, read on! You will be able to have a great time in berlin without spending too much money :).

1. Visit the 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 October until 14 March: daily 8:30 – 16:30. Entry is for free.

2. Enjoy Berlins lovely Christmas Markets. Most of the Christmas markets are free of any charge. Check out our blog on Christmas markets for a list of markets closeby. If you go to one of the markets, you will have a great time just by watching all the action thats going on.
3. Don´t pay money for culture! On thursday nights, from 18-22h, most of the state museums are admission free to visit! just ask at the reception where you should go to!
4. 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!
5. Ping pong bar, Dr. Pong,  at the Eberswalder straße. You pay a deposit of 5€ to get a bat , and then you just start playing table tennis with evryone that is there! Its definately a great deal of FUN!
6. Don´t miss out on the monday evening cooking event at the EastSeven Hostel. The food is for free, it´s vegetarian and 100% delicious. Our cook Florian makes the best food in town! Its also a nice opportunity to meet up with other travelers.
7. Go on a walking tour to visit all important sights in Berlin. Just take the Brewers walking tour, they come to pick you up every day at 12.45 from our hostel.
8. The stasi prison in Berlin Hohenschönhausen is free of admission on mondays.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.
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.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.

If you need more help and inspiring ideas for planning your berlin city trip make sure to also check out our online staff-recoomendations. Also just come ask our friendly staff at the reception. Hope to see you all soon in Berlin at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel!!


No idea yet on what to do in Berlin this week??

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Events in Berlin

Events in Berlin

EastSeven Berlin Hostel made you a top 10 of the most funky events for this week in Berlin:

1. start your week with the free dinner party at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel. Its always a great deal of fun and our cook Florian is simply the best!!! His vegetarian dishes simply rock!

2.Pay a visit to the Kookaburra Comeday Club, close to the EastSeven Berlin Hostel. On saturdays there´s an open stage:

“It’s your opportunity to come jam with us on stage at the Kookaburra! The way it works is simple: We will perform scenes to show you how we do it, then introduce a game and explain the rules. Whoever wants to play gets to jump on stage and perform a scene with other audience members, friends, and even some of the Laugh O’s! ”

And the best part, it’s only 3 Euro!!!

3. On tuesdays and fridays there is a fabulous turkish market going on at the Maybachufer in Berlin Kreuzberg. Here you can get the best and cheapest vegetables in Berlin, and also a lot more. There are lots of nice bars and cafes closeby where you can warm up with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
4.Visit the Worldtronics Festival at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, from 25.11-28.11

WORLDTRONICS Electronica Surprise: psychedelic noise from Istanbul and synthpop from South East Asia , the latest club music from South America and the première of “Fathers” , a live event of a genre yet to be given a name. Adventure, pioneering spirit, thinking outside the box – that’s what this is all about.
5. On thursday night at Maria am Ostbahnhof 2MANYDJS will rock the house

This is GREAT! 2manydjs (soulwax/belgium) have been on tour with band and dj-act for 3years non stop…
these djs rock, you don´t wanne miss this!!
6. On thursday night Therapy? is playing at the Magnet club. An unique opporttunity to see a band this big and famous in a rather small but cozy club. It´s gonna be an unique intim experience. See if you can still get some tickets. Don´t miss this!!
7. Days are getting shorter, its getting colder….its getting christmas time. Well then you should really visit one of the many christmas markets berlin has to offer.One of my favorites is the Lucia Christmas Market at the Kulturbrauerei, a 5 minute walk away from the EastSeven Hostel.
8. LA BOHèME – OPERA BY GIACOMO PUCCINI

Treat yourself to some culture . prices start at 7Euros

9. We will end the week on sunday, traditionally with first a brunch, at for instance the trendy café Schwarzsauer at the Kastanienallee

10. after this we take a stroll and visit the mauerpark fleamarket and also the fleamarket at Arkonaplatz. If youre going to the Mauerpark fleamarket make sure not to miss the outdoor karaoke show, it is FUN!!!

As always there is a lot going on in Berlin. For more tips check out the EastSeven Berlin Staff-recommendations, and check out the EastSeven Berlin Hostel Blog!


Worldtronics 2009 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt:25-28 November

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

 

 

haus der kulturen der welt (c)Sebastian Niedlich

haus der kulturen der welt (c)Sebastian Niedlich

EastSeven Berlin Hostels Tip for next weekend: Worldtronics 2009: Electronica Surprise
WORLDTRONICS’ goal is to surprise you, not confirm your expectations. 2009 brings you psychedelic noise from Istanbul and synthpop from South East Asia . And of course the latest club music from South America : Cumbia Digital. WORLDTRONICS 09 is also premiering the multimedia laptop opera, “Fathers” from the Lappetites, a live event of a genre yet to be named. Adventure, pioneering spirit, thinking outside the box – that’s what this is all about.

There’s electronic music beyond club culture (just as there’s club culture without electronica – though disco is another story). The first “Love Parade” marked the birth of techno and club. Perhaps electronic music hadn’t existed as a lifestyle, ideology, or even as a substitute for religion in this form before- but the music most certainly did. Bands like Depeche Mode, The Human League, and earlier Kraftwerk and Neu are representative of the style. Before them, experimental composers like Stockhausen liberated the form, creating a genre unto its own.

WORLDTRONICS has always been seen as a festival that explores all aspects of electronica, and not as a series of parties (though in Berlin there most certainly will be quite a few going on).
Text: Detlef Diederichsen

Picture: Sebastian Niedlich (Flickr)

For a complete programm of this Event klick HERE. The worldtronics festival takes place at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

For more information on coming up events in Berlin just check out our online Staff-recommendations.

Hope to see you soon in Berlin!


How to spend a great week in Berlin?

Monday, November 16th, 2009
Enjoying a lovely meal at the EastSeven Hostel

Enjoying a lovely meal at the EastSeven Hostel


Our amazing TOP 10 of cool and exciting activities, parties, museums etc.

1. as always on mondays, there is a Free Food spectacle at the EastSeven Hostel. Our cook Florian prepares, together with the guests, a delicious vegetarian meal. A nice way to start your evening and an opportunity to meet other travellers too!

2.Experience Berlin’s most famous multi-cultural market, the turkish market at Maybachufer. Shop for food or even a pretty souvenir. Cafés and bars are close by as well. The market is on tuesdays and fridays.

3.It´s getting colder outside so why not go to the Hamam to enjoy a really nice turkish bath and relax…
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
Please Note: It´s for women only!!!!
4. This friday only: the New Model Army live at Kesselhaus!
5. The White Trash Fast Food Club, just around the corner from our Hostel offers a broad variety on events. Often you will find live bands playing here, rock´n´roll dj´s and you can always stop by for a great burger and other fast food!! for an up to date programm klick HERE.
6.20 YEARS FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL: CASE SCENES AND TRACES. THE BERLIN WALL AS FOCUS OF THE PHOTOGRAPHERS
Photographs of the frontier’s opening at the Berlin Wall document the revolutionary events from 1989 and their consequences (Mon, Wed-Fri 10a.m.-6p.m., Sat+Sun 11a.m.-6p.m.)
Date: Sun, 08.11.2009(till 06.12.2009)
Location: Max-Liebermann-Haus, Pariser Platz 7, 10117 Berlin (Mitte)
Opening hours: Mo, Mi-Fr 10.00-18.00, Sa+So 11.00-18.00
7.More Markets: On saturday there is a really cool (but a bit expensive) organic market! check this out, also just to watch the hipp folks of the prenzlauerberg Neighberhood! And when you are there try for instance the turkish pancakes, they are good and cheap!
8. A new club just opened its doros : the Feinfeierei, They have cool parties on friday night. This friday: Sven Teet, drauf&dran,Nicorus & 2Komponentenkleber. For location and info´s klick HERE!
9.For a real German experience you should definately go watch the Berlin soccer team play this saturday at the Olympia Stadion (take the U2 subway from senefelder platz)
Berlin’s soccer team, Hertha BSC is playing vs. southern VFB Stuttgart at the Olympic Stadium.
This sporty event starts at 12:00.
10. A  typical thing to do on a sunday in Berlin is to go out for a Brunch. Lots of different cafes offer delicious brunches from early in the morning till about 17h. For instance you could go to the Gagarin, Schneeweisschen und Rosenrot or SchwarzSauer.

Okay, hope you all got on impression on how to spend your week or weekend in Berlin. Ofcourse, there is lots and lots more to do and to discover in Berlin. For more ideas I would like to invite you to check out the Staff Recommendations made by the EastSeven Berlin Hostel Staff.  Also check the Zitty Magazine for ALL events and parties in Berlin. Hope to see you soon in Berlin!!!!!


Christmas Markets in Berlin, our top 10

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

 

(c)Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt, Kulturbrauerei

(c)Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt, Kulturbrauerei

It´s getting colder it´s getting christmas time. EastSeven Berlin Hostel made a top 10 of cool Christmas Markets in Berlin.
In a couple of weeks the Berlin Christmas markets will be open again. Go here to warm up with `glühwein`(mulled wine), find some nice christmas presents for your folks, enjoy the german way of celebrating christmas.
Here you will find our top 10 of christmas markets in Berlin. Also we provide some more detailed info on one of the nicest markets in our opinion, the Lucia Christmas Market at the Kulturbrauerei, not far from the EastSeven Berlin Hostel.

Our TOP 10:

1. Lucia Christmas Market at the Kulturbrauerei.
2. Nostalgic Christmas Market at the Oper Unter den Linden
3. Christmas Market Spandau
4. Christmas Market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Remorial Church
5. Magic Winterworld and Christmas Market at Potsdamer Platz
6. Christmas Market Alexander Platz

7. Christmas Market at Schloss-park Mitte

8. Christmas Market at Charlottenburg Palace

9. Christmas Market Gendarmen Markt

10. Christmas Market Kollwitzplatz

Closeby the EastSeven Berlin Hostel you´ll find the Kulturbrauerei, a former beer brewery wich now stands for diverse range of cultural events during the year. One of our favorite christmas markets will be held here, every year. Read on for more details.
The romantic world of the Lucia Christmas Market invites you to the Kulturbrauerei for the ninth time in the year 2009.
The “Lucia Christmas Market“ takes place in the outdoor space in the two courtyards of the Kulturbrauerei in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district.

The Kulturbrauerei, an area of 25,000 m², with its lovely ensemble of 20 buildings and six courtyards, is situated between Schönhauser Allee, Knaack, Sredzki and Danziger Straßes. The buildings are all connected – creating a brick wall with chimneys and distinctive towers in the corners. The richly decorated buildings of red and yellow brick with their casting pillars, dome vaults and stone ceilings represent the industrial architecture of the 19th century.

This beautiful building complex is home to the Lucia Christmas Market. With its picturesque setting, this market offers a very charming and romantic atmosphere and has become very popular with families. It offers a daily cultural program for everbody, on weekend afternoons for kids and invites the grown-ups to meet for a hot mulled red (and white) wine „Glühwein or Glög“. Named after Lucia, the Nordic goddess of light, the market is dedicated to the Scandinavian countries.

Highlights:
* bungee trampoline and swing boat
* merry-go-round for children and adults
* “Coat-Open-Air-Heater“ and “Swedenfire“ artworks
* Santa visits the market daily between 5 and 6 pm
* cultural program/ show daily at 8 pm, admission free
* every Saturday at 4 pm program for children at Alte Kantine, 3 €
* every Sunday between 4 and 6 pm Children’s handicraft hour at Alte Kantine, admission free

Opening Hours (free entry):
Monday – Friday 3 pm – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm – 10pm

Location: Kulturbrauerei, 10439 Berlin-PrenzlauerBerg/ Pankow
Knaackstr. 97 and/or Sredzkistr. 1 and/or Schönhauser Allee 36-39
Public Transport: Metro U2 Eberswalder Str., Bus 245, Tram 12, M10, M1
Parking: in-ground parking facility with 250 spaces, Sredzkistr. 2

(tekst: lucia-weihnachtsmarkt.de)

For more events, parties and insider tips check out our online staff-recommendations. Enjoy wintertime in Berlin!!


Our top 10 of Events for this Week

Monday, November 9th, 2009
Party at East7

Party at East7

Check out our amazing top 10 of cool events for this week.

1. Today its the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Check out the  Festival of  Freedom at the Brandenburg Gate. Or be part of the Mauer Mob.

2. Also today, there will be a delicious free vegatarian meal cooked at the EastSeven Kitchen! Sign up at the reception and join the cooking party at 19h in our Kitchen!

3.  Pay a visit to the Museum of communaction. 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.

4. Go to the Bang Bang Club on thursday night to see some nice bands performing live. This thursday:
MJ HIBBETT & THE VALIDATORS (UK)+ DJ Martin Petersdorf

5. Experience Kreuzberg! Take a walk in gorgeous Viktoriapark and enjoy the great view from the plateau and then have an exquisite, but very cheap meal at either (vegetarian) Seerose or at Mutti’s (Großbeerenstr. 36). Then have drinks at one of the many nice bars/cafes at Bergmannstrasse.

6. Wintertime-Saunatime, YES! Warm up at the Olivin Welness Sauna just around the corner from the EastSeven Berlin Hostel. With its Finnish sauna and the successful
blending together of a ‘lounge’ and ‘sauna’ into one environment, OLIVIN Wellness Lounge close-by the EastSeven is a true wellness oasis. Especially now in the long and cold Berlin winter time….

7. On saturday night, go to the St. George Klub in Berlin Kreuzberg to dance to some fine beats!!! Yes YES, Paul White, Pete from BBE, Suffdaddy, Stevo, Michael Rosen, Dirk Markham

8. What? It´s raining, again?! Good excuse for visiting all Berlin museums…. For instance the Jewish Museum or the New museum on the Museum Island.

9. Shopping makes Happy…go to the kastanienallee (a 3minute-walk away from the EastSeven Berlin Hostel). You´ll find some nice souvenir/second-hand/vintage/designer shops here.  You´ll have fun!

10. Last but not least, you must be hungry by now?!! Try the german food at Zum SchusterJungen, it´s the real stuff, from bratwurst to schnitzel to sauerbraten. Even as a vegetarian you can enjoy this restaurant, try the senf eier, yummie!!

Hope to see you soon in Berlin!


‘Festival of Freedom’ to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Berlin Brandenburg Gate

Berlin Brandenburg Gate

At the Brandenburg Gate on the 9th of november ….

…. dominos will feature in a live performance, which will include the designers of the Domino Action, politicians, contemporary witnesses and guests from all over the world. The former German Foreign Minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, and the Nobel Peace Laureates Kofi Annan, Muhammad Yunus and Mikhail Gorbachev will be among the guests.
Almost one thousand dominos have been designed by youths so far, most of them by pupils from Berlin schools. On international level, the co-operation partner Goethe-Institut has sent several dominos into the world which are designed by students as well as artists and intellectuals. This ‘Mauerreise – the wall in the world project’ aims to raise awareness of walls around the world that continue to exist.

In the context of the series of events called MUR|MURS|MAUER|ECHO by the Institut français, German and French students have been enabled to design a total of 15 dominos in workshops together with artists. On 9 November those dominos as well as those of the Geothe-Institut will become part of the performance at the Brandenburg Gate.
The ‘domino effect’ stands for many brave people as well as contemporary witnesses of the Peaceful Revolution in the late 1980s. The protests of some individuals had grown to a strong-willed but peaceful mass movement. The ‘Festival of Freedom’ on 9 November also wants to convey that the events of 1989 and the fall of the Wall not only influenced Germany, but also changed Europe and the world – “German history with a domino effect”. Already on 7 and 8 November, the Domino Gallery made up of around 1000 over-sized dominos will cover a route of around 1.5 kilometres from the Reichstagsufer via the Brandenburg Gate to Potsdamer Platz and will create unique images and impressions close to where the Berlin Wall once stood.

Further information: Hotline +49 (0)30-443 123 330, dominoaktion(at)mauerfall09.de and www.mauerfall09.de/dominoaktion

The Festival of Freedom will begin with an open-air concert at Pariser Platz by the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim. After the concert, the fall of the Berlin Wall will be symbolised by knocking over the designed dominos, which will be broadcast live in ZDF from 19.25 until 20.15. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend this extraordinary event.

Under musical direction of Daniel Barenboim the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Staatsopernchor (choir study: Eberhard Friedrich) play the following programme:

* Richard Wagner: Lohengrin, Prelude to Act III
* Arnold Schönberg: A Survivor from Warsaw, op. 46 (Speaker: Klaus Maria Brandauer)
* Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 A major, op. 92, IV: Allegro con brio
* Friedrich Goldmann: Es ist, als habe einer die Fenster aufgestoßen (Fragment, 2009)

(tekst: mauerfall09.de)


JazzFest Berlin- 4-8 November 2009

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

 

Berlin

Berlin

“It Must Schwing!” and More at JazzFest Berlin ’09….

This years jazzfest takes place from November 4th to 8th, and is organized around the theme: “Blue Note: 70 years.”  The founders of the renowned jazz label, Alfred Lion (“It Must Schwing!”) and Francis Wolff, were both Berlin natives, and they emigrated to the United States in the 1930s.

One of  the most celebrated Blue Note artists of the present is the trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard. He opens JazzFest Berlin ’09 on November 4th with a performance of his “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem For Katrina)” accompanied by the Deutsche Filmorchester Babelsberg. Julian Benedikt’s Grammy-nominated film “Blue Note – A Story of Modern Jazz” (1997) will be screened free of charge at a Sunday matinee at the Martin-Gropius-Bau. Other classic Blue Note tinged events include performances by trombonist Curtis Fuller and by Sheila Jordan, the first singer to stand in front of Alfred Lion’s microphones, accompanied by Steve Kuhn, another artist with the celebrated label.

Alongside this musical main course, Nils Landgren – the Artistic Director of JazzFest Berlin – has included some additional hors d’oeuvres in the festival menu in keeping to his time-tested motto: “show good music.” Among these is a colorful “smorgasbord” of the Scandinavian bands that have featured so prominently since the beginning of Landgren’s tenure, including the Tingvall Trio, the Ensemble Denada, Mathias Eick, and Arild Andersen.
The jazz of northern Europe finds its counterpart in South Africa’s post-Apartheid generation of musicians: presented at Thursday evening’s concert will be percussionist and famed instructor Dizu Plaatjies and Afro Soul singer Lira.

New Orleans has been a source of constant inspiration For Nils Landgren, and remains close to his heart. Featured besides the above-mentioned opening event featuring Terence Blanchard is John Scofield’s Piety Street Band at the festival’s close, who follow up the Berlin “Schwing” of the preceding days by giving us a taste of their “I’ll fly away” swing.

Take a look at this year´s programm. You can order your tickets ONLINE.

Furthermore there is a photo-exhibition on the legendary Blue Note Record label at the Jewish museum .

Legendary jazz label Blue Note Records was founded 1939 in New York by Jewish emigrants Alfred Lion und Francis Wolff. Both had grown up in Berlin, both had been passionate jazz fans since their early ages and both were proud owners of substantial record collections. Jazz to them was not just music but an entire lifestyle – according to Alfred Lion’s creed: “It must schwing”.

The exhibition shows photographs by Francis Wolff who used to document the recordings, creating a unique photo galery of famous jazz musician’s portraits. Amongst them portraits of John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver and Jimmy Smith.
Additionally, the newer history of Blue Note is documented through photographs of Jimmy Katz, the label’s photographer since 1993.

A special exhibition of the Jewish Museum Berlin!!!

(text:berlinerfestspiele.de)

Still looking for a nice and cosy hostel to sleep during your Berlin-city-trip? Check out the EastSeven Berlin Hostel, we have some nice video´s on youtube, that might give you a good impression of the hostel. For more cool events in Berlin check out our staff recommendations online,  Hope to see you soon in Berlin!


MTV Europe Music Awards 2009 in Berlin

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
Berlin

Berlin

In 2009 the MTV Music Awards are back at the place where it once all started…Berlin!

This thursday this amazing event will take place at state-of-the-art O2 World with amazing artists and amazing live performances by for instance Green Day, Shakira, Foo Fighters, Tokio Hotel, Leona Lewis and Jay-Z.  Some of this years´ presenters of the awards: Boris Becker, Backstreet Boys, Jean Reno & Juliette Lewis.

And this year the Europe Music Awards will also be a big part of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

15 years ago, the Brandenburg Gate was the stage for the first ever MTV EMAs and now it will be the backdrop for a short but exclusive set by U2 on 5th November. As part of the EMA´s global music icons U2 are going to give a spectacular perfomance at the Brandenburger Gate. All free tickets we´re sold out in a few seconds. But if you want to see this performance tune in to the EMA on your TV at home.

For more information check the MTV EMA website!

If you don´t have tickets for the EMA, no worries just tune in on thursday at 8pm. Or check out the EastSeven staff recommendations to find another nice event for this thursday!