Archive for March, 2011

New EastSeven Berlin Hostel VIDEO

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Pierre testing the beds

Pierre testing the beds

ONLINE NOW!!!

It´s been already a couple of months since Leonie came up with the fantastic idea of making a video about the EastSeven Hostel staff, inspired on the ´Amelie Intro`.
I found the idea magnificent and that´s when we started brainstorming together! The intro of Amelie is where all characters are being introduced, showing the likes and don´t likes that are typical for them.

At that moment the EastSeven Berlin Hostel counted 12  staff members, including the 2 managers of the hostel. So for each character we were imagining what he or she desires or dislikes the most. Some of our staff members came with their own idea. For instance Caroline, who really really enjoys making coffee and she just loves the smell of our Italian coffee beans!! Or Lena, who in real life really is allergic to the sound of chalk on a black board. In the end, all of us show something really personal, although it still only is a small feature of our characters. It does give the viewer an impression on who the individual staff members of the EastSeven Hostel are.
Our special thanks goes out to BRM for making the music and to Frank Dukowski for the voice-over, thank you guys!!!

So if you are coming to Berlin, and if you are still looking for a nice and friendly, relaxed hostel in a great location…you are more than welcome to check in at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel!!

Here is the video, have a look!!


What to do in Berlin? Visit the O2 World Berlin!

Friday, March 25th, 2011

o2 world opening 2008The O2 World was opened on October 10 in year 2008. The O2 World in Berlin is about 160m long, 130m wide and 35m high. The volume of O2 World Hall is 230.000 m³ and has a seating area of 12.000 m². The O2 world has 2000 parking places. O2 World (stylised as O2 World) is a multi-use indoor arena and was 13th in the visitor ranking 2010 (230857 visitors in the first half of the year). At the O2 World Berlin, you can do very much.

There are different events. There are sports for example The Night of the jumps, which is only once a year or basketball. There are also many different kinds of music events such as Elton John. For the individual events, there are a lot of information in the link.

Another offer of the O2 World in Berlin is that you can take a tour in the O2 World. It is like going and seeing behind the scenes. For more information about O2 World Tour, visit the link.

How to get there??

The O2 World is near the underground station Warschauer Straße. You have to go to Senefelderplatz and from there it is very easy and quick to get to the Warschauer Straße. It requires 15-18 min to the S – Bahn station Warschauer Straße.

Take the U2 from Senefelderplatz, direction Theodor-Heuss-Platz, and leave the U2 at S + U-Bahnhof Alexanderplatz. From there go to the S5, direction Strausberg Nord and leave the S-Bahn at Warschauer Straße.

How to get to the o2 world Berlin from Warschauer Straße??

Here is a map.

Text by

Leon L.


Springtime in Berlin, our top 5 of things to do in Berlin, all for FREE!!!!

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

@ EastSeven garden

@ EastSeven garden

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

We want to keep our guests informed about what is cool and cheap to see and do 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.Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, Mauergedenkstätte – Berlin Wall Monument

This evocative stretch of the Berlin Wall on Bernauerstrasse is one of the few remnants of the concrete wall left untouched since 1989. The Gedenkstätte – monument – includes a Documentation Centre which chronicles the history and experience of the Berlin Wall.

2.  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.

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 too much money!! Hope to welcome you soon to the EastSeven Berlin Hostel!!!!


What to do in Berlin this weekend?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

 

Party in Berlin

Party in Berlin

No plans for the weekend? We have selected some cool events and things to do for the weekend!


On Friday during the day:

1 THE BERLIN WALL MEMORIAL: GEDENKSTäTTE BERLINER MAUER

The Documentation Centre known as Dokumentationszentrum Berliner Mauer is one of three integral elements which together make up the Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer – Berlin Wall Monument at Bernauer Strasse – combining a stretch of the former Berlin Wall, the Kapelle der Versöhnung (Reconciliation Chapel) and, across the road, the Documentation Centre itself.

This is an important source of information and an original documentary source/archive devoted to the history of the Berlin Wall. A multimedia presentation draws on the local historical experience at Bernauer Strasse, exploring varied aspects of the political background and historical detail surrounding one of the most poignant and significant events of the Cold War.

The street’s unique position cut into two sides by the Wall with East Berlin buildings on one side and a pavement/sidewalk on the side of West Berlin evoked the madness of the concrete Wall dividing the city.

Information panels are in German and English.

Address:
Bernauer Str. 111
13355 Berlin

Admission free!!!

15mins walk from East Seven

On Friday night:

2 INTO THE PIT – LEVEE CLUB (EX BANGBANG CLUB)

A nice mixture of Electro, Minimal, Indie and live music!

Levee Club (Ex Ban Bang Club)
Neue Promenade 10
Berlin-Mitte – S-BHF Hackescher Markt

start: 11pm
end: ?

3.  TIRED OF ALL THE ELECTRONIC MUSIC? ROCK AG AT LIDO EVERY FRIDAY

The Rock AG exists since September, 2002 and is with it one of the
most established rock parties of Berlin.
The musical range of the Rock AG encloses classic and news from almost
all genres of the popular rock music. According to musical
predilections of the respective DJs and the visitors interfere Indie
and punk, Grunge and alternative, Britpop and Heavy Metal, progressive
and Glam, freak’s beat and crossover, etc. (Wikipedia lists approx.
200 subspecies of the “rock”, so here no claim to completeness!). But
all tracks have in common – they rock the Floor!

Lido
Cuvrystraße 7
10997 Berlin

On Saturday during the day:

4. 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.

5.THE BERLIN-HOHENSCHöNHAUSEN STASI MEMORIAL OLD 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. 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 and gives another view of the divided Berlin.
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).

It is only possible to view the extensive prison complex on a official guided tour as Visitors require detailed guidance in order to understand the various sections of the prison.

Public tours every Saturday and Sunday, every hour from 10am to 4pm in various languages, but better call ahead to ask at what time it is in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Danish or Norwegian…

Phone Visitor’s Service: Phone: +49 – (0)30 – 98 60 82-30

Admission:
Regular fee 5,00 Euro, concessions*) 2,50 Euro, Students 1,00 Euro
*) university students, senior citizens, handicapped persons, Berlincard-holder

How to get there:
Take the Metro U2 from the Hostel and go 2 Stops to Alexanderplatz. From here you take the Tram M5 to the stop “Freienwalder Strasse”. The Memorial is then about a 10 minute walk down Freienwalder Strasse in Genslerstraße 66.

On Saturday night:

6. MIAU – TECHNO & HOUSE

Aleator (lost and sound)
Victor Laffleur (chef de cuisine berlin/ morlox)
Jason Wilding (tinpot)
Chris Kruit (chef de cuisine berlin/ morlox)

+ Special Guest:
Por.No (hangar/ lisa simpsons dream)
Dj Clementine (süss & sauer/ tonkind)

Haasestraße / Ecke Revalerstraße

three euros only!

7.    PRETTY VAKANT AT HORST KRZBRG

Horst Krzbrg/ Tempelhofer Ufer 1, Kreuzberg, Berlin 10961
Cost / 10 Euro

Line-up /
Alex Smoke (live), Tolga Fidan, Nico Purman, DeWalta
Special Guest: DJ Phono

On Sunday during the day:

8. Go for a fantastic breakfst to Cafe Entweder Oder @ Oderberger Straße 15.

It is a small walk from the EastSeven Hostel to this lovely cafe.
And after a good breakfast visit the Mauerpark Fleamarket, which is great for hanging out on sunday!

9. SUNDAY FLEAMARKETDAY go to the 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.

On Sunday night:

10.YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A NICE AND COSY PUB? HAVE ALOOK AT SOUPANOVA

Soupanova
Stargarder Str. 24
10437 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)

U-Schönhauser Allee

15mins walk from East Seven

Hope to have enspired you! Enjoy your stay in Berlin. For more great events and things to do in Berlin just check our weekly staff-recommendations!


What to do in Berlin at the weekend??

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Our top 10 of parties for this weekend!

we´ll start with friday!

1    BERGHAIN/PANORAMA BAR

Berlin’s premier techno club, housed in a former power generation plant near the Berlin Ostbahnhof train station. The building is enormous — the dancefloor 18 metres high and there’s room for around 1500. The main design elements are steel and concrete. The first room at the entrance near the cloakroom displays a 20-30 square meter black & white painting of the artist Piotr Nathan. On the upper floor, the Panorama Bar contains a large-format painting by Wolfgang Tillmans.

Fridays is usually upstairs Panorama Bar only.
Saturday night through Sunday both rooms are open.

Begin at: 23:59

2    STEREO MCS DJ-SET AT ICON

Rob Birch (Stereo MCs/Graffiti/PIAS/UK)
Cyberpunkers (IT)
Marvin Suggs (Duscholux/Oye Records/D)

Begin at: 00:00
Open End
Link

3    GLOBO CLUB

PEPE VARGAS & ANDYLOOP (Barcelona) – Club Classics & Global Electrónica.
ZIGAN ALDI & A.K. – Balkan, Swing & Party Classics.
start@: 23.00
entry: 4 Euro till 24.oo after that 6Eur
Where: CASSIOPEIA, Revaler Straße 99, Berlin-Friedrichshain (close S/U-Bhf. Warschauer Straße)

And then…Saturday night!!!

4 YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A NICE AND COSY PUB? HAVE ALOOK TO SOUPANOVA

Soupanova
Stargarder Str. 24
10437 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)

U-Schönhauser Allee

15mins walk from East Seven

DASWOHLGEFUEHL MEETS L(I)EBE ZUR MUSIK AT MARIA AM OSTBAHNHOF

Maria am Ostbahnhof/ Stralauer Platz 29, Berlin
Cost / 10€
Line-up /
Main Floor | daswohlgefuehl:

Turmspringer (get physical|tonkind)
Haito (boxer rec.|spagat)
Diringer (kickboxer)
Larsson (bpitch|daswohlgefuehl)
Liefeldt&Chlass (daswohlgefuehl)
Jacob Richter (spagat|daswohlgefuehl)
+guests…

Josef | liebe zur musik floor:

Bshosa (detroitZDRoJ / warschau)
freu(n)de aka lektor (l(i)ebe zur musik / daswohlgefuehl)
tomas fernandez (l(i)ebe zur musik)
+guests…

Promoter /
daswohlgefuehl
Eine lange und große Freundschaft verbindet die Booking Agentur „DASWOHLGEFÜHL“ und der Verein L(I)ebe zur Musik. So liegt es nahe sich auch mal zu einer Party zusammen zu schließen. In dieser Nacht wollen sie gemeinsam die Maria am Ufer und ihre Gäste mit ihrer Musik in den Bann ziehen. Im Josef begrüssen euch eine kleine Auswahl der “L(I)ebe zur Musik” Resident Dj’s und einer sehr speziellen Licht Deko die von Dj Lektor entworfen wurde. Auf dem Main Floor hat sich DASWOHLGEFÜHL zu seinen Resident Dj’s noch ein paar gute Freunde und Berlin bekannte Dj’s eingeladen. Ob Luft & Liebe Festival, die Veranstaltung Freier Fall im Suicide Circus, oder die Silvesterparty in der Brunnen 70 es wurde ziemlich bunt gefeiert und getanzt, das wollen sie in dieser Nacht auch wieder mich euch.

6 COMEDYSPORTZ EXTREME: THE LATE SHOW

Not comedy about sports, but comedy played as a sport! Finally, a fun, fast-paced comedy show that’s great fun for all ages and audiences… and its in English!
It’s ComedySportz, an award-winning interactive comedy show where two teams of “act-letes” compete for audience laughs and points while improvising scenes, games, operas and musicals based on audience suggestions.
A referee calls fouls and keeps the match moving at a blistering pace. The audience is always a part of the interactive show, giving suggestions for every game, voting for the winners and sometimes even winding up on stage!
It’s fast and fun, and edgy in English for all audiences
o Live!
o Interactive
o Hilarious
o Performed in English
o Different
o Clean
o Fool-proof!
o Fast-paced, positive and fun. Guaranteed!
The Kookaburra Comedy Club, Schönhauser Allee 184
Tickets 10/8euro

and after partying….relax on sunday!

7 FREEZING? NEED RELAXATION?

The “Badeschiff” is a sauna with a spectecular view of the skyline and also has outdoor swimming on the river Spree. They have special offers as well. Located close to Kreuzberg, a multicultural area with many things to do. Would make a nice end of a stroll through that district (or a good start of a party night)
Ask at the reception about german sauna habits, not that you will be surprised :) They have gents and ladies only times as well, if you prefer those.
Two saunas with a view of the river Spree, swimmingpool, rest area, massages, lounge with bar, exceptional panorama view of the skyline of Berlin. A variety of healthy snacks and drinks on offer at the lounge bar.
Water temperature: 24 °C. Saunas: 95 °C & 70 °C.

BRUNCH IM CAFE MORGENLAND

10am – 4 pm / 9€
Skalitzer Str. 35 / Kreuzberg
it´s delicious :) !!

9 VISIT THE EXHIBITION ´LIVE TO TAPE´ AT THE HAMBURGER BAHNHOF

Live to Tape.

The Mike Steiner Collection at Hamburger Bahnhof
1 February 2011 – 8 January 2012

From the beginning of the 1970s, gallerist, collector and artist Mike Steiner was one of the earliest proponents of the young medium of video art in West Germany. Inspired by several trips to New York, where he came into contact with developments in video and action art, he opened the Studiogalerie in the vicinity of Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm in 1976. The gallery soon became one of the defining exhibition spaces for Berlin media artists, who had received little attention before, as well as presenting international pioneers in video art and performance.

The exhibition “Live to Tape” presents a selection of works from the Mike Steiner Collection in the Nationalgalerie holdings spanning the years 1972-1985. It traces directions in early video art; in particular, the relationship between live performance and video is brought into focus as in taped endurance performances that test the physical limits of the body by Marina Abramović, Charlemagne Palestine and Ulrike Rosenbach. Also on view is a group of works from the rarely shown action Hotel Room Event, organized by Fluxus artist Ben Vautier and Mike Steiner. During the event fifteen artist videos were taped in different rooms of the Hotel Steiner. Another highlight is Ulay’s spectacular action There is a Criminal Touch to Art (1976), documenting his temporary theft of the Carl Spitzweg painting The Poor Poet (1839) from the Neue Nationalgalerie.

Artists included in the exhibition: Marina Abramović, Cornelia (jetzt Kali) Balcerowiak, Wojciech Bruszewski, Valie Export, Jochen Gerz, K.H. Hödicke, Dorothy Iannone, Joan Jonas, Raimund Kummer, Joan La Barbara, Charlemagne Palestine, Friederike Pezold, Lil Picard, Ulrike Rosenbach, Mike Steiner, Endre Tót, Ulay, Ben Vautier, Helmut Wietz.

10   SING LIVE ON STAGE

mit Monk
Partys Sing live on stage @ Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke
Friedrichshain

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND IN BERLIN!!!!


Visit Berlin, visit the Berlin UNDERWORLDS

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Cold War Bunker Berlin

Cold War Bunker Berlin

Are you 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.

For tickets:From the 1st of March, tickets for tours 1,2,3,M and D are available in a new ticket office. This is located in a pavilion next to the south entrance of the Gesundbrunnen underground station (Brunnenstrasse 105, in front of ‘Kaufland’). Here you will also find a selection of books relating to Berlin’s underground.

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!