Archive for July, 2011

A week in Berlin, some amazing things to do!!

Monday, July 18th, 2011

EastSeven Hostel

Are you coming to Berlin and you don´t know what to do yet? No worries, just read this Blog. For every day of the week there is some cool activity we recommend to do. Have fun exploring Berlin.

Miss any movies last season? – no worries: watch them open air
In 2011 there will again be a daily changing program with highlights from the current cinema season as well as classic and cult movies. With films from countries as diverse as Japan, Norway, Israel, Palestine or Spain we aim to present true world cinema and where possible we present foreign films in original versions with German subtitles and German films with English subtitles.
WHERE: Freiluftkino Kreuzberg
5 minutes  from U-Bhf Kottbusser Tor , am Mariannenplatz | entry opposite Adalbertstraße 73
start: 21:30 – but be there by 21:00 to get tickets
tickets: 6,50 Euro

At the “Turk’s market” at “Maybachufer” in Berlin Neukölln it is brightly:
Vegetables, Turkish specialties and a lot of fabrics. If you need vegetables or fruits – you won’t get them cheaper anywhere else, esp. if you come close to the ending time.
The market takes place every Tuesday and Friday between 11.00 and 18.30. The market is at line U8 (U-Bhf Schönleinstrasse)

Explore the district of Kreuzberg with great bars, cheap food and an amazing nightlife
Get there with Tram M10 from Eberswalder Str. and go til the final stop (Tram runs all night long).  Walk into driving direction of the tram over the bridge and go “Schlesisches Tor”
Eat the best Hamburger in town at Burgermeister (in an old toilet building directly underneath the train track – expect waiting time, have a seat and watch the bustling surroundings) or go over to “Bagdad” to eat one of the best Döner Kebaps in town. Or meet some new friends at  “Runde Mini Pizza” (Round Mini Pizza), a store that is doing exactly that and known under that name city-wide. Don’t leave without buying Cookies from the Turkish bakery around the corner (they are baking all night long). A stroll around Schlesische Strasse lets you pass dozens of nice bars, do it like the Berliner’s and buy a cheap beer at the Späti (corner shop) between your bar visits (a local favorite is Sternburg beer for around 70 cents, or buy quality with Augustiner beer). If you walk along Schlesische Strasse you will reach a small canal which once was the border between East and West Berlin (the last remaining sniper tower of the GDR border guards is located here). At the canal you’ll find a nice floating restaurant on a house boat and directly across a nice floating club.
Back at the bridge is the famous Watergate Club, long lines expected, finest electronic music. Opens at midnight but won’t fill up before 02:00. If that is not your style or line is too long, walk back over the bridge and follow the crowd towards Revaler Strasse. There you’ll find the RAW Temple, an old train department now filled with several clubs (all styles) and a paradise for alternative nightlife. Not far away is Simon Dach Strasse, a street dotted with pubs.

If you like electronic music, TRESOR would be an interesting option: located in an old power plant, it is an amazing location. They have one techno floor in the basement and one floor with house, minimal. No dress code, entrance is around 5 €. Doors open at midnight, fills up between 01:00-02:00.
Tresor Club
Köpenicker Str. 70
10179 Berlin
(U8, U-Bahnhof Heinrich-Heine-Strasse)

Yes…we do have beach bars in Berlin…. one of my favorites is at the river by the Eastside Gallerie
Strandbar Oststrand
Mühlenstraße 24-26
10243 Berlin – Friedrichshain
open daily from 10am till late
Five mins walk from S-Bahn station Ostbahnhof

At the “Turk’s market” at “Maybachufer” in Berlin Neukölln it is brightly:
Vegetables, Turkish specialities and a lot of fabrics. If you need vegetables or fruits – you won’t get them cheaper anywhere else, esp. if you come close to the ending time.
The market takes place every Tuesday and Friday between 11.00 and 18.30. The market is at line U8 (U-Bhf Schönleinstrasse)

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 / ask at the reception and we call for you!
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.

Have brunch at Simon Dach Strasse in Friedrichshain

(Tempo Box on the corner of Grünberger Strasse is a good option, starts at 10:00, 8,50 €). Then afterwards explore the area and go to Boxhagener Platz where you’ll find a nice fleamarket.
Get there with Tram M10 from Eberswalder Str. and go til “Grünberger Strasse” (one stop before the final stop)
Alternatively go to the big fleamarket at Mauerpark (close to the hostel), which also has an amazing happening in the park right next to it with artists, musicians,…


Have fin in Berlin!! Hope to see you soon at EastSeven Berlin Hostel

Summertime in Berlin!! Our top 5 of things to do in Berlin, all for FREE!!!!

Friday, July 8th, 2011


Summer Berlin

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 favorite 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.


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