Archive for November, 2011

Our Top 10 of the best Christmas Markets in Berlin

Monday, November 28th, 2011
Lucia WM (c) Jochen Loch

Lucia WM (c) Jochen Loch

If you are coming to Berlin in December you should definitely visit one of the many Christmas Markets.

Because Berlin has a lot of Christmas Markets to choose from, we have made a selection of some of the nicest and coziest markets in town. For further advice don´t hesitate, just come ask us at the reception!!


1. Lucia Christmas Market

The Lucia Christmas Market takes places at the courtyard of the Kulturbrauerei, a former brewery. It is really closeby the Hostel in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg.With its picturesque setting, this market offers a very charming and romantic atmosphere. Named after Lucia, the Nordic goddess of light, the market is dedicated to the Scandinavian countries.
Highlights:
* bungee trampoline, 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 and Sunday between 4 and 6 pm
Kid-Family-Program at Alte Kantine (indoor), admission free

21.11.2011 – 22.12.2011
Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstraße 97, 10435, Prenzlauer Berg
from Monday to Friday from 15.00 to 22.00
Saturday & Sanday from 13.00 to 22.00
2. Family-friendly Christmas market with daily cultural program: Christmas market at Kollwitzplatz

This small and traditional organic market offers a lot of different products, from organic handwork to organic food products. It really is a family market, where you will see the locals shopping for Christmas with their kids, there is also a carousel and a playground closeby!
28.11; 05.12; 12.12; 19.12.2011
Ökomarkt Kollwitzplatz, Kollwitzplatz
10435, Prenzlauer Berg
from 12.00 to 19.00
Organic Christmas market, Sundays only
3. Organic Christmas Market

Another organic Christmas Market is located also not very far from EastSeven Hostel. Wonderful ecologically produced, fair trade gifts are on sale in the pleasant atmosphere of the market on all four Advent weekends. Well-known environmental protection organisations present their nature-protection projects. Creature comforts are also provided: all delicacies are organic and with every cup of mulled wine consumed, a tree is planted in the tropics – which helps climate protection. Here “think global, act local“ is put into practice quite deliciously. (text: berlingoesgreen.de)
27.11; 28.11; 04.12; 05.12; 11.12; 12.12; 18.12; 19.12.2011
Sophienstraße, Mitte
Saturday from 11.00 to 21.00
Sunday from 11.00 to 19.00

 4. Christmas Market at the Opernpalais

A nostalgic Christmas market takes place between the Staatsoper and Opernpalais. Craftspeople, confectioners, almond and chestnut roasters, and candle and lantern makers offer their wares in more than 200 wooden booths. There is also a crib with real animals and a wooden horse carousel. The much loved Christmas market on the boulevard Unter den Linden twinkles and shines. The illuminated Palais and the Staatsoper Berlin provide the nostalgic Christmas market with an appropriate backdrop. A coachman also invites you to take a pre-Christmas carriage drive through Berlin’s “old centre”. You can enjoy the historical atmosphere at the market and on a carriage ride against a unique backdrop. On 24th December Christmas market at the Opernpalais is closed. (text: visitberlin.de)
22.11.2011 – 26.12.2011
Opernpalais, Unter den Linden 5, 10117 Berlin, Mitte
from Monday to Thursday from 12.00 to 21.30
Friday to Saturday from 11.00 to 22.30
Sunday from 11.00 to 21.30

24.12: closed
25.12; 26.12: from 11.30 to 21.00

5. Christmas Market at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche
Every year during Advent it smells of roasted almonds, hot cocoa and mulled wine around the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Because that’s when more than 170 craft and Christmas market stands are set up around the historical church in the centre of City West. Christmas fairy lights surround the elaborately decorated Breitscheidplatz. The right present for everyone – no empty promise here. You’ll find everything here, from Christmas decorations and ornaments to toys and delicate accessories. And refreshments are also taken care of: the range extends from cocoa, mulled wine and punch, plus glazed fruit up to grilled sausages. More than two million visitors enjoy the Christmas atmosphere around the 20 metre high Christmas tree every year.  (text: visitberlin.de)

22.11.2011 – 30.12.2011
from Sunday to Thursday
from 11.00 to 21.00
Friday & Saturday
from 11.00 to 22.00

6. Winter World at Potsdamer Platz Christmas market:

Lots of lights, handicrafts, music and delicacies ensure a reflective atmosphere at the Christmas Market at Potsdamer Platz. Alongside the handicrafts market along Alte Potsdamer Straße and an ice rink, the Winter World also offers fast fun on the largest mobile toboggan run in Europe, which is 12 metres high and 70 metres long. And anyone still looking for more sporting activity after the toboggans can skate on the 500 square metre open air rink. Finally, the nearly ten metre high Clock Tower from the Ore Mountains is always there too. (text: visitberlin.de)

22.11.2011 – 26.12.2011
daily from 10.00 to 22.00
Advent Saturdays : from 10.00 to 24.00
24.12. from 10.00 to 16.
00
Potsdamer Platz, 10785 , Tiergarten
7. Christmas Market at the Schloss Charlottenburg

This Christmas Market is Large and  very romantic.  It offers craft work, culinary delights, a music program and children’s activities in front of the illuminated castle . Perfect to combine a visit to the Schloss with visiting the Christmas Market. Best time to stop by is when it is dark!

22.11.2011 – 26.12.2011

Platz vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg, Charlottenburg

from Monday to Thursday from 14.00 to 22.00

from Friday to Sunday from 12.00 to 22.00

24.12: closed

8. Spandau Christmas market

Probably the most famous Christmas Market in Berlin, it is also Berlin´s biggest Christmas Market! Although it is a bit further away you can easily reach this market by taking the s-Bahn from Berlin Alexanderplatz to Spandau!

As a special highlight there is a crib with real animals!

24.11.2011 – 23.12.2011
Altstadt Spandau, 13597, Spandau
Friday from 11.00 to 21.00
Saturday from 11.00 to 22.00
Sunday & Monday from 11.00 to 20.00

9. Berlin Christmas Tide Market

Arts and crafts, upmarket snacks and food, traditional roundabouts for children and many more attractions!
Close to Berlins main sights, so perfect to combine a visit to this market with a day of sightseeing!

22.11.2011 – 26.12.2011
Platz vor dem Roten Rathaus (Berliner Rathaus), 10178, Mitte,
from Monday to Thursday from 11.00 to 21.00
Friday to Suturday from 11.00 to 22.00
Sunday: from 11.00 to 21.00
24.12: closed
25.12; 26.12: from 11.00 to 22.00

10. Christmas market at Winterfeldtplatz

This traditional Christmas Market is located in Schöneberg. It offers a diversified show programm. Its famous for its good arts and crafts.
28.11; 05.12; 12.12; 19.12.2011
Winterfeldtplatz, Winterfeldtplatz  10785, Schöneberg,
from 11.00 to 19.00

Enjoy wintertime in Berlin!!!


What to do in Berlin? A top 10 of things to do, around the EastSeven Berlin Hostel

Monday, November 21st, 2011

 

Read on to be informed about some really nice things to see and do in Berlin!!

 

Inside-White-Trash-Fast-Food-by-Philippe-AMIOT_flickr

White Trash by Philippe-AMIOT

1. White Trash Fast Food
This is  a famous and legendary rock club. The name already implies it, they also have a fast food restaurant.
serving the most delicious burgers & fries I have ever had.
What else to expect at the White Trash, great live music & a great rock´n´roll atmosphere!!
2. Organic Market @ Kollwitzplatz

This is how you can spend your Saturday like all the locals living in Prenzlauer Berg. Strawling over the market, buying some things to eat, drinking some coffee or even champagne. At this market, everything is possible! You can even buy clothes and jewelry here, also there are often musicians standing at the ends of the market, playing their songs!! Always a great atmosphere here!!

Berlin Mauerpark fleamarket

Mauerpark Fleamarket

3.Mauerpark Fleamarket
if you are staying over the weekend you absolutely can´t miss out on the mauerpark
fleamarket. Held every Sunday from 7 till 16 it is the place where hip & young Berlin and
Berlin-visitors get together. Not only looking for bargains, also it is a social happening where
friends meet over a bratwurst, or watching one of the many spontaneous concerts from
musicians coming from all over the globe.
4. The new synagoge @ Rykestrasse. It is Germanys biggest synagoge!

This cavernous synagogue is today the largest extant synagogue in
Germany. The handful of worshippers
who gather here on Shabbat, in fact, use a small side chapel, and
the main synagogue is used only for festivals. It is a
beautiful synagogue that retains much of the original interior.
Because of the synagogue’s location in a courtyard surrounded by
housing, it survived Kristallnacht relatively unscathed, and by luck it
was not struck by war-time bombing.
(Text: Berlininfo.com)
Rykestrasse 53, 10405 Berlin – Prenzlauer Berg | Tel: 448 5298, Fax: no fax | U2
Senefelder Platz | Fri night services in winter 6pm, summer 7pm. Sat morning
services 9:30am

Berlin Wall Documentation Centre

Berlin Wall Documentation Centre

5. Berlin Wall documentation centre
this documentation centre, completely free of charge, is located at the Bernauer Strasse.
It is really not far from your hostel in Prenzlauer Berg, it is approximately a 10 minute walk.
At this documentation center there have  a Tower you should really climb up, because  from above you have a clear view over the berlin wall
(small piece maintained) and the death stripe.
Learn more about Berlins History by paying a visit to this informative little museum.

6. Kulturbrauerei
This huge complex of night-time hangouts originally housed Berlins Schultheiss brewery for more than 150 years. By night the Culture Brewery turns into a popular meeting point for determined drinkers, eager to explore the buildings wealth of bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants, or just hang out in the huge courtyard.
7. Dr. pong
the table tennis bar in berlin. don´t think it is a sportbar ´cause it isn´t. A lot of youngsters meet here to get together! There is nothing more fun than playing table tennis with over 20 people at once! Beside that there are dj´s playing great electronic music! It is a great hangout!
8. Kastanienallee

Dubbed Casting Alley by the locals, this long strip of little cafes, indie fashion designers trading their wares and tasty restaurants is the ideal place to hang out and watch the surprisingly large number of beautiful faces walk by at all hours
9. Zionskirchplatz
Life in a resistance group fighting either the Nazis or East German
government was often a dangerous affair. Finding somewhere quiet and warm to hold your secret
discussions therefore being a number one priority = PBergs 19th century Church of Zion. It is now
surrounded by small cafes and restaurants.
10. Weinerei!
great cozy place, it´s mainly students you will find here. getting together to drink really
great wine and philosophize in a relaxed livingroom-feel atmosphere.
the concept of the weinerei is quite unique. You ´buy´ a glass, for one euro, and then you
can fill and refill it as often as you like. Also there are little snacks the accompany the
wine. when you leave you can pay whatever you think it was worth.
Don´t go here to late, when the wine is out, its over and out!!

Location: Fehrbelliner Straße 57

 

Enjoy visiting Berlin, enjoy our TOP 10!! If you are looking for a clean and cozy hostel in Berlin, come stay with us :)!


Dinnerparties at the EastSeven hostel kitchen, amazing food for free!!

Monday, November 21st, 2011
cooking!!

cooking!!

Traveling on a budget? Book a cheap bed in Berlin  at EastSeven and join in on one of the dinnerparties!
Although Berlin is not too expensive when it comes to eating out, still it is always nice to
safe money when you are traveling on a budget.
For over a year already, we started with the concept of free dinner parties. At first, only on
Mondays. A short description on how it works.  Everyone who is staying at the hostel can sign up for the dinner.  Also, if you love cooking too, you
can join in, which is always a lot of fun! Our cooks usually start preparing the dinner around 6pm, so just come to the kitchen and have a look what is going on.

During the dinner party we have special prices for drinks at the reception, meaning happy
hour for all our fantastic beers, not for one hour but at least for four hours.

fun

fun

The idea of cooking and eating togehter was to help travelers, not only to safe some
money, but also to get in touch with fellow travelers. Not seldom do people get together
after the dinner for a night of clubbing.
After the great succes of our Monday dinner parties we started cooking for our guests on Wednesdays as well!

 

What´s next? Maybe wel will be organizing more of these events in future :) we will keep you posted here!! Enjoy your stay in Berlin.


EastSeven Berlin Hostel won an Award for 10th best Hostel worldwide!!!!

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Top 10 HostelYour Hostel in Prenzlauer Berg won a Hostelworld-award!
Thank you all for voting for us!
with this small Blog Post we want to share with you that we are extremly proud to win this
award!!
The EastSeven Hostel won the Award for 10th best Hostel worldwide September 2011!
All the hostel crew, our cleaning staff, our cooks, the receptionists and the chefs, have all
been working very hard to keep up the standards we think a hostel should keep. We are
so happy that you have enjoyed staying with us!!
It is great that so many of you wrote a good review about this youth hostel in central Berlin,
EastSeven. We as the staff of the hostel are happy to hear that our customers were
satisfied with their stay!
We will keep giving our best and we are looking forward to earning more awards :) but more
important; we are looking forward to you staying at our place.
Hope to see you soon in Berlin!

To view more Awards of the EastSeven Berlin Hostel check out our Homepage!

Check out Hostelworld for more award winning hostels.