Archive for March, 2012

Vegan Essen gehen in Berlin, aber richtig!!

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Vegan Food Berlin

Vegan Food Berlin

Nachdem uns Maredo nun offenbart hat, dass Tofu schwules Fleisch wäre, bin ich umso glücklicher, dass ich da nie hingegangen bin.

Wozu auch? Es gibt unglaublich leckere vegetarische/vegane Alternativen überall in der Stadt.
Anfangen möchte ich mit meinen Favoriten im Kiez:

seit Langem gehe ich nun dahin und bin immer wieder entzückt von der Geschmacksvielfalt. Hier kann auch der knappe Studentengeldbeutel ran. Es gibt knusprige Naans aus dem Lehmofen, knackige Salatvariationen und meinen Favorit: Teriyaki Tofu. Hingehen, hinsetzen und einfach mal was Gutes essen. Ach ja, zum schauen gibt es in der Kastanienallee sowieso immer was. Seien es überhippe auf Fixies oder der Tramfahrer der an der Kreuzung manuell die Weiche umstellen muss  ( dit is Baalin)

 

wenn ihr 400m gelaufen seid und Lust auf was Süßes habt, könnt ihr gleich bei Majas Deli vorbeischauen. Für diejenigen die gleich wieder Hunger haben gibt es Herzhaftes wir Currys und Suppen. Für alle anderen gibt’s prächtige Kuchenkreationen, yeah! ( und was für einen). Alles schick, alles vegan.

Burger
Also Grossstadtgourmet kommt man im Augenblick an Burgern nicht vorbei. Es gibt sie überall. Im Friedrichshain führte die Burgerdichte sogar dazu, dass der McD zumachen musste…
Ich würde euch gerne 3 Burgerbrutzler ans herzlegen:

  • YOYO  ( Gärtnerstrasse 27)

hier findet ihr ein riesiges Angebot an Burgern mit verschiedensten  Bratlingen. Alternativ findet man hier auch Pizzas und Spätzle und Wraps – alles vegan natürlich.  Die Atmosphäre erinnert ein wenig an Voküs, man darf sich also an Hunden nicht wirklich stören. Lecker ist es allemal. Definitiv mein Liebling in Friedrichshain. Vergesst bitte nicht die Fritten zu versuchen!

Ein Kleinod , umgeben von Dönerläden.
Leckere Burger! Ähnliche Speisekarte wie das YOYO, allerdings ist der Laden insgesamt aufgeräumter. Mein tip, Burger mitnehmen und im Görli essen, ist quasi gegenüber.

im Grunde nicht unbedingt ein Laden in dem man gute Veggieburger erwarten würde. Leider kann ich euch nicht aus erster Hand berichten wie die Burger sind, da ich nie in den Laden gehe. Mein Musikgeschmack divergiert doch ganz entschieden von dem Programm des Whitetrash. Allerdings wurde mir aus vertraulicher Quelle zugetragen, dass die Burger da sich sehen lassen können.
Zu aller Letzt möchte ich euch auch auf die Möglichkeit des veganen Einkauf aufmerksam machen. Unweit des Hostel in Prenzlauer Berg (Schivelbeiner Straße 34) gibt es einen veganen Supermarkt, falls ihr in unserer Küche selbst kochen möchtet.
Bitte verzeihet mir die Tippfehler, ich habe Hunger bekommen und muss jetzt unbedingt los….


Karaoke in Berlin, a top 5 of good places to sing karaoke!!

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Party in Berlin

I think everybody loves to sing!! Maybe not everybody is as talented, but that doesn´t
matter at all.

It is all about  music, singing, and of course and maybe above all it is about  having FUN! It is just great sharing your favorite songs by performing them yourself, for a (small) crowd.
What are the options in Berlin, if you want to take your chance and sing your favorite
tunes? You don´t know where to go to? We have made a selection of cool places to go to
to do karaoke in Berlin!
1.Monster Ronson´s Itchiban Karaoke bar
is probably one of the most popular and famous bars for karaoke! It is located really
central, at warschauer straße, and is therefore easy to reach!
This bar is perfectly suited also for people who are a bit shy, then there are cabins you can
rent so instead of singing to a big crowd you can intimately sing to and with your friends. Of course there is also a big stage!
They have over 85000 songs to choose from!
2. Hafen Bar: Kaptains Karaoke Party
at the Hafen Bar in Berlin-Mitte there is a karaoke party every Saturday. The Karaoke
begins at 9pm and goes for about 3 hours.
You can choose from about 5000 international and German songs. Their rule is a song can
only be sung once an evening! Afterwards you can hang around here for a great dance party!
3. Green mango karaoke
though it is an insider tip, if you want to go here during weekends, it is better to reserve a table
in advance. They have a really big song-archive you can choose from, and also they serve delicious cocktails!
The bar is located in the Bülowstraße and very easy to reach from our friendly hostel in Berlin. Just take the u2, it will bring you straight to bülowstraße.
4. Bear pit Karaoke at Mauerpark
open air karaoke on Sundays in the vibrant Mauerpark, you can´t miss out on this!
It is a really fun thing to do!! Maybe you want to sing, but it is also great to just be in the
crowd and enjoy the different performances. I have never witnessed such a warm and grateful crowed as at the bear-pit karaoke!!
5.Kim´s karaoke bar
This is a Korean karaoke bar with an unique mix of Asian and non-Asian pop songs!
At the beginning the people who came to Kim´s bar where mainly Korean people. But over the years karaoke started to become a lot more popular in Europe. Now you will find people from all over the globe coming to Kim´s bar to sing a song!

 

We wish you a lot of fun in Berlin and a lot of fun singing karaoke!!!

 


Opendoorsberlin, a new way of discovering Berlin!

Monday, March 19th, 2012
opendoorsberlin

opendoorsberlin

In this blog-post we would like to introduce to you a brand new way of exploring the city of Berlin.
When you come to Berlin there are hundreds of tours you can choose from. Walking tours, boat tours, bike tours, bus tours etc. All of these tours focus on sightseeing and Berlin history.
But as we know, a lot of people are interested in experiencing Berlin beyond the touristic sights. They want to do what the insiders, the inhabitants of Berlin, do. They want to go where the insiders go.
Opendoorsberlin gives you the opportunity to have this insight in the way the people of Berlin live. It is an unique way to get in contact with the local culture and to get to know Berlin!
Visit real life in Berlin!
So this is your opportunity to experience real life in Berlin. With opendoorsberlin you get access to private Berlin-apartments. On every Saturday afternoon Berlin-citizens open their doors for you! They will show you around in their apartments and welcome you warmly to their private living-rooms. Have a seat and learn more about German hospitality and the Berlin way of life.
In one afternoon you can visit several private Berlin apartments and meet some of the people who call this vibrant city their home.
How does it work? Opendoorsberlin provide you with three addresses for you to visit. You will be warmly welcomed to the people’s homes! It is also a good way to discover various city districts and meet real people! Are you interested in how people in Berlin decorate their homes, then this is certainly a thing for you!
It is a wonderful possibility to get in contact with the city from a different point of view. The inhabitants not only show you around in their private place but tell you about some hidden places off the mainstream tourist trails. So you get to know what their favorite bars, museums or clubs are.
Take the chance and get inspired by real people in an authentic atmosphere.
You will be warmly welcomed!

For more information and to register online click here: Opendoorsberlin


Frühling in Berlin- die coolsten Parks zum abhängen

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
springtime @ eastseven berlin hostel

springtime @ eastseven

Es wird warm – was nun?

Na hoppla, es scheint die Sonne. Wollen wir Grillen oder einfach nur im Park faul abhängen? Wofür ihr euch auch entscheidet. Ich hätte da einige Berliner Parks für euch die nicht in jedem Reiseführer stehen aber definitiv einen Ausflug wert sind.

 

Zum einen wäre da der Teufelsberg (S-Heerstraße).  Der Park zum Grill mitnehmen

Der ganze Berg und der angrenzende  Park bestehen aus Überresten von bombardierten Häusern. Mittlereile begrünt und mit einer stillgelegten CIA-Abhöranlage geschmückt. Wer auf Kalter Krieg Romantik steht wird hier definitiv bedient. Zwar ist das Gelände umzäunt aber …
Im Sommer finden hier häufiger illegale raves  statt und einen Grill sollte man eigentlich immer im Gepäck haben.

Dann wäre da noch Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg (S-Landsberger Allee). Der Park zum Fotografieren

Wieso der so heißt kann ich euch nicht sagen, denn eigentlich liegt er im Bezirk Weissensee. Ich kann diesen Park jedem ans Herz legen der auf obskure Urbane Aussichten steht. Durch die relative Randlage ist die Natur wild gewachsen und nicht durch Müllverschandelt. Eben diese wilde Schönheit wird fast zärtlich von realsozialistischen Plattenbauten umrahmt. Nirgends wo sonst in Berlin  sieht man so eine Krude Mischung aus Natur und Beton. Ach ja, eine wunderschöne Aussicht auf den nördlichen Rand Berlins gibt es auch zu bewundern.

 

Tempelhof – Kein wirklicher Geheimtipp, aber unbedingt empfehlenswert

Der ehemalige Flughafen Tempelhof, seit 20010 stillgelegt – in unglaublich riesiges Areal. Da passen so manche Kleinstädte rein (über 300 Hektar groß). Wenn euch Hektar nichts sagen, es sind ca. 500 Fußballfelder, d.h es können 11000 Menschen gleichzeitig Fußballspielen. Leider wird der Park nachts abgesperrt, geht also früher hin und nehmt genug Bälle mit. Hier ein Link zum weiterstöbern und um die Eingänge zu finden: Tempelhofer Freiheit

 

Treptower Park (S-Bahn  Treptower Park). Der Park zur Limo Werbung

Irgendwie werden hier immer alle Werbefilme für Spreequell und andere Berliner Getränke gedreht. Es mag an der Nähe zu den kreativen Hotspots der Hauptstadt liegen, oder an der Kulisse mit dem Allianz Hochhaus im Hintergrund. Ich weiß es nicht. Der Park Zeichnet sich durch seine Wassernähe und das Russische Ehrenmal  aus. Ich gehe da aber immer hin um mir Rentner beim Tanzen anzuschauen!!!  Hinten im Park, Richtung Insel der Jugend gibt es das Restaurant „Eierschale Zenner“, der Treffpunkt für rüstige Tänzer in Ostberlin. Es erwartet euch ein  (hoffentlich Blas-) Kapelle die schmissige Evergreens ins werte Publikum pumpt. Ein Augenschmaus.

Spätestens nach der nächsten Empfehlung wisst ihr, dass ich ausm Osten bin

 

Gärten der Welt. (  Bus 195  ab S-Marzahn) Der Park zum nach Marzahn fahren

Marzahn selber ist nicht unbedingt der chilligste Bezirk Berlins. Eigentlich dreht RTL2 hier immer ihre anspruchsvollen Reportagen über crash kids und andere Scheinphänomene der Großstadt. Aber hey, dieser Park ist  der Wahnsinn. Grillen und Fußballspielen ist hier zwar verboten aber das Auge wird mehr als belohnt. Es gibt hier einen Japanischen, Koreanischen, Balinesischen  und Chinesischen Garten. Na habt ihr schon Hunger?

Natürlich gibt es noch den Mauerpark, Tiergarten, Hasenhaide und etliche mehr, aber das Nahe ist nicht unbedingt besser! Ich wünsche euch alles viel Spaß und immer dran denken, ein Tagesticket für die ÖPNV  ist immer die bessere Wahl. Für ein günstigen Unterkunft in Berlin seit ihr bei uns herzlich  wilkommen!

 


What to do in Berlin this spring: A top 10 of sightseeing and events!!

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Berlin Wall Documentation Centre

Berlin Wall Documentation Centre

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel listed up some cool and interesting activities in Berlin!

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 are listed down below. In case you want to have more tips and recommendations just book a hostel in Berlin @ EastSeven and ask our knowledgeable staff.

1. Berlin Wall documentation center
this documentation center, completely free of charge, is located at the Bernauer Strasse.
It is really closeby our hostel, it is approximately a 10 minute walk. You can ask us at the reception for directions.
At this documentation center they have  a Tower you can climb up, you should have a look, because  from above you have a clearer view over the Berlin wall (small piece maintained) and the death stripe.
Learn more about Berlins History by paying a visit to this informative museum.

2. 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.
3. Dr. pong
the table tennis bar in Berlin. don´t think it is a sports bar  because it ain´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!
4.  You enjoy drinking a glass of fine wine? Go to the Weinerei!
great cozy place, it´s mainly students you will find here. getting together to drink really
great wine and philosophize in a relaxed living room-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 too late, when the wine is out, it’s over and out!!
Location: Fehrbelliner Straße 57
5. 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. I can recommend their vegetarian burgers too!
What else to expect at the White Trash, great live music & a great Rock´N´Roll atmosphere!!

6. 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!!
7.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.

8.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.

9.  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.

10. 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!!!


ITB BERLIN 2012, the world´s leading travel trade show, from 7-11 March

Monday, March 5th, 2012

ITB Berlin

ITB Berlin

Staying in Berlin during this time? Then pay a visit to the ITB Travel Trade Show.
At the ITB you will find information on everything that has to do with traveling. You name it they have got it. From information on  accommodation in Berlin or elsewhere to tour operators, from popular destinations to new booking-systems.
The promoters at the ITB will show you how travelers can make the most out of their vacation. It offers visitors to tour the world in only a couple of hours. If you don´t have any holiday plans yet, visit the trade show and plan your perfect holiday here and now.
Why pay a visit to the ITB? There are hundreds of reasons for visiting this world leading travel show, really! For instance it provides unique opportunities to benefit from the outstanding leading think tank of global tourism and of course it can provide you with business ideas or individual holiday plans!
The ITB is the place to be for trade-visitors. It offers a terrific opportunity for business people to meet business partners and to do business as well. This is the time and the place to learn about new trends, explore new concepts and cooperation possibilities. See how other business partners present their businesses, and get inspired!
But beside this, the ITB gives the visitor an unique chance to explore and discover the world within a couple of hours. How good is that! It will help you prepare your holiday in a perfect way!
The ITB has more than 170000 visitors, including 108000 trade visitors and over 10000 exhibitors from 180 different countries! Exhibitor sales of about 6 billion Euros and an exhibitor satisfaction rate of 92 percent are evidence enough that supply and demand meet at the right place. ITB is the leading B2B Platform of all tourism industry offers.
At the ITB there is a separated hall reserved solely for the following subcategories of traveling:  Youth travel, Ecotourism, Adventure travel, economy accommodation and travel for disabled people.

Now you can imagine how big this trade show is! There is so much to see and learn. Luckily the exhibition area is clearly structured, divided into geographical aspects and market segments. The Messe Berlin is a well experienced exhibition ground, and therefore everything is organized in a professional way. But if you want to prepare yourself before going, maybe you want to check out a map of the exhibition ground, and also find more detailed information on the ITB 2012 just have a look at their website: KLICK HERE.
Other things you will find at the ITB are for instance: Training and Employment in Tourism, wellness, Travel technology, culture tourism and wellness.

Opening hours for Trade Visitors daily from 10am till 6pm. A one day pass costs 36€, but if oyu buy the day pass online in advance you will save a little money, it presell it costs 30€.
We wish you a lot of fun at the ITB! If you need help with how to get there just come ask us at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel reception!!