Archive for July, 2012

What to do in Berlin? Visit one of the many beuatiful parks!

Monday, July 30th, 2012
Berlin Mauerpark
Berlin Mauerpark

A Top 5 of Parks in Prenzlauer berg

It is summertime and the weather is nice, the perfect time to visit one of the many beautiful parks in Berlin. Closeby to the hostel, in Prenzlauer Berg, there are a number of nice parks! Here is a Top5!

1. A new park in Prenzlauer Berg, the LEISE PARK

A bit spooky and scary, you may think, this park is located on the grounds of  a former cemetery.

It is called Leise-Park, which means as much as quiet park. You find here lots of nice playgrounds for your kids, also there are still some grave-stones maintained.  It is a beautiful park, with many nice flowers and plants.

Go here to get away from the busy center and to let your thoughts flow and your kids play.

2. Volkspark am Friedrichhain
Volkspark Friedrichshain -A beautiful park, excellent for jogging or having a picnic or
barbeque. In the middle you’ll find Friedrichshains highest hill, which provides a 78-metre
high view over Berlins flat terrain. The hill was actually man-made to cover up a destroyed
anti-aircraft bunker from World War II, as well as several tonnes of bombed out rubble.
Also you can play beachvolleyball for free here. They have a special area reserved for
beachsports. Its free to use for anyone but you´d have to bring your own equipment.

3. Mauerpark
If you are over 20 and still like to play (particularly with beer bottles), then this is your playground. Its the best place in Berlin for relaxed outdoor boozing and there are hilltop swingsets which are a great spot for watching the sun sink lazily in the West.
Dont miss the fabulous flea market on Sundays.

4. Park am Wasserturm
The Wasserturm is the unofficial symbol of Prenzlauer Berg, this 30m high tower was built in 1877 as the local water reservoir. Once used by the Nazis as a prison, today the round brick Wasserturm has been converted into trendy apartments.
Check for art exhibitions next to the tower, in the underground reservoir. The park that surrounds the Wasserturm is relaxed! there is a huge playground, a fountain, trampolines and a table-tennis spot!

5. Kollwitzpark
Käthe Kollwitz, the famous left-wing, anti-war artist, would no doubt take great pride that not only is there a square named after her (complete with bronze statue) but that its one that was once a meeting point for intellectuals and artists during Prenzlauer Bergs nasty East Germany days.
Dont miss Kollwitzplatz`s famous market on saturdays
Enjoy amazing cakes and delicious coffee at the Anna Blume café on the corner of Sredzkistrasse and Kollwitzstrasse.
Just round the corner is Rykestrasse Synagogue, Germany’s largest synagogue.

And after a hard day´s walking, why not recover in EastSeven´s lush garden with some selected german beers!

For more great information on parties and events in Berlin check our online staff-recommendations!

Hope to see you soon in Berlin!!


Top 5 of swimming pools and lakes in Berlin

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Badeschiff Berlin

Here is our Top 5 for the  coolest and hippest swimming pools and lakes in Berlin

Hot time summer in the city……
The weather is far to beautiful too go visiting Berlin´s sights and museums. Instead of doing  that you should cool down in one of the hippest swimming pools, or some of the loveliest lakes in Berlin. Did we get your intention? then please read on, choose a place to swim, get your swimming suite and off you go!!!

1. Badeschiff Berlin

By far the most hippest swimming pool in town! Also it is the most extraordinary swimming pool Berlin knows. It is floating on the river spree!

It is  one of the coolest meeting points in town. There is a cool open air bar and a beach-like sunbathing area. They organize events, they serve food and drinks, it is perfect for a day of relaxing and chillin´.
It is really centrally located and easy to reach by public transport or by bike!
3€ entrance Fee.

2. Krumme Lanke
Located at the forest of Berlin Grünewald, this nice and clean swimming water and the perfect green surroundings almost makes you forget that you are in the exciting metrople Berlin.  It is easy to reach by Public transport, also you can take your bike in the subway so you can do a little bike tour through the forest.  It is really refreshing to end your bike tour with a cool dive into the lake, yay!!
no fee

3. Flugahfen See
This lake is located really close to the Tegel Airport. While swimming you can see the airplanes take off, at least you can until the airport closes down in the near future…

really nice city feeling, and still the water is so pure, you can see the fishes swimming…
no fee!

4. Wannsee Beach complex
Together, the Wannsee Lake and the surrounding Grunewald and Düppel forests form one of the most popular recreational destinations in southwest Berlin. The Wannsee, which is actually a large bulge of the Havel River, offers a wide variety of excursions and leisure trips to the Brandenburg countryside. The Berlin Stern- and Kreisschifffahrt boat tour service is located directly in front of the Wannsee S-Bahn station.

4€ entrance fee

5. Schwimmingpool Pankow
fully equipped pool with 2 big slides, beachsports area, diving platform and a comfi sunbathing area.  It is a bit out of the centre but therefore probably not as crowded as the more central located swimming pools. And it is really nice here!
4€ entrance fee

We hope the weather continues to stay as beautiful as it is! Enjoy your refreshing cool down at one of the places mentioned above!!

If you need help finding these places, please come see the Staff at the reception!!


EastSeven Berlin Hostel NEWS

Thursday, July 19th, 2012
tripadvisor award 2012

tripadvisor award 2012

What´s new at EastSeven Berlin hostel??

We keep you informed on everything that is happening at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel!

 

1. EastSeven now uses green electricty

We got a certificate from the LekkerStrom company for using green  electricty at our hostel. All small bits help to save the planet :) .

2. Tripadvisor Award

We won an award from Tripadvisor, over 2012. We are really happy with it!! We would like to thank all tripadvisor users who rated this small hostel in Berlin prenzaluer berg, so well. We have an average of 4,5 out of 5 points!

Also a big thank you to the our Staff for keeping up such a good job!

3. One sqm house Art project

For the art project of Architect LeBo VanMenzel we are housing some of the 1sqm houses in front of the EastSeven Hostel. Stop by to have a look, or sign up through facebook and apply to stay at the 1sqm house for 1 night!

4. Supper Club – Earn your bed in an 8beddorm by cooking

if you like cooking for a bigger group than this is a perfect deal. We provide money so you can buy ingredients. Also we help you promote the event. It is a win win situation! You help create a fantastic dinner party with nice travelers staying at the hostel, we give you a free night of sleep in a dorm :) ! Let us know at the reception if you are interested!

 

That´s all for now!

 


Die 10 besten Ausflugsziele im Berliner Umland

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

 

Holiday Berlin

Holiday Berlin

1)    Brauhaus Templin 
Für alle die einen Ausflug nach Potsdam planen ist dieser Abstecher ideal. Hier wird ein unglaublich leckeres Bier ( selbstverständlich bio ) gebraut. Im Biergarten kann man dazu noch recht leckeres Essen bestellen. Die Umgebung ist atemberaubend und im angrenzenden See kann man auch noch baden! Für Kinder und angeheiterte steht ein Hüpfburg bereit.
2)    Sacrower Heilandskirche  
Ich bin, das muss ich zugeben, kein Kirchenfan. Diese jedoch ist so malerisch gelegen, und so unwirklich schön in die Landschaft eingebunden, dass ich jedem ans Herz legen muss diese zu besichtigen. Die Kirche steht in einem von der UNESCO geschütztem Park. Das Ziel eignet sich ideal um für einen Fahrradausflug. Ab S-Wannsee fährt einen Fähre nach Kladow ( ABC Ticket reicht) und von das sind es nur 20 Minuten legere fahrt. Allein die Fahrt mit der Fähre ist es Wert.
3)    Werder
Das Baumblütenfest ist wohl das bekannteste an  Werder. Es lohnt sich aber immer hinzufahren.
Die Altstadt ist verwunschen auf einer Insel im See gelegen und man kommt nicht umher sich zu fragen, wieso alles so holländisch aussieht, zudem ist eins er Symbole der Stadt eine Windmühle.
wenn man einfach mal kurz aus Berlin weg möchte und Lust auf mittelalterliche Atmosphäre hat ist man hier wirklich gut aufgehoben. Im Frühling kann man außerdem in den umliegenden Kirchplantagen selber ebendiese ernten – top für Eltern mit Kindern!
4)    Kloster Chorin 
Ein wenig abseits, aber gut mit der Bahn zu erreichen ist das Kloster  Chorin. Für Fans von Backsteingotik ein Muss (das muss ich zugeben, dass ich vielleicht doch auf Kirchen stehe…)
Große Teile der Kirche sind leider zerstört. Trotzdem bietet aber das ganze Areal eine schier atemberaubende Kulisse
5)    KZ Sachsenhausen 
Ein brutaler Abschnitt deutscher Geschichte wird hier dem Besucher vor Augen geführt. Hier verstarb auch unter Anderem 1943 der Sohn Stalins, nachdem sich dieser nicht auf einen Gefangenenaustausch mit Hitler einigen konnte. Die Gedenkstätte ist mit der S-Bahn von Berlin erreichbar ( S-Oranienburg)
6)    Märkische Schweiz 
Wo Schweiz draufsteht ist nicht unbedingt immer Schweiz drin, aber es ist immer wunderschön ( zumindestens landschaftlich). Wer Lust auf Baden und Radfahren hat, sollte in die S-Bahn hüpfen ( Richtung Strausberg Nord) und Hegermühle aussteigen. Ab da sind es ca. 10 Km durch Felder und Wälder und man ist am Schermützelsee. Baden kann man entweder legal am Strandbad oder etwas weiter im Wald für umsonst ( den Tipp habe ich von Einheimischen, es ist also irgendwie geduldet)
7)    Liepnitzsee
Leider nur mit dem Auto wirklich gut zu erreichen.  Der Liepnitzsee ist wohl der Schönste See berlins. Punkt
8)    Müggelsee
Der größte See Berlins – mit Biergartenanschluss! Vor kurzem War die Berliner Bürgerbräu noch unabhängig, leider jetzt aufgekauft. Das Bier bleibt aber eins der besten der Stadt. Der See bietet allerlei Möglichkeiten für sportliche ( Segeln, Floßfahren, Surfen), die Wasserqualität ist ausser Frage gut genug , also keine Sorge. Für Leute die es lieber gemütlich haben empfehle ich die Borkenbude am Borkenstrand, unweit des Strandbads Müggelsee.
9)    Regattastrecke Berlin-Grünau
Seit 1867 finden hier Wettbewerbe statt. 1936 war die Strecke Austragungsort der Olympischen Spiele. Die Strecke ist aus historischer- und architektonischer Sicht ein Muss.
10)    Galopprennbahn Hoppegarten  

Sportlich geht’s weiter bei unserem letzten Punkt. Wer zuviel Geld hat, oder zuwenig, je nachdem, kann sich hier bereichern oder erleichtern. Mir macht’s auf jeden Fall Spaß einmal im Jahr herzukommen. Getränke können mitgebracht werden und die Lose kosten am 50cent.
Einen Dresscode gibt’s nicht, es ist eher ein Schmelztiegel aller Berliner Schichten, von der Dame mit Hut, bis zum Bauarbeiter mit ebendiesem Dekolleté .


1 SQM House in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

The 1 SQM House

The cheapest place to stay in Berlin and an extraordinary experience!

 

The Berlin-based architect Van Bo Le-Mentzel invented the smallest House of the world, the 1 squaremeter house.  It was designed especially for the Guggenheim LAB, which is an open air festival all about design, innovation, do it yourself culture and gentrification in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg.

What is a One SQM House, what does it look like and how does it function as a house?? In the next lines I would like to give you an idea.

The One SQM House is made out of wood. The construction is waterproof, it has a slide-window and a lockable slide-door. It also has a small for your laptop. Inside the tiny house you´ll find a chair and a matress (180 x 70 cm). In order to sleep you can easily turn the house on its side. It is perfect for people up to 1.75m.

What is really special about this house is that you can easily move it from one place to another. The house weighs only 40 kg, it has rolls, it fits through doors, in elvators and also in the Berlin subway. So you can move the house to your favorite spot, even without using a car.

The Inventor of the One SQM House, with this project, he wants to enable people from all over the globe with low income but a big curiosity to experience Berlin and the program of the BMW Guggenheim Lab (all the workshops are for free!)

have a closer look at the one sqm house, klick here for some fotos.

The EastSeven Hostel in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg really likes this project and therefore offered to be a homebase for the people that are spending a night in the 1 SQM House.  At the hostel you can leave your luggage in our secured storage room. Also you are welcome to use our kitchen, our bathroom and you can get a code for the Wireless internet. We have a small bar where you can get hot and cold drinks for small prices.

How does it work?

The Costs are extreem low, for 1€ per night you can sleep in the 1 SQM House.

For this you get a key to a 1 SQM House, you can use the showers and the kitchen at EastSeven, and you are free to use the Wifi at EastSeven and in the BMW Guggenheim LAb area.

Please don´t forget to bring your own sleeping bag!

How to apply?

If you want to stay a night in the One SQM House you need to apply first. You can do so by visiting the EastSeven Hostel Facebook site and leave a message on our wall starting with : ´´I need the ONE SQM HOUSE because….“  The most original, awesome and provocatove ideas will make it.

Also you can apply by contacting Van Bo directly.

If you like you can apply with another friend for two houses.

We are looking forward to your posts on our facebook wall! Hope to see you soon in the 1 SQM house!


Berlin on a budget- A Top 5 of things to do, all within a small budget

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Vegan Food Berlin

Vegan Food Berlin

Here we present some ideas on how to experience Berlin without experiencing too much costs :) !

We like to give you some nice suggestions on things to do in Berlin that are cheap or even for free. We know that a lot of the people staying at our hostel are traveling on a budget. We think you can have a lot of fun in Berlin and safe money while you are at it. Read on for some ´insider-tips`.  If you are staying at our  small  hostel in Berlin, we are more than happy to give you personal advice on things to do in Berlin!

1. B-flat Jazz Venue

In this popular jazz Venue in Belrin Mitte there are free concerts every Wednesday!. This club is the place to be in Berlin if you want to experience contemporary jazz!

Located in the Rosenthaler Strasse 13, it is easy to reach by public transport, and it is withing walking distance from EastSeven!

2. Friday night concerts at the Botanical Gardens
A 2 hour music experience, in the unique location of the Botanical Gardens. When the weather is good the concerts take place open air! Music from classical to jazz, from swing to flamenco, please check the program to know what´s on when.
The entrance fee is 15€.
Please note that these concerts only take place in July and August.

3. Shop till you drop

You want to go shopping for clothes??? But you don´t want to spend a lot of money and you don´t want to shop second hand either?? Check out the shop called 24 colours, in  Oderbergerstrasse. It is within walking distance from the East Seven Hostel. They sell really cool street-wear at H&M prices, nice!

4. Kusskuss
Go here to experience tasty vegetarian food and great handmade music!

They serve delicious burgers (vegan), sushi, omeltte, soups and salads! It ´s really affordable, they offer a soup and burger combo for only 5€!
Go see for yourself, it is located in the Nogatstrasse 30, close to U-Bahn station Hermannstrasse

5. The Weinerei

If you enjoy drinking a glass of wine you definately must go here. They have an unique concept. When you get in you pay 2€ for a glass. After that you can fill up your glass as often as you like with different kinds of red and white wine. Afterwards when you go, you pay what you think it´s fair.
A lot of young people go here, both tourists and students.

 

 

That´s all for now. We wish you a fantastic and affordable time in Berlin!