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A top 10 of Museums in Berlin

Monday, October 29th, 2012
Berlin Wall Documentation Centre

Berlin Wall Documentation Centre

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel made a TOP 10 of some of the most interesting museums in Berlin….
As the winter is already there, brrrr it has been really cold the last view days, we thought it would be nice to write about things to do in Berlin in the colder seasons. First thing that popped our mind was museums. What better thing to do then to explore one of the many cool museums Berlin knows, and thereby stay warm!

Berlin has over 170 museums and galleries, this doesn’t make it easier for you to choose which museum to visit, does it?! To help you, we created a top 10! Read on and then decide wich museum you want to visit!
Check out our TOP 10:
1.Deutsches Historisches Museum – German Historical Museum Berlin
More than 8,000 exclusive exhibits from the German Historical Museums’ collections, whose historical testimonial value is utterly unique, are displayed over 8,000 square metres, presenting a lively, vivid tableau of bygone days. German history is thereby placed in an international context which takes account of both the diverse events demarcating political and historico-cultural exchange, in addition to its integration with neighbouring states’ cultural heritage
Unter den Linden 2
10117 Berlin
Opening hours:
Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
31 December 2010: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1 January 2011: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
2. Altes Museum – Old Museum
The Altes Museum (Old Museum) is infact Berlin’s oldest museum (1830) located in the UNESCO-listed Heritage site known as Berlin’s Museum Island opposite at the Lustgarten (Pleasure Garden). It was built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel – Prussia’s most influential architect – and houses the Classical Antiquities collection, displaying a selection of its with a selection of its Greek and Roman holdings.

Am Lustgarten 1
10178  Berlin
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10 am -6 pm, Thu 10 am -10 pm Admission Fee: 8,- Euro, red. 4,- Euro
3. Alte Nationalgalerie – Old National Gallery
The Alte National Galerie (Old National Gallery) houses one of the most important collections of 19th century painting in Germany and includes masterpieces by Caspar David Friedrich, Adolph Menzel Edouard Manet Claude Monet, not to mention Auguste Renoir and Auguste Rodin. Amongst the most important highlights are K D Friedrichs “Der Mönch am Meer” (from 1810) Arnold Bröcklin’s “Die Toteninsel (1883), Adolph Menzel’s “Flotenkonzert Friedrich des Großen in Sanssouci” (1852) and Edouard Manet’s “Im Wintergarten” (1979).
Bodestr. 1-3
10178  Berlin
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 10 am -6 pm, Thu 10 am -10 pm Admission Fee: 8,- Euro, red. 4,- Euro
4. Neue Nationalgalerie – New National Gallery
Twentieth-century masters to be seen here include Cubists Picasso, Gris and Léger, Surrealists Ernst, Dalí and Miró, Bauhaus instructors Klee and Kandinsky, and Expressionists such as those from Die Brücke group, Heckel, Schmidt-Rottluff, and Kirchner, whose “Potsdamer Platz” is a must-see for a historic look at Berlin.
Potsdamer Str. 50
10785  Berlin
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 10 am -6 pm, Thu 10 am -10 pm, Sat-Sun 11
5. Pergamon Museum
One of the most popular attractions in Berlin, the Pergamon Museum is world famous for its archaeological holdings. The Pergamon, located on Museum Island, is really three museums in one – the Collection of Classical Antiquities (also on display in the Old Museum), the Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Museum of Islamic Art. The Pergamon Museum’s monumental highlights are truly breathtaking to behold.
Am Kupfergraben 5
10178  Berlin
Opening Hours: daily 10 am -6 pm, Thu 10 am -10 pm
Admission Fee: 8,- Euro, red. 4,- Euro
6. Stiftung Topographie des Terrors – Topography of Terror
It was the center of Nazi terror and power between 1933 and 1945; now this stretch of land next to the Martin Gropius Bau and not far from Potsdamer Platz is dedicated to documenting the chilling and murderous strategies, plans and actions of the Gestapo, SS and security branch of the Third Reich which were all once headquartered here.
Niederkirchnerstr. 8
10963  Berlin
Opening Hours: October-April: daily 10 am -6 pm
May-September: daily 10 am -8 pm
Free admission
7. Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin with Science Center Spectrum
Berlin’s German Museum of Technology is one of the most popular museums in the city and provides great family entertainment. It is a hands-on, activity-oriented fun tour of the cultural history of technology
With the new Aeronautic and Space Collection opened in spring 2005, “why is the sky blue?” this and many other questions are answered in the SPECTRUM Science Center (entrance Möckernstr. 26). Over 250 experiments illustrating phenomena of acoustics, optics, electricity, thermodynamics, radioactivity, etc., playfully demonstrate the fundamentals of science and technology.
Trebbiner Straße 9
10963  Berlin
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 9 am  -5.30 pm; Sat, Sun und public holidays 10 am-6 pm
Admission Fee: 4,50 Euro, red. 2,50 Euro
8. Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, Mauergedenkstätte – Berlin Wall Monument
The Dokumentationzentrum Berliner Mauer is a documentation centre dedicated to the Berlin Wall, part of the preserved monuments at the Bernauer Strasse site in Berlin-Wedding. It includes three elements: an authentic remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, the Kapelle der Versöhnung (Reconciliation Chapel) and a Documentation Centre. For those fascinated by the Berlin Wall here is a vast amount of information and special documentation relating specifically to its historical and political background.
Bernauer Strasse 111
13355 Berlin
April – October     10 am – 6 pm
November – March    10 am – 5 pm
Monday closed
Free admission
9. Museum The Kennedys
The Kennedys’ museum, situated opposite the Brandenburg Tour on Berlin’s Pariser Platz, across the square from the new American Embassy building which was inaugurated on July 4, 2008 is a testament to the relationship between John F. Kennedy, the 35th US President, the Kennedy family and Berlin.
JFK was given an enthusiastic reception in Berlin on June 26, 1963 when he saw for himself the reality of the Berlin Wall, erected two years before. “Ich bin ein Berliner”, the words with which he addressed Berliners at Schoneberg Rathaus (City Hall) were possibly JFK’s most famous quotes and an inspiration to the world.
Pariser Platz 4a
10117  Berlin
Opening Hours: daily 10 am -6 pm Admission Fee: 7,- Euro, red. 3,50 Euro
10. Ramones Museum Berlin
Punk rock legends The Ramones come from New York, but their biggest fan might just be from Berlin. Florian Hayler collected hundreds of Ramones-related items, and attended more than 100 Ramones concerts, then decided to collect his expertise and souvenirs in a museum. It debuted in 2005, a year after the death of founding band member Johnny Ramone.
Krausnickstr. 23
10115  Berlin
Opening Hours: Tue-Thu 8.30 am-6 pm, Fri 8.30 am -8 pm, Sat 10 am -8 pm, Sun 12-6 pm
Admission Fee: 3,50 Euro
I hope this will make you help to decide which museums in Berlin you want to visit! So if you are planning to visit Berlin you are more than welcome to stay at the central located hostel in Berlin,  EastSeven.
See you soon in Berlin!!!


Europäischer Monat der Fotografie Berlin – MdF Berlin

Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Berlin Loves you

European Month of Photography (c) ann josien

Berlin hat sich schon länger als ein Magnet für berauschende Kunst profiliert. Hier gibt es aufregende Galerien und Museen die Fotografieausstellungen auf höchstem Niveau zeigen. Man denke da nur an den Martin-Gropius-Bau oder an die, im alten Postfuhramt,  atemberaubende  schön untergebrachte Galerie c/o Berlin.Daneben finden sich, in der ganzen Stadt verteilt, unzählige kleine Galerien. Nun kommt es aber ganz was großes auf und zu. Berlin erlebt eine Fotografie –„Überausstellung“.
Europäischer Monat der Fotografie Berlin – MdF Berlin. (European Month of Photography
Berlin)

Der MdF findet  dieses Jahr vom 19.Oktober bis zum 25. November statt. Zum  fünften Mal seit  2004, also dem ersten MdF in Berlin, verwandelt sich Berlin in das Mekka für alle nationalen und internationalen Fotografen und Interessierte. Um sich den Umfang dieser Ausstellung besser vorzustellen  reichen ein Paar Zahlen. 2010, also beim letzten Mal wurden die  140 Ausstellungen und 250 Events  von über einer halben Million Gäste besucht. Zum diesjährigen MdF werden ähnlich viele Events erwartet. Zu diesen zählen private Vorführungen, Touren, Podiumsdiskussionen und Workshops.
2012 findet der  MdF unter dem Motto „The View Of The Other“ an zahlreichen Ausstellungsorten in Berlin und Potsdam statt. Den Hintergrund liefert die zunehmende Nomadisierung der Gesellschaft. Migrationsströme sind allgegenwärtig, ob politisch, ökonomisch oder sozial bedingt. Dies führt eben zum Phänomen des „anderen“  und „fremden“ auf der einen Seite, und des eigenen auf der anderen. Beide verschmelzen nach und nach immer mehr zu einem neuen selbst, ohne die Isolation des Individuums aufhalten zu können.
Das Herz  des Festivals befindet sich am Pariser Platz 4a, also direkt im Zentrum neben dem Brandenburger Tor. Hier befindet sich die Ausstellung „Kairo. Offene Stadt – Neue Bilder einer andauernden Revolution“ in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Museum für Fotografie in Braunschweig.  Hier findet man  sowohl den offiziellen Katalog (für 7,50€ statt 18€ in Buchläden) als auch alle weiteren Informationen zum Festival.
Die Ausstellungsorte sind dezentral über die Stadt verteilt. Viele befinden sich aber im traditionell eher kunstaffinen Stadtteil Mitte, also in Laufentfernung zum EastSeven Berlin Hostel. Wenn ihr euch entschließen solltet, während eueres Berlinbesuchs bei uns zu übernachten, werden wir zusehen, dass ihr auch alle anderen Locations sicher und schnell erreicht. Unserer Rezeptionisten sind entweder echte Berliner (ohne die dazugehörige Schnauze) oder leben schon lang in der Stadt und wissen gerne zu helfen. Einige sind selber Fotografen oder Kunststudenten. Wir würden uns also freuen wenn ihr eure Berlineindrücke mit uns teilen würdet.
Wir sehen uns bei Uns im Hostel im Prenzlauer Berg.
Bis dahin


Swing Dance in Berlin: a top 5 of venues for Swing Dance!

Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Swing dance Berlin

Swing dance Berlin

It is the revival of the twenties! swing is back and it is hot!

it is not only the dance that is hot again, it is also the clothing style from the 20ties that is at the moment totally in!

At the hostel we first got in touch with swing dance as the organisation of Berlin Swing Patrol contacted us in order to work together. We provided beds with a special discount for the swing dancers attending the swing patrol festival. It was such fun, seeing them practicing the dance in our garden. Such joy!

Besides the festival, a lot of clubs have special swing evenings. We have listed some of the best places to dance swing or to attend a swing dance  class.

 

1. Kater Swing

maybe this is one of the most popular clubs in town, the KATER HOLZIG. They have created a special evening,  a swing dance  evening every Tuesday night. The dancing starts at 21.30 and the entrance fee is 3€.  Adress: Michaelkirchstrasse 23

 

2. Jeder ist Tanzbar

It is a dance school, but the party evenings are open for every one! Monday evening there is swing dance on the program!

Located in Friedrichshain, Rudolfstr. 1-8. There is no entrance fee. the dancing begins at 21.15h.

 

3. Clärchens Ballhaus

this is the place to be if you are a beginner! Every Wednesday, from 19h on, you can try your moves on the dance floor. There is no entrance fee. The Ballhaus is located close by the EastSeven Berlin Hostel, at AugustStr. 24.

 

4. Volksbar

On Mondays at the Volksbar, A course for absolute beginners starts at 19.15. At 20.30 there is a course for advanced learner. Afterwards it is time to practice what you  have learned. Sometimes there is a band with great live music, otherwise they´ll play great records you can dance to!

Volksbar is located at Rosa Luxemburg Str. 39, and there is no entrance fee!

 

5.  Swing & Wine

Starts at 19.15 with a course for beginners, followed by a course for advanced dancers at 20.30. Then from 21.30 on there will be dj´s on to floors, you can choose between classic swing music, or electro swing.

Where? At Frannz Club, in the Kulturbrauerei, schönhauser allee 36. There is no entrance fee here either.

 

Some addresses for creating the perfect 20s look:

Herr von Eden

for the perfect suit

Alte schönhauserstr. 14, 10119 Berlin

Fiona Bennett

for the finest headwear

Alte schönhasuer str. 35, 10119 Berlin

Frozen Hibiscus

for fantastic custom fashion design

Langhansstr. 33 , 13086 Berlin

Charming styles

Mode from the 20s, 30s and 40s, that suites you!

Oranienburgerstr. 27, 10117

 

Enjoy shopping and dancing!

 

 

 

 

 


Things to do in Berlin in Autumn, A top 10 for Berlin!

Monday, October 15th, 2012
Autumn at the hostel

Autumn at the hostel

In this blog post we will bring to you some nice suggestions, so you will have some ideas on what to do in Berlin in Autumn time! Berlin is never boring and autumn has a lot to offer too!
Our recipe to survive the colder and darker seasons is presented to you here! Read on and find out what will make your stay in Berlin shine, even if the sun doesn´t show up!

1. Festival of lights

it is going on right now! Untill the 21st of October, Berlin´s most popular sights and buildings are being illuminated at night! This is an unique opportunity for you to do some sightseeing at night and to shoot some amazing pictures of Berlin by night!

2. Fly BerMuDa Festival at Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport

will be back for the second time on the 5th November giving the Berlin Music Days its glorious finale.

One can expect to be enthralled by the annual gathering of the Crème de la Crème of electronic music artists. The event will be spread across 2 main floor, 2 club floors all backdropped with spectacular visuals, complete with a cozy chillout area.
All this, in the unique and ambient space of Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport.

3. Walking tours!

Rain or no rain, windy or cold, it doesn´t matter at all. There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing & preparation. So make sure that you bring warm and waterproof clothes, bring your umbrellas and enjoy one of the best city walking tours in Berlin. The Brewer´s walking tours pick up from our hostel, daily at 10.15 and 12.25!

4. If it´s raining or if it´s cold, go to one of the many museums!

Some of our favorite museums, listed up for you are: the Pergamon Museum, Hamburger Bahnhof, Jewish Museum, the New Museum, the GDR Museum.

5. Go on a PUB CRAWL!!

8.45 PM –  Alternative Pub Crawl
The alternative night tour is a local, calmer affair,  taking you to underground spots hidden away from the tourist hordes.

6. Visit the TOPOGRAPHY of TERROR (number 17 on our flyer map)

During the “Third Reich” the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS an dthe Reich Security Main office were located at the site. Now it is a documentation center. On Sundays there are guided tours oat this historical site.
A guided tour in german starts at 2PM
A guided tour in English starts at 3.30PM
You need to be there 30 minutes in advance!

7. Go play PING PONG!
8.00 PM – till LATE
At Dr. Pong!!
Dr. Pong is a rugged little dingy bar in the heart of Prenzlauerberg, reminiscient of a teenage clubhouse with its minimal decor.
Stick to what’s important here: the table tennis in the middle of the storefront main room and the constantly circling multi-player ping-pong action around it. The International crowd and relaxed vibe at Dr. Pong make it an enjoyable place for some pure and simple ping pong with plenty of spectator/eliminated-player seats available around the perimeter. Good honest fun and a great place to up your skills and have a beer.
Eberswalder Strasse 21. Number for on the back of our flyer!

8. Go to the movies!
Tuesday is CINEMA DAY!!!
Reduced admission for everybody! The CineStar at the Sony Center or the Babylon in Kreuzberg have original versions! We can check the program for you, just ask us at the reception!!

9. Live Music @ White Trash Fast Food
Go here if you like rock ´n´ roll & fantastic home made fast food!
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month they have a rock´n´roll BINGO!!!
Open Daily from 4pm
Schönhauser Allee 6-7, just around the corner from the EastSeven hostel

10. Enjoy some great night life, in a small and cozy jazz bar!
Fishday at B-SIDE BAR
Every Thursday at B-Side bar LIVE DJ´s serve different music dishes that are perfect for listening, relaxing, talking but also for dancing. From jazz to punk, from nu-jazz to futer punk, from hiphop to soul, electronic, reggae, dupstep and world fusion.
Brunnenstrasse 115, close to U-bahn Voltastrasse

 

Enjoy your Autumn in Berlin!!


Nacht und Nebel festival Berlin!!!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

 

Nacht und Nebel Berlin (c) Christian Kahle

Nacht und Nebel Berlin (c) Christian Kahle

Nacht und Nebel is an ART and Cultural Festival and gives you an insight in the vivid and upcoming art scene in Berlin Neukölln. When? On Saturday the 3rd of November from 18h till Mid night. This year it is the 11th time the festival takes place!
You are curious what is on the menu? You can count on dance, workshops, performances, theater, music, film etc. etc. There are all kinds of different exhibitions in the many ateliers, galleries bars and cafe´s in Neukölln. A total of 100 different places with different kind of performances invite you to come to Neukölln for this year´s Nacht und Nebel Festival.
Nacht und Nebel starts at 6pm at the Schillerpalais. The opening ceremony takes place at the Schillerpalais  and will be held in sign language too! That is because this year they are trying their best to make the festival barrier-free! There will be special taxis reserved for people in a wheel-chair, making the festival accessible and enjoyable for all of us, this is a great initiative.
You can check the website to have an overview of all the events on this night. On this program you can also see which events are barrier-free, meaning
The difference to most of the Art-festivals is that during the Nacht & Nebel Night you as a visitor have the opportunity to talk with the different artists. Most of the anticipating artists live in Neukölln, and through their art they reflect on the social-problems in this Berlin neighborhood. In this way they can pay an important contribution to the local community.
For most of the performances and exhibitions there is no entrance-fee to be paid!!
The after-party takes place at Villa Neukölln, Hermannstr. 233.
DJ Mohair Sam & Special Guests will bring you great Swing & soul music!

If you are looking for a cool hostel in Berlin, we still have some beds available!

We wish you a fantastic time in Berlin!


Festival of Lights in Berlin

Monday, October 8th, 2012
Festival of lights Berlin 2012

Festival of Lights Berlin

From the 10th until the 21st October, Berlin will sparkle as a range of illuminations and projections light up more than 60 famous landmarks and spaces.

Come to Berlin and experience  fantastic light shows all through the city center.
This year more than 60 sights, squares and buildings in Berlin will be amazingly illuminated during the coming two weeks. If you visit Berlin during this time, you should really go for sightseeing by night!!!!

All major sights, famous landmarks, historical buildings and cultural monuments become transformed by light and projections. It is an unique sight! Brandenburg Gate, Berliner Dom and the TV Tower are being put in a different, artistic light. It is a once in a year unique opportunity to see Berlin by night!
The Berlin Festival of lights is one of the biggest illumination events in the entire world.
And the cool thing is, the festival is totally admission-free!

This top artistic and cultural event attracts people from all over the globe. Beside the fact that the festival attracts a lot  of tourists, also a lot of  hobby(photographers) come to Berlin to experience the city by night, in a different light. For photographers it is an unique opportunity to play with light and use the festival to make artistic pictures of some of the most beautiful spots in Berlin.
The Festival kick off will be held at Potsdamer Platz, this is the festival center. The city Mayor Klaus Wowereit will be there to open the festival together with festival organizer  Birgit Zander. The Grand opening takes place this Wednesday, the 10th of October and starts at 1930.

Special “light-seeing” tours on the Light-Liner bus, by boat on the Light-Ship, on foot with the Light-Cruso or by rickshaw with the Light-Velo will give locals and visitors alike the chance to experience the creative compositions up close. Check the festival of lights website to inform yourself on the timetable for the LIGHT-SEEING!
Complementary to the festival, there will be numerous cultural events dealing with the subject “light”.
Have fun exploring Berlin by night!
Still looking for a nice place to stay in Berlin, stop looking and check out the EastSeven Berlin Hostel website.


Happy Birthday Deutsche Einheit!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Tag der Deutsche Einheit

Tag der Deutsche Einheit

On the 3rd of October it is the Tag der Deutsche Einheit,  the Day of German Unification. Celebrated are 22 years of German unity!

The 3rd of October, the day Germany was officially reunified is now a public holiday. This reunification is of course a good reason to throw one heck of a party! If you want to celebrate together with the Germans you must head to Brandenburg Gate. Here you will find live entertainment, music, dancing, food and drinks.

The celebration is not only for the locals, who have been separated for over 40 years by the  Berlin Wall. The organizers of this big celebration emphasize the pan_European dimension of 1989, when the breaching of the Wall showed that the cracks in East European Communism were starting to split wide open, letting unity between East and West flood through.

Festivities will be organized from October 1st till October 3rd. The party at Brandenburg Gate is on all day and free of any charges!

What is to be expected? There will be a huge stage at the Brandenburg gate On this stage some really cool artists from all over Germany will perform!

But there are more parties going on!For instance there are parties in various clubs in Berlin, tonight, on the second of October!

Your want to party tonight, then go to the Ankerklause! To celebrate the unification DJ Olli Goolightly will play Indie, Trash, Club-Pop, 80s, Wild style. You can also go to Ankerklause for its fantastic burgers!!

Also the Ballhaus Berlin dedicates tonights night to celebrate into the 3rd of October. DJ Chris will make sure everybody is gonna dance!

On the actual day of the unification, the 3rd of October,there will be a big party at Brandenburg Gate. A big stage in front of the BrandenBurg Gate will host various of artist, and the entire Strasse der 17.Juni will be in party mode.

Also there are activities especially for families with kids, like pony-riding. There is a big Ferris Wheel too, a great opportunity to have a view over Berlin!

Enjoy your visit to Berlin!

 

 


Autumn in Berlin- A top 5 of things to do

Monday, October 1st, 2012
Autumn in Berlin

Autumn in Berlin

We have listed up some cool events and things to do in Berlin in autumn.  Some of the events written about here are totally free of charge, wow! It is just to give you some ideas and inspiration. Sure there is much more to see and do than the  top 5 of events and things to do listed here.

1. Oh no, it´s rainy and cold, what to do today?
No worries, your day won´t be boring if you visit one of the museums listed down below:

 

 

Pergamon Museum
German History Museum
Jewish Museum

Each of these museums are so cool,  you could spent hours exploring them!

2. Festival of lights

from the 10th of October Till the 21st, in the city center at night!

This is a highlight, every autumn again. All major buildings and Sights are being
illuminated in the most fantastic manners. It is at these nights, that you can catch a lot of
hobby-photographers strolling throughout the city making fantastic pictures, experimenting
with light, and the absence of day light. This is of course for every tourist the opportunity to make an unique picture of for instance brandenburg gate, to show your family and friends at home. They will be
impressed :).

3. Nacht & Nebel, A fantastic Art Festival in Berlin Neukölln

On Saturday the 3rd of November, the Berlin Neighbourhood Neukölln turns in to a fantastic art festival with loads and loads of nice events taking place at different locations and settings. There are around 100 different locations, where there will be all kinds of different things for you to see. From sculptures to dance performances, from lectures to multimedia-installations!  The festivities start at 6pm and last till midnight. there will be an after party at the Villa Neukölln, Hermannstrasse 233.

4. Party till you drop

this is the time of your to party all night long! It doesn´t matter if you sleep in the day after, because it is probably a rainy and cold day anyways!

Some cool clubs close by the East Seven Hostel are the White Trash Fast Food, Bassy Cowboy Club and the Kaffee Burger. For more nice suggestions on where to party ask our staff at the reception.

5. Big hangover breakfast

And after partying like a madman you should have a big hangover breakfast, of course!

For instance at one of my favorite cafe´s in Prenzlauer Berg, Café Hilde. They do fantastic breakfast, serve good strong coffee and it´s nice cozy and warm inside!

Located at the Metzer Straße 11, it is just a 5 minutes walk from our hostel.

Feel free to come ask us at the reception for more suggestions!