Archive for November, 2012

What to do in Berlin this weekend? here is our top 10!

Friday, November 30th, 2012
Christmas at EastSeven

Christmas at EastSeven

You are coming to Berlin this weekend? And you have no idea yet what to see and do? Then read this blog!
We have made a list for you!

 

1. Stay warm, visit one of the many saunas close by the hostel!

one of my personal favorites is the SaunaBad in the Rykestrasse 10, only 10 minutes walk from your hostel in prenzlauer Berg. they have a Finnish sauna, which you can access through their lovely patio!

2. It is almost Christmas time!

There are many many nice Christmas Markets in Berlin. We have a list at the reception, do come by and ask us for advice. One of our favorite markets is the market at the Kulturbrauerei, the Lucia Christmas Markets. Go their and experience a really fairytale Christmas feeling….maybe there will be snow this weekend, for a magical atmosphere.

Opening hours of the Christmas markets in Berlin.

3. Visit the Berlin wall, go to the EastSide Gallery,

a 1.3km-long section of the wall near the center of Berlin. Approximately 106 paintings by artists from all over the world cover this memorial for freedom and make it the largest open air gallery in the world.

4. The Berlin Wall Documentation Centre is one component of the memorial site ensemble at Bernauer Strasse. The ensemble consists of the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Chapel of Reconciliation and Documentation Center.
The Documentation Center on the history of the Berlin Wall provides historical information and educates the public. It makes information and in-depth programs available to the interested public. Beginning with the historical, political events that occurred at Bernauer Strasse, an area situated at the border between East and West and hence a focal point of German postwar history, the center researches and presents the history of the division of Germany. A visit is free of charge and really worthwhile!
5. Go party, but stay sporty! Go to the Ping pong bar, Dr. Pong,

at the Eberswalder straße. You pay a deposit of 5€ to get a bat , and then you just start playing table tennis with everyone that is there! Its definitely a great deal of FUN!
6. Go for German food!

Try the lovely restaurant Schneeweischen und Rosenrot. They serve a modern fusion of German and Italian traditional dishes. The service is really good, the deco is fairytale-like,  AND as an EastSeven guest you are being offered a 10% discount. Isn´t it fantastic? Located only a few minutes away from our hostel, at the Schönhauser Allee 157.
7. Go on a walking tour to visit all important sights in Berlin. Just take the Brewers walking tour, they come to pick you up every day at 12.25 from our hostel.
8. The stasi prison in Berlin Hohenschönhausen is free of admission on Mondays.The Memorial’s charter specifically entrusts it with the task of researching the history of the Hohenschönhausen prison between 1945 and 1989, supplying information via exhibitions, events and publications, and encouraging a critical awareness of the methods and consequences of political persecution and suppression in the communist dictatorship. The former Stasi remand prison is also intended to provide an insight into the workings of the GDR’s political justice system.
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. The Memorial’s location in Germany’s capital city makes it the key site in Germany for victims of communist tyranny.
9. Holocaust Memorial. Berlins ultra-controversial memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, 2,711 concrete blocks jutting off at offensive and suffocating angles. Co-incidentally only a stones throw away from the site of Adolf Hitlers former underground lair, the Führerbunker.
10.Reichstag – The German parliament building,
re-opened in 1999 after the government and most of the ministries moved from Bonn to Berlin. British architect Lord Norman Foster redesigned this place, complete with a huge glass dome with public access, so you can watch the politicians at work.

 

Have fun exploring Berlin!

 


EastSeven Berlin Hostel-The best hostel in Germany!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

No. 1 Hostel October 2012

We are very proud to announce to you that the EastSeven Berlin Hostel, your cosy and fun hostel in Prenzlauer berg, has won the award for best hostel in Germany in October 2012!!!

Thanks to all the friendly guest who booked through Hostelworld and recommended us by posting a review on Hostelworld. We hope to see you all again, if you visit Berlin in the future!!

The hostel team is working hard to keep up the standard that we want to offer our guests. It is so good to get this feedback, so we know our efforts were worthwhile!

 

With this blogpost we would like to say  a big thanks to all the friendly Hostelwolrd guests! Of course we also want to say thank you to the EastSeven hostel staff for giving all they got, and especially also the cleaning staff  for keeping our hostel clean and shiny!!

 

See you soon in Berlin!

 


Christmas Markets in Berlin, A TOP 10

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
Lucia Christmas Market

Lucia Christmas Market

We have made a selection of some really nice and beautiful Christmas Markets in Berlin!

It´s getting colder it´s getting Christmas time. This Monday, the first Berlin Christmas markets will  open again. Go here to warm up with `glühwein` ( molled wine), find some nice Christmas presents for your folks, enjoy the german way of celebrating christmas.
Here you will find a list with Christmas markets in Berlin. Also we provide some more detailed info on one of the nicest markets in our opinion, the Lucia Christmas Market at the Kulturbrauerei, not far from the EastSeven Berlin Hostel.

1. Lucia Christmas Market at the Kulturbrauerei.

26.11.2012 – 23.12.2012
Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstraße 97, 10435, Prenzlauer Berg
from Monday to Friday from 15.00 to 22.00
Saturday & Sunday from 13.00 to 22.00
Family-friendly Christmas market with daily cultural program

2. Nostalgic Christmas Market at the Oper Unter den Linden

26.11.2012 – 26.12.2012
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
Small nostalgic market with arts and crafts and Christmas music program

3. Christmas Market Spandau

26.11.2012 – 23.12.2012
Altstadt Spandau, 13597, Spandau
Monday to Thursday from 11.00 to 20.00
Friday from 11.00 to 21.00
Saturday from 11.00 to 22.00
Sunday from 11.00 to 20.00
with craftspeople, show program and gastronomy Place

4. Christmas Market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Remorial Church

26.11.2012 – 06.01.2013
from Sunday to Thursday
from 11.00 to 21.00
Friday & Saturday
from 11.00 to 22.00

5. Magic Winterworld at Potsdamer Platz

03.11.2012 – 06.01.2013
daily from 10.00 to 22.00
Advent Saturdays : from 10.00 to 24.00
24.12. from 10.00 to 16.00
Closed on 18.11 and 25.11
Potsdamer Platz, 10785 , Tiergarten

A wintertime paradise for families & kids

6. Christmas Market Alexander Platz

26.11.2012 – 26.12.2012
Alexanderplatz, 10178, Mitte
daily from 10.00 to 22.00
Christmas stalls, large ice-rink and daily program for the whole family

7. Christmas Market at Kollwitz PLatz

02.12; 09.12; 16.12; 23.12.2012
Ökomarkt Kollwitzplatz, Kollwitzplatz
10405, Prenzlauer Berg
from 12.00 to 19.00
Organic Christmas market, Sundays only
8. Christmas Market at Charlottenburg Palace
26.11.2012 – 26.12.2012
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
Large and romantic Christmas market with craftwork, culinary delights, a music programme and children’s activities in front of the illuminated castle

9. Organic Christmas Market
01.12; 02.12; 08.12; 09.12; 15.12; 16.12; 22.12; 23.12.2012
Sophienstraße, Mitte
from 12.00 to 19.00
Christmas market with arts and crafts, organic products
10. Berlin Christmas Tide Market
26.11.2012 – 31.12.2012
Platz vor dem Roten Rathaus (Berliner Rathaus), 10178, Mitte,
from Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 22.00
Saturday- Sunday from 11.00 to 22.00
24.12: closed
25.12; 26.12: from 11.00 to 21.00
Arts and crafts, up market snacks and food, traditional roundabouts for children and many more attractions

Closeby the EastSeven Berlin Hostel you´ll find the Kulturbrauerei, a former beer brewery which now stands for diverse range of cultural events during the year. One of our favorite Christmas markets will be held here, every year.
The romantic world of the Lucia Christmas Market invites you to the Kulturbrauerei.
The “Lucia Christmas Market“ takes place in the outdoor space in the two courtyards of the Kulturbrauerei in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district.

The Kulturbrauerei, an area of 25,000 m², with its lovely ensemble of 20 buildings and six courtyards, is situated between Schönhauser Allee, Knaack, Sredzki and Danziger Straßes. The buildings are all connected – creating a brick wall with chimneys and distinctive towers in the corners. The richly decorated buildings of red and yellow brick with their casting pillars, dome vaults and stone ceilings represent the industrial architecture of the 19th century.

This beautiful building complex is home to the Lucia Christmas Market. With its picturesque setting, this market offers a very charming and romantic atmosphere and has become very popular with families. It offers a daily cultural program for everbody, on weekend afternoons for kids and invites the grown-ups to meet for a hot mulled red (and white) wine „Glühwein or Glög“. Named after Lucia, the Nordic goddess of light, the market is dedicated to the Scandinavian countries.

Highlights:
* bungee trampoline and swing boat
* 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 at 4 pm program for children at Alte Kantine, 3 €
* every Sunday between 4 and 6 pm Children’s handicraft hour at Alte Kantine, admission free

Opening Hours (free entry):
Monday – Friday 3 pm – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm – 10pm

Enjoy your visit to Berlin. For more information please come see us at the EastSeven Hostel or check out our website!


Our wintertime top 10 of things to do in Berlin!

Monday, November 12th, 2012
@ EastSeven Lounge

@ EastSeven Lounge

It is winter time and yes it is chilly, rainy and dark in the city of Berlin. But that doesn´t mean you can´t have a great deal of fun!
Wintertime  is perfect for going partying till early in the morning, and sleeping all day. Or you can buy yourself a museum day pass and hop from the one museum till the next!
also of course, you can go on a walking tour and afterwards warm up in one of the nice and hot saunas close by the EastSeven Hostel.
I would say, come to Berlin in winter, it is still a great deal of fun!

A top 10 of things to do in Berlin, some suggestions for you, for more recommendations please do come ask us at the hostel reception.
1. Buy a museum day pass
and visit one of the follwing museums (or all of them) you won´t regret it: Pergamon Museum, Neue nationalgalery, Hamburger Bahnhof, Jewish Museum, Neues Museum.
2. Go on the Brewers Walking Tours
that is always a plan. And remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Make sure to wear something warm, and bring an umbrella, you´ll never know when it will rain or snow!
3. Visit the Berlin Wall Documentation Centre…

…it is one component of the memorial site ensemble at Bernauer Strasse. The ensemble consists of the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Chapel of Reconciliation and Documentation Center.
The Documentation Center on the history of the Berlin Wall provides historical information and educates the public. It makes information and in-depth programs available to the interested public. Beginning with the historical, political events that occurred at Bernauer Strasse, an area situated at the border between East and West and hence a focal point of German postwar history, the center researches and presents the history of the division of Germany. A visit is free of charge and really worthwhile!
4. Be a cook at the hostel and stay one night for free in a dorm room
it is the perfect change to meet other travelers, connect, cook and dine together. It will probably be a night you will never forget! If you like cooking for bigger groups than this is something for you!
5. Visit the Stasi prison in Berlin Hohenschönhausen

…it is free of admission on Mondays.The Memorial’s charter specifically entrusts it with the task of researching the history of the Hohenschönhausen prison between 1945 and 1989, supplying information via exhibitions, events and publications, and encouraging a critical awareness of the methods and consequences of political persecution and suppression in the communist dictatorship. The former Stasi remand prison is also intended to provide an insight into the workings of the GDR’s political justice system.
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. The Memorial’s location in Germany’s capital city makes it the key site in Germany for victims of communist tyranny.

6. Try German Food!

For instance at the restaurant Schneeweischen und Rosenrot.

Go here if you want to try tasty modern German food. What to expect? High quality products, German/Italian fusion dishes, and the best service in town!

And: East seven guest can get a 10% discount, ask for it at the reception! Easy to reach by foot.

7. Hamam Berlin
This is for ladies only! Located in the popular district Kreuzberg, easy to reach by public transport.
It´s getting colder outside so why not warm up a bit at  the Hamam to enjoy a really nice Turkish bathing ritual…
Hamam is a bathing ceremony of the cleansing of the body and soul. Relaxation and communication in a warm and pleasant atmosphere are key elements of the Hamam culture. Here women from different cultures and walks of life work and meet.
You’ll find the Hamam at Mariannenstr. 6 in Kreuzberg
Opening hours: daily from 15h till 23h
Entrance fee: 14€ for 3 Hrs
8.Visit the TV Tower

Built in 1969 as a symbol of East German socialism, this 368m tower, the largest structure in Germany, even has its own revolving café/restaurant. A trip to the top also offered a rare chance for East Germans to see what life on the other side of The Wall was really like.
If youre going up the TV tower – go after dark, when most of Berlins landmarks are illuminated.

9. 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
And there is no admission fee!

10. Go party till you drop!
Ask us at the reception where the best parties are or go on the 666 ANTI PUB CRAWL that leaves from our hostel!!

 

Enjoy your stay in Berlin in winter!!!


News from the EastSeven Hostel

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

fun @ EastSeven!

Do you know Obstler?
When you think about Germans you think of beer. Yes, indeed we do have some nice brews here indeed. For many reasons Germany is renowned for its excellent hoppy juice. However for many Germans the Obstler is as important as beer. The standard question after each meal is :”Obstler?”. A traditional German meal always end with this digestive. You can enjoy it straight or in an espresso, but always warm, never chilled.
Many families traditionally distil their own. Due to severe tax laws in Germany, many small distilleries are disappearing as you need to have an official license and are obliged to pay tax on every liter you produce. However, many still distill illegally.
The term Obstler derives from Obst, for Fruit in German. Obstler is spirit made from ripe fruit from fruits. For really mellow and high quality Obstler only fruits from meadows with scattered fruit trees (streuobstwiesen) may be distilled.
The distillation of schnaps has its origins in ancient times with and has an almost mystical touch.  Actually there is nothing mystical about it, if you don’t do it right, you turn blind. So you better be careful about what you are doing.
Obstler can be distilled from various fruits, like pears, apples, cherries or Mirabelle plums. The flavor you taste comes only from the natural aromas in the fruits before the distillation. No flavor is added afterwards. Sometimes it is quite astonishing how aromatic and mellow alcohol can taste.
We thought we might give you the possibility to indulge a bit into the german art of spirit burning. Coming soon at the EastSeven Hostel Bar: Obstler!
We say: enjoy!


The best Saunas in Berlin: A top 5

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
EastSeven Berlin Hostel

EastSeven Hostel

Wintertime in Berlin. A top 5 of Saunas!

It is already getting really chilly in Berlin. It is the time of year to visit museums and to explore the city by public transport rather than by bike.  Ofcourse there are lots and lots of things to see and do in Berlin, but you shouldn´t forget to take some time for yourself for relaxation too! So to help you to stay warm and to relax we made a top 5 of the best saunas in Berlin.
If you need more information, on how to get there for instance, please come ask us at the eastseven reception!
1. SaunaBad Berlin
Located fairly close by our hostel this sauna is easy to reach by foot.
It has a Finish Sauna, 95degreees Celsius and also a BioSteamSauna which is a little less hot, with 75degrees. There is a really lovely garden where you can cool down in between the sauna visits. Opening hours daily from 15h till 24h. Tuesday is ladies day!
Entrance fee is 10€ for 2,5 hours.
2. Olivin Sauna
The Olivin Sauna is also really close by the hostel. They have a finish Sauna, and also a really nice relaxing area. The bamboo garden with a fountain makes you forget that you are in a big and busy city.
Thursday is Ladies day!
Opening hours, 12h till 24h. Entrance fee is 10€ for 2,5 hours.
3. KAMINSAUNA
the Kaminsauna is a family-friendly sauna, with  over 700squaremeter it offers a lot of space for your wellness and relaxation. There are 3 floors and they have a bio-, Finnish-, and steam-sauna.
Located at the  Bornholmer Straße 12 (Prenzlauer Berg) Tel. 444 16 46;
Opening hours : Mo-Sa 15-24 Uhr, So 10-23 Uhr
Price: 10€
4. Hamam Berlin
This is for ladies only! Located in the popular district Kreuzberg, easy to reach by public transport.
It´s getting colder outside so why not warm up a bit at  the Hamam to enjoy a really nice Turkish bathing ritual…
Hamam is a bathing ceremony of the cleansing of the body and soul. Relaxation and communication in a warm and pleasant atmosphere are key elements of the Hamam culture. Here women from different cultures and walks of life work and meet.
You’ll find the Hamam at Mariannenstr. 6 in Kreuzberg
Opening hours: daily from 15h till 23h
Entrance fee: 14€ for 3 Hrs
5.LIQUIDROM
This is a really special place to dive into relaxation. It is located close to the station Anhalter Bahnhof and easy to reach by public transport. There is a special swimming pool with salty water, you really feel like floating. To enhance the relaxation feeling there are light shows and music underwater!  Of course there is a sauna here as well, and if you like you can get a good massage too. It is wise to book the massage in advance though!
Address: Möckernstraße 10, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg, Tel: 258 00 78 20,
Opening Hours:daily from  10-24 H, Fr+Sa 10-1 H

Prices  19,50/2 Hours, 11-er Karte: 195 €, Massage 35€/25 Minuten

If you are  looking for a warm and cozy place to stay in Berlin, we are happy to welcome you at EastSeven!