Archive for January, 2013

Berlins dunkle Geschichte

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Berlin Art Buncker Rheinhardtstr

Buncker Berlin

Vor genau 80 Jahren hat Adolf Hitler die Macht an sich gerissen. 12 Jahre später waren Millionen Menschen tot und der europäische Kontinent weitestgehend zerstört. Berlin war dabei das Zentrum dieser grausamen Macht. Spuren dieses Wahnsinns und des damals allgegenwärtigen Rassismus sind immer noch im Stadtbild zu sehen.

Jeder  Berlinbesucher wird  gewollt oder ungewollt über die Schatten dieser Zeit stolpern. Aus dem Stadtbild nicht mehr wegzudenken sind da z.B. die vielen „Stolpersteine“. Diese Messingplatten, vor Häusern in Boden eingelassen, mit Namen und Datum geben Auskunft über ermordete Bewohner. Die ehemals sozialistisch/kommunistisch geprägte Berliner Bevölkerung konnte der Machtergreifung nichts entgegensetzen. Die unbeliebte Weimarer Republik war mit zu vielen Schwächen gestartet und genoss zu wenig demokratische Unterstützung in der Bevölkerung. Sehr schnell wurden demokratische Grundrechte und Rechtsstaatlichkeit im Sinne Hitlers umgebaut, hin zu der Gleichschaltung aller Lebensbereiche. Ungewollte Organisationen wie Gewerkschaften wurden verboten und viele Gesellschaftsgruppen stigmatisiert und ermordet.
80 Jahre später möchte Berlin nun mit vielen Ausstellungen diesem Kapitel begegnen. Mit dem Themenjahr:“ Zerstörte Vielfalt“   wird nun dieses Kapitel ausführlich beleuchtet. Hierzu schreibt Kulturstaatssekretär André Schmitz: “Ohne Erinnerung keine Zukunft. Wir wollen zeigen, wie der Prozess der Ausgrenzung verlief, wie viel Berlin durch die zerstörte Vielfalt verloren hat und bis heute schmerzlich vermisst. Gleichzeitig wollen wir so aber auch den Wert der wieder errungenen Vielfalt für unsere Stadtgesellschaft deutlich machen.”
Über das Jahr Verteilt wird es wohl mehr als 500 Einzelausstellungen zu diesem Thema geben. Als Wegeleitsystem werden Säulen dienen. Auf diesen werden Biografien von über 200 Menschen, die Berlin einst prägten bevor sie zu Opfern wurden, erzählt. Mehr Details findest du auf berlin.de.
Ich möchte hier nur auf 2 Ausstellungsorte eingehen, die ich besonders Spannend und erwähnenswert finde.
1)    Topographie des Terrors ( aktuelle Ausstellung: Berlin 1933 – Der Weg in die Diktatur)
Unweit des Potsdamer Platzes gelegen, befindet sich auf dem ehemaligen Gelände des Gestapo und SS Hauptquartiers dieses einzigartige Dokumentationszentrum. Seit 1987 beleuchtet es die Gräueltaten des Terrorregimes. Das Hauptaugenmerk der aktuellen Sonderausstellung liegt hier auf der Anfangsphase der Machtergreifung und deren Etablierung.  Der Eintritt ist kostenfrei.
2)    Portalausstellung im Deutschen Historischen Museum
Das DHM nimmt eine zentrale Position im Themenjahr „Zerstörte Vielfalt. Berlin 1933 – 1938“ ein. Hier findet der Berlinbesucher Informationen zur Gesamtausstellung und zu den einzelnen Projekten die über die Stadt verteilt sind. Der Eintritt ist natürlich auch umsonst.
Allen unseren geschichtsinteressierten Gästen kann ich außerdem nur ans Herz legen eine der walking tours mitzumachen die jeden Tag bei uns im Hostel starten.  So erfahrt ihr auf jeden Fall viel mehr über die Stadt als mit einem „gedruckten“ Stadtführer.
Bis bald in Berlin.


Supperclub at EastSeven

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Free Meal at EastSeven

Supper Club @ EastSeven

The Supper Club at EastSeven Berlin Hostel!!
we are a real backpacker hostel in central Berlin and we are now offering something very special for our guests that are booked in our hostel!
In exchange for your cooking skills, where you make an evening meal for like-minded travelers in our well stocked kitchen, we will give you a free dorm bed for the night.
We can supply you with recipes, lists for what you need to buy and will even pay for the ingredients. All you have to do is cook a meal for 10-20 other travelers staying in our hostel and the bed is yours!

Here is how it works:
Come to the reception the day before or early in the morning of the day you want to cook, and proclaim your intention to cook. With our receptionists you can prepare your menu and shopping list. We will make an announcement to hostel guests and open dinner registration.
There should be 2 courses including a vegetarian option (eg salad & pasta; soup & baked potato; pizza & ice-cream).
Considering our student style budget, we are not expecting Michelin star cooking, however we will not allow convenience food, readymade cans or frozen stuff.  In summer you can also do a bbq in our beautiful garden.
Supper time is 8 pm and it is no coincidence that we have a beer happy hour from 8 – 10pm where a large, delicious German beer (all German beer is delicious really) costs 1€. Free food, cheap beer, nice kitchen table…. The perfect combination for a lot of fun on an extremely low budget – that’s true backpacker spirit.
To really get the family feeling, we can ask other guests to come to help you in the kitchen.
At parties, the best place to be is always in the kitchen, food connects people. The chef is a rock star and this supper club is a perfect opportunity to get in touch with other travelers. Isn´t that the main reason to stay in a hostel in the first place?  To meet people from all over the world, share stories and have a good time together?
Some of our cooking evenings are already legendary. Guests partied till all hours or went to bars and clubs in our neighborhood together. So whether in a couple, family or as a lone ranger traveler this is a perfect opportunity to make new friends (it’s ok, we don’t mind if there is a bit of flirting!).
„In my times of travel, this is how I always imagined hostel life– spending time with other travelers and enjoying something special, all on a shoestring budget “ Jörg Schöpfel (owner of EastSeven and now family man).
Let cooking and eating together in our hostel become your home from home.

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel has already won important hostel awards in 2012 – the latest in a long succession of international hostel awards . This is not only because we offer clean, comfortable rooms but because we think good hospitality should achieve this a “home from home” feeling.
EastSeven has been highly recommended by regarded travel guides including Lonely Planet, Lets Go, Reise Know-How and many others. Reviews routinely confirm the hostel has ‘true spirit’. Why? Because it’s small, independent, cosy, personal, super clean, relaxed, affordable, has a lovely kitchen/garden/lounge area, doesn’t take large group bookings and most importantly,  because when you leave, you will feel you are leaving a place of relaxation and individuality.

 

We hope to welcome you soon to our hostel! We will be delighted if you would like to join in on the supper club!!


Things to visit in Berlin. Shaleen´s sightseeing tips!

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Gendarmenmarkt (c) Shaleen

Hi, this  is Shaleen writing a Blog for the EastSeven Hostel. At the moment I am working as a trainee at EastSeven Berlin Hostel.  I wanted to share some nice things to see and do in Berlin with you. I hope you like my post and I hope you enjoy sightseeing in Berlin!

 

New in Berlin and eager  to visit some historical sights? Then don´t miss to visit the East Side Gallery. It´ s a part of the Berlin wall which was in 1989 a grim divider of humanity. It is the worlds largest open air mural collection with more than 100 painting from dozens of international artist such as Kani Alavi, Brigit Kinder and Thierry Noir translating the era`s global euphoria and optimism into a mix of political statements, drug induced musing and truly artist visions.

Done with the wall, take a break in Strandgut Berlin  and drink a toast to Berlin at the chicest of the E.S.G side pit where the beer is cold , the cocktails are strong , and the Dj`s are tops. In Germany mühlestrasse 61-63;from10am;S-Bahn  Ostbahnhof.

Once  done with the old historical sights, Unter den Linden and Museum Island , why not visit a modern reinterpretation of the historical original, Potsdamer  Platz,which used to be the  equivalent of the New York Times Square  until World War 2 sucked the life out of this area. It is divided  in to three slices: Diamlery-city with a large mall public art and high-profile  entertainment venues; the flashy Sony center built  around  a central Plaza canopied by a glass roof that  shimmers in Myriad colours at night; and the comparatively subdued Biesheim center, which was inspired  by clasich American  skyscraper  design . Don`t   miss out on the Panaramapunkt; Europe’s  fastest lift, up and down the red-blick post modern Kollhof Building. From the 100m viewing platform, a stunning 360-degree Panarama  reveals the city layout and it’s landmarks. Study key moment in Potsdamer Platz history by taking in the exhibit then relax over in the on-site Cafe.

Before u can even think u are done with the tour  here are some other few places  that can catch your interest in Kreuzberg where the famous Schlesische straße is. It’s one of Berlin’s nightlife strips, this time in legendary Kreuzberg neighbourhood-a part of the city still  popular with the bohemian crowd. Kreuzberg was the birthplace of the  legendary Berlin Döner Kebab, so pick a snack stand (Imbiss) and get stuck in.

 Thirsty and you  would like to get a cold drink ? Then it’s time to get out and have some fun  in the famous kulturbrauerei -its a huge complex of night-time hangouts originally housed Berlin’s Schultheis brewery for more than 150 years .at night the `culture Brewery´ turns into a popular meeting point for determined drinkers.eager to explore the  buildung’s wealth of bers, clubs,cafes,or just hang out in the huge countryard.

That is all for now, I hope I have been inspiring to you and I wish you a perfect stay in Berlin!

 


Coming up in Berlin- a top 5 of events

Monday, January 21st, 2013
Events Berlin

Berlin events

what to expect in Berlin in 2013? A lot of cool events and exhibitions are being held in the german metropole.

we have made a selection, a top 5, of events and exhibitions coming up in this winter in Berlin!

1. Transmediale

” an ongoing adventure in art, culture and technology”

Transmediale is a Festival based in Berlin and it takes place on a yearly base.

It is about making new connections between culture, technology and art. Every year the festival attracts artist, designers, students, activists and professionals from all over the globe.  Besides exhibitions and performances there are also screenings and publications that take place.

2. Berlinale

this years Berlinale, taking place for the 63rd time, will attract lots and lots of visitors from all over the globe. It is one of Berlins most famous international film festivals.

The program for the public shows about 400 different films from different countries every year. These are mostly european and international premieres.

If you want to go see one of the movies that are being shown during the Berlinale, it is wise to order your tickets in time!

3. Exhibition German History Museum on Nazi-Germany

the exhibition “Diversity destroyed”  will be shown in the German History Museum from January 31st till November 10th. In this year, 2013, it is 80 years since the ” seize of power” of the Nationalist.

“It will show how the social diversity and cultural avant-garde that had turned 1920s Berlin into a pulsating metropolis were destroyed after 1933 when the National Socialists came to power. In this way the exhibition will provide significant insight into the conditions and consequences of Hitler’s rise to power.”

4. 100° Berlin Festival

a 4 day marathon of music, dance and theater performances being held at 2 locations, Hebel am Ufer and SophienSaele. It is a real marathon with performances being held every hour! For an exact program check their websites, or just go there and let yourself be surprised!

From the 21st of February till the 24th.

5. Hamburger Bahnhof Secret Universe IV

George Widener, the 4th in a row of artists that have been largely ignored by the established art discourse…

the exhibition opens at the 25th of January and will be shown at the Hamburger Bahnhof until June 16th.

The most important series and works of George Widener will be shown and also some new drawings, developed especially for this exhibition.

The Hamburger Bahnhof is always worthwhile a visit. It is a big museum for contemporary art, located close to the Berlin main train station.

 

If you are planning your trip to Berlin and you are still looking for a nice hostel in Berlin, stop looking and come stay at our place!!

 

 

 


EastSeven Berlin Hostel won a Hostelworld award!

Friday, January 18th, 2013
AWARD NOVEMBER 2012

AWARD NOVEMBER 2012

we just received an email from the Hostelworld team, telling us that we won the award for best hostel in Germany in November! What a perfect news to start the weekend with!

Thanks to all the people who gave reviews and ratings on Hostelworld, you are the best and we hope to see you all again in the future, staying at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel

Furthermore, the EastSeven Hostel staff deserves a big applause for always giving their best and keeping up the high standard! We will keep the good work up and doing our best to make your stay at our hostel as fantastic as possible!

we wish you all a terrific weekend, hope to see you all soon in Berlin!

 

 


What to do in Berlin in winter?? A top 5 of relaxing activities!

Thursday, January 10th, 2013
Welness Berlin

Wellness Berlin!

Berlin is a really vivid city where there is so much to see and do. From sightseeing to visiting museums to partying all night and shopping, for instance. But besides being a busy tourist, why not take your time in Berlin to relax!! in these busy times, a lot of people are just running without taking time for themselves. Therefore, for all the people who want to enjoy Berlin in a laid back way we have made you this top 5!

 

1.  Go to the Ars Vini Restaurant to try delicious Cheese Fondue

this is the perfect restaurant to visit with some friends and enjoy a cheese fondue! They serve all kinds of different cheese fondues, from Italian, to Israeli to classical Swiss Cheese Fondue. Perfect to end a cold winter day in this cosy restaurant!!

Located close to our Hostel  you can find the Ars Vini in the Zionskirchstr. 69.

 

2. Read a book and drink a wine at the Buchkantine!

what better way to relax than over a good book and a fine wine, at the Buchkantine this is all possible. Just take a book from one of the shelves and find yourself a nice seat at one of the comfy sofas.

You find the Buchkantine at the Dortmunderstr. 1. Ask us at the receptions for dorections!


3.  Raum der Stille– Room of Silence

right at the historic heart of Berlin, at the Brandenburg Gate, where the city never sleeps and where it is crowded at all times, that´s where you find a quiet place to relax, the `Raum der Stille´. You are welcome to come here to simply relax, mediate, pray, enjoy the silence….

The Room of Silence is located IN the Brandenburg Gate!!

 

4.  Cowshed Spa at the Soho House Privatclub

The Cowshed Spa, located at the Torstrasse 1 in the Soho House, is not only accessible for members but to everyone. It is a divine wellness oasis, with a variety of wellness products for you to enjoy. A head massage `Quicky` costs 15€, and besides relaxing massages you can also go to the integrated Hamam & Sauna. There is also a fitness studio!

 

5.  the ultimate way to relax: Floating!

after a busy day of sightseeing FLOATING is the ultimate way to relax. You will be floating in a bath with salty water. Your muscles and your mind will become in a state of relaxation! There is underwater music too, and you can treat yourself with a massage afterwards.

Akazienstrasse 27, that´s where you will find the Floating experience. Just ask us at the reception, if you need help to find out how to get there!

 

 

 


What to do in Berlin in January? A top 3 of Events in Berlin!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Grüne Woche (c) Christian Schlichtherle

First of all, happy new year to all of you!!

if you are planning a trip to Berlin this January, please read on. To get some ideas on what to see and do we created a top 3.

Things to do in Berlin in January: TOP 3

1. International Green Week, January 18th till January 27th
a yearly hightlight in Berlin at the start of the new year is the international green week.
The International green week is an one of a kind exhibition for the food, agricultural and horticultural industries. It is also the point of origin for the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture.
Organic agriculture and products, renewable resources, fair trade and rural development are topics that gain more importance at the International Green Week.
Producers from all over the Globe wil come to this exhibition, not only to reinforce their brand image, but also to test market food and luxury items.

The exhibition opening hours are from 10am to 6pm. Located at the Exhibtion ground Messe Berlin, it is easy to reach by public transport. Just ask your EastSeven Hostel staff.

2. Berlin Fashion Week, January 15th till January 20th
Another great yearly event in Berlin, that attracts a lot of visitors, is the Berlin Fashion Week.
If you want to know what the new fashion trends are, you must pay a visit!

During the Berlin fashion Week Berlin becomes an international stage for fashion and lifestyle topics. This events attracts buyers, trade experts and fashion enthusiast from all over the world, they will visit shows and award ceremonies. There will be fashion trade shows and exhibition, quite exiting.

To see where it is happening check the Berlin Fashion Week website!

3. Tanztage Berlin, Berlin Dance Days! From the 4th of January till the 14th!

“TANZTAGE BERLIN is knitting away at the dance history of tomorrow and in its upcoming
festival, it presents Christine Borch and Dani Brown – examples of how the body and
physical activity can be made into rigorous concepts in choreography. Julian Weber and
Márcio Canabarro produce poetical dance pieces linked to the visual arts while Ari
Hoffmann and Antje Velsinger’s research focus is on sound, music and language. Willy
Prager finds his inspiration in current political events.
Once again, we will be looking beyond the borders of Berlin and for the fourth time, we will
present the exchange programme with Stary Browar Nowy Taniec from Poznan, in which
young choreographic talents from Poland are shown. And for the first time this year, young
Israeli choreographers are represented from HaZira’s upcoming talent programme, “New
Dance Project”. (Text: Sophiensaele.com)

 

That´s all for now! Enjoy your visit to Berlin!!