Archive for February, 2013

Things to do in Berlin! A top 10!

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Eating together at the hostel

Yes it is weekend again! And we have made you a list with suggestions on what to see and do in Berlin. Of course you can also hang out in our hostel lounge or cook a meal and eat together with other travelers!

Lay back, it is weekend,  and read on!

1. Buncker Tour

Are you interested in going beyond the popular touristic sights and explore a bit more of Berlins history?

Then go for instance on a bunker tour!

There are several different bunker tours, in english, german and spanish.
Something exceptional and very interesting! A must do!

2. 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.

3. Blutwurstmanufaktur

This is a traditional butcher, if you like meat and sausages go here to experience the true nature of the German meat  culture…. They do lunch too, traditional food, meat! For small prices! This place is famous for its traditional black pudding. High quality!  This is really a nice experience! But nothing for you if you are a vegetarian!

4.Chez Gino

Kind of kitschy modern deco German Restaurant, nice ambient and friendly service. Located in the vivid WranglerKiez which is really worth a visit if you are in Kreuzberg!

They serve really nice Swabian food like for instance Flammkuchen! Also, as a big fan of Spätzle, I could really recommend their Käse-Spätzle (spätzle with cheese).

5. Weinerei!
great cozy place, it´s mainly students you will find here. getting together to drink really
great wine and philosophize in a relaxed livingroom-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 to late, when the wine is out, its over and out!!

6. 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!

7. 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.

8.  Schneeweiscschen und Rosenrot

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

And: East seven hostel guest can get a 10% discount, ask for it at the reception!

9. Bassy Cowboy Club

this is the place for you if you dig rock´n´roll music from before 1969!

Live music starts at 22h and at 00.30  the long rock´n´roll dance night begins. Don´t forget to bring your dancing shoes!
 10. Pay a visit to the  Berlin Wall documentation center
this documentation center, which is completely free of charge to visit, is located at the Bernauer Strasse.
It is really close by to your hostel in Prenzlauer Berg, only a 10 minute walk.
At this documentation center there is a Tower you should really climb up, because  from above you have a clear view over the Berlin wall and the death stripe.
Learn more about Berlins History by paying a visit to this informative little museum.

 

Enjoy your weekend in Berlin!!


Berlin, the Green Capitol! A top 5 of green sights

Monday, February 11th, 2013
parcs berlin

parks Berlin

Berlin is a very exciting metrople! Although it is a big city it has a lot of green to offer to its citizens and its visitors.

For instance the big parks, like Tiergarten and Volkspark am Friedrichshain, or the Grünewald forest in the west part of the city.

Besides these green parks and forests there are a lot of initiatives where people grow their own food or brighten up their neighborhood by guerilla-gardening!

We will list op some cool green places to visit in Berlin, enjoy!

1. Gardens of the World ( Garten der Welt)

this recreational park, located in Berlin-Marzahn, consists of 9 different exoctic gardens. These gardens where designed and created by artists from the respective countries, using original material. You can wander here and enjoy the many different gardening-architecture from the different countries, and all the different kinds of plants and flowers, it is amazing!

2. Tempelhofer Freiheit

after the closing down of the Tempelhof Airport in 2010 the over 300 hectare are now open to public. It is a park with a special flair. A lot of people come here to kite, skate, and cycle. Or just simply to use the big green grass area for a picnic.

3. Kiezgarden Schliemannstraße

a small local project, where the neighbors decided to use a free space between the houses for gardening. The grow all kinds of vegetables and fruits! A really cool idea, it brings the people together and they can grow their own organic food. The garden is really in the middle of the bustling neighborhood, open to visit to everyone!

4. Grünewald forest

this is the biggest green area in Berlin! It is a beautiful forest, that a lot of the Berlin people use to recreate in.

it has a beautiful lake, the old radar station at the Teufelsberg is also worthwhile a visit.

5. PrinzessinnenGärten

this garden was founded in the summer of 2009, near the Moritzplatz, in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Where there used to be an over 6000sqm big fallow land, now people can enjoy the beautiful sight of the community-build garden.

It is a social happening, where the people who live there, the pensioners, the kids, adults, can come together and learn about gardening.  The people can learn here how you can form a piece of unused land into a worth-full place where you can grow your own local vegetables and herbs.

 

Other green projects that might be interesting:

 

*all you need to know about guerilla gardening: Grüne Welle

*the largest organic supermarket, closeby the EastSeven Berlin Hostel: LPG SUPERMARKT

*Green Kitchen! The Chef grows his own vegetables in his big garden in Potsdam. Fantastic fresh organic food: The Margaux restaurant

 

 

 


A restaurant guide for Berlin Prenzlauer Berg – EastSeven´s top 10!

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
German food Berlin

Restaurants in Berlin

Here is a blog post with a list of good and popular restaurants all within walking distance from the EastSeven Berlin Hostel. Mmmmh I already get appetite just by preparing this blog post :) .

 

1. EntwederOder

this is the oldest coffee bar in Prenzlauer Berg. they have art exhibitions and also alternative concerts.

They serve German food and they have a broad variety of Breakfast dishes you can choose from!

Oderbergerstr. 15

2. Restaurant Ermitage

If you want to eat Russian food this is the place to go! Here you can get everything from Borscht to Blinis and of course ice cold vodka!

Schönhauser Allee 140

3. Alois S.

This spanish tapas bar was named after Alois Senefelder, the inventor of lithography. This place is perfect to visit with kids because the outdoor terrace is located on the playground.

Senefelder Str. 18

4. Weinstein

it is a fusion between wine bar and taverne. The cool thing is, they have a price-fixed menu, which includes 3 courses, 2 wines and a coffee for only 22€. They use top quality reginal products, which is really cool I think.

Lychener Str. 33

5. Feminamorta

authentic Italian food and fantastic Italian wines, that is what makes this restaurant the perfect place to wine and dine! It has a really cosy atmosphere and there is a separate room for smoking.

Winstrasse 30

6. Altberliner Restaurant Die Kaffeestuben

here you will find traditional German and Berlin food. It is a family owned restaurant with a really friendly atmosphere. They have a seasonal menu so you can eat fresh food from the right season. The outdoor terrace offers a nice view over the famous Arkona platz, where there is a great flea market on Sundays!

Fürstenberger Str. 1

7. I Due Forni

the place to go if your in for pizza.  all the young and hip people go here, it is always full!

There is a big outdoor terrace!

Schönhauser Allee 12

8. Salsabil

a small restaurant for Libanese specialities, they also do take away. They make the best falafel in town.

Good for eating fresh prepared food and saving money.

Wörther Str. 16

9. Zum Dritten Mann

this restaurants prepares delicious Austrian food and it is served  in a modern ambient.The service is really good and the quality of the food is outstanding. One of my personal favorites here is the Käsespätzle, yummie!

Kollwitzstr.  87

10. White Trash Fast Food

Go here for the best  (vegetarian) burgers in town and ask for the home-made lemonade, which is fantastic. After diner, hang out here for a while, there is always a concert going on!

 

If you are still looking for a good sleep in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg, we are more than happy to welcome you to our hostel!

All right, that´s all for now! Enjoy your culinary time in Berlin!