Archive for March, 2013

Things to do this weekend: Easter Fire in and around Berlin

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Spring Berlin

Coming to Berlin this weekend? We have made a list of Easter-festivities on Saturday and Sunday! Please read through and if you have any questions just come see us at the reception ♥♥!

On Saturday 30.3.13:

– 3PM: Family party with Easter-Fire in Köpenick,
at the Natur- und Abenteuerspielplatz Köpenick, Alte Kaulsdorfer Straße 18, 12555 Berlin

– 6PM, HOWEGE-EasterFire with Dirk Michaelis
Park am Fennpfuhl, Paul-Junius-Straße,  Lichtenberg

– 6PM Easter-Fire @ Britzer Garten
Buckower Damm 146, 12349 Berlin

On Sunday 31.3.13:

– 2PM EasterFire at Strandbad Weißensee

– 5PM Easter-Fire at the Kulturbrauerei
Schönhauser Allee 36, 10435 Berlin

– 3PM Easter-Party at the  Buntzelranch, (Bahnhof Grünau)
12526 Berlin, Fee: 2€

 

Have a great Easter Holiday! Looking forward to see you at EastSeven Berlin Hostel!!


Easter in Berlin, our top 5 of actvities for the Easter Holiday!

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Easter Holiday Berlin

Are you coming to Berlin for the Easter Holiday? We have made some suggestions of things to do! read on and plan your trip!

 

1. Kulturbrauerei Berlin

the biggest Easter-fire in Berlin will be held at the Kulturbrauerei, inside their enormous courtyard. The fire will be lit at 5pm, on Sunday the 31st of March.

Their will be activities for the kids, their will be food and drinks as well!

at 22pm their clubs open and you can dance the night away. 20 Dj´s will perform at this big party, over 8 different floors. Tickets cost 12€ and you can buy them there.

 

2. Eastern Market at Alexanderplatz

traditionally, a big Easter market covers Alexander on the Easter holiday!

Nice to stroll around and buy some souvenirs for your family and friends at home!

3. Go for a big breakfast, with a lot of Eggs!

What is Eastern without eggs? No fun at all! so make sure to eat some eggs. We made you some suggestions, where you can eat the best eggs!

for instance at Hilde, Metzterstr.22

or at Entweder Oder, Oderbergerstr. 15

Both Cafe´s are within walking distance from our hostel in Prenzlauer Berg

4. An exhibition of the German Historical Museum on the Berlin Theme Year
“Diversity Destroyed. Berlin 1933 – 1938 – 1945”

During the time of the Weimar Republic Berlin was the political nerve centre and a pulsating metropolis with more than four million inhabitants. The appointment of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of the Reich on 30 January 1933 marked the beginning of the ultimate destruction of the democracy. Essential basic rights and the legal order were invalidated, trade unions disbanded, political parties and social organisations banned or forced to shut down. The “seizure of power” by the National Socialists was accomplished with unparalleled swiftness and was marked by a wave of terror against political opponents, the Jewish population and other groups in German society.”Fort mit der roten Mißwirtschaft – wählt Deutsche Volkspartei”. Wahlplakat der Deutschen Volkspartei zur Stadtverordnetenwahl, Entwurf: Otto Arpke/Erich Ludwig Stahl, 1919, © Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin im Zeichen des Wahlkampfs, 2. März 1933, © Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum Fackelzug durch das Brandenburger Tor anlässlich des 3. Jahrestags der Ernennung Adolf Hitlers zum Reichskanzler, Berlin, 30. Januar 1936, © Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum Werbeplakat für die Olympischen Spiele in Berlin, Entwurf: Franz Würbel, 1936, © Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum Das in der Pogromnacht zerstörte jüdische Geschäft “Beleuchtungshaus des Westens, Wilhelm Philippi” am Kurfürstendamm 203 in Berlin, 10. November 1938, © Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum

The exhibition “Diversity Destroyed. Berlin 1933 – 1938” is the contribution of the German Historical Museum to the eponymous Theme Year of the city of Berlin. It recalls in particular the takeover of power in 1933 and the November pogrom in 1938. The exhibition brings together more than forty projects of museums and memorials, private associations and initiatives that deal with the history of Berlin under National Socialism in exhibitions, temporary art projects, theatre performances, readings, film projects or audio guides. Together they document the disastrous consequences of the Nazi dictatorship for life in the capital city.
Text: www.dhm.de

5. Go to the flea market at Mauerpark

if you are staying over the weekend you absolutely can´t miss out on the Mauerpark
flea market. Held every Sunday from 7 till 16 it is the place where hip & young Berlin and
Berlin-visitors get together. Not only looking for bargains, also it is a social happening where
friends meet over a bratwurst, or watching one of the many spontaneous concerts from
musicians coming from all over the globe.

 

Enjoy your visit to Berlin! for more information on what to see and do in Germany´s capitol, just come visit us at the reception!

 


Best of Berlin- EastSeven´s TOP 10

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Coolest Shops Berlin

A selection of some of the coolest things to do in Berlin!

If you are coming to Berlin you might at first be overwhelmed by the big amount of things to visit and things to do. With our blog we want to present some of the coolest shops, clubs, tours and museums for you to visit. Feel free to meet us at the reception for more insider tips!

1.You like shopping? Go to Glücklich am Park
They do not only sell beautiful clothes, dark sunglasses & toys…………they even have ice cream, enjoy it on there lovely terrace in the Kastanienallee.
2. Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, Mauergedenkstätte – Berlin Wall Monument

This evocative stretch of the Berlin Wall on Bernauerstrasse is one of the few remnants of the concrete wall left untouched since 1989. The Gedenkstätte – monument – includes a Documentation Centre which chronicles the history and experience of the Berlin Wall.
3. 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 directions!
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. 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!

6. 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.

7. 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!

8.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!!

9.White Trash Fast Food
This is  a famous and legendary rock club. The name already implies it, they also have a fast food restaurant.
serving the most delicious burgers & fries I have ever had.
What else to expect at the White Trash, great live music & a great rock´n´roll atmosphere!!

10. 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.

 

Enjoy sightseeing in Berlin! If you are still looking for a place to stay in Berlin, come visit us!!


Be creative in Berlin, our top 5 of do it yourself-places!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Street art Berlin

Street art Berlin

Going beyond the touristic sightseeing track and want to experience Berlin while creating something yourself? Read this post, we have gathered some cool ideas and places where you can do workshops and other creative stuff!

 

1.FAKE FEATHERS- selfmade couture!

they have sewing workshops but above all they sell an unique sewing kit. This sewing kit provides everything you will need for sewing a real Fake Feathers Model. Do it yourself and look fabulous in your own creation! Cool! Located at the Kolonnenstrasse 29, Schöneberg. Just ask us for directions at the reception!

2.Choose a culinary recipe and cook your own dinner!

The Kochhaus shop, located close by the hostel at the Schönhasuer allee 46,  offers you a really fun concept. You can go here to buy ingredients for your dinner, just like in any normal grocery store. BUT the difference is, you can buy the exact ingredients for a dinner, and find everything in the right portions. With the ingredients you also get the recipe, of course. And they have the perfect wine suggestions to match your main course.

3. graffiti workshop and walking tour

takes you to all the cool spots to see some really fine graffiti and street art culture! there is a graffiti workshop included, really fun!

Meeting-point is at Alexanderplatz in front of the Strabucks, at the TV tower, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 12pm. Don´t forget to bring your camera to shoot some nice pictures!!

4. Make your own jewellery

Go to this cozy little shop in Berlin Friedrichshain to create your own personal jewelry. As a gift for a beloved one, or just for yourself.  You can use their equipment for free and they will be glad to advice you!

They are located at the Lenbachstraße 7, just take the s-train from alexanderplatz platform 3 to Ostkreuz.

5. Daytrip to Museumsdorf Glashütte

Glass – History – Craftsmanship – Art – Sports – Recreation

The Baruth glassworks were founded in 1716. Until 1980, glassblowers produced lampshades and bottles. Today, the ensemble of factory buildings and workers’ dwellings is a monument that conveys the spirit of the 19th century.
In the museum the visitors can experience the manufacturing of glass. The glassblower offers the opportunity to try it oneself, e.g. to blow a glass globe. The furnace is to become a forum for artists, too.

How to get there:
A13 Berlin- Dresden, exit 5b “Baruth”
B96/115 Baruth- Golßen, exit Klasdorf
Getting there by train
DB RE5 Berlin- Elsterwerda, Klasdorf or Baruth station

Horse carriage: Tel. 033704/61454
Bus transfer: Tel. 0170/2101295

 

That´s all for now. Please come see us at the reception if you have any questions or if you need help with how to get there and back again. Enjoy your visit in Berlin!


Cheap ways to travel through Germany, our insider tips!

Thursday, March 7th, 2013
Berlin traffic light

Visit Berlin!

Traveling from or to Berlin, read this blog post, it might safe you some money!

Since a lot of the guests that we welcome at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel are visiting Berlin as a part of a longer tour through Germany or Europe, it happens quite often that guests stop by at the reception and ask us for help planning their trip. We offer a lot of information and we are glad to help our guests with planning their trips throughout Germany and Europe.

We always do our best and try to look for the easiest and cheapest ways to travel. There is news here, since there are two new bus companies offering low price tickets to travel from and to Berlin. MeinFernBus and FlixBus are the names of the two new companies. They are fairly cheap, so please check it out!

The buses depart from the ZOB, the central bus station in Berlin. You can book the tickets online.

Please keep coming to us at the reception if you need any help with this!

Enjoy your travels!