Archive for May, 2013

Tour berlin! A top 5 of Sighstseeing tours!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Street Art Berlin

Street Art Berlin

Choose your personal guide for your Berlin trip! We have listed up some great companies and tours!

1. Brewers walking tours

Go on the Brewers Free Walking Tour. There are pick ups every day from our hostel at 12.25!!! Around 4 hrs of sightseeing lead by  passionate and more than wonderful guides. The tour works on a pay what you think it’s worth basis, so it’s always within your budget. Sights include Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, The Wall, Brandenburger Tor, Bunker site and many more besides! You don´t need to sign up or something, just show up in time! For more information we will be glad to help you at the EastSeven front desk!

2.  A Sachsenhausen Tour by Mosaic Tours

Their comprehensive tours delve deeply not only into all facets of the Sachsenhausen facility in particular, but also how the Nazis rose to power in Germany, why the Nazis persecuted the Jews and other groups, and how Germany is dealing with its past today.

Led by highly educated guides, the focus is to provide relevant historical analysis and answer questions while providing the freedom for visitors to develop their own impressions of this powerful memorial. The guides are always on-hand for questions and additional information for the duration of the tour; you will also, however, have the opportunity to explore the vast memorial at your own pace and focus on areas of particular interest.

The tour takes place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Meeting point is at Alexander PLatz, between TV Tower and the Train station. They meet at 10 AM! The tour costs 15€, 12€ if you are a student.

 

Cold War Bunker Berlin

3. Alternative Berlin Tours

Go on the famous Graffiti and street art tour and experience Berlin beyond the major sights!

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday! Starts at 12PM

Meeting point at Alexander Platz next to the Starbucks entrance. Costs 15€, Including a street art workshop

4. Bike tours

there are many bike-tours to choose from! We recommend the Berlin on Bike tours, that starts from the Kulturbrauerei, just around the corner from our Hostel in Prenzlauer Berg. They offer different kinds of tours. Most popular are the Berlins Best tour and the Wall tour. The tours last for about 3,5 Hours and costs 14€ plus 5€ for hiring the bike.

5. Berlin Underground

This is meant literally! Berlin underground tours take you under ground! For instance you can visit a Bunker from WWII,  the Flak Towers, a cold war Bunker or a “mother and child bunker”.

descend with your Berlin Underground guide in a different time! It makes history very vivid, an unique way to see things from a different perspective.

The tours are being held in different languages, check their website or ask us for help at the EastSeven Reception!

 

We wish you a wonderful stay in Berlin!


Parklife in Berlin, a top 5 of cool parks in Berlin!

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Wasserturm in Prenzlauer Berg

We made you a list of some cool parks in Berlin!
It is summertime and the living is easy….. It is the perfect time to visit one of the many beautiful parks in Berlin. Lay back, hang out with your friends, have a picknick, there are so many ways to enjoy the parklife in Berlin. Closely to the hostel, in Prenzlauer Berg, there are a number of nice parks! We have gathered them and made a top 5!
1. Volkspark am Friedrichhain
Volkspark Friedrichshain -A beautiful park, excellent for jogging or having a picnic or
barbeque. In the middle you’ll find Friedrichshains highest hill, which provides a 78-metre
high view over Berlins flat terrain. The hill was actually man-made to cover up a destroyed
anti-aircraft bunker from World War II, as well as several tonnes of bombed out rubble.
Also you can play beachvolleyball for free here. They have a special area reserved for
beachsports. Its free to use for anyone but you´d have to bring your own equipment.
2. Mauerpark
If you are over 20 and still like to play (particularly with beer bottles), then this is your playground. Its the best place in Berlin for relaxed outdoor boozing and there are hilltop swingsets which are a great spot for watching the sun sink lazily in the West.
Dont miss the fabulous flea market on Sundays.
3. A spooky park in Prenzlauer Berg, the LEISE PARK
A bit spooky and scary, you may think, this park is located on the grounds of a former cemetery. It is called Leise-Park, which means as much as quiet park. You find here lots of nice playgrounds for your kids, also there are still some grave-stones maintained.  It is a beautiful park, with many nice flowers and plants. Go there during the dawn and you might see a fox running through the park!
Go here to get away from the busy center and to let your thoughts flow and your kids play.
4. Park & playground at Wasserturm
The Wasserturm is the unofficial symbol of Prenzlauer Berg, this 30m high tower was built in 1877 as the local water reservoir. Once used by the Nazis as a prison, today the round brick Wasserturm has been converted into trendy apartments.
Check for art exhibitions next to the tower, in the underground reservoir. The park that surrounds the Wasserturm is relaxed! there is a huge playground, a fountain, trampolines and a table-tennis spot!
5. Park Tiergarten
this is the park where you should go to when the city gets too hot. After visiting all major
sights in the city centre you can easily walk from Brandenburg Gate to this big innercity
oasis! This park has a lot of big old trees, so there is plenty of shade, all the locals go here
for a picnic or to do some sport excersises. You might also witness a class of art students
trying to catch the beautiful sceneries the parc offers.
Since it is such a big park you can also take a bike and cylce your way through it!And after a hard day´s walking, why not recover in EastSeven´s lush garden with some selected German beers!
For more great information on parties and events in Berlin check our hostel blog!
Hope to see you soon in Berlin!!


Street-Food-Thursday @ Markthalle 9

Monday, May 13th, 2013

StreetFoodThursday (c) ChristPics

This is unique in Berlin and it is exactly what we all have been waiting for: a real street-food-market!

Every Thursday the Markthalle 9 in Berlin Kreuzberg is the location for the biggest Street Food Event in town.

Here you can go to and try small dishes from all over the globe!

The young cooks who present their specialties at the street food event mostly don´t own their own restaurant (yet).  You can expect a lot of creativity in cooking-style and the different kind of flavors you can taste in one night is unique!

It is always busy on Thursday evening! The crowd is bustling in front of the Markethall and waiting to get in on time  to safe a seat and start tasting international specialties. Mostly young people and students come here! This is the place to be to meet up after a long day at work or at the university. Meeting up with friends, discussing life over a small dish and a cold beer. It is the perfect way to try food you have never tasted before.

There is African food, Spanish tapas, Mexican Tortillas, Kimchi and a lot more for you to taste!

Beside great food and fine drinks you can also expect some nice music. of course their are street musicians at the street food event, it makes the evening complete!

If you go here makes sure to bring your friends and big appetite!! You won´t be disappointed!

Every Thursday from 5pm till 10pm, at Markthalle 9.

To find out what else is going on in Berlin, just read our hostel blog!

 


Karneval der Kulturen, Carneval of Cultures Berlin 2013!

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Karneval der Kulturen (c) Axel Kuhlmann

This yearly festival is all about celebrating different cultures and dance and party together. Just as every other year, Berlin is going to proudly present the Carnival of Cultures, which will take place from the 17th till the 20th  of May. A four-day street-festival, the Parade (on the 19th of May) and various parties throughout the whole city will make the Pentecost weekend to a real multi-cultural summer event.
The street party takes place onf Friday, from 4pm till midnight, on Saturday/Sunday from 11am till Midnight and on Monday from 11am till 7pm.
Where? At the Blücherplatz, Blücherstrasse, Zossener straße and the Waterlooufer, in Berlin Kreuzberg
Street procession: On the day of the big parade, about 4.400 participants organized in 76 groups will change Kreuzberg into a sea of colors and ideas.
About 700.000 visitors are expected to celebrate Berlin’s diversity along the route.
The street procession focuses on the cultural richness of Berlin, and also highlights the often hidden treasures of its international cultural scene. It questions everyday life and politics. Carnival is a combined art form that embraces many aspects of artistic expression. Due to the global migration currents it is multifaceted and of mixed styles.
The Carnival of Cultures is open to everybody and all forms of cultural expression. It is regarded as a platform for a proud expression of hybrid cultural identities, containing traditional and contemporary elements. It includes and attracts all age groups, professional artists and amateurs, people from all walks of life.
The procession takes place on Sunday the 19th of May, from 12.30-21.30. It starts as everey year at Hermannplatz.
There will also be a lot of live music. Listen and dance to the sound of Berlin: four different stages – Bazaár Berlin, Eurasia, Farafina & Latinauta – want to introduce Berlin’s music scene as well as international bands to you.
Stilt-walkers, acrobats and magicians settle on the grassland and invite all visitors to test their own abilities in those fields and practice their skills in creativity.
330 market stalls attract with culinary seducements, arts and crafts and much more.
But it’s more than just a big party – the Carnival of Cultures is a reflection of Berlin‘s cultural diversity. It brings together professional artists and amateurs, young and old, and – furthermore – is a great opportunity for members of Berlin’s ethnic communities to make their cultures visible to Berliners and visitors equally. Whether it’s traditional or modern – every culture gets its chance to add their aesthetic vision to the capital‘s reputation as a vibrant and constantly changing metropolis. Being part of this traditional event has always been an unbelievable experience for both, visitors and participants.The procession takes place on Sunday the 19th of May, from 12.30-21.30. It starts as every year at Hermannplatz.
Another thing that might interest you, there is no entrance fee!
(text & info from: http://www.karneval-berlin.de/)
Address: Carnival of Cultures
Blücherplatz 1
10961 Berlin
Public Transport:
Underground:
U Hallesches Tor: U1, U6
U Mehringdamm: U6, U7
If you are still looking for a nice accommodation in Berlin feel welcome to reserve a bed our small hostel in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg.


Let´s go outside! A top 10 for enjoying Berlin open air.

Monday, May 6th, 2013

EastSeven garden

A top 10 of the best outdoor places to go to during your visit in Berlin.

The trees are green again and the sky is blue,  Berlin we love you ♥♥!

If your coming to Berlin during the spring and summer time you will notice that all the Berlin life is  happening outside. People are hanging out in parks, or they  sit on the sidewalk in front of their houses. Simply enjoying the sun!

To give you some inspiration on what to do, we have listed up some cool outdoor bars, open air cinemas and swimming pools. Berlin Summer we are ready for it!

1. Open air cinema
the days are long and the nights are hot!  If you want to see a great movie with English subtitles or in English language go to the open air cinema Kreuzberg!! @ Marianneplatz 2!!
After watching a movie you can stay in Kreuzberg to explore this cool neighborhood. A lot of nice bars and clubs are within walking distance from the open air cinema!

2. rent a boat
on the water its more cooler than anywhere else in the city, so why not rend yourself a boat and have fun!
for instance you could rend a paddle boat @ Spreeboote  It is located close to S-Bahn station Rummelsburg, easy to reach by public trasnport!
Or you can rent a small boat at the Schlachtensee, which is also a really popular lake for swimming and sunbathing! easy to reach, there is a S-train station Schlachtensee.
For help on how to get there and back, please ask us at the reception!!

3. The Volkspark am Friedrichshain
is a very big park with a lot of different things to see and do. There is a fairytale-fountain, a sportpark, a beach-volleyball-area and a open air cinema!
It is perfect for jogging, pickniks, or just a nice and relaxed strawl. In the middle youll find Friedrichshains highest hill, which provides a 78-metre high view over Berlins flat terrain. The hill was actually man-made to cover up a destroyed anti-aircraft bunker from World War II, as well as several tonnes of bombed out rubble.

4. Badeschiff Berlin
By far the most hip swimming pool in town! Also it is the most extraordinary swimming pool Berlin knows. It is floating on the river spree!
It is  one of the coolest meeting points in town. There is an open air bar and a beach-like sunbathing area. They organize events, they serve food and drinks, it is perfect for a day of relaxing and chillin´.
Centrally located and easy to reach by public transport or by bike!
3€ entrance Fee.

5. Wannsee Beach complex
Together, the Wannsee Lake and the surrounding Grunewald and Düppel forests form one of the most popular recreational destinations in southwest Berlin. The Wannsee, which is actually a large bulge of the Havel River, offers a wide variety of excursions and leisure trips to the Brandenburg countryside. The Berlin Stern- and Kreisschifffahrt boat tour service is located directly in front of the Wannsee S-Bahn station.
Check here to see a map of the exact location
4€ entrance fee

6. Summer time is ice cream time
you can find ice cream shops on almost every corner in Prenzlauer berg.
Some of our favorites are: kleine eiszeit, kauf dich glücklich and cuffaro. All located within walking distance from the hostel. Just ask us at the reception, we will show you how you can walk there.

7. Relax at EastSeven Berlin Hostel Garden

why not just stay at the hostel?! We have a relaxed big garden with lots of shade! There is a family sized BBQ you can use! So just get some ingredients from the shop down the road and start your BBQ- party!!

8. Go for a swim at lake Krumme Lanke
Located at the forest of Berlin Grünewald, this nice and clean swimming water and the perfect green surroundings almost makes you forget that you are in the exciting metrople Berlin.  It is easy to reach by Public transport, also you can take your bike in the subway so you can do a little bike tour through the forest.  It is really refreshing to end your bike tour with a cool dive into the lake, yay!!

9.Freiluftkino Mitte

this is a very small open air cinema, which will show all time favorites in original language with subtitles. Tickets  cost 5€. There are 75 seats, and you can buy drinks and snacks. Also you can bring your own food and drinks.

10. Deck 5
a rooftop beachbar….a bit difficult to find, that´s why its still a bit of a secret spot, which is cool. Go to the Schönhauser Arcaden shopping mall. Take the elevator to the 5th floor…and there you´ll have it: sun coktails and a great view…
Enjoy your stay in Berlin!