Archive for June, 2013

EastSeven Hostel wins a Hostelworld Award!

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
Hostelworld Award May 2013

Hostelworld Award May 2013

We are very happy and proud to let you all know that we have won an award from Hostelworld: we are 2nd best hostel in Germany!! This is absolutely cool and we want to thank Hostelworld and all the customers that gave our hostel a good review on Hostelworld.

Since the opening of our small and independent hostel in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg we have won various Awards from various different booking platforms.  We have managed to get voted as one of the worlds best hostels every year. We try hard to keep the good work up and it is always very rewarding to win a Hostelworld award. It gives us the feedback that we are still doing a great job. this is for us a big motivation to stay on top of things and to give our bests to earn more awards.

One of the best things about winning an award is to get the direct feedback that the customer is satisfied. In the end that is what we are all doing it for.  Making our guests feel at home and happy at our cozy hostel.

What we do ourselves to get feedback from our guests is to motivate them to tell us, if they were missing anything and if they were happy with our hostel. We take the personal feedback from our guests very seriously. And although there are things that lay beyond our power, like the lack of an elevator, there are things we were able to improve during the years.

At the beginning we didn´t offer our guests a breakfast-buffet. After getting the feedback moreover, that the guests would love to have a breakfast buffet, we started to offering one.

Another thing we heard from our guests is that they would like the hostel to organize some events during the week. We thought this was a good idea. Now, once in a while, we have a musician coming over and playing some songs for our guests in the hostel lounge. Also there is the supper club dinner night, where guests can cook a meal for other travelers and earn a nights stay for free…

With this blog post we would like to thank all our Hostelworld Customers for giving us great ratings and writing good reviews for us, thank you sooooo much!!!

Also we would like to thank our staff, for giving everything they have to make our hostel what it is!

Hope to see you all one day at EastSeven!

 


Berlin in July- A top 5 of amazing events

Monday, June 24th, 2013

We love Berlin!

Berlin, one of the most exciting metropole in Europe, has a lot to offer her visitors this July.

Not only if you are a fashion freak, crazy about art or if you are totally into classical music, also if you love plants and trees. There is something exciting going on for all of you.

To make it easier for you to choose what to see and do, we have made a top 5 of upcoming events in this July. Please read on and plan your trip to Berlin right away. I am sure you won´t regret it!

1.  Foreign Affairs

this  festival for Dance, Theater, Music and Art, takes place from June 27th till July 14th. Three weeks of international art is coming your way!

Shows take place at different locations, im HAU, Schöneberger Lokhalle and at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art.

For a complete festival program check Foreign Affairs website.

2. Berlin Fashion Week

Berlin turns into one big catwalk from July 2nd till July the 7th! All you Fashion Freaks and Fashion Victims :) make sure to get a spot alongside this catwalk!!!!

This is the time for trade experts, fashion addicts, buyers and the media to get together and interact at shows, collect information on whats hot and whats not and attend exhibitions at various location throughout the city.

 

3. Classic Open Air

Between the 4th and the 8th of July the Gendarmen Markt in Berlin Mitte turns into a big concert hall.

Every evening their will be a classical concert, open air on this beautiful square. Surrounded by the French and the German Dom and the concert house this is an unique setting for experiencing classical music.

Concerts start at 19.30 and ticket prices from 43€.

4.  Open Air Gallery

on the 7th of July the Oberbaumbrücke in Kreuzberg is being blocked for traffic and turned into one big open air gallery.  All kinds of different art forms and styles are presented and their is an interactive art piece as well. A big canvas is lying on the floor, and all the visitors can join in and create a piece of art together!

From 10am till 10pm

5. Botanic Night

once a year, every year, the botanic garden in Berlin Dahlem opens it doors to visitors at night! An unique chance to see a big variety of plants and trees in a fairytale like atmosphere. With light shows, mythical creatures and performances this will be a night to remember!

The fun starts at 5pm on July the 13th . Tickets costs 38€

For more recommendations just read our Hostel Blog or come ask our staff at the reception! Looking forward to welcome you to Berlin!


Fete de la Musique in Berlin!

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Music Berlin (c) Barbara SiggeThe festival for live music, all around town!

today summer officially started, the weather is nice and it is weekend! A lot of cool events are awaiting you this summer.
One of the nicest music festivals that takes place every year on the longest day of the year is the Fete de la Musique!

What is so special about this festival is, it´s totally for free and really all around the city! It is an open air festival and luckily today the weather is perfect for that!

 

Apart from the bands playing at stages across the city, during the festival street musicians are allowed to spontaneously play their acoustic songs on any street corner. So go out on the street tonight, bring a couple of beers and a couple of friends and let yourself be entertained by musicians from all kinds of different music genres.
Close to the EastSeven Hostel you will find the Fete de la Musique at the Mauerpark, at Bassy Cowboy club and at the Kulturbrauerei (FranzzClub).
The festival starts at 4pm, and will approximately end at 10pm….after this there will be after parties at many different locations….this is the famous fete de la nuit, in Berlin, the city that never sleeps

Have a closer look at the programm and see who is playing where and when, at the hand out at the reception, or at the Fete de la Musique homepage.

For more information on what to see and do in Berlin please read the hostel blog or ask our local staff at the reception!

Hope to welcome you soon at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel!

 


Don´t know what to do in Berlin? 5 good reasons to come to Berlin in June.

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

CSD (c) Barbara Sigge

Just read our blog post and get informed on events happening this  month!

1. 48 Stunden Neukölln
a really inspiring and fun art and cultural festival that takes place in the neighborhood Neukölln!
The Festival takes place from June 14th till June the 16th, and there will be a lively and diverse program.
What can you expect?? There will be live performances, arts, readings, theater and dance. The Festival is the biggest festival of arts in Berlin, so make sure that you don´t miss out on this.
What is so cool about this festival is that the venues where it takes place are diverse and all through the neighborhood, in private homes, small galleries, in pubs,  neighborhood centers and parks.
Check the website for the detailed program!

2. All Nations Festival - Around the world in one day!

The All Nations Festival is being held in Berlin since 2001 and takes place every year. Around 25 embassies, foreign cultural institutions and consulates open their doors for visitors. It is the unique opportunity for you to get an impression of the diplomatic work and also of the countries that are being represented. Some nice activities and different kind of food delicacies complete the open day!
What you need to do to get in: All Nations Festival Ticket and Identity Card
The All Nations Festival Ticket allows to enter the participating embassies and consulates. This ticket is free of charge, and you can get it at the Berlin tourist information stalls at Hauptbahnhof, Neues Kranzler Eck and Brandenburg Gate. The ticket can also be downloaded online. On the Festival’s day tickets are avalibale at the embassies but only on a limited amount. Besides the ticket, everyone needs a passport or identity card to enter the insitutions.
All Nations Festival 2013 Berlin Facts:
When: 15th of June 2013

Where: Various locations all over Berlin

Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Entrance: Free, passport or identity card is required

3. Christopher Street day parade, on June 22nd 2013
This is the pride parade of the year! There will be more than half a million people present at the Christopher Street Day parade, demonstrators and spectators.  It is a very diverse crowd at the parade, gay and straight, young and old, from all over the world. One thing they have in common, they are pleading fair play for diversity!
It is a political parade but also a really big party, so make sure to be there!

4. Fete de la Musique, on June 21st
this vibrant music festival is celebrating the start of the summer ever year in Berlin, with a lot of live music all through the city!
Thé festival for live music, all around town!
this amazing event takes place every year, on the 21st of June, the day the summer begins…..
Special about this festival is, it´s totally for free and really all around the city! It is an open air festival, a lot of different bands with different musical styles will perform and turn the city into one big live open air stage!
Close to the EastSeven Hostel you will find the fete de la musique at the Mauerpark, at Bassy Cowboy club and ZumDrittenman (kollwitzstrasse/sredzkistrasse)
The festival starts at 4pm, and will approximately end at 10pm….after this there will be after parties at many different locations….fete de la nuit!

5. Festival at Bergmannstrasse
Bergmannstraßenfest is an open-minded and multi-cultural street festival, in the Bergmannstrasse in Kreuzberg.

Their will be international food delicacies, art and handcraft stalls and live music. The festival attracts both locals and tourist and is known for its friendly atmosphere.
Various stages are lined up in the street, you can watch children´s theatre, comedy performances and live jazz music performances.  It is actually the Jazz music that makes this festival popular in particular. There will be 50 different national and international artists performing Jazz music on three stages!

Bergmannstraße 5
10961 Berlin

Opening Hours:    28th – 30th of June 2013

have a fantastic time in Berlin and a lot of greetings from the hostel in Berlin, EastSeven.

If you need help with “how to get there” just come ask us at the reception!


EastSeven Hostel supports Berlin underground music scene!

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Powder for Pigeons

Powder for Pigeons

3 bands are playing this Saturday at rockbar Tiefgrund! We sponsor and promote this event, organized by SoundGround Berlin.

As Björn from Soundground Berlin contacted us regarding a cooperation, we didn´t hesitate one moment.
We offer one of his bands a free room for one night, and we get some free concert tickets to give to our guests! For us that is a nice deal. And the band that we shelter is a 2manband, so we needed to spend only  1 doubleroom!

We as a small non-chain hostel in Berlin totally like the idea of promoting underground subculture, and Soundground Berlin offers a stage to yet undiscovered talent.  The bands that are playing this Saturday are SHAUN, POWDER FOR PIGEONS and the WATCHA MACALIT.

SHAUN is a band from Berlin that play a mix between Grunge and Stonerrock.

WATCHA MACALIT perform a mixture of indie, grunge & rock, and  beside that their music has influences from many other genres.

POWDER FOR PIGEONS is sleeping here at our hostel, we are very exited about that! It is a two (wo)manband who will definitely rock the house this Saturday!!

The concert takes place in an underground rockbar in Berlin, it is called Tiefgrund, this Saturday, the 8th of June. Door opens at 8pm. Concert starts at 9pm. The small underground venue is located only a 5 minutes walk away from the Ostkreuz. If you need help with directions on how to get there, just come ask us at the hostel reception!

tickets cost only 5€! We have some free tickets to give away to our guests. If you want to win a ticket for the concert go to our facebook page and post a short message on our wall. Then come to the reception on Friday, before 6pm. First come first get!!!

For more events in Berlin check our Hostel Blog or check the online Magazin ZITTY.

Hope to see you at our hostel!