Archive for May, 2014

Long night of Museums

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Berlin is a City full of History, Art of all kinds and various Museums. This Saturday the 17th of May you will get the chance to see many of these Museums at night. The Musuems open their doors from 6pm to 2am. This is the only night of the year when Museums are open at night. So don’t miss it….


Founded  in Berlin ,17 years ago, the Long Night invites visitors this year, for the first time in May, to discover, to stroll, to exchange ideas and to experience. 80 doors stand open , they lead to world-famous collections, Berliner originals, unknown cultures or (once) beloved objects.


If you don’t know which Museum you like to visit, here will be some recommendations from  the “EastSeven” Hostel. :)


1. Altes Museum

Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Altes Museum, completed in 1830, is one of the most important buildings of the Neoclassical era. The Altes Museum was originally constructed to house all of the city’s collections of fine arts. However, since 1904, the museum has housed the Antikensammlung (Collection of Classical Antiquities). Since 1998 the Collection of Classical Antiquities has displayed its Greek collection, including the treasury, on the ground floor of the Altes Museum.Special exhibitions are displayed on the second floor of the museum.

Website: Altes Museum


2. Pergamonmuseum

Situated on the Museum Island, the Pergamon Museum houses the Antiquities Collection, the Near Eastern Museum, and the Museum of Islamic Art. It is known worldwide through its archeological building ensembles such as the Pergamon Altar, the Market Gate of Miletus, and the Ishtar.

 Website: Pergamonmuseum


3. Deutsches Historisches Museum

The Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) is Germany’s national historical museum. The Permanent Exhibition in the Zeughaus, German History in Images and Artefacts, with more than 7,000 objects, provides a unique overview of German history within its international context. The museum’s temporary Special Exhibitions can be seen in the Exhibition Hall designed by the Chinese American architect I.M. Pei. They are devoted to formative historical events, epochs and social developments.

Website: Deutsches Historisches Museum


4. Museum für Naturkunde

The collection preserves over 30 million objects from fossils, taxidermy, and minerals right to 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites. The highlight of the museum is the largest reconstructed dinosaur standing in any museum worldwide. A portion of the large research collection of wet preserved specimens is accessible to museum visitors in the east wing.

Website: Museum für Naturkunde


5. Jüdisches Museum Berlin

The Jewish Museum Berlin (Jüdisches Museum Berlin) is one of the largest Jewish Museums in Europe. In two buildings, one of which is a new addition specifically built for the museum by architectDaniel Libeskind, two millennia of German Jewish history are on display in the permanent exhibition as well as in various changing exhibitions. German-Jewish history is documented in the collections, the library and the archive, in the computer terminals at the museum’s Rafael Roth Learning Center, and is reflected in the museum’s program of events. Also, the “Jüdisches Museum” has a really impressive architecture.

Website: Jüdisches Museum Berlin


6. Bauhaus Archiv Berlin

The museum possesses the largest collection on the history of Bauhaus worldwide. It exhibits works from across the spectrum of the school: architecture, furniture, ceramic, metal, photography, stage and works from the “Vorkurs” preparatory course.

Website: Bauhaus Archiv Berlin


7. Neue Nationalgalerie

The Neue Nationalgalerie was built by Mies van der Rohe and is dedicated to the art of the 20th  century.

Website: Neue Nationalgalerie


So these are just 7 out of 80 Museums that will open doors for you at night. If you like to know which other Museums will be part of the “Lange Nacht der Museen” just follow this link.

all Museums


Also: Guests, who at 2 a.m. have not yet had enough, can continue the expedition on Sunday during International Museum Day in almost all of the participating museums. The Long-Night-Ticket from Saturday applies to all museums open on Sunday, May 18th, that participated in the Long Night.


If you need to know how to get to these places, just ask us at the reception.

Have a nice week!! :)

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Upcoming events   in Berlin
So, what’s going on in Berlin in May?
There are some sweet events we would like to introduce you to.
First of all there is the Lange Nacht der Museen, meaning the long night of the museums. One ticket gets you into all participating museums, including the transportation in between them. It starts
on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 6 p.m.  and ends at 2 a.m.
You can have a look yourself here to find out more
German football cup  – DFB-Pokalfinale takes place in Berlin at the Olympic stadium. You will probably not be able to get tickets, but then again, who wants to see Bayern München???  Nevertheless, you will see many tipsy football supporters throughout the city. Remember, yellow/black is Dortmund; red/white is Munich. Just a hint to avoid unnecessary cultural difficulties. Kickoff is at 8 pm and the game will be televised in every pub.
You aren’t interested in neither sport nor museums? No problem. How about
Zombie Run Berlin? 10000 zombies are expected to crawl from their graves to either collect flags or scare the s$%*t out of everyone. Well , zombies nowadays seem to be very competitive.
You can sing up here as a zombie
And here as a runner
Still nothing for you?
How about this: on May 20th David Bowie opens his exhibition in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum and Martin-Gropius-Bau. The emphasis will be on his most creative years which he spent in Berlin between 1976 and 1978. Tickets are 14€, reduced 10€, including state of the art Sennheiser headphones for your audio tour.
Modern art anybody?
Yes, we do have that too. The Biennale.
This festival takes place every 2 years and is mainly about contemporary art. This year the curators stress out the interaction between the city and its inhabitants. Ask Steffi at the reception. She is our expert in the art field or click here
Here is my last effort to get you to convince you:
The DMY is THE designer meeting point for everybody interested in well, design of course. Whether it is  furniture or social design. You will find very much exciting concepts in an exciting venue – the abandoned Tempelhof Airoprt. DMY opens in may 28th. click
Enjoy our city