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Fashion Week Berlin

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Starting next monday, Berlin will host on of the most impotant fashion weeks from the 19th till the 23rd. Models, Hipsters, Fashion Shows and after Partys. The world of fashion in one city. Its “Fashion Week”!!!  Its the perfect time for buyers, trade experts, the media and people that are interested in fashion to collect information at fashion trade shows and attend exhibitions and off-site events.fwb

Foto (Morgenpost.de)

You will find all the different Shows, Labels, Events and after Partys here….

Berlin “Fashion Week”

Various Labels will present their latest collections. Such as Perret Schaad, Whitetail, Sopopular, Isabell de Hillerin, Sadak, Vektor, Bobby Kolade, Odeur, Guido Maria Kretschmer,  Hien le, Anne Gorke, Augustin Teboul, Laurel and many many more.

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (at Brandenburger Tor)

Enjoy the Show!


History lesson I. The Royal Palace.

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Today it gets historical folks.

As you have probably seen the big construction side on „Unter den Linden“, on the opposite site of the Berlin cathedral, you also might have asked yourself wt* is happening there. Berlin gets it City Palace back!

The history of the „Berliner Schloss“, destroyed in the hail of bombs during the last days of the 2nd world war, actually begins in 1443, at a time, where Berlin didn’t even exist as a city yet, but started together with Cölln as another settlement to develop economically and politically. So hard, that the elector prince Friedrich II. (I had to translate this from the german word „Kurfürst“. If you’re confused, if this means that a prince got elected: Nope. But this helps: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince-elector ) decided to move his residency down to the Spree river, where also trade routes were easier to control.

Unfortunately it is unknown, how the medivial palace looked like. During the 16th century Prince-elector Joachim II. let it mostly tear down and constructed a Renaissance building, which got nearly destroyed during the long years of the Thirty Years War and was again rebuilt under Friedrich Wilhelm, the Great Elector Prince.

It probably looked like this, illustrated by an unknown artist in the year 1685.

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It seemed to be a lot of building, rebuilding, tearing down, inventing new, construction side here, construction side there. Everything we love about our city until today. It’s one big construction side. Anyways, Friedrich III., who should become King Friedrich the First decided in 1701 to change the palace to his permanent fancy high-end royal residence, with a new Baroque facade, new private and representational/above stairs chambers with ceiling paintings and a castle square (where the March revolution of 1848/49 broke ground!)

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This form of the place last until the last days of World War II with just slight changes and a dome, constructed between 1845 to 1853.

The City Palace around 1904.

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On Feburary 3rd 1945, the day of the hardest air strikes in Berlin, the palace burnt down completely from the inside, beside the Northwest wing and just left the foundation walls with all the plastic decorations (which got destroyed in 1949 during the shooting of the Soviet movie „The Battle of Berlin“!). In 1950 also these remainings got blown up by the GDR govermnent. Today when you walk through the Volkspark Friedrichshain, up on the hill in the middle of the park, you actually walk on the rubbles of this extraordinary royal palace.

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Since 2011 the palace grows and grows back again to finally be completed in 2019 as the Baroque Palace in its last form. There’s tons of information out there, if you’re interested in the developing of the project. You can also go to that big cube on Unter den Linden, the “Humboldt Box”, which provides the plans, models and the history of Berlin’s oldest palace.

Have a look here:

http://www.humboldt-box.com/en/

And now let’s all run for kings and queens and election princes!

 

(all pics Wikipedia)

 


you can’t survive on doner kebabs

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

better than dönerwell, technically you can. however, if you are tired of lying to your mum what you had for dinner there are some great alternatives.
we have all been there, the question of all questions: food or beer. if you have just a nickel for food here are some suggestions how to save there. canteens are the answer. dirt cheap and apparently healthy. at least they don’t sell ketchup as salad.

there are some great canteens throughout berlin which are open to public, not just the staff.
let me begin with a strange one
police canteen in marzahn (märkische allele 174). renowned for its authentic east german food ( better than it sounds and quite filling)
you will spend less than 4€, guaranteed! it’s for police so don’t go there straight from the club

 

kiezkantine (Oderberger Straße 50,)
a stones thow from the hostel, open on weekdays between 12.00 to15.45. there you get  some great food prepared by people who have  mental issues but make it up by  great  cooking skills. veggie options available.

 

canteen at the volksbühne theather (Linienstraße 227)
accessible from the back of the massive building. food is nothing special but down-home and you will be able to spot some truly interesting people you would normall have to pay to see.

 

universal music canteen (Stralauer Allee 1, Friedrichshain)
pretty swanky – with some wannabees. the highlight is the deck on the river on the oposite side from  watergate.
the food is more international than in the other ones but slighty more expensive. i just checked this week’s menu, pretty delicious for max 7 euros.

 

isin japanese canteen (Mittelstraße 24 , mitte)
just  round the corner from branderburg gate in a bleak back-road you’ll find this fine, yet still affordable sushi restaurant. it’s not really a canteen, however it mostly caters for japanese staff from companies nearby

 

now you don’t have to lie to anybody anymore – you are welcome


ELI5: berlin public transport system

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
a different ay to use the U-bahn

also a way to use the U-bahn

there is much confusion about how to use our public transport. let me try to explain

tickets:
tickets are valid for 2 hours and must be validated (small box usually located next to the ticket machine). you can only go in one direction. for going back you need a new ticket, even if you still are within the 2 hours.
AB tickets cover all of the city. an ABC ticket is only needed if you want to leave town, i.e. if you want to go to schönefeld airport of potsdam
sort trip tickets are good for 3 stops on U & S and 6 on busses and trams
reduced tickets are for elderly, children or unemployed only.
best value is the day ticket – stamp it ONCE only. if you are staying longer than 5 days buy a week ticket – stamp that one also once only.

means of transportation:
no, there is no difference between U-bahn, S-bahn, busses or trams. tickets are valid for all of them. to companies run the network, the yellow one ( the good ) and the red one (the bad)
S&U usually rum at lest every 5 minutes, from 4am till midnight. N-busses run along underground lines when the underground has stopped.
M-lines: introduced a couple of years ago, confuse still most of the berliners. either trams or busses which operate 24/7 every 10 minutes. quite handy to get home.

what to do at night:
take the following lines to get home:
tram M10 – runs between friedrichshain and prenzlauer berg every 10 minutes. get off at eberswalderstrasse
bus N2 – night bus, operates almost the same route as the U2 every 30 minutes
tram M1 – runs from friedrichstrasse and mitte. get off at kastanienallee
bus N8 takes you from neukölln to hackescher markt, take the N2 from there

this journey planner is also pretty handy 

that’s all folks – if you have any further questions we are more than happy to help. come down to the reception


Prepare for the Winter – Vabali Super Spa

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Hey Friends,

 

Berliners know that Berlin only has a 2 seasons, Summer and Winter. Now the time has come. The summer finally saied goodbye to Berlin, the nights are getting longer and the days are getting shorter. And as if that wouldn’t be enough, it’s also getting colder. The Winter in Germany is known to be grey and veeeery cold. The coldest ever measured temperature in Germany was -37,8°C somewhere in Bavaria. Fortunately it doesn’t get as cold here in Berlin. The coldest night measured in Berlin was -24°C in 2012. Not as cold as Bavaria, but still very cold.

 

So how do Berliners survive this cold and dark season?! Here are some suggestions on how to make it through the winter.

 

1. dress properly

 

Like my grandmother said when i was a little boy, “dress like an onion”. Try to wear at least 5 layer of clothes. Vest, shirt, sweater, cardigan and jacket. 2 pair of socks, a pair of thermo underpants and some pants. Gloves, scarf and a hat. (i recommend to put your socks and underwear on the heating before you wear it) Now as you wear 7 kilos of clothes you probably look like that….

 

winter_baby                                  foto (www.markt.de)

 

2. Relax in a Spa

 

Whats better than lean back and enjoy the heat of a sauna when it is cold and grey outside?! Right! A massaga just after the sauna. :D Berlin offers various places to relax and escape from the cold. One very special Spa is the “Vabali premium Spa” close by the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Hbf). There you can feel free to enjoy their spacious sauna area with soothing salt, honey, and fruit aromatherapy, numerous pools and relaxation areas, harmoniously-designed massage and wellness treatment premises.

 

spa 2                                  foto (www.vabali.de)

 

Vabali premium Spa

 

3. Spend some time at the Christmas Market

 

So you are wrapped in lots of clothes and relaxed after sauna. Now you are just missing a hot and stong “Glühwein” (mulled wine). During this time of the year you can find them pretty much anywhere. But they taste best at the christmas markets. I recommend to visit the one at “Gendarmenmarkt”. It is known to be the most beautiful christmas market. Close by the museum island. It’s nice and cosy. Good food, some little shows at their stage and many little shops that sell homemade thingies. if you prefer to visit an action christmas market, then go to Alexanderplatz. Here you will find roller coasters, shooting stands, bumper car and many more attractions. But be careful with your bags! Unfortunately it is the most profitable time for pickpockets.

 

weihmarkt              foto (www.schopaholic.livejournal.com)

 

Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt

 

How to Prevent Being Pickpocketed

 

have a good winter time here in Berlin!… :D


Mele Kalikimaka everybody!

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

It’s that time of the year again! With sparkling lights, mulled wine, Lebkuchen, Christmas gifts, Santa Clauses, little Jesuses, music, really bad and really good food and a billion of people, enjoying this very german Advent season traditions. Berlin hosts over sixty Christmas markets annually and here are some of our favorites!

 

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Really close to our hostel you can visit the Scandinavian-themed Lucia Weihnachtmarkt in the Kulturbrauerei. Much smaller than other markets, but definitely cosier and concentrated on more alternative food, drinks and wonderful gift ideas. And a real Santa Claus!

Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt in der Kulturbrauerei, 24 November to 22 December, 2014. Mon-Fri 3-10pm, Sat & Sun 1-10pm. Admission: free.

 

The “Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais

With live music, family activities, art exhibitions and more than 200 stands of crafts and food, the stretch between Staatsoper and Opernpalais gives you the perfect Christmas feeling and leaves you with warm hearts and a shitload of Christmas presents. :)

Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais, 24 November to 28 December, 2014. Open Mon to Thu 12pm-9.30pm, Fri& Sat 11am-10.30pm, Sun 11am-21.30pm; 24 Dec Closed; 25-28 Dec 11.30am-9pm). Admission: free

 

Christmas market at the Gedächtniskirche                                                      

One oft he biggest christmas markets in West-Berlin and a West-Berlin classic. In the middle of re-born shopping district „City-West“ the focus lies still on german cristmasy food, even after 30 years. So, if you’re looking for mulled wine, “Grünkohl”, “Bratwurst” and “Weihnachtsbrot”, this is your place.

Weihnachtsmarkt an der Gedächtniskirche, Breitscheidplatz, 10789, Charlottenburg, 24.11.-.1.15, So-Do 11-21 Uhr, Fr+Sa 11-22 Uhr, 24.12. 11-14 Uhr, 25.+26.12. 13-21 Uhr, 31.12. 11-2 Uhr, 1.1. 13-21 Uhr

 

Holy Heimat!
The „Neue Heimat“, located on the RAW-Area in Friedrichshain, usually a great weekly food market with live music and DJS, turns into the „Holy Heimat“ during the Advent season. Beside delicious street food, youl’ll get great christmasy stuff and can even drive a round skating rink!

Holy Heimat, Revaler Straße 99, Neue Heimat, RAW-Gelände, Tor 3, 12045, Friedrichshain, 27.11.-21.12., Do+Fr 15-24 Uhr, Sa+So 12-24 Uhr

 

Weihnachtsmarkt on the Gendarmenmarkt                                               

This is a classic one in Berlin-Mitte. Doesn’t need many words. It’s a beautiful place, not too big, but probably very packed.

Gendarmenmarkt, 10117, Mitte, 24.11-31.12., tgl. 11-22 Uhr, 24.+31.12. 11-18 Uhr, 25.+26.12. 11-22 Uhr

 

Nostalgic Christmas market in front of Schloss Charlottenburg               

This is something for our honeymoon love birds. The market looks beautiful with all its wooden little houses and shining roofs, Christmas pyramids and you can try fantastic food like fresh smoked lax and mushrooms.

24 November to 28 December, 2014. Mon-Thu 2-10pm, Fri-Sun 12-10pm. Christmas Eve closed. Admission: free.

 

Spandau Christmas Market                                                                                   

Before you go to the terrible version of a Christmas market at Alexander Platz, take the time and drive with the U7 to the end of the line, it’s worth it! You’ll be rewarded with the biggest Christmas market in Berlin, located in the old town of Spandau. The village-like looking area has more than 250 stalls and Christmas rock concerts every Friday, a St.Nikolai Christmas garden, a traditional craft market and apparently (I’ve never seen it myself) a medivial plague procession every wednesday :O

Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt, 26 November to 23 December, 2014. Sun-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 11am-10pm. Admission: free.

 

Stay updated with us on Facebook and Google+ for weekly updates and information about dozens of Christmas markets, which will take place just on specific weekends during December like the Rixdorfer Weihnachstmarkt, “Weihnachts-Rodeo” in Prenzlauer Berg, the Holy Shit Shopping weekend and many, many more.

And now let’s become a little emotional and listen to one of the greatest christmas songs ever, which is NOT “Last christmas” by Wham, although that’s a pretty good song ;)

 

 


Free Museums and Memorials

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Hey Friends,

 

Its getting cold and rainy. Beeing outside all day to see all the sights is not as pleasant as during the summer time. So why dont escape the cold and visit some museums?! Berlin is City full of Art and Partys, but we also offer a wide range of museums and memorials. Beside all the big and famous museums, such as “Pergamon” or “Neues Museum”, there are many many others that are worth a visit. Most memorials, regional and historical museums and collections in general grant free admission. 

So here is a list of the admission free museums and memorials:

 

AlliiertenmuseuAnti-Kriegs-MuseumArchitekturmuseum der TU, Daimler Contemporary Deutsch-Russisches Museum Berlin-KarlshorstDeutscher DomDokumentationszentrum Berliner MauerEnergie-Museum BerlinGaslaternenmuseumTränenpalastWilly-Brandt-HausZucker-MuseumMuseum der Unerhörten Dinge, …. These are just a few with links. There are many more…..

 

domFoto (www.tierjarten.de)

 

Abguss-Sammlung Antiker Plastik
Alliiertenmuseum
Anti-Kriegs-Museum
Architekturmuseum der TU
Bezirksmuseum Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
Bezirksmuseum Marzahn-Hellersdorf
Blinden-Museum Steglitz
Bockwindmühle Marzahn
Bundeskanzler-Willy-Brandt-Stiftung
Daimler Contemporary
Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas (Ort der Information)
Deutsch-Russisches Museum Berlin-Karlshorst
Deutscher Dom
Dokumentationszentrum Berliner Mauer
Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit Berlin-Schöneweide
Energie-Museum Berlin
Erinnerungsstätte Notaufnahmelager Marienfelde
Friedrichswerdersche Kirche – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Galerie Spandow
Gaslaternenmuseum
Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer
Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand
Gedenkstätte Köpenicker Blutwoche
Gedenkstätte Plötzensee
Gedenkstätte Stille Helden
Gedenkstätte und Museum Sachsenhausen
Gotisches Haus – Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Spandau
Grünauer Wassersportmuseum
Haus am Lützowplatz
Haus der Wannseekonferenz (bei Gruppen und für Sonderausstellungen wird Eintritt erhoben)
Heimatmuseum Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
Heimatmuseum Köpenick
Heimatmuseum Reinickendorf
Heimatmuseum Treptow
Heimatmuseum Lichtenberg
Heimatmuseum Steglitz
Heimatmuseum Zehlendorf
Historisches Leuchtenmuseum
Informations- und Dokumentationszentrum der Bundesbeauftragten für die Stasi-Unterlagen
Jugendmuseum Schöneberg
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
Luftwaffenmuseum der Bundeswehr
Mendelssohn-Remise
Mies van der Rohe-Haus
Mitte Museum am Festungsgraben
Mitte Museum am Gesundbrunnen
Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt
Museum der Staatlichen Münze Berlin
Museum der Unerhörten Dinge
Museum der Verbotenen Kunst
Museum Neukölln
Museumsverbund Pankow (ehemaliges Panke Museum, Standort Heynstraße)
Museumsverbund Pankow (Standort Prenzlauer Allee)
Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlung
Spandovia Sacra
Sportmuseum: für Ausstellungen
Tempelhof Museum
Topographie des Terrors
Tränenpalast
Willy-Brandt-Haus
Zucker-Museum
Zweiradmuseum
 

If you need more Info, just ask us at the reception.

 

Have a nice day! :)


Upcoming events…

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Hey Friends,

 

winter is coming to Berlin slowly but surely. The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder. Walking around Berlin sights all day is not as pleasant as usual. Now it is the time for Spa’s and Cinema’s! Berlin offer a wide range of different Spa/ Saune and Wellness places.

 

Here is a list of our Top 5:

 

1. Float Berlin

 

2. Saunabad

 

3. Olivin – Wellness Lounge Sauna

 

4. Ruhepool Berlin

 

5. Stadtbad Neukölln

 

stadtbadStadtbad Neukölln (© Berliner Bäderbetriebe)

 

International Shortfilm Festival

 

So now as you are warm and relaxed, what about some nice Shortfilm Festival?!?  Berlin will host the 30th annual Shortfilm FestivalIt will take place between November 11th and 16th in various venues. Such as Babylon Mitte, Volksbühne, Roter Salon, Grüner Salon, Passage Kino, Filmtheater am Friedrichshain, Eiszeit Kino, Central and Bi Nuu. There will be 500 shortfilms shown from about 100 countrys. With approximately 19.000 visitors it is the biggest Shortfilm Festival in Berlin. Check it out!

 

International Shorfilm Festival Berlin

 

Bazaar

 

Also starting next week, a BIG trade fair at the “Messe Berlin”. It is called “Bazaar” and will take place between November the 12th and 16th. Once a year Manufacturers and Traders of handicrafts and crafts from around the world meet in Berlin to show their high-quality ethnic and natural products.

 

Check it out: Bazaar

 

For more Info just ask at the reception….

 

Have a great time in Berlin :D


Ryan Trecartin in the Kunst-Werke for Contemporary Art: “Blairwitch Project meets Tom & Jerry meets Game of Thrones meets John Waters”

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

One of the most exciting exhibitions I’ve seen the past months is “Ryan Trecartin – Site Visit”,  the first solo show in Germany by the video artist Ryan Trecartin, in the “Kunst-Werke for contemporary art” in Berlin-Mitte.  Trecartin, born 1981 and based in Los Angeles, creates videos and installations, which alienate us on the first glance, but seem familar at the same time. He draws his contents, narratives and aesthetics from elements of Pop culture with protagonists, we think we know, but cuts, edits and shows us his images in such a fast, frenetic pace, that I felt uncomfortable, excited, amused and totally confused while watching. Video art is an art form, which might be hard to enjoy at the beginning, it is not as easy to receive as a good old Warhol painting or concrete art in general, but it invites the spectator to question their own perception towards a still relatively new art form and their expectations of what art is and can be. Ryan Trecartin’s video installation in the Kunst-Werke (the room is spectacular by the way!) absorbs you and leaves that feeling of wanting to explore much more of it.

© Ryan Trecartin, Andrea Rosen Gallery New York; Regen Projects Los Angeles; and Sprüth Magers Berlin London.

© Ryan Trecartin, Andrea Rosen Gallery New York; Regen Projects Los Angeles; and Sprüth Magers Berlin London.

I have great sympathy for art which I don’t understand right away, which confuses me and makes me curious and let me think about it for weeks. If you are interested in that and in an artist, who the MoMa PS1 and “The New Yorker” celebrated as “the most consequential artist to have emerged since the 1980s”,  you found one of your activities for your Berlin visit.

 

For more information go to the website of the KW: http://www.kw-berlin.de/en/exhibitions/site_visit_432

 

 

 

 


Upcoming events – Jazz Jazz Jazz….

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Jazzfestival Berlin

 

Berlin is known for having one of the best Club scenes on this Planet. Various venues which could not be more different, exciting and sometimes mind-blowing. Especially in the Electro scene. But Berlin of course has got more to offer than heavy Techno and Rock nights. Our lovely city is also an important center of Jazz. Plenty of world known Jazz musician live and work in Berlin such as Jocelyn B. Smith and Till Bronner, one of the best German jazz trumpeter.

 

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In the course of the Berliner Festspiele, Berlin will host the 50th annual Jazzfest this year. The Berlin Jazz Festival is one of the oldest and most prestigious jazz events in Europe. From 30th of October to the 2nd of November 2014 top-class Berliner and international jazz musicians of different styles will occur. In venues like the A-Trane, the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, the Academy of Arts, the Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church or the Delphi Film Theatre both traditional and progressive sounds can be heard.

 

Here you can find the dates and times for all the concerts that will be held during the festival. Don’t miss out…. :)

 

Jazzfestival Berlin 2014

 

Mythos Germania

 

Also still going on until the 30th of November, an impressive exhibition about how Berlin would look like if the Nazis would have won the 2nd World War so that Hiteler’s and Albert Spreer‘s dream of a world capital would have come true. Fortunately it never came as far. But the constructional drawings and miniature models of what they have planed can be seen at the “Berliner Unterwelten” side close to S-Bahn “Gesundbrunnen Center”. For instance they planed to build an arch de Triumph that was supposed to be like 10 times bigger than the one in Paris…

 

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You can visit the exhibition form Thursday to Sunday, 11am till 6pm. The admission charge is 5€.

 

More Info about the exhibition you will find on their website.

 

Berliner Unterwelten “Mythos Germania”

 

Have a good time in Berlin!! :)