Professional Sport Clubs in Berlin

November 12th, 2014

Hey Friends,

 

today we would like to introduce Berlins biggest Sport Clubs to you. Berlin offers a wide range of Sport Clubs. Such as Football Clubs, Ice Hockey Clubs, Basketball Clubs, Handball Clubs and so on… Some of these Clubs also play in the first German leagues. It is always a special event for us to visit a game, because the atmosphere in our Stadiums is fantastic!! Berlins Fan scene is quit large, as the smaller citys around Berlin don’t have any big Sports Clubs. So many people form the surroundings visit Berlin on the weekenend to see their favortie team playing. Also the entrance fee, compared to other Countrys, is pretty cheap.

 

Foto (vom Deutschen Volleyball Verband)

 

Hertha BSC

 

Hertha BSC is one of the oldest football Clubs in Germany. It was founded on Juli 25th 1892. The Home games are played at the “Olympiastadion”in Charlottenburg – Wilmerdorf. Unfortunately this team is not one of the stronger football Clubs in germany, the last time they have been German Champion was in 1931, but it is always great to be at a game. Their stadium can host up to 77.000 people. So its LOUD!! And the regular visiting Fans, especially the so called “Ostkurve”, direct great fan koreografi‘s. Tickets cost between 15 and 50€. To get there, you simply use the “U2″ Metro line. It will go all the way to the Olympic Stadium. Next match day in Berlin is the 29th of November. They will play against the current Germany Champion “Bayern Munich”.

 

Alba Berlin

 

Alba Berlin is the biggest and most successfull Basketball Club in Berlin and Germany. They have won the Cup for the last 2 years and have been German Champion for several times. Their home base is the “O2-World” right at Ostbahnhof Station. It can host up to 17.000 people. Tickets cost 8 – 70€. The next match day is Sunday the 23rd.

 

Eisbären Berlin

 

The “polar bears” berlin are the most successfull Hockey team in Germany. Since they have been founded in 1950, they have been 15 times GDR-Champion and 7 times German Champion. Their home base is also the “O2-World”. Tickets would cost 15 – 20€. Next match day is the 16th of November.

 

Füchse Berlin

 

The “foxes Berlin” are Berlins biggest Handball Club. handball is a pretty european Sport and not very famous overseas. But it is an intense Sport full of little fights and strain. If you havn’t seen a game yet, it might be time to visit one. Their home base is the “Max-Schmeling-Halle” Berlin. Just one metro stop away from the Hostel. Tickets would cost 8 – 30€. Next match day is the 16th of November.

 

If you need more Info about matchdays or how to get to the staduims, just ask us at the reception.

 

Enjoy your Berlin Stay!! :D


The days are getting colder…

November 10th, 2014

…so do the evenings. What many of us Berliners love to do in early winter, and so do I, is to explore Berlin’s wonderful cineastic scene, far away from all those giant Imax-3D-monstrous Screen-8€Popcorn-Hollywood-Blockbuster-asbadasTheExpandablesTwo-movie theaters. Luckely, there are a lot of people who really love movies, are interested in movie theaters, which feel more like a big comfortable living room and express their love and knowledge in a way you can totally see and esteem, once you stepped into one of the little venues. All the things you would definitely miss in a big theater like the Cinemax at the Sony Center (which by the way can be great, if you like 3D and stupid but entertaining action movies. I saw the last Star Trek there and it was AWESOME!)

Here is a very small but personal list of my favorite little movie theaters in Berlin:

Number One for me is definitely the “B-ware Ladenkino” in Friedrichshain, with their little bar in the front room and 5 movie rooms, labyrinthine somewhere on the ground floor. From arthouse to b-movies to documentaries and horror trash (like the fantastic Sharknado II) or the series “Worst movies in the world”, the guys who run this theater are real enthusiastics, interested in original versions and even got a oldschool film projector for their screenings.

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An even smaller one (just 32 seats!), but beautiful and actually really close to the hostel,  is the “Lichtblick-Kino” on Kastanienallee. Their aspiration goes way more to avangardistic, experimental and political movies as well as to old Hollywood Classics.

Berlin's Lichtblick Kino, Prenzlauer Berg

http://www.lichtblick-kino.org/

 

The “Eiszeit”-Kino in Kreuzberg has it roots in the West-Berlin squat scene of the early 1980’s. Since 1981 movies were shown in the shed of the backyard house, documentaries, short movies, avantgarde film and porn.

Today it is a love little venue with two screening rooms, but still with  an extra-ordinary movie selection I really love:  experimental, nonconformist, challenging.

 

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All theaters show movies in OV, often with Subtitles. :) HAVE FUN!

 

 

all pics ©Ladenkino, Lichtblick, Eiszeit


Upcoming events…

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

 

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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


Berlin Berlin

November 3rd, 2014

Alex

You might have heard of, Berlin once had a wall running through the middle.
After 25 year of reunification most signs of the separation have disappeared. Quite often you don’t really know if you are in the west or the east. The years of division have nevertheless left some peculiar trails. In most cities you usually have only 1 of which Berlin has 2. Some examples?
The zoo
Do you want to visit the zoo? Alright, you can choose between the famous one and the Tierpark in the east. I prefer the second. Why? Because it is much more spacious and renowned for its reproduction which means many cute baby animals in springtime.
Botanical garden
You can choose between a park style garden with admission or the botanical peoples park with no admission. Have a guess which one is where…
Football
For its size and importance Berlin has 2 bleak football teams. One is Hertha with the fantastic Olympic stadium as home ground. The other one is Union, a working class club. Union fans collected money to rebuild their stadium as the club itself did not have enough capital.
Airports
Landing in Tegel feels more like arriving by bus. The Airport is small and cozy with short transfer to city centre. There was simply not enough space for a huge airport in a fenced up city.
Arriving in Schönefeld doesn’t feel like landing in the economic power horse of Europe at all. This was the GDR Berlin Airport and hasn’t lost any of its socialist character.
The new, central airport was due to open 2 years ago. The new deadline is 2016. Berlin, you did it again…

There are many more examples, like e.g. 2 opera houses, 2 observatories and so on.
Be careful in taxis – -the Schwedterstrasse you are looking for is in the east!!!


Uncanny places – a cemetery tour to Berlins history

October 28th, 2014

There are many places to visit in Berlin. Some are less obvious than others. Cemeteries give you a profound insight in the past. There are many throughout the city worth visiting. Easiest to be visited with a bike of a jetpack.  We do have some for rent at our reception, bikes I mean.

Soviet War Memorial at Treptower park
One of 3 built soviet memorials in Berlin after WWII. 5000 of the 80000 soldiers who fell during the battle of Berlin are buried there. With its huge statues it is one of the most compelling places in the city. The maintenance and repair of the site was a part of the agreement between Germany and USSR. Otherwise the Russians would have said NJET to the reunification.

Dorotheenstadt cemetery
Dates back to the 18th century – this is the VIP cemetery in Berlin and also one of the abundantly decorated. If you are into German philosophers this is the one you must not miss. Hegel und Marcuse, Heinrich Mann and Bertolt Brecht are buried here. Berlin maintains also  a number of honorary graves for people who made distinguished contributions in politics and culture. The entrance is Chausseestr 126 in Mitte

Friedhöfe am Halleschen Tor
A complex of several cemeteries connected rich in famous names
E. T. A. Hoffmann, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and  Carl von Siemens ( the founder of the famous German Corporation) are buried here. Entrance is Mehringdamm 21 und in der Zossener Straße 1

Invalidenfriedhof
Different histories collide here. Resting place for Prussian generals, this cemetery was cut in half to make room for the Berlin wall and watchtowers. You can still see the madness of both, Prussian warmongering and GDR madness.  This was also the last resting place for Manfred von Richthofen (the ‘Red Baron’)

Weißensee Cemetery
Second  largest (100acres) Jewish cemetery in Europe. 1880 the existing cemetery at Schönhauser Allle ( 5 minutes walk from our hostel)  became too small so this one as established. It contains approximately 115,000 graves. Entrance Herbert-Baum-Straße

Zentralfriedhof Friedrichsfelde
Definitely THE socialist/communist  cemetery in Berlin
Among others Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, Walter Ulbricht and Erich Mielke are buried here. There is also a permanent Exhibition about the labour movement and its members. U-Lichtenberg


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

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

 

 

 

 


Cooking your favorite Veggi meal…

October 24th, 2014

Hey Folks,

 

evreybody likes good food. Especially if you share it with family, some good friends or fellow trevelers in the Hostel. To cook in a Hostel is a great experience. Because you meet people form all over the planet and also their favorite dishes. It’s a great way to get to know the worlds cuisine and share your experience on how to prepare the different dishes.

 

At “EastSeven” Hostel you have the chance to do all that in a very nice and fully equipped kitchen. We call it the “Supper Club”. So we give you the possiblity to cook your favorite food for your fellow travelers. We will pay for the ingredients of your vegetarian meal and serve you with free beer while cooking. But this is not all!! We will also pay for one night (dorm bed) of your stay with us!!! :)

 

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If you feel like doing that, just let us know a day before, and we will invite people for the dinner. There are usually 10 – 20 people. Sometimes more…

 

And if you are not in Berlin at the moment but still like to share some veggi recipes, we would be grateful for a Facebook post with your favorite meal.

 

Have a nice day!


Made in West-Berlin

October 23rd, 2014

The fall of the berlin wall celebrates its 25th birthday this year. The focus was always on the changes that took place in the East. But there was this hidden gem called West Berlin, too. This city has its own stunning history. For example, many young men escaped from W-Germany to W-Berlin to get away from compulsory military service. This city also attracted other alternative groups. And yet, it was  an almost normal German city, almost.

For all of you who are interested in more, I highly recommend an upcoming exhibition called AN ISLAND IN SEARCH OF THE MAINLAND in the beatiful Ephraim-Palais. The location itself is quite stunning, situated right in the middle of the Nikolaiviertel. This is the cradle  of the oldest part of Berlin, unfortunately almost completely damaged  in WWII.

Ephraim Palais

 

If you have any more questions on Berlin – we at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel are more than happy to answer all your questions

 

Run-time
14.11.2014 – 28.06.2015

 

Opening Times
10am–6pm, Tuesday/Thursday–Sunday | 12pm–8pm, Wednesday Opening times


Upcoming events – Jazz Jazz Jazz….

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!! :)


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Festival of Lights

October 10th, 2014

From the 10th until the 19th October, Berlin will sparkle as a range of illuminations and projections light up more than 60 famous landmarks and spaces.

 

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Come to Berlin and experience  fantastic light shows all through the city center.
This year more than 60 sights, squares and buildings in Berlin will be amazingly illuminated during the coming two weeks. If you visit Berlin during this time, you should really go for sightseeing by night!!!!

All major sights, famous landmarks, historical buildings and cultural monuments become transformed by light and projections. It is an unique sight! Brandenburg Gate, Berliner Dom and the TV Tower are being put in a different, artistic light. It is a once in a year unique opportunity to see Berlin by night!
The Berlin Festival of lights is one of the biggest illumination events in the entire world.
And the cool thing is, the festival is totally admission-free!

This top artistic and cultural event attracts people from all over the globe. Beside the fact that the festival attracts a lot  of tourists, also a lot of  hobby(photographers) come to Berlin to experience the city by night, in a different light. For photographers it is an unique opportunity to play with light and use the festival to make artistic pictures of some of the most beautiful spots in Berlin.

Special “light-seeing” tours on the Light-Liner bus, by boat on the Light-Ship, on foot with the Light-Cruso or by rickshaw with the Light-Velo will give locals and visitors alike the chance to experience the creative compositions up close. Check the “Festival of Lights” website to inform yourself on the timetable for the LIGHT-SEEING!

Have a nice walk through Berlin nights…. :)


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