Potsdamer Schlössernacht 2014

August 4th, 2014

In about 2 weeks, on the 16th of August, Potsdam and the Park Sanssouci will host the annual “Schlössernacht” (Palaces by Night) for the 16th time. Nowhere Prussia’s Baroque is more dazzling, lush and romantic than in the park of Sanssouci. Palaces and Gardens present themselves in a landscape of incomparable harmony. The former summer paradise of the Prussian kings near the capital Berlin is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Once a year, you can experience a magnificently illuminated park in a romantic mood night. Again there will be concerts and dance performances with drama and literature lectures. As every year on the night before the “Schlössernacht” there will be a kick-off concert. This year performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Hundreds of actors make the nightly program of the Potsdam Castle Night. Masks and costumes of bygone eras meet the visitors – from the orangery to the New Palace, the Chinese House to the Roman Baths, from the gallery to the Church of Peace. Even the trees are starting to talk. They tell how they came to this place, in this unique park landscape, devised by the great landscape architect Peter Lenne. English park architecture mingles with ancient Near Eastern and Roman-Latin influences. An opportunity for visitors to stroll like Prussia’s King Frederick the Great did.

 

At midnight big fireworks is shown infront of the New Palace.This much is certain: Those who visit Sanssouci that night, reserves unforgettable images in their heads. A ticket will cost 46,20€. Which is a fair price for a special event like this….

 

For more Information just ask at the reception or have a look at this link!

 

16th Potsdamer Schlössernacht


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Street Food Thursday

July 30th, 2014

Some places you get to know best by its food – a principle that is accepted around the globe. When traveling, the food options that are offered for immediate consumption on the Street are always of particular interest. Street Food! And Berlin has got more to offer than “Currywurst and Döner”. Every Thursday evening from 5pm-10pm  the market hall Nine (Markthalle 9) becomes a platform for all those who dedicate themselves without on-site restaurant and large starting capital but with even more creativity to their passion: cooking! The appeal of the matter is, of course, to try lots of little things from various corners of the world for little money. Affordable for all – a democratic restaurant. “Street Food”.
Specifically, this means British Pies, Thai Tapioca Dumplings, Mexican tacos, Allgäu cheese noodles, Peruvian ceviche, Nigerian Fufu, American Barbeque, Korean Buns and much more, and especially every Thursday something new!

 

You will find “Markthalle 9” at Eisenbahnstraße 42 in Kreuzberg. The closest U-Bahn station would be „Görlitzer Bahnhof”.

 

Link: Markthalle 9


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July 29th, 2014

10 best bike day trips around Berlin
Berlin is surrounded by beautiful lakes and  picturesque scenarios you wouldn’t expect. Go out and explore it by bike. Cycling is very easy, as all routs are clearly  marked with signs.
Please note that,  you will need to buy an ABC ticket for most excursions, as well as an bike ticket.if you have any further question about the connections ask us at the reception.
1) Birkenwerder to Borsdorf
length: 6 km
get the S-8 till Birkenwerder.  in front of the station you will see signs to Briesetal. This is the one you want to follow all the way. You will pass some lakes on your way so don’t forget to take bathing suit along. In Borgsdorf you take the S-1 back to Berlin.
2) Briesetal
length: 12 km
get the S-2 to Karow, then NE27 to Zühlsdorf
follow either the blue hike signs or ask for Mühlenstrasse ( mill street). Once you found the mill, follow the red signs from there. On your way you will mainly cycle along the creek Briese. Once in Birkenwerder, catch the S-1 home from there.
3) Wandlitz
Best lakes ever!
get the S-2 to Karow, then RB27 to Wandlitz.
you will find 2 gorgeous lakes there, the Wandlitzsee and Liepnitzsee. South of Wandlitz lake you can explore the “Waldsiedlung” where  GDR VIPs lived behind high fences to protect themselves from the proletarians.

4) Bernau
length: 10km
S-2 to Bernau
a quaint medieval spot with an almost complete surrounding wall. Follow Oranienburgerstr towards Wandlitz for 5 km. On your right you find the federation of trade unions school Bauhaus monument, later used by the SS and Gestapo to educate their pupils how to eliminate the former.
5) Märkische Schweiz (my favourite getaway)
lenght: 30km
S-5 to Strausberg
from Strausberg follow the R1 bike signs towards Bockow. don’t wander if you see a pyramid on your way. Prussian generals had somewhat weird humour. In Buckow ride along the Scharmützel lake and follow Wriezenerstr.tonce in Grunow turn left to Klosterdorf, follow  “tour Brandenburg” signs and after 3 km you will see  S-Strausberg Nord.

6) along river Spree
length:35km
S-3 to Erkner
simply follow the “Spreeradweg” signs for 35km . A no-brainer for people who like forests and rivers. To get back, take the RE1 from Fürstenwalde.
7) Sacrow
lenght:10 km
S-1 to Wannsee
IMHO this is the 007 of all bike trips.Take ferry (yes!) from S-Wannsee  to Kladow on the other side of Wannsee. there turn left and follow the only way there is all the way down to Heilandskirche, isn’t she pretty? Just like one in Venice. take the same way back and enjoy a Bratwurst in the beergarden while waiting for the ferry.

8 ) Albert Einstein House
lenght:8 km
S-1 Potsdam
an easy 8 km track from HBF in Potsdam to Caputh. A bike lane  runs parallel to the road. in Caputh take the first left into Albert Einsteinstr and Bob’s your uncle. He spent his summer holidays here between 1929-1932. Caputh itself is a  quaint little  village as well, worth checking out. take the RB 22 to get back to Berlin.
9) Potsdam – the capital of Prussia
S-1 Potsdam
while Berlin was still a swamp with a doner kebap and a currywurst stand, Potsdam ruled half of Germany ( and a bit  Poland, bits of Russia and some other places you might heard before).
The city is definitely worth visiting if you are into places, parks, culture and arts. take a bike as there are just way too many things to see. Achtung: riding in parks is not allowed.

10) Mauerradweg
length 160 km.
Not really a day trip, unless you are a profesional rider. Doable in 2 days though.
The Berlin Wall Trail traces the course of the former GDR border fortifications encircling West Berlin, the former western half of the city, along a total of around 160 kilometers. In most sections, this hiking and bike trail runs along the former patrol road used by customs officers in West Berlin or along the border control road used by GDR border troops for their own patrols.

 

 


Upcoming events in Berlin

July 23rd, 2014

It is Berlin summer time, and one event is chasing the next one.

 

During the next 3 weeks Berlin is hosting the 54th German – Amarican Volksfest. Starting this Friday and lasting for the next 24 days, this Volksfest at “Hauptbahnhof” offers various things that bring the American culture closer to us Germans. So we are speaking of food, music (live concerts by Eb Davis, Modern Earl, Larry Schuba & Western Union, Helene Fischer (Double), Keith Tynes, Andrej Hermlin and his Swingorchestra, Cool Cats. Sgt. Wilson presenting his Army-Show in real uniforms and Swing Music), Cheerleaders, Muscle Cars, Rollercoasters and much more.

 

The Volksfest opens its doors every day at 14pm. The cover fee is 2€.

 

For more INFO just ask at the reception or check out this link:

 

Deutsch – Amerikanisches Volksfest

 

Also comming soon, the Berlin “Beerfest”.

 

From the 1st of August till the 3rd of August Berlin hosts the 18th international “Beerfest” at “Karl-Marx-Allee”. As every year, you get the chance to try beer from all over the world. This year there will be 340 brewerys from 87 countrys with approximately 2400 different kinds of Beer for you to taste. But please don’t try to taste them all. We would like you to find back to the Hostel… ;) You will also find yummy food and live music on about 20 stages.

 

For more INFo ask at the reception or just check out this link:

 

Berlin “Beerfest” 2014

 

Have fun! :D

 

Your “EastSeven” Team


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Happy Guests….

July 23rd, 2014

Every day we welcome new guests to our Hostel. And every day we say good bye to some too. Some of them leave the nicest reviews. And here are some of them, that we like to show to you. :)

 

“Hi there!

My name is Bianca, and I stayed at your amazing hostel from July 1st-8th this year. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for making my experience in Berlin unforgettable. This hostel is the best one I’ve ever stayed in, and I’m looking forward to coming back. The facilities were always spotless, the staff was friendly (and generous with giving out free shots), and the location was perfect!  I still have the hostel bracelet on as a keep-sake. I loved every minute in Berlin, and am already itching to come back.

Thanks so much for everything! All the best:)

Bianca”

 

“EastSeven was one of the best hostels we’ve stayed in on our 2 month trip through Europe. Very clean and safe, they also had an acoustic guitarist put on a live show during our stay. The kitchen was fully equipped… we used it several times. The staff was helpful and offered beverages for less than some local stores. Overall great experience, we had a private room, but we met many fellow travelers that said the dorms were great

Jenn”

 

“I loved every minute of my stay at EastSeven, except for checking out… I did not want to leave! All of the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly and I met some lovely friends in the 8 person dorm. My expectations were exceeded and I will definitely be back next time I am in Berlin.

Caroline”

 

“This was a fantastic hostel, one of the best I’ve ever stayed at! The staff were incredibly helpful and the hostel itself has a wonderful vibe. It was really easy to make friends, and easy to get places. Definitely a wonderful experience and everything I was looking for on my travels!

Steve”

 

” Its location although not in the center, is only two stops from Alexanderplatz U subway line and from there to three other stops Brandenburger Tor with S line is the point at which to start any visit to Berlin. A definite plus free wifi that worked in any room of the hostel. Highlight also very noticeably clean both the room like especially the bathrooms. Everything spotless. Their friendly staff will help you all we needed. Highlight the great “Happy hour” with 1.50 beers. Many restaurants in the area of all types. Of the more noteworthy, Turkish called Babel a few blocks from the hostel and a restaurant serving all kinds of food at the beginning of the road from the hostel near the metro stop Senefelder. Would stay at again EastSeven Berlin. Thank you very much all over from Spain!

Jay”

 

“Excellent, helpful and friendly staff – be welcomed and fee like home, outstanding garden and kitchen, good location, few but extremely clean bathrooms, wi-fi does work in the rooms, strong and fast.

Sacha”

 

Thank you for your Love!

 

 

We are looking forward to meet new people every day and make your time in Berlin as great as possible!

 

Your “EastSeven” Team


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Botanische Nacht

July 16th, 2014


The Botanic Garden in Zehlendorf-District opened in 1910. Since then it has become one of the world’s most famous botanical creations. The 43 hectares large area provides space for about 22,000 different plants from all over the world.

 

Bright lights, mythical creatures, music and entertainment
Once a year The Botanical Garden Berlin-Dahlem opens its doors for a special experience. During the Botanical Night a 16 kilometre long path along the flower beds and several themed gardens are illuminated and guide to many attractions. The Botanic Garden turns into a romantic and magical place.

 

There will be several guided tours through the garden which focus on specific botanical topics.    They also offer cabaret-, theatre-, dance performances and food delicacies during that night. The doors will be open till 2am. The big final will be a huge romantic firework. Flowers in the sky…..

 

This Satruday 5pm till Sunday 2am. A ticket will cost 35,20€. Which is really fair for an event like this one is.  :)

 

For directions, just ask at the reception.

 

This link leads you to the main page of the Botanic Garden

 

Botanischer Garten Berlin


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It’s fashion week again

July 10th, 2014

Hey People,

Its fashion week again! If you want to know what the trends for next autumn and winter are like, you still have the chance to see some shows until the 13th.

 

This links will give you all the info you need:

 

Fashion week Berlin

 

Mercedes Benz fashion week

 

For directions, just ask at the reception…..

 

Your “EastSeven” Hostel :)


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Art in Berlin

July 9th, 2014

Berlin is a City full of life, space, ideas and people with the sake to make things happen. Of course Berlin has got plenty of Museums filled with fantastic historical paintings and sculptures. But Berlin also has a great Graffiti scene. You can find great pieces of Art almost all over the city. But the heart of the Berlin Greffiti culture is in “Kreuzberg”.

 

Graffiti has a long history in Berlin. In 1976 the GDR border troops began to build a new type of the Berlin Wall, the so-called border wall. Even if the painting was not allowed on the wall, Berlin artists have been looking forward to make it the longest screen in the world. Artists such as Thierry Noir and Keith Haring began in the early 80s to paint on the western side of the wall. Keith Haring human chain or the heads of Thierry Noir became world famous. Different artists have developed their own interpretations in this historic section.The Wall still is full of nice Paintings and Graffitis. The best part to see it would be the “East Side Gallery”. Its situated between the S-Bahn Stations “Ostbahnhof and Warschauer Straße”.

 

“East Side Gallery”

 

Fortunately graffiti is seen in Berlin, not only as vandalism, but also as art. Therefore you will find many huge Graffitis that cover whole house fronts in and around the district “Kreuzeberg”. Here are some of them.

 

Der Astronaut” at Mariannenstraße in Berlin-Kreuzberg

 

Jack Nickelson – Shining” at Heinrichplatz in Kreuzberg

 

Man made out of man” at Oberbaumbrücke in Kreuzberg

 

upside down” at Schlesische Straße in Kreuzberg

 

ROA” at Oranienstraße 1 in Kreuzberg

 

Shiva Jolie” at Heinrichplatz in Kreuzberg

 

If you want to see more, just go and explore Kreuzberg. With your eyes wide open you will find many more of these special kind of Art pieces.

 

Have a great day! :D

 


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Upcoming events in Berlin

June 25th, 2014

So whats going on this weekend in Berlin?! During the Summertime Berlin hosts various events like fashion shows, street festivals, special art exhibitions and lots of other events. This weekend there are 3 big things happening. The “YOU” (Germanys biggest youth fair), the “Bergmannstraßenfest” (jazz street festival in Kreuzberg) and “48 hours Neukölln” (art festival in Neukölln).

 

1.“YOU” youth fair

 

The YOU is the biggest youth fair in Germany. It is aimed at young people aged 14 to 22 years. The exhibition is divided into two main segments: on one hand music-sports-lifestyle and on the other hand education-career future. So at the music-sports-lifestyle hall you will find live concerts, a big skatepark where the German Skateboard championchips will be hold this weekend, the Playstation Vita COS Cup, Autograph sessions, streetart, Hip Hop dance shows, workshops and other tournaments.

 

To get there you actually just need one train! You should catch the “U2″ to Kaiserdamm. From there its like a 10 minute walk. For exact directions you can of course ask at the reception. A day ticket costs 10€.

 

2. “Bergmannstraßenfest”

 

From the 27th till the 29th of June the “Bergmannstraße” in Kreuzberg invites everybody to join the annually Street festival. It offers over 400 artists at 5 different venues over the whole weekend. The Jazz Festival provides an overview of the colorful and diverse jazz scene in Berlin. Also at the “Markthalle”, at the end of Bergmannstraße, you will find delicious food from around the world. It is free of charge and definitely worth a visit.

 

To get there you should catch the “U2″ to “Stadtmitte”. There you have to transfer to the “U6″. Get off at “Mehringdamm”. From there its just a 5 – 10 minute walk. For exact directions ask at the reception before you leave.

 

3. “48 Stunden Neukölln”

 

48 hours Neukölln is a platform for the presentation of artistic projects. It promotes contemporary art that takes a stand on current social developments. The festival integrates many population groups – regardless of age, race, and social status. The proximity between artists and audiences, as well as the number of projects that invite both residents and visitors to the festival participation, contribute to the special character of the event. About 75,000 visitors use the wide range of cultural offerings, encompassing all genres of art, from performance, painting, photography, sculpture to installation, intervention, dance, theater and music. Its a fantastic festival!!! Go there…. ;)

 

How to get there: Just go to Neukölln! Or check out this Link, it will show you all the ongoing events in Neukölln…

 

48 Stunden Neukölln

 

For more info, please ask at the reception. Have a great weekend! :D


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Fete de la Musique

June 18th, 2014

Every year at the beginning of summer on 21 June is the Fête de la Musique – the festival of music – the Worldwide Music Day. What began in 1982 with the idea of ​​then French Minister of Culture Jack Lang, a few power outlets and plenty of musical idealism in Paris, has long since evolved into a global and popular event.

 

Meanwhile, Fête de la Musique connects people in 540 cities worldwide, including 300 in Europe (47 in Germany). You can listen to music of all styles, free to the public, thanks to all the bands, orchestras, choirs and soloists that occur on that day without pay.

 

Starting at 4pm, there will be lots of stages all over the city with Music of all kinds. So let us show you some of our favorite stages.

 

1. Red Bull Music Academy Stage at “Mauerpark”

 

The Mauerpark is just a 15 minutes walk from the Hostel.

 

Acts: 16:00 DJ (live), 16:30 Sizarr (indie-pop), 17:40 Brandt Brauer Frick feat. Beaver Sheppard (live-techno), 19:00 Jessy Lanza (r&b-electro), 20:15 Caribou (indie-electronica), 21:30 DJ Taso (juke & footwork), 21:30 DJ Spinn (juke & footwork)

 

2. Abgedreht rockt Friedrichshain “Karl-Marx-Allee 140″

 

Its just a few stops by Metro and S-Bahn, like 20 minutes, right in the heart of Friedrichshain.

 

Acts: 16:00 Johnnie Rook (punkrock), 17:00 Supersighco (jb-streetcore), 18:00 Arsen (multikulturelle beatmusik), 19:00 Kietzkeime (folkpunk), 20:00 Arthur & the Spooner`s (ska), 21:00 Fußball-WM (), 23:00 Dj hexx (finest 80`s punk and wave)

 

3. Caribbean Splash ” Seestraße 80″

 

to get here use the “U2″ to Alexanderplatz, there you catch the “U8″ towards Wittenau and get off at “Osloer Straße” Its a 200 meter walk from there. Ask at the reception for better directions ;)

 

16:00 Pfefferwerk Dancehall Class (dancehall), 16:30 Count Shortleg (reggae, calypso, soca), 17:15 Soca Band Berlin (calypso, soca), 17:55 Barney Millah (reggae, calypso, soca), 18:00 POOL: CaribbMoves Show Class (fitness), 18:55 King Kong Disko (calypso, soca), 20:25 Soca Twins (calypso, soca), 23:00 Schoki (reggae, calypso, soca), 00:30 silverback crew (reggae, calypso, soca), 02:00 frank feuer (calypso, soca), 03:30 Everything is Possible (reggae, calypso, soca))

 

4. Frannz Sommergarten “Kulturbrauerei”

 

Just a 15 minute walk from the Hostel

 

Acts: 16:00 Swing Dance Intro mit Swing Patrol Berlin (swing), 16:15 Careless Cats (swing), 17:30 Christis Swing Band(e) (heißer jazz manouche), 18:30 Swing Dance Outro mit Swing Patrol Berlin (swing), 21:00 Fußball-WM ()

 

5. Reuterkiezbühne “Weserstraße 10 / Neukölln”

 

The closest station to this stage is U-Bahn “Hermannplatz”. Take the “U2″ to Alexanderplatz and then catch the “U8″ to Hermannplatz. Ask at the reception if you need more Info…

 

Acts: 16:00 Anmoderation von Johnny Koschnick (), 16:15 Ray Mann Three (soul), 17:15 The Implements (funk), 18:30 Disco Love Machine (new wave), 19:45 Ben Hamilton (singersongwriter), 21:00 Eat Lipstick (electro, punk, glam), 22:00 Kafvka (crossover), 23:00 Hit Ya Wit Dat (soul, funk, r&b)

 

These are just a few options. On Saturday there will be sooooo many Stages and Clubs that offer special “Fete de la Musique” events. It would be to much to show all of them here.

 

So for all the events happening on Saturday just check out the official website of “Fete de la Musique

 

Have a fantastic weekend!! :D


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