Posts Tagged ‘Berlin’

Fete Fe La Musique 2015 – 21June

Friday, June 19th, 2015
Fete de la musique by Robert Agthe is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Fete de la musique by Robert Agthe is licensed under CC BY 2.0

 
the fete de la musique is a free festival with hundreds of gigs throughout berlin. tens of thousands people celebrate the longest day of the year with a musical twist. you will find all kinds of concerts, from super small out of the window dj sets to huge gigs with huge names – all for free of course. officially there are only 100 stages, but this wouldn’t be berlin if we wouldn’t top it up with some less official ones.
so, if music is the love of your live, the city belongs to you between 4pm – 10pm

 
go there – have fun


torstrassen festival 2015 (13+14 june)

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
torstrasse-not necessarily a beauty

torstrasse-not necessarily a beauty

 
party people!

i blogged about torstrasse a while ago.
it is one forgotten boulevard of Berlin, loud, harsh and dirty. Now there are loads of new stores and restaurants for a hip urban crowd. the traffic is still compelling though.

if you love city life and festival this one festival is for you!
almost all bars and clubs participate. there will be music, there will be arts , there will be laughter.
go there, have fun


Monday News

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Potsdam

 

The public transport strike is suspended for the next two weeks. People and visitors in Berlin and Brandenburg can normal use buses, trams and other public transportation. Nevertheless, the labor dispute between the union and the german rail is still unresolved. So take the opportunities to use the public transportation as long as possible to reach interesting attractions, museums and exhibitions in and around Berlin. Our tip: For only 7,40 Euro you have a day ticket for the tariff areas ABC. Use it to leave Berlin and visit Potsdams beautiful city and parks (Sanssouci for example) or the movie park Babelsberg. For more infos ask our friendly stuff.

 


a journey through time

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Fotograf: Tom Schulze, © asisi GmbH

Fotograf: Tom Schulze, © asisi GmbH

Panorama_2

Fotograf: Jannis Mayr, © asisi GmbH Panorama

ever wondered how berlin looked in the 80ies?

most parts of the wall have been torn down shortly after reunification. there are only a few parts left like the east side gallery albeit they fail to communicte a feeling. berlin was a dirty place – coal heating and smokey factories on the eastern part, punks and alternative culture in the west. present-day berlin is rather a different one. Although you can still smell the past here and there ( especially in görlitzer park)

this beatiful panoramic exhibition gives you an authentic insight in the everyday live on the border between the 2 berlins. experience border fortifications and the daily horror at Yadegar Asisi’s Panorama.

we went to check it out and found it worthwile!


This is Mr Coffee

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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I promise, you will love this machine once you checked in. We fill it with the finest Italian beans only. It is so so delicious.

We sell it at a ridiculous low price of 1€ (yes, one euro). And yes, we can froth up some milk for your cappucciono, too.

Best thing is, you can have as much as you want with our breakfast.

Simply come to the receprion in the mornig and say hi to Mr. Coffee


go for a run – explore Berlin

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

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today i will introduce you to some of my friend’s favourite running tracks. there are countless beautiful routes. since Berlin is quite flat, both cycling and running are rather a pleasure than pain.

 

 

 

 

 

1) the easy – if you just want to do some laps
just 1 km north of the hostel is a  running track for doing laps. take a right from the hostel and you will see the stadium on your right at mauerpark.

 

2) the big lap – the airport run
how about a 7km lap? since tempelhof airport shut down a couple of years ago it became a big recreation spot for berliners. among runners you will see kite surfers, skaters and urban gardeners.there is a 7km lap and a shorter one for cheaters. the best thing – no cars  to be seen
take the U2 to stadtmitte and change there to U8 – get off at platz der luftbrücke

 

3) the friendly neighborhood bunker run
a few steps away from our hostel is a splendid park: volkspark friedrichshain (people’s park freidrichshain). due to its running track’s great  bone friendly surface (no asphalt but dirt) it is very popular. for those of you who want some extra sweat – take a turn onto the hilly thing in the middle. it is not only a great exercise but a history lesson. you are standing on a former anti aircraft bunker. extra perk: cafe schönbrunn
1km east of the hostel – ask at reception for detailed directions

 

4) the canal run
if you enjoy water, beer gardens, thriving neighborhoods and history, this is the route for you.
start at U hallesches tor and take a left eastwards along landwehrkanal. take another left at the canal’s forking – once you hit a massive alley (puschkinallee) take a right. this way takes you to leafy treptower park. in the heart of the park you will find the russian memorial. running back along the river brings you to the next s bahn stop.

 

5) the classic – tierpark
yes of course, there are also some nudies in the park. however, there is much more to explore. this massive park in the heart of berlin connects the historic centre in east berlin and the city west. the park is situated roughly 4 km from our hostel, alternatively you can take the U2 to potsdamer platz -the same line takes you back from zoo station.

 

enjoy!
…and we have plenty of plasters for your blisters at the reception


Where is ze bunker?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Unless you are capable of time travel you will never see Hitler’s Bunker. The Red Army destroyed it in 1947. An information board on the original location at Gertrud-Kolmar-Straße corner In den Ministergärten gives you the best impression of the size and its history.
However, there are still some WWII fortresses left to admire. Since Berlin is built on a swamp most bunkers are Hochbunkers, meaning overhead hoppers. This makes them not only spectacular but also better photo opportunities.
Here are some of my favs.



1)   Reichsbahnbunker Friedrichstraße

(C) Wikipedia

(C) Wikipedia


Built in 1943. After the war it was used as a prison by the notorious NKDW, later as storage for textiles and tropical fruits from Cuba. Between 1992 and 1995 this was the HQ of Berlin’s gabber scene.
2003 the Boros Collection (contemporary art collection) moved in and made it open to public. Highly recommended! Book well in advance http://www.sammlung-boros.de/besuch/info.html





2)    Hochbunker Pallasstrasse

(C) Wikipedia

(C) Wikipedia


What a beauty. This hulk was only finished on the 1980 and is still used as a bunker nowadays.This one, as most, was built by forced labour from occupied countries. US army tried to bring this bunker down with plenty of dynamite after the end of the war, however they did not succeed. 1977 this ghastly building was accompanied with another beast – 10 story concrete prefab on stills. A must see for urbanism junkies.













3)    Flakturm Humboldhain (above-ground, anti-aircraft gun blockhouse towers)

(C) Wikipedia

(C) Wikipedia


Climbing on top of the remains of this flak tower gives you a breathtaking view of north Berlin. You can also arrange a visit to the adjoined cold war bunker complex with the guides of berliner-unterwelten.de who are more than happy to introduce you to the horrors of everyday war life. http://berliner-unterwelten.de/home.1.1.html


Berlin with kids

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

3393829490_f4c731d162_qYou might be travelling with kids, or you wake up one morning and feel like Tom Hanks in Big.
For both occasions Berlin boast tons of possibilities to indulge in childhood mode.
Animals:
Don’t we all love those funny furry things on 4 legs? Berlin has 2 Zoos to chose from, one in the east, one in the west. For all who prefer colour over fur – go to the aquarium.  Of course we do have 2of those. There is one in the west and have a guess where the other one is. I recommend going with the west zoo and aquarium since they are adjoined and can be both visited easily at once.
Toys:
When I first went to Lego land I was 25 and I didn’t’ regret it at all. So colourful! So many shapes! So ouch!  I once read the lego brick is the most painful object you can step on so be careful. For those who do not like to interact with this world I recommend to go to the Computerspielemuseum. They have a fantastic collection of over 22 000 computer games and 300 consoles, including the original PONG
Art:
Your kid will probably love the Mitmachmuseum (join in museum) an ambitious combination of exhibitions, mazes, print shop, soap factory and jumping stand. If you are more of a spectator, go to Potsdam and take a tour in Babelsberg film studio. Vocano? Check, explosions? Check. Burning cars? Check
Museums:
2 museums suitable for both, old and young, are the technical museum (look, it’s a plane) and the natural science museum (dinosaurs galore). A good idea might be also Madame Tussauds located Unter den Linden. There you’ll find some 2 statues with world-renowned haircuts: A. Hitler and J. Bieber


The Sunday dilemma

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
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a place where dreams come true: a späty (C) Daniel Gregors

So you wake up in the morning and realise you have nothing to eat. Or lack some other important personal items, like clean undies .
Thing is, all shops are closed on Sunday in Germany so what are you going to do? Well, you could stay in bed and wait.
On Chorinerstr. corner Fehrbellinerstr iIs a späty which is always open. They have basics but be aware, they are more expensive than normal grocery stores. If you are not satisfied with their range, here is a list with shops open all year round:
Supermarket:
Kaisers at main train station 8am – 10pm
Edeka at Friedrichsstrasse S-bahns station 0am – 10pm
Rewe and Lidl at Ostbahnhof ( next to eastside gallery) 7am – midnight
Pharmacy:
Apotheke im Hauptbahnhof ( main train station) open 24/7
Apotheke at Alexanderplatz:  1pm-6pm
Apotheke at Friedrichstrasse: 9am – 8pm
There are also emergency pharmacies, please ask us at the reception. We are happy to find one for you
Drug store:
Rossmann at main train station : 8am -10pm
Rossmann at Alexanderplatz: 8am -10pm
Souvenirs
there are 2 flea markets in walking distance from the eastseven hostel. Alternatively you can find some official ones at Alexanderplatz station . (open 08amUhr -8pm)

Oh, 2 things you don’t need to worry about: booze and fags. These essentials are available everywhere all year round.


Berlinale 2015

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Berlinale

Welcome to Berlinale – the international Film Festival “05.02.2015 – 15.02.2015

 

The Berlin Berlinale is the city´s larges event, with almost 20.000 film professonials from 124 different countries are all coming to the exciting capital of Germany. Artists from around the world are attracted to Berlin. Many consider Berlin the unofficial capital of German film. It is the home to a rich cinema scene and a diverse, discerning public. Also, Berlin has captured the imagination of countless filmmakers. Over and over again, the city has served as the backdrop for great silver screen productions, often becoming itself the secret protagonist of the movie. Think “film” and “Berlin” is bound to spring to mind.

For two weeks every year Berlin is totally enraptured by the Berlinale. This festival enjoys by far the largest audience of any filmfestival in the world, with more than 300.000 tickets that are being sold, this year….

About 400 films are shown, the majority of these films are world or European premieres.

The Berlin Festival is divided into different film sections, each one with its own focus:

Competition: “Big” international movies are competing for the prestigious awards, the Silver and Golden Bear

Berlinale Shorts: Short films, radical, independent, controversial, disturbing

Panorama: Independent art house productions and documentaries

German Kino: Latest productions from Germany, including feature and documentary films (all with English subtitles)

Forum: Experimental and cutting edge films, most of them from far-flung corners of the world

Generation: International film selection for kids and teenagers

Tickets may be purchased three days in advance. Tickets for repeat screenings of Competition films may be purchased four days in advance. On the day of the screening, tickets are only available at the box offices of the cinemas themselves and on www.berlinale.de.

Art, business, glamour and Party!!! Don’t miss it…. J

If you need more INFO about Tickets, Venues and Partys just check out www.berlinale.de