Posts Tagged ‘Berlin’

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


some songs about the best city in the world ( not NY )

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Marlene-Dietrich-Berlin11

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before techno there was….singing. I KNOW!!!

in chronological order, some musical gems

1899 berliner luft
a well known paean of praise for the berlin air which makes everything splendid. obviously written before traffic jams. berliner luft is also the name for a refreshing mint liqueur.

1929 roter wedding
translates to red wedding – no connection with GOT! wedding was a communist district and so is the song. written in a time in which street fight between fascist and “reds”  were on a daily bases. watch the vid for some awesome pics of that time

 

no list is  finished without marlene dietrich

1954 Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin
she is the original star of the golden 20ies. said fuck you to the nazis and their wish for some more propaganda. stayed true, made an international career  and died in paris. this song is about her never ending love for her home town. the title means ” i still have a suitcase in berlin. big up marlene!

1972 Rauch-Haus-Song
THE song about the vast squatting history in berlin. half of kreuzberg and schöneberg was squatted at that time. jolly times. there are better versions of this song, but the

1973 berlin
i don’t exactly know what lou reed was doing at that time here, but i assume the same david bowie was doing -….i was all so nice, it was paradise…
well, enjoy boys

1980 berlin
 boy, so many great songs emerged in the 80ies. this is my fav. nice NDW touch

no listing for the 90ies.  i have no idea what happened then i think i went to a party or sth.

2001 dickes b
translates as fat ( or rather phat) b, noting dubious here. a big berlin tune and an anthem for years.

2013 where are we now?
david. we still need to figure it out

 

enjoy my little list – see you at the reception


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! :)


Professional Sport Clubs in Berlin

Wednesday, 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


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


Berlin Berlin

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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


Cooking your favorite Veggi meal…

Friday, 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!!! :)

 

2014 e7 kitchen 1 jpg (2)

 

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!