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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


record store day

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

don’t miss out, the record store day starts in 1 dVinylay and 7hrs. (just in case you read this blog right NOW)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

here are some of my favs:

1) VoPo Records, Danziger Str. (Punk/Garage/Rock/Alternativ)
2) Wowsville Records, Ohlauer / X-Berg (Garage/Punk/Blues/Soul)
3) Bis aufs Messer, Friedrichshain, (Indie/Hardcore/Punk/World)
4)Freak Out Records, Prenzlauer Al. (Rock/Indie/Soul)
5)Record Store (Mitte / Przlbrg) Schönhauser Al. (Rock/Garage/Soul)
5)Static Shoc (Punk/Hardcore) Kreuzkölln
6) Gallactic Supermarket, Petersburger (F-Hain) (alles vor 1990, + Repress)
7) OYE, Oderbergerstrasse (soul, hip, hop, global grooves)
8) hardwax, Paul Linke Ufer (techno)

 

 

rendom fact. the biggest vinyl reseller in the world is urban outfitters.

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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


let’s… get naked

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

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we need to face (i said look in the face!) the fact  – those kinky Germans get naked all the time.

at the beach: naked
in the club: naked
in every cafe in prenzlauer berg you will spot at least one  breast: naked
sauna: naked

german kinkiness is even discussed on yahoo answers.
so, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. the number one place to see some bare skinis a sauna or a hamam . the latter is unfortunately single sex only so half the fun for some of us.

my top 5 choices for saunas in berlin are:
1) Gewölbe sauna
no frills, just good cleansing heat. a local sauna for local people. cheap, clean and instead of a quenching kale juice people drink beer  in between sessions.
Fröbelstraße 17
10405 Berlin
gewölbe-sauna.de
staring level: zero

2) Saunabad
a local sauna for good looking locals. popular among expats, so if you left your hometown because you were sick of everyone, there is a good chance to bump into sb you dislike. beautiful courtyard to cool off and reasonably priced.
Rykestrasse 10  |  10405 Berlin
saunabad-berlin.de
staring level: hello neighbour

3) Olivin
bit zen: outdoor bamboo garden – bit acid:indoor „wow, look at those colors“.
a rather small and atmospheric sauna for those looking for solitude and relaxation.
Schönhauser Allee 177 · 10119 Berlin
olivin-berlin.com
staring level: too enlightend to care
4) Liquidrom
more a spa than a sauna, incl. a thermal bath and a underwater music floating „damn i wish i was stoned“ pool
the sauna itself is top notch. if you ever wanted a honey facial or a classic infusion this is your place.
Möckernstrasse. 10
10963 Berlin
liquidrom-berlin.de
staring level: look at me damn you! look at me

5) Vabali Sauna
ever wanted to go to india, thailand and the other place where all rich people go? all at once?  check out this gem. it’s more like an ample village with a lot of space to ream and relax.
Seydlitzstr. 6
10557 Berlin
vabali.de
staring level: hello you

relax.there is no chance of meeting me in any of the above mentioned since i had 2 bags of chips while writing this.
enjoy!


Struth! the germs got me

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

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some weird homespun remedies Germans really use.
i shit you not – they actually work

 

 

1) snuffles: inhalation of salt and chamomile
bring 2 liters water to boil, mix with chamomile ( you can use teabags) and 3 spoons of salt – inhale. helps fighting runny noses
2) sore throat: cold pack
put a wet cloth around your throat, then wrap it with a scarf over night. your body will pump as much blood as possible to the cold region, i.e. your throat. satisfaction guaranteed
3) sore throat: gargling
depends on whether you like it salty or not. I usually gargle a salt solution. alternatively you can bring 500 ml to boil , add  2 spoons of sage and let it simmer for 15 minutes. this tincture tastes better than salt and helps too.
4) cough: onion syrup
cut up an onion in half, sprinkle with sugar and leave covered for 1h. „enjoy“ the juices that appear on the surface. they will not only soothe your cough but are rich in vitamin C.
5) all purpose: beer cure
my fav – it either helps or not, but you  tried at least. beer cure is common on bavaria, but so are marian apparitions….
6) chicken broth
boy, these chicken need to run quickly during flu season. a chicken broth is ubiquitous in winter. it is literally the WD-40 of flu remedies

enough voodoo.
there is also a pharmacy just round the corner from the hostel. ask for aspirin complex if you want to be fit within minutes.


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


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

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
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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


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

 

 

 

 


Open Air Cinema Berlin, a top 5!

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
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Yes, it is summertime, and therefore the perfect time to watch a movie outdoors!

Berlin knows a lot of nice and cool open air cinemas. We would like to introduce to you 5 of our favorite ones.
A top 5 of open air cinema´s in Berlin:

1. Freiluftkino kreuzberg

This open air cinema is known for it´s international flair, because most of the movies are being shown in their original language with English subtitles. It has 600 seats and the tickets cost 6,50€.
As an extra in case it gets cold they provide blankets.
Where? Mariannenplatz 2, U-Bahn stop Kottbusser Tor.

2. Freiluftkino Friedrichshain

this open air cinema is located in a really nice park, and is even within walking distance from your hostel in Berlin, the Volkspark am Friedrichshain. Surrounded by big trees you will find yourself enjoying some of the greatest films from last year, and you almost forget that you are in the big city of Berlin. For more information and to see which films are being shown klick here: freiluftkino friedrichshain

3.Freliluftkino Mitte

this is a very small open air cinema, which will show all time favorites in original language with subtitles. Tickets  cost 5€. There are 75 seats, and you can buy drinks and snacks. Also you can bring your own food and drinks.

4. Freiluftkino Hasenheide
Located in the park Hasenheide, far away from the busy city! Tickets cost 6,50 €. check the program to look for films with OmU, original language with subtitles. It is a little bit further away from the hostel, but definately worthwhile the journey through the city. The park has a lot more to offer beside the cinema. bring your pick nick box and make a day trip out of it.

5.Sommerkino Kulurforum Potsdamer Platz
go here to experience the big city feel, watch a movie and while your at it you can enjoy the view over the Potsdamer Platz.
Tickets cost 7€ and there is space for 1000 visitors. Check their program here:

If you need help to check whether the open air cinema shows movies in English or with English subtitles, don´t hesitate and come ask us at the reception for advice.
We wish you a great summer in Berlin!


German Food in Berlin, A top 10 of good restaurants

Monday, July 22nd, 2013
German food Berlin

Restaurants in Berlin

If you are in Berlin for the first time you surely want to try the typical German food. We have made you a list of places where you can go to to try some of the nice German dishes. For advice you can always come see us at the reception!

1. Schneeweisschen und Rosenrot

located really close to the EastSeven hostel you can just walk here after a day of sight seeing and fill your belly with high quality food!
They serve modern German food. What to expect? A fairytale-like atmosphere and the best service in town!
And: Eastseven guests can get a 10% discount, ask for  a coupon at the reception!

2. Chez Gino
One of my personal favorite in Kreuzberg, the cozy Chez Gino restaurant in the Wranglerstrasse. Kind of kitschy modern deco, nice ambient and really friendly service. Located in the vivid WranglerKiez which is really worth a visit if you are in Kreuzberg! there is a good night life here as well, so after dining go dancing!

They serve really nice Swabian food like Flammkuchen! Also as a big fan of Spätzle, I could really recommend their Käse-Spätzle (spätzle with cheese).

3. Weihenstephaner Berlin

this restaurant is located in the oldest building in Berlins central neighbourhood Mitte. The house was built in 1749! The place is famous for its authentic historical atmosphere, they serve Bavarian food and the service team is really friendly.
The restaurant is located at the hackescher markt, so easy to reach from our Hostel:  Neue Promenade 5, Am Hackeschen Markt. The Hackescher Markt is a popular tourist attraction, it is famous for the Hackesche Höfe ( Höfe means courtyards). These courtyards are accessible through Rosenthalerstrass 40

4. Cafe Restaurant Louis

Go here if you want to taste real traditional German-austrian food! They probably serve the biggest SCHNITZEL in town! So make sure you are really hungry when you go there!
Location: Richardplatz 5 (Berlin-Neukölln). Come ask us at the recpetion for directions and a map of public transport!

5. Schneeweiss
the interior is as white as snow!

Good service in general, high quality, honest food and very reasonably priced. It is a bit trendy, but that´s cool!

located in the Simplonstrasse in Berlin Friedrichshain, surrounded by nice bars and clubs, the perfect place to start into a long night.

 

6. Hofbrauhaus Berlin
The Hofbräu  is quite new in Berlin. They opened their doors in November 2011. You should go here if you are looking for true Bavarian spirit!
The staff is wearing the traditional Bavarian clothing, the girls wear DIRNDLS and the guys LEDERHOSEN. You should try the original Hofbräu Beers and their Bavarian specialties.
There is live music too, and located at Alexanderplatz, it is easy to reach from the EastSeven Hostel! It might get really crowded here, so make sure to reserve a table.
7. SpätzleExpress

if you like Spätzle, a type of egg noodle with a soft texture, this is  the place for you!  Big servings for little money!
Also a great option for vegetarian people, just take the käse spätzle, spätzle with cheese.

8. Gugelhof
Kind of chic but not too expensive! This restaurant located on the famous Kollwitzplatz, in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg, is a culinary oasis for food from  between the rivers Rhine, Moselle and Saar flourishes because the Alsatians like to eat well and due to external influences they are able to improve and to maintain their culinary level. Especially in summer the big terrace in front of the restaurant is nice to sit, but make sure to reserve in advance.

After eating here go to the Käthe Kollwitz Park for a walk (it is right next to the restaurant), and have a look at the statue of Käthe Kollwitz, the famous left wing anti-war artist.

9. Blutwurstmanufaktur
This is a traditional butcher, if you like meat and sausages go here to experience the true nature of the German meat  culture…. They do lunch too, traditional food, meat! For small prices! This place is famous for its traditional black pudding.

10. Zum SchusterJunge

Last but not least, our all time favorite German restaurant, located within walking distance from the EastSeven Berlin Hostel. Traditional German food in a nice environment!
This is the place to grab a quick bite, try the typical traditional German food, you will like it!

 

Enjoy your stay in Berlin!