Posts Tagged ‘Hostel Berlin’

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


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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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

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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

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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)

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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


Top 5 of things to do in Berlin this Autumn

Monday, September 16th, 2013
Autumn in Berlin

Autumn in Berlin

To prevent you from complete boredom we have listed up some cool events and things to do in Berlin in Autumn.  It is just to give you some ideas and inspiration. Sure there is much more to see and do than the 5 things listed here. Come ask us at the reception for more information any time.

1. Visit the Stasi Prison in Berlin Hohenschönhausen

The site of the main remand prison for people detained by the former East German Ministry of State Security (MfS), or ‘Stasi’, has been a Memorial since 1994. Since the vast majority of the buildings, equipment and furniture and fittings have survived intact, the Memorial provides a very authentic picture of prison conditions in the GDR and gives another view of the divided Berlin.
Tours of the prison are usually led by former inmates, who provide first-hand details on prison conditions and the interrogation methods employed by the GDR’s Ministry of State Security (MfS).
It is only possible to view the extensive prison complex on a official guided tour as Visitors require detailed guidance in order to understand the various sections of the prison.
Public tours every Saturday and Sunday, every hour from 10am to 4pm in various languages, but better call ahead to ask at what time it is in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Danish or Norwegian…
Phone Visitor’s Service: Phone: +49 – (0)30 – 98 60 82-30 / ask at the reception and we call for you!
Admission:
Regular fee 5,00 Euro, concessions*) 2,50 Euro, Students 1,00 Euro
*) university students, senior citizens, handicapped persons, Berlincard-holder
How to get there:
Take the Metro U2 from the Hostel and go 2 Stops to Alexanderplatz. From here you take the Tram M5 to the stop “Freienwalder Strasse”. The Memorial is then about a 10 minute walk down Freienwalder Strasse in Genslerstraße 66.

2. Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum
When visiting Berlin, you should visit some historical sites as well. For instance the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Here you will find out so much more about the terrible second world war and its victims. It is not gonna be a fun trip, but really interesting and important.
Opening Hours
15 March until 14 October: daily 8:30 – 18.00
15 October until 14 March: daily 8:30 – 16:30
Entry is free.

3. This is the perfect season to go to a museum.

And Berlin has many many interesting museums to choose from.

The following 3 museums are so cool, you could spend your entire day there!

German history museum

Pergamon museum

Hamburger Bahnhof

for further information on museums just ask us at the reception or check the EatsSeven Berlin Book in the lounge.

4. Shop till you drop!

Yes indeed, you still need some nice clothes for the winter!

A great street for shopping you will find close by the hostel, the kastanienallee. Here you will also find plenty of nice coffee shops to take a short break from shopping.

To get in the mood just check out our shopping guide video

5. Go to the sauna to do some healthy sweating!

There are a couple of good suanas close to the EastSeven Berlin Hostel. My favorite one is called the Saunabad.

In autumn they are open daily from 3pm till midnight. For 2,5  hours you pay 10€

Tuesday is ladies-day.

Have fun exploring Berlin without spending too much money!! Hope to welcome you soon to the EastSeven Berlin Hostel!!!!

 


What to do in Berlin this week(end): A top 5

Monday, August 26th, 2013

street festival Berlin

Staying in Berlin the coming week? Then read this blog post so you can find out what is happening in the coolest city of Germany!

1. Street Festival at Dunckerstraße, Saturday the 31st of August

this Saturday afternoon there is a small and fun street-festival, not far from the hostel. It is fun to go there with kids. In the afternoon there is theater (for kids from 4 years on) and later in the evening there is live music.

Weather forecast looks good, so go there and enjoy yourself!

2. Turkish Market in Kreuzberg

the Turkish market in Kreuzberg is really worth a visit.

Explore Berlin’s multiculturalism on this vibrant and colorful market!

Every Tuesday and Friday from noon to 6 pm.

Take U8 from Alexanderplatz and get out at the Schönleinstraße

Begin at: 12:00
End at: 18:00

3. Organic market at Kollwitzplatz

On a late Saturday morning you should go to where the locals go – the farmer´s market on Kollwitzplatz – 200 Meters from EastSeven. Fresh organic vegetables, varieties of sausages and a lot more of savoir vivre. By your food of the season there, go back to the hostel and prepare it in our fancy self catering kitchen.

Begin at: 09:00
End at: 16:00

4.Vegan-vegetarian Summer festival at Alexanderplatz

this Saturday, the 31st of august,  there is a vegan vegetarian festival at Alexander platz. I can almost hear you think: hmm what is that? To give you an impression; there will be food-stands, live cooking performances, information stands on vegetarian and vegan food and life-style, live music and much more.

Alexanderplatz is very central and very close to the hostel, so I would suggest check it out for yourselves!

from 10am till 9pm. There is no entrance fee :).

5. Dine at  Restaurant `der Hanh ist tot`

They serve German-French food. It is very delicious! You can choose from two different 4 courses-menus. A menu costs only 19€.

The restaurant is very cozy and nicely decorated, there are seats outside as well, with a perfect view over the Zions Church.

Zionskirchstr. 40, 10119 Berlin

 

So that´s all for now. If you want more recommendations just come see us at the reception or check our Hostel Blog.


Hostelbookers Award: best staff July 2013!

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Best Staff

we have got some good news to start the week with. Proudly we want to inform all our blog-readers that we  have won an award, again! It is going very well, we are working hard because we love the job, and the guests really do appreciate our affords. SO here it is: the Award for Best Staff July 2013.

we would like to thank Hostelbookers, for the good cooperation! And of course we would like to say a big thanks to all the people who gave us as staff a good rating. Thank you so much. this is what keeps us going :)!

It is most rewarding to find out that the people who stayed here enjoyed their stay and that they loved the staff!

What makes out a good staff member? All of the Staff at EastSeven Berlin Hostel are locals. They know their way around in Berlin. This results in the best insider tips for our guests. Also the EastSeven Staff members love traveling themselves. They therefore know exactly what a traveler needs.

At the hostel, we regularly meet with all the staff-members to discuss what we can do better! We are always looking for different and unique things to offer our guests. Newly, one of our staff members came up with the idea to buy a basket ball and table tennis set for our guests to get form the reception at a deposit. Already a lot of people came to the reception to ask us about the table tennis set and the ball. We have some cool recommendations for playing basketball and table tennis close by the hostel!

All right, enough good news for today! Hope to see you soon at our hostel in Berlin!

 


Go out and play! EastSevens recommendations for outdoor activities!

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Wasserturm in Prenzlauer Berg

To keep yourself in shape and to prevent immense boredom we thought you might be interested in doing some outdoor activities while staying at our hostel.

Therefore, since the day of today, we have a basketball and  a table tennis set for you to get at  a 10€ deposit from the reception.

Here are some suggestions on where to go to practice your skills:

1. Teutoburger platz.

This is the park that is closest to our hostel.  When you get out the door take a left, than take the first to the right, and the park is on your right hand side after a few meters of walking. Go here to play table tennis. After that relax and drink a beer. Yes, in Berlin you can drink outside!

You can also bring your kids, there is a nice playground there.

2. Park am Wasserturm

The Wasserturm is the unofficial symbol of Prenzlauer Berg, this 30m high tower was built in 1877 as the local water reservoir. Once used by the Nazis as a prison, today the round brick Wasserturm has been converted into trendy apartments.
Check for art exhibitions next to the tower, in the underground reservoir. The park that surrounds the Wasserturm is relaxed! there is a huge playground, a fountain, trampolines and a table-tennis spot (3tables)! Also you can play basketball and soccer!

3. Volkspark am Friedrichhain
Volkspark Friedrichshain -A beautiful park, excellent for jogging or having a picnic or
barbeque. In the middle you’ll find Friedrichshains highest hill, which provides a 78-metre
high view over Berlins flat terrain. The hill was actually man-made to cover up a destroyed
anti-aircraft bunker from World War II, as well as several tonnes of bombed out rubble.
Also you can play beachvolleyball for free here. They have a special area reserved for
beachsports. Its free to use for anyone but you´d have to bring your own equipment.

And of course you can also find table tennis spots in this huge, forest like park.

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4. Hostel Garden

okay if you really don´t want to leave the hostel and hang out here, you can hang out in our lovely garden. There is a Hammock where you can chill out. And when it gets really hot you can even take a shower in the garden. Isn´t that cool? Also we have a table football, so you can play a match with your fellow travelers. And why not go organize a barbeque-party? We have a grill free to use for all our guests.

If you are planning to come to Berlin you are more than welcome to reserve a bed at our cozy hostel in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg. Looking forward to meeting you!

 


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!