No ideas on what to do in Berlin, read on for our recommendations for this weekend, 14th till 16th of may….
1) visit the: TOPOGRAPHIE OF TERROR-Exhibition
It was the center of Nazi terror and power between 1933 and 1945; now this stretch of land next to the Martin Gropius Bau and not far from Potsdamer Platz is dedicated to documenting the chilling and murderous strategies, plans and actions of the Gestapo, SS and security branch of the Third Reich which were all once headquartered here.
Nothing is left of the buildings that once held the offices of these organizations, which were destroyed during Allied bombing in 1945. The Topography of Terrors open-air exhibition runs along the excavation site of the cellars of the Gestapo, where political prisoners were interrogated, tortured and executed.
A preserved 200 meter section of the Berlin Wall can be viewed along one side of the site at Niederkirchnerstrasse. Texts are in German and English; access to the exhibition is available daily until dark. Entry is free, and guided tours and informational talks are provided upon request. A new multi-million euro documentation center is scheduled to open in Spring 2010.
Address: Topographie des Terrors
open from 10-20h
free of admission
S Anhalter Bahnhof: S1, S2, S25
S+U Potsdamer Platz Bhf: S1, S2, S25
S+U Potsdamer Platz Bhf: U2
U Stadtmitte/Leipziger Str.: U6
2. Go to a LIVE CONCERT @ LIDO
Tonite there is a Concert of “Lali Puna” (support: Mexican Elvis)
Wonderful indietronic music as side project of Markus Acher (the Notwist).
Begin at: 20:00
3. More party party party…..Go DANCE the night away….
TOK TOK VS. SOFFY O **LIVE** (TOKTOKRECORDS) TURMSPRINGER (TONKIND) LEKTOR (PENTAGONIK | LIEBE ZUR MUSIK) FXYZ (ELSEWHERE..
It’s an electronic ALICE IN WONDERLAND special party with lovely surprises, popcorn and a lot of candy floss!
Eine Party im Wunderland……….Alice tanzt zu Techno, bedeutet: unkommerziell und ausgelassen feiern, dem Alltag zu entfliehen und im Wunderland einzutauchen.
Wenn Alice wieder zum Tänzchen einlädt, dann gibt es nicht nur reichlich Musik für die Meute, sondern auch viele liebevolle Überraschungen, wie u.a eine Zuckerwattemaschine, Popcorn und viele bunte Wesen, die nur darauf warten mit euch um Jägermeister zu spielen. Im Wunderland heißt es, interaktiv zu feiern und sich auf eine kreative Art und Weise in die lange Tanznacht zu begeben. Wir freuen uns auf eine weitere verrückte Runde, mit Liebe und Tanz – die ganz Nacht!
Wunderliche Grüße schickt euch das Alice-Team
Begin at: 00:00
4. Visit an exhibition on Squatting:
SQUATTING. ERINNERN, VERGESSEN, BESETZEN@ TEMPORäRE KUNSTHALLE BERLIN
curated by Tilo Schulz in cooperation with Jörg van den Berg.
squatting shows 22 works by seventeen artists in a format that aims to involve visitors in a mostly serious, sometimes entertaining, but always intense dialog with art. The exhibition takes as its point of departure a form of memory that is not only backward-looking. This active form of remembering—and forgetting—is understood as a need felt by society as a whole, and as one basis for the production and reception of artworks. squatting brings together works which take memory as their theme and focus on experiences with places, situations, people, and actions. The featured artworks occupya space (the Temporäre Kunsthalle) whose location (Schlossplatz) is itself charged with political memories and ideological interventions.
squatting responds to this as a themed group show in which attention centers on encounters between individual artwork and viewer. The exhibition is based on an iconic exhibition practice which artist Tilo Schulz and curator Jörg van den Berg have been developing since the late 1990s. The focus is placed on the presence of the individual artwork, developing a network of connections in terms of form and content between the works on display. Blocked-off and opened spaces, lines of sight and movement emphasize both the differences and the links between the various works: to experience the whole exhibition, visitors must access and leave the Kunsthalle via three different entrances. The space of art (inside) and the space of political memory (outside) remain separate, but are woven together in the visitor’s movement. squatting shapes a specific place that offers visitors a pictorial vocabulary as material for active further processing.
Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin
10178 Berlin Mitte
Daily from 11-18
Begin at: 11:00
End at: 17:59
5. Or visit the Fridah-Kahlo Exhibition
FRIDAH KAHLO-RETROSPEKTIVE @ MARTIN-GROPIUS-BAU
Gemälde, Zeichnungen und eine Fotoschau werden ungewöhnliche Einblicke in Frida Kahlos Zeit geben.
Täglich von 10-20 Uhr
* 10,- Euro/erm. 8,- Euro
* Kinder und Jugendliche unter 16 Jahren frei
6. Check out the GRAFFITI-ART IN STEGLITZ
one of the strangest buildings in town will be the center of a streetart -project. Four artists from France, Spain, USA and Germany will spraypaint the 70ies building for six weeks with 2000 spraycans. Vier Streetart-Künstler aus Frankreich, Spanien, den USA und Deutschland besprühen das Wahrzeichen aus den 70er Jahren sechs Wochen lang mit 2000 Farbdosen
7. Go Shopping: SECOND HAND SHOPS!
There are countless places in Berlin for second-hand shops. A big selection of second-hand clothes is on sale at Colours in Bergmannstrasse, Kreuzberg and in Trash-Schick in Wühlischstrasse, Friedrichshain. Have a look in our yellow pages or ask us at the reception for good second hand shops. You’ll find nearly everything you need in Berlin’s second-hand shops.
8. Go dancing: VAKANT / DUMB-UNIT NIGHT
Tolga Fidan LIVE, DeWalta, Jeremy P. Caulfield, Ali Kuru, Ahmet Sisman, Dario Zenker
9. Check out some live bands:
THE DON DARLINGS LIVE @ BASSY COWBOY CLUB
open 8 pm
show 11 pm
dance party starts midnight
Begin at: 20:00
10. Go to the SUNDAY FLEAMARKET @ Mauerpark
Sunday is fleamarket day. Close to the hostel (500 m)you find the Arkonaplatz Fleamarket and the famous Mauerpark fleamarket. You don´t want to buy something – no problem you first of all go there to see all kind of urban subjects with hangover and even sober ones. Berliners go there – you should as well.
That´s all for now. Hope you enjoy your stay in Berlin. We wish you a great weekend! See you soon @ eastseven berlin hostel