You are coming to Berlin this weekend? And you have no idea yet what to see and do? Then read this blog!
We have made a list for you!
1. Stay warm, visit one of the many saunas close by the hostel!
one of my personal favorites is the SaunaBad in the Rykestrasse 10, only 10 minutes walk from your hostel in prenzlauer Berg. they have a Finnish sauna, which you can access through their lovely patio!
2. It is almost Christmas time!
There are many many nice Christmas Markets in Berlin. We have a list at the reception, do come by and ask us for advice. One of our favorite markets is the market at the Kulturbrauerei, the Lucia Christmas Markets. Go their and experience a really fairytale Christmas feeling….maybe there will be snow this weekend, for a magical atmosphere.
3. Visit the Berlin wall, go to the EastSide Gallery,
a 1.3km-long section of the wall near the center of Berlin. Approximately 106 paintings by artists from all over the world cover this memorial for freedom and make it the largest open air gallery in the world.
4. The Berlin Wall Documentation Centre is one component of the memorial site ensemble at Bernauer Strasse. The ensemble consists of the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Chapel of Reconciliation and Documentation Center.
The Documentation Center on the history of the Berlin Wall provides historical information and educates the public. It makes information and in-depth programs available to the interested public. Beginning with the historical, political events that occurred at Bernauer Strasse, an area situated at the border between East and West and hence a focal point of German postwar history, the center researches and presents the history of the division of Germany. A visit is free of charge and really worthwhile!
5. Go party, but stay sporty! Go to the Ping pong bar, Dr. Pong,
at the Eberswalder straße. You pay a deposit of 5€ to get a bat , and then you just start playing table tennis with everyone that is there! Its definitely a great deal of FUN!
6. Go for German food!
Try the lovely restaurant Schneeweischen und Rosenrot. They serve a modern fusion of German and Italian traditional dishes. The service is really good, the deco is fairytale-like, AND as an EastSeven guest you are being offered a 10% discount. Isn´t it fantastic? Located only a few minutes away from our hostel, at the Schönhauser Allee 157.
7. Go on a walking tour to visit all important sights in Berlin. Just take the Brewers walking tour, they come to pick you up every day at 12.25 from our hostel.
8. The stasi prison in Berlin Hohenschönhausen is free of admission on Mondays.The Memorial’s charter specifically entrusts it with the task of researching the history of the Hohenschönhausen prison between 1945 and 1989, supplying information via exhibitions, events and publications, and encouraging a critical awareness of the methods and consequences of political persecution and suppression in the communist dictatorship. The former Stasi remand prison is also intended to provide an insight into the workings of the GDR’s political justice system.
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. The Memorial’s location in Germany’s capital city makes it the key site in Germany for victims of communist tyranny.
9. Holocaust Memorial. Berlins ultra-controversial memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, 2,711 concrete blocks jutting off at offensive and suffocating angles. Co-incidentally only a stones throw away from the site of Adolf Hitlers former underground lair, the Führerbunker.
10.Reichstag – The German parliament building,
re-opened in 1999 after the government and most of the ministries moved from Bonn to Berlin. British architect Lord Norman Foster redesigned this place, complete with a huge glass dome with public access, so you can watch the politicians at work.
Have fun exploring Berlin!