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Areas to see Bars + Food Clubs

Vom EastSeven Berlin Hostel sind es nur 80m zur nächsten U-Bahn (U2, Station Senefelder Platz). Zum Alexanderplatz sind es 2 Stationen und sämtliche Flughäfen, Bahnhöfe/der Zentrale Busbahnhof sind mit den öffentlichen Verkehrmitteln schnell und bequem erreichbar.
Das EastSeven Berlin Hostel liegt zentral im Prenzlauer Berg (zwischen Kastanienallee und Senefelder Platz) und befindet sich somit mitten in der wirklichen Innenstadt von Berlin. Fußläufig erreicht man Berlins Off-Designer Modeläden in der Kastanienalle, den Kollwitzplatz, div. Flohmäekte, zahlreiche Cafes/Clubs und vieles mehr. Das Brandenburger Tor, Oranienburger Str./Tacheles, Museumsinsel usw. sind in Berlins Mitte ebenfalls zu Fuß oder mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln bequem zu erkunden.

Bei uns seit Ihr gut aufgehoben, denn Ihr ...
• wohnt in Berlins hippestem Bezirk - mitten im Prenzlauer Berg
• entdeckt die relaxte und authentische Seite Berlins
• könnt in kleinen berlintypischen Läden auf der Kastanianallee und Umgebung einkaufen
• habt es nicht weit zu Berlins besten Bars/Clubs/Cafes etc.
• könnt zum Alexander Platz, Hackeschen Markt, Kollwitzplatz etc. bequem laufen
• findet um das Hostel herum die besten Flohmärkte Berlins
• erhaltet alle benötigten Infos über Berlin von uns aus 1. Hand
Fahrräder für Erkundigungen auf eigene Faust vermitteln wir auch

... und nach einem anstrengenden Tag möchte man sich vielleicht im schönen Garten des EastSeven Berlin Hostels mit einem kalten Bier erholen!

Weitere Informationen zu den einzelnen Locations findet Ihr hier:


Wasserturm


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.

Tip: Check for art exhibitions next to the tower, in the underground reservoir.


Helmholtzplatz

According to local legend, Prenzlauer Berg has one of the highest birth rates in all of Germany. Helmholzplatz is just one of the places in the district where mummies and daddies come to push their new-borns around in expensive pushchairs and gorge on a little brunch.

TIP: Visit the best affordable Japanese restaurant in East Berlin: Sasaya.
TIP: Alternative and strictly limited Berlin fashion and graphics: Supalife Kiosk in Raumer Str.


Kollwitzplatz

Kaethe Kollwitz, the famous left-wing, anti-war artist, would no doubt take great pride that not only is there a square named after her (complete with bronze statue) but that is one that was once a meeting point for radicals, intellectuals and artists during Prenzlauer Bergs nasty East Germany days.

TIP: Dont miss Kollwitzplatzs famous Saturday market.
TIP: Enjoy amazing cakes and delicious coffee at the Anna Blume café on the corner of Sredzkistrasse and Kollwitzstrasse.
TIP: Just round the corner is Rykestrasse Synagogue, Germany's largest synagogue.


Kastanienallee

Dubbed "Casting Alley" by the locals, this long strip of little cafes, indie fashion designers trading their wares and tasty restaurants is the ideal place to hang out and watch the surprisingly large number of beautiful faces walk by at all hours.

TIP: Kastanienallee is home of Berlins largest and oldest beer garden – the Prater.
TIP: Recommended Berlin souvenir shop: Luxus International.


Kulturbrauerei

This huge complex of night-time hangouts originally housed Berlin´s Schultheiss brewery for more than 150 years. By night the Culture Brewery turns into a popular meeting point for determined drinkers, eager to explore the buildings wealth of bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants, or just hang out in the huge courtyard.

TIP: The Kulturbrauerei is also a popular venue for famous live acts.


Mauerpark


"Mauer" is the German word for wall. Built on the former death strip, this park is more a playground for grownups than a park. You better don´t enter without a bottle of beer. Watch the sunset or enjoy the gigantic swings.

TIP: Excellent flea market in Sundays.


Oberbaumbrücke


The Oberbaumbrücke connects as part of the city ring the districts of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain over the river Spree.


Berlin Wall - Documentation center

East Germany, not content with making its own citizens unhappy , decided to seal off West Berlin and the free world in 1961 with the help a huge concrete barrier. Come here and learn all about it.

TIP: The view from the observation platform will give you a good idea of how monstrous The Wall, and death strip, actually was.


Zionskirchplatz

Life in a resistance group fighting either the Nazis or the East German government was often a dangerous affair. Finding somewhere quiet and warm to hold your secret discussions therefore being a number one priority = PrenzlauerBerg´s 19th century "Church of Zion". It is now surrounded by small cafes and restaurants.

TIP: Go to the "Winerei", where you can pay for a glass of wine what you think it is worth.


TV Tower


Built in 1969 as a symbol of East German socialism, this 368m tower, the largest structure in Germany, even has its own revolving café/restaurant. A trip to the top also offered a rare chance for East Germans to see what life on the other side of The Wall was really like.

TIP: If you're going up the TV tower - go after dark, when most of Berlins landmarks are illuminated.


Brandenburg Gate


Every 10, 20 and 50 cent German Euro coin is minted with a picture of this big city gate on its reverse side. Stranded in a lonely no-mans land between 1961 and 89 thanks to the East German government, no other structure in Berlin better symbolises the temporary division of the city.

TIP: Take your camera and get snapping; its not going anywhere anytime soon.


DDR Museum

Using the paraphernalia of shopping, fashion and family life Berlins DDR museum attempts to introduce visitors to what for millions of East Germans was once everyday life. Play Hausfrau in an authentic DDR kitchen and living room, or experience first-hand what it was like to be spied on.

TIP: In the museum check out the Trabant, THE typical East German car, parked in the front room.


Berliner Dom


Perhaps the most over-decorated protestant church in the world and once home to the Nazi partys Reich church. Bombed out during WW II, the Berlin Cathedral was restored to its current glory in 1993 - complete with a whopping great 7,200-pipe pipe organ.

TIP: You pay to get into the Berlin dome, but if theres an organ concert on its definitely worth it.


Museum Island


Surrounded on all sides by the River Spree, Museum Island is literally an island with museums on it, isn't that clever? It is not only home to some of the cities top class museums such as the Altes Museum and the Pergamon Museum, but also the Berliner Dom and the tranquil Lustgarten.

TIP: Visit the island on a Thursday between six and ten for free entrance to the museums.


Lustgarten


Dont be confused by the name, Berlins naked people are running around the citys 500acre Tiergarten just down the road. The Lustgarten started its life as a cabbage patch for the nearby city palace, later used as a military parade ground, now a grass garden.

TIP: One of the most pleasant places in Berlin to relax in the summer - near some of the citys most magnificent buildings.


Checkpoint Charlie

Berlins most famous crossing point between East and West and a lasting symbol of the citys fragile Cold War relations. Commemorated today by an ersatz replica of the original American checkpoint and two historically inaccurate pictures of Soviet and American soldiers.

TIP: Avoid the museum, its disorganised, expensive, and there is way too much information.


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.

TIP: Try to avoid the queues at the Reichstag, make a reservation at Kaefers restaurant at the top of the glass dome. This should get you in the side door.


Potsdamer Platz


This was the glitzy centre of Germanys debauched 1920s metropolis, and the site Europes first traffic light system. Smashed into rubble during WW II, its now home to Europes fastest elevator and a mass of steel and glass buildings said to represent the future of Berlin.

TIP: Check out the Sony Centre and Cinemax cinemas for movies in their original language.


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.

TIP: Walk through the memorial, youll quickly realise its not the kind of place you want to have a summer picnic at.


Topography of Terror


Back in 1987 a group of students excavated, with little more than their bare hands, the cellars of Berlins former Gestapo and SS headquarters. The Topography of Terror is the fruit of their labour, an open-air exhibition documenting what happens when a totalitarian regime tortures its people to death for fun.

TIP: Pickup a headset from the reception for English audio commentary.
TIP: Next to the Topography of Terror is an excellent art museum called Martin-Gropius-Bau.


Jewish Museum


German-Jewish relations have had their bad times, and surprisingly, although the exhibition names wouldnt give it away, their good times. Daniel Libeskind, the architect behind New Yorks Ground Zero memorial, designed this Museum.

TIP: Perhaps the most depressing museum in the world, take a handkerchief.


Gendarmenmarkt


Touted by many guidebooks as the prettiest square in Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt is famous for its two churches - one Protestant, one Catholic - each built opposite each other by the opposing religion. Not often that happens.

TIP: Fassbender & Rausch, possibly the worlds greatest chocolate shop, is on the corner of Gendarmenmarkt.


Hackescher Markt

Hackescher Markt was once home to booming businesses during the Industrial Revolution. Its now famous not only for its attractive station, but as a jumping off point to the nearby Hackescher Höfe complex.

TIP: Head to the Höfe and visit the Ampelmann shop to pick up souvenirs emblazoned with our little East Berlin mascot.
TIP: Get an impression of how this area used to look: 30m to the right of Starbucks is an entrance to a hidden courtyard. There you will find bars, a cinema and a high quality comic and graphics shop.
TIP: Point of interest: Haus Schwarzenberg.


Karl-Marx-Allee


Rent a bike at the reception and explore this sweeping communist boulevard where the GDR Government used to proudly present their weapons of mass destruction at their May Day parades.

TIP: Along the way you'll pass Café Moskau, which boasts an actual-sized replica of Sputnik. You'll think the Cold War never ended...


RAW Temple

An alternative entertainment hub including an indoor skate hall, a former Nazi hide-out used now for freestyle rock climbing, an open air cinema and regular live music.

TIP: Check it out before it becomes developed and turns into a… shopping mall!


Volkspark Friedrichshain

A beautiful park, excellent for jogging or having a picnic. In the middle youll 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.

TIP: Go and discover the Beer garden Café Schoenbrunn.


Schloss Charlottenburg

If you are interested in Prussian architecture and history but dont have time to travel to Potsdam, then Schloss Charlottenburg is the perfect inner-city alternative. This outstanding palace and its surrounding gardens are not only visually stunning, but will also give you a detailed insight into the lifestyle of the Prussian emperors.

TIP: Have a picnic in the surrounding park.


Bauhaus Archive

Founded 1919, the school of crafts, design and architecture was closed down by the Nazis in 1933. Get a feel for the design movement that had a major impact on architecture and the style of everyday goods.

TIP: There are often exhibitions being shown in this building.


Stasi Headquarter


Take the U5 subway at Alexanderplatz to Magdalenenstrasse and visit the former headquarters of the Stasi – East Germanys cruel and meticulous secret police - in Normannenstr. The building has been transformed into a museum and you can walk through the preserved offices of some of the GDRs most powerful men. A disturbing look at Berlins very recent past.

TIP: Here people fill in an application form to find out if their name is linked to the Stasi.


Olympic Stadium

Built in 1936, the Olympic stadium is one of the few Nazi buildings still in use. It was completely refurbished before the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but the stadiums darker political past still looms large.

TIP: Hire an audio guide for detailed information about Hitlers fondness for imperial architecture and the 1936 Nazi-hosted Olympic Games.
TIP: It is also home to Hertha, Berlins most popular football team.


Gugelhof

Fine German food for those with big wallets ( like Bill Clinton and Ex-German Chancellor Helmut Kohl). Guten Appetit.


Kauf dich glücklich

Probably the best waffles and ice cream in Berlin. And you can buy the furniture as well..... crazy folks.


8mm Bar

In few words: The later you come the longer you will stay.


Gaststätte Metzer Eck

Affordable quality German food: try the "Soljanka", a traditional East German soup made from....leftovers. Guten Appetit.


Prater Garden

The oldest and biggest beergarden in Berlin. Excellent food and homemade beer! Popular among EastSeven staff...


Maria Bonita

Mexican Bistro


W - Der Imbiss

You like food?? So do these guys! Fabulous soups, naan bread and quesadillas. Go vegetarian – Save C02.


Zum Schusterjungen

THE place for affordable and good German food. Try the "Sauerbraten" or "Gulasch". Also good for a hangover! Menus in English available. An EastSeven staff favorite.


Café Morgenrot

A relict of the old radical 90s. Still an excellent place for cheap vegan food and controversy -"capitalism kills and normalizes"


Nemo

The bar that is always open. Go there to have a nightcap after your nightcap. Very, very popular among EastSeven staff.


Babel

Excellent Arab restaurant. Think doner kebab, falafel and chicken shawarma. Popular among EastSeven staff.


Fire Bar

Wonderful little oasis in Mitte when all you want is something off the beaten path. Small, cozy bar feeling with dance floor!


Roadrunners Paradise

Cars & guitars


Bohannon

Hip Hop and Jungle meets Dancehall and Soca


Dr Pong

Is it a sport club, is it a pub? Well, it is a lot of fun for sure if you like to play indoor table tennis or just enjoy watching drunk people run round a table. Don't slip...


V.C.F.-Club

Home of the best dubstep parties in town. 17KW amp! Wicked


White Trash Fast Food

Go there, go there, go there. Three stories of madness, including loads of music, beer and burgers


ZMF – Zur Möbelfabrik

Hidden in the second courtyard, this club offers a chilled out atmosphere and just good music. Nice.


Kaffee Burger

Definitely a good place to dance your ass off and have ome beer too many. Former restaurant ( established in 1890), home of the infamous "Russendisko" (Russian Disco).


NBI Kiez Karaoke

The hottest place for Karaoke in Berlin. Nice parties every Monday and Thursday.

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