Around the Hostel
THE Hostel in Berlin Centre, Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte
Staying with the EastSeven Berlin Hostel puts you right in the center of Berlin Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg - these vibrant districts with their exciting sights are the ideal place for travelers seeking the true spirit of Berlin.
With us you will
• stay in Berlin´s hippest district "Prenzlauer Berg"
• discover the relaxed part of Berlin
• shop till you drop in Berlin´s off-beat fashion shops on Kastanianallee
• enjoy Berlin´s great bars/clubs/cafes all around us
• walk to Berlin´s centre, Alexander Platz, Hackescher Markt, Kollwitzplatz etc.
• reach main touristic sights within 10 Minutes from the Hostel - eg. Museum Island, Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate etc.
• be able to book bicycles for your own tour
• find some of Berlin`s best fleamarkets near the Hostel
• receive all the info you need for an amazing stay
... and after a hard day´s walking, why not recover in EastSeven´s lush garden with some selected german beers!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
The Oberbaumbrücke connects as part of the city ring the districts of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain over the river Spree.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.