Lollapalooza Festival 2015 in Berlin !!

We can’t wait for the Lollapalooza festival this week-end!

For the first time in Europe this amazing festival will take place on Sat 12th and Sun 13th Sep in our beloved capital, with heeeeeaps of international musicians and artists from everywhere!

The location is one of the most amazing ones in Berlin for this event to take place at: the historical airport ground of Berlin-Tempelhof, a wide wide area, that has hosted huge events like the Berlin Festival and others.

For further information, check out the official website:

http://www.lollapaloozade.com/

 

 

Sailor Jerry in town !!

 

Have you ever heard about Norman Collins aka „ Sailor Jerry“ ?

He’s the Icon of the old school tattooing.
As a child he hopped freight trains across the country and learned tattooing from a man named “Big Mike” from Palmer, Alaska, originally using the hand-pricking method. In the late 1920s he met Tatts Thomas from Chicago who taught him how to use a tattoo machine. He practiced on drunks brought in from Skid Row.[ He later sailed the Pacific Ocean before settling in Hawaii in the 1930s.
At age 19, Collins enlisted in the United States Navy. During his subsequent travels at sea, he was exposed to the art and imagery of Southeast Asia.

Popular symbols used by Sailor Jerry include:
• Bottles of booze
• Snakes
• Wildcats
• The infamous “Aloha” monkey
• Eagles, falcons and other birds of prey
• Swallows
• Motor heads and pistons
• Nautical stars
• Classically styled scroll banners
• Knives, guns and other weapons
• Dice
• Anchors
• Hawaii themes
• Pin-up girls

And now we are glad to invite you to the “Sailor Jerry Pop-Up Store”, right here in Berlin Friedrichshain. What means that it’s pop –up? It’s temporary, from the 11th to the 14th of August.
What can you expect there?
– Walk in Tattoo, in the style of Sailor Jerry , without appointment, from The “Black Cat Tattoo Berlin” guys
– Having a new cool haircut from Barber “Steven Ward” from Manchester, UK
– Sailor Jerry Clothing collection 2015
– Sailor Jerry Art & Flesh exhibition
– Amazing Sailor Jerry Cocktails & Long Drinks
– Musik and movies

Sailor Jerry Pop-Up Store
Kopernikusstraße 13
10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain

Tue- Fri 12- 21:30

More infos at the FB page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1660235084194652/2/

And here some more about Sailor Jerry: http://sailorjerry.com/en/

Summer is finally here! Wanna swim?

We all know that Berlin is not the most famous city for beach holidays, but did you know that in our city there’s a lot of wonderful lakes where you can swim and enjoy the sun during the hot days? (Yes, there’s hot days in Berlin too!! )

Some of them are also inside the city, others a bit more outside, but it’s also a good occasion to stay in the nature and have a break from the chaotic city-life.

Here ‘s some of the nicest:

Schlachtensee

You can reach this beautiful lake directly with the S-Bahn train (S1 – stop “Schlachtensee”). Just in front of the station you will see it. It’s a pretty big lake, has some small beaches, really clear water. For the bravest ones, you can jump from the trees hanging on the ropes 😉 . For the lazy ones, you can rent a boat and float in the middle of the lake.

Müggelsee

This lake, situated outside of the city, is really huge. Water is also clear, and the “Strand” (sand beach) is huuuge ! Seems like to be on the sea! To get there take the S3 train till “Rahnsdorf” stop. From there it’s a 20 mins nice walk trough the wood and then you’re there!

Weißensee

This lake is in the city, located in the north east part of Prenzlauer Berg (district where’s also Mauerpark, famous for the flea market on sunday). Surrounded by a nice park, you can swim till the fountain placed in the middle. A good option to don’t go too far from the center of Berlin.

These are only three of the big amount of lakes you can visit here, for more infos, just ask at the reception!!

 

Enjoy!!

 

Your

U inn Berlin Hostel staff

Carnival of Cultures street festival 2015

Here we go! It´s time again for the Carnival of Cultures in Berlin, one of the most attractive and funny events in our wonderful city!

Like every year, this week end thousands of people will join in Kreuzberg to breathe the spirit of different cultures, listen to the variety of music and admiring all the costumes and music trucks at the street parade that takes part sunday 25th of May.

 

 

The Carnival takes place from friday 22nd to monday 25th around Blücherplatz (U1 and U6  stop “Hallesches Tor”) with over 100 bands and DJ´s performing all kind of imaginable music and over 200 street performers out of the stages!!

Now to the highlight: The Parade on Sunday 24th

It begins at Hermannplatz (U7-U8 stop) at 12.30 pm and goes all along Hasenheide, Gneisenaustraße, Yorckstraße

End: ca. 9 pm, Yorckstraße/Möckernstraße

For more infos –> http://www.karneval-berlin.de/en/english.175.html

 

Have fun and see you there!

Your U Inn Berlin Hostel Team

 

Summer in the city – best beach bars, chill out places and parks in Berlin

You planning to visit Berlin now or in the coming weeks? Surely you will visit the main touristic spots, like Brandenburg Gate, Fernsehturm, Eastside Galaery and so on. But Berliners like to chill out after a full day at the riverside, or in nice open air location with cold beer and good music. Here are some of the best places you shouldn’t miss.

Sommer in Berlin

Bearchbars, Cafes or Sitting Outside:
Klunkerkranich

At the parking level of the shopping mall Neukölln Arcaden you can find not only a chill-out-café-bar called Klunkerkranich but also one of the best views over Berlin. You should definitely go there in case you are – by chance – one of these people in Berlin that are NOT blessed with their own gigantic roof terrace. You are not alone if you are one of them. Not alone at all.

Prinzessinnengarten

The Prinzessinnengarten is a mobile garden next Moritzplatz in Kreuzberg. In the shade of the trees you can have a relaxing beer, or try a snack of the homemade organic food.

Club der Visionäre

Club der Visionäre aka CdV is a bar swimming on the water of a sidearm of the river together with the bar Freischwimmer it’s the favourite place for people from Kreuzberg and Friedrichhain to chill out on a long long Sunday afternoon. At the CdV there are always really good Dj’s playing. There are no big gigs, it’s more like they go and play in their own living room. So often you get the chance to meet some high ranking Djs.

Yaam

Yaam is one of the oldest Beach Bars in Berlin. It’s like a little island of Jamaica right in the middle of Berlin. Here you always find a little peaceful beach and chilled reggae music. At night they do some good parties too. Right now the Yaam is under threat because of a luxury condo they want to build on this location. That’s why a move is already scheduled for 2013. The new location will be the area of the former Maria/Magdalena/Josef Club and Schilling Bridge.

Badeschiff

The Badeschiff is a very unique place. Since the river Spree isn’t particularly made for swimming. They transformed to old ships into a swimming pool on the river. Pretty awesome right?! A lot of people hanging out at the Badeschiff the whole day. Swimming, chilling, sun bathing and later on dancing since they also do a lot of open air parties in the summer months.

Lichtpark

Lichtpark is one of the newer Open Air Party locations. For the weekend they provide for a small entry fee nice electronic music and a chilled location on the river. This place is often crowded by people who either just come or go to Kater Blau Club or did not get in for the Sunday after hour party but still want to make party.

Monbijou-Theater

You’ve probably been to open-air festivals at  ://about blank or  Sisyphos already. But it does not always have to be all electronic beats for crazy dance moves. At Monbijoutheater for example, you can learn to dance mambo, tango or swing. Feels like Dirty Dancing!

Admiralsbrücke

During the summer the bridge and its grassy shores are alive with droves of Berliners, relaxing and chilling with some cheap späti beers. All whilst taking in the vibes from the buskers, acoustic groups, And any other manner of movers and shakers that swings by. Free entertainment at its best! Setting the groove all the way into the night.

Tempelhofer FeldWe also recommend the big and green parks in Berlin like:

Preußenpark
Tempelhofer Feld
Insel der Jugend Treptower Park
Volkspark Friedrichshain

 

 

Images © Sabine Alex

Earth Hour 2015

We are gonna turn our lights off and join the Earth Hour on Saturday at 8.30pm for one hour. We feel a deep responsibility for our planet and even we use energy efficient light bulbs all over the hostel, it will still make a difference to have no light for one hour.

Everyone reading this – please join us – which better cause can you have?
Earth Hour

Looking for a room in Berlin? First take a bed in our Hostel!

Just for the first few weeks…

…a bed in our hostel is a good alternative after a busy house hunting to relax and to get insider tips from our hostel team about available rooms and the most amazing parts of the city. Compared with the room rents in Berlin depending on bed category to book a bed at our hostel is often cheaper or equal. Our door is open to all home seekers. We want to make your start in Berlin as pleasant as possible.

Roughly 3.5 million people currently live in Berlin. Many of them are students who just stay for one or two semester in Berlin. And some just stay for the summer. Since the revolutionary student protests in the 70s it is common to live together in a big shared flats. It is the easiest way to settle down in Berlin and you will find many shared flats (WG) available. Since the wall came down and Berlin has grown up to be a busy metropolis the situation with the rent market has changed and the prices have gone up. Finding a proper room in a WG (German for shared flat) isn’t that easy any more. The location is very important. Among the Berlin Hipsters Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Neukölln are the best districts in Berlin. But finding a room there is a troublesome adventure. Standing in a long line with about 20 other Students can be a normal situation now days. But maybe we can help you. We as Berliners got plenty of experience in finding a WG since we used to live in shared flats for a long time.

 Your room at the In-district

 Which area is the best to live in? This is the first and most important question. In Berlin the answer usually is Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. There you will find a lot of old buildings and old buildings mean large rooms and plenty of space. A must if you’re looking for a shared flat. No one wants to live in the broom closet. Friedrichshain and especially the neighbourhood around Boxhagener Platz is crowded and popular among students. It offers many pubs and cafés and of course the Revaler Straße, also known as “Technostrich” where one club chases the other. This gives you a good diversion from a stressful study. Neukölln has gotten very popular during the last few years but think about the everyday transportation. The FU Berlin is located at Dahlem. For us locals here in Friedrichshain it is in the middle of nowhere. Every day pilgrimage thousands of students to the campus in Dahlem. From Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg area the transportation could easily take you 45 minutes. The HU Berlin and TU Berlin are located straight in the middle of Berlin and are easier to reach. The technology and science headquarters are in Adlershof and it is relatively easy to reach from Friedrichshain using the S Bahn.

 How much is a shared apartment

Find your flat in BerlinThe times when you could get a cheap apartment in Berlin are long gone. But shared apartments in Berlin are still a good option for those making their first steps in the city. Around semester breaks and in the beginning of spring the renting price rises and it gets harder to find a place. There are however companies who make a lot of money with shared apartments with high rents, so when you are in Berlin take your time for your search for suitable apartment.

 Intern ship in Berlin

 It can be really hard to find a room if you are a trainee looking to stay only for few months in Berlin. For those people we got the magic word they need to look for: “Zwischenmiete” (interim tenant). Many locals are leasing their apartments/rooms out for short time period and you will find them online as well.

 Resources

For Berlin and surroundings the websites wg-gesucht.dewg-welt.dewww.studenten-wg.de and also www.kleinanzeigen.ebay.de are the most important flat- search websites on the Internet If you are staying for a short period of time look at “Mietwohnzentrale“. Of course we at the U inn Berlin Hostel can help you out ones you are here and give you a hand searching for an apartment or maybe we already know a residential community that is searching for a new member.

 Photos by: Libertinus _timl and offshore @ Flickr

7 YEARS U inn Berlin

 

Come and celebrate our 7th Birthday with us!!!

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7 Years ago we opened our doors to welcome travellers from all over the world.

We could share so many nice moments with you and hope to do so

for many more years!

 

Come and celebrate our 7th Birthday with us!!!

One of our staff members is a professional jazz player and will play for you, our receptionists create nice cocktails  – and you? Come by and enjoy it all!!

 

A new Berlinale

Once again, one of the most important international film festivals has begun so make sure not to miss the Berlinale between the 5th and 15th of February.

It would seem this year’s edition is promoting a secular and humanist self-awareness. Curator Wieland Speck says the festival is definitely more willing to take risks in confronting violence and abuse through the screening of films exposing offenders, giving voice to victims or raising the issue. Some films recommended on this topic are Tough Love, Chorus, Daniel´s World, Ode to my Father or Paradise in Service.

If you’re a young film-maker yourself, you should check out the masterclasses in the “Berlinale Talents” section. Experienced professionals will share their insight on a wide range of topics like director-actor relationship, production development or production design.

On the matter of young film-makers, Jury President Darren Aronofsky (Pi, The Wrestler, Noah) stated “I think it’s exciting that anyone can more easily get the tools to tell stories”; so do know, there’s a series of shorts, which the festival will screen in an attempt to get some exposure to young independent film-makers, films which you can filter out in the schedule under the “Generation”, “Perspektive Deutsches Kino” or “Berlinale Shorts” screening categories.

We’ll just spare you some effort and put a link to the Berlinale’s YT playlist of trailers over here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KJwXhVZddc&list=PL0HKUAQtIaveCzHLk2gl6CmzYYvCCsv8a

The helpful U inn Tipp: MasterCard users have the possibility to buy tickets from automats placed at Potsdamer Platz Arkaden.

Focusing on the competition screenings, here’s a selection of a few brand new films a movie-lover can’t miss:

Cha Con Va tells a story about thugs, a street photographer in 90s Saigon and repressed homosexuality.

El boton de nacar/The Pearl Button describes the timelessness of the Patagonia Archipelago, and lets several of the locals tell their own experience with the waters, who seem to have their own life.

Body is an authentic approach on grief, anorexia and coping with mental illness in shades of dark humor.

Aferim! promises to be a history lesson for today´s European society, mostly unaware of the history of Roma slavery, a brand new Romanian film on early 1800s Balcan area, inter-ethnic relationships and prejudice.

Ixcanul is a coming of age story about a Guatemalan girl forced to rediscover her world, after being betrayed by her lover who flees the coffee plantation without her.

Eisenstein in Guantajuato is the newest Peter Greenaway ouvre, about film pioneer Sergey Eisentein’s contact with a world that defies his ideological perception and forces him to learn humanity.

Nobody Wants The Night is set in the yet undiscovered Arctic of the early 1900s and tells the story of the wife of an explorer, set on a journey to look for her husband and finding a friendship with an Inuit woman, with whom she shares a lot more than expected. Starring Juliette binoche…

Sworn Virgin follows Hana throughout her journey of breaking away from the traditional Albanian world and her pledge of chastity to discovering her sexuality and meeting her extended family in Italy.

See you in the theatres!

 

What we want to see at Berlin Fashion Week

In case you missed it, there’s the winter edition of Berlin Fashion Week coming up from the 19th until the 23rd of January and it’s most definitely worth checking out. This winter’s edition exhibits eye-catching collections and entertaining shows, with features proving fashion is just as much an industry, as it is an art form or even a creative platform for expression of social issues.

A designer collection may just show beauty, elegance and sophistication, or even make intelligent use of clothing to deconstruct gender identity. Us at U inn Berlin Hostel would like to share some of the shows we definitely don’t want to miss and put together some photos so you can get an idea of what to expect.

Barre Noire

A blend of colorful street wear and futuristic elegance by local designer Timm Süßbrich.

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Esther Perbandt

We’re also eager to see the newest collection of Berliner designer Esther Perbandt. Her shop is branded by a unique and strong concept of appearances for strong personalities, irrespective of gender.

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Zukker

Another show that should be interesting is the Autumn/Winter collection of Zukker – a German brand working with a distinctive edge on female appearance.

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Black Soma

A feature many Berliner designers seem to have in common is the variety of interpretations on black. And we LOVE it. So make sure to see the sensual dystopian creations of Black Soma.

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Holy Ghost

Weather it´s autumn pastels or bright summer neons, the clothing of Munich-based brand Holy Ghost have an attractive vibe to them.

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Malaikaraiss

We love the looks of Malaikaraiss´ outfits, amazingly simple in their beauty and harmonious colors.

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Aleks Kurkowski

If you have a taste for the dark, like we do, this stuff should probably impress you.

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If you like it so far, there are many more designers worth checking out, like…

Augustin Teboul

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…and NIAN

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We hope this got you as excited as we are about the shows and about the rich variety of style, which is Berlin.