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

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!!

 

Euro Cup 2012: Public viewing events in Berlin Friedrichshain

Public viewing in Berlin Friedrichshain

This summer will be an amazing summer. London hosting the Olympic Games and Poland and Ukraine host our so much loved Euro 2012 Football Cup. Poland is not far away from Berlin, if you get one of the rare tickets you will probably have a time of your life. For the rest of us what is left is to watch the Europe Cup 2012 in one of its many public viewing locations in Berlin. And Berlin proved during World Cup 2010 which taken place in South Africa that we don’t need a World Cup in our own country to have a great party. Hundreds of thousand of football fans have joined the big public viewing events in Berlin. Again this year you got the chance to watch your favourite sport together with your friends here in Berlin next to the hostel in Friedrichshain.

 11 Freunde EM-Quartier

“11 Freunde” is the German Football-Fanzine. Together with the German Football Association DFB and some more or less important cultural and political organizations the “11 Freunde” gathering at the “Alter Postbahnhof” next to the Ostbahnhof and the East-Side-Gallery. Postbahnhof is a huge compound with indoor and outdoor areas. All games will be shown there. Before and after the matches you get a Polish/Ukraine cultural overdose. Bands, artist and football talks, everything a real football fan likes.

Adress: Straße der Pariser Kommune 2-4, Berlin
Entry: Free

 Rosi’s

The Rosi’s Club is a typical Friedrichshain Club. It is located on Revaler Strasse, right at the heart of Berlin’s night-life district. All matches of the Europe Cup 2012 will be shown on 2 big screens in the garden of the Rosi’s Club. To make sure you will get a seat in the first row you should go to the Rosi’s 1-2 hours before kick-off.
Address: Revaler Str. 24
Entry: Free

 Yaam Reggae Beach Bar

Yaam Reggae Bar is right next to the famous East-Side-Gallery and it invites you to join them at their beach for the Europe Cup 2012 Public viewing. They offer; Big screen, relaxed music, cold beer and a wonderful view on the river spree. That’s what you get at Yaam. Thanks to its location on one of Berlin’s tourist hot spots, the East-Side-Gallery, the crowd will be a very international mix.
Adres: Stralauer Platz 35
Entry: Free (own drinks not allowed)

 Lido

The Lido Club together with a local radio station STAR FM and the well known social network service YELP announcing the “Lido EM2012-Hauptquartier” in Berlin Kreuzberg. Last year they already hosted the public viewing for the “11Freundinnin” on the Woman’s World Cup 2011. This year they go totally nuts. 1 big screen inside and many smaller screens in their beer garden will give you a perfect public viewing experience.
Address: Cucrystr 7
Entry: Free

 

Simon-Dach-Strasse

Simon-Dach-Str. is Berlins most famous Bar/Night-life Street. And you can bet on it that all bars and restaurants on this street will held their very own public viewing event. For 4 weeks this street will become one of Berlin’s most popular public viewing arenas. If you don’t like to go to one of the above listed public viewing spots in Berlin or you are always too late to get a seat in the first row, Simon-Dach-Str will be your best chance to view the matches with your friends.
Simon-Dach-Str. Friedrichshian
Entry: 1 Beer or the cheapest meal on the menu

 

Start your new life in Berlin

Looking for a room in Berlin?

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.de and wg-welt.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

Fete de la musique June 21 2011

Fête de la Musique Berlin Friedrichshain

U inn Berlin Hostel Fete de la musique

“Participate in the vibrant sounds and beats of Fête de la Musique – the European and Worldwide Music Day! The Fête de la Musique began in Paris in 1982, and was founded by the popular French cultural minister Jack Lang. The festival originated in a humble burst of musical idealism and a few power connections, and yet, in only two decades has become a wildly popular global event.

 

This season, the summertime musical event will draw music lovers in over 340 cities worldwide, 60 European cities, 22 of them in Germany alone. On June 21st one can hear all styles of music that is free to the public thanks to all of the musicians, bands, orchestras, choirs, soloists and DJs that perform for free on this day. In Berlin, Fête de la Musique has been produced by the Fête Company since 1995. The festival started as a small movement and has grown to be one of the largest and most widely attended music festivals our city offers!”

Stages near the Hostel in Friedrichshain:

Feuermelder (Alternative Indie Punk)

Krossener Str. 24

Lovelite (Dancehall Dub Reggae)

Simplonstr. 38

Rosis (Elektro DnB)

Revaler Str  29

Cassiopeia (Alternative Punk Dub Reggae)

Revaler Str. 99

Neurocomic (Techno Minimal)

An der Schillingbrücke

For more information check www.fetedelamusique.de

Open Air Cinema Season 2011 at Freiluftkino Insel im Cassiopeia

“Freiluftkino Insel” @ Cassiopeia

U inn Berlin Hostel cassiopeia biergartenAs soon as the days get longer Berlin’s Open Air Cinemas open up for summer season 2011. A very prominent and unique cinema is “Freiluftkino Insel im Cassiopeia”. Located in an old train depot, Cassiopeia is one of Friedrichshains most famous clubs. Just a few meters from Warschauer Strasse at Revaler Strasse – also known as “Technostrich” (don’t ask 🙂 ) – it is the perfect spot to start your Open Air Cinema night. After watching a movie you can jump right in to the night-life of Berlin Friedrichshian. Next to the cinema you will find clubs like Cassiopeia, RAW, Suicide Circus, Astra Kulturhaus, M.I.K.Z. or Rosi’s. Also there are many good restaurants and cocktail bars around the corner at Simon-Dach-Strasse.

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Here you will find the program for May 2011. Most movies are “Orginal mit Untertitel”, which means the movies will be screened in their original languages (mostly English) but with subtitles. Entry is 6,50€ Cassiopeia Open-air cinema is just a few minutes from U inn Berlin Hostel. Just ask our staff for directions!

 Programm: Freiluftkino Insel im Cassiopeia

  •  05. Mai 21:00 BLOW UP (OmU)
  • 08. Mai 21:00 IN IHREN AUGEN – El Secreto de Sus Ojojs (OmU)
  • 09. Mai 21:00 AUßER ATEM – A bout de souffle (OmU)
  • 10. Mai 21:15 IN IHREN AUGEN – El Secreto de Sus Ojojs (OmU)
  • 11. Mai 21:30 RADIO ROCK REVOLUTION – präsentiert von STAR FM
  • 12. Mai 21:15 RANGO
  • 15. Mai 21:15 BLACK SWAN (OmU)
  • 16. Mai 21:30 RANGO
  • 17. Mai 21:30 TAMARA DREWE – Immer Drama um Tamara (Omu)
  • 19. Mai 21:30 WINTERS BONE (OmU)
  • 21. Mai 22:00 CLASH 2011 presented by Relentless (Videopremiere): ANTIZ OAF
  • 22. Mai 22:00 WINTERS BONE (OmU)
  • 23. Mai 21:30 I killed my mother (OmU)
  • 24. Mai 21:30 ANOTHER YEAR (OmU)
  • 25. Mai 22:00 Litauische Filmnacht: SHORT FILMS SPECIAL
  • 26. Mai 21:30 THE TREE (OmU)
  • 29. Mai 21:45 MACHETE (OmU)
  • 30. Mai 21:45 THE TREE (OmU)
  • 31. Mai 21:45 MACHETE (OmU)

For more information check out www.facebook.com/freiluftkino.insel or www.freiluftkino-insel.de

How to order a Döner Kebap in Berlin

U inn Berlin Hostel Blog How to order a Doener in Berlin Berlin Döner History

What is Döner anyway? The Berliner Döner is a Turkish fast food, invented in Berlin by a Turkish immigrant in 1971. Its white Turkish bred with salad, meat and sauce. First thing you need to know is that there are few different kinds of Döner’s. It can be served with different sauces and different kinds of meat. You can also change the make-up of the salad, so if you don’t like onions for example you can naturally leave them out, as everything else you don’t like. If you don’t like to eat the bred, you can also order the Döner on a plate.

The standard Döner is served as follows:

White bred cross and warm baked with lamb or chicken, different kinds of vegetables like onion, tomato and cucumber, corn and red cabbage. You usually have three different sauces to choose from: Garlic sauce, herbal sauce and hot sauce. It’s common to mix the hot sauce with one of the others but not garlic and herb sauce. The hot sauce is really hot and only for the brave ones – and be warned, it might burn two times. If you want to try it, we recommend asking for only a little bit hot sauce – “nur ein kleines bisschen scharfe Soße”

Order a Döner

So let’s imagine: You’re starving and have dreamed about trying a Döner your whole life. You want to order a Döner, but you speak English and the Turkish guy at the fast food restaurant speaks German and Turkish. What to do? Desperation! No Turkish-English interpreter around? F*** you’ll have to starve.

Or let us help you and use the following crib:

U-inn-Berlin-Hostel-Chicken-DönerJust click on the link to hear the translation –> [1][2][3]

  • One/ two/ three Döner – Ein/ zwei/ drei Döner  [1] [2] [3]
  • Without / with – ohne / mit [1] [2]
  • Onion – Zwiebeln [1]
  • Tomatos and cucumber – Tomaten und Gurken [1]
  • Red cabbage – Rotkohl [1]
  • Hot sauce – Scharfer Soße [1]
  • Garlic sauce – Knoblauchsoße [1]
  • Herb Sauce – Kräutersoße [1]
  • Chicken – Huhn [1]
  • Lamb – Lamm [1]
  • A Döner on a plate (without bred) – Ein Dönerteller [1]

For example:

I would like to have a Döner with chicken, without onions and with hot and garlic sauce.

Ich hätte gern einen Döner mit Huhn, ohne Zwiebeln, mit scharfer Soße und Knoblauchsoße. [1]

The Dönerman is asking: “Mit scharfer Soße?” Wich means „With hot sauce?“ and you might say:

“No thanks, no hot sauce.” – “Nein Danke, keine scharfe Soße.” [1]

“Yes, but only a little bit.” – “Ja, aber nur ein bisschen (scharfe Soße).” [1]

As you finally trust us, try out this with your favourite Dönerman:

Ick hätt jern nen Döner mit scharfa Soße und’n  Sterni [1]

And now some basics:

  • Please – Bitte [1]
  • Thanx – Danke [1]
  • Good bye – Tschüss [1]
  • It was delicious – Es war lecker [1]
  • I love Döner – Ich liebe Döner [1]

We hope you will find this guide quite helpfull and enjoy the Google Translation links as much as we did.

Liese & Chris

Big Apple meets Dickes B: From New York to Berlin …. Just for the weekend!

Airport BER Berlin Brandenburg International

U inn Berlin Hostel Airport TXL SXF BERBerlins very new Airport BER: Berlin Brandenburg International is not finished yet. But some Airlines already offer new intercontinental flight connections. Berlin’s biggest player Air Berlin is offering now its new connections to New York, Verona and Oliba. And Royal Jordanian flys you down to the Middle East or even to South-East Asia.

EasyJetSet

If you come from Barcelona and you are sick of local clubs and you wanna visit the Panorama/Berghain, then not only EasyJet and RyanAir could be your sole choice.. no – as from now you can also fly in with SpanAir. Ok unfortunately this will not help you to bypass the door at the Berghain Club. But it will connect two of Europe’s major party citys.

Since Air Berlin is a low cost carrier, you get quite cheap deals for you Berlin flights. Why not fly in from Big Apple on a Friday for a weekend?!

  • Check-in at the hostel try-out our free dinner at the hostel kitchen
  • Prepare yourself for a pub crawl on “Simon-Dach-Strasse” (Left side up and Right side down)
  • On Saturday wake up early take a Aspirin( remember: pub crawl last night)
  • Have a breakfast and start the day at the “East Side Gallery”
  • Visit “Alexanderplatz” and walk up “Unter den Linden”
  • Make a snapshot at the “Brandenburger Tor”
  • Get a visa stamp in your passport witch says that you have checked in at “communist wonderland” (not very sure if the TSA likes that 🙂
  • Jump on the M100 Bus and make a free BusTour
  • Heading back to the hostel for a short nap and ask our friendly receptionist “What’s up tonight”
  • Wake up in the morning and ask yourself *oh my god what have i done*

48h Later

Yes you are in Berlin, 3,978 miles from home, don’t know what you done in the last 48h. But luckily you found a flight ticket under your pillow. It says that you have 2 hours to get back to the airport and finally back to your so loved Big Apple.