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.

MĂŒggelsee

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! ItÂŽs 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 BlĂŒcherplatz (U1 and U6  stop “Hallesches Tor”) with over 100 bands and DJÂŽs 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-cafĂ©-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 VisionÀre

Club der VisionĂ€re 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!

AdmiralsbrĂŒcke

During the summer the bridge and its grassy shores are alive with droves of Berliners, relaxing and chilling with some cheap spÀti 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

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!!

 

New Years Eve 2012 in Berlin

On the 31st of December the biggest party in Berlin will take place again at the Brandenburg Gate. Be one in million and welcome in the New Year together!

The biggest party in Germany

Whether at Brandenburg Gate or in one of countless clubs, Berlin offers – as always – Partygoers or those with quieter tastes the right ambience. Since the fall of the wall in 1989, the unarguable main event has traditionally been held at the Brandenburg Gate. Every year around 1 million people from all over Germany and the globe turn out to celebrate the New Year at one of the biggest parties in the world.

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Performing this year, among others:
Andreas Bourani, Cassandra Steen, Culture Beat, DJ BoBo, DJ Ötzi, Frida Gold, Glasperlenspiel, Hermes House Band, Hot Chocolate, Jimi Jamison, Johnny Logan, Kim Wilde, Marianne Rosenberg, Musical Rocks, Scorpions, The Boss Hoss, Udo JĂŒrgens

So get your warmest socks out, get your coat on and get up to Berlin.

Look out folks, here comes the Berlin Music Days

Berlin Music Days

BerMuDays (shorthand for Berlin Music Days) is a festival internationally renowned, attracting thousands of visitors for an entire week of musical spectacles that really ties the Berlin music scene together. Bermuda take place from 31.Oct till 3.Nov. Participating Clubs and Locations are Kater Holzig(exBar25), Arena Club, Cassiopeia, Cookies, Chalet, Golden Gate, Gretchen, Weekend, Postbahnhof, Watergate, Tresor and many more.

Bermuda Berlin

Night and Day

In the daytime the BerMuDays offers a diverse and cultured program such as Workshops, Panels, Lectures, Exhibitions and fashion events around electronic music and the associated culture. By night the BerMuNights, or Berlin Music Nights, really comes alive with Berlin clubs (there are many) becomes more insane than ever. There are special events catering specifically to the Berlin Music Days/ Nights in many clubs with label nights, showcases and top-notch party specials in Europe’s hottest club scene.

 Fly BerMuDa

The grand finale at Berlin’s former Airport Tempelhof is the FLY BerMuDa event. The Airport Terminal was once the biggest building in the world and during the cold war the allies supplied from this airport West Berlin via the “LuftbrĂŒcke” with food. Closed down in 2008 the Tempelhof Airfield becomes a recreation area. The Terminal with its unique design and its huge hangar gives shelter to major events like the Berlin Festival or the Berlin Fashion Week and in November Fly Bermuda a huge indoor Rave which take place in this awesome location. The Lineup is the Who is Who of German Techno artists and as you know we have a lot of them, so let’s have a look at the gigantic lineup.

 

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Lineup:

Sven VĂ€th[Cocoon], Luciano[Cadenza] Fritz Kalkbrenner: LIVE[Suol] Chris Liebing[clr.net] Digitalism DJ SET[Hamburg] PAN-POT[Mobilee] MACEO PLEX[ELLUM Audio] Ellen Allien[BPitch Control] MAREK HEMMANN: LIVE[Freude Am Tanzen] Oliver Koletzki & Fran: LIVE[Stil Vor Talent] MAGDA[Items&Things,M-nus] Mathias Kaden[Freude Am Tanzen] Henrik Schwarz: LIVE[Innervisions]Turntablerocker[Casablanca Records] Tale Of Us[Visionquest] Wankelmut[Four Artist] Photek[Photek Productions] Clockwork[Hot Creations] Pinch[Tectonic] Hrdvsion: LIVE[Wagon Repair] Dewalta[Vakant] NiconĂ© & Sascha Braemer[Bar 25 – Berlin] Pilocka Krach LIVE[Bar 25 – Berlin] Lauhaus[Studio 80 – Amsterdam] Molly[Rex Club – Paris] Animal Trainer[Hive Club – ZĂŒrich] Luca Pilato[Junk Department – London]

 

Berlin Festival 2011 at Tempelhof Airport and Club X-Berg

Berlin Festival with Public Enemy, Boy Gorge and Boys Noize

On the 9th-10th of August, the Berlin Festival will once again take place at the old Tempelhof Airport. The Tempelhof Airport is an awesome location, with the main terminal providing shelter in case of a rainy day. However, we should stay positive! With such a stellar lineup, the Berlin Festival once agin gets a top position in the field of Indie Electro festivals in Europe. They still manage to keep a good mix between Hipster Indie and Freaky Berlin Stylish Electro. Hey, Whoever thought that you would see Public Enemy and Boy George on the same Festival … Interesting!!

Tempelhof Airport is situated right in the middle of Berlin, so there were some problems last year with their neighbours. This year, the festival is split into two parts. Part one is the Berlin Festival during the day at the airport. Part two is the Club X-Berg Festival at the Berlin Arena in Kreuzberg. The Berlin Arena is well known for housing big events, so we can expect a huge non-stop party!

The line-up For the Berlin Festival 2011

Andy Butler, Aloe Blacc, Apparat Band, A-Trak, Battles, U inn Berlin Hostel Berlin Festival 2011Beginner, Beirut, Bodi Bill, Boy George, Boys Noize, Brodinski, Buraka Som Sistema, Casper, CSS, Daniel Wang, dEUS, Diplo, Discodromo, DJ Hell, Dry the River, Florrie, Health, Hercules And Love Affair, James Blake, Jimmy Edgar, Kruder & Dorfmeister, LFO, Marc Vedo, Mogwai, Mount Kimbie, Oh Land, Pantha Du Prince, Primal Scream Present Screamadelica, Public Enemy, Rainbow Arabia, Santigold, Skrillex, Suede, Tuneyards, The Black Angels, The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, The Drums, The Naked And Famous, The Rapture, Wire, Yelle

Tickets:

2 Day Festival Pass: 81€ ,1 Day Festival Pass: 48€, Club X-Berg: 26€

Accommodation in Berlin

Since there are no camping sites available at the Berlin Festival, you will need to find other accommodation during your stay. From U Inn Berlin Hostel, the festival is easily accessible. You can get to Tempelhof Airport via the Ring Bahn train from Frankfurter Allee.To Club X-Burger, you can catch the S Bahn for 2 stations.

More information: www.berlinfestival.de

Fete de la musique June 21 2011

FĂȘte de la Musique Berlin Friedrichshain

U inn Berlin Hostel Fete de la musique

“Participate in the vibrant sounds and beats of FĂȘte de la Musique – the European and Worldwide Music Day! The FĂȘte 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, FĂȘte de la Musique has been produced by the FĂȘte 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 SchillingbrĂŒcke

For more information check www.fetedelamusique.de

transmediale.11 RESPONSE:ABILITY and CTM.11 LIVE!?

Transmediale Response:Ability

This years transmediale.11 is going to take place at the “Haus der Kulturen der Welt” from 1st until the 6th of February 2011. The title RESPONSE:ABILITY presenting a programme withe more than 150 projects, all focused on the radical changes in our digital age. We all living in a time where Web 2.0, Social media connects everybody with everything at every time. This edition of transmediale.11 will also connect you directly to all our events and venues. RESPONSE:ABILITY this years slogan reflects the way we life together and how work and all political processes designed in a new way. A fine selection of lectures, performances, workshops, screenings, concerts and art installations awaits you at the “Haus der Kulturen der Welt”

U inn Berlin Hostel Transmediale Berlin tm11-response-ability

International renowned speakers including , Franco ‚BIFO‘ Berardi, Tim Etchells, Jordan Crandall and Carolyn Guertin will give a lecture at BODY:RESPONSE. Audio-visual live performances will present et al. People Like Us, CĂ©cile Babiole & Vincent Goudard and Ei Wada at the performance programme LIVE:RESPONSE. The film- and video programme SyncExistence will screen in total 58 new works as well as rare and historical works by artists like Lynn Hershmann Leeson, Ho Tzu Nyen and Sergei Komarov. Furthermore the HacKaWay Zone will establish an experimental room for art, workshops and performances of artist like Paul Vanouse, UBERMORGEN.COM and Daito Manabe. In the Open Zone artists, scientists and activists like Heath Bunting, FakePress, and Elizabeth Stark will create interactive, open workspaces, workshops and stages which are symbolizing the open culture. This programmatical focus on open and collaborative structures is reflected in the comprehensive approach of the festival. Everything is connected with each other and fluent crossings are developing in which the participants get active in the different emphases of transmediale.11.

Club Transmediale

But a transmediale would ne be perfect without the ClubTransmediale CTM.11. Extended Club Nights at Berghain and Maria am Ostbahnhof on the weekend of February 4–6 present an update on affairs in the ever-expanding club music universe. There’s a special focus on the diverse and continually shifting styles derived from the exploded genres of dubstep, grime and UK funky. Catch up with the latest developments on the UK scene around mastermind Kode9 at the big Hyperdub night at Berghain on Friday 4.2, when Darkstar, King Midas Sound, Ikonika, Cooly G and others among the label’s advance guard will test the membranes of Berlin’s premium sound system. Another special highlight is the Modeselektion night scheduled for Saturday, 5.2 in Maria am Ostbahnhof, compiled by Berlin’s own home-grown heroes of the bass line, Modeselektor, who invited along some of their talented cronies: the video collective Pfadfinderei, Jackmaster, Ben UFO, Cosmin TRG and Siriusmo. Other highlights include a Perlon night at Panorama Bar, club concerts by Swedish techno-minimalists The Field, French duo Zombie Zombie, and the young Cologne trio, MIT, who fuse Kraftwerk-inspired conceptual electronica with the cold wave aesthetics of Joy Division – and will present their latest album at the festival.

Program

OpeningU inn Berlin Hostel Firedrichshain Club tranmediale ctm
Tue 1.2.2011 at 6 pm
Duration and Opening hours
2. – 6.2.2011, daily 10 am – 22 pm

Venue

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Tickets
tm Festival-Pass: 80 Euro / 45 Euro concessions
tm Day-Ticket: 25 Euro / 18 Euro concessions
tm/CTM Combined-Pass: 105 Euro / 80 Euro concessions
Conference: 7 Euro / 5 Euro concessions
Performance: 12 Euro / 8 Euro concessions
Film + Video: 7 Euro / 5 Euro concessions

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.