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

Hipster Olympics Berlin 2012

Hipster olympics berlin 2012Hip Hip Hipster!

I don’t know if Berlin is really the Hipster capital everybody claims it to be but since we have the official Hipster Olympics in town it might be so. On Saturday 21.07.2012 at the Postbahnhof in Berlin Friedrichshain Hipsters from all over the world but most likely from Neukölln, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain will meet to find out who is the “Hippest” Hipster in town. Get yourself a Club-Mate or a Bubble Tea and join the (hip) crowd on Saturday at the Postbahnhof next to the East Side Gallery. You still don’t have any clue what this event will be about?

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Here are some of the hipster disciplines:

  • Jute bag jumping
  • Club-Mate crate race
  • skinny jeans fighting
  • Apple product – The price is Right
  • Bubble tea dive
  • vinyl marathon

And many more.  Sound fun to you?!!  Go –> www.hipster-olympiade.de

 

Finding Berlin Tours – classic vintage bike tours

Discover Berlin

Finding Berlin Tours

A great way to discover Berlin is doing it by bike. Everyone can do it! The city is more or less flat. The ‘Finding Berlin‘ tours take you to see the real Berlin and allow you to discover why so many people fall in love with this city and decide to move here. Join Martin the tour guide, who loves his Classic–Vintage bikes, on a tour through Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, Mitte or Prenzlauer Berg.

Getting off the beaten tracks

Berlin is a city with a long history with Museums, Churches and Boulevards, that’s what everybody likes to see! But there is so much more than just the “Brandenburger Tor” or “Unter den Linden”. What’s happening right now on the streets of Berlin is just as important. Berlin sets trends in many ways, music, art and fashion. So why not get off the beaten tracks. Visit art galleries, checkout the newest street-art, hang out at awesome chill out spots, and find the best Turkish food in Berlin. You can choose from different tours and ride some of the most stylish bikes ever!

 Art Avantgarde tour

Are you into art? Do you like to find out what makes Berlin’s art scene so unique? This week they start a new tour called ‘Art Avantgarde tour’. Let them take you on a journey through avant-garde art and enjoy fantastic exhibitions. Get in touch with artists and talk with them about their business and what they think about the Berlin scene. This tour will take place every 2nd Tuesday starting on the 26nd of June.

Finding Berlin Bike Tours

  • Art Avantgarde tour – What’s on in the Berlin Art scene?
  • Every 2nd Tuesday Start 14:00 20€
  • IRONarttour – Street Urban Art culture inside & out of the gallery
  • Saturday Start 14:00 18€
  • Berlin Kiez Life – Berlin’s most inspiring districts far away from the main tourist sites
  • Thursday  Start 11:00 25€
  • Favourite Places – Your Berlin Guide
  • Saturday Start 11:00 20€
  • Little Istanbul – The Turkish Berlin
  • Saturday 13:00 22€
  • Good Morning Saigon – The Vietnamese Berlin
  • Friday 16:00 25€

The ‘Finding Berlin’ Headquarters is based at RAW Temple in Friedrichshian. Just down the stairs next to the famous photo box right on Warschauer Straße. If you would just like to rent a bike you can also do so. Opening hours are 10 am till 7 pm.

Contact:

FindingBerlin-Tours Revaler Str. 99 10245 Berlin
phone +49 176 99 333 913
www.findingberlin-tours.com

This Ain’t California – a GDR Skateboard documentary

GDR Skateboard Movie

This Ain’t California – a GDR Skateboard documentaryThis ain’t California is a documentary about the Skateboard scene in East Germany. Yes you hear right. Between all these gray socialism there where some kids who not only build their own skateboards they build there very own freedom. And this idea is not so wrong at all. Just think about the fact that the GDR had some of the biggest urban development projects with a lot of concrete. Perfect conditions for skateboards. The premier of this Movie was at the Berlinale 2012 in Berlin. Just a few days ago. For more information go to www.thisaintcalifornia.de

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“We call it Wasserschlacht” Food fight at Oberbaumbrücke August 28th 2011

Wasserschlacht oder Gemüseschlacht – Water-fight or Food-fight! Call it as you like! The last Wasserschlacht took place in 2008 at the Oberbaumbrücke between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. And it was an epic event. No need to guess who won the fight coz as always Friedrichshian WON!! Why we do it?

Simple answer! Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg were once 2 separate districts. But politicians made a decision and now it is one big district. They take care of all the basic stuff like new street name signes and so on…But they forgot the far most important question. Who will be the king in the new born district. hat’s what the fight is about and so far Friedrichshain always wins. The last Wasserschlacht took place 4 years ago and now Kreuzberg claims once agin that the throne belongs to them.

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We want you to help Friedichshain and join us on the 28th of August at 12am at the Oberbaumbrücke. Equip yourself with a camouflage rubbish bag a water gun and some old vegetables. Everything what is old rotten or soft is allowed. Prepare yourself to get a little dirty 🙂

See you at Oberbaumbrücke.

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

Carnival of Cultures Street Festival 2011

“Karneval der Kulturen” The Street Festival 10th June – 13th June

U inn Berlin Hostel Karneval der KulturenCome right in! Listen and dance to the sound of Berlin: four different stages – Bazaár Berlin, Eurasia, Farafina & Latinauta – want to introduce Berlin’s music szene as well as international bands to you. Stiltwalkers, acrobats and magicians settle on the grassland and invite all visitors to test their own abilities in those fields and practice their skills in creativity. 330 market stalls attract with culinary seducements, arts and crafts and much more.

 The Highlight the Procession 12th June

On the Sunday of Pentecost, 12th June 2011, about 4.800 participants organised in 93 groups will change Kreuzberg into a sea of colours and ideas.  We expect about 700.000 visitors to celebrate Berlin’s diversity along the route. The street procession focusses on the cultural richness of Berlin, and also highlights the often hidden treasures of its international cultural scene. It questions everyday life and politics. Carnival is a combined art form that embraces many aspects of artistic expression. Due to the global migration currents it is multifacetted and of mixed styles. The Carnival of Cultures is open to everybody and all forms of cultural expression. It is regarded as a platform for a proud expression of hybrid cultural identities, containing traditional and contemporary elements. It includes and attracts all age groups, professional artists and amateurs, people from all walks of life.

www.karneval-berlin.de

Punk and Disorderly Festival 2011 @ Astra Club Berlin Friedrichshain

Punk and Disorderly

In April the “Punk and Disorderly Festival 2011” takes place at the Astra Club in Berlin – Friedrichshain. There is no question, disordered punk is Berlin – disordered punk is Friedrichshain. That’s why our fringe group is looking forward to this wicked punk festival with its amazing line up. Local heroes like “Oxo 86” as well as “Deadline” – finest UK street punk and many more bands are ready to make a orderly mess with us. These three nights of punk rock will bring fans from all over Europe together. The Astra Club is the perfect venue for this event, as it is located at the R.A.W. right between the Berliner districts Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, which got the punk most deep in there hearts. Loads of all kinds of clubs as well as tons of bars are located there too. We’ve got the people, we’ve got the beer. So what do we need more. YES!! The line up!!

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FRIDAY

  • 00:10 pm – 01:10 pm ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE
  • 11:10 pm – 11:55 pm ARGY BARGY
  • 10:10 pm – 10:55 pm PÖBEL & GESOCKS
  • 09:15 pm – 09:55 pm OXO 86
  • 08:30 pm – 09:00 pm URBAN REJECTS
  • 07:45 pm – 08:15 pm ON THE JOB
  • 07:00 pm – 07:30 pm KITTY IN A CASKET
  • 06:00 pm DOORS OPEN

SATURDAYU-inn-Berlin-Hostel-Punk-and-Disorderly-Dead-Line

  • 00:10 pm – 01:10 pm LAST RESORT
  • 11:10 pm – 11:55 pm DEADLINE
  • 10:10 pm – 10:55 pm VARUKERS
  • 09:15 pm – 09:55 pm TV SMITH plays THE ADVERTS
  • 08:30 pm – 09:00 pm THE FILAMENTS
  • 07:45 pm – 08:15 pm MOPED LADS
  • 07:00 pm – 07:30 pm THE RUCKERS
  • 06:00 pm DOORS OPEN

SUNDAYU-inn-Berlin-Hostel-Punk-and-Disorderly-Cock-Sparrer

  • 11:10 pm – 00:10 pm COCK SPARRER
  • 10:10 pm – 10:55 pm MARK FOGGO’S SKASTERS
  • 09:15 pm – 09:55 pm KLASSE KRIMINALE
  • 08:30 pm – 09:00 pm THE GRIT
  • 07:45 pm – 08:15 pm DROOGIEZ
  • 07:00 pm – 07:30 pm THE HITCHCOCKS
  • 06:00 pm DOORS OPEN

Harden your shoulders, pogo won’t wait for long.

For more Information: http://www.punk-disorderly.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

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”

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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, Cécile 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