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

Berlin Survival Guide part three – More bang for your Buck!

The age old question: “Do you get what you pay for?” In most cases yes, but that is not to say you cannot find quality for a good price! Supermarkets in Berlin, or Germany in general, are tricky because there is no rule where “this one” is the cheapest or “that one” is more quality because it depends on what you are looking for.

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Supermarket or Turkish Market

For example you can get the essentials like pasta and rice for less than a Euro, including milk and bread which are pretty much the same price across the board even if you prefer to go the bio/ vegan/ hipster route ;). However, vegetables, meats and fruits it gets a bit more complicated. In general, Lidl and Netto tie for the cheapest in this department but it does vary from week to week and what is on sale. Kaiser’s is generally a bit more expensive, but the quality is also quite a bit better. Berlin overall is quite famous for its incredibly cheap food prices so if you are on a budget it is quite easy to still eat well. So in short, Lidl and Netto are going to be the best bet for your fruit and veggie supply if the Flohmarkt/ Flea-market, Farmers-market or the Turkish Market in Kreuzberg are not available. If you are whipping up a simple pasta dish, any will suffice, and if you are more quality conscience then mosey on over to the nearest Kaiser’s (some are even open 24/6) or check out one of many Turkish Markets in our neighbourhood .

Don’t forget your empty bottles

Additionally if any of you heavy beer drinkers out there wonder why there are so many people asking for your empty beer bottles you might find this Blog post about collecting bottles  interesting. Did you know?! All Supermarkets accepting empty bottles as payment Woohoo!!

Also read our first and second part of the Berlin Survival Guide.

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

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

 

Open air cinemas in Berlin Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain

Open air cinemas in Berlin summer season 2012

Like every summer, the open air cinemas in Berlin invite you to watch big and small movies underneath a starry sky. With the rising temperatures the open air cinemas in Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg offer a unique range of movies from independent, to Hollywood blockbuster movies. No matter if you favour the classic black & white or the newest special effects, let the cinema screen take you into another world. From the middle of may till September the Berlin open air cinemas are open for you.

 Freiluftkino Friedrichshain

Located at the Volkspark Friedrichshain, it is the biggest open air cinema in Berlin. A place to watch classic Hollywood movies like “The Artist”, “Drive”, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” as well as the famous Berlin short movie night “Kuirzfilmrolle”.
Season 2012: 16.05 till 16.09
Entry fee 6,50€

www.freiluftkino-berlin.de

Freiluftkino Kreuzberg

This open air cinema is located in Berlin Kreuzberg in a backyard of the art house Bethanien on Mariannenplatz. Kreuzberg is known as the multicultural district of Berlin, same goes for the Kreuzberg open air cinema. Most of the movies are shown in their original version with German subtitles. They will be screening high quality movies like “Charly Chaplin – The great Dictator” or Roman Polanski’s – Carnage”.
Season 2012: 4.05 till 2.09
Entry fee 6,50€

www.freiluftkino-kreuzberg.de

 Freiluftkino Insel Cassiopeia

The open air cinema Insel is located at the Cassiopeia compound right in the centre of Berlin’s district Friedrichshain. Every Monday, Thursday and Sunday they will show movies in their original language with subtitles in German or English. At the opening night they show a movie about Berlin in the 90s “Berlinized Sexy an Eis”. Also, the upcoming program will feature many local movies and independent productions. The Freiluftkino Insel at the Cassiopeia is just a short walk from the hostel. And the bars and clubs in this part of Friedrichshian invite you to enjoy a hot summer night.
Season 2012: 5.05 till …
Entry fee 6,50€

www.freiluftkino-insel.de

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

Top 5 – What is the best Fast Food in Berlin

Top 5 Fast Food of Berlin

Berlin never stands still. The city has always been in a constant state of change, both on cultural and physical level. The foundation of Berlin is very multicultural with over 160 nationalities in the district Neukölln alone. This shows on the various Fast food menus Berliner diners have to offer. Did you know that the famous Currywurst has already lost the 1st place to the tasty Döner Kebab. Find out what else there is to chew on in our Top 5 fast-food article.

Döner Kebab

Best Doener Kebab in BerlinBerliners love Döner. No matter if it’s the vegetable Döner from “Mustafa” in Kreuzberg or the delicious Pide at the Warschauer bridge im Friedrichshain, they love their Döner. An imbiss named Saray is expeciually beloved amoung the night wolves in Friedrichshain. The place is at the beginning of Revaler Straße, corner of Warschauer strasse, AKA The PartyMile. At 6 in the morning when guests from Cassiopeia, Rosis, M.I.K.Z, RAW and Suicide Circus come out for food, they often find themselves in a long Döner and Sterni queue. You will find Döner Kebab all over Europe but the best Döner is still found in the city that created it, Berlin.

CurrywurstBest Currywurst in Berlin Friedrichshain

If you don´t want vitamin and other (un)necessary nutrition for the body and fat & sugar are your best friends, then the Currywurst is just the thing for you. Here in Berlin it is considered a full meal, not just small snack. The long queues at the famous Currywurst stores at Eberswalderstraße named Konopke and the one in Kreuzberg named Curry 36 gives the impressions that that’s all Berliners ever eat. If you are up for the hottest (chilli) Currywurst in town, make sure you check out a place called Curry 66 in the Grünberger Straße in Friedrichshain a short walk from the U inn Berlin Hostel away. Apparently it scores 7,1 million on the Scoville heat unit scale. (They serve it wearing rubber gloves). If you want to know all about the Currywurst can visit the Berliner Currywurst Museum in Mitte. If that´s not enough and you still want more make sure you check out the website www.basteltuete.de and buy a “Curry-to-go” kit so that you can make your own “Currywurst”at home.

Grilled Chicken

This fast food tradition of a rolling ´n grilling chicken on a spear started in the 60s. Most diners in town offer the grilled chicken, best served with French fries and Mayo. Yet the number one place to eat it at is the Hühnerhaus, located at the entrance of Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg. To Grap a chicken and head to Görli for a delicious, crispy chicken has become hip and cool. The demand is so great that they opened up a second Hühnerhaus just 50 meters away.

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Burger joints

For many years the only burger place that competed against the international burger chains was the Frittersalon in Friedrichshain. Now days there seem to be a burger joint on every corner. And they are getting better and better at grilling them. Görli Burger, Burgeramt, Kreuzburger, Burger-Meister to name a few are all fantastic burger joints. Check out Berlins special Burger with Kraut,Tofu,Tzaziki, Halumi or even Köfte.

Bratwurst

The Bratwurst is the typical fast food the people on the move enjoy. It’s kind of an old fashion but still very popular for the ever busy Berliner. You will find the Grillwalkers at Alexanderplatz and anywhere big crowds gather selling Bratwurst for 1,20€. It’s not the best sausage in Germany, but who can resist having one from a Grillwalker. I know I can´t.

Transmediale 2k+12 – in/compatible – Club Transmediale CTM.12 – Spectral

 

tm12/ CTM.12 Transmediale 2k+12 – in/compatible

Transmediale Berlin U inn Berlin hostelZum 25. Jubiläum arbeitet die transmediale fleißig daran in/kompatibel zu sein. Denn so lautet das Motto der diesjährigen transmediale 2012, die vom 31. Januar bis zum 05. Februar im Berliner Haus der Kulturen der Welt im Tiergarten stattfindet. Das Thema in/kompatibel beschäftigt sich mit der künstlerischen Vorstellung der Netzwerkkultur. Wie wir ja alle wissen ist dort alles miteinander vernetzt, jedoch passt nicht immer alles zusammen oder funktioniert einwandfrei miteinander. Zudem gibt es wieder ein vielfältiges und internationales Programm. Es wird ein zweitägiges Symposium zu diesem Thema geben, eine betreute Ausstellung, ein umfangreiches Videoprogramm als auch verschiedene Performances, wie zum Beispiel die legendäre Joshua Light Show. Ein Highlight der transmediale 2012 wird die reSource for transmedial culture Projektplattform sein. Dahinter verbirgt sich ein experimentelles Programm an Workshops, offenen Diskussionsrunden und Interventionen.

Club Transmediale 12 – Spectral

U-in-Berlin-Hostel-CTM.12- Spectral-Festival-BerlinAuch in diesem Jahr wird wieder mit der CTM.12 – SPECTRAL in einem umfangreichen Club und Konzertprogramm, vom 27. Januar bis 19. Februar, die transmediale12 musikalisch und mit Ausstellungen begleitet. Die Spielorte in Kreuzberg und Friedrichshain werden im Hau, Berghain, Kater Holzig, Horst Krzbrg., Kunstraum Kreuzberg/ Bethanien, Passionskirche und im Gretchen sein.

Tickets bekommt ihr hier:

Transmediale in/compatible und CTM.12 – SPECTRAL

Und ein Platz zum schlafen bei uns im U inn Berlin Hostel im Friedrichshian.