Summer is finally here! Wanna swim?

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

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

Here ‘s some of the nicest:

Schlachtensee

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

Müggelsee

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

Weißensee

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

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

 

Enjoy!!

 

Your

U inn Berlin Hostel staff

Carnival of Cultures street festival 2015

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

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

 

 

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

Now to the highlight: The Parade on Sunday 24th

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

End: ca. 9 pm, Yorckstraße/Möckernstraße

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

 

Have fun and see you there!

Your U Inn Berlin Hostel Team

 

Happy Birthday to us!

 

U drinks

We turn five on the 1st of March! So give us a high 5! Every Check-in on that day gets a free Welcome Drink and everyone in the house is invited to the U inn Berlin Birthday Party! We will have free food and all drinks for only 1,-Euro!!! Test your karaoke skills and battle it out with other international guests and the hostel crew!

 

It has been an incredible 5 years hosting so many interesting and wonderful people from all over the world!! This celebration is our way of saying thank you to all those who have previously stayed here, for their part in building so many kind memories that have given spirit and warmth to our little home away from home! But also as a welcome to our current guests to come on up and boogie down yo…

U inn Berlin Hostel Our first guestbook entry

 

From the first day we opened till now, 5 years on our doors are always open to all the happy backpackers and other globetrotting travellers alike…. here are some of our favourite guest-book entries:

 „ … This Hostel is a Gem, probably one of the best hostels i was ever visiting (and I’ve been in many) Will surely recommend this Place! …” Tobias 2009

“ War ne richtig coole Woche, Geile Party Mukke am Morgen und supi Hostel. See you soon …“ Unknown happy guest 2011

“… it smells like rice in here but I like it. Makes me feel like home. 5 of 5 toasters. …” Jenny 2012

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 Jürgens

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

Run Berlin Run!! 39th Berlin-Marathon

39th BMW Berlin-Marathon

U inn Berlin Hostel Friedrichshian Berlin MarathonDo you wanna be one of the million visitors for the 39th BMW Berlin-Marathon? Then save the next weekend for a trip to Berlin. According to the organizer we expect about 70000 runners, walkers, wheelchair athletes, hand cyclists and inline skaters for the marathon weekend. Alone over 40000 marathon runners are registered for the big event on the Sunday the 30th of September 2012.

Marathon Sightseeing

It is a great opportunity to see a lot from 11 suburbs including the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Siegessäule, Potsdamer Platz and many more. Or just enjoy the great Feelin’ and the joy from over 80 bands, which will play all kinds of music along the marathon course.

U inn Berlin Hostel Friedrichshian Berlin Marathon Map

 

Marathon Afterparty

The GOYA Club will be the place to celebrate the end of a long day for all participant and friends. The “party-marathon” for skaters starts on the 29th at 9 pm and for all runners on the 30th of September at 8 pm. It’s 6 € for non-participants.
All information around the event you can find: www.bmw-berlin-marathon.com

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

 

Fête de la Musique 2012 program

Fête de la Musique indoor/outdoor program

fete de la musiqueOn Thursday the 21.6 the Fête de la Musique will take place in Berlin. The Fête de la Musique is an Open Air free Festival with stages all over Berlin. Street artists, Musicians and everybody who likes to show the world their very special talents is welcome to perform on the streets of Berlin. There is no special licence needed. As always our district Berlin Friedrichshain is very busy on this special day. Stages are everywhere and spontaneous Open Air parties guarantee you a wonderful summer day and with the Fête de la Nuit the party will not end before the next day. As usual the big question is where to go. If you don’t have a plan already checkout their Homepage for the program. But believe me you are not the only one and just like every other year the server which hosts the Homepage can get a little busy. That’s why we provide you with the program for Friedrichshain here in our Hostel Blog.

 Fête de la Musique program Friedrichshian:

1 für’s Brot – 1 für die Spiele

Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.raw-tempel.de

Programm: Musik für-mit-von Kindern, Kiezmusik, Rock, Open Air 16:00 – 22:00 Uhr 16:00 RAW-Kinderbands (rock), 16:15 Rolf Reinhard Gaußauge (akustik), 16:30 Fire Flowers (kidsrock), 16:45 Albina (akustik), 17:00 Der Franz (akustik), 17:20 Koljamusic (rock), 17:35 Matt De Harp & Guests (akustik), 18:00 Strip me Naked (rock), 18:30 Pirates of Percussion feta. Baque Forte feat. Sussorro do Asfalto(percussion), 18:45 Tune Up (akustik), 19:00 Prunx (rock), 19:20 SillyCircus (rock), 19:40 Frag Frank (akustik), 20:10 Wallerts (rock), 20:40 Charlies Choice (akustik), 21:20 Ganzgut (rock)

 Abgedreht rockt Friedrichshain

Karl-Marx-Allee 140, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.abgedreht.net

Programm: Punk, Rock, Open Air 16:00 – 22:00 Uhr 16:00 Arsen (indiepunk), 17:00 Willy Wombat (deutsch-punk), 18:00 Pentaphone (rock), 19:00 Blue Rockin (psychobilly), 20:00 The Pin Sharps (rockabilly) Fête de la Nuit: weiter Indoor ab 22:00 – 24:00 Uhr: Aftershowparty

 Badehaus

Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.badehaus-berlin.com

Programm: Country, Swing, Rock’n’Roll, Garage Punk, Open Air 16:00 – 22:00 Uhr 16:00 Comedian Pharmacists (country, blues, western swing), 17:30 Rue Lascar (french swing, cajun), 19:00 General Confusion Badehaus All Star Band (rock’n’roll), 20:30 The Mokkers (garage, punk)

 Cassiopeia

Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.cassiopeia-berlin.de

Programm: Punkrock, Hardcore, Gypsy, Open Air 16:00 – 22:00 Uhr 16:00 Diving For Sunken Treasure (gypsy blues punk), 17:00 Nessi (acoustic, singersongwriter), 18:10 Constellations (metal, hardcore, progressive), 19:00 Frontkick (streetpunk, punkrock), 20:00 Punishable Act (hardcore), 21:00 The Bottrops (punkrock)

 Feuermelder

Krossener Str. 24, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.myspace.com/feuermelderberlin

Programm: Punkrock, Hardcore, Metal, Open Air 16:00 – 22:00 Uhr 16:00 Gründungslokal (punkrock), 17:00 Crack Under Pressure (power violence), 18:00 100000 Tonnen Kruppstahl (thrashgrind), 19:00 Sick Eater (downtempo, hardcore), 20:00 Cancer Clan (grindcore), 21:00 Sonic

Booze Machine (sludge metal)

 Inklusive Bühne Alte Feuerwache Friedrichshain

Marchlewskistr. 6, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.handiclapped.de

Programm: SingerSongwriter, Rock, Cover, Open Air 16:00 – 22:00 Uhr 16:00 Kapelle Ohrsturz (integrative band vom ulmenhof, ostrockcover), 17:00 Silas Herder (singersongwriter), 18:00 Mary und Mandy (zwei blinde musikerinnen mit optimistischen liedern), 19:00 Herr Horst mit Gerry Franke (lyrischer groove), 20:00 Judith Munkewitz und Paula Tebbens (singersongwriter), 21:00 Stiefmutterssöhne (berlin-rock)

 Jägerklause

Grünberger Str. 1, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.jaegerklause-berlin.de

Programm: Musik für-mit-von Kindern, Punk, Rock, Open Air und Indoor 16:00 – 23:30 Uhr 16:00 Chillen im Klausegarten mit Stockbrot backen am Feuer & Kinderprogramm, Seifenblasen Show zum zusehen und mitmachen, 17:00 Patina (rock), 18:00 Amplified Backdoor Creatures (rock), 19:00 EvilMrSod and the Pale Ryders (rock), 20:00 Firerazors (punk´n´roll), 21:00 Shirley Beans (punk´n´roll), 22:15 Coogans Bluff (hardrock)

 Lovelite

Simplonstr. 38-40, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.lovelite.de

Programm: Ska, Reggae, Balkan, Open Air 16:30 – 22:00 Uhr 16:30 Echo Brutes (reggae), 17:20 Kobito (hip hop), 18:10 Polkageist (polka, balkan, ska), 19:15 iLLBiLLY HiTEC ft. Longfingah (reggae, dubstep, breakbeat), 20:15 The Valkyrians (skam rocksteady/ FI), 21:15 Cosmonautix (balalaika-speedfolk, russ.) Fête de la Nuit: weiter Indoor ab 22:00: Danza Globalistan Party mit dem Fusionista.Sound.Kollektiv (balkan, ska, world)

 Oranke Orange

Karl-Marx-Allee 93, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.sun-chiller.de

Programm: Reggae, Ragga, Soca, Open Air 16:00 – 22:00 Uhr 16:00 Caribb Moves, 17:00 High Tower (reggae, dancehall), 18:00 Mika Raguaa (sunny friday, reggae), 19:00 Sound with Soul feat. Foulaa System (afropop, elektro), 20:00 Soca Twins (soca), 21:00 Threeks Sound (soca) Fête de la Nuit: weiter Indoor ab 22:00 – 02:00 Uhr: Mika, Sound with Soul und Threeks

 Pavillon im Volkspark Friedrichshain

Friedenstr. 101/Platz der Vereinten Nationen, 10249 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.pavillon-berlin.de

Programm: Pop, Rock, Funk, Elektro, Open Air: 16:00 – 22:00 Uhr 16:00 ALTBAU (psychedelic postnoise), 17:15 Gunfire (funk, rock), 18:30 Wooloomooloo (speedfunk), 19:45 Attention, Baby! (pop, rock), 21:15 Jean Baptiste aka JB (elektro-pop), in den Pausen: Pakalolosoundlab (tween 88,4, pakalolo city) Fête de la Nuit: weiter Indoor ab 22:00: Chelsea Faith (house, elektro/ US), Djane Lee Pling (audio in store), DJ Knüppel (happy station)

 Rosi’s

Revaler Str. 29, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.rosis-berlin.de

Programm: Hip Hop, Drum’n’Bass, Breakbeats, Indie, Open Air 16:00 – 22:00 Uhr 16:00 UMLALA (indie, pop, rock), 17:30 Olivia FX (world, elektro, hard step, punk), 19:00 SMITH & SMART (hip hop), 20:30 Symbiz Sound + ZHI MC (global bass)

 Sauerkraut und Bulgur

Straße der Pariser Kommune 35, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.sauerkrautundbulgur.de

Programm: Deutsch-Pop, Rock, Worldmusic, Open Air 16:00 – 22:00 Uhr 16:00 DieSie (classic-rock), 16:45 Raphaёlle Mellet (chansons), 17:45 Swing Schlampen (swing, rockabilly, dt.), 18:45 Selbertreu (deutsch-pop-rock), 20:00 Dorota Szewczyk (folk, world, russ.), 21:00 Die Elektros (deutschpop)

 Sonnendeck am Pumptrack

An der Ostbahn 9, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.52grad.org

Programm: Punk, Ska Open Air 17:30 – 22:00 Uhr 17:30 Mamacry.L (psychedelicpunkblues), 19:00 Brüllmücken (punk), 20:30 The Butlers (ska

 Strandgut Berlin

Mühlenstr. 61-63, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.strandgut-berlin.com

Programm: Rock, Pop, Open Air 16:00 – 22:00 Uhr 16:00 Stonedrifters (alternative, rock), 17:00 The Mint (rock, pop), 18:00 From the Sun (rock, pop), 19:00 Dance on the tight rope (rock, pop), 20:00 THE TUNICS (rock, pop), 21:00 Primecircle (rock)

 YAAM

Stralauer Platz 35, 10243 Berlin-Friedrichshain, www.yaam.de

Programm: Musik für-mit-von Kindern, Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Open Air 17:00 – 22:00 Uhr 17:00 Wir Machen Weiter (kids-rock), 18:30 BBO – Berliner Boom Orchester (urban reggae, dancehall, ska), 20:00 Yaam Allstars Togetherness, 20:30 Ganjaman & Nosliw live (reggae) Fête de la Nuit: weiter Indoor ab 22:00 bis open end: Yaam Indoor Reggae & Dancehall DJ Lou Large, Panza (supersonic), Hille (soundquake)

Silvester in Berlin Friedrichshain

 Silvester in Berlin Friedrichshain

Silvester in Berlin FriedrichshainBald ist es wieder so weit. Alle warten schon wie verrückt auf das Ereignis des Jahres. Touristen Berliner und wir im U inn Berlin Hostel Silvester steht vor der Tür. Ende Dezember wird es wie immer voll in Berlin. Silvester wird gefeiert und das nicht nur auf der großen Silvester Party am Brandenburger Tor. Sondern auch in den vielen Bezirken von Berlin. Wir laden Euch ein zu Silvester in Berlin Friedrichshain. Das im Bezirk Berlin Friedrichshain gerne gefeiert wird ist über die Grenzen Deutschlands bekannt. Ob Berghain, Watergate oder die Ravaler Str. Hier wird das Neue Jahr wohl am extremsten in Berlin gefeiert.

Ubernachten in Berlin

Legendär sind auch die Partys auf der Warschauer Brücke, der Moderson Brücke und der Oberbaumbrücke die Berlin Friedrichshain und Kreuzberg die beiden Trendbezirke verbindet. Wer natürlich lieber unterm Brandenburger Tor feiert mit seinen vielen Bühnen und der Tanzfläche von ca 80.000qm und sich das große Feuerwerk anschauen will erreicht den Alexanderplatz in nur 10 Minuten mit der U-Bahn U5. Wer lieber im Friedrichshain feiert hat nur ein paar Minuten bis zu Simon-Dach Straße oder der Revaler Str. mit ihren vielen Clubs zu laufen. Für ein Angebot zur Übernachtung in Berlin während der Silvester Feierlichkeiten in Berlin schreibt einfach eine Buchungsanfrage an uns.

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

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