Unspoiled Charm of the Baltic Sea

The Unspoiled Charm of the Baltic Sea

The Baltic region, known as such for its position next to the Baltic Sea, compromises a collection of countries, all of which host uncontested pleasures. The Baltic region is home to some of the finest historical architecture and to some of the most cosmopolitan of capital cities. It boasts the grandeur of cities such as St Petersburg juxtaposed by long, isolated, undiscovered coastlines. It is ideal for explorer’s; there is something new to do and see each day. There is dense and diverse heritage and vast, multifarious landscapes around which to plan your ideal trip. Whether you find accommodation as you go along (so that you can follow your whim) or plan an itinerary beforehand the region has a plethora of experience which goes unrivaled by anywhere else in the world.

The Baltic States

The largely forgotten, Baltic States, are home to wild and ragged coastlines, sparsely populated islands, acres of untouched forestry, crystal clear lake water and some astounding medieval architecture. These countries, dense with history and culture, are a must-explore of the Baltic Region.

  • Estonia

Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn, is like a scene from a fairy tale. One of the legacies of invading empires is the medieval architecture and grand manor houses which adorn the city’s streets. Tallinn is home to the 13th century Alexander Nevsky Russian Orthodox Cathedral, which can be found on Toompea Hill.  From Toompea Hill (which also situates Toompea Castle) there is a spectacular view of the Gulf of Finland.

Out of the city, Estonia is rich with forestry, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, wonderful for trekking, canoeing or simply admiring. There are stunning coastlines; all of which are untainted and pristine with natural beauty.

On the Eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, Latvia is the most diverse of the Baltic States; a third of the population of Latvia is of Russian descent. This is epitomized by its capital city, Riga, which is cosmopolitan and vibrant. It is a rival for Prague and has the added bonus of being relatively undiscovered by tourists. Less than an hour away from the buzz of this city is Sigulda – otherwise known as ‘Little Switzerland’. Here there is a national park, a medieval castle and even a bobsleigh run if you’ve feeling like something really fun to do!

The Bauska Region is also less than an hour from Riga, but to the south. The region is known for its castles and palaces with architectural magnificence ranging from medieval to classical. An absolute must see is Rundal Palace; built in the 1730’s and designed by the same architect who became infamous for Winter Palace in St Petersburg.

  • Lithuania

Lithuania, also rich in history and culture, has a warm and outgoing population of people. The capital of Lithuania (the largest city in the country) is Vilnius. Vinius, situated in the south-east of the country and built on the bank of the Neris River, was once one of the biggest cities in Europe. It still displays one of the largest Baroque Old Towns.

Whilst in Lithuania, a trip 150 miles Northwest of Vilnius is essential. Here on a small mound is the ‘Hill Of Crosses’. The Lithuanian people have erected hundreds of crosses to represent their peaceful resistance to foreign oppression. Lithuania did not achieve absolute independence from the Soviet Union until the 1990’s and they also experienced Nazi occupation during WW2.

Beyond the Baltic States

As the Baltic Region is geographically positioned along the Baltic Sea it is possible to travel either by land or by water. Making a sea cruise part of your trip can be a wonderful way of visiting a multitude of destinations and experiencing the Baltic Region from a different viewpoint. The region includes the Baltic States; Denmark, Germany, Finland, Poland, Russia, Norway and Sweden. There is opportunity to see the eerily transcendental natural beauty of the Northern Lights, the majesty of St Petersburg, the white sand dunes and sapphire sea of the East German coast, the dramatic white cliffs of South Zealand in Denmark – not to mention heritage reaching as far back as the medieval times, relics from the Vikings, Gothic churches and some of the most vivacious cities of the world such as Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Berlin.

Spanning a reasonably small area the Baltic Region has a rich tapestry of history and a medley of culture to be discovered. The landscapes are as diverse as the people that populate them and the architecture rich with historic identity. In many places it is fabulously serene and unspoilt, whilst it also offers some of the world’s most exquisite cities. With such an array, the Baltic Region’s magnificence is unlikely to remain a well-kept secret for long.


No need for a monday to be boring!

free food party!

free food party!

Every monday at Eastseven Berlin hostel there is a free vegetarian dinner party organized for all guests staying at the Hostel.

It´s a really nice happening, an opportunity for travelers to meet other travelers. Here is how it works; you need to sign up at the reception till 3pm on monday. Then meet up with the crew in the kitchen at around 7pm . If you like you could even join in on the cooking, or bring your own ingredients. We sell cheap but good german and chech bier at the reception!

Singer/songwriter Jennifer Logue once did a performance on a monday at the EastSeven Lounge, a volunteer show. We filmed during here show, just check out our youtube video.

At that  time she was touring across Europe with her `Paint the World Pretty Tour` staying at different hostels and performing for free in hostels and in orphanages aswell!
Listen to some of Jennifer Logue´s songs on Myspace

Our friend Todd, from the amazing band Calico Soul (Hawaiian / Rock / Punk music), is also a well seen musician at our hostel. And if you are lucky you might even catch him playing on the guitar during one of our monday-evening happenings.
And as usual our cook Florian will be there on mondays, cooking  delicious vegetarian meals! To join and enjoy the cooking come to the Hostel Kitchen at 7pm.
So hope to see you all soon at the EastSeven Berlin Hostel.


Welcome to the EastSeven Berlin Hostel…

… your Hostel, right in the Centre of Berlin

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel is THE small and relaxed Hostel in Berlin – the ideal place for travellers seeking the true spirit of Berlin. Relax in the Hostel´s beautiful garden after strolling around lively Berlin districts Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte. Staying with us puts you right in the centre of these vibrant districts with their exciting sights.
Experience the difference to a big Hostel!

The EastSeven Berlin Hostel is easy to reach from all Airports and Train stations (U2 – Senefelder Platz) in Berlin. The Hostel is situated in the heart of Central Berlin – surrounded by cafés, restaurants, theaters, nightlife and of course lots of Berlin style shops (Kastanienallee, Kollwitz Platz etc.). The Main cultural attractions (Museum Island, Alexander Platz/TV Tower, etc.) are within walking distance from the EastSeven Berlin Hostel.

Visit also our directions page.
The EastSeven Berlin Hostel has opened in April 2005, so it´s fairly new and offers plenty of private rooms (single/ double/ tripple/ quad) and small dorms (max. 8 people)!!
Spacious bathrooms with strong + hot showers 24h, are provided on every floor of the Hostel. The big self catering kitchen as well as the lounge are located in the Hostel´s cozy garden-house. We even supply you with baby beds for your kids and offer a 4 bed room with private facilities for disabled people.

To get an even better impression of the EastSeven Berlin Hostel, we have made a video. Interviewing guests on how they experience our hostel and showing our garden, kitchen lounge and rooms.

Enjoy wathing the video and hope to see you soon in Berlin!!


News from the hostel kitchen

We have a new cook. Florian cooks delicous vegetarian meals every monday. Florian is a real Berliner and cooking is his passion and sharing the food with friends a kind of heaven on earth. If you like you could even join in on the cooking and mix with your own ingredients to create experimental dishes…hmmmm
Its a fun event and a nice opportunity to meet other travellers!
So do all to have a bed on monday at EastSeven Berlin Hostel. Of course the food is for FREE, but you should register till monday15:00.

For more impressions just watch our cooking on mondays video:


Sightseeing in Berlin-Our Top 20

How to spend a day in Berlin? EastSeven Berlin Hostel made a top 20 of popular sights.

Reichstag

Down below you find an overview of  some of the most beautiful and amazing sights in Berlin.  If you´re not sure jet how to spend your day in Berlin, just check out the top 20, with our recommendations on some of the coolest buildings, museums and parks Berlin has to offer! Some of the attractions are even for FREE!!!

For an in-depth look at all of these sights, and many more besides, join the Brewers Best of Berlin Day Tour. Brewers Berlin also offers a free sight seeing tour, which covers most of these sights. Tours also begin at our wonderful hostel.

OUR TOP 20:

  1. TV Tower – Built in 1969 as a symbol of East German socialism, this 368m tower, the largest structure in Germany, even has its own revolving café/restaurant. A trip to the top also offered a rare chance for East Germans to see what life on the other side of The Wall was really like.
  2. Reichstag – The German parliament building, re-opened in 1999 after the government and most of the ministries moved from Bonn to Berlin. British architect Lord Norman Foster redesigned this place, complete with a huge glass dome with public access, so you can watch the politicians at work.
  3. Brandenburg Gate – Every 10, 20 and 50 cent German Euro coin is minted with a picture of this big city gate on its reverse side. Stranded in a lonely no-mans land between 1961 and 89 thanks to the East German government, no other structure in Berlin better symbolises the temporary division of the city.
  4. Berliner Dom – Perhaps the most over-decorated protestant church in the world and once home to the Nazi partys Reich church. Bombed out during WW II, the Berlin Cathedral was restored to its current glory in 1993 – complete with a whopping great 7,200-pipe pipe organ.
  5. Jewish museum – German-Jewish relations have had their bad times, and surprisingly, although the exhibition names wouldnt give it away, their good times. Daniel Libeskind, the architect behind New Yorks Ground Zero memorial, designed this Museum.
  6. Museum Island – Surrounded on all sides by the River Spree, Museum Island is literally an island with museums on it, isnt that clever? It is not only home to some of the citys top class museums such as the Altes Museum and the Pergamon Museum, but also the Berliner Dom and the tranquil Lustgarten.
  7. Lustgarten – Dont be confused by the name, Berlins naked people are running around the citys 500acre Tiergarten just down the road. The Lustgarten started its life as a cabbage patch for the nearby city palace, later used as a military parade ground, now a grass garden.
  8. Holocaust Memorial – Berlins ultra-controversial memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe, 2,711 concrete blocks jutting off at offensive and suffocating angles. Co-incidentally only a stones throw away from the site of Adolf Hitlers former underground lair, the Führerbunker.
  9. Potsdamer Platz – This was the glitzy centre of Germanys debauched 1920s metropolis, and the site Europes first traffic light system. Smashed into rubble during WW II, its now home to Europes fastest elevator and a mass of steel and glass buildings said to represent the future of Berlin.
  10. Topography of Terror – Back in 1987 a group of students excavated, with little more than their bare hands, the cellars of Berlins former Gestapo and SS headquarters. The Topography of Terror is the fruit of their labour, an open-air exhibition documenting what happens when a totalitarian regime tortures its people to death for fun.
  11. Checkpoint Charlie – Berlins most famous crossing point between East and West and a lasting symbol of the citys fragile Cold War relations. Commemorated today by an ersatz replica of the original American checkpoint and two historically inaccurate pictures of Soviet and American soldiers.
  12. Gendarmenmarkt – Touted by many guidebooks as the prettiest square in Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt is famous for its two churches – one Protestant, one Catholic – each built opposite each other by the opposing religion. Not often that happens.
  13. DDR Museum – Using the paraphernalia of shopping, fashion and family life Berlins DDR museum attempts to introduce visitors to what for millions of East Germans was once everyday life. Play Hausfrau in an authentic DDR kitchen and living room, or experience first-hand what it was like to be spied on.
  14. Tacheles – One-time department store then SS headquarters in the heart of Berlins former Jewish quarter, the Tacheles was taken over by squatters in 91. Behind the buildings bombed out façade is a wealth of art studios, two cinemas, 3 bars, a beach bar, a café and a newly opened bourgeois restaurant.
  15. Hackescher Markt – Hackescher Markt was once home to booming businesses during the Industrial Revolution. Its now famous not only for its attractive station, but as a jumping off point to the nearby Hackescher Höfe complex.
  16. Karl Marx Allee – Rent a bike at the reception and explore this sweeping communist boulevard where the GDR Government used to proudly present their weapons of mass destruction at their May Day parades.
  17. Raw Temple – An alternative entertainment hub including an indoor skate hall, a former Nazi hide-out used now for freestyle rock climbing, an open air cinema and regular live music.
  18. Volkspark Friedrichshain – A beautiful park, excellent for jogging or having a picnic. In the middle youll find Friedrichshains highest hill, which provides a 78-metre high view over Berlins flat terrain. The hill was actually man-made to cover up a destroyed anti-aircraft bunker from World War II, as well as several tonnes of bombed out rubble.
  19. Stasi Headquarters – Take the U5 subway at Alexanderplatz to Magdalenenstrasse and visit the former headquarters of the Stasi – East Germanys cruel and meticulous secret police – in Normannenstr. The building has been transformed into a museum and you can walk through the preserved offices of some of the GDRs most powerful men. A disturbing look at Berlins very recent past.
  20. Schloss Charlottenburg – If you are interested in Prussian architecture and history but dont have time to travel to Potsdam, then Schloss Charlottenburg is the perfect inner-city alternative. This outstanding palace and its surrounding gardens are not only visually stunning, but will also give you a detailed insight into the lifestyle of the Prussian emperors.
Check out our Touristic Sightseeing Video:

Berlins best shops

Coolest Shops Berlin

Coolest Shops Berlin

A shopping guide for the coolest shops around the EastSeven Berlin Hostel

We have made a selection of some really amazing shops close by the EastSeven Hostel. In the beautiful kastanienallee there are lots of cool shops. Some with designer clothes, vintage furniture, souvenirs etc.etc.  Go there for a stroll!  As an EastSeven guest you can get amazing discounts at some of these shops.

Therefore you should take the Local Disount Card (ask for it at the reception) with you, and explore the neighbourhood by shopping!

Here is our TOP 3:
1.Glücklich am Park
They do not only sell beautiful clothes, dark sunglasses & toys…………they even have ice cream, enjoy it on there lovely terrace in the Kastanienallee.

2.O3-shop
They sell from earings, to postcards, from souvenirs to unique designed clothes…anything you can imagine. All made by different Designers. The shop has a  gallery, a small factory, a seminar room and a lovely garden.
It´s really worthwhile taking a closer look inside this cosy shop in the Oderbergerstrasse.

3.Stiefelkombinat
This is one of the coolest vintage-shops in Berlin. They sell over thousands of secondhand shoes and have an exclusive selection of furniture & clothes from the 40´s till the 80´s.
Check it out for yourselves!

Also check out our youtube-video to get an even better impression.


The EastSeven Berlin Hostel Staff-Video

We have made a new hostel video representing the EastSeven Berlin Hostel staff….

It is a really short movie just  to give travellers a better impression of the hostel and her staff. Our staff is always really friendly and, as you can see in the movie, really cool!!!
From 7am till midnight they are there for the guests, at the reception. Always helping the traveller finding the best clubs, parties, sightseeing tours etc. etc. (see also the individual staff recommendations online). You can come to them with any question, problem, or just for a nice conversation. They also sell the best german beer and italian coffee. There is a happy hour for coffee during the morning from 8-10 and there is a happy hour for beer in the evening from 8-10.

At this time there are already 6 hostel movies online on various video platforms as youtube, daily motion and vimeo.