The best Irish pub in Hamburg by a mile! Better service, an open fire, a great quiz night, fantastic food and plenty of live music. If you like chess or whisky tastings, there's something for you too!
The Irish Rover, Großneumarkt, Hamburg
This is a student estate exchange where you can find rooms and roommates also for a short amount of time.
It is totally free and you don't need to register.
Especially in Berlin there are plenty of free rooms to rent out short-term. This is just the place when you are looking for an alternative to staying at a youth hostel. This is where you can check out what the real Berlin lifestyle is all about!
I went to Berlin last summer and stayed at an ample apartment shared by three people. I was only there for three weeks but I got to meet local characters and had the chance to hang out at insiders only locations.
I can recommend this experience to anyone who detests feeling like a tourist and who wants to breathe the same air as the locals in Berlin do!
This student estate exchange is to be found online. At www.WG-Gesucht.de you can find your new home in Berlin (shortstay or long term- either way).
I translated the apartment search for you guys:
In the left field at the top choose:
"WG-Zimmer - flatshare"
"1-Zimmer-Wohnung - one-room-flat"
"Mehrzimmerwohnung - flat with 2 ore more rooms"
In the right field choose the city (Stadt), where you would like to live:
-> Now you see an overview of our flats available in this city:
The columns of the list are:
Eintrag vom - date of entry
Miete - rent
Grösse - size
Stadtteil - town area
frei ab - available from
frei bis - available till
You can sort the offers by clicking one of the columns at the top of the list, for example sort by "rent" by clicking "Miete"
When you click on the adverts you can see a detailed view of the offer.
The most important information given in the detailed view:
Miete - rent
Nebenk. - additional cost (water, heating etc.)
sont. Kosten - other costs (electricity...)
Grösse - size
Kaution - deposit
For all other information delivered use dict.leo.org to translate if necessary.
At the end of the advert you will find the contact information such as email-address or phone number.
If no contact info is delivered use the button "Nachricht senden" to get in touch with the offerer via email.
Easily my favourite street in this, the most bohemian part of Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg district.
Many interesting bookshops, clothes shops, cafes and bars to waste an afternoon or more exploring. The 19th century tenements, some lovingly restored, some retaining a scruffy charm, are a welcome break after the grey concrete that's more familiar in much of Berlin.
The Mauerpark at the end of the street, where the wall once ran, is the ideal photo op.
Take the U Bahn to Eberswalder Strasse, exit to left, cross Schonhauser Allee, make for Kastanienallee, then first street on right. Or tram 11 from Hackeschermarkt to Kastanienallee or Eberswalderstrasse.
"Prager Frühling" is the German for "Prague Spring". The name refers to the period in early 1968 when the Czechoslovak Communist Party leader Alexander Dubcek tried to liberalise the country's communist regime by introducing free speech and freedom of assembly. The Prague Spring ended when Warsaw Pact troops invaded on the night of the 20-21 August 1968. But enough of the history lessons. Prager Frühling is currently one of the hippest joints in Munich. There are live bands most nights. And when there are no bands, there are live DJ's or special parties.
A new museum situated in the most appropriate place - opposite the Palast der Republic, and a stone's throw from the TV Tower. Small but well designed (featuring model Trabi, of course!). Perfect if you're short on time but still want to find out more about everyday life in the GDR without getting too political. Very hands on and interactive - factual but kitsch and with a sense of humour!
DDR Museum Berlin
Karl-Liebknecht-Str 1 (next to the river, opposite Berlin Cathedral)
U/S-Bahn Alexander Platz, Hackesher Markt
Unlike Paris or London, Germany's capital plays a very limited role in the nation's consciousness. If it weren’t for the relocation of parliament, the city would still be a rundown dump. As it is, the main dynamic in the city comes from ever decreasing numbers of radical, temporary refits of abandoned warehouses.
Hamburg is more arty, Munich more fashionable, Frankfurt more successful, Cologne more cultured, Stuttgart richer. Whether in football, ballet, opera, cuisine, nightlife, design or music, the focus in Germany lies elsewhere.
Most non-Berliners regard the city with a mixture of affection and pity; one of the things that surprised me when I got here was just how de-centralised everything is, as I was expecting the capital to be the focus. It is this medieval every-town-has-its-own-brewery aspect of local centres which gives Germany its charm.
A lovely front room style cafe/bar. Relaxed vibe, friendly waitress/owner, comfy sofas, interesting wines, nice big cups of tea, and all at very decent prices.
Music was occassionally a bit naff and paintings are not all that, but we had a lovely chilled out time.
Opens 15h00-late in the winter, and 17h00-late in the summer.
Stylish hotel, excellently located in Mitte, within walking distance of many of the key sights; alternatively, seconds from tram, U and S-bahn. Room design is trendy, with huge floor-ceiling windows. Amazing price-quality correlation. Hotel's cocktail lounge has extensive range of drinks. Breakfast not cheap (15EUR per person) but great selection, including delicious crispy bacon.
Oranienburger Strasse 52
U-bahn: Oranienburger Tor
A 365m high space age tower. A zooming lift takes you to a viewing platform with fabulous vistas all over Berlin. For a meal or snack pop up to the revolving Tele-cafe, and watch Berlin spin slowly by whilst you enjoy a cake or, if it is warm, even an ice cream!
From Molly Quinlan (age 9).
U Bahn Alexanderplatz. More info at: www.berlinerfernsehturm.de
This is one of the world's great art galleries, with a masterpiece every few metres. The building is new (part of the Kulturforum) and is a pleasure to visit in itself.
The collection includes European painting and sculpture from the Middle Ages to about 1800.
Stauffenbergstrasse 40, a short walk from Potsdamerplatz (S and U-bahn) or Bus 200. Near the Berlinphilharmonie and many other places of interest.
City bus tours can be expensive but routes 100 and 200 in Berlin are regular (double-decker) services which pass most of the main sights in the city centre. Buy a pack of tickets (which can also be used on the S-bahn and U-bahn) and get on and off where you want.
A day (or more) ticket (Tageskarte) is the most economical option and can be bought from most BVG ticket offices, such as the one at Zoologischer Garten (Zoo).
Having lived some years in Friedrichshain, I've witnessed the district's transformation from working-class but lively community into west German upwardly mobile professional's playground.
As with Prenzlauer Berg before, the property developers have moved in en masse, creating an upsurge in eigentumswohnungen (private flats) which has indirectly impacted upon the previously reasonable rents. The buildings were once "typically East German", but new riches have brought a splash of colour and penthouse flats of which real Friedrichshainers could only dream about.
Moreover, the bars and cafes are almost exclusively of the "Ballermann" package holiday variety (cocktails, palm trees, water-pipes), geared towards German tourists and the easyJet mob. Decent bars and restaurants are few and far between.
If this were not enough, the area around Frankfurter Tor has seen numerous neo-Nazi attacks on tourists and anyone vaguely foreign-looking in recent months (Friedrichshain is edged by the Lichtenberg and Marzahn housing estates where, sad to say, right-wing sentiment is the order of the day for the largely disaffected and unemployed youth).
So, all in all, great if you're wearing blinkers.
The neighbourhood to be in Berlin. Typically East German buildings now house “multi-kulti” inhabitants.
Rents are relatively cheap so it’s the preferred area of students, making it very lively and full of bustling clubs and cafes.
Berlin’s equivalent to the Tate Modern, housed in a beautiful old train station. A great place to while away a few hours surrounded by an extensive mix of German and international modern art.
A local tells me it’s always a great night at Week12end - certainly the case on my visit. This club is located on the 12th floor of an office block on Alexanderplatz so the views can’t be beaten. It is very trendy, yet unpretentious, and the quality minimal house is played by well-known DJs.
Alexanderplatz 5, Mitte
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