Five Skulls

Hobrechtstrasse 31, Friedrichshain district, Berlin, 10247, Germany
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cheap hostels in lively areas

by shinyhappyharriet

Hi, I'm travelling for Berlin for 4 nights in late February. I visited last August and stayed in the Generator hostel, but this time I'd like something in a more lively area - not necessarily closer to the centre, but in an area like Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain or something with a lively night life and relatively sade? (Sorry if I've spelt these wrong!) I'm looking for about EUR 14 a night, willing to stay in dorms etc. Just one more thing, I'm not worried but my friend is Iranian and is worried about neo-nazis in the Kreuzberg area. I don't know why, as she's been to Berlin twice now and had no trouble whatsoever. Just any advice if there are any areas to avoid at night... we are two 18 year old females.

Re: cheap hostels in lively areas

by Rupanworld

Hi I'm just returning from Berlin. Had a nice stay at a hostel called Meininger for 12 euros per night with great breakfast. But we were a huge group, so don't know if it might cost you more, but max. 14 euros. you can look at or write to

Happy journey!

Re: cheap hostels in lively areas

by Razmataac

I have stayed a couple of times at the Pegasus in Friedrichain. Fun and friendly and in walking distance from Simon Dach Strasse and Boxhagener Platz.

As for Kreutzberg I doubt you will have any problems. Its about as diverse as it gets in Europe. I don't think I have been anywhere with more middle eastern restaurants then there.

Re: cheap hostels in lively areas

by khazars

I stayed in Schlafmeile Hostel Friedrichshain in the summmer.

Re: cheap hostels in lively areas

by shinyhappyharriet

What was the area around Schlafmeile Hostel like? I've been looking at that one, also East Seven which is really near Alexanderplatz

Re: cheap hostels in lively areas

by Turtleshell

East Seven is not bad, not because it's somewhat close to (the perfectly ugly) alex, but because it's close to Prenzlauer Berg.

Two other hostels you should put on your short list are The Circus and Citystay.
I doubt you'll see any Nazis in Kreuzberg (they are stupid but not THAT stupid to show up in a borough with a large number of Turkish and Arabs), but since your friend is Persian, some Turkish could cause trouble, although they probably won't do a woman harm.
I hate Nazis with all my heart, but they only cause trouble if they feel safe doing so: They need to outnumber you and need to feel safe from bystanders. And the fact that you both are female actually makes things easier for you.

Boroughs where you might feel unsafe at night for a reason are not of any particular interest for tourists anyway.

Re: cheap hostels in lively areas

by khazars

It's run by new Zealanders, friendly and quiet, they have a main reception, with a bar/restaurant a few doors down at the corner of that block and the building I stayed in is in between the reception and the retaurant. The rooms are clean as are the showers and cleaned daily,

I never used the common room area, but there is a place for cooking and washing your clothes if I remember correctly.

The area is quiet to, but you are only five mins form Frankfurter Allee so there are planty of shops and a shopping centre, a U & S bahn station: Frankfurter Allee, and your only 10 mins from Alexanderplatz.

To the trendy Simon Dach strasse and boxhageber strasse with all their bars and restaurants you are only 10 mins walk away from there!

Travel Tips for Berlin


by Imbi

The street, named after the great Russian dictator, was to contain spacious apartments for workers, as well as a tourist hotel and an enormous cinema, known today as the International

Alexanderplatz - Strausberger Platz - Frankfurter Tor

Parking meters with... antennas

by matcrazy1

Each parking meter in Berlin's district of Charlottenburg was equipped with quite high masts with... look at my picture... on the top.

At first moment I thought it was... a solar battery but hmm... Berlin was not the most sunny European city as I knew and why just by parking meters? Finally I found explanation written on the parkometer in German and English: Warning! Automat is protected by radio security system. So, it was antenna :-) I found the system smart but maybe expensive as well.

The German Resistance Memorial Center

by iblatt

Near the embassy quarter and the Tiergarten park there is a block of buildings ("Bendler Block") which were used by the German army until 1945. Several historic events took place here, including one of Hitler's more famous speeches, but today this site commemorates an event which maybe overshadows all the others: The execution of the high-ranking officers who rebelled against Hitler and planned to assasinate him. The officers were executed here on the night of July 20, 1944.

I visited the monument in the courtyard on a cloudy late-afternoon. There was a slight drizzle, and I was alone in the silent, grey courtyard under the grey skies. It was not hard to imagine the events of 1944.

When you take a stroll in the pleasant, quiet streets of Tiergrten, enter this courtyard in 13-14 Stauffenbergstrasse, and pay your respects to the brave men who were killed here. Bus M29 will take you right there.

Inside the building there is an exhibition dedicated to the resistance to Ntional Socialism.

For young feeling folks

by matcrazy1 about C & A

Typical C & A (Dutch company since 1841) store with collection for both men and women. There were mostly informal and casual good quality clothes for leisure. Good offer especially for young feeling folks (like hip hop or bad boy collection), some pretty and at reasonable prices in my opinion.

Mon - Fri: 9.30 am - 8.00 pm
Sat.: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm Clothes both for men and women. Reasonable prices as for good quality clothes.

Bus number 100

by Kvamkvam

Forget about those guided tours around Berlin. They will rip you off and are not worth it!
Bus number 100 take you around to all the major attractions. Buy a daycard (tageskart), and you can jump on and off the bus whenever you want. And the daycard is also valid on the underground and all city transportation!


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