KMA Beer Fest
Those who know us well, know that we love a beer or two at the Circus. So what more could we want than the world’s biggest beer garden, over a mile long, to be built within a sober walk or a tipsy stagger from The Circus. For the eighteenth time, Karl Marx Allee is host to the International Beer Festival. The festival runs from the 1st to the 3rd August, and will bring together 320 breweries from 86 countries, presenting over 2000 different beers for you to try.

In recent years the festival has showcased beers from specific countries, such as Poland in 2013. This time around they have decided to follow the growing trend, and the motto for 2014 is “Craft Beer Specialties.” Over 200 craft beers are expected to be presented at the festival, from the USA, Italy, France, Argentina, Norway and Nepal.

Opening times for the festival:
Friday 1st August: 12 noon – Midnight
Saturday 2nd August: 10am – Midnight
Sunday 3rd August: 10am – 10pm

The admission to the International Beer Festival is free

Rummelsberg 03.08

It is time for the next installment of our favourite summer festival in Berlin – the FLY Watergate Open Airs at Rummelsburg. We’ve already enjoyed some great parties, and the fourth event on the 3rd August promises more of the same. The event is hosted by DIYNAMIC, and the line-up includes Solomun, H.O.S.H., David August (live), Stimming (live), Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Adriatique, Karmon, Thyladomid, and Magdalena.

As always, we have tickets available at the reception of the Circus Hostel for €19,50, and it is going to be some party… check out the facebook page of the event for more information, as well as links to the artists performing on Sunday.


Sometimes, and especially in the height of summer, it is nice to escape from the heat and the hustle and bustle of the city centre and explore Berlin’s surroundings. Here are some of our favourite places to visit, all of which can be reached within an hour or two (at most) from the city centre…


Sometimes known as “Berlin’s playground”, the 287 square kilometres of the Spreewald (Spree Forest) is a watery paradise of rivers and canals. These 400km of natural and man-made waterways are now a UNESCO nature reserve, and although it has become an increasingly popular tourist destination for Berliners looking for a weekend escape, it is still possible to get a sense of the unique way of life that was established here over centuries… read more



Stuck on to the southwest corner of Berlin is the city of Potsdam, capital of the state of Brandenburg and the former royal seat of the Kingdom of Prussia. During the 18th Century, Friedrich Wilhelm II created a complex of marvelous palaces, which remain the number one tourist attraction in Potsdam… read more


The main attraction of Spandau is the Citadel, one of the finest remaining examples of renaissance fortification in northern Europe. From 1874 until 1919 the Citadel was used as the German equivalent of Fort Knox, with 120 million Gold marks housed within the three and a half metre thick walls of the Julius Tower. During the Second World War the Citadel was used as the site of experiments carried out by the Nazis to create the poisonous gas that would be later used in the concentration camps… read more



The top brass of the East German regime had a strange conception of equality in their socialist state, especially when it came to their own living arrangements. Perhaps mindful of the fact that perhaps their own people’s idea of democratic will might be different from their own, it wasn’t long into the existence of the regime before they moved themselves out from Berlin into a fortified, exclusive compound close to the Wandlitz lake… read more


To reach the Pfaueninsel you will just need a normal Berlin transport ticket, as you are not leaving the city limits, although when you get there the hustle and bustle of the Hauptstadt will seem a long way away. Already when getting out of the S-Bahn at Wannsee the air smells so much fresher and cleaner, and everything is green!… read more


There is a festival going on in Berlin-Mitte and the south-western part of the city with nearly sixty international artists involved. First hosted in 1998 the Berlin Biennale has developed to become one of the world’s most famous events for contemporary art. Curated by Juan A. Gaitán, canadian-columbian author and curator, the works discover the intersection between historical narratives and individual experiences.

Two venues chosen for this year’s festival are places you probably won’t think of whilst preparing a quick trip to one of the liveliest metropolis in the world and therefore well worth a visit: the Museum Dahlem and the Haus am Waldsee. Both idyllic ally situated they show works that deal with the past – new productions by artists from former European colonies in Asia, America and Africa. Another venue for the festival is a little closer to home, and within walking distance of the Circus, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art which you will find on Auguststraße.



First, one and only silent film organ festival takes place at Babylon Cinema for the 5th time. Between the 18th and the 27th of July you can watch 21 movies shot between 1918 and 1929. Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Pandora’s Box were breaking taboos back then and still show what impact the First World War had on artists and their creations. Anna Vavilkina gives you the feeling of being in one of the famous cinema palaces back in the 1920s. babylon1

She is the only permanently employed organist in the country. During the festival she is accompanied by Viennese componist Florian C. Reithner. Their interpretations revive the director’s work and emphasize the emotional moment of this art form that is way more than just cinema without spoken text. It gave me the shivers – in a very positive way!
Go and see stars like Conrad Veidt, Louise Brooks, Anita Berber and Greta Garbo in their most famous roles.
And for those who won’t make it there until the 27th – no need to worry. Every Saturday at midnight you can watch a silent film for free! Check out their website for more information and other upcoming events:

Rummelsberg 27.07

It is time for the next installment of our favourite summer festival in Berlin – the FLY Watergate Open Airs at Rummelsburg. We’ve already enjoyed some great parties, and the third event on the 27th July promises more of the same. Here’s what our mates have to say about the party:

“At the top of our list we have Carl Craig: Detroit Legend by trade and hard-boiled charmeur at the decks. Moving right along in the cook-off, we have the pan-tastic Pan-Pots who are experts at bringing all waters to the boil. DJ Koze beguiles us with his humour and inimitable empathy. M.A.N.D.Y. has remained true to their motto “drop rather than dribble” and spiffed themselves up accordingly. The Keinemusik crew guarantee that you get what you came for. The boys of Catz ‘N Dogz continue to be the living proof of interracial animal amour and delight in flirting with us, plein air. Marco Resmann and Ruede Hagelstein hand out home made endorphine bites while La Fleur gets the serotonin slingshot up and running. Matthias Meyer and Jimi Jules complete our little excursion. Don’t forget to pack a lunch.”

As always, we have tickets available at the reception of the Circus Hostel for €19,50, and it promises to be some party… check out the facebook page of the event for more information, as well as links to the artists performing on Sunday.

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Next Tuesday (July 22nd) we are extremely pleased to be welcoming back to The Circus Jutta Hertlein, as part of our series of talks in cooperation with the ZZB – The Centre for Witness to Contemporary History. Frau Hertlein has been to The Circus before, and it was an extremely interesting evening as she told us all about her life and experiences of living in Berlin during the time the city was divided by the Berlin Wall.

Frau Hertlein grew up in East Berlin until the age of 13, when she moved with her mother to West Germany. At the age of 25 she moved back to Berlin with her husband, living in the West of the city for 24 years until the fall of the Berlin Wall. During that time she made many visits to friends and family in East German and the GDR, and some of the stories she tells about the border crossings are not only fascinating, but at times barely believable when we look back on it now.

After the talk Frau Hertlein will be available to answer any questions you might have. Once again we are expecting it to be an extremely interesting and informative evening and, as always, the talk will be in English and is open to everyone. We will be collecting donations to the ZZB, to help support them in their important work.


Where: Fabisch @ The Circus Hotel, Rosenthaler Strasse 1, Berlin-Mitte
When: Tuesday 22nd July 2014 at 6pm
Topic: Life in the Divided City
Speaker: Frau Jutta Hertlein

Image Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-L0521-0015 / Kutscher (verehe. Kubiziel), Sig / CC-BY-SA

Fan Fest

Can you believe it? Down in Katz & Maus the atmosphere was tense last night as the World Cup Final moved into extra time. Germany was playing well, but so was Argentina. You got the feeling that it would take a mistake, or a moment of genius, to break the deadlock and prevent horrible spectacle of the title being decided by penalty kicks. And then, with about eight minutes to go, tired legs all over the pitch… Mario Götze!

What a moment! What a game! What a team! Since 2006, when we welcomed the world to Berlin and Germany, there has been a sense that this German team were building towards a major achievement, but it never quite came. And now, in the Maracana of all places, they have done it. As the final whistle sounded and the players began their cavorting, tearful, joyous celebrations, the bars and beer gardens of Berlin emptied onto the streets. Smoke bombs illuminated Rosenthaler Platz. Traffic was forced to a standstill. Black, red and gold flags were everywhere.

And tomorrow Berlin will have the chance to welcome their heroes home to Germany at the Fan Mile in front of the Brandenburg Gate. If you want to join in the fun, you will need to get down there early to bag a spot. The team are aiming to land at Tegel Airport at 9am, from where they will drive directly to the Fan Mile. Hopefully Berlin’s collective hangover will have worn off by then, and the party can start all over again…

Good job, boys.

(Photo credit: © ArGe Fanfest Berlin / Visit Berlin)

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