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If you have passed through Rosenthaler Platz in the past week you will have seen the guys hard at work on the first steps of a new façade for the Circus Hostel building. As the renovations step up on both sides of the square in the hostel and the hotel we will continue to keep you posted with what is going on… in case you missed them before, check out the visualisations from our friends at UNIT Berlin below, to get an idea of what to expect for the hostel building.
Oh, and the thirsty amongst you should keep an eye out next week for a very, very special announcement…
It is that time of year again… as the nights draw in as we move through autumn towards the cold of the Berlin winter, many of the famous landmarks, monuments, buildings and other sights in Berlin are illuminated as part of the annual Festival of Lights. Artists come from around the world to create special light installations to amuse, entertain and tell stories.
This is an especially good time to visit the city if you are interested in photography, and as always our friends at Brewer’s Berlin Tours are offering a special night photography tour, led by their super snapper Preston. The tour will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at 7pm, will cost €5 per person, and the meeting point is the Katz + Maus café bar in the Circus Hostel.
So if you fancy some travel shots with a difference, and an entertaining guide to help you make the best of your photographs, then join Preston this weekend for the Festival Lights Night Photography Tour.
We have a very special new event taking place at our restaurant Fabisch in the Circus Hotel. Hotel Vaudeville is our new evening of music and variety that will be taking place once a month. Hosted by Daniel Malheur (Monocle Pop) it promises to be a magical time travelling evening… and make sure you take a look at our special cocktail menu. Bar Manager Jared has been dusting off the old drinks books to find some very special cocktails from way-back-when.
As always with Fabisch our events can be very popular, so if you want to be sure of a table then please speak to one of our friendly service team. Hotel Vaudeville begins on Wednesday 8th October at 9pm… and we are really looking forward to it!
(above: the flags of the German states flying in front of the Reichstag, 3 October 1990)
Today is the 3rd October, a holiday here in Germany because 24 years ago – in 1990 – West and East Germany came together after a dramatic year that saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism not only in the GDR but across central and eastern Europe. In just over a month’s time we will be reflecting on and celebrating the fact that twenty five years ago the Berlin Wall was opened, ending 28 years of division in the city. There are all kinds of things taking place in Berlin over the next month or so, which we will be highlighting here on the Circus blog, but we wanted to let you know about our own programme of events that we have put together in the week running up to the anniversary…
Monday 3 November
Jogging the Berlin Wall Trail – Members of the Circus team will take you on a morning run along the Berlin Wall Trail – the route is about 7km and passes some of the most interesting sites relating to the history of divided Berlin
Tuesday 4 November
Free Tour for Circus guests to the Marienfelde Refugee Centre – this was the first port of call for East Germans who had fled the GDR to the West, both before and after the building of the Berlin Wall
Eyewitness History Talk ‘Cracks in the Wall: Prague 1989’ with Hans-Joachim Weber. Mr Weber will join us to tell us about his experience of working in the West German Embassy in Prague during the momentous time leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall – This event is in cooperation with the Zeitzeugenbörse, is free and open to the public.
Wednesday 5 November
Mike’s Berlin Wall Memorial Tour – Free tour for Circus guests to the Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre on Bernauer Straße
Thursday 6 November
Stories from the Mauerweg – An evening in cooperation with Slow Travel Berlin, presenting some of the stories of both the past and the present day from along the Berlin Wall Trail – with Paul Scraton (The Circus / Traces of a Border) and Paul Sullivan (Slow Travel Berlin) – This event is free and open to the public.
Sunday 9 November
Berlin Wall Anniversary Tour – Special 9th November tour for Circus guests from our friends at Brewer’s Berlin Tours
So if you are in town from the 2nd to the 9th November, come and join us for some or all of these Wall-related activities… it is going to be a really interesting time to be in the city!
Photo credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-1990-1003-417 / CC-BY-SA
As you might know, the Circus is going through a process of renovations and changes, both big and small. If you want to be reminded about how this all started, you can watch an interview with co-owner Andreas by following this link. Now, as we move into the autumn, the process is in full swing and alongside some very big steps – which we will be announcing in coming weeks – the team are also engaged with some of the small details.
So, to give you an example… whilst Jared is working on labeling for a very special drinks collaboration, and Paul is creating a new and extensive reading list for libraries in both houses, Jens is implementing a new till system and Katrin is pouring over bed sheets and towels to make a new selection. As keen travellers ourselves, we know that it is the details that can make all the difference, and that sometimes it is the little things that can make or break an experience. Follow the creativity bonanza here on the Circus blog to see what other things, big and small, we are doing in the upcoming months…