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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.

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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.

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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!

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(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

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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.

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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…

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What a brilliant day for running on the streets of Berlin. Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto certainly thought so, as he became the first person to run under two hours and three minutes with a World Record time of 2:02:57. Behind him were tens of thousands of runners, making their way through the city on the 42 kilometre course. We had a good number of guests running the marathon, as well as an old friend. Rebecca first visited us at the Circus back over thirteen years ago, when the hostel was on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz and the hotel and apartments had not even been imagined yet. So we had a great time racing across the city to cheer her, and her fellow runners, on…

Below you can see some more images from our own marathon journey through Berlin, but here are the results from our guests… and if you are not on here, and want to be, send paul an email at paul.scraton (at) circus-berlin.de and we’ll get your name and time added!

The Circus Berlin Marathon Roll of Honour

John Dowling (GB) 2:29:08
Jose Silva (Chile) 3:10:57
Carlton D’Souza (GB) 3:20:35
Corradino Corrado (Italy) 3:21:00
Bart Van Cant (Belgium) 3:27:20
Otis Shoebridge (GB) 3:58:13
Nick Dunn (GB) 3:28:09
Lorange Florian (France) 3:02:56
Duncan Macadie (Scotland) 3:11:20
Matthes Synofzk (Germany) 3:00:03
Dominic Muri (Switzerland) 2:51:41
Palle Biggaard (Denmark) 4:11:43
Carla De Almeida (Canada) 4:06:00
Laurel Holmquist (USA) 5:46:00
Marc Jeuland (USA) 2:30:53
Tom Emmerson (Scotland) 3:31:42
Michelle Rowley (Ireland) 4:15:21
Kristian Jewsen (Denmark) 3:38:50
Mike Locke (USA) 3:59:00
Mike Madison (USA) 3:59:00
Rory Doherty (Ireland) 3:32:00
Gerard Darragh “Barefoot” (Ireland) 3:55:00
Jim Smyth (Ireland) 4:57:00
Alan Warren (USA) 3:27:00
Michelle Warren (USA) 3:27:00
Chris Truman (USA) 3:48:00
Steve Henrie (USA) 3:58:00
Jim Pickard (USA) 5:03:00
Paul Doherty (Ireland) 3:07:00
Kevin Bannon (Ireland) 3:16:00
Francois Gervaix (Switzerland) 2:48:44
Rebecca Johnstone (GB) 3:47:32

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Next Tuesday we have a new free tour exclusive for Circus guests, to the exhibition ‘Everyday life in the GDR’ that can be found in the Kulturbrauerei, Prenzlauer Berg. The German Democratic Republic (GDR) existed from just after the Second World War until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. With the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall coming up, there is a lot of attention on the events of 1989 and the regime that built the Berlin Wall in the first place.

The GDR was one of central and eastern Europe’s ‘socialist’ republics, within the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union, and as such the political system had an impact on all aspects of life in East Germany, from school and health to university, the workplace, and leisure activities. The exhibition at the Kulturbrauerei shows the complex tension between the expectations of the political system and the real living conditions of the people in the GDR… and we will be guided through the exhibition by a representative of the foundation that curated and runs it.

The tour is – as with all our Tuesday History tours – free for Circus guests. Places are limited, however, and you will need to sign up for the tour at reception. We recommend that you also have a public transport ticket. The meeting time for the tour is at 9.30am.

(Photo credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-P0219-0032 / CC-BY-SA)

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It is that time of year again… as regular readers of the Circus blog will know, we love running and we love the Berlin Marathon. It is always an amazing weekend, whether at the hostel, hotel or apartments, as we welcome so many runners and their friends and families to the city. As the runners amongst you will know, Berlin is one of the fastest of the big city marathons, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that everyone achieves the time that they are aiming for…

On the map above you can see the route, and Rosenthaler Platz is just after kilometre 9 … so you don’t have to go very far to cheer the runners on in the early stages of the race. There is loads of information on the Berlin Marathon website, but here are some important things for you to know…

Marathon Expo at Tempelhof

The former airport at Tempelhof is the venue for the Marathon Expo, where runners go to collect their start numbers and there are all manner of exhibitors there as well as a programme of entertainment. The atmosphere is always fantastic, and you don’t have to be taking part in the marathon to check it out (although there is a small entry fee).

The opening times for the Expo are Thursday 25th September 2pm-8pm, Friday 26th September 11am-8pm, and Saturday 27th September 9am-7pm. The Expo website is here.

Breakfast Run

If you have stiff legs from your journey to Berlin, the marathon organizers have a special Breakfast Run for all participants on the morning of Saturday 27th September. The run starts at Schloss Charlottenburg, finishes at the Olympic Stadium, and is about six kilometres in length.

Marathon Specials at The Circus

On Saturday evening at Fabisch we have a very special all-you-can-eat pasta buffet for €15 per person. This has been very popular in previous years, so make sure you book your table at reception. The buffet is available from 5pm.

The next morning we have two options for early breakfast, and members of our team will be opening up Katz & Maus and Fabisch for all you runners early to get the fuel you need. Katz & Maus at the Circus Hostel will be open from 6am, and Fabisch at the Circus Hotel from 6.30am.

Once again, we wish our runners all the best for the big day, and keep an eye out at reception when you come back after the race… we will be collecting the times of everyone staying with us so we can publish a very special Circus Roll of Honour here on the blog.

Keep on running!

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