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Embassy in Prague

Next week we have a whole series of events taking place at the Circus to mark the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, on the 9th November 1989. You can find more information about all the things that are going on here, but one event we really wanted to highlight was the next in our series of Eyewitness History Talks in cooperation with the Centre for Witness to Contemporary History, which will be taking place in Fabisch at the Circus Hotel on Tuesday 4th November at 6pm.

We will be joined by Hans-Joachim Weber, who worked at the West German Embassy in Prague during those momentous months leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was here that that several thousand East German refugees set up camp in autumn 1989. Their eventual journey from Czechoslovakia to West Germany was one of the most symbolic moments in that dramatic period in history, and we are extremely pleased and grateful that Mr Weber will join us at Fabisch, to share his experiences.

As always, the talk is in English, is free and open to all, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Circus for what promises to be a fascinating evening.

On a related note, on the Tuesday morning at 9.45am we will also be running a tour for Circus guests to the Marienfelde Refugee Centre. This was the first port of call for East Germans who had fled the GDR for the West, both before the building of the Berlin Wall and after. The tour is free for Circus guests, although places are limited. Please sign up at reception and you will need a public transport ticket.

(Photo:  Tmv23 via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0)


The Olympic Stadium in Berlin has a famous history. Built for the 1936 Olympics, when Jesse Owens won four gold medals in a games hijacked by the Nazis for propaganda purposes, it was completely renovated in time to host the 2006 World Cup, when Zinedine Zidane (literally) bowed out in his own unique way.  It is also the home ground of local footballing heroes Hertha BSC, and for those who did not know, we have tickets for sale at The Circus for every home game in the German Bundesliga!

Yes, that’s right… many of the heroes of Germany’s triumphant World Cup success in the summer ply their trade in the top flight of German football, one of Europe’s top football competitions, and quite a few of them will be coming to Berlin before Christmas. Here are the upcoming matches at the Olympic Stadium:

Friday 7.11: Hertha BSC vs Hannover (Kick-off: 20.30)
Saturday 29.11: Hertha BSC vs Bayern Munich (Kick-off: 15-30)
Saturday 13.12: Hertha BSC vs Borussia Dortmund (Kick-off: 15.30)
Sunday 21.12: Hertha BSC vs Hoffenheim (Kick-off: 15.30)

We have tickets in different categories, and they start from the incredible price of €19 (which includes public transport to and from the stadium… amazing!). But of course, tickets are limited and we often sell out fast… so if you will be staying with us at The Circus on any of those weekends and fancy catching a game, please get in contact to reserve your ticket.

(Image: © visitBerlin | Scholvien)


Our mates at the Berlin Film Society are at it again, with another great event. On Halloween (31st October) they will be presenting David Lynch’s first feature film, the hauntingly dark and surreal ERASERHEAD (1977). This will be followed by a party inspired by the works of the director, and the first 100 guests dressed as their favourite David Lynch character will be rewarded with a free drink, courtesy of OUR/VODKA (which is produced in a local Berlin distillery).

About the Film

David Lynch’s 1977 debut feature, Eraserhead, is both a lasting cult sensation and a work of extraordinary craft and beauty. With its mesmerizing black-and-white photography by Frederick Elmes and Herbert Cardwell, evocative sound design, and unforgettably enigmatic performance by Jack Nance, this visionary nocturnal odyssey continues to haunt American cinema like no other film.

Important Details

Tickets are €12/€10 students and include the Halloween after party.

RSVP Essential:

Venue: Leipziger Str. 70 (entrance Jerusalemstr.)
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Homer Henry Hudson’s Curio Museum is brimming with mysterious artifacts and treasures, but its most curious inhabitant may prove to be its half-blind canine caretaker.

Whether you have kids or are a big kid at heart, come join us on Tuesday 11th November in Fabisch for a very special reading and workshop with one of our favourite writers and illustrators, Zack Rock. Zack’s new book Homer Henry Hudson’s Curio Museum has just come out and he will be both reading from the book, talking through his artwork, and giving the creative and curious the chance to try some illustration for themselves under the guidance of an expert!

The event will be in English, is free and open to all. Just for your orientation: the book is aimed at school-age children… take a look at Zack’s website to get an idea of his work.

Reading and Illustration Workshop with Zack Rock
Tuesday 11th November 2014
Fabisch at The Circus Hotel


Yep, that’s right. Inspired by our intrepid Krassfitters who are working hard in training towards their race this Sunday, we are launching a new “activity” for Circus guests… our Friday Boot Camp. It will take place every Friday morning at 9am, and will involve a bit of light running, some stretches and crunches, squats and planks, and – our instructor promises – it will be a lot of FUN. Yes, really.

So if you want to join in, it is completely free, but you will need to let us know at reception. Get fit on your travels? Yes we can!

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

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