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We Own the Night

For those of you who like to slap on a pair of trainers and pound the streets, Berlin is a paradise for runners. We have some great parks and routes along the river, and if you come stay at The Circus you can get a jogging map with some suggestions to and from Rosenthaler Platz. We also have a number of great races in the city, including the Berlin Marathon in the autumn, which many of our guests find is a brilliant excuse for combining travel with the experience of joining the thousands of fellow runners from around the world.

One such event is coming up at the end of May, which is Nike’s We Own The Night women’s run, which takes place not far from The Circus on a 10km course and from the tales we heard from those who took part last year, it is a very special event. Every participant gets a special welcome package, and after the run there is an after-party where those who still have energy in their legs can dance the night away with some of their fellow 3,000 participants.

So if you will be in Berlin on the 30th May 2014, and you are a woman – :-) – then why not join the fun?

ken burke

After the success of our first Sunday Social Film Night at the Circus Hostel, it is time for a bit of live music this Sunday evening as we welcome old Circus friend Ken Burke to the stage down in the basement of Katz & Maus. Ken will be performing his very own brand of celtic-folk-tinged acoustic pop from 9pm, and we are sure it is going to be perfect way to end another great weekend in Berlin so come down and join us at the Sunday Social.

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

This Sunday at Katz & Maus in The Circus Hostel we will be launching a regular new event… Sunday Social! Every week we will head down to the basement lounge and unwind at the end of the weekend, with a changing programme of events that will include trivia nights, history talks, live music events and open mic sessions. This week we will having a film screening, with a special surprise screening of a Berlin classic.

We are really looking forward to hosting these Sunday evening events, and we hope to see you down in Katz & Maus to tell us about your weekend and to join in the fun.

Unter den Linden
So we all made it… the Circus runners of Jim, Paul, Ivi and Johann all crossed the finish line. Unfortunately we don’t have a picture of Johann out on the course, but a quick check of the results shows that he does take the prize for the quickest Circus half marathon. Not that time matters, as everyone agrees – even Jimbo – that it was a lot of fun to run 21 kilometres through the streets of our city, and past many of the famous landmarks of Berlin. Afterwards we stopped by the hostel for a few beers, and there were a number of guests nursing sore legs but with the finishers medal around their necks… we spoke to a few of them, but we also wanted to take the opportunity to congratulate everyone who took part… same time and place next year? Jared has already promised to start training, so hopefully the Circus team will be even bigger next time around…

(Go on Jim… you know you want to)

Jimmy on the move…


Ivi is all smiles at 17 km


Paul is imagining the beer at the finish line



Cinema fans might be interested to know that Berlin is currently hosting ALFILM – the Arab Film Festival Berlin – and many of the filmmakers, journalists and interested cinema-goers are staying with us at The Circus right now. ALFILM is the largest festival that provides a platform to the diverse Arabic cinema. The festival focuses on artistically and thematically outstanding films from the Arab World. ALFILM is a non-commercial film festival that has been organised yearly since 2009 by the non-profit organisation Friends of the Arabic Cinematheque, Berlin.

ALFILM presents feature films, documentaries and short movies coming from or produced in Arab countries at different venues in Berlin – many of which are German or European premieres. The OFFICIAL SELECTION gather a selection of new releases (fiction, documentary and short movies) from the last three years.

The SPOTLIGHT section includes contemporary and historical Arabic films which are curated thematically, and the festival devotes extensive retrospectives to the work of eminent filmmakers and artists from the Arabic cinema, panel discussions, performances, lectures as well as children screenings.

The Festival is on right now and runs until the 26th March, and you can find more details of what is on where and when on the website.

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Over the past three years we have welcomed many fascinating speakers to The Circus as part of our series of monthly eyewitness history talks in cooperation with the ZZB (Centre for Witness to Contemporary History). It has been wonderful to hear of the personal experiences of people who have lived in our city, and the tales they have to tell, but it is possible that our speaker this month has one of the most extraordinary stories we have heard so far.

Salomea Genin was born in Berlin in 1932 to Polish-Jewish parents, and the family fled the Nazis to Australia in 1939. By the early 1950s Salomea was a committed member of the Australian Communist Party, and visited the German Democratic Republic as a delegate of the World Youth Festival. Out of this visit was born a desire to help build an anti-fascist state in East Germany, and in 1963 she moved there. Twenty years later she came to the realisation that she had willingly participated in what was a police state, and in turn this led her to join the political opposition and build a new life, even before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of East Germany.

We are really excited to be welcoming Salomea to The Circus on Tuesday 25th March to hear her story of exile and the joy and anguish of her multi-faceted homecoming. As always, the talk will be in English, open to all and free of charge, although we will be collecting donations for the ZZB to help them fund their important work.

Eyewitness History Talk: Homecoming – A Jewish Australian in the GDR
Speaker: Salomea Genin
Date: Tuesday 25th March 2014
Time: 6pm
Venue: Fabisch at the Circus Hotel, Rosenthaler Platz 1, Berlin-Mitte

Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-M0804-754 / CC-BY-SA

Sunday Social

Coming up on Sunday evening we are extremely happy to be holding the very first of our “Sunday Social” events downstairs at Katz & Maus in the Circus Hostel. This week we are welcoming Ori Soul to join us on stage for our Acoustic Lounge event, with some chilled and relaxed music from 9pm and all our great food and drink offers… what a way to end the weekend…

… or alternatively, what a warm up for… ST PATRICK’S DAY! Yep, Monday is the 17th March which means all over the planet people will be celebrating all things Irish, and at Katz & Maus we are no different. Again, we have live music from 9pm and a very special offer… Irish Stew and a Guinness for €7. Delicious. So come join us downstairs at Katz & Maus on Sunday and Monday, to eat, drink and be merry.

St Patricks Day


Here at the Circus we are of course used to welcoming the world to Berlin, as our guests come from just about every corner of the globe, but over the last week the city was buzzing with lots of – well – people like us, as the tourism industry descended on the city for the annual ITB. The ITB is one of the largest tourism trade fairs in the world, and there were all kinds of hotels, websites, tour companies, travel agencies and the different tourist institutions from cities, regions and countries, filling the many different halls of the Berlin Messe. Many of the Circus team took time out of the busy week to go and take a look, using the chance to meet up with business partners and other friends from the industry, and collect inspiration and ideas from what other are doing and what else was on offer.

And many of those from the industry were staying with us, including Megat and friends from Malaysia, who spent the ITB at the Circus Apartments and left some lovely gifts for Ivi and Clara from the concierge team… as you can see in the picture above. Thanks to everyone who joined us in Berlin over the last week, and we are looking forward to seeing you again next year!

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