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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

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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!

Bar Market

Now this looks interesting for anyone who cares about what they drink and the people behind it… The Bar Market is taking place every Friday and Saturday evening during the month of March at the Senatsreservespeicher in Kreuzberg. Each weekend, six local drink entrepreneurs will be setting up their stall alongside a food stall who will be offering six dishes to match…

Among the six drinks stands, you’ll find a collection of Berlin’s best craft beer brewers headed up by Markthalle Neun’s own Heidenpeters, an expert sampling of German Rieslings handpicked by the previous sommelier at Pauly Saal Helen Mol, and a “classics cocktail bar” brought to you by some of the team behind one of Berlin’s most beloved bars, Würgeengel.

The event page on Facebook has more details, including this fascinating snippet about the location for the Bar Market that seems to be well worth checking out whilst you still have the chance…

About the Senatsreservenspeicher

The Senatsreservenspeicher has quite the storied history. The hulking city warehouse has sat on the banks of the Spree since the Cold War, when it was used as storage space for grains and other products—a back-up food supply for land-locked West Berliners. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the space went unused for a while. Then, about a decade ago, it was taken over by an art collective called Artitude who worked not only on their own projects but also for the benefit of the local community, producing some of the large-scale, striking works of street art that have made Kreuzberg a destination.

Artitude is leaving on March 31st to make way for the building’s next reincarnation as flats & offices. The Bar Market will help give this iconic building a proper send-¬off by celebrating its original use—bringing in the community to enjoy artisanal drinks, which somehow hark back to the various grains that may have once been stored in this very space.


A couple of weeks ago we hosted a launch event for a new cooking app based here in Berlin – Kptn Cook. The app itself looks great, especially for those looking for inspiration in the home kitchen. Basically, the app offers daily recipes based on specific supermarkets, gives you an ingredients list and step by step cooking instructions that will get a meal on your plate in no more than thirty minutes… perfect for the busy night in the middle of the week.

The app is currently available on the App Store and is only in German – although the team have plans for other languages soon, so we will keep you posted. For now we say congratulations to the KptnCook team, and here are some more pictures from the launch event at The Circus Apartments:






The Olympiastadion in Berlin was built for the 1936 Olympics and was fully renovated in time for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and it is a stadium that has had its fair share of iconic moments, from Jesse Owens racing to victory to become the star of a games the Nazis had wanted to use to promote their own conceptions of racial superiority, to Zinedine Zidane headbutting his way to a runners-up medal in the World Cup final, or Usain Bolt powering his way to World Championships and World Records on the distinct, blue running track.

This Sunday local heroes Hertha BSC are taking on Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga – Germany’s premier football competition – which gives you the chance to see the Olympic Stadium in action whilst enjoying the atmosphere and action taking place on the pitch.

Not only that, but your ticket doubles as a pass for the public transport ticket for a few hours before the game until 3 in the morning… does that sound like a steal, or what? Tickets cost €15 and the best news is you can get them from the reception. So if you fancy catching the game, drop by and see if we have any left…

Hertha BSC vs Wolfsburg
Sunday 16th February – Kick-off: 3.30pm
Olympic Stadium

(Image: © visitBerlin | Scholvien)

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When the moon hits you eye like a… sorry, where were we? Oh yes, Valentine’s Day. The annual celebration of love, romance, and showing how much you care through a box of chocolates and a bunch of flowers is upon us again, and we are celebrating the event with a very special evening in Fabisch at the Circus Hotel. We have planned some live music from Serendipity, who will be performing their brand of acoustic lounge to get you in the mood, and head chef Roman has put together a special romantic four course menu for you to enjoy.

Dinner begins at 6pm, with live music from 10pm, and we certainly recommend that if you would like to share this evening with us, you should reserve your table either through reception or with the Fabisch team. When is it? This Friday of course… the 14th February.


On Friday 14th it is of course Valentine’s Day, but it also happens to be the 2nd birthday of the wonderful Berlin Film Society, who are celebrating both events by screening one of the greatest tales of tragic love in the history of cinema: ‘LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS’ (‘Children of Paradise’, 1945) directed by Marcel Carné. The event will take place in a stunning 19th century church in Mitte  and guests will be treated to a complimentary Lillet apéritif upon arrival and a variety of French canapés and quiches during the interval.

About the film:

Named at Cannes as the greatest French film of all time, costing more than any French film before it, ‘Les Enfants du Paradis’ (Children of Paradise) was shot, somewhat incredibly, in Paris during the Nazi occupation and released in 1945. Set against the bustling background of mid-19th century Paris, the film is a sophisticated, cynical portrait of actors, murderers, swindlers, pickpockets, prostitutes, impresarios and the decadent rich. This sprawling fresco follows the web of suitors who court the beautiful Garance, and her doomed love affair with the mime Baptiste.

Important Details:

Date: Fri 14th Feb. 2014
Time: 19:00 Drinks Reception || 20:00 Film: Part I
21:30 Interval – French wine, canapés & cheese || 22:00 Film: Part II || 23:30 Music & Drinks
Venue: St. Johannes-Evangelist-Kirche, Auguststr. 90, 10117 Berlin
Tickets: €12 / €10 students:

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