You can reach the highlights of Berlin easily on public transport from our hotel. Berlin Alexanderplatz with its TV Tower and the many shopping opportunities are just 8 tram stops from the Holiday Inn Berlin City East hotel. Leisure and professional athletes appreciate the proximity to the Velodrom and Sportforum Hohenschönhausen.
And visitors who want to retrace the history of the GDR can find the Berlin Hohenschönhausen monument and the Stasi Museum Berlin close to the hotel. The Holiday Inn Berlin City East is ideally located for party fans, close to the fashionable districts of Friedrichshain, Mitte and Kreuzberg. The lively Simon-Dach-Straße in Berlin-Friedrichshain is easy to reach and has a large selection of interesting restaurants, bars and beer gardens.
The Berlin Hohenschönhausen Memorial is located on the site of the former remand prison of the Ministry of State Security. Former prisoners of the Stasi prison guide visitors through the building and explain the custody conditions and interrogation techniques of the GDR State Security Service. Visits only possible with a guide. Genslerstraße 66, 13055 Berlin, Germany, Tel. +49 (0)30/ 98 60 82 30, Web: www.stiftung-hsh.de
The last Minister of the GDR, Erich Mielke, controlled the Ministry of State Security from the Stasi Museum Berlin until 1989. After the complex was stormed, the rooms on the Minister's floor were sealed and maintained in their original condition. Forschungs- und Gedenkstätte Normannenstraße, Ruschestraße 103, 10367 Berlin, Tel. *49 (0)30/ 5 53 68 54, Web: www.stasimuseum.de.
Sportforum Hohenschönhausen, with its pool, is the venue for national and international sporting competitions (speed skating, judo, fencing, gymnastics, boxing, ice-skating). For more information see: http://www.lsb-berlin.net/1048.0.html Sportforum Hohenschönhausen, Konrad-Wolf-Straße/Ecke Weißenseer Weg, 13055 Berlin, 500 metres from the hotel
Swimming and diving arena in Europasportpark/ Velodrom (Werner-Seelenbinder-Halle) The legendary bike races in Berlin take place in the Velodrom Berlin. The sporting complex is one of the largest function halls in Berlin with impressive architecture. The swimming and diving arena Europasportpark, venue for national and international competitions, is next door. http://www.velodrom.de, Location: next to suburban train station (S--Bahnhof) Landsberger Allee, 10407 Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg, 2 km from the hotel.
The Berlin DDR Motorcyclemuseum in Rochestraße 14c is a real must see not only for motorcyclefreaks. The museum inhabits all kinds of motorcycle from more than 40 years DDR production. And for architecture freaks: The apartment in DDR building Wbs70 in Hellersdorferstraße 179, EG left with original DDR furniture is open for visitors and an impressive history document.
The best Gulash in Berlin – homemade style like from Grandma. In the Osseria in Langhansstraße 103 you can eat original DDR food. My suggestion: At your reservation ask for contemporary witnesses as company for your dinner and share their memories with them.
The Berlin wall (e.g. near Ostbahnhof and Nordbahnhof) is a must see for visitors who want to get an impression of the life in the DDR. At Gesundbrunnen Center you can get a feeling for the Berlin Underground world in “Berliner Unterwelten”. And I recommend the best curry sausage in Berlin at curry snack bar Konopke.
The old Stasizentrale (Office of Secret Police in the DDR) in Ruschestraße and the Stasigefängnis (Prison) in Genslerstraße 66 are the most frightening and most impressive memorials of the DDR terror regime.
After a visit through the history of the DDR, I suggest the golden crispy Original Broiler (chicken) in the DDR museum. And just around the corner the ship landing place “Dom Aquaree” is situated and invites for a beautiful canal tour on the river Spree.
City Hotel Berlin East
Landsberger Allee 203