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November 02, 2009
9th November 1989 was a historic day in both Germany and the world's history. It was the day the Berlin Wall fell and Germany was once again unified. 20 years on Berlin has become one of Europe's electric, historical and sprawling cities.
To mark this historic occasion Berlin has organized a number of festivals and exhibitions in the run up, culminating in the festival of Freedom on the 9th of November. A giant domino display will take place where a chain of domino's, designed by Berlin school children, will be put up along the former border with the last domino falling at the Brandenburg gate. The evening will then kick off with a concert followed by a fireworks display and laser show above the Brandenburg Gate which is sure to be special.
Whether it's a co-incidence or not MTV are also hosting their annual Video Music Awards (VMA's) in Berlin on the 5th November so you may even get to catch a glimpse of a few celebs while there!
To help celebrate the 20th anniversary of that famous day, while getting in some of the sights and sounds of Berlin Hostelworld.com recommends the following hostels.
3 Little Pigs Hostel
3 Little Pigs Hostel is located right next to the key attractions for the 20th anniversary. Whether it's the city's famous Brandenburger Tor or Checkpoint Charlie, you'll find them virtually at the next corner. Also close by is public transport which can lead you to all the other delights that Berlin has to offer, which can be preempted by the hostel's free city tours. After a long day sightseeing guests can sit back and relax in the hostels very own bar, and if you're brave enough to face November temperatures there is a charming beer garden to take advantage of!
Beds from €13.00
Meininger Hotel Berlin
Meininger Hotel offers fantastic views of Berlin from the roof terrace of its 9th floor! This brand new hostel is 3 star luxury at bargain prices. You can't get more central, as it's located at the Berlin Central Station right beside the German parliament. The hostel offers plenty of leisure and entertainment to keep you occupied should you want a quiet night in from billiards and table football to Play Station and movies! And that's not all if you can't stand to be separated from your pet for the weekend this hostel also offers a daily rate so you can bring them with you!
Beds from €17.50 per person
City Hostel Berlin
Just a short stroll from Check Point Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the shopping street of Friedrichstraße, everything is close by to the City Hostel Berlin! This hostel also offers great value for money - with a continental breakfast included in the price and all single, double and shared rooms coming complete with an ensuite bathroom. Friendly, helpful staff make your stay here complete!
Beds from €13.00 per person
Grand Hostel Berlin
While the Grand Hostel Berlin is a hostel - you won't find any bunk beds on offer here! The large spacious rooms contain really comfortable single and double beds only, making it ideal for both individuals and families. The hostel itself is located in a stunning historic building right in the heart of Berlin. Their friendly helpful staff will ensure your stay is as pleasant as they can and their meet and greet Berlin info sessions are hugely popular with guests.
Beds from €20.00 per person
Eastern Comfort Houseboat Berlin
If your looking for something a bit different and want to be right beside a piece of the Berlin wall, then check out the Eastern Comfort Houseboat -a hostel that is exactly what it sounds like - a boat! Moored between 2 lively districts it's close to the centre of town and offers a choice of 1st of 2nd class cabins, depending on your comfort levels and budget! The hostel also offers a great way of seeing Berlin from the water with free boat trips along the river Spree.
Beds from €16.00 per person
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