From 1961 to 1989, the Berlin Wall divided East and West Berlin from one another but on November 9, 1989 that separation ended and like two long lost lovers east and west Germany officially reunified by October 3, 1990.
After reading Stasiland and watching Goodbye Lenin, I knew Berlin was next on my travel list. My fascination with the city is one that revolves not only around its rich history but also its love of art. As a Torontonian, Berlin, to me seems like a similar city.
Shortly after deciding to book my trip, I began my search for unique spots i’d like to see. Other than the list of places i’ve made notes of based on previous readings, finding a cool hotel in East Berlin was top priority and that’s when i found Ostel.
Located in East Berlin’s Friedrichshain neighbourhood, the six-storey prefabricated building is one of the GDR’s last builds prior to the fall of the wall. Today, the building acts as a “living museum for DDR style.” Rooms vary in price as “pioneer camp” rooms are cheaper than the “stasi room”. Ostel is built on the concept of “Ostalgie”- a sense of nostalgia for life in former East Germany. Art work includes portraits of former Socialist Unity Party leaders, such as General Secretary Erich Honecker and Prime Minister Horst Sindermann.
In other words, this is the perfect hotel for me. I can’t wait to experience this “Ostalgie” and will be sure to tell you all about it. If you’re off to Berlin, do check this living museum out even if it’s just for a night.
Here’s some mood music for “Ostalgie”: