For many years now, the Heart of Gold Hostel has been a pick-up point for the walking tours offered by Brewer’s Berlin. They are the longest-running independent walking tour company in the city, and their guides are the best around.
Brewer’s is named after Terry Brewer, an Englishman who first visited Berlin in the 1950s and returned the following decade as a member of the British diplomatic service. He started his career as a tour guide during the Cold War, regularly crossing the Wall with Allied personnel to show them East Berlin. Brewer’s Berlin was born after reunification, and though he hired some very good people as guides, the daily “Trips with Terry” were the company’s calling card.
Health problems forced Terry to call it quits last year, and he returned to England. Now we have received the very sad news that Terry has passed away.
Terry was an incredibly sweet man, as well as an extremely knowledgeable one with a fascinating, unique perspective on the city and its history. He would brighten our day every morning when he came in to the hostel to corral people for his tour. We will miss his ruddy face and ebullient nature, as well as his impromptu lessons on random subjects such as the old British currency system. Our thoughts are with his family and our friends at Brewer’s Berlin.
Your Hostel in Berlin – it can’t be more central!
Right in the center of Berlin, the Heart of Gold Hostel Berlin is the ideal place from which to explore the city. It’s budget accommodation, but not unlike a hotel in some ways, and the designs inspired by the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams will make you feel right at home.
The historic center and many of Berlin’s most interesting sights are within walking distance, and there’s a nightlife district with bars and clubs just around the corner. Make new friends from all around the world and meet real Berliners at reception, making your visit that much more worthwhile.
Bars in Berlin
Here is a short selection of bars in Berlin:
The Oscar Wilde Irish Pub
Friedrichstr. 112A, 10117 Berlin
U6 Oranienburger Tor / S Friedrichstr.
A stone’s throw from the hostel. The first Irish pub in the neighborhood. Pub quiz and live sports.
Torstr. 58/60, 10119 Berlin
Home of the famous “Russendisko”
White Trash Fast Food
Schönhauser Allee 6-7, 10119 Berlin
Don’t let the name fool you. The rare trifecta of restaurant, live music venue and tattoo parlor.
Oranienstr. 19a, 10999
U1 & U8 Kottbusser Tor
A true original. Trashy but open all night.
Used to be right around the corner from us, before it was closed along with the art center Tacheles which housed it. You can’t stop progress.