Since the Heart of Gold Hostel is situated in the Environmental Zone of Berlin, your car needs a green environmental badge – „Umweltplakette“ to park in the immediate surroundings of the Hostel. The environmental badge shows what emission group your car belongs to.
You can buy the environmental badge at an emission examination place such as TÜV, DEKRA, GTÜ, FSP, KÜS and authorized car workshops, or you can make an online application in advance. It is not the car itself that gets examined, but its papers. If you do the online application you can scan the papers and send by E-mail, or send them by regular mail. It is recommended to apply at least 3 weeks ahead of your trip to Berlin so that the badge arrives in time.
The examination place closest to the hostel is the DEKRA KFZ-Prüfstelle in the Prinzessinnenstraße 17-18, 10969 Kreuzberg. You can search for other examination places by DEKRA and TÜV here.
There is no set price for the environmental badge, but normally it costs between 5 – 10€
The registration number of the car has to be written on the white field of the badge, and the badge is to apply to the windshield.
If you park in the environmental zone without the badge you have to count with a ticket of 80€.
If you do not get the green environmental badge or you are not interested in getting a badge, you can simply park outside of the environmental zone. The option closest to the Heart of Gold Hostel would be north of the Berlin Gesundbrunnen station. From there you take the S-Bahn (commuter train) three stop to S Oranienburger Straße.
Our booking system calculated prices based on preset prices, current availability and the (im)probability for how many beds will be left on a particular day in the future. This means prices constantly change with new bookings and as time progresses.
This way we can offer lower prices for less requested times with low occupany – but also means higher prices for very busy days. This also ensures, that we can offer the best price possible for every single day while getting a higher average price for beds available.
If you are flexible in your travel plan, you can save this way. Please go to our online booking form and play around with arrival dates to find the best offer.
We offer our beds on our own website, but also through 3rd party websites like Hostelworld, Hostelbookers, Hostelsclub and many others. These sites have their own sub-pages and affiliate websites as well.
We control the beds on these website by uploading our availability and prices. These “agents” charge a commission/provision and sometimes a booking fee on top – sometimes called “deposit”. In the end we only get the uploaded price minus the extra charges, but you pay the full price of course.
As we are low budget already, we don’t want to loose money on extra charges and thus often add the provision to our prices leading to higher prices on 3rd party channels – in short: “you pay more for the same bed!
By booking directly with us you always save as we offer the best price available – guaranteed!
Take the Airport Express train RE7 or RB14, which goes directly to Friedrichstrasse and runs every 30 minutes.
Exit onto Friedrichstrasse and walk north to cross the River Spree. After the bridge take the second street to your right into Johannisstrasse, walk 150 m down the street and you will find us on the left hand side in number 11.
You can also use the Citytrain S-Bahn S9 to Friedrichstrasse´- just takes longer because of more stops.
Alternatively please use S-Bahn (CityTrain = green “S”) S45 from Station Schönefeld to Station Südkreuz.
Change into U-Bahn (Underground = blue “U”) U6 to Oranienburger Tor. Exit south (against driving direction) onto Friedrichstraße and turn left into Johannisstraße – we are 350m down the street in number 11.
Costs 3,40 Euro (Ticket ABC), takes 45 minutes. Tickets are available from machines on the way to the S-Bahn in the tunnel. Sometimes there is a long queue -you can also try the App from BVG on bvg.de
All prices here (pdf).
For detailed info and alternative directions please go to bvg.de
You can find the price for a taxi on taxi-calculator.com
Take the bus 128 to U-Bahn-Station (Underground) Kurt-Schumacher-Platz.
Get on the U6, direction Alt-Mariendorf, get off at Oranienburger Tor
and exit the station in the same direction the train went. Keep walking,
take the first left into Johannisstraße, walk 150 m down the street and you will find us on the left hand side in number 11.
Alternatively ou can take the Bus TXL to station Brandenburger Tor, change into S-Bahn S1 or S2 and go to Oranienburger Straße. Exit onto the street and walk south into Tucholskystraße. Take the first street to the right: Johannisstraße – we are in number 11.
Takes a little more than 40 minutes, costs 2,80 Euro – tickets are available from the Bus-Driver or at machines near the Airport Bus Stop.
For detailed infos and directions go to bvg.de
You can find the price for a taxi on taxi-calculator.com
Take any S-Bahn going to Friedrichstrasse, just 1 stop away from Hauptbahnhof and 4 stops away Ostbahnhof. Exit onto Friedrichstrasse and walk north to cross the River Spree. After the bridge take the second street to your right into Johannisstrasse, walk 150 m down the street and you will find us on the left hand side in number 11.
At the nearby U-Bahn-Station Kaiserdamm take the U2 and go to Potsdamer Platz. Change here into S-Bahn S1 or S2 and get off at Oranienburger Strasse.
Exit the station and walk south on Tucholskystraße, take the first street right into Johannisstraße, you will find us on the right hand side in number 11.
For detailed times and instructions go to bvg.de
The price for a taxi you can find on taxi-calculator.com
Take the S2 or S25 and get off at Station Oranienburger Strasse.
Exit the station and walk south on Tucholskystrasse, take the first street right into Johannisstrasse, you will find us on the right hand side at number 11.
Due to our central location, free parking is not available nearby. You can park in the streets in the immediate surroundings for 2€/hour, if you find a spot. There is also a parking house in Luisenstr. 47-52, 10117 Berlin, it’s 2,50€ per hour – max 20€ per day. Payment is cash or card.
However we can show you free parking spots on arrival, which are about 5 minutes away by public transport. A short trip ticket for that one stop would be 1,70 euro each way. But if you plan to don’t use a car, you buy a day-, week- or even group-ticket for the public transport instead. To not use a car in the center of Berlin is a good idea anway – and you can save money.
Please remember you need a “Umweltplakette” for your car to drive legal in Berlin center.
Breakfast is available from 8 am until noon for 5 Euro per person.
It usually consists of variations of bread, bread rolls, jam, honey, nutella, cream cheese, cheese, salami, milk, yogurt, muesli, cornflakes, fruit, tea and coffee.
No need to reserve, just pay before you start.
It is an all you can eat buffet. Take away is not allowed though.
There are free lockers in every room! You need a padlock, which you can bring yourself or rent from reception. Before going to the rooms or after checkout you can store your belongings in our free lockers in the reception.
For valuables we also have a free safe or our special small lcokers including charging facilities for laptops, handy’s, tablets, iPad’s or your favourite toy..
We offer a free fully equipped guest kitchen from 8am to 11pm including dishwasher, stove, oven, fridge, microwave, electric kettle, dishes, cutlery, pan and pot, glasses, etc. Some basic things like salt and pepper, rice, pasta and oil is available as well.
We have a snack machine at reception and also hot water and a microwave.
In the MegaDorm we also have a small kitchenette including dishwasher, electric kettle, microwave and a fridge – but no stove or oven for security reasons.
Also you will find lots of cheap places to eat around the hostel.
We offer free Wi-Fi access in the lobby and 4 free internet terminals including free printing.
In the reception and smokers room, main parts of the MegaDorm, and the 1st and 2nd floor the wireless access is fast and stable – not in other floors.
We are working hard to make the wireless network accessible in all rooms by the end of 2016!
There is fast and stable WIFi in the reception, smokers room and yard area. Also in all rooms and also the main part of the MegaDorm.
For security reasons we blocked certain ports, which you might need for professional work – but the standard usage is no problem.
Check-In is always possible – rooms are usually ready from 2 pm.
Check-Out is until 12 noon. The reception is staffed 24 hours.
On arrival we check your booking – you register your name and address – payment is done.If you arrive before 2pm, you can lock your stuff and explore the neighbourhood or simply relax. If your room is already finished, you can of course go to the room if you like.
In general we cannot receive letters or packages for you.
This is because we cannot guarantee, that it will arrive at all or in time. Also on delivery we will have to confirm, that it arrived – but we cannot confirm the content or guarantee, that everything is ok with the letter or package etc. However we will never pay for any delivery when needed and we can also not accept letters, that have to be delivered to a certain person!
Of course we know, that sometimes it’s the only way to organise your travels..
So if you want to send letters or packages to the Hostel to be picked up on arrival or while you stay here, please send an Email to ask for that – please include your booking information like name, arrival, booking reference. We will get back asap.
Just some examples from the last month:
A guest sent a letter. But because the post was on strike it never arrived. He had to extend his stay – and it still never arrived.. so the whole order had to be cancelled – more costs – and still no sign of the expected mobile phone..
Another guest lost his credit card – disable it. The new one should have been sent to the Hostel. But again – it never arrived – disabled again – automatically a new one was sent out – but again never arrived..
So – to avoid problems – please ask before you just send something or let somebody else send something important to the Hostel.
Until April 2018 Brewers Walking Tours do not pick up at the hostel – we can show you where to find meeting points for this and other tours.
There is one free and one paid walking tour leaving from our hostel every day. The tours are in English and are operated by Brewer’s Berlin.
Many other walking tours in different languages start nearby.
At the moment we are looking for night shifts and cleaners with a chance for reception – part time or full time.
German Registration Papers are needed to start working – e.g. working Visa or EU passport.
Unfortunately we can not offer work for stay, as it is rarely legal in Germany.
To apply please send an Email to firstname.lastname@example.org – CV and/or photo appreciated, but not necessary.