The four clocks on the wall read: Berlin, Moscow, Peking and Havana. There’s a poster of Erick Honecker on the wall. But there’s no political message at this budget East German-themed hostel: just a cheap bed for the night. For an additional €3.50, guests are given a Lebensmittelmarke (food-ration coupon) for breakfast at the Ossi Hof pub out front. And for those who just can’t get enough of Ostalgie (nostalgia for the East), there’s a hotel Konsum (state-run market), which sells everything from plaster eggcups to chocolate DDR coins. There’s even a rare roll of original toilet paper – but it’s not for sale. Just a few streets away at Andreasstrasse 20, is the Ostel’s DDR-Ferienwohnung (holiday apartment), 75sqm of classified two-star lodging that sleeps up to six in DDR style with everything from TV to washing machine, great views and a Trabant-driven tour of the city.
OSTEL Das DDR Design Hostel (CLOSED)
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