Cool, charming and absolutely delicious! The Korean Kimchi Princess is one of Kreuzberg’s darlings. Named after the Korean national dish, Kimchi – a spicy pickled cabbage – the restaurant is famous for its BBQ and marinates made at the table. The atmosphere is fool of pink Neon, dishes are served with style and the food is an experience. Good appetite or simply 식욕!
The story of Berlin’s Main Station starts back in 1871 with the opening of gorgeous Lehrter Bahnhof, the terminal of what was once Germany’s most important railway. Made in the current trend style French Neo-Renaissance its building had such a magnificent architecture that was known as a “palace among stations”. In 1882 the smaller interchange station Lehrter Stadtbahnhof was built next to it to provide connections with new lines. Following heavy damage during World War II Lehrter Bahnhof was demolished, but Lehrter Stadtbahnhof survived and continued working as a S-Bahn stop.
After German reunification it was decided to improve Berlin’s railway network and in 1992, because of its location, Lehrter Stadtbahnhof was demolished to make way for the new central station. Design by the Hamburg architecture firm Gerkan, Marg and Partners Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof was completed after 11 years of construction just in time for the Football World Cup of 2006. The largest and most modern crossing station in Europe, Hauptbahnhof is a stunning piece of modern architecture. Made with all technology of its time, the station has two levels and 14 platforms. The numerous curved glass panes let daylight into all of station’s levels and the steel futuristic-looking forms are the leitmotif of this unique construction.
Are you a fan of horror movies? Then we have horrifying news for you. The Fantasy Filmfest Nights is coming to Berlin presenting horror movies and crime thrillers! New, experimental and cult horror movies from all around are presented, even some as premiers! For two days – 29th and 30th of march – the nights are getting darker and scarier at the Cinemaxx at Potsdamer Straße 4. A competition will be running and the winner will be voted by the public. If you need a hand to hold and a place to stay, you will be safe at the Amstel House.
Our charming neighbor, the 120 year old market hall Arminius, offers not only really good food from all kinds of cuisine, but also great cultural events. One of them is the Moabit ArTminius 21 Creative Market. On weekends different Creatives & Designers present their work such as handmade bags, clothing and accessories. This Saturday however will be special. Celebrating one year of jubilee, the creative market will spread throughout the hall. There’s going to be a raffle of products and nice prices. Good food and fun market: the perfect day program of a Saturday winter. We will definitely be around.
Berlin is a parting international city. No wonder many foreign celebrations are gaining ground here. One of them is the St. Patrick’s Day, the famous Irish national holiday of March 17th. Since 2011 the date is celebrated in the city with the St. Patrick’s Festival Berlin, which stared small but grew really fast. Already in its second edition the event had the participation of one of Berlin’s biggest symbols, the TV Tower, lit green in its honor.
Nowadays the Festival features a full week program with film screenings, costume workshop, a concert at Arena and – of course – a big St. Patrick Day Parade in Kreuzberg. During this day the many Berlin Irish Pups open their doors for those in the mood to celebrate. Live music and lots of Guinness are no doubt in the menu. The Amstel House could not be our of it. As official Accomodation Partners we offer a St. Patrick’s Special, which includes 4 nights stay, every day all-you-can-eat breakfast Buffet, free public transport tickets and free welcome drinks. To stay informed follow the St. Patrick’s Festival Berlin on facebook. To our Irish guests, our special Cheers!
Traveling inspires not only us, but millions of people worldwide. A good example of it is the ITB, the largest tourism fair in the world, held annually in Berlin. Between the 5th and 9th of March 2014 the whole world of Traveling & Tourism will be open to public. Destinations, tour operators, booking systems carriers, hotels and hostels from all around the planet will be part of this great show. This year Official Partner Country will be Mexico, coloring and warming even more up the event. If you are still looking for a place to stay, hurry up! Close to the event location, the Amstel House Hostel still has some last rooms available for the period. See you there and around!
Known as one of worlds most important International Film Festival, the Berlinale starts this week turning Berlin into a big and agitated red carpet. Regarded as the festival with the largest audience, Berlinale shows over 400 films and is considered a rich sample of world cinema. This year running for the Golden Bear are films like the polemic Nymphomaniac by the even more polemic Lars von Trier; the Britisch-German comedy-drama The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson; and chinese Black Coal, Thin Ice by Yinan Diao.
To check the complet program and all competitors of the year access the Berlin International Film Festival. chthere are still festival tickets for sale and available beds in our Hostel. Do not miss one of Berlin’s most interesting events.
January brings the expected International Green Week, known as one of Germany most famous events and Berlin’s oldest fair – happening annually since 1926. During it’s more than 80 years of history the fair – which started as a small and simple local commodity market – became world’s most important trade fair for food industry, agriculture and horticulture. More! It is the point of origin for the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture with more than 80 departmental ministers.
Producers from all over the world come to test market food and luxury items. Confirming consumer trends, regional sourcing plays an increasingly important role. Renewable resources, organic agricultural and products, Fair Trade, rural development and gardening continue to gain importance at International Green Week.
The official partner country of the year will be Estonia, which will present its diverse and local specialties, such typical things from the Baltic Sea, black rye bread, barley beer, cabbage and corn, potatoes and pork.
If you are looking for cheap and central place to stay during the International Green Week Berlin take a look at our Amstel Room Types and choose what best fits you. We would be happy to host you!
When: 17 – 26/01/2014
Where: Exhibition grounds under the radio tower
This week the YouthfulCities – a global initiative to rank the world’s top cities from a youth perspective – elected Berlin the best Young city in Europe. The project has involved over 1500 youth participants from around the world, collecting data on 80 indicators, grouped into 16 categories such as Civic participation, Diversity, Transportation, Food and nightlife, Public space, sport and gaming. Toronto was elected ‘Youthful City of the Year’ and edged Berlin to take the top spot, with New York City in third place.
Cities such as Istanbul, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Lagos, London and Sao Paulo are some of the top 25 youth favourite cities.
Every year in November, one of Amsterdam’s coolest pop temples, ‘Melkweg’, hosts a German Hip Hop competition. Talented young rappers compete for the grand prize, endless fame and a visit to Berlin with their friends sponsored by the Amstel House Berlin. Give it up for this years winners ‘Die Angels’!