packing light tips

lessons in packing light

Less is more they say, but as much as we’ve travelled, we always end up over packing. How many times have you come home with an overweight suitcase and only worn half of it? Chances are you’re arriving in Berlin with one of the budget airlines that charge you for bringing anything but hand luggage so we thought we’d share our tips for packing light with you. And yes boys, you could learn a thing or two as well! For 10 travel tips for girls, go here. If you need a complete packing list for backbackers, go hereContinue reading

Shopping in Berlin

Where to shop in Berlin

© visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, Berlin attracts different types of people. Famous for its naughty and creative way, here there’s place for every taste, expected the well behaved. As a trend launcher – not only in the music and art industry, but also in lifestyle and fashion – it is big mode polo.

For those looking for a changed in wardrobe, here are some tips from Amstel House on where to go to buy what. Continue reading

GET A ROOM, Its Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's day in Berlin, get a room for two at the Amstel HouseTo celebrate the most reddish day of the year the Amstel House Hostel has prepared the bed for you. Share this blog post in facebook with #getaroom #loveweekend #berlin #amstelhouse and get 10% discount in a Twin room ensuite for two nights. But be fast! The offer is only valid until the end March. After sharing, send as a message through facebook.

To get you in the mood we’ve listed our favourite Berlin romantic spots: Continue reading

10 tips for female travelers

tips for female travelersLast week’s post on best buys for backpackers triggered our female staff members – keen travelers themselves – to create a top 10 list for all girl travelers out there. Don’t worry boys, there are some tips that you can use as well (might wanna skip #8 …) but you will have your own list in the near future!

1. Hooded pillow
This is the closest you’ll get to travel perfection. Nap like a boss with a brand new invention; the Travel Hoodiepillow®!

2. Noise-cancelling headphones
Mute the snoring neighbour, the chatty lady on the other side and the crying kids. If you travel a lot, these are definitely worth your money! Continue reading

5 best buys for backpackers

5 smartest gadgets for backpackersAt the Amstel House our super friendly (and smoking hot!) staff are here to help you with anything from planning your trip to hot spot tips in Berlin to cooking up the best burger BBQ in town. When it comes to packing tips, we’ve already created this handy packing checklist for you, but we recently conducted an extensive survey with our smart guests at the Amstel House bar and these are their top 5 best buys for backpackers tips: Continue reading

Berlinale 2015

Berlinale 2015It’s time for the cinema lovers: the Berlinale 2015 it about to come! Between the 5th and the 15th of February one of the most important festivals of the film industry, the 65th Internationale Filmfestspiel Berlin, will be screening over 400 films, a great view of what’s going on in the worlds cinematic. Some of the highlights of this year’s competition are Nobody Wants the Night by Isabel Coixet starring Juliette Binoche, the Knight of Cups with Natalie Portman and Everything Will be Fine of German Director Win Wenders and performance of Charlotte Gainsbourg and James Franco. Continue reading

Easy backpackers recipes – Pappa al pomodoro

easy backpacker recipes Pappa al pomodoro

The Italians also call this pappa al pomodoro dish ‘ a poor man’s meal’, but is very rich in flavour! It’s gentle for your budget though and super easy and can be prepared in only 15 minutes. Nonetheless, in the Italian kitchen the ruling thought is ’cuocere al fuoco lento’, which translates: the longer you let the sauce shimmer, the better the taste.

 

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
1 Can diced tomatoes (400g)
250 gr. Cherry tomatoes
2 Big slices of stale bread Continue reading

Berliner Tanztage 2015

Berliner Tanztage 2015

Foto Schwestern – Sebastian Bolesch

From the 8th to the 18th of January Berlin will be showing some new moves. The Tanztage (dance days) will be taking place in Sophienhalle, introducing new talents and unknown names in the scene. For these young choreographers the festival is an important chance to present their work to influential names in the scenario of dance. For the public it is a good sample of how and where the Berlin contemporary dance scene moves. Continue reading

New Year’s Eve in Berlin

The year is about to turn. For the ones welcoming 2015 in Berlin the Amstel House prepared a list of Berlin / German New Year’s traditions for the night.

Brandenburg Gate

New year's eve in berlin Brandenburg tor

© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Every year, between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column in Tiergarten (really close to us) Germany throws one of the biggest parties in whole Europe with about one million visitors. Bands, DJs, fireworks and light shows are the great attraction of the night. Continue reading

easy backpacker recipe – pasta alla Mira

easy backpackers recipe - pasta alla MiraAs the Amstel House loves the Dutch visitors (and has a Dutch owner…) we have a soft spot for them. We never knew they could cook though… But Dutch actress Mira proves us wrong. She has her own cake company ‘La Dolce Mira‘ and bakes cakes that will give your grandma a run for her money. But she also makes some delicious savoury dishes, something that is proved by the pasta alla Mira recipe below. Her pasta with anchovies is delicious, and above all: easy peasy.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
200 gr pasta (preferably one with a short and thick shape, like fusili, but spagghetti will do)
3 salted anchovies + its oil
250 gr of cherry tomatoes Continue reading