Berlin Startup scene & hot spots

Berlin startups coworking

A new start-up is founded every 20 minutes in Berlin. The vibrant atmosphere and cheap cost of living and the sense of community between start-ups is attracting creatives and tech savvy’s from all over the world to Berlin. Get inspired by these Berlin start-ups, learn where to meet them and who knows, maybe one day you will try your luck in the city of possibilities. And if you’re still exploring, come stay with us, we’ll be happy to hook you up with more local initiatives and opportunities throughout Berlin! Continue reading

Best places to eat in Berlin

Best Places to eat in Berlin

Gossip has it that the best 4 things in life are to eat and travel. What about the other 2? Well, to eat and travel. We could not agree more with it, specially our receptionist Ariane, to whom eating is a reason to live. She drops appoints and compromises if a good plate of food is at stake. And, of course, she is a great cook. Nobody better than her to give us some tips on restaurants and gastro hotspots in Berlin. Dear travelers, with you the suggestions of our food expert Ariane: Continue reading

10 REASONS TO VISIT BERLIN IN WINTER

 

Berlin hot spots winter1. GO LOCAL
The beauty about the winter season is that you get to discover the real Berlin. Most tourists are camping somewhere on the southern hemisphere so no long lines at the cultural hot spots anymore and time for you to mingle with the real Berliners. Warm up with a coffee at cool places like WestBerlin or The Barn Roastery, Take a long winter walk along the river Spree, Sonnenallee or to the Reichstag Building. Or go shopping like the locals at places like Vooberlin or at the beautiful bookshop Do You Read Me?

2. IT’S CRAZY CHEAP
Berlin is one of the cheapest cities in Europe and this goes double for winter time! Not only the already cheap Amstel House offers crazy winter specials, but you will find cheap deals everywhere. We would even go so far as to say you’re probably cheaper off coming to Berlin than staying at home ^_^ Continue reading

Bye Summer!

team meeting, hostel. berlin, end of summer

The Amstel House Team Meeting at our neighbor the old Moabit Market

We had this week our semester team meeting @amstelhouse to celebrate the amazing past summer season and to talk about the winter time now coming.

The last three months were very special for us. We had a great summer, breaking records and bringing up new actions. Our big House was almost constantly full of all kinds of nice guests. For all of you that have joined this time with us thank you! You are the soul of our hostel and the ones who make it alive. Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – healthy summer soup

easy backpacker recipes healthy summer soupYou must have heard of the cold Spanish tomato soup called ‘gazpacho’, but less known is its thicker Andalusian brother ‘salmorejo’, usually topped with cured ham and egg. Combine with a glass of chilled white wine, and Spain suddenly becomes very close. The best thing is that it is super easy to make, and moreover a great way to use up your bread left overs. Because the soup tastes best when it is super cold, we recommend to make the soup on a lazy afternoon or the night before so it can really chill down in the fridge.

PS! As this soup is super super healthy, this recipe is no summer exclusive. Indulge you winter immune system with this shot of power food!

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)
ripe tomatoes, 1 kg
garlic, 2 toes
Stale white bread, 200 gr, soaked for 10 min in water
Quality olive oil, 10 tbsp Continue reading

Amsterdam Hot Spots

tips AmsterdamBike rides along the beautiful canals, interesting museums, a vibrant night life, countless festivals, the unique King’s Day celebration (27 April), picnics and strolls in the Vondelpark, what’s not to love about Amsterdam? Another plus is that it’s one of the easiest cities to travel to and in. Most of the city’s hot spots can be reached within 15 minutes by bike and Amsterdam Central Station is only 15 minutes by train from the national airport, Schiphol. And with our Amsterdam hot spot tips, you will get the best out of your stay!  Continue reading

The BMW 41. Berlin Marathon

Berlin, Marathon 2014, place to stay

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The legendary Forrest Gump, character of the eponymous American film, decided one day to start running and seemed not to be able to stop. Here in Berlin the rush was due by the redhead Lola in the film from which the name says it all: Run Lola Run.

From that hasty 90s to now – and as it happened to Gump – the sport has gained many followers. Running is more popular than ever, as shown by the growing number of participants in Marathons worldwide. Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – Bulgur salad recipe

easy backpacker recipe - bulgur salad recipe

Bulgur is a grain that is often used in the Turkish and mediterranean cuisine. It’s high in iron and fibers which makes it a healthier choice then couscous. Fresh fruits, bulgur and milk/yoghurt form an excellent breakfast, so cook some extra for the morning after.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
1 Cup bulgur
1 Red onion, cut in quarters
2 Sweet potatoes, chopped in 2 cm chunks
1/2 Baby pumpkin, chopped in 2 cm chunks Continue reading

Best travel looks

travel looks 2014There’s something to say for being comfortable but no one ever said you can’t look smashing ‘en route’.  Our front row fashion specialists have paid attention at the NY and London fashion weeks these last weeks in order to bring you the hottest travel looks. So whether you’re packing your backpack or stylish suitcase, here are some essentials that will score the most street credits in the city, on the beach, on the slopes and during your adventurous explorations. Budget proof off course. Just like the Amstel House!  Continue reading