Berlin ITB 2014 – The Travel Show

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© ITB

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!

Berlin International Film Festival

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© Berlinale

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.

© Berlinale

© Berlinale

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.

International Green Week Berlin

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.

Copyright © 2013 Messe Berlin GmbH

Copyright © 2013 Messe Berlin GmbH

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.

Copyright © 2013 Messe Berlin GmbH

Copyright © 2013 Messe Berlin GmbH

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

Berlin! Elected the Best Europe Young City!

Arena, Berlin-Kreuzberg © visitBerlin | Koschel

Arena, Berlin-Kreuzberg © visitBerlin | Koschel

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.

Best Christmas Market in Berlin

It’s already cold and dark in the German capital, but it’s not all doom and gloom. The Christmas Market season arrived! It’s time to enjoy the traditional and delicious sweets Lebkuchen and to get warm and drunk with the typical Glühwein. To celebrate it Amstel House have prepared a list with the top 5 Christmas Market in Berlin.

 Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt

Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt in Old Town Spandau - R. Müller/PfS

Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt in Old Town Spandau – Foto: R. Müller/PfS

Considered the largest Christmas Market in town and one of Germany’s most impressive, the Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt is located in an old historical suburb neighbourhood. This year they have a special reason to celebrate: its 40 years Jubilee. The old pine from Wunsiedel in Fichtelgebirge will be filled with handmade ornaments and shining over thousand lamps.

Opening Hour: (25.11 – 23.12) Sun. – Thu: from 11h to 20h; Fri: 11h to 21h and Sat from 11h to 22h | Where: Breite Straße 37, Berlin-Spandau

Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt at the Kulturbrauerei

Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt - Fotograf: Joachim Loch

Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt – Fotograf: Joachim Loch

Located in the popular Kulturbrauerei – an old brewery building from the 19th century which houses today bars, clubs and theatres – the Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt is a typical Scandinavian Christmas market. The historical scenery coupled with a romantic decoration makes this market one of the cosiest in Berlin. One of the most popular attractions of it is a Nordic installation called “Open Air Jacket heating”, a weird object where frozen visitors can warm up with huge fur coats extra heated by a wood stove, typical of northern countries.

Opening Hour (25.11 – 22.12) Mon – Fri: from 15h to 22h; Sat. – Sun 12h to 22h | Where: Schönhauser Allee 36, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

Weihnachtsmarkt  Schloss Charlottenburg

Schloss Charlottenburg Weihnachstmarkt - Foto: Wikimedias Common; Author: Kazuyanagae

Schloss Charlottenburg Weihnachstmarkt – Foto: Wikimedias Common; Author: Kazuyanagae

The garden of Schloss Charlottenburg – a 300 years old Castle in baroque style and one of Berlin’s main attractions –hosts a magnificent Christmas Market. With an elaborated lighting concept the whole area turns into a beautiful winter Christmas landscape. During this time the location combines special tours in the castle with the Christmas spirit, attracting people from all around.

Opening Hour: (25.11 – 26.12) Mon. – Thu: from 14h to 22h; Fri – Sun 12h to 20h | Where: Spandauer Damm, Berlin-Charlottenburg

Weihnachtsmarkt at the Gendarmenmarkt

Weihnachtsmarkt at the Gendarmenmarkt  - Foto: Wikimedia Common, Author: Bgabel

Weihnachtsmarkt at the Gendarmenmarkt – Foto: Wikimedia Common, Author: Bgabel

Located in one of Berlin’s most beautiful squares the WeihnachtsZauber Market at the Gendarmenmarkt has a special atmosphere. Surrounded by the Konzerthuas, the French and the German Cathedrals and the monumental statue of Germany’s renowned poet and architecture Friedrich Schiller, it offers handcraft work and Christmas culinary delights from different regions and a daily stage program. Moreover, this Berlin Christmas Market supports projects, which promote social interaction in the city.

Opening Hour: (25.11 – 31.12) Daily: from 11h to 22 h | Where: Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin-Mitte

Weihnachtsmarkt Alexander Platz

Weihnachtsmarkt Alexander Platz, Foto: Wikimedia Common, Author: Marcin Szala

Weihnachtsmarkt Alexander Platz, Foto: Wikimedia Common, Author: Marcin Szala

The Christmas market in front of the Rothaus has a lot to offer: the Berliner Old Town as background, city’s largest ice-skating rink around the Neptune Fountain, street performers as puppeteers and storytellers and of course a variety of gastronomic offers. For children there’re every afternoon Santa Claus sleigh ride with a Christmas story, pony riding arena, historic carousel with wooden horses and much more.

Opening Hour: (25.11 – 29.12) Daily: from 12h to 22 h | Where: Alexander Platz, Berlin-Mitte

Kapitel 21 – a Moabit’s cultural agitator

The Kapitel 21 is a bar, art platform and gallery as well as a great active cultural agitator in our neighborhood Moabit. As a meeting place for cultural producers and consumers, party-goers and tourists, they present changing exhibitions of local and worldwide artists, book readings, live music, DJ nights, video screen and Karaoke.
Moabit meets balkan
More than a neighbor the Kapitel 21 Team became to us in 2013 great partners. They were part of our 100 Years Amstel House Building Jubilee Party in the 15th of June closing the evening with style and a wonderful DJ set. In September 2013 they organized an incredible event, the MOABIT MEETS BALKAN, in a partnership with the also neighbors Kulturfabrik and Zaffke and with a vast program that lasted all they and with entry free. The Amstel House was also happy to support it, offering hospitality for some of the invited artists. In this video you get to have an idea of what the Event was like. And much more is still to come. Stay tuned and do not miss the next.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk2ohPj4gok

BerMuDa – A Week with Fine Electronic Music in Berlin’s Best Clubs

BerMuDa_WebFlyer_800Starts tomorrow the Berlin Music Days, BerMuDa, one of the main events of the renowned Berliner electronic music industry and the largest city’s “music trade fair” for clubbers, ravers, musicians, labels and music biz pros from around the world. With the purpose of taking the electronic music business back to the dance floor, the event brings together approximately 40 clubs and venues, as well as professionals from the world of art, fashion and industry related to the universe of the beloved musical style.

With a broader programming in its fifth edition the festival will feature between the 6th and 11th of November (Wednesday to Sunday) club nights as well as various events throughout the day, such as exhibitions, labs  and conferences in search of a comprehensive dialogue on all facets of the increasingly wanted electronic music.

Looking for a place to stay in Berlin during the BerMuDa Festival? Take a look in our special offers!