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

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

easy backpacker recipes – Stuffed and roasted sweet potatoes recipe

sweet potatoes recipe

This is a very easy stuffed and roasted sweet potatoes recipe that requests not much more then the time waiting for your potatoes to be roasted. Once roasted, you can top the potatoes with whatever you have in the fridge. We topped them with feta, black olives and avo. Hummus works great as well! You can eat the potatoes warm for dinner and keep the leftovers in the fridge for lunch the day after as it works great on a sandwich or in a salad as well!

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
4 Sweet potatoes
2 Tbsp olive oil

Topping (for example)
1/2 Avocado, sliced
20 Black olives
Juice of 1 lime Continue reading

genius travel tips

best travel tips

We have come across many useful (and not so useful..) travel tips, but here’s the our top 5 most genius travel tips. Courtesy of our super friendly, helpful and handsome Amstel House Hostel staff.

  1. Charge your mobile phone or iPad super fast by putting them on flight modus.
  1. If you’re travelling abroad without an international mobile plan, load your Google maps of the area before you leave. Turn off dataroaming when you arrive and your GPS will still be good to go.

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Easy backpacker recipes – pasta recipe

pasta recipe for travelers

Less is more is a golden pasta rule in Italy. Three ingredients – pasta, oil and garlic – are sufficient to prepare a delicious plate of pasta. Here’s a super easy, super cheap and super yummy pasta recipe that uses ingredients you will find all over the world.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
250 gr pasta (spaghetti/linguini)
40 gr capers
Hand full fresh grated parmesan
2 tbsp olive oil Continue reading