25 years ago the Berlin Wall Fall market the end of the cold war. The images in Brandenburger Gate were spread in the front page of newspaper all around the globe. It was the end of a chapter in the worlds and specially in Berlin’s history.
To mark the date a symbolic and poetic celebration was set. Through 12 kilometers of the former borders in the city center thousands of helium-filed illuminated balloons were installed. Yesterday night at 19h amid a massive crowd one by one the balloons were released into to air as a “symbol of hope for a world without borders”.
By “walk” through the charms and uniqueness of Tempelhoh we
find at least #5 reasons why this is such a great park.
#1- A victory of the citizens
When Tempelhof Airport was deactivated in 2008 there was a project to build luxuries condominius in its area. The population fought, protested and by means of a plebiscite ensured that the area remain an enormes public park.
#2- Huge sky
Due to its flat geography the sky seems to take over and one has the impression to flout in clouds. For the same reason, this is one of the best places in town to watch the sunset.
#3- Rollers Paradise
The flatness and the former airplane lanes made it perfect for some kinds of sports. Besides rollerbladers, skateboarders, longborders, bikers and runners, Tempelhof became a sea of concrete for Wind and Kite surfers.
#4- Urban gardens
One part of the park is reserved for urban gardens. Full of charm, improvisation and recyclabe materials a group of lovers of the earth produce here all kind of bio vegetables.
#5- Astonish aesthetics
Where in the world citizens get to play in the lanes of a major airport, between urban gardens and through a endless sky colored by all kinds of kites?
Yes, there is something magic about Tempelhof, which makes it a unmisable Berlin attraction.
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
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
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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
Following the desire to immerse into the local cultural scene, the Amstel House had this weekend its first participation in the extensive and colorful Kulturfestival Moabit & Wedding 2014. The programming of more than 250 free events in 100 different locations ends today with the great satisfactions of its big successes. Continue reading
Some people have the gift of being able to sleep 14 hours straight on a long international flights. If your name is not sleeping beauty, here are our 10 tips on how to survive a long haul international flight.
- Keep the blood flowing
Walk up and down the isles at least once during the flight to keep the blood flowing to your brain. CNN even shows you a few yoga tricks to easily do on board.
- Pick your seat on time and wisely!
If you’re the type that can sleep long hours on a flight, book a window seat. If you think you might have to visit the toilet more than once, book an isle seat.
- 3 seats for 2
When traveling together, reserve the seats in the isle and window. Good chance no one will be booked in the middle, and you’ll have a row to yourself. When the middel guy shows up, ask to switch. Everyone prefers an isle seat to the middle one so they won’t mind!
- Bring your own snacks
We don’t know about you but we yet have to discover the first airline that serves proper food. So your best bet will be a small supply of your own snacks. Think easy packable snacks like an apple, pretzels, carrots, granola bars etc. You will be so thankful you did. Drinks are readily available so be sure to hydrate well, it will make you feel less exhausted upon arrival.
Berlinische Galerie, Painting Forever! (c) Kulturprojekte Berlin, Foto: Oana Popa
With opening scheduled for September 16th in the marvelous Academie der Kunst, the third edition of the Berlin Art Week will gather for six days galleries and artists from all around the world, from the freshest generation to big renowned names of the scene.
n.b.k. (c) Kulturprojekte Berlin, Foto: Oana Popa
The inspiring program and breathtaking locations are a full plate for passionate about art. Exhibitions, performances, discussions, lectures, screenings and parties will be to the means of getting to know new projects and concerns of the contemporary art.
For non residents of Berlin in the mood to attend the event, the Amstel House offers affordable and well-located accommodation. Do not miss the date and come enjoy a week in which Berlin transpires even more culture than usual.
As a Hostel and passionate travellers ourselves we understand the significance of well spend money during a trip. Especially for backpackers and low budget travellers every penny saved with accommodation, for example, can be invested in more fun in the visited city or even mean an extra destination in the travel plan. Thinking about this and in respect to you the Amstel House – together with many other hostels – would like to clarify an important detail about the Online Booking Channels, such as Hostelworld, Hostelbookers and Booking.com.
We are definitely grateful to them. Many of our guests get to us thanks to their services, which in turn makes it easier to find and book hostels online. However the price for such service is getting to high. A commission of 10% to 20% – depending on the channel – is charged over every reservation. What means the same bed/room gets in these websites more expensive. And you are the one paying for it!
How to avoid it? Simply book directly on our website! Beside the BEST PRICE GUARANTEE, you get access to more room categories and availability, special offers, photos and information. And, of course, don’t worry. You are safe by us!
The coming weekend is a special one for the Moabiters. Ortstermin, the biggest and most famous Art Festival of the Berlin District Moabit, is going to take place. Spread over the island in galleries, ateliers, culture venues up to the streets, more than 200 artists will be presenting their work inspired by a common theme, Revolution.
Attending the festival for the first time, the Amstel House is pleased to invite you to the exhibition Sweet Rev3nge, encounter and interaction between five artists: Federico Gomitolo, Martin Heiden, Julez Lefherz, Vinicius Gaspar and VJ Kalma. The exhibition will feature works of photography, video and street art.
The Opening will take place at our Lobby on May 23 at 7 p.m. Besides inspiring art, nice music and good drinks will also be part of the event.
See you there!
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