It’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
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
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.
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
Are you coming to Berlin and want to eternalise the memory by getting a tattoo? The city is known for very talented artists, great skin illustrators and some times also good prices. In order to guide you to find the right place for this permanent body mark, we asked for the help of our Danish receptionist Ben, who is himself training to become a professional tattoo artist. Here the best Berlin tattoo parlours according to our specialist: Continue reading
The Amstel House Postcards are ready and they look great.
The photos were taken by our colleague and photographer Martin Heiden, who chose five berliners scenarios to illustrate them: the memorial “Kiss” at the Berlin Wall; “The Faces” at the East-Side-Gallery, the Boden Museum with the TV tower as background, the view from the Oberbaumbrücke over the river Spree and the Beer supply of Bar in our neighborhood Moabit.
Besides de the Postcards (1€) e also offer stamps and post service =)
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”.
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
#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
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
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