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
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
Since last year the Amstel House has been enjoying hosting some art exhibition.
The first was in June 2014 during our building’s 100 years celebration, when we presented the work of five photographers portraying in their own view our unique neighbourhood Moabit.
The second happened last May as part of the biggest art festival in the area Ortstermin, in which we had the pleasure to exhibit the interaction of four artists in our so called Sweet Rev3nge. We are happy to announce we are just heading to the third event, coming up in September as part of the Kultur Festival Moabit Wedding. More details coming soon in our blog. Do not miss it!!!
Every year in November, one of Amsterdam’s coolest pop temples, ‘Melkweg’, hosts a German Hip Hop competition. Talented young rappers compete for the grand prize, endless fame and a visit to Berlin with their friends sponsored by the Amstel House Berlin. Give it up for this years winners ‘Die Angels’!
“How’s about cooking something up with me? / Hey, sweet baby / don’t you think maybe / we could find us / a brand new recipe?” Rocked by Ray Charles the Amstel House Hostel Berlin has the pleasure to present its newest baby: a brand new super modern kitchen!!! Fully equipped with two complete sets it is a mouth-watering space.
Not only practical but also really charming, even those who don’t cook will feel like trying. Now our guests can enjoy two stoves, two sinks, microwave, refrigerator, toaster and all kitchenware needed to make a great banquet! We are expecting you for dinner. And please, don’t forget to make yourself at home.
A city’s historical monument, constructed in 1913 to host young single men, the building became an important part of the growing Moabit neighborhood. Its original name was Haus Wichern, due the theologian and missionary Johann Hinrich Wichern, famous for his social commitment and work. The official opening, however, happened one year later in honor to the 25th anniversary of William II’s reign. The commemorative plate can still be seen in our backyard.
Designed by architect Otto Kohtz and coordinated by Emil Schütze, the project was considered really modern for its time. The benefits of light against the then common illnesses had just been discovered. Therefore the large windows of the lobby, which allow a wide input of light. Under the roof, at the last of five floors, there were baths, showers, a swimming pool and a roof garden, all quite unusual in the beginning of the last century.
The most impressive, however, was the facade, which remains exactly the same until the present days. Made by sculptor Georges Morin in Art Nouveau style, it recalls the Lüftlmalerei, an upper-Bavaria art form of mural paintings. The figures of the first floor represent the typical crafts of the Schlafgänger, a characteristic group of local workers of Bavaria that during the time of industrialization would pay a small fee to rent a bed for a few hours.
Hundred years have passed and although the history had completely changed the symbols in our bright yellow unique façade do not let us forget the origins. Since 2005 as Amstel House Hostel, backpackers and families from all around the world are daily hosted here for an affordable price. We particularly consider a luck having such a special building as our house and a great privilege to be able to offer such thing to our guests. We wish you a historical experience from the moment you wake up until you go back to bed.
To learn more on the history of the entire Moabit neighborhood and taste all its flavors, make sure to mark the 15the June 2013 in your travel itinerary!
Join Amstel House and be part of its 100th anniversary celebration event! Come along for the unforgettable trip down its history lane. A day filled with art and music perfomances, live entertainment and fun activities for kids and adults. Topped off with great food and drinks – June 15th 2013 is ours! Don’t miss it and book your bed now! We’ve heard the hundredths only happen once! Stay tuned!