Berlin Criminal Cort: an architectural symbol

Crinal cort berlinAt the begging of our parallel street Turmstrasse is located one of the most monumental Berlin buildings of all times, the Kriminalgericht (criminal Cort). Designed by architectures Rudolf Mönnich and Carl Vohl it is considered one of the most important architectural symbols of the Era of Wilhelmine with neo baroque style, stunning design and a magnificent staircase. Built up in 1906 its construction was technically way too modern for its time. Besides being the first electrically illuminated building in the city, the Kriminalgerichtt had at its completion its own power station, elevators, central heating, a separate telephone system and its own water supply. Continue reading

meet the staff // nico

Meet the staff Amstel House BerlinOnce a month, in our ‘Meet the Staff’ section, we love to take you inside our hostel and introduce you to one of our cute / friendly / hot looking / adventurous / hilarious or all of the above staff members. Please meet our staff member who definitely ticks all the boxes and has been with us the longest; our very own Hamburger-turned-Berliner; Nicos!

Well dear friends, let me tell you a little story. I’ll be quick, cause that’s my specialty… (*for the elaborate version, see below…). I moved from my hometown Hamburg to Berlin right after high school.

At Amstel, I represent the rock-solid old-school staff. I think, I actually might be the oldest member of the reception-staff here, having worked here the longest, which for me says enough about how much I like and respect the Amstel for it being such a cosy, friendly and loving place!

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Berlin public transportation: best tickets to buy

berlin public transportation

© visitBerlin, Foto: Günter Steffen

Berlin is huge. And it is not only a matter of size. Each neighborhood has its uniqueness: Schöneberg is nice to eat, Mitte to shop, Tiergarten and Moabit have beautiful paths to walk, while Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain are the places to go out and party. To get to know Berlin you have to move!! But don’t panic: moving around here is not a problem at all. Germany’s capital has one of the world’s best public transportation, which takes you up to the most remote corners of the city.

To help you on exploring this beloved city, the Amstel House has made a list of tips and Berlin public transportation: the best tickets to buy! Continue reading

Hostel Walking Tour

Hostel Walking TourIt is summer in Berlin and our backpacker’s season has begun. The Amstel House is already packed with international guests from all over the world and their road used bags. It is nice to see the hostel so colourful and hectic again.Amstel house Hostel Walking TourAs a bonus for this so special time of the year you would like to present you our new tour guide, the Chilean Lucas. With a great experience in the field, this natural traveller has worked as a guide in Valparaiso and Patagonia in Chile as tour, trekking and horse riding guide, as well as in Bretagne-France a kayaking guide. Continue reading

MEET THE STAFF // MARIA

Meet the Amstel House Hostel Berlin staff

When you’re staying at the Amstel House Hostel Berlin, it’s not only a bed and a comfy spot at the bar that we offer. Our lovely team of travel experts and Berlin enthusiasts come with the package! On the ‘Meet the Staff‘ tag on the Amstel House Blog, we’ll introduce one staff member and their favourite Berlin hot spots each month. Today, meet our staff star of the month, Maria (lovely lady on the right).

My name is Maria, and I have been working at the Amstel House Hostel Berlin since last October. I come from Spain and have been living in Berlin for the last three years. I studied Fine Arts in Spain and France, and after some years living in different cities I came to Berlin attracted by its culture scene and way of life. Now it feels like home :-)

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meet the staff // andre

meet the staff amstel house hostel berlinMeet the staff of the Amstel House as they share their travel tips with you. And their secret super powers. And their celebrity crush… This month, meet our super friendly and always chilled colleague, Andre!

I work at the Amstel house for 3 years now, but my enthusiasm for work hasn’t stopped yet. I mean, why should it? I live close enough to work that I don’t have to remember train hours, I either get to work with “Rucki” (more about him later on) Continue reading

meet the staff // Janin

Janine Amstel House Hostel Berlin

 

Meet the staff of the Amstel House as they share their secret Berlin hot spots and off the beaten track travel tips with you. And their secret super powers. And their celebrity crush… This month’s staff member featured is one of our most cheerful colleagues, Janin!

I am like a boomerang- I leave and after a while I return. You could almost say that the world is my home and my backpack ‘Jack’ is my closest friend. We have been ‘Globetrotters’ for the last five years, but at some point we came back home after our adventures. It is very important for me to laugh and to be crazy about the little things, that people and the world have to offer. I like painting, creating things, spoiling myself and cycling, feeling the wind, my pulse racing and singing along to music. This makes me feel free :D

1. What do you love about Berlin?
The multicultural, the east-west tradition and the fact that it is a green city. Continue reading

Amstel House Beer Taste Box

Coming to Germany and not trying the local beers is like travelling to the beach and not swimming in the ocean. The drink is not only a national monument, bur also a tourist attraction not to be missed. Some dare to say that the beer quality here – do to many rules and laws – is even higher than that of water.Beer tasting BerlinHaving that in mind and thinking about the constant and bohemian curiosity of our guests the Amstel House  created a Beer Combo. Available in two sizes – with 6 or 8 bottles – the special box comes with different types of beers of several regions of Germany and some snacks to accompany the tasting. By ordering the Beer Combo Box you get 20% off the original prices. So come around and make your order. We are happy to provide you this delicious experience.Beer Box 6 Pack

Amstel Top 10 Berlin

Amstel 10 years to 10 berölin2015 is a special year for the Amstel House. Exactly 10 years ago we started our journey. It seems like yesterday that our investors Bart and Peter got fascinated by a yellow house in the middle of Berlin during a bike ride. Amused by its façade in art nouveau style the two Hollander dreamed right way of turning it into a vivid and welcoming hostel. Soon after they met Alex, a Berliner full of will to make that happens. The Amstel House was born. Continue reading