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

10 things you might not know about Berlin

Berlin is in vogue and in the mouths of the people. But if it is to gossip let’s do it with real facts. This month top10 (in honor of the 10th anniversary of Amstel House) lists 10 things  you might not know about Berlin.

1- Huge Underground World Berlin underground

With a complex and rich underground railway network, many of the left WWII bunkers, escape tunnels, sewers and brewery cellars, it’s estimated that 40% of Berlin’s structures are underground, making the city almost double the size as it appears on the surface. The fun about it is that many of this underground world is open for visitation and surly between Berlin’s most popular tourist attractions. Continue reading

Saturdays at the Kollwitzmarkt

Kollwitzplatz_BerlinWith its cobbled, tree-lined streets, parks, small shops and restaurants with flowered gardens Prenzlauerberg is one of Berlin’s most charming neighborhoods. Known as an alternative district before and short after the Wall Fall, it has changed a lot over the past twenty years. After a heavy renovation process the area turned into a nest of young families, many of which formed by its former and once underground inhabitants. Today successful professionals – what can be assumed by the high rent prices – they live a quieter life, keeping however a sense of open mind and trendy behavior as fans of bikes, second hand shops and bio products.Kollwitzplatz market  berlinIn the heart of this family environment in front of the cute Kollwitzplatz, there is a program that can’t be missed: Saturdays at the Kollwitzmarkt 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

The Karaoke at Mauerpark

Sunday is flea market day all over Berlin. Cozy or big, furniture or vinyl oriented, to get cheap clothes or a nice sausage, there are kinds for all tastes. One – however – is special and carries an unprecedented attraction: the karaoke at Mauerpark. The biggest flea market in town hosts in its park next door a giant, open air arena that respects the laws of democracy. Here all brave singers – talented or untuned – share the same stage and effusive crowd. Continue reading

Berlin Food Art Week

Berlin Food Art Week

pictures/design Maycec

It is no news that Berlin is a city of art. Over the last decade a new generation of cooks has been showing this creativity also in its gastronomy, rebuilding the scene with irreverence, style and uniqueness. It is time to combine these two. For the first time, coming next friday, the Berlin Food Art Week promise to be spectacle for all the senses.

Organized by Entretempo Kitchen Gallery, the act counts with over 30 locations spread Continue reading

Bauhaus Archive Berlin

Bring a bit of design to your Berlin trip and make a visit to the Bauhaus Archive Berlin, a museum dedicated to one of world’s most influential architecture movement.

Founded in 1919 by renowned architect Walter Gropius the Bauhaus School unified disciplines such as sculpture, painting, industrial design and – of course – architecture. Through the use of simple form and lines the movement revolutionized the modern design by focusing on the function of the object with a clean design.

The Bauhaus-Archive in Berlin presents among other things art pieces, furniture and literature.The building is also an attraction itself. Predesigned by Gropius in 1964 and carried out after his death by former colleague Alex Cvijanovic, it was already used as outdoor set for science fiction films.

Where: Klingelhöferstraße 14, Tiergarten (not far from us =))

Opening Time: from Wednesdays to Monday (Tuesday is closed) from 10a.m. to 5p.m.

How much: Weekdays 7 € / weekends 8 €

Germany through the eyes of Russian artists

exhibition opening berlin

by Alexander Grishin

The gallery Epicentro invites this Wednesday for the opening of “Germany through the eyes of Russian artists”, an exhibition that brings together landscape portraits of ten Russian artists who have emerged on a trip to Germany this spring. Cities like Nuremberg, Munich, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dresden, Meersburg and Würzburg as well as the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenzollern served as inspiring muses for the artists. The result of this journey reflects the individual impressions of each artist over the most beautiful places in Germany concerning light, colour and shape. Continue reading