10 most remarkable and important events in the history of Berlin

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Ok, we can all agree that a LOT happened in Berlin. To study all the major events that took place in our city in 20th century alone could take you years. So we’re not conducting a proper detailed history class here, but we do want to help you prepare for your Berlin trip by sharing what we think are the 10 most remarkable and important events in the history of Berlin.

Berlin and the bear
In the 11th and 12th century two towns were founded along the river Spree; the original Slavic town Berlin and a second town, Cölln. The area came under German rule as part of the Margraviate of Brandeburg, founded by Albert the Bear in 1157. It was Albert the Bear who gave Berlin the bear emblem. The two towns merged formally in 1432 into Berlin-Cölln with a little over 8000 inhabitants at the time.

The Hohenzollerns
In 1415 Frederik I became the first elector and his Hohenzollern descendants would rule Berlin as Kings of Prussia and finally as German emperors 1918. The last Hohenzollern emperor was Kaiser Wilhelm II. Continue reading

Amsterdam Hot Spots

tips AmsterdamBike rides along the beautiful canals, interesting museums, a vibrant night life, countless festivals, the unique King’s Day celebration (27 April), picnics and strolls in the Vondelpark, what’s not to love about Amsterdam? Another plus is that it’s one of the easiest cities to travel to and in. Most of the city’s hot spots can be reached within 15 minutes by bike and Amsterdam Central Station is only 15 minutes by train from the national airport, Schiphol. And with our Amsterdam hot spot tips, you will get the best out of your stay!  Continue reading

Amstel House at Kulturfestival Wedding & Moabit

photo exhibition, hostel, berlinFollowing 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

Berlin Art Week 2014

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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.

Berlin Art Week Hostel

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.

Art @mstel!!!

Since last year the Amstel House has been enjoying hosting some art exhibition.

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From Moablick Photo Exhibition by Keren Chernizon – Amstel House June 2013

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.

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Sweet Rev3nge exhibition in May 2014 at the Amstel House. Photo: Martin Heiden / Artist photographed: Julez Lefherz


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. nid-ich_bin-festival-2014_0 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!!!

Sweet Rev3nge – art exhibition at the Amstel House

Ortstermin at the Amstel Hostel BerlinThe 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!

Amstel House Hostel | Waldenserstr. 31, 10551 Berlin

23.05.2014, 7p.m

F.I.N.D. festival Berlin finding out what’s new in Theater

Copyright Schaubühne the #14 F.I.N.D - Festival Internationale Neue Dramatik

Copyright Schaubühne the #14 F.I.N.D – Festival Internationale Neue Dramatik

Going on since the 3rd of April in the Schaubühne the #14 F.I.N.D – Festival Internationale Neue Dramatik is concerned with the interface between the private, art and political responsibility. New concepts and text by playwrights from all over Continue reading