Berlinale 2015

Berlinale 2015It’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

Berliner Tanztage 2015

Berliner Tanztage 2015

Foto Schwestern – Sebastian Bolesch

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

New Year’s Eve in Berlin

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.

Brandenburg Gate

New year's eve in berlin Brandenburg tor

© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

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

easy backpacker recipe – pasta alla Mira

easy backpackers recipe - pasta alla MiraAs the Amstel House loves the Dutch visitors (and has a Dutch owner…) we have a soft spot for them. We never knew they could cook though… But Dutch actress Mira proves us wrong. She has her own cake company ‘La Dolce Mira‘ and bakes cakes that will give your grandma a run for her money. But she also makes some delicious savoury dishes, something that is proved by the pasta alla Mira recipe below. Her pasta with anchovies is delicious, and above all: easy peasy.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
200 gr pasta (preferably one with a short and thick shape, like fusili, but spagghetti will do)
3 salted anchovies + its oil
250 gr of cherry tomatoes Continue reading

25 years of the Wall Fall

reichtag with the illuminated balloon installation25 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.

celebration of the berlin wall falöl 25 years with the balloon installationTo 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”.

5 years of the Berlin wall fall

10 most remarkable and important events in the history of Berlin

Kennedy speech card Ich bin ein Berliner
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

Berlin Startup scene & hot spots

Berlin startups coworking

A new start-up is founded every 20 minutes in Berlin. The vibrant atmosphere and cheap cost of living and the sense of community between start-ups is attracting creatives and tech savvy’s from all over the world to Berlin. Get inspired by these Berlin start-ups, learn where to meet them and who knows, maybe one day you will try your luck in the city of possibilities. And if you’re still exploring, come stay with us, we’ll be happy to hook you up with more local initiatives and opportunities throughout Berlin! Continue reading

10 REASONS TO VISIT BERLIN IN WINTER

 

Berlin hot spots winter1. GO LOCAL
The beauty about the winter season is that you get to discover the real Berlin. Most tourists are camping somewhere on the southern hemisphere so no long lines at the cultural hot spots anymore and time for you to mingle with the real Berliners. Warm up with a coffee at cool places like WestBerlin or The Barn Roastery, Take a long winter walk along the river Spree, Sonnenallee or to the Reichstag Building. Or go shopping like the locals at places like Vooberlin or at the beautiful bookshop Do You Read Me?

2. IT’S CRAZY CHEAP
Berlin is one of the cheapest cities in Europe and this goes double for winter time! Not only the already cheap Amstel House offers crazy winter specials, but you will find cheap deals everywhere. We would even go so far as to say you’re probably cheaper off coming to Berlin than staying at home ^_^ Continue reading

The BMW 41. Berlin Marathon

Berlin, Marathon 2014, place to stay

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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

Berlin Art Week 2014

Berlin Art Week 2014 Hotsel

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.