Berlin International Film Festival Accommodation

Berlin International Film Festival

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Known as one of worlds most important International Film Festival, the Berlinale starts this week turning Berlin into a big and agitated red carpet. Regarded as the festival with the largest audience, Berlinale shows over 400 films and is considered a rich sample of world cinema. This year running for the Golden Bear are films like the polemic Nymphomaniac by the even more polemic Lars von Trier; the Britisch-German comedy-drama The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson; and chinese Black Coal, Thin Ice by Yinan Diao. Continue reading

International Green Week Berlin

January brings the expected International Green Week, known as one of Germany most famous events and Berlin’s oldest fair – happening annually since 1926. During it’s more than 80 years of history the fair – which started as a small and simple local commodity market – became world’s most important trade fair for food industry, agriculture and horticulture. More! It is the point of origin for the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture with more than 80 departmental ministers.

Copyright © 2013 Messe Berlin GmbH

Copyright © 2013 Messe Berlin GmbH

Producers from all over the world come to test market food and luxury items. Confirming consumer trends, regional sourcing plays an increasingly important role. Renewable resources, organic agricultural and products, Fair Trade, rural development and gardening continue to gain importance at International Green Week.

Copyright © 2013 Messe Berlin GmbH

Copyright © 2013 Messe Berlin GmbH

The official partner country of the year will be Estonia, which will present its diverse and local specialties, such typical things from the Baltic Sea, black rye bread, barley beer, cabbage and corn, potatoes and pork.

If you are looking for cheap and central place to stay during the International Green Week Berlin take a look at our Amstel Room Types and choose what best fits you. We would be happy to host you!

When: 17 – 26/01/2014
Where: Exhibition grounds under the radio tower

Best Christmas Market in Berlin

It’s already cold and dark in the German capital, but it’s not all doom and gloom. The Christmas Market season arrived! It’s time to enjoy the traditional and delicious sweets Lebkuchen and to get warm and drunk with the typical Glühwein. To celebrate it Amstel House have prepared a list with the top 5 Christmas Market in Berlin.

 Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt

Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt in Old Town Spandau - R. Müller/PfS

Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt in Old Town Spandau – Foto: R. Müller/PfS

Considered the largest Christmas Market in town and one of Germany’s most impressive, the Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt is located in an old historical suburb neighbourhood. This year they have a special reason to celebrate: its 40 years Jubilee. The old pine from Wunsiedel in Fichtelgebirge will be filled with handmade ornaments and shining over thousand lamps.

Opening Hour: (25.11 – 23.12) Sun. – Thu: from 11h to 20h; Fri: 11h to 21h and Sat from 11h to 22h | Where: Breite Straße 37, Berlin-Spandau

Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt at the Kulturbrauerei

Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt - Fotograf: Joachim Loch

Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt – Fotograf: Joachim Loch

Located in the popular Kulturbrauerei – an old brewery building from the 19th century which houses today bars, clubs and theatres – the Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt is a typical Scandinavian Christmas market. The historical scenery coupled with a romantic decoration makes this market one of the cosiest in Berlin. One of the most popular attractions of it is a Nordic installation called “Open Air Jacket heating”, a weird object where frozen visitors can warm up with huge fur coats extra heated by a wood stove, typical of northern countries.

Opening Hour (25.11 – 22.12) Mon – Fri: from 15h to 22h; Sat. – Sun 12h to 22h | Where: Schönhauser Allee 36, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

Weihnachtsmarkt  Schloss Charlottenburg

Schloss Charlottenburg Weihnachstmarkt - Foto: Wikimedias Common; Author: Kazuyanagae

Schloss Charlottenburg Weihnachstmarkt – Foto: Wikimedias Common; Author: Kazuyanagae

The garden of Schloss Charlottenburg – a 300 years old Castle in baroque style and one of Berlin’s main attractions –hosts a magnificent Christmas Market. With an elaborated lighting concept the whole area turns into a beautiful winter Christmas landscape. During this time the location combines special tours in the castle with the Christmas spirit, attracting people from all around.

Opening Hour: (25.11 – 26.12) Mon. – Thu: from 14h to 22h; Fri – Sun 12h to 20h | Where: Spandauer Damm, Berlin-Charlottenburg

Weihnachtsmarkt at the Gendarmenmarkt

Weihnachtsmarkt at the Gendarmenmarkt  - Foto: Wikimedia Common, Author: Bgabel

Weihnachtsmarkt at the Gendarmenmarkt – Foto: Wikimedia Common, Author: Bgabel

Located in one of Berlin’s most beautiful squares the WeihnachtsZauber Market at the Gendarmenmarkt has a special atmosphere. Surrounded by the Konzerthuas, the French and the German Cathedrals and the monumental statue of Germany’s renowned poet and architecture Friedrich Schiller, it offers handcraft work and Christmas culinary delights from different regions and a daily stage program. Moreover, this Berlin Christmas Market supports projects, which promote social interaction in the city.

Opening Hour: (25.11 – 31.12) Daily: from 11h to 22 h | Where: Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin-Mitte

Weihnachtsmarkt Alexander Platz

Weihnachtsmarkt Alexander Platz, Foto: Wikimedia Common, Author: Marcin Szala

Weihnachtsmarkt Alexander Platz, Foto: Wikimedia Common, Author: Marcin Szala

The Christmas market in front of the Rothaus has a lot to offer: the Berliner Old Town as background, city’s largest ice-skating rink around the Neptune Fountain, street performers as puppeteers and storytellers and of course a variety of gastronomic offers. For children there’re every afternoon Santa Claus sleigh ride with a Christmas story, pony riding arena, historic carousel with wooden horses and much more.

Opening Hour: (25.11 – 29.12) Daily: from 12h to 22 h | Where: Alexander Platz, Berlin-Mitte

Kapitel 21 – a Moabit’s cultural agitator

The Kapitel 21 is a bar, art platform and gallery as well as a great active cultural agitator in our neighborhood Moabit. As a meeting place for cultural producers and consumers, party-goers and tourists, they present changing exhibitions of local and worldwide artists, book readings, live music, DJ nights, video screen and Karaoke.
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More than a neighbor the Kapitel 21 Team became to us in 2013 great partners. They were part of our 100 Years Amstel House Building Jubilee Party in the 15th of June closing the evening with style and a wonderful DJ set. In September 2013 they organized an incredible event, the MOABIT MEETS BALKAN, in a partnership with the also neighbors Kulturfabrik and Zaffke and with a vast program that lasted all they and with entry free. The Amstel House was also happy to support it, offering hospitality for some of the invited artists. In this video you get to have an idea of what the Event was like. And much more is still to come. Stay tuned and do not miss the next.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk2ohPj4gok

BerMuDa – A Week with Fine Electronic Music in Berlin’s Best Clubs

BerMuDa_WebFlyer_800Starts tomorrow the Berlin Music Days, BerMuDa, one of the main events of the renowned Berliner electronic music industry and the largest city’s “music trade fair” for clubbers, ravers, musicians, labels and music biz pros from around the world. With the purpose of taking the electronic music business back to the dance floor, the event brings together approximately 40 clubs and venues, as well as professionals from the world of art, fashion and industry related to the universe of the beloved musical style.

With a broader programming in its fifth edition the festival will feature between the 6th and 11th of November (Wednesday to Sunday) club nights as well as various events throughout the day, such as exhibitions, labs  and conferences in search of a comprehensive dialogue on all facets of the increasingly wanted electronic music.

Looking for a place to stay in Berlin during the BerMuDa Festival? Take a look in our special offers!

Jazzfest Berlin 2013

jazz13_introseite_motivConsidered one of the most important jazz festivals in the world, the JazzFest Berlin plays in several directions. Having the rhythm as the starting point and connection the festival investigates and presents different cultures, styles and forms of expression and emotion, which find in jazz the common means of expression. The concept of the event is the documentation, support and recognition of trends in the jazz world, becoming a mirror of the diversity of the musical creative activity.

During four days – from October the 31st to December 3rd – the event will feature a varied program and many major representatives of jazz around world. There will be plenty good music, free style, improvisation, the best African percussion and drums, hallucinating pianos and wind instruments.

Click here for more information.

For the ones planning to join the festival, the Amstel House Hostel Berlin has the best stay options. Take a look in our Offers.

Berlin Oktoberfest 2013

An important part of the Bavarian Culture, the Oktoberfest has a tradition of more than 200 years. First held as a horse race in honor to a royal wedding, the festival is currently a big party with a lot of traditional music, regional food and surly a huge consuming of beer. It is estimated that over seven million litters of beer are consumed annually during the festival.

But you don’t have to be in Munich to enjoy the party. The Oktoberfest is celebrated all around the world and, of course, in Berlin too. The German capital offers different addresses for the ones in the mood to celebrate the beginning of autumn in a really Bavarian way.  Decoration in blue and white; in the menu Hendl (grilled chicken), Shweinshaxe (pork knukles) and huge Brezels; to drink the official Oktoberfest beer, Paulaner.

For those willing to get really in the mood, we give some tips on how to dress up typically. For the men the Bavarian lederhosen (leather breeches) with a white shirt. For the ladies the traditional dirndl dress over a white blouse. But there is an important detail with it: the position of the bow. If you are single, the bow should stay at your left side , if you are committed on the right and if you are a virgin – do they still exist? – in the front.

It is time to celebrate in the German way. Gather your friends, pack your bags, come to Berlin. And do not forget, if you need a cheap and central place stay, the Amstel House Hostel would be happy to host you. Take a look at our Special Offers.

Berlin Festival of Lights 2013

From 9th to 20th of October the nights of Berlin will have a special touch. It is time for the Festival of Lights, one of the biggest illumination events in the world! During the festival more than 70 of Berlin’s most famous sightseeing, landmarks, historical buildings and memorials are illuminated by light installations and projections made by local and international artists. The TV tower, Brandenburg Gate, Berliner Dom, Olympic Stadium, Hotel Adlon and Oberbaumbrücke, between many other city buildings, become projection screens of different textures, colors and lazer illustrations, gaining an incredible and unique look.

The official center of the festival takes place in Potsdamer Platz, where visitors can find the Info Point of the event. With the mild autumn temperatures, the entire town becomes a night light colorful performance that can be seen in pleasant walks or even by guided buses. Special art and cultural events also take place during this period, such as the already traditional Music Festival Jazz in den Ministergärteb.Since its debut in 2005, the festival of lights has become one of the most popular events of the German capital, annually attracting thousands of spectators from around the world.

Cheap and central the Amstel House Hostel Berlin has special offers for the ones planning to check out the Festival of Lights. We have the perfect stay for every type of visitor. Check our options for friends, couples or families and book now.

Berlin Marathon

Held annually on the last weekend of September – coming NOW!!! – the Berlin Marathon is one of worlds favorite. Last year there were more than 40 thousand  participants from 107 different countries and more the one million spectators. Along with Tokyo, Boston, London, Chicago and New York, it forms the World Marathon, which rewards with $1 million the top female and male marathoners.

strecke-laeufer-2013An interesting curiosity about the course – which begins and ends by one of  Berlin’s biggest symbols, the Brandenburg Gate – is that most marathon world records have been set here due to the super flat geography of the city, the mild temperatures the of the beginning of the German autumn and the super cheering spectators crowd. The course is also a class of history, since it passes through the major tourist sites of the German capital and almost all the central districts of the city, as our neighborhood Moabit.

The event is split over two days. About 8,000 additional inline skaters compete at the marathon course the Saturday before the running event. Power walkers, handbikers, wheelchair riders, and a children’s marathon are also part of the program.
If you are looking for a place to stay in the center of Berlin for this weekend – as a runner or as spectator – the Amstel House Hostel Berlin has a perfect and cheap special offer for you.

basic2-157Our Marathon special includes:
–    2 nights from Friday to Sunday in bed of a four-bedded mixed dormitory
w/ washing facilities and shared bath/ WC
– 48h Berlin Welcome Card (AB) Metro Tickets
– 2 x breakfast
– 1 x All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Buffet
Reservations through our Website

HANFPARADE BERLIN 2013

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On Saturday, the 10th of August 2013 the Hanfparade Berlin 2013 will march for the 17th time to demonstrate for the change in the policy on Cannabis. The event starts at 13h at Bahnhof Zoo and will end at Brandenburg Tor with live music, Hanf market and talk.

If you are not from Berlin, are in the mood the join them and is looking for a place to stay, take a look in the Amstel House Hostel. We are only 5 minutes from the starting point Zoo and we offer great accommodation for the best price in town.

More information for the Hanfparade you an find here http://www.hanfparade.de/