With 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.In 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
It 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.As 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
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
This time, for the Top 10 Special in celebration to the our 10th anniversary, we have listed the top 10 Berlin Street Food Markets in the city. From the trendy Markhalle neuen, to the cozy Turkish market in Neukölln, choose yours and guten Appetit!
#1: Markthalle Neun - Known as the backyard of the kitchen creatives, this market is undoubtedly one of the main showcases of what is newest in Berlin gastronomy. The mix of cultures is here proven to be delicious. Every thursday from 17h to 22h Eisenbahnstraße 42-43, 10997 Berlin Continue reading
One of the most colorful dates of all year is coming this weekend: the Christopher Street Day (CSD). Celebrated all over Europe, the LGBT party has Berlin as its leading and biggest host. Four major events take place in the city this Saturday the 27th of June, among others smaller ones such as the lovely Kreuzberg Pride. Continue reading
Our marketing dream team is visiting Bali in a few weeks for ‘inspiration’ so they collected some Bali hot spots from staff, friends and guests from all over the world…. And off course the Amstel House is always happy to share …
Not the real Bali / Indonesia and more touristy by the day but still nice for a couple of days (and sooo much nicer than party tourist ghetto Kuta!). Seminyak has nice shops, clubs and restaurants.
Potatoe head: Nice food and drinks, at the beach. Pricey and touristy but cool place and nice swimming pool at the beach front.
Kudeta bar: right at the beach. Like Potatoe Head, pricey and touristy but still a good vibe and great music for a Friday night drinks or lunch with friends.
La Plancha (at Double 6): local hangout, great for after beach drinks and beach parties
Batu Bolong: perfect little down to earth beach club to wind down with some corona’s after surfing
Echo Beach: great for surfing and lunch / drinks Continue reading
If there is a holiday that stands for Berlin, no doubt that is the first of May. The city gets stir up in all meanings during Labor Day. First of all politically: more than five large demonstrations take place on this date. The biggest one, Revolutionary May 1, starts always at 6p.m s in Kreuzberg and is led by autonomous and anti-fascist groups against capitalism. It is also around the area that the largest festival of the day, Myfest Berlin 2015, takes place. Organized by the alternative scene, the street festival attracts thousands of people every year. In many stages spread around the Lausitzer Platz more than 20 DJs and Bands make the party for free and for every one. Besides music, performers, comedians, workshops and many food stands are part of the program that goes on throughout the whole day. Don’t miss it. In no other day one can get so close of the spirit of Berlin.
When: Friday, 1st of May
Where: Kreuzberg, Berlin