Let’s be nomads – the first powder-chasing hostel on wheels.

Hostel on wheels nomads bus

At the Amstel House Hostel Berlin we meet happy adventurers every day. These inspiring travellers and their amazing stories make our work more fun than fun. But every now and then we hear a story that we can’t keep to ourselves.

Meet Valerie and Tim. This Flemish couple has been travelling the globe on a daily budget of €9 for the past two years. Mixing their travel experiences with their love for the mountains they just came up with a great idea. If they have it their way an American Schoolbus will soon be converted into a fully serviced hostel bus chasing the best powder in the Alpes. They call it the ‘Nomads Bus’. And you can be on it! The Amstel House just sponsored the last bit on their Indiegogo campaign to get our name carved in the bus!

This summer, Valerie and Tim together with a team of architects and interior designers will build a dorm room with 6 bunk beds into the school bus. Time and Valerie aim to create a chalet vibe with an après ski area outside the bus and a cozy wooden hot stove. Val will be cooking the guests some delicious wholesome meals and it will definitely get cozy with a total of 25m2 living space!

The nomads bus will target winter sport lovers who enjoy adventure over luxury. Experienced skiers and snowboarders who crave something different. People who prefer riding the powder hills, meeting fellow adventurers and exploring the back country.

Tickets for riding the Nomads bus this winter are available from the website (below). You can choose your preferred time period and sector.

Tim and Val are also looking for Nomads who are willing to become a part of the Nomads family. More specifically they are looking for media nomads to film, local nomads to show the best spots of their winter habitat and skilled nomads who can help us convert the bus.

….their new idea could possibly be the best invention to come from the Flemish Kingdom since the Tin Tin comics, or the museum of chips…..

– Whitelines Magazine
http://www.letsbenomads.com/

 

Berlin Mitte hot spots

Berlin-Mitte, specially  around Weinmeisterstraße & Rosenthaler Platz, is a very fashionable, hip, cool area. Ya… we could say it is hipster. There are many nice cafés, good restaurants, fun bars, local fashion designers and art galleries, besides the fact that the cute architecture, small urban parks and nice surrounding makes it a pleasure to walk around. Here some Amstel tips for the area.

By Martin Heiden

Copyrights  Martin Heiden

Mein Haus am See: This place is a phenomenal. It started as a small café place and it’s now a restless 24h nice designed bar. They even have a basement club Continue reading

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

A cool abandoned place

One of the most interesting consequences of the hectic history of Berlin are – or at least were – the many empty and abandoned spaces throughout the city: vacant land never rebuilt after the war, abandoned factories, hospitals taken by the bushes, former department stores, NSA spying bases during the Cold War are today in an interesting disrepair. After the Wall Fall in 1989 this places turned into squats or stages for clandestine Parties, where the electronic scene was born. Full with an intriguing atmosphere and surreal scenery they are definitely fun to explore.
One of these places still existing is the famous Spreepark. Inaugurated in 1969 in the former GDR as Kulturpark Plänterwald, it was the only amusement park of the former East Germany and worked quite well during decades until the Wall Fall. In 1991 it became a domain of Norbert Witte turning into the Spreepark GmbH. Despite its success at first, the park broke down in 2001 due bad administration falling into ruin. Untouched until today the place has a great captivating and bizarre look of a fantastic movie. The entrance is forbidden, but many still manage to seep in.

 

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.

Wall on Wall – Photo exhibition on the Berlin East Side Gallery

Berlin Fotofestival 2013 presents: Wall on Wall by Kai Wiedenhöfer. A Photo exhibition on the Berlin Wall about Walls that worldwide separate people.

Over a length of 364 meters at the back of the East Side Gallery, the longest piece of the Berlin Wall still standing, 36 panoramas, each 9 x 3 m tall, to see pictures of walls from 8 regions of the world – walls that separate people, perpetuate conflicts where dialogue is necessary. The images were produced by the Berlin photographer Kai Wiedenhöfer.

Since 2006 he has photographed eight border and separation walls around the world: in Baghdad, between North and South Korea, Cyprus, between the U.S. and Mexico, between Spain and Morocco, around the Palestinian territories, in Belfast and at the former German-German border .
In 1989 Wiedenhöfer photographed as a young student the fall of the Berlin Wall. For him it was the most exciting and positive political event of his life. Like many other people at the time he believed that with the fall of the Berlin Wall other walls would be torn down too. Years later proved the opposite. Old walls were cemented; new ones were added as a result of conflict – in Europe, USA and the Middle East. Shocked and to show that walls are not a means to solve global political and economic problems of our time, Wiedenhöfer launched its long-standing gigantic wall project.

Street Art in Berlin

Berlin is famous for its kilometres of an exuberant street art. The strong local scene attracts artists from all around, many of them worldwide known. Here some of the most famous pictures to be seen.

By Vrubel

The most-popular painting of the East Side Gallery The Kiss was first paint in 1990 right after the Wall Fall. Made by the Russian artists Dmitri Vladimirovich Vrubel it is a close-up of the two communists leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker kissing, inspired by the real kiss they had in 1979 during the celebration of the 30 years of the DDR.

By Blu

By Blu

By Blu

Blu is an Italian artist with many famous and huge works around Berlin. On many occasions between 2006 and 2009 he worked in the city, mostly in the alternative neighbourhood Kreuzberg. The first one above was a co-working with the French photographer J-R.

By Os Gêmeos

By Os gemeos / the Twins

By Os gemeos / the Twins

Born in São Paulo Os Gêmeos (in Portuguese The Twins) are the best known graffiti artists in Brazil. The identical brothers consider Berlin their favorite city in Europe and left their mark on a big wall near the subway station Schlesischer Straße.

By Ash

The Astronaut by Ash

The Astronaut by Ash

The French Ash belongs to the first wave of street artists in Europe. He participated to the Backjumps exhibition in Berlin where he realized the work called astronaut / cosmonaut on a wall of a typical Kreuzberg building in the centre of Berlin.