Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Lehrter Bahnhof in 1879

Lehrter Bahnhof in 1879

As the Amstel House is located only 3 stops from the Berlin Hauptbahnhoff, we have a little crush on this terminal of what was once Germany’s most important railway. The story of Berlin’s Main Station starts back in 1871 with the opening of gorgeous Lehrter Bahnhof. Made in the current trend style French Neo-Renaissance its building had such a Continue reading

Berlin ITB Accommodation

Berlin ITB Accommodation

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Traveling inspires not only us, but millions of people worldwide. A good example of it is the ITB, the largest tourism fair in the world, held annually in Berlin. Between the 5th and 9th of March 2014 the whole world of Traveling & Tourism will be open to public. Destinations, tour operators, booking systems carriers, hotels and hostels from all around the planet will be part of this great show. This year Official Partner Country will be Mexico, coloring and warming even more up the event. If you are still looking for accommodation in Berlin, hurry up! Close to the event location, the Amstel House Hostel still has some last rooms available for the period. The best value for money in town. See you there and around! Continue reading

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

Berlin! Elected the Best Europe Young City!

Arena, Berlin-Kreuzberg © visitBerlin | Koschel

Arena, Berlin-Kreuzberg © visitBerlin | Koschel

This week the YouthfulCities – a global initiative to rank the world’s top cities from a youth perspective – elected Berlin the best Young city in Europe. The project has involved over 1500 youth participants from around the world, collecting data on 80 indicators, grouped into 16 categories such as Civic participation, Diversity, Transportation, Food and nightlife, Public space, sport and gaming. Toronto was elected ‘Youthful City of the Year’ and edged Berlin to take the top spot, with New York City in third place.
Cities such as Istanbul, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Lagos, London and Sao Paulo are some of the top 25 youth favourite cities.

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