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

Amsterdam Hot Spots

tips AmsterdamBike rides along the beautiful canals, interesting museums, a vibrant night life, countless festivals, the unique King’s Day celebration (27 April), picnics and strolls in the Vondelpark, what’s not to love about Amsterdam? Another plus is that it’s one of the easiest cities to travel to and in. Most of the city’s hot spots can be reached within 15 minutes by bike and Amsterdam Central Station is only 15 minutes by train from the national airport, Schiphol. And with our Amsterdam hot spot tips, you will get the best out of your stay!  Continue reading

Best travel looks

travel looks 2014There’s something to say for being comfortable but no one ever said you can’t look smashing ‘en route’.  Our front row fashion specialists have paid attention at the NY and London fashion weeks these last weeks in order to bring you the hottest travel looks. So whether you’re packing your backpack or stylish suitcase, here are some essentials that will score the most street credits in the city, on the beach, on the slopes and during your adventurous explorations. Budget proof off course. Just like the Amstel House!  Continue reading

genius travel tips

best travel tips

We have come across many useful (and not so useful..) travel tips, but here’s the our top 5 most genius travel tips. Courtesy of our super friendly, helpful and handsome Amstel House Hostel staff.

  1. Charge your mobile phone or iPad super fast by putting them on flight modus.
  1. If you’re travelling abroad without an international mobile plan, load your Google maps of the area before you leave. Turn off dataroaming when you arrive and your GPS will still be good to go.

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how to book the best flights

best flight tickets
As we are keen on travelling ourselves at the Amstel House Hostel we thought we’d take a minute to share our tips to find the best possible flight.

  1. Use an incognito or private window when booking a flight. Travel websites will recognise your IP address on the second, third etc visit and raise prices. They know you’re interested now…
  2. Book your tickets on Tuesday night just after midnight (technically Wednesday morning…). Think of where the timezone where the airline is based though. Why Tuesday after midnight? Continue reading

15 Tips for making new friends while travelling

make friends while travelling solo

The best part of travelling is not the sights you see but the memories you share with fellow travellers. So find our 15 tips on making new friends while travelling below.

1. Research your hostel’s fun factor before booking
Next to price and location ALWAYS check what your hostel is doing to create a fun and social atmosphere that is perfect for making friends. After all, the people you meet often make your trip unforgettable, not the bed you stayed in. At the Amstel House Berlin we prioritize this with our young enthusiast crew who love to travel themselves, facilities like our open bar and breakfast area, bike rental, our game room and by organizing many fun activities for everyone to join (see 3).

2. Stay in hostel dorm room
Once you selected the right hostel, book a dorm room. Staying in a hostel dorm is not only cheaper, it’s also the easiest way to make new friends while travelling. You’d have to do your best not to start a conversation with your roommates. At the Amstel we have plenty of dorms where we know many Berlin friendships started.  Continue reading

TOP 5 TRAVEL EXERCISE TIPS

top 5 easy exercises while travelingThere are loads of reasons traveling sabotages your exercise routine. Your team mates aren’t around to play soccer or basketball with. You’re surrounded by unhealthy (but yummy!) food. There’s all this other fun stuff to do, where do you find the bloody time?

So we sorted things out for you.  Here are five easy travel exercising activities that you can do at any time in any place. You can actually return from your next trip fitter and healthier than when you left!  Continue reading