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.

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–    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
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The Ramones Museum in Berlin

The first’s and only museum in the world dedicated to the acclaimed American punk rock band Ramones is located in Berlin. Made in chronological order the museum is divided in two basement rooms: the first show pieces of from 1975 to 1985 and is dedicated to the beginning of the punk movement. The second room is presents the second phase of the group, between 1985 and 1996. Among the objects to be seen the exhibition shows previously unpublished photos, autographed posters, clothing of the musicians, signed first editions of various publications and much more.

Where does Berlin come from – Part II

The glittery times of the Berlin cabaret! As promised, the continuation of post Where does Berlin come from – Part I, about the history of Berlin…

German Revolution

German Revolution 1918

After the WWI and the German Revolution in 1918 the Emperor Wilhelm II abdicated and the German Monarchy was abolished, giving place to the Weimar Republic. After almost a decade of struggle with high unemployment and hyperinflation, came in 1924 a period of relative stability: the so called Golden Twenties. Literature, cinema, and music entered a phase of great creativity. Street theatre, the cabaret scene and jazz bands became very popular. The Bauhaus and its traces and curves reflected not only a new form of architecture, but also a new way of thinking. Berlin was considered the continent’s gay capital. The art scene was just fabulous and extremely vanguard. Potsdamer Platz became the busiest traffic center in all Europe and the heart of Berlin’s night life.

Brandenburg Gate in the 1920s

Brandenburg Gate in the 1920s

Berlin in the 1920s

Berlin in the 1920s

The Blue Angel, a film starring the legendary chanteuse and movie star, Marlene Dietrich, based on nightlife at the Wintergarten, Berlin's famous cabaret in the 1920s

The Blue Angel, a film
starring the legendary chanteuse and movie star,
Marlene Dietrich, based on nightlife at
the Wintergarten, Berlin’s famous cabaret in the 1920s

To be continued…

Street Food Party of Berlin

bite ClubBerlin is known for its street food culture, a scene that is now getting greater and more creative. This year the city gained an amazing event that is just an example of it: the Bite Club. The latest issue of Street Food Market in Berlin, it takes place two times a month on the shoreline of the river Spree as space to enjoy treat foods from local traders and partake of some Friday night drinks. With the participation of many of the best of Berlin’s trucks, there are food mar­kets and drinks of the extraordin­ary kind: Italian sand­wiches, Mex­ican Tacos, Ger­man Käsespätzle, Japan­ese Bur­gers and whatever else your dream of. In addition there are three fully-stocked bars, a wine bar and a pop-up Pampero rum bar, all that with a magnificent view of the Spree and a stage with DJs and live music. Next dates this Friday the 13th and in two weeks on the 27th.Bite Club

Bite Club

Bite Club



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.