Charming Iberian Restaurant

Spanish Portuguese restaurant berlinReally close to the “Admiralbrücke”, a small bridge that attracts hedonists every sunset, there is a charming Iberian restaurant called Picoteo. Located in a green and quiet corner of Kreuzberg, the restaurant is a hidden treasure well known by locals. With a warm service and a great wine selection, the menu offers the best Spanish and Portuguese specialties, the freshest seafood and the best paella in town. From the tapas, our absolute favorites are the pimientos de padrón and the queso de cabra con miel y hierbas. Continue reading

Art Exchange between Mexico City and Berlin.


independent art scene berlin mexico

© Christian Castñeda

For the empowerment of the independent art scene

Coming up next week Nuestro Barrio, an exchange project between the independent art scenes in Mexico City and Berlin, brings a great agenda to think, experience and understand the importance of autonomous art projects and places inside our community and cityscape.

© Mariana Magdaleno

© Mariana Magdaleno

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Best Berlin Walking Tour

Walking Tour HostelThe summer season is open! And with it our special services are back on track. Besides the famous ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BURGER BBQ taking place every Friday afternoon in our Amstel backyard, we have prepared a brand new Walking Tour. Guided by the sweet Ana, the best Berlin walking tour leaves every Saturday morning from the hostel and goes through the following sightseeing’s: Continue reading

Open Air Gallery

Open Air Gallery Berlin 2016

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This coming weekend Berlin hosts a very cute event. One of city’s most beloved postcards turns into an outdoor art market, where the work of over 100 international artists is presented, performances take place and the whole street is colored by passersby. It is Open Air Gallery again, single event of the year in which the famous Oberbaumbrücke – bridge that connects the two alternative neighborhoods of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg – is closed for pedestrians only. Continue reading

10 things to do in Berlin in Summer

top 10 berlin summerHOT HOT HOT: here comes the sun! And once again Berlin – in its most sublime state – turns into a stage of joy. In celebration to the long days, to the warm nights and all the cheerful glow of the season we have prepared a list with 10 things to do in Berlin in summer. Let the season began.

 1- Go swimming in a lake

lakes to go in Berlin

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Berlin has water everywhere. Besides the river Spree and its many canals there are over 70 clean lakes refreshing around. In the inner city or at the outskirts, for the shy ones who prefere clothes on or for those fans of nudism, to hide or to been seen, there are lakes for all tastes.  Continue reading

Ortstermin 2016 Flight and Identity

The Art Festival in Berlin Moabit
Friday the 3rd to Sunday the 5th of June 2016

In the first weekend of June over 70 ateliers and exhibition places in Moabit will open their doors to present the work of more than 100 artists, expressing their thoughts and ideas on a theme as old as humanity, but again especially current: Flight and Identity.

orstermin2016 poster

The theme has a special meaning in our area. Moabit is home for LaGeSo – Central Service Facility for asylum seekers in Berlin –, a place that saw its most hectic days last year with the peak of the refugee crisis. Continue reading

Amstel staff best travel destinations

best travel destinations Hosting you in Berlin is our everyday life. But when we go on vacations we turn into backpackers ourselves. We asked around our team about their favorite holidays. Get to know the Amstel staff best travel destinations and our personal tips.

Marseille – France

Best travel destinations MarseilleLocated on the French southern coast this wonderful city is part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. As the name implies, it is surrounded by a striking blue sea.

Amstel Staff TIP: don’t miss the view from Notre Dame de la Garde (even better while sunset and with a beer). Take a chance to play petanques and drink pastis in the streets with the inhabitants: they will tell you some stories about the city in the unique way-of-life of Marseille. Continue reading

Berlin Carnival of Cultures 2016

Berlin Karneval der Kulturen 2016parade

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Berlin has a long migration history that seems luckily never to cease. More than fifteen percent of the population is foreign from over 190 countries. Whit its tolerant, libertarian and creative disposition the city keeps attracting people from all around the world. The result is a living multiculturalism full of possibilities, a heterogeneous city that not only respects but especially celebrates diversity and all the wealth that comes with it.

A big example of this is the up coming beloved event Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures), a four-day urban festival that reflects Berlin’s many faces. From 13th to 16th of May the street of Kreuzberg are taken as stage for all forms of cultural expressions in a free and open program that attracts annually a plural crowd of over 1.3 million people. Continue reading

10 great things to do in Berlin in spring

Berlin is blooming, temperatures are rising and the city begins to stir. If you are planning to come soon here are 10 great things to do in Berlin in spring:

10 great things to do on Berlin in spring

1- Have an afternoon drink at the Klunkerkranich Bar

sunset at Klunkerkranich

This roof top bar in Neukölln offers a great view over the city and yummy drinks to accompanied it. Film screenings, DJs and live music are part of their program. Open daily from early afternoon until late at night. Continue reading