5 free apps to boost your IQ and kill waiting time

free apss that make you smarter

Kill some time and get a whole lot smarter while travelling; win-win! Studies have shown that training your brain regularly will enhance working memory, processing speed and brain function. Download these five free apps to boost your IQ before you travel and you will impress everyone with your new increased brainpower!

    Start learning a new language while you’re waiting! Duolingo allows you to start with the basics and you practice your writings skills as well as your pronunciation The more advanced you get, the more complex the assignments you’ll be given.

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Postdamer Platz: one of world’s most cosmopolitan corners

© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Potsdamer Platz is considered a great symbol of vanguard and modernity. Up to 100.000 people come here every day to check it out. In tribute to this pioneering site, the Amstel House has listed 8 points on “Postdamer Platz: one of world’s most cosmopolitan corners”, proving that this is a most go for tourist in town. Check it out: Continue reading

Berlin Art Week 2015

Berlin Art Week 2015

abc art berlin contemporary, Tobias Rehberger, neugerriemschneider, abc Ausstellungsansicht, 2014 / abc installation view, 2014 Foto / Photo: Marco Funke

Berlin is for itself a Mecca of arts. But during the coming days the scene will be boiling even more. Between the 15th and the 20th of September hundreds of Galleries will be presenting new artistic positions around the Berlin Art Week 2015. This year’s great program includes Continue reading

Berlin Marathon 2015

It is time to put Berlin back on track. After a long summer the new season comes to sweat it all out. The Berlin Marathon 2015 is coming.

Flat and full of historical monuments the marathon path of Germany’s capital is known by runner from all around the planet as super pleasant. Besides passing by sightseeing like the Siegesaule, Brandenburg Tor and TV Tower the way goes through really nice green areas such as the beautiful Tiergarten Park.

And as Christopher McDougal said “The reason we race isn’t to beat each other, but to be with each other”. So come join this celebration – as runner or watcher.

For the ones coming to take part we have prepared a great deal. The Amstel House Berlin Marathon Special. Take a look and guarantee your stay:Berlin marathon 2015 Continue reading


Create a travel bucket list

Yeah yeah, we know you are busy bees but bare with us, this is going to be fun! You know the book The Secret? It says things will happen as long as you scream them into the kosmos. Visualise your goals and you will send out the clearest message to the universe. So let’s start visualising and make that Bucket List…

  1. Get your favourite pen and a piece of paper.
  2. Get inspired. Scroll through other people’s favourite destinations and activities.
  3. Write down anything that you’d ever like to see or do.
  4. Prioritise. Pick your favourites and rank them on top. Keep in mind some limitations like budget and time, but don’t let yourself be put off too much as anything is possible. Remember, scream it out into the universe… And want it bad enough!! Want to snowboard in Aspen? Maybe you can do the breakfast shift at a hotel for a winter season. Want to sail around the Caribbean? Maybe someone needs your cooking skills. Want to visit Berlin on a budget? Come stay at the coolest hostel in town.
  5. All done prioritizing? Create your ultimate bucket list, including planning and to-do list. Go go go. Dreams can come true!

meet the staff // angela

Meet the staff of Amstel House BerlinMeet the staff of the Amstel House as they share their tips with you. And their secret super powers. And their celebrity crush… This month, meet our star Angela, who’s fluent in Italian and will sing Hakuna Matata for you if you cook for her… 

I’m Angela, a fun loving girl with Italian roots – so if you mess with me, watch out for the Mob;) I am pretty new in Berlin but things have settled well for me so far; I meet nice people all the time and am feeling at home in my cosy little room in a shared flat in Wedding.

What do you love about Berlin?
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Boipeba: a brazilian paradise

Boipeba a brazilian paradiseIn our new post on tips “around the world” (see also Bali, Ibiza and Kuala Lumpur) we got inspired by the unusual heat of this year’s Europe summer and traveled all the way to the tropics of another continent, where temperatures above 30°C are a daily matter all year long. We are talking about Boipeba, a small beautiful island in the state of Bahia, in northeastern Brazil. Continue reading

Berlin Criminal Cort: an architectural symbol

Crinal cort berlinAt the begging of our parallel street Turmstrasse is located one of the most monumental Berlin buildings of all times, the Kriminalgericht (criminal Cort). Designed by architectures Rudolf Mönnich and Carl Vohl it is considered one of the most important architectural symbols of the Era of Wilhelmine with neo baroque style, stunning design and a magnificent staircase. Built up in 1906 its construction was technically way too modern for its time. Besides being the first electrically illuminated building in the city, the Kriminalgerichtt had at its completion its own power station, elevators, central heating, a separate telephone system and its own water supply. Continue reading

meet the staff // nico

Meet the staff Amstel House BerlinOnce a month, in our ‘Meet the Staff’ section, we love to take you inside our hostel and introduce you to one of our cute / friendly / hot looking / adventurous / hilarious or all of the above staff members. Please meet our staff member who definitely ticks all the boxes and has been with us the longest; our very own Hamburger-turned-Berliner; Nicos!

Well dear friends, let me tell you a little story. I’ll be quick, cause that’s my specialty… (*for the elaborate version, see below…). I moved from my hometown Hamburg to Berlin right after high school.

At Amstel, I represent the rock-solid old-school staff. I think, I actually might be the oldest member of the reception-staff here, having worked here the longest, which for me says enough about how much I like and respect the Amstel for it being such a cosy, friendly and loving place!

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Berlin public transportation: best tickets to buy

berlin public transportation

© visitBerlin, Foto: Günter Steffen

Berlin is huge. And it is not only a matter of size. Each neighborhood has its uniqueness: Schöneberg is nice to eat, Mitte to shop, Tiergarten and Moabit have beautiful paths to walk, while Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain are the places to go out and party. To get to know Berlin you have to move!! But don’t panic: moving around here is not a problem at all. Germany’s capital has one of the world’s best public transportation, which takes you up to the most remote corners of the city.

To help you on exploring this beloved city, the Amstel House has made a list of tips and Berlin public transportation: the best tickets to buy! Continue reading