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

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

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

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

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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

8 tips to help you choose a traveling destination

Summer Holidays are coming. If you are having a hard time deciding where to go the Amstel House made a list of 8 tips to help you choosing a traveling destination.

8 tips to help you choosing a traveling destination

1- Priorise places undergoing rapid change

Nowadays we can visit pretty much every place we want. What we still cannot do is travel in time. Cuba will certainly be completely different in 10 years, as Moscow and Berlin have now nothing to do with what they were before the Wall Fall. So if your dream destination is going through fast changes, it’s now or never. Continue reading

Heading from Berlin to Amsterdam?

Amsterdam at nightOne of the most classic backpacker’s routes in Europe is the Berlin-Amsterdam. Bike lovers, gay friendly, young and famous for their night lives these two cities not only attract the same kind of travelers, but are also very close to each other, making the package irresistible. In addition to all that the Amstel House keeps a special connection with the capital of Holland: besides belonging to two Dutch guys we also carry the name of the river that crosses Amsterdam.

So we decided to dedicate an entire Post to this city we love and relate so much to. Heading from Berlin to Amsterdam? We have great tips for you. Continue reading

10 films to see before you come to Berlin

10 films to watch before coming to BerlinAre you coming to Berlin and want a warm up? Or you want to come but don’t have yet the time or money? The Amstel House has prepared a great list with trailers of 10 films to see before you come to Berlin that are a travel themselves. From drama to comedy, from the party scene to the old stories, from East to West, here you get a compilation of movies that will make you experience Berlin in a way or the other.  Continue reading

For the bike lovers

Berlin Bicycle Week

© Berliner Fahrradschau 2015

The Berlin Bicycle Week started yesterday to celebrate the cycling culture. Until Sunday the 20th numerous more than 60 events, bicycle races, workshops and a fair will gather the lovers of the two-wheeled vehicle, focus on the bike as part of a social and healthy life style.

The highlight will be the Berliner Fahrradschau from 18th to the 20th of March, known as worlds leading bicycle lifestyle show for the public and industry. More than 300 exhibiters will be present – among them well known international Brands such as Specialized, Cannondale, Trek, and Rapha, and trendy urban brands like Schindelhauer, Brooks, and Van Moof. Urban lifestyle is of course part of the program. Continue reading

New Year’s Eve in Berlin

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The best clubs, good music, beautiful people and affordable: Berlin is the perfect city to welcome 2016 & the Amstel House the right low-cost place to stay. Take a look in our New Year’s Offer and save a place for you and your friends!

FOR ONLY 153,- EURO PER PERSON you get: Continue reading

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!

  1. DUOLINGO
    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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