As an important pole of criticism to capitalism and as a host of countless autonomous groups, Berlin has always been committed to the workers fight. Therefor the Labor Day, celebrated internationally on May 1, is a special deal in the city.
Since 2003 a huge anti-violence party takes place in the alternative and famous neighborhood of Kreuzberg. Organized by its own network and a broad coalition of residents, traders and civic initiatives, Myfest takes place from 11:30a.m until night and attracts people from all over the city in a colorful and public festival. Streets around Kottbusser Tor, Heinrichplatz and Oranienstraße are closed, giving space to many stages where DJs, Bands, performers and comedians present. Street tends over the sidewalks offer all kinds of culinary delights and drinks for fair prices. Continue reading →
Nowadays there are countless types of museum dedicated to the all kinds of topics. But only four cities worldwide host one entire dedicated to cannabis. Berlin had to be one of them. Hanf Museum: the house of marijuana in Berlin devotes nearly 300 m2 to talk about all issues around the polemic herb.
Leaving aside devotions and prejudices, getting information is always important. Since museums are culture and paying a visit does not make anyone high, the Amstel House strongly recommends. Covering topics such as history, culture and medical use the museum seeks not only to bring information and raise dialog, but to find reconsideration to the legal situation of marijuana consumption. After all, what are 100 years of illegality when cannabis has been consumed for almost 5000 years? Continue reading →
Copyright photo: Tacita Dean: Rozel Point, Great Salt Lake, Utah, 1997, 1999. Courtesy the artist, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris and New York and Frith Street Gallery, London
For the last two years and a half the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum of Contemporary art in Berlin – has been presenting an amazing exhibition. Divided by the letters of the alphabet and altered every quarter of year “A-Z. The Marzona Collection” features in a unique, mutable and multifaceted way the diverse works in the Marzona Collection, which mainly embrace American and European Conceptual art, Minimal Art and Arte Povera. From this time and movements individual artistic positions and genres, as well as important historical exhibitions, are examined. Continue reading →
One 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 →
Are 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 →
It is with immense sadness that the world has been following the suffering of war refugees in their trajectory towards Europe – particularly Germany. Running away from heavy conflicts that are bringing their countriesapart, they make a difficult but necessary choice, hoping to find peace somewhere else and restart their lives. This path, taken by thousands of people, is dangerous and mostly hostil. But there is a group of volunteers working to mitigate their pain. One of our receptionists, the Italian Serena Cusi, spent 5 days at a refugee’s camp in Idomeni – Greece and told us a bit about her experience.Continue reading →
The first decades of the 20th century came to Berlin as crazy and hectic news. The World War I, the German Revolution and the beginning of the Weimer Republic happened all during this short period of history. As a voice of its time, the art scene of the city was loud, revolutionary and fast transforming and the affluence of such cultural production gave space to a flood of artistic movements. Continue reading →
Fans of computer games: Berlin has your perfect playground. With a huge German name, the Computerspielemuseum – in English Computer Games Museum – offers rare original exhibits, playable classics and a number of media installations that allow you to explore the world of the homo ludens digitalis, its culture and history. Known as the first institution to ever present a durable exhibition on the theme of digital entertainment, the museum has since 2011 the “Computer games. The evolution of a medium” as its permanent, besides many other special exhibitions in its unique program. Continue reading →
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 →
Time is a fascinating mystery that has been attracting the humankind since its early thoughts. Philosophers have questioned it and writers’ve romanced about it. Religious have made it their god while artists their muse. Science has proved its relativity and every one of us has undergone it in ourselves.But what is the meaning of time in our time?Continue reading →