It was a typical Friday afternoon at the Amstel House with its acclaimed ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BURGER BBQ. Our guests war warming up for the Berlin night, drinking beers and cocktails at the bar during happy hour. One of our staff member – the already famous character Federico Gomitolo – decided the join his more than funny sympathy with his talent for film making. His mission: find out what our guests think about us. Here you get to see the result:
Run! It is the last chance to check out the Botticelli Renaissance. This unique exhibition at the Berliner Gemäldegalerie gathers pieces inspired by the work of the acclaimed Italian painter Sandro Botticelli signed by master artists such as from Dante Gabriele Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, René Magritte, Elsa Schiaparelli, Andy Warhol and Bill Viola. Continue reading
Berlin and David Bowie had a legendary three years love affair, marking each other for ever. After crazy times in L.A the Pop Star headed to Berlin in 1976 running away from drugs and looking for inspiration. Here he found “the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine” as he described. With Berlin as his new muse Bowie lived his most productive and creative time, which resulted in a trio of albums that became famous as his Berlin Trilogy: Low, Heroes and Lodger. Continue reading
For the first time presented in this form in Berlin, the group exhibition “This Is Not a Palm Tree” focuses on the work of young protagonist artists of the contemporary art scene in Albanian and Kosovar. The 17 artists on display attempt to approach the multi-layered manifestations of collectivized memory and national identity, which play currently an imperative role in the present art production of these two young countries.
With its over 100 years the Amstel House building has undergone a lot of history, many of which during the Wall time. Located in the area, we have prepared a list of the Top 10 curiosities about West-Berlin during Wall Time
1- Islanded by the wall
Based in the middle of the Soviet territory the West-Berlin was a capitalist island in communist land. Surrounded by 155 km of wall, there were 302 Observation Towers guarded by more the 11.000 soldiers from the GDR.
2- Jure capital, not the government’s seat
The isolation of the West Berlin made it unattractive to many and complicated to manage. Besides plenty wealthy and middle class families that left, from 1949 to 1990 the capital was transfer to Bonn, leaving a lot of empty spaces.
3- Low taxes, no Army Continue reading
Sunday is Street Food Market at the Neue Heimat. But the complex at the RWA Gelände has a lot more to offer – Eat, drink and dance: Sunday at the Village Market.
First of all, ai the area where many bars are set and restless all night, there is a really interesting and cute Flee Market. There, second hand clothes are sold by locals, as well as furniture and former DDR hardware and objects. Continue reading
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
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.