Computer Games Museum

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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

For the bike lovers

Berlin Bicycle Week

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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

MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues

Maerzfestival – Festival for Time Issues

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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

What our guests think about us?

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:

Last chance to check out the Botticelli Renaissance

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’s Good Bye to David Bowie

David BowieBerlin 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

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

This Is Not a Palm Tree

This is not a palm treeFor 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.

By Olson Lamaj

By Olson Lamaj

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Top 10 curiosities about West-Berlin during Wall Time

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

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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

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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.

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Eat, drink and dance: Sunday at the Village Market

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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