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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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

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?
That it’s always gonna take you 30 minutes to get from A to B, doesn’t matter where A or B actually are. 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

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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

Hostel Walking Tour

Hostel Walking TourIt is summer in Berlin and our backpacker’s season has begun. The Amstel House is already packed with international guests from all over the world and their road used bags. It is nice to see the hostel so colourful and hectic again.Amstel house Hostel Walking TourAs a bonus for this so special time of the year you would like to present you our new tour guide, the Chilean Lucas. With a great experience in the field, this natural traveller has worked as a guide in Valparaiso and Patagonia in Chile as tour, trekking and horse riding guide, as well as in Bretagne-France a kayaking guide. Continue reading


Meet the Amstel House Hostel Berlin staff

When you’re staying at the Amstel House Hostel Berlin, it’s not only a bed and a comfy spot at the bar that we offer. Our lovely team of travel experts and Berlin enthusiasts come with the package! On the ‘Meet the Staff‘ tag on the Amstel House Blog, we’ll introduce one staff member and their favourite Berlin hot spots each month. Today, meet our staff star of the month, Maria (lovely lady on the right).

My name is Maria, and I have been working at the Amstel House Hostel Berlin since last October. I come from Spain and have been living in Berlin for the last three years. I studied Fine Arts in Spain and France, and after some years living in different cities I came to Berlin attracted by its culture scene and way of life. Now it feels like home :-)

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meet the staff // andre

meet the staff amstel house hostel berlinMeet the staff of the Amstel House as they share their travel tips with you. And their secret super powers. And their celebrity crush… This month, meet our super friendly and always chilled colleague, Andre!

I work at the Amstel house for 3 years now, but my enthusiasm for work hasn’t stopped yet. I mean, why should it? I live close enough to work that I don’t have to remember train hours, I either get to work with “Rucki” (more about him later on) Continue reading