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

BACKPACKERS RECIPES – FREE PRINTABLE COOK BOOK issue 04

hostel recipesNom nom nom. We’ve whipped up another super easy and delicious mini backpackers recipes cook book for you. Download and print volume 4 here and you’ll be set for culinary (yet extremely easy – we promise!!) travel adventures ahead. If you missed our first issue, you can download it here, the second mini cook book can be found here and print the third one here. Continue reading

5 days at a refugee’s Camp

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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 countries  apart, 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

BACKPACKERS RECIPES – FREE PRINTABLE COOK BOOK issue 03

BACKPACKERS RECIPESWe sure hope that by now we have stimulated your tastebuds to the max, but to make the backpackers recipes collection complete; here’s our third mini cook book full of yummy and easy backpacker recipes. Download and print for yourself or use it as a gift for a friend who will leave for a travel adventure soon! If you missed the first issue, you can download it here, the second mini cook book can be found here. Continue reading

BACKPACKERS RECIPES – FREE PRINTABLE COOK BOOK issue 02

EASY BACKPACKERS RECIPES 02And another culinary gift from the Amstel House; here’s our second mini cook book full of yummy and easy backpackers recipes. All you need is an A4 printer and a pair of scissors and you can create your mini backpackers cook book with 6 delish meals. Bonus: Continue reading

BACKPACKERS RECIPES – FREE PRINTABLE COOK BOOK issue 01

EASY RECIPES FOR BACKPACKERSExciting news! We noticed that our guests enjoy cooking in our snazzy kitchen but could use some inspiration in the recipe department… So we decided to publish our backpackers recipes in four free printable cook books! Download the first issue here. All you need is an A4 printer and a pair of scissors and your set for the first 6 delish meals. Bonus: 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:

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

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