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

Turn of an Era

Philipp Franck BADENDE KNABEN AN DER HAVEL

Philipp Franck: BADENDE KNABEN AN DER HAVEL

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

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

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

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

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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CC BY-SA 2.0

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

Postdamer Platz: one of world’s most cosmopolitan corners

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© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

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