Christopher Street Day

CSD Berlin 2015

© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

One of the most colorful dates of all year is coming this weekend: the Christopher Street Day (CSD).  Celebrated all over Europe, the LGBT party has Berlin as its leading and biggest host. Four major events take place in the city this Saturday the 27th of June, among others smaller ones such as the lovely Kreuzberg Pride. Continue reading

Bali Hot Spots

bali holiday tipsOur marketing dream team is visiting Bali in a few weeks for ‘inspiration’ so they collected some Bali hot spots from staff, friends and guests from all over the world…. And off course the Amstel House is always happy to share … 

Not the real Bali / Indonesia and more touristy by the day but still nice for a couple of days (and sooo much nicer than party tourist ghetto Kuta!). Seminyak has nice shops, clubs and restaurants.

Potatoe head: Nice food and drinks, at the beach. Pricey and touristy but cool place and nice swimming pool at the beach front.
Kudeta bar: right at the beach. Like Potatoe Head, pricey and touristy but still a good vibe and great music for a Friday night drinks or lunch with friends.
La Plancha (at Double 6): local hangout, great for after beach drinks and beach parties
Batu Bolong: perfect little down to earth beach club to wind down with some corona’s after surfing
Echo Beach: great for surfing and lunch / drinks Continue reading

Tomorrow is Myfest Berlin 2015

Mayfest berlin 2015

© Barbara Poplade Schmalz – Blog Abahnao

If there is a holiday that stands for Berlin, no doubt that is the first of May. The city gets stir up in all meanings during Labor Day. First of all politically: more than five large demonstrations take place on this date. The biggest one, Revolutionary May 1, starts always at 6p.m s in Kreuzberg and is led by autonomous and anti-fascist groups against capitalism. It is also around the area that the largest festival of the day, Myfest Berlin 2015, takes place. Organized by the alternative scene, the street festival attracts thousands of people every year. In many stages spread around the Lausitzer Platz more than 20 DJs and Bands make the party for free and for every one. Besides music, performers, comedians, workshops and many food stands are part of the program that goes on throughout the whole day. Don’t miss it. In no other day one can get so close of the spirit of Berlin.

 When: Friday, 1st of May

Where: Kreuzberg, Berlin

Starts: 11h30a.m

10 best travel apps

10 best apps for travelersAround a year ago we created a list with 10 genius travel apps for you. They are still genius but we thought we’d add a new list if 10 best travel apps we found to make your travels easier, cheaper or simply more fun. With the Amstel House free wifi you can start exploring these awesome apps from the moment you arrive at the Amstel House Hostel Berlin!

1. Happy Hour Radar
Never miss a good food or drink deal in your proximity with this app. Happy Hour Radar is for Germany, but there are Happy Hour apps for the US and many other countries available in the app store.

2. PackPoint
No more packing stress. Enter your destination, the length of your trip and what activities your trip will include and PackPoint will create a personal packing check list. It even takes the weather forecast into account!

3. Trover
It’s been called “the baby of Instagram and Trip Advisor”. The Trover app encourages users to upload their pics and tag them to their geo location providing recommendations and tips for that spot. Use it as your own log book, create a bucket list or simply inspire others! Continue reading

Top 10 Berlin clubs for summer

Arena Berlin summer club to 10

Arena, Berlin-Kreuzberg / © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Kosche

Club  der Visone Berlin top 10 clubs

Club der Visionäre, Berlin-Kreuzberg / © visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Berlin is known as one of the best cities in the world to party. Fact! Especially in the summer it is a wonderland. In celebration to the 10th anniversary of Amstel House, to the arrival of summer and to the fact that here is a great place to celebrate, we made a list of the Top 10 Berlin clubs for summer. Continue reading

Tempelhof: one of world’s coolest park

By “walk” through the charms and uniqueness of Tempelhoh we find at least #5 reasons why this is such a great park.
Tempelhof, best park in berlin
#1- A victory of the citizens

When Tempelhof Airport was deactivated in 2008 there was a project to build luxuries condominius in its area. The population fought, protested and by means of a plebiscite ensured that the area remain an enormes public park.

#2- Huge sky

The big sky of the nice tempelhof park in berlin

Due to its flat geography the sky seems to take over and one has the impression to flout in clouds. For the same reason, this is one of the best places in town to watch the sunset.

#3- Rollers Paradise

The flatness and the former airplane lanes made it perfect for some kinds of sports. Besides rollerbladers, skateboarders, longborders, bikers and runners, Tempelhof became a sea of concrete for Wind and Kite surfers.

#4- Urban gardens

the urban gardens of tempelhofOne part of the park is reserved for urban gardens. Full of charm, improvisation and recyclabe materials a group of lovers of the earth produce here all kind of bio vegetables.

#5- Astonish aesthetics

Where in the world citizens get to play in the lanes of a major airport, between urban gardens and through a endless sky colored by all kinds of kites?

Yes, there is something magic about Tempelhof, which makes it a unmisable Berlin attraction.

Let’s be nomads – the first powder-chasing hostel on wheels.

Hostel on wheels nomads bus

At the Amstel House Hostel Berlin we meet happy adventurers every day. These inspiring travellers and their amazing stories make our work more fun than fun. But every now and then we hear a story that we can’t keep to ourselves.

Meet Valerie and Tim. This Flemish couple has been travelling the globe on a daily budget of €9 for the past two years. Mixing their travel experiences with their love for the mountains they just came up with a great idea. If they have it their way an American Schoolbus will soon be converted into a fully serviced hostel bus chasing the best powder in the Alpes. They call it the ‘Nomads Bus’. And you can be on it! The Amstel House just sponsored the last bit on their Indiegogo campaign to get our name carved in the bus!

This summer, Valerie and Tim together with a team of architects and interior designers will build a dorm room with 6 bunk beds into the school bus. Time and Valerie aim to create a chalet vibe with an après ski area outside the bus and a cozy wooden hot stove. Val will be cooking the guests some delicious wholesome meals and it will definitely get cozy with a total of 25m2 living space!

The nomads bus will target winter sport lovers who enjoy adventure over luxury. Experienced skiers and snowboarders who crave something different. People who prefer riding the powder hills, meeting fellow adventurers and exploring the back country.

Tickets for riding the Nomads bus this winter are available from the website (below). You can choose your preferred time period and sector.

Tim and Val are also looking for Nomads who are willing to become a part of the Nomads family. More specifically they are looking for media nomads to film, local nomads to show the best spots of their winter habitat and skilled nomads who can help us convert the bus.

….their new idea could possibly be the best invention to come from the Flemish Kingdom since the Tin Tin comics, or the museum of chips…..

– Whitelines Magazine


Berlin Mitte hot spots

Berlin-Mitte, specially  around Weinmeisterstraße & Rosenthaler Platz, is a very fashionable, hip, cool area. Ya… we could say it is hipster. There are many nice cafés, good restaurants, fun bars, local fashion designers and art galleries, besides the fact that the cute architecture, small urban parks and nice surrounding makes it a pleasure to walk around. Here some Amstel tips for the area.

By Martin Heiden

Copyrights  Martin Heiden

Mein Haus am See: This place is a phenomenal. It started as a small café place and it’s now a restless 24h nice designed bar. They even have a basement club Continue reading