The Karaoke at Mauerpark

Sunday is flea market day all over Berlin. Cozy or big, furniture or vinyl oriented, to get cheap clothes or a nice sausage, there are kinds for all tastes. One – however – is special and carries an unprecedented attraction: the karaoke at Mauerpark. The biggest flea market in town hosts in its park next door a giant, open air arena that respects the laws of democracy. Here all brave singers – talented or untuned – share the same stage and effusive crowd. Continue reading

Top 10 Berlin Street Food Markets

This time, for the Top 10 Special in celebration to the our 10th anniversary, we have listed the top 10 Berlin Street Food Markets in the city. From the trendy Markhalle neuen, to the cozy Turkish market in Neukölln, choose yours and guten Appetit!

Markthalle Neuen

Markthalle Neuen

#1: Markthalle Neun – Known as the backyard of the kitchen creatives, this market is undoubtedly one of the main showcases of what is newest in Berlin gastronomy. The mix of cultures is here proven to be delicious. Every thursday from 17h to 22h Eisenbahnstraße 42-43, 10997 Berlin Continue reading

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 … 

SEMINYAK AREA
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

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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.