Craft Beer Made in Berlin

craft beer made in berlin

© Berlin Craft Beer Fest

Craft beers are conquering hearts and tastes all over the planet. More popular then ever they are a sing of a finer appreciation of the old beloved liquid bread. As the capital of one of world’s most famous beer cultures, Berlin offers a young and exciting Craft Beer Scene with rapid development and good taste.  Continue reading

Charming Iberian Restaurant

Spanish Portuguese restaurant berlinReally close to the “Admiralbrücke”, a small bridge that attracts hedonists every sunset, there is a charming Iberian restaurant called Picoteo. Located in a green and quiet corner of Kreuzberg, the restaurant is a hidden treasure well known by locals. With a warm service and a great wine selection, the menu offers the best Spanish and Portuguese specialties, the freshest seafood and the best paella in town. From the tapas, our absolute favorites are the pimientos de padrón and the queso de cabra con miel y hierbas. Continue reading

Best Berlin Walking Tour

Walking Tour HostelThe summer season is open! And with it our special services are back on track. Besides the famous ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BURGER BBQ taking place every Friday afternoon in our Amstel backyard, we have prepared a brand new Walking Tour. Guided by the sweet Ana, the best Berlin walking tour leaves every Saturday morning from the hostel and goes through the following sightseeing’s: Continue reading

10 things to do in Berlin in Summer

top 10 berlin summerHOT HOT HOT: here comes the sun! And once again Berlin – in its most sublime state – turns into a stage of joy. In celebration to the long days, to the warm nights and all the cheerful glow of the season we have prepared a list with 10 things to do in Berlin in summer. Let the season began.

 1- Go swimming in a lake

lakes to go in Berlin

© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Berlin has water everywhere. Besides the river Spree and its many canals there are over 70 clean lakes refreshing around. In the inner city or at the outskirts, for the shy ones who prefere clothes on or for those fans of nudism, to hide or to been seen, there are lakes for all tastes.  Continue reading

Amstel staff best travel destinations

best travel destinations Hosting you in Berlin is our everyday life. But when we go on vacations we turn into backpackers ourselves. We asked around our team about their favorite holidays. Get to know the Amstel staff best travel destinations and our personal tips.

Marseille – France

Best travel destinations MarseilleLocated on the French southern coast this wonderful city is part of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. As the name implies, it is surrounded by a striking blue sea.

Amstel Staff TIP: don’t miss the view from Notre Dame de la Garde (even better while sunset and with a beer). Take a chance to play petanques and drink pastis in the streets with the inhabitants: they will tell you some stories about the city in the unique way-of-life of Marseille. Continue reading

Berlin Carnival of Cultures 2016

Berlin Karneval der Kulturen 2016parade

© Daniela Incoronato

Berlin has a long migration history that seems luckily never to cease. More than fifteen percent of the population is foreign from over 190 countries. Whit its tolerant, libertarian and creative disposition the city keeps attracting people from all around the world. The result is a living multiculturalism full of possibilities, a heterogeneous city that not only respects but especially celebrates diversity and all the wealth that comes with it.

A big example of this is the up coming beloved event Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures), a four-day urban festival that reflects Berlin’s many faces. From 13th to 16th of May the street of Kreuzberg are taken as stage for all forms of cultural expressions in a free and open program that attracts annually a plural crowd of over 1.3 million people. Continue reading

10 great things to do in Berlin in spring

Berlin is blooming, temperatures are rising and the city begins to stir. If you are planning to come soon here are 10 great things to do in Berlin in spring:

10 great things to do on Berlin in spring

1- Have an afternoon drink at the Klunkerkranich Bar

sunset at Klunkerkranich

This roof top bar in Neukölln offers a great view over the city and yummy drinks to accompanied it. Film screenings, DJs and live music are part of their program. Open daily from early afternoon until late at night. Continue reading

8 tips to help you choose a traveling destination

Summer Holidays are coming. If you are having a hard time deciding where to go the Amstel House made a list of 8 tips to help you choosing a traveling destination.

8 tips to help you choosing a traveling destination

1- Priorise places undergoing rapid change

Nowadays we can visit pretty much every place we want. What we still cannot do is travel in time. Cuba will certainly be completely different in 10 years, as Moscow and Berlin have now nothing to do with what they were before the Wall Fall. So if your dream destination is going through fast changes, it’s now or never. Continue reading

5 free apps to boost your IQ and kill waiting time

free apss that make you smarter

Kill some time and get a whole lot smarter while travelling; win-win! Studies have shown that training your brain regularly will enhance working memory, processing speed and brain function. Download these five free apps to boost your IQ before you travel and you will impress everyone with your new increased brainpower!

  1. DUOLINGO
    Start learning a new language while you’re waiting! Duolingo allows you to start with the basics and you practice your writings skills as well as your pronunciation The more advanced you get, the more complex the assignments you’ll be given.

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CREATE A BUCKET LIST

Create a travel bucket list

Yeah yeah, we know you are busy bees but bare with us, this is going to be fun! You know the book The Secret? It says things will happen as long as you scream them into the kosmos. Visualise your goals and you will send out the clearest message to the universe. So let’s start visualising and make that Bucket List…

  1. Get your favourite pen and a piece of paper.
  2. Get inspired. Scroll through other people’s favourite destinations and activities.
  3. Write down anything that you’d ever like to see or do.
  4. Prioritise. Pick your favourites and rank them on top. Keep in mind some limitations like budget and time, but don’t let yourself be put off too much as anything is possible. Remember, scream it out into the universe… And want it bad enough!! Want to snowboard in Aspen? Maybe you can do the breakfast shift at a hotel for a winter season. Want to sail around the Caribbean? Maybe someone needs your cooking skills. Want to visit Berlin on a budget? Come stay at the coolest hostel in town.
  5. All done prioritizing? Create your ultimate bucket list, including planning and to-do list. Go go go. Dreams can come true!