Prenzlauer Berg

Prenzlauer Berg fuses the laid-back lifestyles of university students with the bustling errand-running of trendsetting parents.

Snuggled between Berlin’s contemporary glass towers and austere concrete slabs, Prenzlauer Berg exudes a wholesome atmosphere comprised of tree-lined streets, colorful boutiques, and a sprightly mix of new parents and university students. The artists and alternative individuals who populated Prenzlauer Berg in the 1990s have grown up. Now, the babies of these once-upon-a-time bohemians clamor for organic soy ice cream while young scholars pass hookah hoses, exemplifying a dynamic fusion of multiple generations.

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On the Map

Prenzlauer Berg is bordered by Fennpfuhl, Pankow, Lichtenberg, Weißensee, Friedrichshain, Mitte, and Wedding

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Tegel Airport: 25 minutes by car without traffic or 40 minutes by public transit
Schönefeld Airport: 35 minutes by car without traffic or 52 minutes by public transit
Hauptbahnhof Station: 24 minutes by public transit
Potsdamer Platz: 27 minutes by public transit
East Side Gallery: 34 minutes by public transit

Prenzlauer Berg's Enviable Style

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Prenzlauer Berg's stylish residents avoid definition.

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Its trendiness isn't reserved for its university students–young parents and young artists contribute their own fashionable slants to Prenzlauer Berg.

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The neighborhood boasts masterpieces large and small.

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Some as small as wrought-iron window panes.

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Others as large as five-story buildings.

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Pixel
As the biggest and best preserved pre-war area in Germany (most buildings are from the 1880s), the district is getting more and more popular, but here are still loads of little stores selling fashion, vintage furniture or memorabilia of the old times."

The Mauerpark: Must-See Berlin

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If it's a sunny day and you're wondering where all the people went, head to The Mauerpark. The Mauerpark, meaning "Wall Park," is a living relic of Berlin's Death Strip.

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Leaving its past behind, The Mauerpark has since transformed into Prenzlauer Berg's favorite green space.

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The neighborhood's once humble park has become a local legend, as thousands of spectators stand on its hills to watch The Mauerpark Karaoke.

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Berlin's most popular flea market is also in The Mauerpark.

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Prenzlauer Berg's fashionable residents find their vintage-inspired styles among the stalls.

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The Mauerpark is surely a space to see. But if you're in the mood for a more private kind of public relaxation, head to another Prenzlauer Berg favorite, Wasserturmplatz. The water tower and its surrounding park are a local go-to for friendly gatherings and quiet contemplation.

Pixel
Prenzlauer Berg was the first neighborhood in former East Berlin in which the wall came down, so there is a memorial park & a Museum to the Berlin Wall nearby. It is also the closest residential neighborhood to Mitte, the center of the city where you find many Monuments, Museums, and Tourist sites."

Madeline & Roland

Hosts Sunny, Cosy, Creative! Studio Loft

Latte Macchiato Culture: Berlin's Cafe Society

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Prenzlauer Berg's stay-at-home parents and work-from-home bloggers populate the neighborhood's numerous cafes and corner coffee shops.

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Pixel
The location is cool - in a trendy residential neighborhood with a farmers market in the small park across the street on weekends. Trams run nearby to anywhere in the city. It is also only a few blocks from the lovely Volkspark for running, biking, playgrounds, etc."

Morgan

Visited in 2013

From Rejected to Repurposed

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After German reunification, Prenzlauer Berg was filled with defunct buildings and vacant spaces until it received heavy investment and direct attention.

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Its old apartment buildings have since been renovated, and now their exterior styles match the residents that inhabit them.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Christoph Neumann lives and works in Berlin. He studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund. He is the 2012 winner of the Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Award. His work seeks to capture lifestyle, fashion, portraits, reportage and feelings. Chris has photographed all over the world, and was delighted to shoot his hometown of Berlin for Airbnb.

Christoph Neumann

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