About this listing
Quiet apartment for one or two in the loveliest street of Prenzlauer Berg! Explore the unique shops and boutiques of the quarter, have coffee and cake (or beer :-) in the numerous cafés, and enjoy the relaxed-creative atmosphere of the neighborhood!
Tastefully decorated apartment with one big room, corridor, kitchen, and bathroom in one of the loveliest streets in Prenzlauer Berg, Lychener Str. You rent the whole apartment, no-one except you will be there.
The furnishing and decoration is done in the colours white and greyish blue with a few red spots. The beautiful photos on the walls were taken by a dear friend of mine in Morocco. The wooden floor (timber piling) is beautifully restored.
The apartment is equipped with everything you might need. It is very quiet and light, as it is situated in the rear building of the house, with a view into the green yard.
There is no personal stuff from me in the apartment, except a few DVDs (different genres - from Hollywood Action to European Indies) and books (mostly novels in German, but also some English literature).
WiFi internet, bills, bed linen and towels are included.
There is a washing machine and a laundry rack, also a hairdryer.
There is a vast armchair for two people and a comfortable double bed. Also, there are cupboards and commodes for your stuff.
The kitchen is fully equipped, and so is the bathroom.
The apartment has a wonderful atmosphere and is very cosy! The perfect place to come home to after a long day under the sky of Berlin!
Guests certainly have access to all the rooms of the apartment.
Of course, I won't be present during your stay at my apartment -- it's all yours for the time of your stay.
Interaction with Guests
I will deposit the keys at a shop down in the street (max. 1 min by foot), so that you can check in independently from my schedule. You will also receive a sketch of how to find the apartment. So it is possible that we don't meet at all, however, you can anytime reach me on my cell phone and/or in the airbnb message system. I check my messages there often.
I put together some personal recommendations (restaurants, breakfast cafés etc.) in the information you will receive as soon as you have booked.
The neighbourhood is just the best you can get: many lovely small shops and boutiques (no chains, only independent, unique, owner-led places!), nice restaurants and bars just in the street. And at the same time, it is very quiet - it is not a crowded street, but a residential area. The quarter is one of the most desired in central Berlin, as it breathes a unique laid-back laissez-faire and savoir-de-vivre feeling.
In the shops nearby you can get everything a trendy mind and heart might desire - from self-made high quality chocolate to young Berlin fashion design, but also used books and records, beautiful stationaries, small and affordable design objects or bags with exchangeable covers, to name a few. You can stroll in the shops of the neighbourhood for days and won't have seen it all!
A few minutes by foot there is the beautiful square Helmholtzplatz, the heart of the quarter. Everyone living in the quarter meets here - the numerous young families, the students, and many creative freelancers, and also the very special characters of the quarter.
Within 10 minutes by foot, you reach Mauerpark with its famous Sunday flea market and open-air Karaoke show (a must!). To "Kulturbrauerei", a former beer brewery, now used as a event location for cool indie concerts, clubbing and other cultural events, you walk three minutes.
Lychener Str. belongs to the so-called "LSD quarter" ("LSD-Viertel") - but don't worry, this has nothing to do with drugs :-) The name comes from the capitals of the streets Lychener, Schliemann- und Dunckerstr, which are the streets surrounding Helmholtzplatz. Already before the fall of the wall, the neighbourhood was known for its unique flair, because many artists and creative people lived here who didn't want to adapt too much to the ideas of the GDR system. The quarter still breathes this independent feeling, although many higher-income earners with academic backgrounds have been attracted in the past 15 years. Also, the former students just stayed and got good jobs and children. You will hardly see old people - 95% of the quarter's inhabitants are between 20 and 50 years old. You can see many, many, many children here! Many people of the quarter are media professionals or creative freelancers, or people who lead their own small businesses. There are also quite some celebrities like actors or film directors (who estimate Berlin's laid-back attitude towards them - no-one would actually stare at them or ask for an autograph or photo).
In short, it's a quarter with a very high quality of life - it is unconventional, casual, creative, stylish and lively, and at the same time, quiet and green!
You walk three minutes to the U-Bahn (metro) station Eberswalder Str. (U2), which connects you directly to Alexanderplatz (7 min ride). The S-Bahn station Prenzlauer Allee (Ring) is a 10 min walk (direct connection to low-cost airport Schoenefeld).
Also, within three minutes, you find the trams M1 and 12, which bring you directly to Hackescher Markt in 7 minutes and to Friedrichstraße/Unter den Linden (Brandenburg Gate) in 15 minutes. Also, there is the tram M10, which brings you to Friedrichshain and Nordbahnhof.
I recommend using the trams because it's so beautiful to ride overground in the cosy pace of the cablecars - if you take the M1 or 12, you will ride along Kastanienallee, Weinbergsweg and Rosenthaler Str., all of them really cool streets for strolling, dining and shopping!
5 min by foot to Mauerpark, 2 min to metro station Eberswalder Straße (U2), 10 min to Alexanderplatz.
Other Things to Note
In certain time periods, I look for people who stay for exact amount of days (in order to fill the "gaps" between bookings), or for somone who stays for longer than the default minimum stay. So this might be the reason why I decline your inquiry -- however, just send the inquiry and I'll try my best to make your stay possible! (The system doesn't allow to preset these exceptions in the calendar.)
Please let me know the (first) name of your partner/friend who is staying with you in the apartment -- this makes it easier for me to write a personal welcome message!
I do my best to make your stay at my apartment as perfect as possible and our communication smooth and effective. I appreciate when we continue communicating in the airbnb system.
Check-in and check-out
Check in is possible after 15.00h and check-out must be before 11.00h. Exceptions can be made UPON REQUEST in the booking process, and only if there is no other guest directly before or after you.
Please let me know your exact/desired check-in time at least 3-4 days prior to your arrival. I also need to know your planned check-out time 3-4 days prior to your departure. By this, I can arrange early or late arrivals or departures of follow-up guests.
If you want to check in after 20.00 (8 pm), please contact me in this matter early, because this is a little difficult.
If you don't contact me regarding special wishes for check-in and check-out at least 4 days in advance, your check-in must be after 3 pm and your check-out until 11 am.
As I have a very tight schedule, I deposit the keys in a shop nearby. So you are independent and can check in without my help. If you need advice or information, you can anytime reach me on my mobile phone and in the airbnb system - I use airbnb mobile on my smartphone.
Normally, I can come to the apartment within 15-20 minutes, if anything is wrong.
SMOKING IS NOT ALLOWED in the apartment! I want to offer the flat also to strict non-smokers.
Another important rule: It is strictly forbidden to download or stream forbidden/unlicensed material/media with the WiFi connection in the apartment. It has happened to other hosts that they had to pay high penalties for guests downloading material. If this happens in my apartment, I underline that I will bill you for this.
You should make sure that you leave the apartment tidy when you leave. I keep the price of the apartment low and thus do the final cleaning often by myself.
You should avoid noise which could disturb the neighbours.
You might have heard of the complicated German rubbish separating system ;-) The rubbish must be separated according to the garbage bins in the yard –paper must be thrown into the paper container, „Grüner Punkt“ packages (plastic package) into the yellow container and only the rest into the „normal“ black containers.
The washing machine is actually there for washing the bedlinen and the towels when you have left.
Whenever leaving the apartment, and be it only for 2 minutes, you must turn the key in the lock TWICE (insurance reasons).
No empty bottles must be left in the apartment.
I appreciate if you remove the sheets from the bed when you leave and put the sheets into the blue laundry bag in the corridor.
Whenever you observe a problem in the apartment, you must immediately inform me about it by phone (text message) or email.
If you have food left which might be good for other guests, you are welcome to leave it in the kitchen and/or in the fridge. The guests after you will be thankful!
There are some spots at the bottom of the shower tiles, which don't get removed even with the most effective detergent available. I suppose it's scale from the water which darkened. It looks worse than it really is.
I appreciate if you mention your favourite places (restaurants, bars, shops,...) in the neighbourhood in the feedback!
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour à Berlin, l'appartement est vraiment conforme aux photos sur le site, et Maike nous a donné une foule d'informations et de conseils pour mieux apprécier la ville. L'appartement est au calme et donne sur cours, et le quartier est vraiment sympa, on y trouve tout. Nous avons récupéré la clé très facilement même en arrivant très tard le soir.
Je recommande vivement ce petit coin pour tous les futurs visiteurs de Berlin!
Maike heeft met een uitgebreide brief ons welkom geheten en beschreven wat er in de buurt te vinden is. De studio ligt op een prima plek. Rustige buurt. Wel 3e verdieping, belangrijk te weten voor mensen die misschien moeite met traplopen hebben. Goede uitvalsbasis voor allerlei uitstapje. Leuke buurt met grote diversiteit aan eetgelegenheden. Hoewel de studio wel alle gelegenheid heeft om prachtige en voedzame maaltijden te maken hebben mijn dochter en ik er geen gebruik van gemaakt. Voor zowel ontbijt als avondeten konden we overal terecht. Voordelige fietsverhuur om de hoek. Kortom prima locatie.
De studio kan echter wel een opknapbeurt gebruiken. Rolgordijnen konden niet open. Het douchegordijn zal ook een keer naar beneden komen. De schoonmaak van de badkamer was ver onder de maat. Het was deze keer blijkbaar overgeslagen.
Kortom: een prima plek om te zijn, maar door door het achterstallig onderhoud vind ik de prijs-kwaliteits verhouding nu niet helemaal kloppen.
Maike's apartment is in the perfect location. Prenzlaur Burg is a really fun neighborhood with lots and shops and cafes. We had delicious food every meal! Maike's apartment was quiet and comfortable. There was plenty of space for the two of us. It had everything we needed during our stay in Berlin!
The apartment was lovely, clean, and in a great location. Would love to stay again!
Our stay at Lychenerstrasse, prenslauerberg in berlin was lovely. Maike was very friendly and gave clear instructions. The appt is spacious, clean, quiet and located in a nice area. Prenslauerberg is full of cute boutiques and restaurants. The metro is very close, so you can visit the rest of berlin easy.
Huge tip is the market on sunday at mauerpark! Lots of stalls with cloths, second hand stuff. Also lots of good food, so beware of a big breakfast.
Only negative was the firm bed.
Conclusion: great place to stay in one of the best cities in europe!
Vorab: Wir hatten eine tolle Woche in Berlin und die Lage der Wohnung hat einiges dazu beigetragen! Es ist eine gemütliche kleine Hinterhaus-Wohnung mit Altbau-Charme. Genug Platz für 2 - fanden wir. Allerdings haben wir auch ein kleines ABER: Wenn die Putzfrau vorab noch etwas fleißiger gewischt hätte wäre das toll gewesen. Um Platz zu gewinnen, habe ich z.B. sämtliche Putzmittelflaschen von der Waschmaschine (Pluspunkt!) geräumt und musste da dann erstmal ordentlich wischen. Auch den Toilettendeckel und Co. DAS fand ich nicht so toll, das reicht mir eigentlich zu Hause und da ist es wenigstens mein eigender Dreck. In der Küche war es ähnlich, hier hatten wir so gar keine Lust zu kochen, Tee zu machen o.ä. Die angegammelten Möhren vom Vormieter habe ich entsorgt, auf alles weitere hatte ich einfach keine Lust und habe so den Raum gemieden.
Wenn dies aber behoben wird, und das ist ja ohne viel Aufwand machbar, steht einem schönen Aufenthalt am Prenzlauer Berg wirklich nichts im Weg!
UND: Maike ist eine sehr nette Gastgeberin, die gute Tipps parat hatte und die Schlüsselübergaben haben problemlos funktioniert!
Alles in allem also empfehlenswert, denn ich bin sehr zuversichtlich, dass Maike da nachbessern wird ;-)
Maike made our stay in her apartment very comfortable and enjoyable! the apartment was exactly as described and in a lovely area of Berlin. She left us a note with things we should do and see and instructions to grocery stores etc. we had a great time and definitely recommend this apartment to everyone!
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About the Host, Maike
I work as an author/dramaturg and creative producer for audiovisual media (video games, film) and in transmedia storytelling. Recently, I have started a small second business: doll making (Waldorf dolls).
With airbnb, I offer two different places: my sweet 1-bedroom working apartment in Lychener Str. (for 2 people) and a single room in our apartment at Zionskirchplatz, both in Berlin.
Travelling, diving into other cultures and exploring new places in a particular way I have always loved. I am a true airbnb fan and wished there would have been airbnb when I had more time to travel!
I have a crunch for dramatic landscapes and for National Parks all over the world. I also love the countryside in Italy and South France.
I enjoy very much quirky stories and people. Tell me some funny stories you experienced and I am your fan :-)
I also like cooking, hiking (mountains) and visiting museums, castles and rustic restaurants.
Regarding the single room in Zionskirchstr.:
I live in the apartment together with my husband Andreas and our two little daughters (born in 2009 and 2012). Andreas runs a club and bar and also is a sound designer and musician for electronic music.