About this listing
This is a cozy, sunny, bohemian 2 bedroom apartment on a high floor in Botzow-Kiez in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, a hip, family-friendly neighborhood.
The 2-bedroom apartment has a large bedroom with a queen-sized bed, desk, and living area with sofa, chair and coffee table. The small bedroom (our son's room) has a sleeping loft with a bed. The kitchen is roomy and sunny, with a dining table. Bathroom and hallway round out this comfortable family apartment.
***Please note: we are currently refurnishing the apartment, so some of the furniture and decorations have changed. In general the style and quality are the same or improvements. We'll do a new round of photos when we've finished. *****
east-side windows- LOTS of morning sun!
large bedroom room with queen-sized bed, sofa, desk
small bedroom room with cozy sleeping loft
kitchen with gas stove, washing machine
bike-storage room on the ground floor of the building
quiet, beautiful residential area right next to the Volkspark Friedrichshain
beautiful wooden floors
As you can see from the pictures, the apartment is furnished in a relaxed, bohemian way.*
*Know that the pictures were taken a few years ago, and like all living things, apartments change ;) so some plants have grown, or died and been replaced, and we have replaced some furniture. But the basic character and look of the place haven't changed, and we're happy to send new pictures on request.
This is a good place for a couple, a family with one or two kids, or a small group of friends traveling together. Please note, however, it important to be quiet in the apartment, no loud music at night or anything that would disturb the neighborhood- so it's not a place for your next party! It's a place to sleep late AFTER you go out partying, if that's what you'd like do in Berlin.
This is a smoking- and pet-free space, without extensive carpeting. For my mild dust, mold and pollen allergies it's a very easy apartment, so I consider it allergy-friendly. It's extremely quiet, peaceful, and bright, even in the winter.
Even my mom loves this apartment. ;)
WLAN is of course included!
This neighborhood is less than 10 minutes from alexanderplatz by public transit or bike.
lots of restaurants, cafes, bars, and beautiful green spaces. Parking in the neighborhood costs money. Better to come without a car if you can.
If you bring or rent a bicycle, you're welcome to use the locked bike room on the ground floor of our building, across the courtyard- your front door key opens the bike room as well.
Interaction with guests
We will not be living at the apartment while you're there. Depending on your arrival time we will meet you with the keys, or leave them at a shop across the street under your name. We are available for any questions or issues by telephone, airbnb message or email during your stay.
This is a beautiful, quiet but lively neighborhood close to a big, beautiful park. Most people living here are families with children, so it has a very safe and relaxed feeling, but there are also bars, restaurants, cafes and shopping locales. A few blocks further you get into the intense night life, but you can get away from it again when you're ready to go home.
The apartment is very convenient to the M4 tram line (about a 3 minute walk) which goes directly to Alexanderplatz in a few minutes.
Street parking directly in the neighborhood unfortunately costs money, but it's not far to the next "zone", where street parking is free.
To get here from Tegel airport, take the TXL Bus to Alexanderplatz and transfer to the Tram M4 to stop "Hufelandstrasse". The whole trip takes less than an hour. A taxi also isn't bad, i think around 30 Euros. For more public transit in berlin, search for the BVG website- they also have services in English, very useful.
Other things to note
PLEASE air out the apartment from time to time, especially after showering or cooking! It's important to open the windows regularly because (for non-germans visiting) German houses are crazily well-insulated, which is great, but it means, if you don't open the windows, that moisture isn't gonna get out, and the walls and window frames will mold. We will take the cost of repairing this out of your deposit which sucks for everybody, so just open the windows a lot, at least once a day (for 5 minutes is usually enough!) and avoid issues.
The other people living in the building have jobs and families- please DON'T be too loud or play loud music at night.
# Check-in (Key handoff) generally needs to happen between 7 am and 10 pm. Contact us before booking if you would need to check in at a later/earlier time.
# Plants : please water regularly! This is very important. Once a week is usually enough in winter, more often in summer. If you are not sure if you need to water them, feel the soil- if it feels dry a few centimeters below the surface, water until they are thoroughly soaked.
# Be sure to air out the apartment regularly, and open the windows in the bathroom for a while after every shower to avoid mold!
# If you need to talk to the Superinendent/Hausmeister, call the telephone number posted in the entrance of the building.
# Cleaning : There is a cleaning fee included in your rental, which includes deep cleaning (floors, bathroom) only. Please strip the beds and put all dirty linens and towels in the washing machine. Return everything to where you found it, wash all dishes, and clean tables and countertops.
# Music : there is a stereo with a mini-Klinke cable beside the big bed, which you can connect to an mp3 player or laptop to play music. The cable is activated when the stereo is set to "aux". Please avoid unnecessarily loud music for the sake of the neighbors.
# This is a non-smoking apartment. Please respect this rule.
# We wish you a pleasant stay in the apartment!
I'm a very free spirit with an organized life. Sometimes it's a blissful combination, sometimes it's more like a box of angry cats. I run my own business organizing yoga classes in schools and businesses, so I am very much able to structure my time as I wish, which makes me very happy. I like to take LONG trips, especially when I'm going far away (next stop: bali!) to really soak in the new place I'm going to. I also love the enforced quiet and reflection that comes with traveling alone, the test of any friendship or relationship that comes with traveling together.
I've been an airbnb host for a while now, and I've met some pretty amazing people. I think my apartment absorbs some of the energy of everyone who visits, and I love to host interesting people.