Steps from the canal, a block and a half to hipster haven Görlitzer Park, 5 minutes to the U1 and U8 subway lines, and located in the heart of Kreuzberg, my spacious, sun-filled apartment has a totally awesome and enormous balcony big enough to seat four people for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three, if you love to eat al fresco).
The bedroom and living room are filled with modern, confortable furniture and tons of plants, including my baby, a gorgeous and growing lemon tree. The bedroom is very quiet and has a desk, bookshelf and two side tables.
The bathroom is compact, but has a super-hot, high-pressure shower (a real Berlin rarity), and the kitchen has a large fridge, washing machine and plenty of space to store groceries. If you're looking to grocery shop, there's an organic supermarket four blocks to the west, and a smaller corner grocery story with everything you need half a block away, another just south of the canal and a big one a block to the west.
If you want to go out for a night on the town, you couldn't pick a better spot to get in and out of the nightlife quickly. It's a five-minute walk in pretty much every direction to the bars of Kreuzberg or Neukölln, and my kiez (neighborhood) is packed with record stores, bars, restaurants and even an insanely popular boules court right on the canal, 2 min. from my front door.
Light-filled and quiet, the apartment also has a turntable and stereo with four speakers (and an iPod jack) in the living room, a speaker system in the bedroom, fast WiFi, Algerian carpets, a hall closet (another Berlin rarity) and lovely German neighbors (who all speak English, amazingly) to boot.
As one of my friends once told me after staying here, "It's like instant therapy!" Well, the doctor is in...or out, as the case may be...
Also, make sure to check out my guidebook to Berlin--the very best of the city is all in there, and it gives you a sense of what a great location you'll be staying in.
When you step in the door, the apartment is for all intents and purposes yours to enjoy. The grill, the oils and other cooking supplies in the cabinets, the WiFi (of course), my broken printer with the still-functional scanner, and of course my awesome collection of architecture and design books, the majority of which are in English.
It's kind of on a case by case basis, but I've had taken guests out for drinks, on short tours around the neighborhood, or just had a few beers on the balcony when they arrived. Part of the reason I host is because I like people, getting to know them, and sharing what's so great about the city. That's also why my Guidebook on this site is so extensive--even if we don't meet, you'll get a taste of what I love about Berlin so much!
Kreuzberg is of course know as the cool kids neighborhood, but what I like about it most (and particularly my hood, Reichenbergerkiez--"kiez" is you sort of general, local hood) is the canal and huge leafy trees that line the streets, all filled with an eclectic mix of weird and wonderful people.
I love to sit on the canal edge and read or watch the boats go by, or walk to any of the little bookstores, restaurants or bars to meet friends or just have some time to myself.
I can't imagine living anywhere else in the city. I grew up on the ocean, and in a landlocked capital, the canal means a lot to me. It ain't Amsterdam, for sure, but it has the irreplaceable grungy charm that makes Berlin feel so welcoming.
Not only am I smack dab between the U8, which will take you right up through Alexanderplatz and Mitte in about 10 minutes, and the U1, which will take you across the river to Friedrichshain or west over to KaDeWe, my apartment is on the M29 bus line--one of the few double-decker busses in the city. The M29 will take you on an awesome tour through central Berlin, through Checkpoint Charlie, past the Berlinische Galerie, Neues Nationalgalerie, Bauhaus Archiv, and all the way down the Kurfurstendamm.
However, I encourage everyone to walk or bike as much of the city as possible. There are three or four bike rental shops within a 10 minute walk of my apartment.
You are going to absolutely love this place.
I recently went to Europe for a couple of weeks and Nathan's apartment was easily the best I stayed in. You really cannot go wrong by picking this place.
I don't even know where to start other than first welcoming you to alt mecca. Nathan obviously takes a keen interest in design and architecture and it shows - the mix of great furniture, books, and greenery and just the overall look and feel of the place is so well thought out and considered. I especially loved the windows (I'm all about natural light!) and the balcony, and while I stayed in mid to late November, I can imagine in the warmer months this would be so nice to have and entertain on.
The apartment is positioned in a great part of Berlin - I really felt at home (and safe) both in the apartment and walking around Kreuzberg. I would definitely recommend you checking out Nathan's Airbnb guide on the Maps part of this listing - it has many brilliant tips (Berlinische Galerie, Soto Store, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Do You Read Me? & Bellman were my favs, just to name a few).
The speakers with iPhone jack was an added addition and Nathan also has the fastest Wi-Fi I have ever come across (it worries me as to what this says about me as a person when this was one of the things I was most jealous of in his apartment, given what an amazing space it is). I notice another review on here has mentioned the lack of curtains so just to curtail any reservations you may have, this is absolutely a non-issue as the apartment is so secluded. It overlooks a beautiful private garden and there is simply no way anyone would see in.
Nathan was so lovely, such a laid back guy and really easy to deal with. He even got in touch with a friend of his when he realised his friend and I had similar interests (QUEER THEORY & RADICAL FEMINISM FTW) to recommend me places/events that were on in Berlin while I was staying. He truly wants you to have the best possible time in a city he very obviously has come to love.
I would absolutely recommend this apartment, and would stay here again without a second thought.
Honestly, I feel that we couldn't end up in a better place than Nathan's. Starting and finishing the day here made Berlin such a welcoming place and Kreuzberg the neighborhood you just want to be in. The apartment is very spacious, beautifully furnished, bright, in a cute and cozy building in a cute and quiet street, with a well-furnished kitchen and a bathroom that has the best high-pressure-hot-water shower. Getting there from Schonefeld Airport takes nothing, 35 mins with bus X7 and subways U7 and U8. There are two bike rentals very close by in Burkner str, we rented from Castellanos who was very kind and open to our own schedules for returning the bikes. In the first block of Friedel str. from the Canal there are some very cute restaurants and cafes, but the best one close to the apartment, in our opinion, is Bastard on Reichenberger str. It was suggested by Nathan in his excellent airbnb guide (very helpful, don't forget to take a look at it) and we tried it for lunch as we arrived in Berlin. They serve German-like food and brunch-like breakfast till 4.30 pm, it's not expensive at all (10-12 euros) and the decor is very nice. We went back the day after with other friends! Don't miss Cafè Jacques at dinner, on the other side of the canal: very cozy, warm, good, not expensive, and the owner with his long curly hair is very polite, fun and smily. Kreuzburg and Neukolln are the cutest and fun neighbourhoods, it feels like being in NY's west village! This is also why we loved Nathan's apartment.
Nathan was really helpful and gave us precious suggestions such as where to find a good farmer's market (on the other side of the canal on friday mornings), vintage and design markets (Boxhagener Platz on sundays), and to go to the amazing Anish Kapoor exhibition. I could reach him through whatsapp, so our communication was always quick and easy. I feel that we've come friends with Nathan, and this is such a good airbnb community goal.
Thank you Nathan, we really enjoyed our stay. Berlin and your place made my birthday a special one.
My friend and me spend a great time in Nathan's apartment. The place is in our favorite area with a lot of nice places around. The reservation was uncomplicated, Nathan how is a very nice guy, waited for our check in late in the evening and took all his time to show us around in his flat. We can really recommend this apartment, even if there is missing a bit light in the evening to work or read. We loved it.
Nathan was super helpful and responsive. He wasn't in town when we arrived, but left keys with a friend who was nice enough to wait around till midnight when we arrived.
The apartment was great, and exactly as advertised. Would recommend very highly and would definitely stay again
Nathans apartment was very central and in a beautiful street in Kreutzberg.I found it easily and it was surrounded by bars and cafes in all the streets around.
His apartment was very cool and comfortable and was very quiet. I felt right at home!
He was out of town on the day i arrived but he had organised a friend to meet me there and was at hand any time i need help.
Overall, a wonderful experience..Thank You again Nathan!!
Nathan's apartment is situated in a leafy green street just off the canal. It is super quiet, very large, extremely clean and well designed. The leafy green back garden (red at the time of our visit as autumn had well and truly kicked in) provided a beautiful backdrop. The location is excellent - close to a tonne of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops as well as multiple train stations and bus routes - although the best way to experience Berlin in our opinion is via bicycle. You can hire a bike nearby for about 8 euro a day. I would definitely recommend this apartment to anyone wanting to experience a more authentic visit to Berlin. Thank you Nathan for having us and we miss Berlin already!
We had a great stay in Nathan's very stylish apartment. He was a very friendly host and would thoroughly recommend it.
A stylish and bright apartment. We enjoyed drinking beer on the balcony and 'living like locals'. Nathan gave good tips for places to eat and buy food. Berlin was a bit chilly in September, but the central heating worked a treat and the goose-down duvet was really cosy. Thanks!
We loved our time at Nathan's place. He welcomed us on arrival, even though it was quite late, and gave us some great tips on Berlin. The apartment was in a lively part of Kreuzberg/neukolln close to the canal and to transport. Excellent stereo system and a proper wardrobe were much appreciated. I'd highly recommend this air b n b.
Nathan's apartment is perfect for a visit to Berlin. It is in a fantastic neighbourhood, close enough to all the action, but also very quiet and a real sense of being part of Berlin life. The apartment itself is big, clean and very cool. Nathan is super easy to deal with and a genuinely nice guy - everything was very laid back and easy. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to stay in a great apartment, in one of the best neighbourhoods in Berlin and rent from a very friendly and helpful host!