About this listing
Newly renovated 55 square meter (590 sf) apartment in an original pre-war Berlin building situated in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg, Kollwitzplatz!
This newly renovated 55 square meter (590 sf) apartment in an original pre-war Berlin building is situated in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg, Kollwitzplatz. This apartment is owned by my parents who themselves stay here when they visit Berlin.
The area is known for its bustling coffee shops, fine restaurants from all corners of the world (which have been visited by Bill Clinton and others), vintage furniture shops and high-fashion boutiques. The elegant streets are lined with beautiful trees, amidst historical buildings and wonderful architecture. Prenzlauer Berg's landmark Watertower is just metres away.
On saturdays the weekly organic farmers market takes place at Kollwitzplatz (with a smaller version of the market also happening on thursdays). On sundays it's a 7-minute walk to Berlin's legendary Mauerpark Sunday flea market and Arkonaplatz flea market.
The apartment is a gorgeous walk from Museum Island, Hackescher Markt and Alexanderplatz. It is also well connected by U-Bahn (the nearest tube station is Eberswalder Strasse) and various tram lines, and conveniently close to world famous landmarks such as Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Reichstag.
Pop star Madonna has recently opened a gym in the area, named Hard Candy. Yoga and Pilates is also being offered in the area.
The 1.5 bedroom-apartment itself is very quiet, as it's located in the back of the house, on the first floor with a small balcony.
The newly renovated flat has wooden floors throughout (except for tiles in the kitchen and bathroom), high-ceilings, central heating, a fully equipped separate kitchen and a separate bathroom. Door buzzer with Wireless Communication system.
Update May 2013:
Brand new modern kitchen installed - new photos to follow soon. There is a fridge/freezer and cooker, pots and pans, dishwasher, kettle, coffeemachine, toaster etc. as well as a washing machine. Iron and ironing board.
The living room and bedroom are connected yet separated by a wall and light curtains (both have windows). There is a large double bed as well as a comfortable pull-out sofa bed. Bedsheets and towels are included.
There is Wireless Internet as well as a TV.
Please note this is a non-smoking apartment.
I look forward to hosting you in the future!
You will have full and sole access to this apartment.
Interaction with Guests
I work for various international arts, fashion and culture magazines and need to keep my finger on the pulse of Berlin's cultural scene, so I should be able to help you with suggestions of places, museums, galleries, parties to visit during your stay.
Prenzlauer Berg is by far my favourite area to live in Berlin, it's culturally vibrant and full of successful creative types, with internationally successful film directors, artists, musicians and magazine editors all breathing in its chic yet bohemian air. It is very central, yet greener than much of Berlin (and just a few minutes walk to Mitte), and is full of restaurants, coffee shops, bars, art cinemas, independent fashion, vintage, record shops, and English language bookstores. Mauerpark (and its epic Sunday fleamarket) where the Berlin wall formally ran is just at the end of the street. The area also feels very safe at all hours of night and day, partly thanks to its thriving restaurant, coffeehouse, and bar scene. Architecturally the area is also very beautiful, with a large number of it's old buildings surviving the war. Prenzlauer Berg avoids the concrete jungle vibe much of Berlin possesses.
Transport wise, you could hardly be better located, with two tram lines, and two U-Bahn stations just a few minutes walk away. In only a few stops you can reach central Mitte, Museum Island/the River Spree, Alexanderplatz etc. These destinations are also a scenic walking distance from the apartment.
This is a non-smoking apartment. Possible to smoke on the balcony.
Arrival at early or late hours is possible if pre-arranged.
This is a peaceful place to stay so in return please respect our neighbours - no loud or unnecessary noise, especially after 10pm.
We treat our guests in a respectful, polite and friendly manner and expect the same in return.
No illegal downloads and no use of torrent on the apartment's internet connection.
Not only was this flat beautiful, large and spacious with a great bathroom and kitchen, but Heike herself was a wonderful host, kind and completely accomodating. A fantastic experience! Thanks, Heike!
This is the second time that I stay at one of Heike's places and again I am very pleased with my stay. The apartment is perfectly located only 10 minutes from Eberswalder str bahn and close to many nice cafe's and restaurants. The area is quiet and the apartment perfect for two persons. It was very cosy and we felt at home.
Heike is very helpful and answers ALL questions promptly. Way to go!
I will from always stay at Heike's when in Berlin. You should too :)
We arrived in Berlin early, and Heike did her best to ensure the apartment was ready as quickly as possible for us.
Its a fantastic place, with a great layout. A new kitchen, windows overlooking the courtyard, a bath, TV and internet access.
The bed was very comfy and we got a good nights sleep.
The apartment is in the best area, just across the road from a great pizzeria, cake and coffee shop an numerous other eating places. Thre is also a mini-mart close by. The tram and U-bahn are also within 5 mins walking distance.
I will definitely stay here again if its free....I cannot imagine wanting to stay anywhere else.
Heike was a great host. The apartment is a large studio, with a new kitchen and nice big windows. Excellent location--walking distance to U2 train, shops, restaurants, theater. Everything clean, nicely done.
I really enjoyed my stay in this flat. It's located in a safe neighbourhood with loads of interesting restaurants, cafés and shops. Heike was quick to respond to our questions and was very accommodating with our check-in and check-out, making the whole process smooth. She even provided us with fantastic recommendations. The home was clean, comfortable and spacious and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to other travelers visiting Berlin. Great value!
Heike's place was great. its perfect for one or two persons. the house is equipped with everything you need. the apartment was very pleasant and clean.
The location is great. lot's of small coffee houses and a nearby supermarket and grocery shops. its close to a tram station and a train station so getting around is easy.
Communication with Heike was perfect.
To sum it up - TAKE IT
Heike was a very nice and helpful host as well as discrete. Her recommendations about the neighbourhood were great.
The apartment is ideally located and very clean.
We highly recommend Heike's apartment.
As we told you Heike, you are more than welcome in our flat in Paris !
Lucile & Arnaud
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About the Host, Heike
I enjoy welcoming people from all over the world to this exciting, vibrant, historical and charming area of Berlin. I work in the creative media industry so am particulary excited to witness the ever evolving landscape of this city first hand and am happy to share my knowledge of places worth visiting in the surrounding area to my guests.