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This is a Charming, Older former DDR (East Berlin) apartment! It is very minimal, but has everything you need for an enjoyable and cozy stay in Berlin! And the location, cant be better.
It is a quaint little 1 bedroom apartment (40sqm) in the middle of Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin.
The apartment is perfect for one person or couples. Wood floors, lots of natural light, bathtub, full kitchen, and a double size bed. The apartment is located on Schönhauser Allee, in the Hinterhof of a Berlin Altbau. Open the windows during the night and you will have a gentle beautiful breeze!
The vibrant area is full of shops, cafes, and restaurants. The apartment is within 50 meters of the nearest U-bahn station or Tram stop (Eberswalder). It is a perfect location for those intrested in the arts or those visiting Berlin for the 1st time, as most of Berlin's galleries are a 10min quick bike ride into Mitte. During winter, is is located right behind a wonderful Christmas Market at the KulturBrauerei.
The neighborhood is very safe. The apartment is also located next to a large grocery store and around the corner from other amenities such as internet cafes and laundrymats. You can also rent a bike next door for your time in Berlin. Also nearby is the KulturBrauerei, a mecca of concerts, theatre, and media.
For those interested in history, the remainder of the Berlin Wall is a 10 minute walk west of the apartment. It is also a 10 minute walk to Mauer Park, Sunday's the longest running independent market-extravaganza in Berlin.
If you want a cozy flat next to everything, where you can walk out your door into Berlin, this is the place for you. Although there is no WIFI, there are two cafes next door with free internet the entire day.
For guests staying in fall-winter, the place can also be heated with a wood coal oven(optional) for a true Berlin experience. Very romantic pulling up next to the fire! It gets nice and toasty!
We are glad to have been in the apartment of Paul. It's really his artist studio, but it's clean, confortable, and we could see new paintings of Paul, that, in our humble opinion, are very interesting and suggestive. Paul was a great host, kindly and available. The apartment is perfectly connected, so near to U and S Bahn. And right there in the street there are a nice bar (if you looking breakfast, or wifi) and a place to rent a bike (if it's not winter, it's best way to see Berlin). And Prenzlauerberg is a nice neighborhood, in the old east zone of the city.
It's perfect to enter in the real Berlin atmosfere. A old chimney from the window, young artists in the street.
Appartement agréable et très bien situé (quartier très sympa et proximité du métro). Paul est un excellent hôte. Allez y sans questions!
We had a great time in Paul's apartment. Its a typical Berlin apartment, a great space and very private. Big windows so lots of light but not overlooked. Great neighbourhood with lots of cool restaurants and bars around and very close to the U2 metro. Paul was a great host - very approachable and friendly and gave us plenty of tips for places to visit.
We stayed in Paul's apartment for 3 (website hidden) was wonderful (if a little cold), but in all honesty Paul's apartment wasn't quite what I was expecting. Firstly, it doesn't really look like it does in the photographs. There's no table and chairs in the living room so it is really an artist's studio with a bed in the corner. It is a very comfy bed, but it is just a bed. I feel that Paul could probably do more to make it look more homely (like put the table and chairs from the photo back for example...) I was also quite keen to use the coal fire (sounded romantic in the advert) but Paul did not seem keen on us using it, so we were reliant on the gas heater (not quite as romantic). Also,there was quite a lot of clutter around, I didn't really feel like anyone had made a special effort to make the studio ready for paying guests. I was by no means expecting hotel standards, just clearing the decks a little would have been appreciated.
SO, good things: Paul was helpful in the run up to our arrival, easily contactable, and made an effort to meet us in the morning when we arrived even though the official check in time wasn't until midday, which I really appreciated. The bath is nice and deep (bathroom is freezing though), the location is lovely (very close to underground station and bars/restaurants etc), comfy bed, and lots of interesting artwork. It also feels very....authentic, as all the fittings are original.
Not so good things: could definitely make this place more homely, be able to use the coal fire, and somehow make the bathroom warmer (maybe a tall order in berlin in january...)
Anyway, we had fun, and would definitely reccomend this area to anyone new to Berlin and wanting to explore.
Usually I don't leave responses to comments, as most if not all of my guests are very satisfied, and love the apartment as much as I do. There are some concerns you raise that I must respond to. 1) Yes, Berlin is indeed cold in January. Also November, December, January, and February. Often through March. Welcome to Berlin. 2.) The table that you were searching for, was actually moved to the kitchen. I thought it looked better there. I will move it back. However, you must have noticed the chairs that you speak of were in the apartment though, as you left one in front of the heater, and a bit of green personal under garment under that, crumpled up like discarded rubbish. 3.) The apartment is as in the pictures. As was said earlier in a message to you, there are more and new paintings in the space, as I prepare for a March show. Perhaps there are a few more books as well, but hey, I can only read Cervantes so many times. 4.) I indeed did offer to show you and your boyfriend my lovely coal-wood heater, but your boyfriend said quote "it wouldn't be worth it. " I have no problem people using the coal heater. I love it. Its just a bit tricky. 5) Like all my guests, I left you a set of keys to our other apartment, a more modern one, maybe something you are more used to. Just 5 min up the street. You could have gone there anytime you liked at no extra charge. I extend this offer to everyone regardless of the situation.
Those points being addressed, I must say, for some unknown reason to me, 1 out of every 10 guests seems to have a problem with my humble retreat. Yes its rustic, but its charming, well kept, modest, and clean. I take offense to the clutter remark. The apartment is well organized. I make all the repairs myself. Its an original DDR building, original floors, heating etc. Also there is heating in the bathroom. Its the last of a dying breed of apartments. If you are searching for something more modern try Zurich or Paris. Berlin should remain the bohemian artist colony it always has been. If you had seen the apartment and the city as such, perhaps you would have enjoyed it more. Coal heating is the norm, and heating in the bathroom is a privilege for the wealthy!
That being said, I love this apartment, and I call it home. I live here to, so certainly I must have some standards. Mine are: Minimal, beautiful, rustic, but home, my charming little flat, a country retreat away from bustling Berlin. It upsets me to let guests as yourself into a bit of history, a bit of art and culture, a bit of my personal space (you even had a sneak preview of the new paintings) and a bit of "real" Berlin. Nevertheless thanks for staying. All best, Paul
Is was perfect!
We had a great time in Berlin.
Thanks Paul, for your hospitality.
Very smooth airbnb experience...we arrived late, so went to pick up place nearby at Paul's exposition, he is very easy to talk to and everything is set in the app to receive guests...maybe the apartment is a bit too basic and I missed wifi, but comfortable overall and very well located.
Paul is a the kind of host you want. He was easy to contact and responded quickly. He gave us good advice on where to go and places to eat. The apartment is as described and in a fantastic location. It was also cool to wake up surrounded by paintings. We had no problems with the lack of wifi because the cafe next door has great coffee.
We have had a good stay at Paul's workplace. It was clean, the best location ever, and Paul bought wood for the wood coal oven. He had a 2 maps for us, and some advises where to go out. During the night it was quite cold, it takes a while before the atelier is warm. No couch and no wifi. The bed was great. The bath also! And a good price for the location
We had a really nice and comfortable stay at Paul's apartment, that is very nice located in the fantastic neighbourhood Prenzlauer Berg. Paul was very nice and hospitable, it was no problem that we arrived a little bit late.
The facilities of the house are a bit minimalistic, but to me that is part of the charm (and in fact you have everything you need, it's just not as modern as you are used to). And on top, being surrounded by the beautiful artwork made this stay definitely very special!
My friend and I absolutely loved our stay there. Even though we arrived at a pretty late time, Paul arranged for us to conveniently grab the keys from the neighboring cafe. The place was clean and adorable, and they had even left a neat map to all the cafe, bars and restaurants in the area. To top it all, the location is amazing! There is plenty of charming little boutiques & cafe bars to go to, and on Sundays, you can conveniently walk to the MauerPark to enjoy the flea market. I definitely recommend this place! thx Paul for the memorable stay~
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