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My Favorite Airbnb: A Light-Filled Duplex in Berlin's Stately Prenzlauer Berg District

Rented and reviewed: Walls of skylights, two balconies, and a striking spiral staircase made this rental feel like home for one of our editors.

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Loft in Prenzlauer Berg

When browsing for Airbnbs for my first trip to Berlin—an extension of a business trip—I was not only looking for a place that would offer the same design caliber of the city’s distinctive hotels, but I also needed a rental that would have a good remote workspace, too. 

I settled on a duplex in Prenzlauer Berg, the quiet and charming neighborhood in northern Berlin. In addition to a large dining area to serve as my office, the major draw of this two-story apartment was its sweeping wall of windows and skylights. The overall effect was lounging in a light-filled glass jewel box—a particularly rare feeling during a gray winter in Berlin. Sipping my coffee there in the morning sun was almost enough to make an early bird out of me.

When I first arrived outside the apartment, I knew I’d made the right choice. Under a Bauhaus-style pendant light displaying the street number was an old-fashioned carved door. The apartment was past a shared courtyard and up another set of stairs (there’s no elevator, so it’s not a suitable place for travelers with accessibility needs).

Upstairs, the apartment has walls of windows and skylights.

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Aside from the sunroom area, the apartment was laden with other design-forward features, including exposed brick walls, a wood-burning fireplace, a freestanding tub, a large kitchen with copper cabinets and island, and a striking wooden spiral staircase between the two floors. As far as outdoor space, there’s plenty of it, with two spacious balconies, one connected to each story. 

The only downside of the experience was the fact that the tub was broken during my stay and not in use. I also inquired with the owner about using the fireplace and was asked not to use it for safety reasons. So those two amenities, which are both included in the listing, might be off the table if you decide to rent the place. It’s probably ideal to plan a stay in summer, when you can take full advantage of the two balconies and potential use of the bathtub or fireplace would be less of an issue.

The two stories offered plenty of space, so you can stretch out and make yourself at home. And don’t worry: The duplex’s bountiful sunlight doesn’t interfere with sleep, as the bedroom is on the first floor, with standard windows and shades. The space is best suited to solo travelers or a couple, as there’s just one bedroom that has glass doors.

The duplex's spiral staircase

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When it was time to log on to work, the Wi-Fi speed was more than sufficient and supported all of my Zoom calls without issues. I also enjoyed the living room with a huge, almost bed-like sectional couch, ideal for relaxing on each night after sightseeing. The living room also comes with a sizable smart TV with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Apple TV.

Prenzlauer Berg was filled with charming cafes, coffee shops, and boutiques, plus a U-Bahn subway station about a five minute walk from the apartment. The location is better for travelers looking for a quieter area than the center of Berlin or those who don’t care about being in the middle of the city’s famous club scene.  

Returning back to the duplex after a day spent touring the city’s museums or exploring its different neighborhoods was the perfect way to end the day and infuse the trip with an extra dose of the uniqueness and character that Berlin is beloved for.