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March 19, 2012

A home in Berlin: My £37 a night apartment in Prenzlauer Berg

 

 

The old working class district of Prenzlauer Berg with it’s 19th century apartment buildings is a great base for exploring Berlin.

 

Berlin is a haven for budget friendly accomodation, possibly the best city in Western Europe without doubt.

From a range of cool design hostels to boutique hotels where you pay 3 star prices for 5 star luxury, you are really spoilt for choice in Berlin.

 

However the chance to live in an apartment in the hip Prenzlauer Berg and experience for a week what it might be like to live like a local….was too good an opportunity to pass.
So when Barcelona based apartment rental company Migoa offered me a voucher to check out some of their stellar range of properties, I thought, let’s do this!

 

I plumped in the end , a studio apartment on the peaceful street of Chodowieckistrasse.

 

Here are is a picture of my temporary home in Berlin.

 

A home in Berlin: Snapshot of my £38 a night apartment in Prenzlauer Berg. Not bad eh?

 

Very tastefully furnished as you can see.

Main room is a living/sleeping room with a comfortable, if slightly small double bed.

 

There is a small TV with a nice desk from which I worked on many evenings.

 

Wireless Internet was free and included in the package.

Awesome speeds and perfect for working.

 

The flat also had a spacious and bright kitchen with all modcons supplied like a dishwasher and electro coffee machine.

Shower facilities were excellent and the owners were very kind to supply a range of toiletries and bath towels.

 

Location is excellent.

The apartment is just off the main drag of Prenzlauer Allee.

There is an Underground station about a 10 minute walk  away or you can use the nearby tram stop and get off at Alexanderplatz from where you can get anyway in Berlin.

Top tip: In Berlin on the tram , or at the subway station, buy a single ticket for just 2.30 euros which will last you upto 2 hours. Remember though to get your ticket punched or you will be liable to get a on the spot fine of 40 euros.

 

There’s a convenience store down the road from where I picked up some everyday essentials ( see picture below)

 

Everyday essentials from local grocer in Prenzlauer Berg: Total cost - 22 euros.

 

 

Just a few blocks away there is a supermarket and also an awesome bakery too- Berliners have a major sweet tooth.

Even though P’ Berg is not blessed with any big name clubs, it does have some very cool atmospheric bars like Tomsky on 61, Winstrasse.

 

Cost

At just £37 a night, this was a steal for the area and location.

My only gripe was the 200 euro refundable deposit that I had to hand over to the owners which had not been made clear during the time of my booking via Migoa.  A miscommunication, but otherwise my dealings with them, I cannot fault.

 

My advice is always check the fine details when booking apartment rentals.

Verdict

 

Overall, was a great experience living in Prenzlauer Berg in the apartment.
I would definitely use Migoa again and recommend renting an apartment to friends and readers who are thinking of visiting Berlin.

 

Disclaimer

 

My stay was courtesy of vacation rental company Migoa. All the views expressed are my own and by no means influenced by Migoa.

August 17, 2011

Cheap Eats: Berlin -Amrit, Kreuzberg

 

 

 

Berlin is blessed with a hive of excellent budget eateries but the Ind0-Singapore diner Amrit in Kreuzberg has to be one of the best deals in town.

Their lunch meny offer of 2 courses for 4 euros is super value for money.

Starter I got a lemongrass infused spicy tomato soup with crispy naan bread -wow, amazing flavours.

Mains- I tucked into a delicious lamb curry served with an awesome salad and thai jasmine rice.

Highly recommend on your next visit to Berlin!

 

Kreuzberg

Oranienstrasse 202 / 204 | Kreuzberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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