Truly Berlin’s most multicultural enclave, Kreuzberg has developed a well-deserved reputation for being a mecca for the city’s alternative culture. Here are five handpicked Airbnb listed flats in Kreuzberg and neighboring Neukölln that pay homage to the area’s eclectic culture.
Kreuzberg’s rise from rural obscurity parallels Germany’s emergence as an industrial powerhouse in the mid-19th century; it quickly became a bustling center of economic activity, from newspaper printers to book publishers. World War II air raids, however, decimated the area, wiping out large swathes of its light industry and residential architecture. The wartime destruction would result in a unique cultural vivacity that emerged as a postwar confluence of rent regulations and population growth led to an influx of artists, students and immigrants. Today, these form the backbone of contemporary Kreuzberg’s reputation.
Bordered by the River Spree to the east and bisected by the Landwehr canal, Kreuzberg’s bohemian spirit can be seen in its plethora of graffiti-covered walls, record shops and vintage goods stores, which sit side-by-side with Turkish supermarkets and döner kebab stands. We’ve put together a handpicked selection of 10 Airbnb listed apartments that straddle Kreuzberg’s past and present, encapsulating its edgy, counterculture vibe.
Spacious Kreuzberg Apt
High-ceilings and nearly floor-to-ceiling arched windows flood this Kreuzberg apartment with light. Interior double doors, characteristic of Berlin’s period apartments, create a delightful sense of spaciousness. This space is filled by an eclectic collection of mismatched furnishing and retro finds that smartly complement each other, from mid-century wooden chairs inspired by Danish designer Arne Jacobsen to its solitary pendant lighting fixtures.
Spacious Loft in Berlin Kreuz-kölln
Light streams into this apartment from warehouse-style windows that penetrate three sides of the flat, a legacy of the building’s former incarnation as an industrial site. Coherent and contemporary, unique polygonal black pendant lighting and a color-coded bookshelf infuse the space with quirky playfulness. Adhering to a simple and sleek aesthetic, the spacious open-plan apartment features Eames-style dining chairs and an ebonized work table that provide the perfect spot for enjoying a quiet moment in the midst of the bustling city.
Price: Around £74 per night
Architect Designed 2 Room Apartment
This inviting Kreuzberg apartment is housed in a coveted Berlin Altbau, or ‘old-build’, and maintains the best of the prewar style. High ceilings punctuated by floral ceiling molding create a brilliant feel of space, and tall windows allow light to illuminate each room. Tasteful and understated, an Eames-style rocking chair and minimalist furniture suggest a mid-century modern feel. It is just minutes away from Tempelhof Airport, famously the site of the Berlin Airlift that sustained West Berlin in the height of the Cold War; the airport now serves as a lovely neighborhood park that’s perfect for watching and mingling with the locals.
Price: Around £50-54 per night
Kreuzberg, Danish Design, Quiet
Design-lovers, take note. This Kreuzberg apartment pays homage to the unparalleled greats of Danish design, from chairs in the style of Arne Jacobsen to Ole Wanscher sofas and Poul Henningsen lighting. Sleek lines, smooth silhouettes and unadorned surfaces are trademark Scandi-chic; we love the wall-mounted Scandinavian shelf and the 1950s PH lamp by Poul Henningsen in the living room. The Hans Wegner sofa opens out to a comfortable queen sized bed. Spend an afternoon strolling along the Landwehr canal and immerse yourself in Kreuzberg’s distinct counterculture.
Price: Around £74 per night
Quiet Family Place in Kreuzberg
This Berlin apartment was converted from a late 19th century hospital building, and its designers have kept the best elements of the original structure. A wonderful barrel vaulted ceiling creates a soaring sense of space, which is divided between the ground floor and mezzanine level. Refined, contemporary yet snug, the long nave-like open plan ground floor design culminates in a truly remarkable floor-to-ceiling arched window.
Price: Around £149 per night