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Berlin is one of the most historic cities in Europe and home to thriving nightlife and arts scenes that attract travelers from across the globe. There are also loads of great restaurants, and a centrally-located Airbnb puts you right near the action. These are the best Airbnbs in Berlin to be within walking distance of clubs, pubs, and the Brandenburg Gate.
A penthouse made of sunshine is a rare find in Berlin. This one sits in the city center, with views of Alexanderplatz, and has an absolutely gorgeous rooftop garden. It’s the type of apartment that a down-on-his-luck writer has in virtually every sitcom and movie, but in real life, is usually reserved for rather successful businessmen. We writers just ain’t that lucky, so we have to live out our fantasies through our stories. Four people can stay here, within a stone’s throw of Gendarmenmarkt, Unter den Linden, and Hackescher Market.
Price: $238 per night
Occasionally you read the name that an owner has given their place and you think, “Okay, that’s a little bit much.” Dream Home is an exception. This property in Kreuzberg has a view of the canal right across the street, and it has an awesome no-rail stairway. It also has a balcony, it’s not too expensive, it has a canoe and bikes available, and, oh hey, kids stay free.
Price: $76 per night
Live la vie Boheme at this pulsing loft. As one of the main cultural centers of Europe, much of this centers around the artsy neighborhood of Kreuzberg. So any of the places available in Kreuzberg are prime for partying, dining, and museum-hopping, this loft in particular because it overlooks a garden with absolutely crazy amounts of space and has a wraparound indoor balcony that helps you feel like you’re at a punk show even while you sleep.
Price: $117 per night
Some of the spots you find on Airbnb are less places to crash for the night, and more places to nest into and pretend you live there. This bright apartment is the latter. It’s as Berlin as it gets, complete with an acoustic guitar, expansive lounge space, and bumping nightlife within a quick transit ride or stroll away. Guests can gaze out onto the Mitte and Wedding districts from the large windows, and get to top tourist spots like the Brandenburg Gate in minutes.
Price: $143 per night
Any place called “BlissRoom” must be rad. This apartment looks like it must be owned by a yoga instructor. Turns out, no, it’s owned by a healing practitioner and massage therapist, but it underscores this point: People working in the relaxing arts are the best interior decorators. Also in Prenzlauer Berg, which is right by the city center, this one (unlike many on this list) is actually pretty cheap, well within the realm of potential wish-fulfillment.
Price: $39 per night
Here’s a unique apartment that keeps the “sunshine and daydreams” decorating vibe while still calling to artists. This home has a dedicated workspace, making it ideal for the nomads and wandering vagabonds inspired to be financially or artistically productive during their time in Berlin. Located on the south side of the city, it’s also close to Markthalle Neun and Tempelhofer Feld, with plenty of green spaces and beer halls to explore in-between the two.
Price: $79 per night
This Mitte apartment’s decorating style pulls from minimalism accented by Berlin’s bright summer days. Four guests can stay in the two bedrooms and enjoy a large living room good for relaxing or pre-gaming before hopping on the subway one of the three nearby stations to explore the city. The owner promises free coffee and tea, but if you’re picky, there are plenty of cafes nearby to post up with an Americano and a laptop.
Price: $89 per night
If you can read German and enjoy rabble-rousing literature, this is your spot. The owner channels the rebellious spirit Berlin is known for. Decor calls to the power of the people and the location is near Kreuzberg’s artistic hotspots including the Berlin Story Bunker, Berlin Jewish Museum, and Berlinische Galerie. Five guests can split the two bedrooms in this spacious flat.
Price: $137 per night
This former bakery is a walk from most of Berlin’s top sights, markets, and restaurants, and a short train ride from the rest. Bellevue castle and Tiergarten Park are right around the corner, but the unit itself is quiet and hidden, perfect for sleeping in or stepping away for an hour of solitude between sightseeing sessions. Up to six people can stay in the two bedrooms, and at the price point, you’ll all have plenty left over to hit the town.
Price: $51 per night
You’ll be right in the middle of artistic Berlin at this loft, with galleries, bars, beer halls, and more right up the road. The Berlin Wall and Mauerpark flea market are nearby and the owners implore you to “just smile” if you find dust from their frequent painting projects. This means, of course, that they weren’t lying when they named this an artist’s loft.
Price: $101 per night
Wake up to views of the Berlin TV Tower each morning in this luxury penthouse downtown. The loft is fitted with panoramic windows that offer expansive city views, and down at ground level you’ll be right next to the city’s action. Invite people up to check out the view, share a brew, and dance — or just keep it for you and your crew. This is the spot to book for an epic weekend to remember — it’s perfect for special occasions like bachelor and bachelorette parties, anniversaries, or that once-in-a-lifetime Eurotrip that you’ve been planning for years. It’s pricey, but up to six guests can stay and there are three bedrooms to spread out in. And with these views, the upfront cost is more than worth it.
Price: $903 per night
A version of this article was previously published on March 13, 2014, and was updated on March 19, 2021, with more information.