The SpaceThis building is an absolute institution in Spandau, although you would not think so to look at it today: After the war the Hahneberg (Hahne-Hill) was formed by the clearing and piling up of bomb rubble over almost 10 years. The Hahneberg is about 300 m away and always well worth a walk, as it is now the second highest elevation in Berlin and on a clear day it offers a fantastic view over Berlin! And it was in this building that a beverage shop was opened, to quench the thirst of the many construction workers and the 'Trümmerfrauen' (women who helped clear bombed areas of rubble in the postwar years).
In the 60s, a garden allotment colony was set up around the house and the house itself still has a special standing in this colony. The old drinks warehouse - directly under the apartment - is now also an apartment and the family living there are your onsite contacts: for the keys, assistance, tips, fresh towels and bedding.
Due to the core refurbishment of the whole building in 2015/2016, the apartment is a virtually new construction within a historical structure and setting, surrounded by old trees housing an incredible bird population. With a bit of luck, you will get to see green woodpeckers, red kites, racoons, foxes, etc., but almost definitely bats in the evenings, because in Fort Hahneberg (built by Bismarck in about 1895), and roughly 200 m away as the crow flies, the largest bat colony in Europe has made its home!
The house is still the most advanced in the colony due to its total refurbishment, can receive more than 80 television channels and has very good WLan reception. Guest AccessFollowing your booking, I will give you the contact details of the couple living in the ground floor apartment. They will show you the apartment and give you the keys, tips and any other assistance you may need.
You will also receive the WLan password so that you can surf as much as you want. Furthermore I have set up a website where you can find tips and information about the apartment and the surrounding area.
Getting here by car (free parking directly in front if the house) Underground/metro and bus is no problem! Interaction with GuestsOf course you will get my contact details too, so you can reach me by (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) or email (with a 11-12 hour time difference ;-) ). You will also get my father's contact details. If you have any problems you can get in touch with the couple downstairs or with my father. The NeighborhoodThe neighbourhood - or the so-called colony - comprises of many large gardens with small houses and almost all of the people living there are really nice. None of them would ever move away from here because there is probably no nicer place to live in Berlin. Cross over the road and strike up a conversation. You will be surprised at the positive reaction. Getting AroundYou can park your car directly in front of the house free of charge. There are no parking problems!
Day and night you can take a bus every 10 - 15 mins to the city centre. It takes roughly 10 mins to get to Spandau train station and from here you can take the S5, one of the two most important S-Bahn routes in Berlin, and ride directly without having to change trains in the direction of the Olympic Stadium, Berlin Exhibition Centre (Messe Berlin), Westkreuz, Savignyplatz, Charlottenburg, Zoologischer Garten, Tiergarten, Schloss Bellevue ( seat of our Federal President), Berlin Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof), Government District (Regierungsviertel), Friedrichstraße, Hackesche Märkte (possibly the most beautiful district in Berlin), Alexanderplatz ("Alex"), East Train Station (Ostbahnhof), Warschauer Straße (East Ende with the largest stretch of the Berlin Wall still standing!), Ostkreuz etc. Other Things to NoteIdeal for urban explorers or business travellers !
I hope that you feel as at home in my apartment as you do in your own home. Please leave the apartment just as you found it, as if it was your own home, so that when I return from New Zealand I will feel just as at home there as I did before!