ISSUE 27  |  Summer Rentals

The Urban Rental: A Modern Houseboat in Berlin

July 08, 2014 4:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Chris and Oliver Laugsch, the design-minded brothers behind boutique rental agency Welcome Beyond, are the masterminds of Berlin’s most aquatic accommodation. Located on Lake Rummelsburg, a small inlet in the Spree River in the artsy eastern part of Berlin, the 645-square-foot Modern Houseboat features a wall of glass doors overlooking the city, sleeping accommodations for two adults and two kids, a chic streamlined kitchen, and a pair of bicycles for exploring the area.

Above: The houseboat is fronted by a wall of glass doors.

Above: The interior opens onto a wooden deck (good for watching the swans swim by). The dock is next to a nature preserve.

Above: The kitchen is anchored by a concrete island.

Above: A wood-burning stove heats the space in the cooler months.

Above: The custom-made wooden seating in the living room can also accommodate extra guests.

Above: Maritime-themed reading material.

Above: The bedroom overlooks the river.

Above: A streamlined bath.

Above: Wrap-around windows provide unobstructed views of the city. The center of Berlin is about 15 minutes away by public transport.

Above: The houseboat is moored off a narrow dock.

Above: A pair of Bella Ciao bicycles are available for getting around the city. The boat rents for €250 a night, minimum stay three nights. For more details, go to Welcome Beyond or The Modern House.

We’re exploring standout summer rentals all this week. For more ideas, go to Editors’ Picks: 15 Favorite Vacation Rental Resources.

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