Merkel's East Berlin flat - rent for €55 a night
The Local · 25 Sep 2013, 10:31
Published: 25 Sep 2013 10:31 GMT+02:00
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The 55-square-metre apartment in the now-gentrified Prenzlauer Berg area of the city was once where Merkel called home.
After Sunday's election, the one-bedroom flat popped up on private accommodation site Air BnB for just €55 per night or €385 per week.
“Live like Angela Merkel used to,” reads the blurb. Although traces of Merkel's life, then a physicist at the city's Adlershof science park, have all but been rubbed out, the Tagesspiegel Berlin newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Many of the buildings in the Prenzlauer Berg were completely renovated after the wall fell. In Merkel's particular flat – number 104, Schönhauser Allee – new floorboards have been put in, old East German furniture removed and a slew of Ikea flat packs set-up.
But dreamers might manage to recreate the fateful night in November 1989 when life changed for the city. Merkel, a 35-year-old divorcee at the time, reportedly turned the television on in her flat, noticed something was afoot but head out to a nearby sauna.
After walking to the falling wall near the Bornholmer Bridge, she crossed over to the West before turning around and heading back to her one-bedroom bolt hole. She woke up to the country she would one day be Chancellor of.