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January 9, 2015
In Berlin, Germany, brothers Chris and Oliver Laugsch bought a one-of-a-kind house boat for their vacation rental company, Welcome Beyond. Initially built as a home by a Dutch designer, the Modern House Boat is a three-room, 645-square-foot floating hotel. Instead of crisp sheets and room service, they offer a stellar city view and blissful peace and quiet.
Floating hotel in Berlin

The boat is a trimaran, a multi-hull steel-constructed boat with one main hull and two outrigger floats. The three-room boat hotel is located on Lake Rummelsburg, a small bay on the Spree River located on the east side of Berlin.

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Open kitchen on a floating house boat

“My brother and I were searching for a place of our own that we could rent to people visiting Berlin,” says co-owner Chris Laugsch. “We found the boat by accident in a Berlin marina. After a few minutes on the boat, we knew we found the place.”

The kitchen countertop and floor are both Pandomo, a poured concrete surface. The ceiling is a stained pine. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows cover two of the largest walls on the boat.

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Floating house boat in Berlin with bedroom overlooking the water

The 645-square-foot boat is built on a frame made of anodised, steel H-beams. The exterior is covered with pine slats. The bedroom has a custom double bed that overlooks the water. 

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House boat in Berlin with colorful sofas and wood-burning stove

In the living room, there is an iron fireplace by Danish manufacturer Aduro. A futon can be converted into a double bed for additional guests. Two sliding glass doors open onto the terrace. “It is a really peaceful and quite interesting atmosphere,” Laugsch says. “We have a fireplace in the boat to curl up on the couch with a glass wine after a day of sightseeing.”

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Berlin house boat with wood deck

A wooden patio wraps around three-fourths of the house boat. The living room cushions can be removed and used on the deck. A ladder dips into the water for swimming in the summer. 

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Bathroom with large mirrors in a Berlin house boat

Two large mirrors cover the wall in the bathroom. A small pine box on wheels holds towels.

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Modern house boat in Berlin

Rates start at $225 a night for four people.

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Floating hotel in Berlin

The boat is a trimaran, a multi-hull steel-constructed boat with one main hull and two outrigger floats. The three-room boat hotel is located on Lake Rummelsburg, a small bay on the Spree River located on the east side of Berlin.

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