Frequently Asked Questions
- Is all equipment provided?
Yes. We believe that nothing is missing (except for a TV which we considered unappropriate). For a detailed overview please see our list of equipment. To make your stay more comfortable the beds are prepared with fresh sheetings. During winter the heating will be running.
- Do you rent just for the weekend?
Not on regular basis. The minumum rental period should be three days. But if you have enough time, we suggest you spend at least a week, because there is so much to see. For more information please check rates + offers.
- I want to stay for several weeks. Are there special conditions?
Yes. We offer a reduced weekly fee and the rate might drop further if you are planning to stay longer, especially in winter season. Special rates are available for regular visitors, trade show vendors, commuters or professionals on local assignment. Please contact us for details.
- How many people can stay at Taut’s Home?
The house is best suited for two to three guests; the maximum is four. There is a king-sized bed (160 x 220 cm) and a queen-sized bed (140 x 200 cm). There is an extra single fold-out bed with reduced comfort and a 120 cm long cot.
- Can I use all the facilities?
Yes, of course. But as nearly all the furnishings are originals from around 1910 to the 1950s, we ask you to handle everything with care.
- Is Taut’s Home suitable for children?
Yes, up to a point. It’s fine to bring children along, but note that the stairwells in Horseshoe Estate are steep and narrow. We also ask younger guests and their parents to treat all original items and the special wall paints with respect, because they’re difficult to repair.
- What about self-catering?
No problem. The kitchen is fully equipped with stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, pots and dishes. In the immediate vicinity and walking distance there are several supermarkets, restaurants and small shops for your daily needs. There is also a weekly farmers market and we might organize some basics and deposit them in the refrigerator. Just give us a call if this would be helpful.
- Can I borrow a bike at Taut's Home?
Yes, you can rent two foldable brand new bikes on request and for a little add-on fee. The bikes manufactured by Bickerton have three gears, can be easily adjusted and are capable for mid-long rides. If they are completely folded and you can carry them on public transport for free and start your ride just somewhere in the city centre.
- Can I bring my pet?
Unfortunately no. In consideration of guests with allergies, we ask everyone to bear with us.
- Can I smoke in the house?
No, unfortunately. You are free to smoke in the yard or on the patio. Inside, we ask all guests to refrain from smoking.
- Is there an Internet connection?
Yes. There’s a wireless network with a fast DSL connection. Guests can log in with a password free of charge. Mobile use is also possible.
- Do I need to bring bed linen or towels?
No. All beds are already prepared and each guest is provided with two towels for the week. You can also use the washing machine and dryer in the basement.
- Where do I fetch the keys?
Since we live nearby just 80 meters away, this is usually very simple. If we should be occupied or abroad there are friends you can address to. We tell you via mail in detail when the booking is confirmed.
- Do you offer gift certificates for Taut’s Home?
Yes. We can send you a dated voucher and you fill in the recipients’ names. Or we can issue you an undated voucher, to be redeemed subject to availability. The voucher might also be combined with an issue of our recently published guide about Bruno Tauts Hufeisensiedlung.
- Do you have other print and promotional materials?
Yes, we have a pdf leaflet in English or German, which we can send you by email or post. If you’re a travel industry professional or run a organization addressing a similar audience and therefore require a large number of brochures, please contact us directly.
- How long does it take to the city center?
Public transit to Friedrichstraße or Alexanderplatz stations takes only 20 to 25 minutes. Travel to western Berlin (e.g. Kurfürstendamm, Zoo or KaDeWe) is about 35 minutes.
- Can I book Taut’s Home for work, research or my companies guests?
Yes, of course. We also rent the place to companies or organizations looking for a special place to accommodate their guests or fellows from abroad. At Taut's Home we provide working guests not just with a special and intimate atmosphere but also with a vintage office desk and WiFi, the most asked-for items. For those interested in architecture, there’s a small reference library with key titles on Bruno Taut, housing reform and modern architecture and certain maps and travel guides what to see in Berlin. If you really need to work you might also borrow a scanner or other office equipment on request. If you are looking for a place like this in a business context (i.e. one of the various fairs or festivals), please contact us directly. Special rates may be arranged, especially during the winter season.
- Are there special deals for city transit?
Yes. Public transit authority BVG sells passes for one-day, weekend and weekly use. There are also three types of combination tickets with discounts to various museums and attractions, such as the Berlin “CityTourCard – Museum Island.” If you want to visit several main attractions, the Berlin Welcome Card and the City Tour Card-Tourist Ticket are a better option. For more details, visit www.bvg.de.
- How far is it to the airport(s)?
Just 50 m from Taut’s Home, the subway U7 connects you to "Rudow" station, where you catch an express bus to Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport (SXF). Depending on your connection, plan 20-40 minutes for the journey. If you arrive at Tegel airport (TXL) located in the north of Berlin you can use a combination of U7, U6 and TXL airport express busses, which will take approximately 50-60 minutes.
(Note: The frequently announced new "Berlin Brandenburg International Airport" BBI will replace SXF at the same location.)
- Can I park my car near the house?
Yes, that’s generally not a problem. If you don’t find parking right in Gielower Strasse, you most certainly will in the adjacent, slightly wider streets Fritz-Reuter-Allee and Parchimer Allee.
- Is Taut’s Home accessible for the mobility impaired?
No, unfortunately, due to the legal constraints of a heritage property. There are steps and thresholds, bed- and bathrooms are upstairs.
- I’m a tour guide myself. Can my group visit Taut’s Home?
No, not on a regular basis since this is not the main focus of this project. Taut’s Home is primarily a vacation home, so it’s strictly not accessible when occupied. But if the property isn’t being used, there might be a exception from the rule so that a visit for certain groups might be arranged. Please note that we charge a small fee for this service, in order to cover our overhead and cleaning costs.
- Are there guided tours of the Horseshoe Estate?
Yes. The owners lead regular guided tours of various groups, both large and small. Both of them have very good knowledge about the estate. Katrin wrote the scientific expertise for all green an public spaces around. Ben is responsible for developing the content of the museum in the central compound and published a book about the estate recently. Tours maybe conducted in English too. For those who stay at Taut's Home we offer a guided walk (1-2 hours) for a special rate of €50 which might also include some friends from other parts of Berlin. Feel free to contact us for a booking.
- Do you offer guided tours to other architectural sights?
No, not usually. As a landscape architect, writer, heritage expert and the granddaughter of noted landscape architect Ludwig Lesser, Katrin Lesser also leads tours to other garden monuments where she was involved in scientific research or reconstruction work (such as the UNESCO listed Falkenberg Garden City district planned by Bruno Taut and Ludwig Lesser). For most other sites, we cooperate with Ticket B and Context-Travel, two specialist providers of urban architecture tours - and we are also part of the Plus One Network. At our little library we have certain maps and publications helping to find good places to visit. Please also note our link-section.
- What services can you offer via your membership in the Plus One Network?
You can take the name literally: "+1" is a innovative service, where visitors can connect with a personal guide to provide them with upto-date information or personal recommendations about cultural offerings or certain parts and circles in Berlin. Lots of members of the pool speak various languages. You can "book" and select your local guide through the Plus One Website.
- Do rates vary if I book with you directly or through an online portal?
Yes, this might happen, since some online portals charge a booking and placement fee. These fees don’t apply if you book directly. But if you found us through a portal and already used their contact option, we need to arrange the booking there
- One more question: "Tautes Heim" – What does this mean?
This is a play on the common and traditional German saying "Trautes Heim – Glück allein". We just left out the "r" to make it fit to the architects name. There is no real equivalent for the original meaning but you might compare it with "Home Sweet Home" identifying familiar and nicely kept surroundings as the source of true happiness. You'll get the meaning when you stay here ...
If you have further questions please send us an email at
- Home + Garden
- Room + Layout
- Target Group
- Furnishing + Decor
- Original Colors
- What Guests say
- Rates + Offers
- Bookings + Requests
- UNESCO World Heritage
- Nice environs
- Press + Media section
- CV Bruno Taut
- Links + Destinations
- Questions + Answers
- Public transport
- Getting here
- Contact + Imprint
- General Terms