From trash to trailer

Friday November 25, 2011 Written by nadia

Berlin's Hüttenpalast sure is swisher than the average camping site, but it still comes with plenty of green and quiet.

Located in a former vacuum-cleaner factory, the hotel features a mix of old-timer caravans, cabins and rustic rooms. Founders Silke and Sarah aimed to create a rural idyll a stone's throw from the city centre.

They restored the rundown caravans - originally made in the '50s, '60s and '70s - with the help of their friends and continue to make, grow and cook things on site. The backyard used to be full of factory waste, now it's home to useful plants and much of the crop is used in the kitchen.

A night at Hüttenpalast won't send you broke: singles start at 40 euro per night, doubles from 60 euro. This includes access to clean bathrooms, a morning coffee and no worries about the weather.