|| We are a retired couple in their mid 60's. Juriaan used to be a university math professor and Martje worked as an administrative assistant in several companies. We are from the Netherlands, but have rented a second home in Berlin, Germany, which we already used a few times for exchange purposes. One of our main hobbies is traveling, so we have been around quite a bit. But are eager to visit many more places, for instance using home exchange. Duration and location are not very important, but if the location offered is far away, we of course would prefer a longer stay.
Our Berlin home is a new, cozy apartment on the Northern edge of the trendy locality Prenzlauer Berg. This is part of the district Pankow, situated in the Eastern, former DDR, part of the city. We stay there in all about six months a year. Our apartment is situated on the third floor of a small apartment building with elevator. It consists of a living room (including a “winter garden”, see picture, and an open kitchen), a bedroom, a bathroom and a basement. It is a carefree apartment, with standard facilities like a TV set with DVD player, CD player, fridge, oven, microwave and washing machine. We provide both telephone and WLan internet connection, and a simple notebook computer is ready for use. Shops and restaurants are within walking distance, as are bus and tram stops and a subway station. Public transport in Berlin is extremely well organized. Alternatively, one can use a bike. In the basement, we have two of them at our guestsâ€™ disposal.
Please do not smoke in the apartment or the apartment building.
Why Berlin? Berlin actually is two cities for the price of one. The eastern and western part, reunited in 1989, both had a superb cultural and recreational infrastructure. Where in the world can a city boast of two magnificent zoos and three world-renowned operas? Like all major cities, there are lots of possibilities for shopping sprees, but the nice surprise in Berlin is the price level. What we also like are the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants, the informal art scene and the urban nature, i.e. parks, rivers and canals. Come and enjoy our favorite European capital.