We offer our family friendly home for a swap during the coming spring and summer months! We have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and one huge kitchen with an open living room. There are 2 baby/children-beds, one adult bed of 2x2m, one bed of 1,40x2m and one additional sofabed (1,30x2m) in the living room. The apartment is on the 4th floor (with an elevator) and facing south, so that we have beautifully sunny rooms (unless the sun is hidden behind the clouds). There are two balconies, one that you can enter from the living room and one from the kitchen, from where you can see the "Tempelhofer Freiheit", a huge closed airport area which they turned into a park (http://www.thf-berlin.de/), just one block from our apartment.
We live an a vibrating area, our street is still calm, but there are little cafés, restaurants, co-working spaces and galleries etc on popping up. We are located in Neukölln in the "Schillerkiez", which got its name from a big promenade (Schillerpromenade) reaching through the area with a church in its middle and green areas and playgrounds around.
For us it is the perfect place to be, you have everything around like grocery shops, bakeries, cafés, bars, restaurants and cultural places as well as the huge closed airport (where you can kite or bike our barbecue…), a swimming pool, many playgrounds and a big park (Hasenheide) close by with even more playgrounds, open air cinema in the summer and a free petting zoo for kids (and grown ups).
You don't really need a car in Berlin (it's often difficult to find a parking place), public transport is everywhere and for small distances a bike is the best option to choose. We are located
directly on U8 (stops are either Boddinstrasse or Leinestrasse) between Hermannplatz (U7) and Hermannstrasse (Ringbahn). The U8 is perfect because it takes you straight to the centre of Berlin like Alexanderplatz or Hackescher Markt.
Berlin is great during the warm months of the year, lots is happening in town and people relax in cafés and there are lakes around the city where you can go for a swim if you need some nature around or some time off from the city…
We - a couple with one 2 year old and 2 baby boys - will take some months off between march and july and are open to travel anywhere, as long as it is kids friendly!
So if you think of swapping with us or if you have any questions, please get back to me, I am very happy to help!
We had a wonderful stay in Hanne's place. It was much more than expected and they were very kind and helpul all the time. The house had plenty of toys which made our kids stay much more fun!. Hanne also let us use their stroller making very easy to walk around the city with our twins... what else can we ask for? Totally recommended and definetely a place we will come back again.