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Home Exchange Berlin 2011: Home Exchange Berlin 2012

by John Mensinger on March 10, 2012

We loved spending the month of June 2011 in Berlin on a house swap. Our kids, who often found vacations limiting or boring, were happy in Germany’s vibrant capital. Our youngest child is thinking about living in Berlin for a few years. As we considered various destinations for this summer’s home exchange vacation we noticed many attractive properties in Germany, a country that we came to appreciate last year. We have never exchanged for the same city in back to back years; we are breaking that rule for Berlin. We will be there for three weeks in July 2012.

We will be in the southwestern part of the city, Zehlendorf District, near the 3,000 hectare Grunewald forest, which borders the Havel River and includes the Krumme Lake, which sounds better in German than in English. Our row house has a pretty garden; it is shown in the photo. It will be easier to drive and park on the outside of the city, though we will use public transit most of the time. It is a five minute walk to the nearest subway station, then 20 minutes to the center. The exchange family is of similar stature, which means their bicycles should fit us well.
It will be great to visit old haunts and explore new places in one of our favorite cities. Back yard barbecues with old and new friends will also be on the agenda. Something old, something new. Wunderbar!

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