Apartment in the heart of Berlin home swap
My apartment is in what has been described as the heart of Berlin, but like a lot of things it has it's ups and downs, let me get the downs out of the way so then you can decide if you would like to carry on reading or not.
The flat is situated on the 4th floor, which is nice because I have a balcony, the downs are, "and I must point out here, that this is not unusual in Berlin", there is no lift...
Second point is, (in case you would like to do a, "non simultaneous exchange" and you what to come in the colder months) the heating is coal, which is not central heating. You can't just walk in, turn it up and it's warm. You must tend to it in the morning and in the evening, of course naturally, the coal is there for you to use, it just that you have to be active and not passive...
Ok, those are the downs, now onto the ups.
Oh, almost forgot, I have a cat which could be classed as a down but in that case lets class him as a cuddly sort of down, who is out most of the time anyway....
Right lets get to the better bits about the flat, apart from being large, homely and light with everything you could expect to find in a flat, (see Photos), you'll find that the flat is situated in the center of Berlin in a relatively quiet street, but in a vibrant area of the City.
Berlin has a so much to offer so once you've started to explore you have within walking distance the Museumsinsel, which is one of the most important museum complexes in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site, including the Pergamon, Bode & Egyptian Museum to name only three. For shopping you have the extravagant Friedrichstrasse. For historical landmarks there's the Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor, Berliner Dom and the Hackescher Markt. For the darker side of the Citys history there's a large chunk of the Wall with guided tours of some of the "escape tunnels" used as the city was divided.
On Sundays there's the Mauerpark with it's local artists and a nice fleamarket.
Naturally living in the center of the City your surrounded with interesting and quirky little cafes, bars, small shops and boutiques, galleries and parks.
Like I've already pointed out everything that I've wrote about so far is within easy walking distances.
You'll find public transportation just around the corner, (3 minutes walk) subway, tram and bus so you can easily discover the rest of Berlin.
From the Alexanderplatz, (15min walking or 5 minutes with the subway) you can easily get to both airports and the main train station.