“Our stay, August 2012, in Ruth and Karl-Heinz apartment was our very first Home for Exchange experience. They went out of their way to welcome us to the neighborhood and over the week we spent some very happy times together as they shared their enthusiasm for their city, and enjoyment of getting to know other people. Their apartment is just as described. It is cosy, well lived in, and casual. We enjoyed the quirky style and interesting displays of their life together. It is certainly not 'designer' but that's one of the things we enjoyed about it. We could totally relax at the end of the day. Everything was very clean. Nice modern bathroom and functional kitchen. The bed was very comfortable and there were nice places to relax with a book or glass of wine. We perhaps wouldn't have thought to stay in Neukolln without Home for Exchange but are extremely glad we did. On the day we arrived Ruth and Karl-Heinz met us at the train, a very short walk, then later took us on a tour of the area. Ruth had prepared lots of information and ideas of places to visit. We enjoyed local cafe Barini for breakfasts and dinners, also delicious vegan pasta at a new restaurant corner of Kirchnofstrabe and Wipperstrabe. It was easy to cycle round the city from here. Highlights to explore were Tempelhof and Treptower Park. We also caught the train to Potsdam and spent the day exploring on bikes hired right by the station. So would we recommend this apartment? Most definitely. The neighborhood is grungy and has a slightly unkept feel, but it felt very safe and there are lots of interesting places to explore. The bonus is that Ruth and Karl-Heinz are genuinely warm and welcoming. There was a chilled bottle of Prosecco waiting to toast our first exchange experience which was an endearing example that we did not need designer to share and enjoy other people or celebrate new experiences. We are very grateful for such a happy memory.”
ES: Nannan's reviewsES: As a host ES: (4)
“Everything was great and fine during this holidays! The communication with Karl-Heinz and his wife was easy before the exchange to make sure that each of us will spend a good time. When we arrived in their flat, everything was very clean, ready for us (towels, sheets...) and they also had the kindness to let us some food, beers and little presents! They also let us a lot of tips and advices for shopping, restaurants, parks and activities close to the flat or in Berlin. The flat is bright and nice with wooden floor, a lot of plants which makes you immediately feel comfortable. The flat is also funny because you can find some hidden places (a workshop, a children's secret room, a workroom etc.). It was really what the German call "Gemütlichkeit": you immediately feel good, at home, you won't be bored on rainy days because there is so much to read! You are very close to the S-Bahn station (1 min.) or U-bahn station (1 hr. 30 min.) but don't have disturbing noises of transports, so you get very easily to the city center or other places. You're also near Treptower park (2 stations) where you can go and relax, eat, make some bicycles. And if you prefer, you can maj=ke these things on the other side in Tempelhof airport, which is a very original place (an old airport where you can make some bike, jogging, BBQ etc.). An other really great thing was that they let us their (beautiful) bikes and biking in Berlin is definitely a great way of discovering this city. We also wrote mails during the exchange to keep contact and to give each other some information. When we went back home, we found our flat as clean and in order as we had left it! Everything was at the right place, it was perfectly clean and cherry on the cake, they bought us some food for our return (and a very kind present) what made us a bit ashamed because we forgot to make that for them!!! For all these things and the great 10 days we spent there, we highly recommend to exchange with Ruth and Karl-Heinz, you won't regret it!”
“Located steps from a SBahn and UBahn Ruth and Karl-Heinz flat was a fabulous place to settle in for a month. Convenient to grocery shopping and many ethnic restaurants. If you want to live like a local this is the place. The flat is very large and has all the amenities one would want. We had great communication with Ruth and Karl-Heinz prior to the exchange.”
“Although the city of Berlin is an unusual city for us because there is not really a city center , however we have had a marvelous time in Berlin. The little city of NEUKHOLN is ideally located and many urban transports and connections are very easy.The flat is near UBAHN and S BAHN. We found easily the flat which is a typical Berliner old flat. The flat is located in a mixed quarter with Berliner and Turkish people and it was a chance to do food shopping. It was a very good place to discover what is exactly the real city of Berlin. Because I think that the travellers usually don't see the real Berlin because they stay near the known places and museums and do not go outside these places. They only see the new monuments and constructions : they cannot understand the real BERLIN. Thanks very much to have swapped with us!”
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