Berlin is sometimes referred to as a living historical museum, having been the backdrop to some of the worlds most notable events, with people often flocking to see the city to see it for themselves. But one of the ways Berlin isn’t often seen is from the perspective of a local. The best way to do this is to find a Home Exchange where you can be taken off the beaten path and experience the city in the most authentic way possible. Often your host may be able to share their car with you, but the best way to see the city is by bike (which your host may also be kind enough to let you borrow!) or you can rent one. A great place to rent a bike is in Alexanderplatz. Berlin is known for cheap, home-style food and great entertainment. Try some Spati Beer, a Doner kebab in Kreuzburg, Karaoke in Mauerpark, Coffee at The Barn or the street art at Hackescher Markt.
If you are itching to see the historical sights the East Side Gallery is one of the best outdoor art exhibits in the world and stretches for 1.3km. The Jewish History museum is a great way to learn about the Jewish plight in Berlin in a broader sense than just the Holocaust. The best way to see the locals in action is by just people watching. The Treptower park, located in East Berlin, is a popular place to sit, fish, socialize, rent a canoe, or browse the weekend flea market.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Berlin without a visit to a beer garden! The Café am Neuen See is a beautiful venue by the lake and it is particularly magical to sip your beer under the twinkle lights in the trees as the sun goes down. To see the best that Berlin has to offer, find a home exchange where you can see the main sights as well as the hidden gems, and maybe even make a new local friend.