Cosy, comfortable home in the beautiful city of Hamburg

Cosy, comfortable home in the beautiful city of Hamburg

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diciembre 2010

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Our house has three bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a study/office on the second floor which could be used as a bedroom during the exchange. The first floor has a large living room with fireplace, a separate dining room, and a powder room. There is an indoor pool (8' x 14' with a stream to swim against), a shower and a sauna in the basement. The west facing yard is small but lovely and we hope you can enjoy many sunny afternoons and dinners on our terrace. We have a large teak table with six chairs and two round tables and additional chairs if necessary. We have a lot of Legos, a good selection of kids' books, both in English and German, and a Wii. We have a nice stereo with a good selection of music, cable TV, an iMac on a wireless network. We have two cars which could be part of the exchange: a Honda Odyssey and a Mazda 3, both 2006 models bought in the US and brought over here when we moved in 2009.

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  1. We are a family of four living in Hamburg, Germany. Ed is American and Sabine is German, and we are both architects. We have two kids, Clara and Christopher, who will be 15 and 13 next summer. Ed is an avid golfer and Sabine has sailed on the Chesapeake Bay. Sabine loves to cook and work in the garden. We are planning a trip to the US in the summer of 2014 and shorter trips to London, Paris and other European cities throughout 2014 and are trying to arrange for home exchanges. We are non-smokers and have no pets, but would be amenable to an exchange where a dog or cat would be in the house. We have done eight home exchanges in the past, all with our children, and think that exchanging is a fantastic way to arrange a vacation. Our home is not full of antiques so it is a good place for a family to be. We hope that you will feel comfortable in our home, and will treat yours with respect.

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We live in a cul de sac in a quaint and quiet part of the city with its own shopping district (10 min. walk) and a wonderful twice-weekly farmers' market selling everything from fresh fish and meat to cheeses, fruits and vegetables, flowers, even antiques and collectibles. There are grocery stores and shops as well as several wonderful German bakeries and little cafe's. We live directly on a nature preserve with a meadow and large pond. There is a walking/running path all the way around the preserve which is perfect for jogging or hiking. Downtown Hamburg can easily be reached by subway or car in 30 minutes. Our neighborhood has its own subway station and it is easy to get around the city with the public transportation system. The house is 1/2 of a side-by-side double house, with a very quiet neighbor who is rarely seen and never heard. Our other neighbors are very nice and can help you if there are any problems or needs that you might have.

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany (after Berlin), with about 1.7 million people. It is consistently voted the prettiest city in Germany by Germans themselves. It is a maritime city, with the second largest harbor in Europe (after Rotterdam), three rivers, including the Elbe, which widens and becomes the harbor downtown. The Japanese call Hamburg "The City in the Forest" because it is so green. We are half an hour away from Lübeck, a quaint, smaller old city famous for marzipan (almond paste). 40 minutes away is the Baltic Sea, where there are many nice beaches. I would also mention the model railroad exhibit downtown, which is one of the world's largest (we've been there three times ourselves with our two kids). The technology alone for this is extraordinary. There is a fantastic maritime museum, with a collection of unbelievable ship models. In general, there are many different museums and sight-seeing opportunities here too numerous to list. Right now, a huge area of the harbor is being redeveloped into the so-called "Hafencity" which includes lots of modern architecture of world famous architects. Also, Hamburg has been selected to be the environmental capitol in 2011. There will be a lot of exhibitions and tours about the environment and sustainability. Berlin is just 1 1/2 hours away by high-speed train, and has undergone a phenomenal amount of building during the last ten years, with renovations to museums (David Chipperfield's Neues Museum), parliament buildings (the Reichstag by Norman Foster) as well as the Pergamon Museum and Schinkel's Altes Museum. I think if you were to Google "Hamburg" you could look at the city's own website, in english, to see a little about the city. Feel free to contact us if you may need more information.

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