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Housesitting Berlin - Germany For Free!

Housesitting Berlin

Berlin has a lot of good value hotels and hostels and in comparison to London or Paris, the prices are pretty cheap. However, we didn't want cheap. No, we wanted to stay in Berlin for free!

If you're new to this blog (hi!!!) you may think we're wishful thinkers, but actually, we're now pretty used to staying in top locations for free. So far we've spent six weeks in Spaintwo in Helsinki, three in Thailand, two months in Portugal, four in Italy, and nine in Australia all FREE. How? By housesitting. Yes, housesitting Berlin was a dream come true!

[Further reading: what is housesitting]

In Berlin, we got a lot more than we expected (in a good way). We'd decided on house sitting Berlin because it's arguably Europe's best city (and is definitely Europe's quirkiest city). We weren't expecting anything more than four walls and a roof. But this is not couch surfing, this was one of the most luxurious and comfortable houses we've ever been in! 

It was one of our top housesits to date and so I'm going to use this space to highlight why it was great and hopefully inspire you to try housesitting Berlin (and if you do, we've got a Trustedhousesitters discount code for you at the end of this housesitting blog post)!

The Berlin Homeowners 

The homeowners for our housesit in Berlin were a really generous lovely couple. We had a long (6 hour) journey to get to Berlin but one of the owners was there to welcome us at the end and give us a lift from the coach station. It was pretty late at night and very kind of her as it meant we didn't need to navigate the underground in our tired state. She went the extra mile and also gave us a little tour of Berlin in the car which would have been great under normal circumstances, but just happened to coincide with the Festival of Lights making the journey nothing short of epic! What a great start to housesitting Berlin!

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Image Credit: Festival of Lights
She also provided us with everything we could possibly need and more - food, maps, Berlin's finest ice cream, bikes, the car and beer. We don't expect food when we housesit, but we accept it very gratefully. They were so generous!

The funniest thing ever happened haussiting Berlin, when we met her husband. He said "Hello" and Tanbay said "Hallo, schön dich zu treffen" (hello, nice to meet you) and the guy replied "ah du kannst ein bischen Deutsch" (oh you can speak a bit of German), and Tanbay answered "ja ich kann sehr viel Deutsch " (yes I can speak lots of German). This went on for a little bit because the German guy didn't realise that Tanbay is actually German too!! 

The house we were sitting in Berlin 

As I've said, the house turned out to be even better than we'd imagined. It's a hidden gem - right in the centre of Berlin, but so quiet, comfy and peaceful you'd think you were in the country: 
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This photo was taken outside the house, in central Berlin!! Crazy right? The house itself was built in the 1920s and was a complete Tardis (bigger on the inside). With a dream kitchen, hammock and piano, the best bit though was the cellar: 

The Cellar - house sitting Germany

This particular German cellar was epic. Firstly there was a massive pantry filled with the most delicious organic food ever, which had actually been grown in the garden. Secondly was the sauna! We've been literally dying now that 'winter is coming'. We missed winter last year because we were in Australia, and whilst I'd been dreaming of a white Christmas, I forgot how crap it actually is - my bones hurt from the cold, I constantly feel like I'm getting a cold, I'm constantly cold... But sitting in a sauna was amazing and a very welcome rest bite.

The Chickens - housesitting Berlin

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This time around, housesitting Berlin, we were responsible for chickens! We had learned on our first housesit in England that chickens are the best animal to petsit for because they are relatively easy and of course they reward you daily (EGGS). (note, written before we were vegan, lol)

Furthermore, unlike a dog, chickens can be left alone for hours and hours - as long as you let them out and feed them in the morning and then shut them in at night, you can be out all day without worrying (or all night). I'd even go as far as saying that they are the easiest animals to look after (other than fish). We were grateful for this freedom as there is so much to do in Berlin and we were in the perfect location to see it all.

Days out house sitting Berlin 

Due to the central location of the house and the freedom with the chickens, we were able to have some great days out in Berlin. Most sites were accessible by foot, but we were also able to cycle around as the homeowners left us their bikes. I'd definitely recommend cycling around Berlin, but normally it will cost you about 10 Euros per day - so this is another way in which housesitting can save you money.

If you're looking for some inspo on what to do on your days out in Berlin I wrote a whole post Top FREE things to do in Berlin

When we weren't exploring Berlin, we had the best time just hanging out in the house - I've almost finished my book (it's going to be about housesitting). We've also been listening to classical music, practising yoga, playing the piano and cooking - not just eggs!  Though here is a picture of some eggs I made (please note the chicken mug - a lot of consideration went into that composition): 
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All in all, we completely loved this housesit, it was definitely one of our favourites so far. Should you try housesitting Berlin. Yes. Should you try house sitting Germany? Yes. Should you pet sit chickens? Definitely.  

I wrote this post to give you a real taste of what house sitting is really like, if you're intrigued and would like to know more then we're more than happy to:
answer questions about house sits
help you to get your first house sit

If those two blog posts don't help/ you have more questions send us an email or ask us on Facebook

And if you're already convinced and want to start house sitting Germany, head over to TrustedHousesitters - where we found this Berlin housesit (and all our other sits). 

I want to end by highlighting how cheap this trip was because if saunas, chickens, luxurious houses and organic food don't convince you to housesit, the price should. Signing up to housesitting costs $107 per year which is just $8.91/month. So even if you just use it once or twice a year, it's worth it compared with the price of a hotel or a hostel. 

If you're interested in house sitting in the rest of Europe check this post out: where to house sit in Europe.

P.S. Click here if you would like a 10% promo code for house sitting Germany - aka a 10% Trustedhousesitter discount code (the site we use) 

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