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There is a magical place just one hour north of Berlin — a place called Grosser Garten, adjacent to a small enchanted forest in a village called Gerswalde in Uckermark, Brandenburg. There your will encounter wild deer and peacocks in the forest, and the garden itself grows organic greens and hosts colorful lizards and frogs, along with a fish smokehouse Glut & Späne and a lovely Japanese café called Zum Löwen. You may know Glut & Späne’s Micha and his delicious pescetarian dishes from his Berlin outposts. Micha fell in love with this area and spends most of his time there now, pursuing what he loves: everything fish. He smokes his fish caught in the surrounding lakes during the mornings on weekends when the weather is warm enough. The neighboring cafe is also open during the summer months and workshops are organized regularly, including one on wild flower arranging this Sunday (16.06.2019). Plus with a guest house due to reopen this summer, you can extend your stay overnight. So hop in a car or take the train and escape to this little oasis where beautiful nature, good vibes, and great food come together. (Text: Rei Matsuoka / Photos: Sven Hausherr)
Grosser Garten, Dorfmitte 11
, 17268 Gerswalde; map. You can reach the area by car or with the RE3 train.
Glut & Späne, Sat 12–18h & Sun 12–15h in Summer, 24.06–04.08 Fri 12–19h, Sat 12–20h & Sun 12–15h (check Facebook for the latest opening times)
Café Zum Löwen, Sat 11–20h & Sun 11–18h
Tuesday is the new Saturday. At least it will be next week, when there will be almost everything you would want for the perfect weekend: flowers, brunch and an exciting activity. At the Charlottenburg branch of much-loved Princess Cheesecake, there will be an exclusive workshop dedicated to all things Chrysanthemum. The name means “gold flower”, after the original color of the blossoms. Today, the floral splendor of the Chrysanthemum is available in a variety of colors ranging from greens to pale peachy hues. The florist Jil knows everything there is to know about the flower and will reveal her tricks for the perfect bouquet. You will then have the chance to arrange a bouquet yourself and at the end bring your very own back home with you. And since learning usually works best after a little refreshment, there will be a brunch provided. Of course, there is no shortage of fantastic cake to be had at Princess Cheesecake – plus anything else you need for the perfect brunch: coconut yoghurt, croissants, some chocolate mousse … If you feel like sharing a few hours with us celebrating the good life next Tuesday (18.06.2019), then write us an email - we’ll be giving away five places for free. Good luck! (Text: Rosa Künzler / Fotos: Princess Cheesecake, Çiya Rädler & Justchrys.com)
Maybe on your last trip to Portugal you discovered the taste of Vinho Verde: the grapes used to make this light wine with fine aromas of citrus and pome fruit grow only in the countryside surrounding Porto on the green hills between the Douro and Minho rivers. And now you’re standing at a Berlin wine shelf looking for the perfect bottle for a little downtime on the balcony and wondering what your options are. Let the experts at the Great European Wines Festival (20.06.2019) advise you. Here you can have a chat with the winemakers and ask them everything you ever wanted to know about wine – and naturally sample some of the 75 wines available for tasting. All of this takes place in the marvelous atmosphere of the Arminiusmarkthalle with its 15m high ceilings. In addition to Portuguese DOC wines, the event will host Italian vineyards sharing their wines with us. If that doesn’t get you in the mood for your next summer getaway, it’s at least the perfect little trip to Moabit. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Arminiusmarkthalle & Mina Aichhorn)
Did you know that multiple studies have found that cyclists are happier and healthier than people using other modes of transport? Well the happiness of Berlin cyclists is due to increase with the Radbahn Berlinproject. Started by non-profit organisation Paper Planes e.V, this initiative is set to transform the space under the U1 underground line into one long cycle lane. The dream: a cycle promenade with leisure and cultural amenities giving Berliners a hassle-free route between Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg. The project has already been awarded state funding for a detailed study and an initial 200m test run, so pump up those tires, tighten your brakes and get ready to rediscover the joy of cycling without restrictions. The project team have also released a book “Radbahn: Future Visions for the Ecomobile City” which sets out innovative solutions for a green and safe future of mobility in the city. With projects like this, the future looks bright for those of us born to ride on two wheels. (Text: Enzio Giljam / Photos: Paper Planes e.V., Radbahn Berlin & Reindeer Renderings, Radbahn Berlin)
Enzio Giljam is a Berlin-based DJ and music producer. Originally from the Netherlands, he’s been living in Neukölln via Friedrichshain since 2013.
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Imagine transforming a space right in the middle of a hectic metropolis into an open auditorium for Daniel Barenboim’s orchestra? Well, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden is doing just that by taking to the streets, or rather Bebelplatz, once again. For one weekend only, you will be able to enjoy the sight and sound of the Staatsoper Berlin with only the sky above you, seeing the opera – literally – in a new light. Events start this Saturday (15.06.2019, 15h) with a live big-screen broadcast of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov, with Barenboim conducting. The outdoor music continues on Sunday 16.06.2019 at 13h with an open-air symphony concert by the Staatskapelle Berlin, including works by Mendelssohn and Brahms. A violin concerto featuring prize-winning violinist Jiyoon Lee is bound to be a highlight. But the Opera for All weekend has always been more than just music: it’s about bringing Berliners of all sorts – old and young, opera buffs and newcomers – together. Our tip for these free-of-charge performances: bring your own chair and picnic for the full outdoor experience. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Agency People Image © Daniel Hinz & Michael Tinnefeld, 2017)
State Opera for Alle, Bebelplatz, Unter den Linden, 10117 Berlin; map
Big-screen showing of Richard Wagner’s opera “Tristan und Isolde”, 15.06.2019, 15h
Open-Air Concert by the Staatskapelle Berlin, 16.06.2019, 13h
Use the hashtag #BMWOperaNext. For the latest insights into the world of the Staatsoper check out blog.staatsoper-berlin.de