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THE POOL AT HOTEL ODERBERGER: A GRANDE DAME MAKES A SPLASH

THE POOL AT HOTEL ODERBERGER: A GRANDE DAME MAKES A SPLASH

Right across from notorious record store Oye on Oderberger Strasse is the newly-renovated Hotel Oderberger, which first opened in 1898 as a public bathhouse. As an Icelander, I regularly go to my local swimming pool to hang out or exercise. It’s both physically and mentally boosting; an old Icelandic cure for mid-winter blues. So when this pool opened in my neighborhood in Prenzlauer Berg a few months ago, I had to see it. But Stadtbad Oderberger isn’t your regular dip. It has a certain feel to it: The sun beams shine through the windows, and the architecture recalls ancient Roman bathhouses. In fact, the site hasn’t been used as a public bathhouse since 1986. While beautifully restored, the pool is rather shallow at 1.35 meters in depth. Visiting Stadtbad Oderberger and then heading to Oye for some record digging is probably my perfect day. For those more interested in history, a free guided tour of the building takes place every Tuesday at 17h. Meeting point: the Hotel Oderberger reception desk. (Text: Jónbjörn Finnbogason)

Hotel Stadtbad Oderberger, Oderbergerstr.57, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map
Stadtbad Oderberger opening hours: Mon-Sun 7-22h; see here for details

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NEWHAUS — PLAN YOUR 2017 BALTIC SEA ESCAPE

NEWHAUS — PLAN YOUR 2017 BALTIC SEA ESCAPE

Tucked between pine forests and sand dunes, steps from the ocean, NewHaus is a modern retreat on the Baltic coast, about 25km north of Rostock. Made up of two homes, called Pine and Sand, each residence offers 120 square meters of living space suitable for up to eight people. Decked out with rustic charm, the homes’ lodge-y exteriors come complemented by modern furnishings, state-of-the-art technology, and private saunas accessible via the terrace. Last summer, the Cee Cee team had the pleasure of staying at NewHaus, complete with walks on the beach and freshly-caught fish on the grill. Our tip: Make use of the coming holiday to book your stay – or better yet – book both houses for a cozy gathering of family and friends. (Text: Victoria Pease)

NewHaus, 18347 Dierhagen-Neuhaus; map

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RYOKO: TRANQUIL TREATMENTS & AROMATHERAPY TREASURES

RYOKO: TRANQUIL TREATMENTS & AROMATHERAPY TREASURES

Ryoko is featured in our book Cee Cee Berlin No2. Get the book here.

A good massage is always valuable, but it’s priceless on a cold, damp morning when you’re running on too little sleep and laden with work and stress. On days like that, call Ryoko Hori. When you arrive at Ryoko, you leave your worries at the door with your shoes. The soothing music and light, and the airy front room, are instantly relaxing. The same calming sensation is echoed in the simplicity of the massage room, where Ryoko’s experienced hands will smooth away the stress of the outside world with the help of sweet-smelling oils. Ryoko makes sure to ask you about your preferences and stays true to your requests throughout the massage. It truly is a healing experience for every part of you – you’ll leave feeling lighter in both body and spirit. (Text: Esmé Rocks / Photos: Daniel Kula)

Ryoko, Friedelstr.11, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Massage/facial treatment by email appointment only; boutique open on Saturdays 12-18h or by appointment

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SCHÖN SCHÖN — WELLNESS & ALOE VERA TREATMENTS

SCHÖN SCHÖN — WELLNESS & ALOE VERA TREATMENTS

Most beauty remedies promise miraculous results, but prove to have short-lived effects. At newly-opened Schön Schön, healthy skin and overall wellbeing go hand-in-hand, offering one-on-one, personalized treatments that are as meditative as your favorite yoga class. Owner Andrea Schmidtke is a certified cosmetician who exclusively uses natural products without water or alcohol. Central to her five treatments is the aloe vera plant – the fleshy succulent used since the time of pharaohs to treat sunburns, skin irritations, and dryness – from which she cuts off a slab to derive its pure, gooey extract to massage into the skin. From an eighty-minute facial detox-massage to a two-hour regimen that reinvigorates facial skin, hands and feet, be sure to make enough time to learn a thing or two from Andrea’s stress-relieving beauty principals. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Maj Jorgensen)

Schön Schön, Dieffenbachstr.56, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Sun, opening times dependent on appointments

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WALK THE LINE: BAUMKRONENPFAD BEELITZ

WALK THE LINE: BAUMKRONENPFAD BEELITZ

A golden fall can be more picturesque than the nicest summer’s day. The sun is yellow, the sky blue, and nature’s color palette transcends from yellow to green to brown. It’s these kind of days where leaving Berlin and going west is a good idea, past Potsdam, to Beelitz. Amidst ruins, a 40-meter tall tower stands, boasting views of the Berlin television tower from its viewing platform. Around 20 meters below, the newly-built Baumkronenpfad is a walkway across the treetops, leading past villas halfway overgrown by nature. Signs with plant descriptions mark the way, while the mind trails off to imagine what this place might have once looked like. Steeped in history, Beelitz was built in 1898 as the grounds of a military hospital used during the first and second World Wars. Today, visitors benefit from endless views of golden autumn ground, breathing in crisp air that still has something of a healing quality to it. (Text: Verena Schwarz)

Baum & Zeit, Baumkronenpfad Beelitz-Heilstätten, Straße nach Fichtenwalde 13, 14547 Beelitz; map

Nov – Feb open only on weekends, 11-16h

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