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BERLINS TAIGA: DISCOVER THE SOVIET SECRETS OF THIS CITY

BERLINS TAIGA: DISCOVER THE SOVIET SECRETS OF THIS CITY

As early Spring temperatures rise, so do the number of friends coming to visit. Feeling ready to play tour guide? You don’t have to be a history buff to introduce guests to Berlin — you just have to know who to call. Thanks to the brand new walking tour provider Berlins Taiga, you can let the experts do the hard work whilst learning something new about the history of your city. Founder Holger Raschke, who grew up near Potsdam surrounded by a strong Soviet military presence, has harboured a fascination with the region’s background since childhood. Now he’s sharing his passion with the public, in the form of tours that trace the Soviet past of Berlin and Brandenburg from 1945 to 1994: from the final battle for Berlin to urban development in the eastern sector. Whichever focus you choose, expect a friendly, flexible guide, a relaxed pace and fascinating conversation material for your post-tour coffee. It won’t only be your guests who see the city’s Soviet story in a whole new light. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Holger Raschke)

Berlins Taiga — Guided Tours about Soviet History in Berlin & Brandenburg. Various locations, dates and times. Check the website for details.

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KINTSUGI: THE ANCIENT JAPANESE ART OF POTTERY REPAIR

KINTSUGI: THE ANCIENT JAPANESE ART OF POTTERY REPAIR

Broken your favorite piece of pottery? Think twice before you throw it away: Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese craft of fixing ceramics using gold- or silver- dusted lacquer. Gather your shards and learn how to transform an accident into an art piece in a workshop early this April at our favorite “senses salon”, Ryoko. Part-wellness oasis, part-boutique, the tranquil space hosts regular workshops centered around Japanese art forms. Shihoko Komamura leads the Kintsugi sessions, showing participants how to repair cracks with cashew resin or epoxy putty before finishing them in brass gold or tin silver powder. The three-hour class is run at a meditative pace, and is as therapeutic for the soul as it is for the object you’ll repair. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Daniel Kula)

Ryoko, Friedelstr.11, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Kintsugi Workshop #07 with Shihoko Komamura, 6-10.4.17. Registration and further information here.

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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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