A little staycation is right around the corner – just off the last station on the U3, Krumme Lanke, to be exact. Here, in the heart of Berlin’s villa district, you’ll find two amazing urban treehouses within walking distance to the lake. Originally dreamed up by Kolja Stegemann and his grandfather, they were brought to life by Kolja himself — who is devoted to the subject of urban living through his Suite 030 platform, where he offers stylishly furnished apartments for temporary rent. But The Urban Treehouse is more than just a project in his portfolio; it’s a labor of love. Consider Stegemann’s rental strategy: the treehouse is rented primarily to members of the Urban Treehouse family, who pay an annual fee in exchange for a certain usage quota. Both houses on the property are designed for two adults. Bicycles, a grill, deck chairs, and a sauna round out the offerings for a perfectly equipped summer escape. But, best of all is the view out the windows – when you wake up in the morning, you look directly into the tree canopy. Then, of course, there’s the lake, which is especially lovely early in the morning or late in the evening, when only locals are about. At that hour, when you’ve exchanged subway noise for birdsong, you’ll know one thing for certain: perfect weekends are made in the treetops. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: The Urban Treehouse)
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Lights dangle over the entrance and illuminate the path to two small wooden ticket booths. Once you’ve bought your ticket, go through the metal gate, guarded by dense trees, and emerge into an amphitheater with a huge screen. Since 1945, a former summer theatre has stood next to a petting zoo and a mini-golf course in the Volkspark Hasenheide in Neukölln, which opened in the mid-twenties. While originally used for theatrical performances and concerts, the amphitheater became an open-air cinema in the 80s. As there is only room for projectors without a teller system, a 10-minute break in each show means that you can visit the small snack bar to pass the time while you look forward to the second half of the film. Arthouse productions rub elbows with Oscar winning blockbusters in the diverse selection of films. Coming up this weekend are two we can stand behind: The Lobster, playing on Friday night and Lion, screening on Saturday. Keep your fingers crossed for sunshine! (Text: Stephanie Johne / Photos: Daniel Farò)
It’s summer. Time for some time out. But instead of putting your feet up, this year it’s all about getting hands on. Here to help you do so is Aydoo sessions, the brand new platform for hand-selected workshops in and around Berlin, from pouring concrete and knotting macrame to smoking fish in the Uckermark. If you’re keen to upskill yourself, discover a new passion or simply treat yourself to some me time, then Aydoo sessions was made for you. Learn with and from the experts who live out their craft, and are happy to share their knowledge. You’ll walk away from an Aydoo sessions workshop with something hand-made — whether a hand-poked tattoo, your own sausages, a macrame pot holder or your new signature perfume. Keep an eye on Aydoo sessions’ Facebook and Instagram for updates, and come by the launch event next Friday (14.7) to discover the concept for yourself. The Aydoo sessions team will be there, as will we (Cee Cee Creative chose the workshop topics and developed the branding and content for the project.) Come on down! (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Aydoo sessions)
One of my favorite escapes on a sunny day is a bike trip to Köpenick. From where I live in Kreuzberg, the route offers a nice sequence of diversity — my favorite stops being the abandoned buildings. A bike trip on the northern side of the Spree towards Köpenick is an exciting journey into the eastern history of Berlin where plants are now taking over. The enormous Heizkraftwerk is made entirely of brownstone and the workers’ houses behind it are the first highlights of the journey. Next is the entrance to Funkhaus. If you take a closer look at the large red brick building on the right hand side you realize it’s only a thin façade — behind the glass is a forest. Once in Köpenick, my goal is the abandoned Kabelwerk in Friedrichshagener Straße north of Müggelspree. Many lush plants are taking over the former production halls, and trees are growing through the roof. Creating strips of nature, they match the long openings in the ceiling and create a fantastic self-grown indoor park. Usually the gates are open and people walk quietly around inside, as it somehow feels impolite to disturb the silence. (Text & Photos: Sigurd Larsen)
An afternoon spent out of the city combining history, architecture and physical activity: What could be more satisfying? Only a few minutes’ walk from Potsdam’s central station lies an adventure park, hidden in the forest. It’s the perfect place to test your climbing skills — all belted up in safety gear, of course — starting at 1.5 meters off the ground and leading to the lofty height of seven meters via a series of obstacles. Highlights include a long rope slide which sees you glide over the treetops. Then, when you’re all thrilled out, pop down to road to the nearby science park. Pick up a map from the gatekeeper and make your way to the futuristic “Einsteinturm”: the solar observatory, constructed between 1919 and 1922, is a revolutionary concrete building designed by architect Erich Mendelsohn, who collaborated with Albert Einstein to create a space in which relativity theory could be explored in experimental ways. Discover the tower’s turbulent past via the beautifully-presented information boards that line the promenade. (Text: Helen von der Höden / Photos: Helen von der Höden / R. Alt, AIP)