A TRIP TO KIRCHMÖSER — TIPS FOR A PEACEFUL LAKESIDE WALK, LUNCH INCLUDED

A TRIP TO KIRCHMÖSER — TIPS FOR A PEACEFUL LAKESIDE WALK, LUNCH INCLUDED

Greeted by warm weekend weather for the first time in a long time, my faithful hiking companion Yulia and I decided to go to Spreewald. The rituals and procedures for our picnic-hikes have long been established: I (Laura) am responsible for choosing the route, while Yulia takes care of the provisions. Ah yes, the picnic: laying out a blanket on the soft grass, birds tweeting in the treetops above. If it’s still cold, soup is the order of the day. Yulia likes to cook cauliflower and sesame soup with pomegranate. The trick is to keep it in a thermos so it stays warm and delicious. In warmer weather, our favorite is summer rolls (individually wrapped to prevent sticking). Yulia also bakes a fantastic Russian savory strudel with carrots, a creation she calls “Hiking Pie”. Despite all this preparation, this time things hit a snag: we managed to miss our train, and so our trip to Spreewald turned into a trip to Kirchmöser, a Brandenburg village in the opposite direction. Kirchmöser is on a lake, with benches, lots of sun and a number of fishing piers – we saved the view for the walk back.

Instead, we headed 3km into the forest, where we encountered a boardwalk that leads through the reeds towards another lake, Faulen See. We didn’t try swimming in it, but the view was certainly interesting, with a line of dead tree trunks sticking out of the water. Along the shore are numerous birds nesting and lots of gnawed logs, nibbled by curious beavers. Despite the sunny weather, we were almost completely alone. As we continued along the path that winds around the water (handily marked with blue wooden signs) we quickly found a sunny spot under some pine trees. Time to serve up the potato soup with baked peas, a dish which evoked plenty of childhood memories. In total, the walk is about 13km long and offers lakes, small hills, forest and more forest. Most importantly: it’s best enjoyed with a tasty picnic in your backpack.

Text: Laura Iriondo / Photos: Yulia Roth

You can reach Kirchmöser in an hour with the RE1 regional train, which runs between Ostkreuz and Potsdam. You can find a map of the hiking tour here

@fortuna.forest

cee_cee_logo